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Photos (Part 2): ‘Mockingjay, Part 2’ Los Angeles Premiere

Here is the long-delayed second photos post from Monday’s Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. See the first post here!

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Amandla Stenberg Debuts Her New Comic ‘Niobe’

November 13, 2015 | No Comments »
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amandla-stenbergs-niobe-she-is-lifeIf your a comic book reader, our beloved Rue has just released the first comic in her series Niobe that follows an elf-human warrior! Niobe: She Is Life debuted November 4th!

“I think it’s the first comic book that has a black female writer and a black female illustrator and a black female lead, so it’s really exciting,” the teen told People.

Stenberg was approached to do the comic by Sebastian A. Jones, the CEO of Stranger Comics and author of “The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer.” Jones asked Stenberg to write a novel with Niobe, who was introduced in “The Untamed,” as the lead, but she didn’t want to undertake a project of that scale, so the the two settled on a comic.

Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to check it out!

via Indiewire

New BTS Teaser & Still From Amandla Stenberg’s ‘As You Are’

November 6, 2015 | No Comments »
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Here is a new BTS video and still from Amandla Stenberg’s film As You Are!

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Source: timesunion.com

Amandla Stenberg on Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 list

November 2, 2015 | No Comments »
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Amandla Stenberg (Rue) is on Time Magazine’s list of the 30 most influential teens of 2015! The list is ordered youngest to oldest, Amandla is 17.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16:  Amandla Stenberg arrives at Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

 

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The actress is best known as Rue from The Hunger Games series—a role that earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination and a Teen Choice Award—but she doesn’t just take part in pop culture, she actively critiques it. For a school history project, she and another classmate made a video called “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” that was widely covered by the media and examined how white “pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy” while staying silent on issues such as police brutality. Stenberg is unafraid to call out celebrities she thinks are appropriating culture: in July she criticized Kylie Jenner—also on this list—for showing off her cornrows on Instagram but failing to use her “position of power to help black Americans.” —Nolan Feeney

See the rest of the list HERE

Amandla Stenberg Talks Her Career and Activism with NYLON Magazine

October 17, 2015 | No Comments »
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Our little Rue is growing up so fast! Amandla made waves with her activism and music this year and sat down with NYLON to chat about it! Check out some highlights below!

What’s your dream project to either act in, direct, or both?
I am writing a comic book with Sebastian Jones of Stranger Comics called Niobe: She Is Life. Niobe first appears in The Untamed series. I was drawn to the character because she is fierce and, like me, a mix of cultures. Niobe is half Elven and half human, and I am half Danish and half African American. This amazing artist, Ashley A. Woods, is doing the illustrations. As far as I know, there’s never been a nationally distributed comic book both written and illustrated by black women, so I am thrilled to be involved. I would love to play Niobe on the big screen. Think: Game of Thrones meets Star Wars with a cast of characters who are racially diverse. Niobe is the series’ Luke Skywalker.

Your short film The Yellow Wallpaper was excellent. Are there any other works you’d like to adapt and themes within them you’d like to explore?
I did the audiobook for Bird by Crystal Chan. It’s so beautifully written—it’s about a young girl who is half Jamaican, a quarter Mexican, and a quarter white, and has supernatural elements surrounding family and ancestry. I would love to see this on the big screen, or even the small screen. I went to the book party for Daniel José Older’s new YA novel Shadowshaper. It features a brown-skinned Latina artist from Bedford-Stuyvesant and also has supernatural elements. I’m interested in giving voice to characters whom we don’t tend to see onscreen, like women of color—especially young women of color. I am also interested in exploring the themes of sexual and gender fluidity.

I know you play violin with a band as well as drums and guitar. What music at home motivated you to create your own?
Music is significant on both sides of my family. My maternal grandmother sang around the world with a group that celebrated their Greenlandic culture. The violin I play belonged to my paternal grandfather, and my maternal grandfather could play anything he heard on the piano. My mother studied piano as a kid and sang with her church choir. And my father plays the guitar, harmonica, and keyboards, and writes beautiful songs. He promoted concerts in Europe in the ’70s and worked with all of the big acts of the time. When I was born, he wrote a song called “Amandla’s Song” that he sang to me at all my childhood birthday parties. I’ve been studying the violin since third grade and now I play and sing harmonies with Honeywater, the band I’m in with my friend Zander Hawley. I’ve been shy about writing songs myself, but I’m working on it!

