Amandla Stenberg Just Schooled The Entire Music Industry

17 April 2015, 11:56 | Updated: 26 November 2018, 21:36

Amandla Stenberg: Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows


Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Basically the coolest 16 year old ever.

16 year old Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg has a lot to say about race in the music industry. The remarkably poised and insightful LA based actress took the music industry to task over its issue with out of control cultural appropriation. 

In a video recorded for Hype Hair Magazine, Amandla speaks about cultural appropriation through the lens of black hair and black stereotypes. 

The video, which has only been up for two days, has earned its fair share of controversy. Most of that stemming from the fact that Amandla cites specific examples like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Riff Raff. All of the artists that she names have, at one point or another, benefited from black culture over the course of their careers. 

Somewhere along the way her message got hijacked and twisted into a headline about how she was "criticising" Madonna and Taylor Swift, failing to mention that she is merely trying to start meaningful dialogue about the greater picture. 

She even had to defend her stance against journalists and the way she handled them was next to perfect.

Amandla Stenberg is no stranger to racism. She was, of course, at the centre of a fan frenzy in 2012 when many misguided Hunger Games fans claimed they could not picture Rue as black. The book character "Rue" was written as a black character by author Suzanne Collins. 

The topic of cultural appropriation is a very hot one at the moment. Zendaya's "patchouli or weed" hair controversy ignited conversations about cultural appropriation when her hairstyle was compared to Kylie Jenner's own dreadlocks which were praised as edgy and cool. 

And, of course, Iggy Azalea is constantly at the heart of race debates in the music industry because, well you know. 

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