GIRL TO WATCH: Amandla Stenburg

You may know Amandla Stenburg for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games and young Cataleya in Columbiana. She is only 17 years old and taking the world by storm.

Word just got out that she is Teen Vogue's cover girl for February, plus she had an exclusive interview with none other than Solange Knowles, talking about Black Girl Power. She talks about the some of the bullshit that comes with being a young  black actress in Hollywood. If you haven't already, check out her video on cultural appropriation, "Don't Cash Crop on My Cornrows". She actually made it for a class assignment. Check out more of her interview here.

Elaine Welteroth says on teenvogue.com, "She thinks for herself. She speaks up for what she believes in. And, at just 17, she does it all with the kind of grace, diplomacy, and intellect that we haven’t seen even in presidential candidates thrice her age. (Amandla for President 2034?!)".

Teen Vogue has created a 3-part video series #BLACKGIRLMAGIC co-directed by Amandla herself. The cover star discusses the "things black girls are tired of hearing", "hair stories", and "why black is beautiful and powerful", with friends; Teen Vogue beauty and health Elaine Welteroth(@elainewelteroth), comedian/filmmaker Franchesca Rasmey (@chescaleigh), @UrbanBushBabes cofounder/editor in chief; Cipriana Quann, musician/writer; TK Quann (@tk_wonder), stylist Julia Sarr Jamois ( @sarrjamois), social activist Johnetta Elzie, and poet; Camonghne Felix (@kamkilla).

Visit Teen Vogue to watch the #BlackGirlMagic video series >>> here.

Okay---now the juicy stuff.

Here are 10 Facts about Amandla Stenberg that You Didn't Know:

  1. Amandla means power in Zulu.
  2. At the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 2011, Amandla gave a speech entitled "Reflections on Women of the Civil Rights Movement" with Cicely Tyson. Her talk honored the four girls who were killed in the Birmingham church bombing in 1963.
  3. She likes to knit.
  4. Her mother is African American and her father is Danish.
  5. She plays the guitar, violin, and drums.
  6. She's obsessed with the Mortal Instrument Series.
  7. She loves all kinds of art including acting, sketching, and music.
  8. Amandla is a youth ambassador for No Kid Hungry (Jeff Bridges serves as spokesperson for the charity's umbrella organization, Share Our Strength), and supports the Ubuntu Education Fund, which nurtures children "from cradle to career" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  9. She was declared "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" by Dazed magazine.
  10. She is the co-author, with Stranger Comics' Sebastian Jones, of the comic book "Niobe: She is Life" published November 4, 2015.

(sources: teenvogue.com; imdb.com)

 

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