Have you been watching Love & Hip Hop: Miami? They have a young lady named Amara La Negra whose story line has revived the discussion surrounding colorism in the entertainment industry. When I first saw the trailer for Miami’s debut season, I was immediately drawn to Amara and I remember saying to myself “Who is that girl?”. Outside of the OG’s like Trina, Pleasure P and Trick Daddy, nobody on this season is nearly as interesting as Amara La Negra. Her presence on the show slowly is shaping the way women of color are perceived on “reality” television and I am HERE for that. Amara recently appeared on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club and even though they TRIED to discredit her stance on colorism and the lack of representation from Afro-Latina’s in the entertainment industry, there were a few nuggets that I think we all need to take away from it…
She’s Not New to This
Amara mentioned that she has always wanted to “cross over”. *Side Note* I immediately thought about famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who at the time of her death, was in the process of crossing her music over to American audiences. Amara has had a long-standing career in the Latin market in music and television. She announced that she signed a deal with BMG and has plans to release new, “Americanized” music this year.
Don’t Tell Her She’s Acting Like Cardi B
Envy made comment a about how Amara had a little “Cardi” in her and she, of course, said that she gets a little annoyed by that statement. “I respect her and I love her, I love her music and I would love to work with her…this is just who I naturally am. We all do this!” she stated. (Both her and Cardi are Dominican)
Ya’ll Really Thought She Was Rocking Blackface?
During her interview, Amara took the time out to address the Tide Pod eaters of social media that suggested that she was walking around in black face. Even more proof there are some dumb, ignorant people in this world.
YES, Her Colorism Storyline is Being Stretched Out
I was glad that she mentioned this because I surely was thinking that Mona was beating this storyline into the ground and I genuinely want to see more from her. Obviously television editing has worked its magic and taken Amara’s beef with the guy, who I can’t even remember his name nor have the energy to look up, into 3-4 episodes now. She admits that the storyline has been stretched and that even though her music has gotten her to where she is now, this topic of colorism is giving her a current buzz and she’s okay with that.
Afro-Latino’s Feel Disconnected from the Black Lives Matter Movement?
When Amara was explaining her hardship about being black in the Afro-Latino community, she casually mentioned “We don’t have a black lives matter”.
Is the Latino community outside of America THAT disconnected with the movement? Does our fight to protect the rights of both black and brown people only apply to those in America? On another note, I fully understand her plight about the entertainment industry expecting Latin women to have a certain “look”. When I think about all the Latin women that have had extremely successful careers, none of them look like Amara and that’s a fact. We should be united in the fact that colorism is an issue in communities all across the globe. Why there’s a disconnect there, I don’t understand BUT this gives Amara the opportunity to be that voice that helps us understand.
Let me say this, I love everything Amara La Negra stands for and I think she has a bright future ahead of her. Let’s hope that she’s able to take this spotlight and make a mark for not only herself, but for the Afro-Latina community as a whole.
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