The Great Debate: Amara La Negra and Cardi B's Sister, Hennessy, Disagree About Colorism

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What was an opportunity for Amara La Negra to promote Love & Hip Hop Miami and show her Afro-Latina pride on NYC 105.1's The Breakfast Club, turned into something else. When Amara shared her experience as a dark-skinned Afro-Latina in an entertainment industry that embraces Latinas who resemble Shakira or Sofía Vegara—well, let’s just say the caca hit the fan and folks are still wiping off their mobile screens.

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First, two of the three Breakfast Club hosts Charlemagne Tha God and DJ Envy dismissed Amara’s struggles. And then, Charlemagne asked the singer and reality star if it was “all in her head.” And of course, the conversation turned to Cardi B who is Dominican, just like Amara. Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina popped up with a clapback for Amara. Why? Because Hennessy believed that Amara's colorism comments implied that Cardi was accepted faster by the public because of her lighter complexion.

 

 

Both Amara and Cardi have spoken out again colorism in the black and brown community. Once, during a DJ Vlad interview, Cardi mentioned that some strip clubs in NYC don’t hire black bartenders and dancers because they have a fetish for girls with an “exotic” look. Still, Hennessy hopped on Instagram (with a post and delete situation) to defend her sister’s work ethic and chart-topping success. “People like [Cardi] because she doesn’t sugar coat shit, that’s why people like her NOT bc she's light skinned,” Hennessy wrote.  But Amara never said Cardi didn’t work hard, in fact, Amara responded with "Cardi deserves everything God is blessing her with because she’s worked for it.” The Shade Room caught Hennessy's post before it was deleted.

The situation became a trending topic, and The Breakfast Club addressed the controversy during host Angela Yee’s "Rumor Report." Charlemagne explained that he wasn’t “dismissing colorism or her [Amara's] struggle,” however, the host and author of Black Excellence also disagreed about Amara’s point about colorism in the entertainment. His stance? "I see women of color of all shades popping right now, especially over the last year,” he said. Yee ended her report on a hopeful note, saying this was a learning experience for everyone involved, and that hopefully, people understand who Afro-Latinas are. To that Charlemagne said: “I’m trying, but I’m dumb.”

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Things continued to get interesting when The Breakfast Club's competitor, Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, jumped into the hot discussion. Ebro countered Charlemagne’s disbelief about dark-skinned people in entertainment and discussed colorism in Latina countries. “Go to Latin America and all you see is the dark-skinned people in service jobs and working outside and the light skin people on TV with the big celebrity jobs.” Co-host Laura Stylez, who’s Guatemalan, agreed with Ebro and Amara. “In any telenovela or major movie, you will not see a dark-skinned woman as a major lead," she said.

Watch the conversation on Hot 97 below. 

 

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