The often twisted court of public opinion has had a great deal to say about singer-songwriter Amara La Negra. While the verdict may still be out on the Love & Hip Hop: Miami star as a musician, her case as a household name has turned out to be one of the most telling cultural curiosities of 2018.

An unfortunate fact of fame is that once a certain point of visibility has been reached, artists who challenge the norms of eurocentricity are eventually tasked with either suppressing their blackness or being made to answer for it. La Negra has experienced both, as she navigates color lines in two separate parts of the diaspora—both Latin and Black America.

Embodying the intersection where those worlds meet, the Afro-Latina songstress lives in duality. Born in Miami to a migrant mother of the Dominican Republic, La Negra first gained celebrity as a Spanish-language recording artist in the Latin American market. All too familiar with the anti-black politics that exist in such circles, the dark skinned, full figured, kinky haired singer never mistook stardom for an escape from colorism.