Musician and Love & Hip Hop: Miami breakout star Amara La Negra is planning on becoming the next big thing in the American music market, determined to cross over her success as an accomplished artist from the Dominican Republic to the States. On her rise to the top, she is making it a point to educate those about the misrepresentations in the Afro-Latinx community.
However, the singer has already faced her fair share of detractors along the way, with the latest being The Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne Tha God.
La Negra recently met with Charlamagne and his two co-hosts, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, on their morning radio program Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, where the topic of colorism in America and the Latin community was introduced.
"If you're Latina, you have to look like J.Lo, Sofia Vergara, Shakira etc., but when you look like me, it's, 'You don't look Latina enough,'" she explained to the trio. "Why aren't we on magazines? Why aren't we on movies? It bothers me. I don't think you should change the way you look to succeed. It's my place to let people know, 'Hey, you are beautiful.'"
While the singer has been detailing this gripe for years — she's been active in the music industry since she was four — she's no stranger to handling those who may be ignorant to the cause she is trying to fight. Most recently, viewers of LHH: Miami may remember the offensive exchange she had with producer Young Hollywood, who called her "Nutella Queen" among other highly insulting remarks.
Now, it seems as Charlamagne and Envy have somewhat co-signed his sentiments as they attempted to discredit her struggle during the interview.
"I don't even see that in Hollywood," Charlamagne said. "I think times have changed a lot. Are you sure it's not in your mind?"
La Negra, who managed to keep her cool during the notoriously outspoken radio personality's comments, then went on to reiterate that it's simply a matter of adequate representation of her people. Charlamagne and Envy, in an attempt to rebut her point, then brought up the successes of Cardi B and Issa Rae, claiming they are proof that Latinas and women of deeper complexions can be successful, today.
"The concept is not the same," she responded. "Even looking at social media, and reading the comments, I know I'm not the only one. Others have said, 'We felt it, we just didn't want to say anything. We felt comfortable staying in the shadows.' I don't. You have to take the good with the bad and I've been hit with backlash, but I'll take it."
Take a look at the interview, in full, below:
Social media dragged the co-hosts for filth following their nasty comments and assumptions. Take a look below:
La Negra, however, remains uplifted and positive throughout the process.
(Photos from left: Greg Doherty/Getty Images, Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)
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