Amandla Stenberg is a beautiful young actress who is known for playing the role of Rue in the first Hunger Games. Rue was such a memorable character because she was the youngest of the tributes and considered as the underdog. Rue was really smart and quiet. She reminded me of myself. It was so surprising that she survived that long because she was so small and fragile looking. She knew what was going to help her survive: her excellent climbing skills, her quick wit, and her ability to blend in unnoticed. When she teamed up with Katniss, she looked like she was going to survive, but a tribute named Marvel stabbed her with a spear, resulting in the most emotional scene of the movie where Katniss sings to Rue as she dies in her arms. Amandla may have had a short-lived role in the movie, but her amazing performance during Rue's death scene signified the rebellion against the Capitol and the brutality of the Hunger Games.
Before She Was Rue, She Was Cataleya
The world knows Amandla Stenberg as Rue in Hunger Games, but her first movie was actually Columbiana, which was about a deadly woman assassin named Cataleya who spent years plotting revenge against the man who was responsible ordering her parents’ deaths. Amandla played the nine-year-old version of Cataleya before she became a deadly assassin. Her father used to work as a computer hacker for a drug lord named Don Luis Sandoval. They were killed because her father wanted to leave his life of crime, but he made the stupid mistake of telling his boss his plan. Don Luis was outraged that he would quit so he decided to send Marco and a group of his henchmen to teach him a lesson he would never forget. The young girl saw her parents gunned down right in front of her eyes. The young Amandla Stenberg was quite impressive and brave as she performed Parkour to jump across buildings to escape her parents’ killers.
She is a Versatile Actress!
In 2013, Amandla landed the recurring role of Macey, the daughter of Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones), on season one of Fox's Sleepy Hollow. Amandla played Macey, a young girl in a wheelchair who was later possessed by an extremely scary demon. That same year, Amandla starred as the daughter of Paula Patton and singer Robin Thicke in the short film, Mercy. In the summer of 2015, Amandla played series regular Halle Foster on Mr. Robinson opposite Craig Robinson. She lent her voice to the 2014 sequel, Rio 2, in the role of Bia, a high-flying feathery daughter of Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway). At such a young age, it is amazing she can already play both dramatic and comedic roles.
She is a Multi-Talented Singer and Musician!
Amandla is an aspiring musician and singer! She plays drums and guitar. She began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at LA venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley. Listening to their music, it seems like they have potential but they have some work to do. The folk-rock duo, known as Honeywater, released their first EP in August 2015.
She is a Published Author!
It is pretty cool that Amandla helped write a book with Stranger Comics' Sebastian Jones, of the comic book "Niobe: She is Life" published in November 2015. The comic book is about an orphaned wild elf teenager, Niobe Ayutami, who has to survive a violent fantasy world called Asunda. On her journey, she has to face love, betrayal, and decide if she is willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to save a world that is determined to kill her. She has to work toward an epic future that patiently waits for her to bind nations against the hordes of hell. The weight of prophecy is heavy upon her shoulders, and the wolf of death is close on her heels.
She is an Activist!
Amandla Stenberg went to the market in support of the Live Below the Line campaign. "I lived on $1.50 a day to raise awareness of the 1.2 billion people who live below the extreme poverty line.” It is admirable that she was willing to actively support the program by sacrificing her livelihood for one day. Most people would be too selfish to do that.
Stenberg was also involved with No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. She worked hard to spread the word about child hunger and how important it was to do something about it. She expressed her feelings about hunger, saying, "Food is such a basic human need. And I just know that we can provide for every kid in this country."
She also supported Ubuntu Education Fund, which supports kids from "cradle to career" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It helped children reach their goals and follow their dreams. She was able to Skype with one of the girls who was helped by the program. Amandla described her as incredibly bright and really funny. She had dreams to become a director and Amandla hoped that she would direct her one day in a movie.
She is a Fearless Trendsetter and Leader!
She is very outspoken about controversial issues, like her personal struggle with being black and bisexual and speaking out against Kylie Jenner when she was wearing cornrows and saying she 'woke up like this' on Instagram. In the video, she explained the history of cornrows and how the hairstyle was used to keep black people's hair neat. She fearlessly called out Taylor Swift and Katy Perry for using cultural appropriation in their music videos.
Amandla is the epitome of young, successful black women who speak their minds and make the world a better place. Amandla exudes confidence and beauty through the movie and TV screen alike. There are a lot of haters in the world and it is great that she loves herself enough to not let them get to her. It is also inspiring in that she is willing to speak on issues that people are afraid to talk about, like saying that female black lives matter too, not just black lives. She is a show stopping, thought provoking young actress who will make you want to start a petition, get involved in a protest, and make a political and a fashion statement!