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Visions of The Future: Amandla Stenberg

Giving thanks to a glorious actor and activist who has already inspired everyone from Katniss Everdeen to Beyoncé

Feb 10, 2017

Catch Amandla Stenberg in the Next Wave film As You Are, playing Sunday, February 19 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

I was first introduced to Amandla Stenberg through their portrayal of Rue, a young and charming District 11 tribute in The Hunger Games. Despite their successes and millions of supporters (note: Amandla is non-binary and prefers the pronoun “they”), Amandla has been very candid about the racial discrimination they have endured as a young biracial actor and are known for their bold social activism. Notably, they produced Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows, a short video outlining the cultural appropriation and exploitation of Black culture rampant throughout the entertainment industry.

From embracing all aspects of their identity to encouraging other teenagers to work towards the same, Stenberg’s Twitter and Tumblr pages continue to be a hub of inspiration for numerous young creatives trying to find their way. Fans were also very excited to see Stenberg make an appearance in Beyoncé’s short film Lemonade, which shone a spotlight on the dynamic dimensions of Black womanhood.

Stenberg has stated that “my Blackness does not inhibit me from being beautiful and intelligent. In fact, it is the reason I am beautiful and intelligent, and you cannot stop me.” Luckily for us, Amandla’s acting career and activism show no signs of slowing down.

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