Amandla Stenberg is TIME’s Next Generation Leader

TIME Magazine’s October cover story focuses on next generation leaders, including rising activists, artists and athletes. The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg is one of the featured.

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Photograph by Geordie Wood for TIME

The story discusses Amandla’s projects, including the YA adaptation, The Hate U Give, in theaters this Friday, and her popular activism which can be traced back to the 2015 video, “Don’t Cash My Cornrows.”

Although Stenberg got her start in films like The Hunger Games, she went viral over a school project—a video called “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” released in 2015, that explored cultural appropriation in a way that was both playful and thoughtful. She talked openly about intersectional feminism and queer identity, building a devoted following on social media—over 1.8 million followers on Instagram, where her writing is impassioned and informed. Sample caption: “Complex, nuanced stories about people of color are largely absent from history books. And when our stories ARE told, they are frequently postulated through the lens of whiteness and colonization.”

Check out the full story, including a video feature, here.

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