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charlottepride.org Afro-Latina with a Rainbow Flag by Judith Barriga With candela and tumbao, Amara La Negra has captivated crowds at concerts and on the screen during her early years, making her the most controversial Afro-Latina of the moment. She was born and raised in the USA to Dominican parents, beginning her career at only 4 years old in the popular show “Sabado Gigante” where she shares with us that she matured as an artist and as a person. “I’m forever grateful to my mother for the life I have and for my career. I have Latino and Afro roots and I’m very proud of it”, said the exotic performer that radiates energy on all her performances with her brown skin color and afro background. HER MUSIC With lots of charisma, she leaves her mark on the stage, in a new phase of her career, Amara La Negra empowers and makes today’s woman dance on her album ‘Unstoppable’. “My music is lively, fun and it cheers you up. Many times people distort the idea of one’s style or lyrics, but I believe that as women, we can take ownership of what we do and enjoy the ride” said the singer. Defending her identity and style, the Hip Hop and R&B singer, Amara has taken a position that defends her Latinidad, culture, and language. “It gives me a lot of pride to represent the Latino community in the English speaking market and internationally. I stick my Spanglish here and there and raise the Dominican flag up high”, said La Negra, who got to be a dancer in the Latin Grammys also sharing the stage with big music icons like Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, and La India. With a strong personality and big charisma, the force of Amara La Negra give voice to the causes of the Rainbow Flag, identifying herself with the LGBTQ community in the US and in the rest of the world. “In a way I identify with them, we’re liberal, they understand our energy, they want to be free to express themselves without being judged and that’s how I feel” said Amara who has performed at the World Pride in New York and San Francisco Pride. Irreverent, rebellious, as she describes herself, she wholeheartedly thanks everyone for the trust and support she has received from the LGBTQ community and from the international community. “I’m so grateful, and in love with the community, for so much love that they’ve given me, for believing in me. With a lot of Pride for the opportunity of giving talent to my music, my art and energy and we still have so much more to give” concluded Amara La Negra who announced her participation at the upcoming CharlottePride on August 17-18. This English translation of our feature on page 30 was provided by Denise Coleman. 43 43 “I’m so grateful, and in love with the community, for so much love that they’ve given me, for believing in me.” AMARA LA NEGRA