Series executive producer Mona Scott-Young says she is “surprised” that folks are acting brand new on the subject, as colorism has helped cripple the black community and plagues the music industry… especially hip-hop.
“We know even within our own community, we have our light-skinned black, dark-skinned blacks,” she says, adding that colorism “it’s not just in the Latina community and this is something we have had to deal with.”
Scott-Young says she’s pleased people are having the colorism conversation because “if you aren’t talking about something how can you be fostering understanding?”
She added that it’s important that people get the subject out there so people can hear other’s points of view.
Watch the clip above.
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Scott-Young also stated that she has no problem with giving the subject a platform because until we talk about it, “we will never see change.”
The debate heated up when Amara La Negra was interviewed on The Breakfast Club and stated that she was Dominican and referred to herself as Afro-Latina. That’s when co-host DJ Envy asked her, “What is Afro-Latina? I thought it was half-black and something else, half-Latina.”
He said that in his understanding, “They didn’t want to be black and they didn’t want to be Puerto Rican.”
During the interview, she mentioned how her L&HH co-star Young Hollywood told her that she should rock more of a Beyonce-style and look less like Macy Gray.
Host Charlamagne tha God continued to confirm his ignorance and disdain for black women when he asked Amara about her colorism experience and suggested: “You sure it’s not in your mind?”
Many fans were particularly stunned by his statement. He then used light-skinned Cardi B as an example of how there’s no colorism is the music industry.
Many have slammed the interview as a missed opportunity to have a transparent discussion about a hot topic that affects people of color.
Watch Amara La Negra on “The Breakfast Club’: