Hunger Games Amandla Stenberg On Being a “Black, Bisexual Woman”

By January 8, 2016 July 4th, 2017 Articles, Celebrity, Culture, Read All

17-year-old Hunger Games actress, Amandla Stenberg identifies as a “black bisexual woman”. Teen Vogue’s snapchat account posted a day in the life of the young feminist who implores every woman and girl to accept their true identity. In today’s day and age, we are ushering in a heightened sense of awareness of the diversity that each human being inherently brings to the world. This is not an effort to divide us, instead it’s an opportunity to celebrate our uniqueness. The challenge to be accepted as is, has always proven to be a difficult one. “As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable,” Amandla expressed in a 2-minute video posted to her Tumblr page . She goes on to say, “I realize, 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,” in reference to spot-lit black female icons who are celebrated for their fierceness, uniqueness and confidence. The tender yet firm words expressed by Amandla were poignant and deliberate carrying a significant weight of seriousness as she encouraged the need for representation.”It’s a hard thing to be silenced. It’s deeply bruising to fight against identity and mold yourself into shapes that you shouldn’t be in,” she confessed. For those who believe the fight is over, many would disagree including Amandla. “We have a lot of work to do for all women of color. We need more representation in film and in television. And not just women of color, I mean bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are, too.” This representation means more exposure and that means more awareness of the world we inhabit and the people therein. Furthermore, “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’re being told.”

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About Marchaan

Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in beauty, cosmetics, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in the Hollywood Hills where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children's books in her free time.

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