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Amandla Stenberg and Her Views on the Appropriation of Black Culture

"Do black female lives matter, too?" This powerful post by 16-year-old actress, Amandla Stenberg, broke down the cultural double standards that plague black women everyday.

On Saturday, reality star, Kylie Jenner posted a photo of herself cornrows, with the caption, "I woke up like disss."

Stenberg commented on the post stating the issue with Jenner for adopting the trait from black culture while ignoring the reality of identifying as black. Stenberg wrote:
"When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter."
To which Jenner replied:
"Mad if I do... mad if I don't. Go hang w Jaden or something"
Referring to their mutual friend, Jaden Smith who was Stenberg's pom date Jenner's ex-boyfriend. Singer, Justin Bieber came to Jenner's defense on the controversial photo saying:
"Guys leave her alone, were all trying to to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope! I'm the first to know this. But saying she's being racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous lets focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid lets do something about equality, but it doesn't start here blasting a 17 year old kid for wearing braids smh"
Meanwhile a source talked to about Jaden Smith's struggle to remain neutral between the feud with his two friends. The source says:
"Jaden is getting caught in the crossfire between Kylie and Amandla. He’s a really silly guy and he thought Kylie and Amandla’s little tiff was hilarious at first. But people are making such a huge deal out of it now and Amandla and Kylie don’t think it’s funny at all. Amandla wants him to do or say something to support her. Meanwhile Kylie is blowing up his phone telling him to have Amandla back off. He feels totally stuck in the middle."
Amandla has very strong views on the subject of black culture and style being appropriated by people who don't understand its historical and cultural significance. She created a video entitled, "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrowns." She ended the video with this question: "What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?"

She has been outspoken on issues of race and cultural appropriation. On Monday, Amandla posted a photo on Instagram about the double standards black women face.
A photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on

She has also written: "Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersection of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive. When the media is not ignoring black women altogether, they are disparaging them."

(Photo Cred: Instagram)

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