You’d think a quick glance at Love & Hip Hop: Miami’s newest cast member would be enough to convince people on the internet of her African heritage. However, if that wasn’t enough, the fact that she decided to go by the name Amara La Negra (which literally translates to Amara the black girl) should keep haters out of her mentions.
The VH1 star is still inexplicably fighting off accusations that she wore blackface to an interview with The Shade Room though.
For those not in the know, Amara is a Dominican-American, and like many people who can trace their roots to the DR, she considers herself Afro-Latina. However, several viewers of the interview accused her of donning blackface.
Who would have thought that someone of her decent would ever be accused of darkening her already perfect skin? Nevertheless, the outcry was loud enough that it got back to Amara, who posted old photos of herself as prrof that she didn’t darken her skin for the shoot.
“Well Yea I guess I was Born in a ‘Black Face Body!’” she joked. “Its funny that I even have to go through this and show you baby pictures or videos to prove to blogs and people on social media that my skin color is not airbrushed or spray tanned nor do I take melanin shots to be black!”
Amara also posted an actual example of a blackface performance, where she was mocked on a Spanish-language variety show by a model in the minstrel style of makeup.
“Get to know Me! Get to know my story! Get to know My Reasons First! Only if you guys Truly knew how hard this journey has been for me,” she wrote alongside the video. “But i REFUSE to fail! I will NEVER GIVE UP! I want you guys to be Part of My Story! Part of My success!”
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What makes the outcry particularly disheartening is that now Amara is being attacked from both sides for her heritage. She was recently told by a producer on the VH1 show that she needed to get rid of her afro.
“So I can’t be elegant if I have a ‘fro?” asked a notably miffed Amara. “Is that what you’re saying?
When Amara stood up for her appearance, the producer mockingly flashed a Black Power fist and called her a “nutella queen.”
She posted a clip from the show for her followers and stressed that she would continue to fight against this sort of stereotyping in the future.
“I want to thank all my fans & Followers for all the love and support I want to thank you guys for all your comments ( Good or Bad) , for your videos ,blogs etc,” she wrote. ”( Im glad we are Talking about The Problem.. Im So Sick of being ignored Like we don’t exist #AfroLatinos) I do my best to view as many videos and comments give y’all likes lol ❣️ because I want you guys to really know that I appreciate you guys. And for those that are just catching on and didn’t know about me before or that are questioning where I come from who I am my music my struggles my culture thank you for following… !”
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