​amandla stenberg is making a feminist comic about a black half elf, half human

And continuing to spread the message about intersectional feminism.

by Felicity Kinsella
02 September 2015, 3:25pm


Back in April this year, Amandla Stenberg aka Rue from The Hunger Games stepped up to be the second most talked-about star from the series, when she laid out crystal clear the meaning of cultural appropriation in a video that has now received well over a million views, called Don't Cash Crop on my Cornrows.

Since then 16-year-old Amandla has gone on to become the voice of her generation when it comes to raising awareness around intersectional feminism and calling out those who appropriate black culture without drawing attention to black issues. She's part of a generation who are changing the world and she's taking it one step further with a black, feminist comic called NIOBE: She is Life.

The comic world is one where characters of colour rarely feature, especially if they're girls, and Amandla is setting out to change that. Produced by Stranger Comics (who also worked with Garcelle Beauvais and Halle Berry on the children's book series', I Am Mixed and I Am), Amandla's comic tells the story of Niobe Ayutami, the half elf, half human on a journey not only to save the world, but also one of self-discovery. "I was drawn to give voice to Niobe and co-write her story because her journey is my journey," Amandla told Huffington Post. "I connect to her mixed racial background and quest to discover her innate powers and strengths, to learn who she truly is. She is on a path to a destiny that will test her faith and her will, something we can all relate to. But there's never been a character quite like her - one who shatters the traditional ideal of what a hero is. We need more badass girls!"

We need more girls like Amandla Stenberg.

NIOBE: She is Life will be available from 4th November.

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