Amandla Stenberg is featured in Dazed And Confused magazine. As the magazine notes, the actress “has emerged as one of the most incendiary voices of her generation.”
Followers of the actress’s social media accounts would note that Amandla is vocal on today’s defining issues:
“I think people discredit teenagers and how wise they can be,” says Stenberg. “Sometimes I meet teenagers who are much wiser than many adults I’ve met, because they haven’t let any insecurities or doubts about themselves get in the way of their thoughts.”
She also weighs in on the controversy following Rue’s casting in The Hunger Games:
“It was my first interaction with blatant racism,” says Stenberg of the odious tweets she received. “Even though it was painful, it was important to experience it, because it connected me in a very real way to the struggle that millions of people endure every day.”
Mockingjay soundtrack curator Lorde recalls meeting with Amandla last year:
“It was early on a Saturday, and we ate pancakes with Kiernan (Shipka),” she recalls. “I felt so lucky to be in the presence of such smart, interesting young ladies. Amandla was working on a school project film adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper, which reminded me of me – I used to do the exact same strange shit at school! She told me while we were discussing work that there weren’t many roles for young black girls in film or television. I expressed dismay, but she said it very steadily, with a clear look in her eye, no sadness or disappointment. I got the impression this wasn’t something that would stop Amandla, and I think I was right.”
Read the full feature on Dazed here.