Love And Hip Hop Miami Star, Amara La Negra, Schooled Music Producer On Being Afro-Latina
Love and Hip Hop Miami aired on January first and there’s already major drama and even some social issues being explored in the reality show. Dominican recording artist, Amara la Negra, which translates in English to Amara, the black girl, got real when a music producer told her she didn’t have “the look” because of her afro.
Producer, Young Hollywood, suggested that Amara changed her look to look more appealing.
“A little more Beyoncé, a little less Marcy Grey, he said. “You gotta be a little more sensual... you can see Beyoncé just like this, soul sister, the same way you can see her in an elegant gown." As the proud Afro-Latina she is, Amara, stood her ground. “I'm extremely proud of my brown skin. I'm proud of my color, of the way that my hair curls... and no one's gonna take that away from me," she said during the episode. "Not even Hollywood with his little slick ass comments,” she said.
Personally, I got so upset watching this conversation go down. As a Afro-Latina with a fro myself, I felt discouraged at the fact that Young Hollywood, another fellow Latinx person (yes, he is Latinx himself) spoke so ignorantly about his own race. Did I mention that he called Amara a “Nutella queen?” His remarks were extremely offensive but it was a glimpse at reality. Many Afro-Latinas are shut down opportunities because they don’t look like Jennifer Lopez or Sofia Vergara. I appreciate Amara standing up for us Afro-Latinxs, we definitely need more people speaking up for us. Just because we have kinkier hair and a darker skin tone, doesn’t mean we aren’t capable of things. This also goes for the entire black community. One shouldn’t be discriminated because of our skin color and hair type.