Toña la Negra: why she kicks ass

  • She was an Afro-Mexican singer of bolero music.
  • She became popular for her interpretations of Augustín Lara’s songs.
  • She also did interpretations of poems and songs of Rafael Hernández, Sindo Garay, Gonzalo Curierl, Ignacio Piñeiro, Pedro Flores and Andrés Eloy Blanco.
  • She is considered a musical icon in Latin American music.
  • She promoted women’s suffrage in Mexico.
  • She spoke about her experiences as a black woman regardless of often being white-washed.