A'mara le Negra
By Michelby Whitehead

If 2017 was the year of Cardi B, then one can only nod in agreement that 2018 will be the reign of A'mara la Negra, the breakout cast member on Vh1's Love n Hip Hop Miami. I don't know about you, but the way A'mara's skin glows makes me want to say "Hey girl! Can you be my life coach? Because obviously you're doing something right!" While we wait on the beautiful one to take us under her wing, here are 5 ways A'mara la Negra has inspired us to rock out in 2018!


1. Don't let present success make you get too comfortable. 
Before Love n Hip Hop Miami, the Dominican darling was already popping on the Latin charts with a phenomenal social media presence. However, she was determined to take things to the next level and make a name for herself in the U.S. This week, A'mara signed a major record deal.

2. Remain authentic and true to your calling. 
Listen, representation matters, especially in media as it relates to standards of beauty. Her dark skin, kinky, curly fro and curvaceous body were something that we had yet to see a reality TV star fight to defend until now. La Negra unapologetically represents the underdog, and we love her for it. This is a reminder to serve #blackgirlmagic whether they want it or not. You had a purpose before any of the naysayers had an opinion. 

A'mara with her mom
3. You need wise counsel if you're going to live your best life. 
Do you remember the 1980s doll My Buddy? The toy was always sold out because kids loved the thought of having a pal they could drag around all day! If having an inanimate object as a friend is helpful for a child's self-esteem, how much more important is it for grown women to have a solid shoulder to lean on? On the first episode of Love n Hip Hop Miami, we see how much A'mara values her mother's opinions and support. In 2018, we're unsubscribing from the school of thought that says boss moves are made alone. Iron sharpens iron.  

4. Obstacles will come, but you have to keep going.
 The one thing that we all have in common is the desire to slay our goals, whatever they may be. You can throw a vision board party and map your goals out. You can even pray that God directs you as you pursue these goals. Nonetheless, you may still have some hiccups along the way.  Don't get frustrated with the process and abort the mission. A'mara admits that life was not easy for her being raised by a single mom and facing discrimination as an Afro Latina. But guess what? She made it and so can you if you are persistent. 

5. Laugh, dance and be merry.
 Check out La Negra's Instagram account. You see nothing but her gorgeous smile as she shakes a tail feather through life, even when she has to clapback on people making ignorant assumptions! No one wants to be around someone who is bitter and messy. No one wants to hear you self loathe and whine about things you have the power to change. Take a page out A'mara's book and create your own happy. 

Tell us how A'mara has inspired you to rock out in 2018.

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Have you seen Taraji, queen of nighttime drama, diva of #EMPIRE, sharing her gorgeous body on Instagram? No?  Well do NOT feel bad because I'm gonna clue you in. She's showing out beautifully and sharing that the body of a 46 year old is lovely, taut and fab in all the right places!


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All I can say is YAAAASSSSS! #blackgirlmagic is alive and well and while no magic was used for this body, Taraji makes it clear it took nothing but good old fashioned work to get it. It seems the whole world is either wearing or promoting Waist Trainers or Flat Tummy Tea so she's making it perfectly clear she's on the healthy pathway to her gorgeous body.

It's no secret that Hollywood requires all of its stars to stay beautiful, so we see why she works so hard. What I love even more is that she's showing all of Hollywood how amazing she looks, so can a Sista (and others like her) get more roles and equal pay? Just thinking out loud and saying "You looking good Taraji"!

Makes me wanna work out! Who's with me?
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Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

Congratulations Angela Simmons!

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29-year old Angela Simmons births a baby boy and shares the first picture of her son on Instagram.

"The best part of life has just begun." #Motherhood #ImSoInLove"

News first surfaced of her pregnancy back in May, shortly after announcing an engagement to her fiancé Sutton Tennyson. Angela Simmons is most notable as the daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, where she made her debut on the hit television show, Run's House. In 2007, she launched her Pastry Footwear with her older sister Vanessa Simmons under Run Athletics. In late 2015, Simmons would go on to launch her own faux line, Foofi and Bella. She currently co-stars and executive produces television show 'Growing Up Hip Hop' alongside Lil' Romeo. Maybe her family will get their own television show soon? 


Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie