Amara La Negra Responds to Blackface Rumors


Remezcla and the Huffington Post are among the news outlets reporting on Miami-born Dominican singer Amara La Negra (Love & Hip-Hop: Miami), who was compelled to prove her blackness after being accused of acting in “blackface.” Remezcla’s Cheky reports:

Earlier this week, Dominican singer Amara La Negra went viral after the premiere of Love & Hip-Hop: Miami, when she schooled producer Young Hollywood, who challenged her Afro-Latinidad and insinuated her natural hair was keeping her from being “elegant and breathtaking.” The incident introduced her to a whole new audience in the U.S. and beyond, and many took to social media accusing the young artist of blackface.

Many speculated that Amara takes melanin shots or spray-tans herself to darken her skin, and some even suggested that she isn’t Latina at all. Yesterday, in response to these critiques, Amara La Negra posted an Instagram video of herself as a child to disprove some of the rumors. “I guess I was born in a ‘Black Face Body!,’” reads the caption. “These days you gotta explain it all…I’m being questioned every single part of my body.”

During a recent promotional interview, The Shaderoom’s Angie Nwandu asked Amara about the blackface accusations, which she dismissed. “It’s really important to me, being on this show to educate and inform people about Afro-Latinos,” she said, noting that her fellow Love & Hip Hop: Miami star Trina is also Afro-Latina.

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