Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue

In an interview collabo that many are referencing as ‘too good to be true’, Solange sits down with Amandla Stenberg, the 17-year-old Actress and as The Salad Bowl puts it, ‘Queen of Carefreeblackgirltopia’ to discuss loving blackness, brown girl challenges and cultural appropriation among other important things.

“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,” she says. “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,” Amandla says.

When asked about her now viral video on cultural appropriation “Don’t cash crop my cornrows“, Amandla says – I really didn’t think it was going to be so controversial. And then to have the label of “revolutionary” pinned on you afterward felt really daunting. I kind of had a moment with myself, like, “OK. Is this what you want to do? Do you actually want to talk about issues? Is it worth it?” There are still moments now where I’m like, “Whoa, this is a lot of pressure.” But it’s worth it because when people come to me and say, “I’m more comfortable in my identity because of you,” or “I feel like you’ve given me a voice,” that’s the most powerful thing ever.

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  • livluvlaff

    My daughter loved Amandla since the Hunger Games. It is always good for our children to see people who look like them in movies and on TV but even better when these people speak to or become active in real issues that are happening in black communities. I am very cautious when allowing my tween to embrace celebrities as role models but Amandla has proven wise beyond her years. I think she is a shining example of good parenting. I pray that she remains an independent thinker and wish her much success.