Amandla Stenberg comes out as bisexual on Snapchat

Amandla Stenberg, the 17-year-old outspoken actress famous for her portrayal of Rue in the Hunger Games, took to Snapchat on Thursday night to come out as bisexual.

“There’s a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you. You feel it like a rhythm you cant shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you. Amandla (@amandlastenberg) knows it all too well. So here we are, connecting as non conforming black gals. Connecting as girls who recognize the borders that have been built around us, but tearing them down while coloring outside every line.” – soul healing honey mama Solange (@saintrecords) I think that when youre a black girl and you grow up you internalize all these messages. Everywhere you look tells you that you shouldn’t accept your hair, or your natural features, or that you shouldnt have a voice, or that you arent smart. In terms of my evolution I think those internalized messages built up in my mind until I was given the tools to recognize the situation. And understand that no, theres nothing wrong with me, these are just that these are just messages that were fed. I feel like the best way to deal with that has been just to be myself and connect with all these other black girls who are awakening and realizing that theyve been trying to conform; and the only way to fight that is to be themselves on the most genuine level. My undying gratitude to @teenvogue for giving me the opportunity to be myself. All of my love to all of you for giving me the confidence to be genuine. Our soul baring is our power. #RepresentationMatters #blackgirlmagic

A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on Jan 7, 2016 at 9:57am PST

Stenberg took over the Teen Vogue Snapchat to discuss her sexual orientation in conjunction with an interview she had given to Solange Knowles. The interview appears on the magazine’s February cover.

“Its a really really hard thing to be silenced,” Stenberg said in the snap, “And its deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldnt be in.As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, Ive been through it, and it hurts and its awkward and its uncomfortable.”

The teen starwho was chosen as one of the Daily Dot’s 20 Under 20 in Decemberalso posted the snap to her Tumblr, tagging the post “hello” and “I’m very bisexual.”

Stenberg has quickly risen as a social media star due to her bold videos that attack cultural appropriation and racism. In one April video, titled “Don’t cash crop my cornrows,” Stenberg dismantled fashion and celebrity trends that appropriated black hairstyles and other features such as “grills.”

Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriate is not aware of the deep significance of the culture theyre partaking in.

Stenberg has been quick to weigh in when celebs like Kylie Jenner wade into appropriation waters. In July, after Jenner posted an Instagram pic of herself wearing the black hairstyle, Stenberg criticized the move using the sarcastic hashtag, #whitegirlsdoitbetter.

As if being a strong, outspoken cultural critic wasn’t enough, Stenberg has now also established herself as an ambassador for young LGBT people of color.

After a heartfelt message dedicated to “Solange and Ava Duvernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now,” the actress and activist announced a fierce commitment to making Hollywood more inclusive. And if her career thus far is any indication, the 17-year-old has big things in store.

good morning, bless up

A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on Dec 27, 2015 at 11:46am PST

happy birthday babyg I love this gal w my whole entire heart

A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:12am PST

“This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color,” said Stenberg in the Teen Vogue snap. “We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media.”

“And not just women of colorbisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. Im sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight,” Stenberg said as she signed off.

Illustration via Tiffany Pai | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

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