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Skip ! Story from Entertainment. She talks quickly and loudly, using her hands to emphasize her points traits we joke that many Latinas shareand has the kind of magnetic energy that's made for television. And on the show, her no-holds-barred opinions and ature gimmicks she takes her mom everywherefrom the recording studio to the clubhas earned her comparisons to LAHH personalities like Joseline Hernandez and, of course, the franchise's latest success story Cardi B.
But Amara's story is all her own. First, there's her career path: While on the show, both Hernandez and Cardi B put an empowering spin on how their past as strippers helped them break into music; Amara has been performing since she was a kid in Miami.
But Amara is also using the LAHH platform much differently than any of her predecessors, shining a light on her Afro-Latina identity — and the racism she often experiences at the intersection of her culture and skin color. Born Dana Danelys De Los Santos, she adopted the stage name "Amara La Negra" as a nod to the Spanish nickname "la negra" that's commonly bestowed upon darker-skinned women.
Unfortunately, Hollywood's way of thinking is all too common in the Latino community, but it's also one that's rarely discussed — especially on American television. But Amara says she didn't let the moment discourage her; in fact, the ignorance of people like Hollywood was the exact reason she ed up for reality TV. Today, she's rocking stunning waist-length cornrows in lieu of her curly 'fro. For me, it was an opportunity to promote my music to a more American audience, and for the first time, introduce them to the Afro-Latina community.
Who would turn that opportunity down? She's appeared multiple times as a guest host on the daytime talk show The Real, and a clip of her educating The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne on her identity — including the fact that being Afro-Latina doesn't mean you're "half Black" — went viral.
Here, Amara talks more about colorism, those Cardi B comparisons — and yes, her real thoughts on that Young Hollywood incident. You're surprisingly vulnerable on this show, more so than many of the characters in the franchise's past. In one episode, you even admitted to carrying a fake deer bag to keep up appearances.
What made you decide you were going to be that emotionally transparent in front of millions? I said if I'm going to do this show, I have to be real. I don't want to only show the luxurious aspects of being an artist or a celebrity — I want people to see the real deal. Part of being real is admitting that a lot of us are out here buying bootleg bags and faking it, to show people that we have money — that we have things that we really don't. I did it myself, I won't lie.
It's not something I'm necessarily proud of, but I'm not ashamed of it either. It's a shame that we buy stuff that we can't afford just so that other broke people can approve of us and think we have money. I feel like that's something people could relate to, so why not talk about it on television?
You've been very vocal all season, both on and off camera, about colorism amongst Latinos. How would you explain it to someone who's unfamiliar — or who doesn't understand that Black and Latino aren't mutually exclusive — and why is this something you're so passionate about? There are many struggles having my skin color as a Latina, and a lot of Americans, especially, are only familiar with the race and colorism struggles of African-Americans.
But this exists for Latinos as well. My mother is lighter than I am, my father is darker than I am, I have a lot of family members who are way lighter than I am — we come in all different shades and sizes and shapes, that's just how we are in the Latin community. We will be judged differently based on the color of our skin. They don't ever put women who look like myself, or men with my skin color, as the lead characters in novelas — soap operas — movies, or magazine covers.
I love all of these women, but in our culture, only women who look like Shakira, Sofia Vergara, or J. Lo are seen as beautiful or as stars.
And when we are included in movies or novelas, it's usually in a negative light, as the prostitute, or the gangster, the one robbing a bank, or raping the girl. But I feel that it's worth it. A lot of people want to shut me down — they want me to get over talking about race, they tell me to shut up and move on Until I see change, I will keep talking about it.
How do you feel when people call you the next Cardi B? I admire her work, her struggles, her sacrifice, her discipline. We have different styles, our music is different, and we have different stories, so I won't be the next Cardi B.
But I will be the next Amara La Negra. I'm sure we'll learn more once we see the reunion, but your friendships with some of your girlfriends on the show were strained after your run-in with Young Hollywood and more drama throughout the season. Where do things stand now? I don't feel that's possible. Once you pass a certain line of disrespect, I'm like, there's more people in the world, I'll survive. What about your relationship with Young Hollywood? But what I did do was try to move forward.
Some people are just ignorant, some people just don't know how to communicate, and some people you have to take for who they are. I took Hollywood's apology, I hugged it out, and tried to move forward. But at the end of the day, realistically the way that I feel is that he only tried to be nice to me and invite me to radio interviews because he was getting backlash on social media because of his comments toward me. But he mocked me and the Afro-Latina community — both an entire culture and an entire race. I did many interviews after where I asked people to stop threatening him, because I don't want to see him get hurt.
But his comments were not a joke — it has to do with history, people's emotions, a lot of things, so you need to be respectful. People make mistakes, people say fucked-up things and then regret it, cool.
But he keeps prolonging it. I don't know what the future may hold, but I know that we ain't cool right now. So what's next for Amara La Negra? I hear you ed a big record deal recently! And my EP is coming out in the next few months or so. I also have my Amara La Negra clothing line, a shoe line coming, a few movie options in the works I've worked my whole life for this moment, so I hope the world is ready. Major spoilers are ahead.
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