Amandla Stenberg comes out of the closet. And published a series of videos on the Teen Vogue Snapchat profile to celebrate being the magazine’s cover girl. The actress stated that, as a ‘bisexual woman.’ She knows how ‘deeply hurting’ it can be to try and ‘fight against your identity.’ She encourages other black women to ‘share your joy. As well as your tears and your love, and be powerful’.
Stenberg posted a tweeted on Friday with the caption, “Shared something on the Teen Vogue’s Snapchat profile last night. Bi black girls unite.”
She added that it had taken her some time to feel content about embracing and revealing her sexuality. “It’s a hard thing to be quiet about. And it’s genuinely damaging to fight against your identity and to form yourselves into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.” She also postes that on her Tumblr page.
Amandla Stenberg appeared as Rue in the first installment of The Hunger Games movie series. The young sidekick to Jenny Lawrence’s character Katniss.
Although this is the first time that Amandla has publicly announced herself to be bisexual. It is surely not the first time that she has spoken out openly about race issues. Or in support of other fellow black women. In July 2015, the teen accused Kylie Jenner of ‘appropriating black culture.’ Which was after the star postes an image of herself with her hair styled into cornrows.
At the time, Amandla expresses her frustrations in a comment posting on an Instagram photo of Kylie exposing her hairstyle. Writing: “….when you embrace black culture and features but fail to use your power position to help black Americans by pointing attention towards your wigs instead of racism or police brutality.”
Kylie, who is thought to have once dated Amandla’s friend Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, replies back, writing: “Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do. Hang with Jaden or something.”
When Amandla was chosen as the lucky teenager to play Rue in the popular movie series. The casting publication sparked surprising race fights. With many fans of the books complaining that a ‘black actress’ had been chosen for the role. “I was happy about the Hunger Games.. that was until I realizing that a black girl was playing Rue.”