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Hunger Games Actress, Amandla Stenberg Talks Cultural Appropriation in Powerful Video

By: Vernessa Cole

In a recent video piece,“Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows”, young actress, 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, poses the question “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?".


The teen, most known for her role as Rue in “Hunger Games", tackles the perspective issue of black culture through the eyes of mainstream media and those of privilege. “Hip hop stems from a black struggle, it stems from jazz and blues, styles of music African-Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity,” she says in a clip. Displaying insight far beyond her years, Stenberg, eloquently, shares her insightful views on the appropriation of the African-American lifestyle and much more. Now posted to her Tumblr page, the project was originally created by Stenberg and another classmate for their history class. Watch her message below and let us know what you think.

 

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