We knew that Love & Hip Hop: Miami would bring us the heat, but we had no idea that our fave Amara La Negra would have to check folks on the very FIRST episode.
If you didn’t watch it (um, where were you?), here’s a quick bite of what went down. Dominican singer Amara La Negra is plotting her mainstream crossover and met with Young Hollywood (real name Elijah Sarraga), and she took her mother, Ana Maria Oleaga along for the first meeting. She decides to pay him a visit, this time she goes solo, to see if they can work together on her project.
And that’s when the shit hit the fan. Young Hollywood tells the curvy, afro-rockin’ beauty that she needs to look more like Bey and a little “less Macy Gray.” Wait. What? Then he proceeds to stick his entire foot in his ignorant mouth by implying that she couldn’t be elegant and breathtaking with an afro.
Something tells us that if Amara were bald, she would still snatch all of the air from everybody’s lungs.
And asked her to elaborate on the meaning of being Afro-Latina with: “What does that mean? Are you African? Or is that just because you have an afro?” To add insult to injury, Young Hollywood called the woman who aspires to be a CoverGirl, a “Nutella queen.”
Amara, who, sadly is no stranger to this kind of ignorance (even in the Latinx community), schooling the producer. She told him: “Not all Latinas look like J. Lo or Sofia Vergara or Shakira, so where are the women that look like myself?” Well, no lies were told here.
In another clip, Amara celebrates herself, telling viewers during her confessional that she’s “extremely proud of my brown skin. I’m proud of my color of the way my hair curls. I’m proud of who I am, and nobody’s gonna take that away from me.” And Twitter, with all of its usual fast and furious tweets, got information to support Amara, many of them with their stories of people who either questioned their blackness or tossed anti-black shade their way.
Check out the clip here.