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I first came across Amandla Stenberg as a child actress when she had a starring role alongside Jennifer Lawrence as Rue in The Hunger Games. Since that film, she has had roles in movies such as Everything, Everything, Rio 2 and also in Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ music video. In a feature with Variety, Amandla Stenberg spoke about Beyoncé as well as the issue of Hollywood diversity.
This is what Amandla Stenberg had to say on the experience of watching Beyoncé at a concert as well as whether she stayed in touch with her after the making of the ‘Lemonade’ music video:
“It made me feel like nothing else had before. It made me feel like I can do that. I can be that confident, razor-sharp, talented, efficient, loving and profound all at once. Beyoncé and I never had a personal correspondence. Like, I don’t text Beyoncé. Me and Solange text. Auntie Solo! She’s the best.”
The issue of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood has been an important topic of discussion within the entertainment industry for many years now. This is particularly the case in recent times with #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement and Amandla Stenberg had this to state when it came to the topic of Hollywood diversity:
“I’ve been acting since I was a very little kid, so I have been aware of how the industry works. We’re at a turning point, but we have by no means fixed the misogyny of Hollywood or white patriarchy. But in terms of how we diversify our sets and diversify our on-screen narratives, I definitely think it’s a great time of change.”
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