An “Empowered” Amara La Negra Talks Her Real Estate Venture, Weight Loss, And New Love

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Like many people, a lot has changed for Amara La Negra amid the pandemic. The singer, businesswoman, and reality TV personality decided to take a few things off, from her signature afro (he’s braided under some funny wigs) to her music career.

“Music has always been my passion, I just do what I’ve done all my life, but it makes a difference when you do it for fun,” she tells ESSENCE. “When it becomes a business and you have labels, you almost feel like a work slave.”

Tired of “hunting checks” for others, she decided to make money – lots of it – for herself. Amara did some research and decided to invest in real estate. The Dominican starlet has since acquired several properties, including more than 40 apartments that are rented on Airbnb and sold in the Dominican Republic.

“I’m bringing new job opportunities and I’m also bringing tourism to my country,” she says. “I’m very proud of that.”

Other things she’s proud of include a notable weight loss fueled by a health wake-up call, working on the second edition of her children’s book series Amarita’s Way, and their thriving, empowering relationship (which you can learn more about in the new season of Love and hip-hop Miami).

We spoke to her about how prioritizing peace resulted in her living her best life, creating generational wealth, the importance of starting a family sooner or later, and how amazing the transformation of her life is but is internal they still know and love the same Amara fans.

ESSENCE: First and foremost, you look amazing. You looked beautiful before and you are definitely gorgeous, but what has been your health and wellness path to achieve that greatness?

Amara La Negra: Well, I didn’t really want to talk about it publicly because I just felt like people really didn’t care. People want to know more about your weight loss transformation in order to be judgmental. I have ‘you look like a crackhead’ or ‘you do drugs’, all sorts of things. It’s crazy because I feel like after the unfortunate loss of [Chadwick Boseman]’I feel like this wasn’t even a good lesson for people to learn not to judge like that because you really don’t know what someone is going through. But unfortunately when I was in the Dominican Republic I found that I have some internal health issues and that was part of my weight loss as well. Then, sometime in December, I weighed about 230 and I didn’t even notice it because it was just that thick. But my fat man didn’t contribute to a healthy lifestyle either. I come from a family with breast cancer. My father has prostate cancer. Thyroid glands, high blood pressure, diabetes, everything. I thought, “Well, if I’m not taking care of myself … I know I’m trying to be fat and look sexy to everyone else, but I’m dying inside.” So I had to change a few things and here I am.

I am glad to hear that you are fine now! The new season of Love and Hip Hop Miami is coming so we can see that you’re really fine with a new love.

I’m so in love and I’m so happy and I’m so excited. I started this new journey with him, real estate. I just feel like a strong woman. I feel like I am transforming, evolving and transforming into the Amara that I am supposed to be. I just feel more mature. It’s like Amara developing and growing.

Can you tell me more about this project you have with real estate in the Dominican Republic?

We know the entertainment industry is like a roller coaster, sometimes you’re on top, sometimes you’re not. That’s why during the pandemic I decided not to put all my eggs in one basket, to do research, to do a little homework. I’ve always been curious about real estate. I have always believed in generational wealth. I can’t get away with it because I come from a very poor family. So I wanted to break this generation cycle and say, “Well, then I’ll make sacrifices. I will learn. “I went to the Dominican Republic, I bought nine properties. I have them on Airbnb, which makes them great, which brings passive income. I have just started the Amara Residence, which consists of 42 apartments and 12 penthouses now available for pre-build sale. I’m trying to be the best that I can be girl. Okay? I’m trying to be the rich woman. I’m trying to be the boss.

And you mentioned it when you talked about taking a break during the pandemic when it comes to the music. I feel like a lot of people prioritize their peace when it comes to work in general, and it sounds like you made that your priority.

Yes Yes Yes. As I said, I’ve been doing this since I was four years old and in my mind I thought I was like Beyoncé now because I love her. Then later you have to understand that every path is different. Your level of success may not be the same as someone else’s, so you need to pursue your own success. I am an artist at heart. I will always make music. I like music. I am a performer. I love to be on stage. I’m good at my craft, but then I just wanted some peace and quiet because it’s a lot. It’s a lot to be in the industry where everyone is constantly judging you. All eyes are on you. Social media has brought this whole world of haters that we haven’t seen before. It’s just a lot of pressure. So now I just do what makes me happy. Now I’m back in the studio, find the muse, find myself, find the Amara that I know I have in me.

Speaking of not putting all your eggs in one basket, you have your children’s books too. Can you tell us what you got with it?

I have my children’s book, Amarita’s Way, which is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Then I’ll work on my second issue, “No Time for Bullies”. I always feel that even though I’m twerking, I’m singing, doing all these sexy things, whatever, I have this side of me that I wish I had someone who encouraged me in this way, when i was younger. I want to be able to do the same for the little girls too. So when we talk about how to take on the texture of your hair, the melanin of your skin, never give up your dreams, in this case say no to bullies, respect each one’s beliefs, their individuality, all of these things are important to me that is why I have the second edition of my children’s book.

Speaking of kids, in the preview for the upcoming season of Love and Hip Hop Miami, I don’t know what’s going on, girls. I’ve seen baby talk happen …

Well, you may not know. Maybe it’s me right now … You have to check me out this season of Love and Hip Hop Miami, but I feel like I’m ready. I think the time has come. Sometimes we’re so busy chasing success, chasing the next project, chasing this one, that you forget that after you’ve got all these things, what if you have no one to share it with? That doesn’t just mean your significant other, but like I said, I firmly believe in generational wealth. I’m an only child. I have always dreamed of having a lot of children and I want to be able to pass on all of my real estate, all of my possessions, everything that I have sacrificed. Who do I leave that to? So I’m looking forward to getting married at some point, having children and continuing to be the boss.

Yes / Yes. I love it. I feel like we’re seeing a remixed version of Amara. You are the businesswoman. You have the new love. You got all of these things going, but like you said, you are still you.

I still am, okay? Because people say, “Oh my god, Amara isn’t fat anymore. Oh my god, Amara, where is the afro? Oh my god. “First of all, I was always very clear. My hair is a part of me, but it doesn’t define me. My hair doesn’t say who I am. I’m an artist. You have to change it every now and then and me I get it. I can spice it up and bring it back and change it or whatever, but who I am inside hasn’t changed. I’m still the same girl you met in the first season of Love & Hip Hop Miami.

“Love & Hip Hop: Miami” returns on VH1 Monday, August 23 at 9:00 PM ET / PT

SUBJECTS: Amara la Negra love and hip-hop Miami real estate

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