"I Am Not My Hair Series" "Afro-Latina" by, Artbysimplyjess
“I Am Not My Hair Series” “Afro-Latina” by: www.SimplyJessArt.com

Singer/artist Amara La Negra has been making a statement since the first season of Love & Hip Hop Miami aired on January 1, 2018. The viewers are able to know more about her and how she is empowering women like her to not give up, never change who you are and most importantly your appearance. She is shining a light on how difficult it is for women who are dark skinned to make it in the entertainment/music industry without being told that they need to change their appearance.

Born Dana Danelys De Los Santos in Miami, Florida, the 27-year-old was raised by a single mother who moved from the Dominican Republic to the United States in hopes to give her daughter a better future. Amara has shared some of her deepest moments on the show on how her mother worked five jobs to make ends meet. She also shared that as a young girl she attended dance classes, took acting classes, modeling and in 1991 she won her first award in a beauty pageant.

Amara is a Latin musician who has made music in the Latin industry and has worked with well-known artists along the way. However, from what we’ve learned from her debut on Love & Hip Hop, Amara is looking into breaking in the American music industry but not without facing hardships from being told that she needs to change her appearance. In a recent interview on the radio station the Breakfast Club, Amara discusses these particular issues.

“We come in so many different shades that it’s like, why is it so hard for people to understand that or accept me? I feel like there’s this standard of beauty that you have to look a certain type of way in order to be pretty, your hair needs to be straight and silky or if you’re Latina you have to look like J. LO…” She also noted, “there isn’t a Latin country that doesn’t look like me.”

On the show Amara seeks guidance from a well-known producer named Young Hollywood. She wanted some insight on how she can make a crossover from the Latin music industry to the American music industry. However, things took a turn when he asked her why her hair is the way it is. He then proceeded to tell her to be less Macy Gray and be more Beyoncé and called her a Nutella Queen.

As you can imagine the internet has been all over this issue and the majority are taking a stand with Amara. Although, she discussed how she was angry, instead she explains how important it is to educate people like Young Hollywood.

Since the show Amara has been on several interviews and continues to bring awareness to the public. She also landed a multi-album record deal with BMG and is the CEO and founder of ALN Clothing line. This goes to show that even after being criticized Amara does not let it stop her and get in the way of her dreams. She explains how she embraces her appearance, sets her self apart and is her own person. The Afro-Latina is empowering women and young ladies to love the skin they’re in and their hair. She notes everyone is different and that’s what makes them unique.

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Although, this topic is about breaking in the American music industry this is something that many Latinos and African-American’s encounter. The stereotype continues because people are not properly educated or are single-minded.

amara-la-negra-singer-640x560To learn more about Amara La Negra you can watch the show Love and Hip Hop Miami every Monday 9/8C on VH1 and or follow her on social media.

Instagram @amaralanegraaln

Twitter @AmaraLaNegraALN

www.ALNclothingline.com  amara-la-negra

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Photo cred: www.simplyjessart.com

Latino Fashion Week 2017

This year’s Latino Fashion Week motto was “Without Limits” and it truly lived to its name. From the opening night till the last day I was amazed by the different styles from each designer. Once again, co-founders and producers of the show Arabel Alva Rosales and Cesar Rolon Jr. brought out some of the best designers and even those who are starting up and giving them a chance to showcase their work.

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Help Puerto Rico by signing  to wave the Jones Act & donate 

Click here to sign & waive the Jones Act Let’s make this happen y’all! The Jones Act is 100 years old and is screwing the people on the island who are Citizens!  

“What is the Jones Act…”On March 2, 1917, Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, under which Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans were granted statutory citizenship, meaning that citizenship was granted by an act of Congress and not by the Constitution (thus it was NOT guaranteed by the constitution”

You can also donate at The Puerto Rico House in Chicago, 1237 N. California. Today until 9p.m. Due to over capacity the police station on 2150 N. California will also accept donations 

Things they need

  • Water 
  • Canned foods 
  • Diapers 
  • Powder formula
  • Flashlight 
  • Batteries 
  • Clothes….Etc… 

Before & after pictures below 

Logan Square Graffiti Photo Shoot

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Photographer: Richie
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Hey Guys! So last Friday a few friends and I took the opportunity to have a photo shoot in one of the most hipster sides of town…LOGAN SQUARE! This neighborhood in Chicago has some great art and the nightlife is a plus! filled with restaurants, bars, lounges and more! The art in the area just makes the neighborhood stand out and gives it a funky vibe. From now on we would like to take a few Fridays to do photo shoots in different parts of the city and share all the wonderful places to visit. So if you’re a tourist, new to the city or even someone who has lived here for a long time we hope we can share some new places with you.

