At the BET Awards’ 10th Annual Black Girls Rock! ceremony last Tuesday, actress Amandla Stenberg was presented with the Young, Gifted and Black Award.
Amandla made a powerful acceptance speech. Click on the image below to watch.
Amandla also attended the WE Day California event on April 7. Besides speaking on-stage, she talked about having a voice and more in a quick interview.
WWD: You’re very vocal, so how would you suggest that kids find their voice?
A.S.: I think it begins small. You don’t have to start an organization in order for your work to be valid; you can just have a conversation with your friends and navigate in a space. As you become more passionate about a certain topic you care about, your reach becomes farther, but it all starts with something small.
WWD: What sparked your interest in change?
A.S.: My parents have always been knowledgeable about the way society is structured and taught me about that, and my passion to speak out about it comes from within. [Being an actress] gives me the space and freedom to talk about the things that I care about.
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