Other than providing entertainment through multiple love triangles and intense arguments, the Love & Hip Hop franchise has also introduced the world to talented artists like K. Michelle & Cardi B. Recently, VH1 announced a fourth installment to the franchise, Love & Hip Hop: Miami(LHHMIA), and one talented cast member to be on the lookout for is Amara La Negra. LHHMIA, according to VH1, will premiere in January 2018 and focus on “the Hip Hop, Latin, and Reggaeton music scene in Miami, as well as the rich Latin culture.”Besides Amara, LHHMIA stars Trina, Trick Daddy, Gunplay, Shay Johnson, Vanessa Vega, JoJo Zarur, Bobby Lytes, and Prince.
Amara is a multi-talented artist who has “collaborated with musicians Trina, Kent Jones, Sean Paul, and Mr. Vegas on various songs.” Check out my interview with Amara where she talks about Love & Hip Hop: Miami, what fans can expect from the show, and more below, as well as a sneak peek at LHHMIA.
1-Growing up, did you always know that you wanted to be a singer?
Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I believe some people are born knowing what their purpose in this world is and I have always known mines. I’ve always said that I wanted to be a superstar—I love to sing, I love to perform, and pretty much anything that has to do with the entertainment industry because I have also worked as a TV host and radio personality. I’ve pretty much almost done it all but definitely singing is my passion, my first true love and I will sing until the day that I die.
2-Who is your favorite artist?
I don’t really have one favorite artist because I admire many artists. I truly admire Beyoncé but when I was younger, I grew up admiring Tina Turner and Donna Summers, as well as Celia Cruz, Olga Taño, La Lupe, and among many other women.
3-How did you become part of Love & Hip Hop: Miami?
My manager, Jullian Boothe, was the one who asked me if I would be interested in participating and I said yes because I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to cross over into the American market. My manager set up a meeting and they saw my personality and they liked it. They liked my story and my purpose and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to show my music and open my life to my fans.
4-Were you a fan of the Love & Hip Hop franchise before you joined?
I definitely was a fan and I am a fan of Love & Hip Hop: New York. I really love Love & Hip Hop: Atanta because there’s so much controversy and drama and it’s just entertaining, sometimes I do take it a little bit too far but at the end of the day it is reality TV. I love LHHNY because of my friend JuJu, whip is also a very good friend of mine and a beautiful Afro Latina, and Cardi B for which I admire her growth and that she was the first Dominican representing on in LHHNY.
5-What was your first day of filming like?
My first day of filming—I was very nervous, never shy, just nervous, because I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It looks really nice on TV, once it’s edited, but it takes a lot of work—a lot of hours of recording and shooting. We’ve been recording LHHMIA for about a year now and it will air in 2018 but I was very excited to know that I was officially taking my first step into getting known in the American industry.
6-What can fans expect from Love & Hip Hop: Miami?
They can definitely expect LHHMIA to be different from other franchises because we bring a little bit more of the Latin flavor. It’s more of a mix of cultures—we are definitely spicing it up. We have drama, we have love stories, love triangles, and in my case, I also wanted to make sure that my storyline wasn’t just about drama or a love interest but that I could also use that platform to bring knowledge to Love & Hip Hop fans on things that needed to be spoken about.
7-What is your favorite song to perform?
From all my songs, I know that my fans really like to see me perform “Asi” and “Ayy” but I really love my last single, “Se Que Soy,” because I love the rhythm, which is Reggeaton, the lyrics, and it’s a song that it took me some time to write. I was very involved in the production so I truly love that song
8-What new music can fans expect from you?
I’m working on new music and I spent a lot of time in the studio because I want to be able to bring a lot of music to my fans. I will be launching my new single called “Wat a Bam Bam” in October 2017, which will also be airing on LHHMIA.
9-What advice can you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in singing?
Consistency and discipline is key, it’s not an easy industry. You can’t give up and you have to prepare yourself. Learn as much as you can, surround yourself by positive people that encourage you and bring out the best of you, and at the end of the day, you just have to put in that work. Be willing to have sleepless nights, days without eating, long rehearsals, and be willing to DM as many producers that you think that can help you get to where you want to be. Knock on doors and reach out to people because you never know who knows who or who can help you get to where you want to be. It’s a very long journey and sometimes they can be very lonely as well so you have to make sure to have a good support team, whether it’s your family or your friends because it is a very long journey. Me personally, I have been grinding and hustling and doing beauty pageants, auditions, you know all types of things since I was four years old and I still haven’t had my true, really big break. You also need to learn to have patience because patience is key.
10-What is NEXT for Amara La Negra?
I have my clothing line called ALN Clothing Line, which I launched in April of this year. I am thankful for all my fans that support me and I’m working on the reality show. I’m working on putting together an EP for when the show airs—new music, new music videos, there’s a lot on my plate right now and I feel very blessed about it. I’m hoping that once to show airs, new opportunities will come because I want to do a movie or a series for TV, I want to try new and different things this upcoming year.
Photo Credit: Jullian Booth