Read the full interview HERE!

Photo : Amandla Stenberg in ‘ID Magazine’

September 18, 2015 | No Comments »
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Check out the beautiful Amandla Stenberg (Rue) in a new photo for ID Magazine.

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Amandla Stenberg Talks her Hunger Games Audition and Her Upcoming Comic Book ‘Niobe’

August 31, 2015 | No Comments »
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Well our little Rue has been busy since she left The Hunger Games series! Along with playing Violin with her band Honeywater, she was writing a novel which she is now turning into a Comic Book! With the character based off of Amandla herself, the comic is titled Niobe and slated for release in November:

Niobe Ayutami is an orphaned wild elf teenager and would-be savior of the vast and volatile fantasy world of Asunda. She is running from a past where the Devil himself would see her damned… toward an epic future that patiently waits for her to bind nations against the hordes of Hell!

For more details check out BleedingCool!

Amandla also spoke with Standard UK recently in which she revealed how she nabbed the role of sweet Rue in The Hunger Games:

At my Hunger Games audition, I covered myself in mud, fixed up my hair and carried a rock in my pocket. It seemed like the sort of thing my character Rue would do — she was so sensitive, sweet and connected to her family, I felt like she would want to have something to hold on to.

Amandla was definitely the perfect Rue, and we can’t wait to check out her comic book!

Amandla Stenberg on her personal style, new project & future aspirations

August 13, 2015 | No Comments »
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Elle has a new interview with the lovely Amandla Stenberg where they discussed her personal style, her upcoming project and future career goals.

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Here’s an excerpt from the interview :

When I was younger, I struggled with my hair a lot because it was too hard to deal with—it was too poofy, it was too big, and I just wanted it to go down, flat against my head. I put treatments in my hair to try to make it look straight, and in the past year, I realized that that’s so not necessary. I really love my natural hair texture and my curls and so I went totally natural and had to do the big chop…and the curls sprung back to life.

And all of the sudden, it gave me so much more confidence. I’m so much more comfortable with my hair, my body, and everything. So hair is super central to how I express myself because it’s just kind of part of the Black experience: Doing your hair is always an event. I really love my hair, I really embrace it, and I’m so glad that I made the decision to wear it natural.

You’re in a new NBC sitcom, Mr. Robinson. Tell me about your character, Halle. What drew you to her?
Well…the history behind the character is kind of complicated because I’ve actually been attached to the show for two years now. We shot a pilot a couple of years ago. It was kind of a different show. [Before], Halle had a passion for singing and could not sing at all…so when we reworked the character she became more shy, but could actually sing—[she was] just kind of scared to share her voice. And I thought that was a really sweet storyline as well and she ended up working with Mr. Robinson to learn how to express herself and get rid of her stage fright.

It’s just cool to see characters that have personality. It’s so easy in this industry to only find roles for Black girls, where as you know, you don’t have any kind of story and they’re kind of typical, don’t say much, play the daughter of a character, [are] in one scene, play the stereotype. It is really difficult to find roles that are dynamic and interesting.

Do you have any desire to go behind the camera?
Yes. That’s what I want to do eventually. And I’ve already done it a bit.

In what capacity–writing, directing?
Yeah, so I’ve directed a few shorts and I’m in the process of applying to film school right now. I really want to go to NYU Tisch. It’s so important to create roles and characters and projects that feature Black people in a way that’s not specifically targeted towards the niche market, which is, like, a Black movie is created and it’s produced and pitched so that only Black people will watch it. And I feel like, I want to see dynamic characters and roles that everyone wants to watch. And I want to create roles for Black women, specifically, that are really empowering, dynamic, and nuanced and that are leads because, actually, there are really very few.

Read the rest HERE 

 

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