Amandla Stenberg covers the fall issue of Dazed and continues to share her wisdom with the rest of the world.
In the latest issue she talks about Jaden Smith, social media, and her role as an activist.
Discussing Tumblr and social media, she says:
Tumblr has totally informed what I'm interested in and what I care about, especially when it comes to social justice," she reflects. "It's such a cool platform for learning about black and trans rights." Stenberg talks about the 'Art Heaux' movement, a community of black kids taking selfies and Photoshopping themselves in the name of art. "That is so amazing," she says. "(It's) black kids saying, 'Look how beautiful I am,' and defying the notion that they're not allowed to be indie in that way.
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.
And her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Not only are fans aware of the work she's doing, but so are her peers. Lorde shares a story about meeting Amandla and the impression the actress made on her.
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.
And on taking Jaden Smith to prom, Amandla says:
Guys aren't allowed to express femininity; they have to always appear masculine and that's bullshit," she says. "I love it when guys can be feminine and express their emotions and creativity; it shows strength.