“We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death,” read the words across the face of Amandla Stenberg who channels the spirit of activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015.
The 16-year-old actress, who has emerged as a voice of her generation–an “‘agenda-setter’ of the future,” fronts the magazine’s quadruple cover edition along with rapper Young Thug, and models Molly Bair and Lineisy Montero.
Inside, the Colombiana and The Hunger Games star speaks on learning from others through Tumblr and shares aspirations to study under Spike Lee and direct her own films.
For her Gregory Harris-lensed photo shoot, styled by Robbie Spencer, another powerful Angela Davis quote fills the second half of her face: “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” See photos and interview snippets below.
On her wisdom beyond her years:
“I think people discredit teenagers and how wise they can be. Sometimes I meet teenagers who are much wiser than many adults I’ve met, because they haven’t let any insecurities or doubts about themselves get in the way of their thoughts.”
On Tumblr and Art Heaux:
“Tumblr has totally informed what I’m interested in and what I care about, especially when it comes to social justice. It’s such a cool platform for learning about black and trans rights. [Art Heaux] is so amazing. (It’s) black kids saying, ‘Look how beautiful I am,’ and defying the notion that they’re not allowed to be indie in that way.”
Thoughts on studying under Spike Lee who teaches at NYU:
“I think I would die, studying with him. As much as I want to be fulfilled creatively as an actress, and get to be in roles that are meaningful and impactful, I hope the same thing for myself as a director, one day. I want to make things that have an impact on how we look at the world. I know it’s a tall glass to fill, but it’s a glass that really does need to be filled, as an African American woman.”