A line from her track “Lonely” with Maluma where she calls herself “Negrita” has caused debate.
“Siempre serás tu negrita del Bronx,” Jennifer Lopez sings on the track. The line translates to, “I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx.” This, of course, sent up a hailstorm of backlash from people who were appalled that Lopez would refer to herself as Black girl, but others came to her defense, giving context to what they say “negrita” means in certain cultures. Still, the masses weren’t convinced as they noted that Lopez hasn’t referred to herself as a Black woman for the entirety of her career.
The singer hasn’t come forward to make a statement about her “Lonely” lyrics, but you can check out the song in its entirety, along with a few reactions, below.