When it was revealed that Amandla Stenberg will star in an upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired movie, the Internet exploded with joy.
It's not just because of her acting chops, seen in her portrayal as Rue in The Hunger Games. Stenberg has heralded the new era of young stardom, emerging as a bold political voice unafraid of speaking out about cultural appropriation, social justice, her heritage or her sexuality.
At 17, Stenberg has had many gush-worthy moments already. Here's a look at some of the times she blew us away with her boldness and intelligence.
1. When she spoke about cultural appropriation in pop culture...
"The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred," Stenberg said in the video. "But here's the thing: appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves."
2. When she came out as bisexual on Teen Vogue's Snapchat account.
3. When she championed intersectional feminism.
4. When she wrote this poem about the activism of women of color.
5. When she took Jaden Smith to prom and they both wore equally bomb dresses.
"Here's to high school."
6. When she unabashedly asked, "Do female black lives matter, too?"
7. When her cheeky humor also pointed out an important point about gender roles.
8. When she debuted her comic book, "Niobe: She Is Life" about a young black female warrior.
9. When she graced the cover of "Teen Vogue" and talked at length about her blackness.
"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," Stenberg told Solange Knowles, who interviewed her. "I feel like the only way to fight that is to just be yourself on the most genuine level and to connect with other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they've been trying to conform."
10. When she promoted justice for Muslims.
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