  • Photographers: Lucia A. Crespo (Me) – Instagram @LittleLulu2U
  • Richie Almeyda – @richiechicago – http://www.richallmedia.com
  • Bryanth Perez – (Drone Photographer) Instagram – @oceanskyhighchi
  • Kaitlyn Marie – Instagram – @kayariee

Check below the end of these pics to learn more about Logan Square and check out

 

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It’s a CHICAGO thing

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Logan Square is an official community area, historical neighborhood, and public squarelocated on the northwest side of the City of Chicago. The Logan Square community area is one of the 77 city-designated community areas established for planning purposes. The Logan Square neighborhood, located within the Logan Square community area, is centered on the public square that serves as its namesake, located at the three-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard.

The community area of Logan Square is, in general, bounded by the Metra/Milwaukee District North Line railroad on the west, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, Diversey Parkway, on the north, and Bloomingdale Avenue on the south. The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards, stately greystones and large bungalow-style homes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_Square,_Chicago)

How to pull off a Professional & Casual look

Ever wanted to dress casual for work but still needed to look professional? Well, here is a simple style on how to pull off the duo. First, when it comes to jeans I tend to lean more towards a darker color rather than lighter jeans. Secondly, always have a blazer because this will initially complete the duo look. As shown in the pictures below I went for a flowy orange shirt but even a fitted white tee or any other color will look just as good. As for shoes I decided to wear wedges however, a pair of nice closed sandals or even flats will also do the trick.

Blazer is from Express and the shirt, jeans and shoes are from Forever 21

 

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Puerto Rico 2017 Recap

Puerto Rico came and left before I knew it, but my experience there was impeccable. Words truly can’t explain the way I felt being on the motherland. From the moment I landed there was a comfort inside of me like this was truly paradise. Being there two days before my sisters big day/wedding we had the opportunity to relax and settle in. The day before the wedding was the walk through at the venue (Casa De Espana) and seeing it for the first time took my breath away. That same evening after the walk through we went to eat at an amazing restaurant named Raices in Old San Juan. Raices means roots in English and it was fitting because the waiters and waitresses had on traditional Puerto Rican outfits. The food and the drinks were delicious and the overall ambiance was joyful.

The day of the wedding I felt the jitters but excited all at the same time. Watching my sister walk down the isle as my father stood by her side holding her arm was beautiful and emotional. Instant tears of joy streamed down my sisters face and of course the rest of us. From beginning to end the evening was like a fairytale that I got to experience. It was also a blessing that 93 friends and family were able to witness such a spectacular wedding.  

Casa De Espana is definitely a historic site and place to visit when traveling to Puerto Rico.

The days after the wedding were spent visiting family, Hiking EL Yunque/Rain forest up in the mountains, lounging at Luquillo beach and visiting El Morro/The Fort. Although, I was unable to do every activity I still enjoyed my time and the things I got to do. There’s the worlds highest zip lining in Puerto Rico, the Bioluminescent Bay adventure, Culebras and Viques which are 2 small island municipalities of Puerto Rico and are just 17 and 14 miles away from the mainland with private/white sand beaches, etc….

The people everywhere we went were kind, respectful, polite and made you feel welcomed.

Puerto Rico definitely stole my heart. 

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PHOTO CREDS:

Steven Souriyadeth and check out his Website at ourstoriesyourlegacy.com  (Founder & Executive Publisher) IG: @souris55

Vanessa Elizondo, Angel Elizondo, Lolina Lautoa

Things to do in P.R. https://www.expedia.com/things-to-do/search?location=Puerto-Rico-Island&regionId=180021&kword=what_to_do_in_puerto_rico_island!b.ZzZz.4990000246190.0.80539227990259.things%20to%20do%20in%20puerto%20rico.what_to_do_in_puerto_rico_island&semcid=US.MULTILOB.BING.SEARCH.TSHOP&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=USA%3AENG%3A%5D%3ADL%3AAMER%3AX%3AB%3AX%3A%3A&utm_term=what%20to%20do%20in%20puerto%20rico%20island&utm_content=USA%3AENG%3A%5D%3ADT%3AAMER%3APRI%3AXX%3ACaribbean%3A6022969%3APuerto_Rico_Island%3A180021%3AB%3AX%3Awhat_to_do%3A

 

Puerto Rico/Wedding/Vacation

With Puerto Rico being just a few days away I can’t wait to share all the great things there is to do on the island. I hear many great stories but this time I get to experience P.R. for myself. My beautiful sister is getting married at Casa De España in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and it is known to be a historic place on the island.
Casa de España is the headquarters of a private social organization whose members are those of Spanish descent in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Avenida de La Constitución in Old San Juan. The building was designed in a Moorish Revival style by architect Pedro Adolfo de Castro. The building dates from 1934. Although it is named “Casa”, it has never been a dwelling place for a family; rather it is a “house” whose members claim common ancestry. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] It is not open to the public, but private affairs may be arranged. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_de_Espa%C3%B1a

Sharing some of my fave throwback beach photos in the meantime…

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Sun if life…Beach is life
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Into the clouds

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Level of excitement….1000
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Splish-splash

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