Amara La Negra

 
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This post is about a Black History Month program, featuring Amara La Negra.

I know. It's a little late, but it has been sitting in my drafts for at least a month, because I just didn't know how I could best tell the story.

In an effort to get it up, I stopped worrying about that part, and just wrote. See below! :)

Amara La Negra - most commonly known as a cast member of Love & Hip Hop Miami and a vocal advocate for Afro-Latinx - stopped by the Times as a guest of Black@NYT and The Latino Network(Internal Employee Resource Groups) for our 2018 Black History Month programming.

We invited her to come speak with Sandra Garcia, a Times' journalist and fellow Afro-Latina, to highlight the plight of Afro-Latinx and bridge the gap for those who may not be privy to the fact that black people exist outside of these American borders.

In case I lost you, yes, black people are not just here in the United States. Due to transatlantic slave trade, which involved most of the Western Hemisphere, including but not limited to the United States, the Caribbean/West Indies, South America, Central America and so on, black people - as in, the race - are dispersed across the world, and together, we make up what is known as the African Diaspora.

The gag? Our experiences, though different in some aspects, are very much alike in others. From colorism and discriminatory practices to hair shaming and so on, black people are oppressed across the world, and as one of my good friends would say, "the [main] difference between black people in America and black people everywhere else, is where we got off the boat." 

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For most of my life, this was unbeknownst to me, but after taking a few African American studies courses, one of which specifically focused on Latin America, I soon found out about our Spanish brothers and sisters.

That said, as one of the co-chairs for the Events and Networking committee, it was really important for me to treat Black History Month as a time to educate, enlighten and bridge the gap and Amara's role was integral in helping us doing so.

From the time she got there, she spoke nothing but facts on the struggles of black and latina/latino people, sharing stories that made us laugh and stories that pissed us off and/or made us want to cry. lol

Watch these clips to see what she had to say:

Amara La Negra - "If we do a movie about a slave or something, we'll call you, but as a Latina, none of these roles are ever going to be for you."
"You're so pretty for being black."
Amara La Negra shares story about 5 year old Afro Latina girl who came up to her and said "I'm so sad, because..."
Amara La Negra talks about why she looked up to Cela Cruz growing up.

As you can see, this was truly an event for the books. Thankful this beacon of light squeezed us in to share a piece of her story!