February is ending but our Future Black History Month coverage is still going strong. In case you're out of the loop: each day this month we've picked a celebrity who is more than just a celebrity. We're looking for the actors, models, musicians, writers, politicians, etc. who are changing history as they're making history.
Today we celebrate perhaps the youngest (and definitely one of the most impressive) people on our list—actress Amandla Stenberg.
You probably know her for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games franchise but she's so much more than that. Like someone like Zendaya before her, Stenberg is using her celebrity as a platform for change.
She's very vocal about educating the masses on the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation in a way that's open and honest, not condescending. It may seem clear to you, but she can teach us all a lot.
She takes a stance for LGBTQ rights as well and recently came out as bisexual. She wrote:
“I realized because of Solange [Knowles] and Ava DuVernay and Willow [Smith] and all the black girls watching this right now that there’s absolutely nothing to change,” she continued. “We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow...I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through selfhood and rebellion just by embracing your true identity, no matter what you’ve been told,” she said. “Here I am, being myself and it’s hard and it’s vulnerable and it’s definitely a process but I’m learning and I’m growing.”
It's a certain kind of honest dialogue we should all aspire to, and we can't wait to see where she'll go in the future.