- Tavi Gevinson, founder of Rookie, had to find someone who had "it" going on for a exclusive Rookie x Nylon feature. She chose Amandla.
- What's her dream project?: "I am writing a comic book with Sebastian Jones of Stranger Comics called Niobe: She Is Life. Niobe first appears in The Untamed series. I was drawn to the character because she is fierce and, like me, a mix of cultures. Niobe is half Elven and half human, and I am half Danish and half African American. This amazing artist, Ashley A. Woods, is doing the illustrations. As far as I know, there’s never been a nationally distributed comic book both written and illustrated by black women, so I am thrilled to be involved. I would love to play Niobe on the big screen. Think: Game of Thrones meets Star Wars with a cast of characters who are racially diverse. Niobe is the series’ Luke Skywalker."
- Has she ever worried about blacklash over being vocal about black feminism?:"Of course it’s something that has crossed my mind, but to be honest, I think one has to ask—backlash against what? It’s not as if there are a slew of projects featuring black girls I’m suddenly being shut out of. This is why I want to study filmmaking after high school. There is such a lack of powerful and nuanced representation for women of color. Besides, most people have been supportive of my video on cultural appropriation and understand the distinction I make between appropriation and exchange. I really am not saying anything that radical—what I am calling for is an awareness of the history and source, and a respect of the culture. People are quick to label me the “angry black girl” because I am who I am and I’m outspoken."
- How does she push away from sources of negativity and is she concerned with combating stereotypes?:>"All of my inspirations have been “angry black girls.” To me, it means that I must be doing something right. I must be striking a chord for people to try to invalidate my perspective."
- How did she get into intersectional feminism?: "One of the electives I took in my junior year was called Women’s Studies. I was so excited to take it because the teacher is amazing. However, it was interesting being the only person of color. It led to some really incredible discussions about how we often forget about how minorities are interconnected. #BlackLivesMatter is a feminist issue, too. Black female voices need to be uplifted within the mainstream feminist movement, especially at this time. It’s crucial." (slay, woke princess!)
- Loves Ava Duvernay and Spike Lee's work. Was intrigued by Amma Asante's Belle, loves Laurie Halse Anderson's books and Nona Faustine's photography.
- Are any other works she would like to adapt? (she did a The Yellow Walpaper short): "I did the audiobook for Bird by Crystal Chan. It’s so beautifully written—it’s about a young girl who is half Jamaican, a quarter Mexican, and a quarter white, and has supernatural elements surrounding family and ancestry. I would love to see this on the big screen, or even the small screen. I went to the book party for Daniel José Older’s new YA novel Shadowshaper. It features a brown-skinned Latina artist from Bedford-Stuyvesant and also has supernatural elements. I’m interested in giving voice to characters whom we don’t tend to see onscreen, like women of color—especially young women of color. I am also interested in exploring the themes of sexual and gender fluidity."
Does Amandla resurrecTs your dead hopes for mankind, ONTD? TYFYA!