12 Things Amara La Negra Has Taught Us About Afro-Latinx Identity & Colorism

Amara La Negra has taken every opportunity to school the world on Afro-Latinx identity and colorism from the moment she burst onto the pop culture scene on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Miami. It hasn’t been an easy job but the entertainer continues to rise to the occasion and making the world a better place because of it. Here are 12 times she has educated her audience on these incredibly important topics:

1. You can be Black AND Latinx.

Yes, you can be black and you can be Latina at the same time. We come from African descent and that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be as dark as I am. My mother is lighter than me and she’s also an Afro-Latina. I have uncles and aunts that are lighter than I am and they also are Afro-Latinos,” she told HipLatina. “It just means you come from African descent. I think that a lot of people get confused because something that I’ve clarified on several occasions is when you come to the United States, the system here is different. You’re kind of boxed…I just feel we need to get together as a whole—as a community and really uplift each other, support each other and show people that don’t know about us our culture.”




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