Body heat. You can feel it seeping through the cracks in the door, filling the room where I sit. A large crowd is gathered just beyond that wall; unbothered by Florida’s summer temperatures. Amara La Negra is about to walk in the door.
The Miami-born, Dominican singer is in Orlando for one night only to host Sisters In Power “The Fashion Show”. The women’s empowerment event comes in the midst of her epic crossover into the American hip-hop scene.
In recent months, Amara — born Dana Danelys De Los Santos — her influence and music, have only grown in popularity. By now, it’s likely you’ve heard her vocalize the need for inclusion in the Afro-Latina community; a conversation she doesn’t plan to stop having, no matter what people have to say.
“See, this is people’s biggest mistake. You’re so busy concerned about what other people have to say about you or what they might say, that you stop living your life, your journey, your purpose,” she said. “So, I know that for a lot of people, you know they’re tired of me talking about the same thing, colorism, and everything else, but I refuse to stop because I haven’t seen any change.”
Amara sat down with me for a few minutes to chat about who she really is, her faith, dream collabs and even her mom’s advice for when you’re just not feeling yourself.