At 17 years young, Amandla Stenberg has made quite a name for herself; from acting to creating comic books this natural beauty is a force to be reckoned with! Stenberg may be most recognized for her role as Rue from The Hunger Games, but she has proven she’s far more than an actress. Using her light, the young star has been vocal on array of topics such as gender equality, cultural appropriation and intersectional feminism. She recently tied for the title of Feminist Celebrity of the year dubbed by the Ms. Foundation for Women. If that wasn’t enough to convince you she’s making moves, she is also responsible for the first comic book created by a black woman, starring a black woman and illustrated by a black woman titled ‘Niobe: She Is Life’
Peep what she had to say about it below:
SOLANGE: So what’s the deal with your comic book, Niobe: She Is Life? It’s sitting right here. It looks incredible.
AMANDLA: Thank you! Growing up, I was always super into fantasy and The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and all of that, but I could never find black characters whom I really liked. And so immediately I identified with Niobe, the lead character. She’s this rad black girl elf. It’s interesting because it is fantasy, but it’s also really kind of self-reflective. She’s finding her faith and finding her identity. And she’s going to keep growing until she becomes this warrior destined to unite the human world and the elf world. I think it’s officially the first comic book to be written by a black girl, starring a black girl [Niobe Ayutami], and illustrated by a black girl [Ashley A. Woods].
Ok so this girl has already peeked our interest with her much needed activism, but she’s not done sharing yet. The teen just announced that she’s bisexual on Teen Vogue’s snapchat. I’m so here for it! You know these days it’s so uncommon for young women to be comfortable in their own skin. Between society’s cliché idea of beauty, social media and photoshop, it is no wonder why young women everywhere are second-guessing themselves. It is beyond refreshing to see a young woman using her platform to promote feminism and embracing her individuality.
This is a young beautiful black woman working her Black Girl Magic and sharing her gifts with the world. I think we’ll definitely be hearing more from this young lady but in the mean time catch more from Amandla at Teen Vogue.