In the midst of a weekend full of protests, demonstrations, and statements, Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis and Dominican-American Amara La Negra have been two of the latest voices to join the initiative of Latinx artists in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Uchis, singer of “After the Storm,” said on social media that her goal is to “amplify” the voices and stories of Black people.
“I will continue to not post/release content at this time so Black voices are the most visible, & to amplify them to my stories & Twitter,” she wrote also including the name of 14-year-old João Pedro who in 2019 died at the hands of police in Brazil.
According to Billboard, Uchis is no stranger to “national outrage” over the recent death of George Floyd, and she joined the protesters who marched in solidarity with the movement in Los Angeles over the weekend of May 30.
“All LATINX artists should want to support this movement,” Uchis told the media in an interview. “This is centuries of oppression. Violence and colonization have played an immense part in our history as well. Many of us lean on U.S culture and U.S. genres — black people invented practically every U.S. genre and are the root of most U.S. trends and culture.”
“I encourage the Latino community to support the Black community by amplifying Black voices at this time, using our platforms to support Afro-Latinx artists and educate our family members about systemic racism,” she added.
For her part, Dominican-American singer Amara La Negra joined the demonstrations in Miami over the weekend, saying, “I just felt like it was part of my duty to be a part of the protest fighting for human rights.”
“Before being Latin, I am a Black woman, a Black Latina, an Afro Latina, a Dominican woman. It felt like I was doing my part because I have been an activist for the Afro Latina community for a very long time,” she added. “I have spoken on every single platform possible about injustice, racial issues, and colorism issues in my community and in the African American community. I was born and raised in Miami but I grew up in an African American community called Brownsville and being in that environment exposed me to the injustice that happens in the African American community as well. I just felt like it was part of my duty to be a part of the protest fighting for human rights.”