Friday, January 8, 2016

Amazing Girls of Color

Have I sung the praises of Amandla Stenberg on here yet? I'm pretty sure I have, but it's time for more.

Amandla Stenberg, perhaps most well known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games movie, has just come out as bisexual. It was part of a written piece for Teen Vogue that is incredibly passionate and moving and generally well-written and amazing.

I wanna thank Teen Vogue for giving me this opportunity, I cannot stress enough how important representation is, so the concept that I can provide for other black girls is mind-blowing. It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced, and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. 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. But then I realized: because of Solange and Ava Duvernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now, there’s absolutely nothing but change. We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, to be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow. I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through selfhood, and rebellion through embracing your true identity, no matter what you’re being told. Here I am, being myself; and it’s hard and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a process, but I’m learning and growing. Thank you for supporting me and doing this, and thank you to Teen Vogue. This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color. We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color — 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. Thank you for listening and goodnight.

SHE'S 17. Oh my god I wish I had been half this awesome at 17. She called out transphobia and brought up mental illness.

I've yet to call anyone in the world a perfect cinnamon roll but I think that clearly, if there is a perfect, pure cinnamon roll of a person out there, it's Amandla Stenberg. Protect Amandla Stenberg at all costs. Let us all uplift Amandla Stenberg. Amandla Stenberg is the hero we deserve.

Thank you, Amandla Stenberg, for existing and being amazing.

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