Amara La Negra And Cardi B's Sister Debate Colorism (And One Of Them Didn't Really Get It)

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Hold onto your butts, because the drama between two "Love & Hip Hop" ladies got pretty heated recently. Cardi B's success has skyrocketed since her reality television days and Amara La Negra is hoping that her music career can jump new heights with the help of some on-screen recognition. These two self-proclaimed Afro-Latinas are making waves and carving out their own lanes in the entertainment industry, but Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina, felt some type of way after Amara's interview with "The Breakfast Club."

When asked about Cardi's mainstream success as an Afro-Latina woman, Amara said that their experiences can't be compared. She told the hosts that, unlike her, Cardi isn't trying to get into the Latin market and mainstream culture accepts Cardi, more than Amara, because Cardi's complexion is much lighter. They weren't facing the same struggle.

Hennessy hopped on Instagram to comment on TheShadeRoom's clip of the interview, saying that Cardi and Amara have been talking about the same colorism and racism issues in the industry but it doesn't seem that people have been paying attention to Cardi because she isn't dark-skinned.

“Okay I like her she’s obviously beautiful,” Carolina wrote. “This is the same message my sister has been trying to spread for a while now, but it doesn’t count because she’s not so dark? So what I DONT like is that they asked her if she feels that Cardi made it becaues she's lighter-skinned and she made a face basically insinuating 'yes.'"

It seemed obvious that Amara wasn't trying to come for Cardi or knock her hustle, but somewhere something was lost in translation. After Amara became aware of Hennessey's social media comments she replied in an attempt to clear things up. 

“Mama, I have never said she’s not a hard working girl I have always admire her, I’ve said it in every interview. I’m not putting her down…and she deserves everything god is blessing her with cause she has worked for it. I think you’re misunderstanding what I’m saying.”

Not to be misunderstood, Hennessey dropped in once again to make sure no one took her words the wrong way.

"I support your movement so much and we love to see a Dominican woman make it and represent. I just didn't appreciate the gesture when you was asked if my sister made it cause she is 'light skin.' We should not make issues between minority women light to dark brown because we all have to fight and work just as hard from light brown to dark skin brown...WE ARE ALL BROWN DOESNT MATTER THE LEVEL OF BROWNS we are to experience colorism!"

True, we need to stop attacking one another over colorism, but the conversation itself is going to be a heated one. Every Black and brown woman has experienced discrimination, pain, hurt, rejection, and insults because of their melanin. It's important that we stay level-headed and learn from one another and not draw lines in the sand among ourselves.

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