If you are only familiar with Amandla Stenberg as Rue from The Hunger Games, Lord bless you because you have been asleep under a rock. While we all loved Amandla when she first caught our eye in the blockbuster movie series, it is clear that today she is coming into her own as a beautifully opinionated young woman.
After going viral from her video “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows: A Crash Course on Black Culture,” Amandla found herself heading a social movement which inspired people world wide. She fearlessly championed loving yourself as a black girl, and embracing every part of you that society does not. It was refreshing to see a young star so grounded in her identity, and because of her honesty Amandla has continued to soar. The bright star has recently covered TeenVogue Magazine and had the chance to sit down with none other than Solange Knowles to discuss the current dynamics of being a black girl.
While reading the article, I instantly fell in love with Solange and Amandla just a little bit more. It was great to read how comfortable and frank their conversation was, and I couldn’t help but wish I was a fly on the wall as all that #blackgirlmagic erupted in one room. Both women offered empowering insight to their plights as black women, in turn motivating their readers shameless accept themselves.
For example when talking about hair Amandla revealed she was quite tired of the subject, which makes sense after her comments on Kylie Jenner’s cornrows garnered wild media attention. However she did say that she continues to talk about hair to empower other women, to which Solange replied:
“Absolutely. I want to have the freedom to wear a long weave down to my ass tomorrow if I want to, and then wear it in crocheted braids, and then have it so straight that my edges are laid.”
I found myself moved by their dialogue in more ways than one. These kinds of conversations happen everyday, and yet don’t always get the limelight they deserve. I felt that as young black women, we could walk away with our shoulders a bit higher after reading this.
Amandla and Solange found a poetic way to magnify their #blackgirlmagic on a platform that doesn’t always cater to the needs of young black women. I applaud them both and encourage everyone to take the time to read the knowledge these two women share amongst themselves.