Not the best look
Amara La Negra has been incredibly vocal about the ways that colorism and negative attitudes toward African features and hairstyles can affect people trying to make it in the music industry. She brought her beliefs to perhaps the biggest audience yet when she stopped by The Breakfast Club.
However, Charlamagne The God and DJ Envy refused to meet Amara where she lives. They denied that there’s any colorism in the entertainment industry which angered Amara’s fans and other listeners.
First, let’s hear Amara’s story.
“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 told the hosts. “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.’”
Amara knows what she’s talking about. After all, she’s had to live as herself for her entire life. But for anyone who needs proof of her claims, you can look at an episode of the reality show she joined this year. Love & Hip Hop: Miami showed a producer encouraging Amara to get rid of her afro to make her more appealing to audiences.
Charlamagne countered that he’s never seen anything like that in his life.
“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 said that she has the backing of other people who have suffered through the same problems.
“I popped up in the Dominican Republic and the music traveled but it took a long time for that to happen,” she said. “The concept is not the same. 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.”’
DJ Envy and Charlamagne continued to interrupt Amara, and fans noticed.
“I don’t know much about Amara La Negra, but she definitely deserved more respect than she received on The Breakfast Club,” wrote Twitter user @callmedollar. “Everything she said was basically shot down by DJ Envy and Charlamagne. Disrespectful.”
“Wow, the whole time while Amara La Negra was trying to explain how difficult it is being a darkskinned black Latina in the music industry, Charlamagne and Envy tried to invalidate her struggles,” added @AVeryRichBish.
Charlamagne and DJ Envy have yet to respond to the criticism of their treatment of La Negra, but she can’t say she isn’t used to it. As we mentioned, she was just dressed down for wearing an afro on television.
“So I can’t be elegant if I have a ‘fro?” Amara asked after a producer told her that her hair was aggressive. “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.”
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”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,” she wrote on Instagram after the incident.
Check out Amara’s interview up top. What do you think? Was Charlamagne disrespectful? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.