Amandla Stenberg is oozing #BlackGirlMagic on the latest cover of ‘Dazed’ magazine.
The 16-year-old "Hunger Games" star posed on the cover with the words of activist Angela Davis written across her face. The issue, which features four different young celebs on varying covers, celebrates Stenberg and her work, both on and offscreen.
Stenberg has always -- and seemingly even more so in recent weeks-- discussed racial politics and relentlessly defended black women. In April, she completed a school project detailing the dangerous reality of cultural appropriation. Months later, she called out Kylie Jenner for committing it and immediately attracted a parade of socially-conscious individuals who praised her contributions to the issue.
But Stenberg never mentioned Jenner in the cover story nor should she have to. Instead, she focused on her own personal agenda and growth. She has several projects lined up and said she enjoys spending her free time dabbling in artistic activities -- oh, and maybe even hanging out and dancing around with Willow Smith.
While Stenberg may be young, she doesn't want her age to distort your perceptions of her or her peers. “I think people discredit teenagers and how wise they can be,” Stenberg told the magazine. “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.”
Looking forward, she said she would love to continue to collect more acting credits and perhaps even become a director one day. The latter dream is one she’d particularly love to fulfill -- especially if it meant she could work under the guidance of director Spike Lee.
“I think I would die, studying with him. As much as I want to be fulfilled creatively as an actress, and get to be in roles that are meaningful and impactful, I hope the same thing for myself as a director, one day,” she said.
“I want to make things that have an impact on how we look at the world. I know it’s a tall glass to fill, but it’s a glass that really does need to be filled, as an African American woman.”
At the rate she’s going, nothing seems impossible for Stenberg.
Check out her full 'Dazed' cover story here.
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