Amandla Stenberg is a bright and inspirational young actress. She has proven that by what she posts on Instagram and other social media sites.
On World Poetry Day, Amandla Stenberg shared two self-written poems on Instagram that tackled everything from black sexuality to body politics. In just as little as six lines, Stenberg was able to address the topics so eloquently and articulately. The 17-year-old is wise beyond her years and is a great role model for her young fans.
In the poem What is the Misfortune of the Minority Mistress?, Amandla expressed her thoughts about living in a society where young black girls are taught that light skin is the more acceptable standard of beauty.
“I have understood the body of a white woman. Before I have understood my own. I’ve memorized Pink Purity And learned Dysmorphia because I am different.”
Her second poem, But, touches upon the power she discovered while living in today’s world. “I have been gifted with a scared unraveling,” she writes. “There is power unearthing my limbs for myself.”
Stenberg said the reason behind the poems was to address her thoughts on her changing relationship with her black sexuality and body. This isn’t the first time that Stenberg has made waves on social media. Earlier this year, The Hunger Games star took over Teen Vogue‘s Snapchat account to share her thoughts on identity and sexuality.
“It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts, and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable…but then I realized because of Solange and Ava DuVernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change.”
Last year, Amandla Stenberg made waves for young black women everywhere on social media when she called out Kylie Jenner for cultural appropriation. She commented on a photo that Kylie posted of herself wearing cornrows. In the Instagram post, Amandla wrote, “When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
Unfortunately, Jenner failed to see the importance behind Stenberg’s message and suggested that she should hang out with Jaden Smith instead. Stenberg then took to Instagram to tweet an essay written by her. Stenberg previously discussed the subject of cultural appropriation in her “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” video.
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— Amandla (@amandlastenberg) July 13, 2015
Now it looks like Amandla Stenberg is making waves once again in the entertainment world. The clever teen will star in The Hate U Give, a film based on Angela Thomas’ young adult novel. The movie was titled after Tupac’s “Thug Life” tattoo, and is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Stenberg will play the role of Starr, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the projects but attends a suburban prep school. The film will follow the character after she is witness to a cop shooting her unarmed best friend. The film will be directed by George Tillman, Jr., who previously directed Barbershop, Notorious, and The Longest Ride.
Stenberg has used her fame and platform to express her views on intersectional feminism and racism. According to the Daily Life, the actress has spoken out about wanting more complex roles. Hopefully, this will lead her to a long and fulfilling career.
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