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Amandla Stenberg serves as role model to young women by speaking out and social activism

Amandla Stenberg screenshot via YouTube

Amandla Stenberg screenshot via YouTube


Amandla Stenberg is a role model and example for many young women and girls on how to speak out about social issues. Stenberg might be a name you recognize right away for her role as “Rue” in The Hunger Games. Who knew she was so informed and could effectively speak for an entire community?

The Black cultural agenda has never been defined and spoken about as much or as widely until the social media revolution. Stenberg, 16, allows her voice and ideas to be shared on social media. Why did Stenberg voice her opinion? Black culture being stolen or borrowed for cool points but with no commitment to the very race that you borrow from, that is the issue addressed in Stenberg’s “Don’t Cash Crop on My Cornrows” YouTube video.

Many White celebrities borrow cornrows and twerk moves as Stenberg shares, but are not committed to learning about Black culture, just gaining cool points for profit. Stenberg calls out her young adult peers in a way that is so refreshing.

Reserving cool points for celebrities who borrow from our culture might be the next Black movement. Stenberg, cheers to you and your team for showcasing why we can’t give up on the next generation of young Black people.

Is Stenberg channeling a civil right activist like Angela Davis? Is she hoisting our pain for others to see for humanity’s sake like Oprah Winfrey? Amandla Stenberg is still a teenager, so she did not include dating Black men as Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have done, as part and parcel of cultural appropriation.



1 Comment

  1. Romeo on April 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This is an ignorant argument! So called cultural appropriations has been the basis for all the cultures from the beginning of human life here. And it moves in both directions as well! Black people are also appropriating the white culture because that is the assimilation process at work. Corn rows wasn’t enen created by Native Africans because the braided locks were first in Egypt and the Mediterranean. There is nothing that is not borrowed from an earlier culture. That girl should read more and speak less.