Amandla Stenberg Opens Up About Her Experiences As A 'Black, Bisexual Woman'
09 January, 2016, 02:20
Actress Amandla Stenberg made a simple declaration Thursday night.
Amandla, who appeared in first installment of The Hunger Games movie series as Rue, the young sidekick to Jennifer Lawrence's character Katniss, finished off the series of clips by calling her fellow women to action, noting that there is still "a lot of work to do for all women of color".
Seriously. Take a look at her. She's accomplished so much, she's ridiculously wise, and focuses her energy on promoting the representation of black women and explaining important concepts of race to the general public (even if that means very patiently explaining to Kylie Jenner that no, cornrows are not an okay thing for her to do).
She cited a number of strong black females who have given her the inspiration to embrace her true self. "We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow", she added.
"Here I am, being myself, and it's hard and vulnerable, and it's definitely a process but I'm learning, and I'm growing", she said. I'm sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me and I know you are too!'
The actor, who played the character of Roo in the series, revealed her sexuality nearly as an after-thought whilst she took over TeenVogue's Snapchat profile.
"I think that as a black girl you grow up internalizing all these messages that say you shouldn't accept your hair or your skin tone or your natural features, or that you shouldn't have a voice, or that you aren't smart."
"All of my love to all of you for giving me the confidence to be genuine".