Amandla Stenberg is an American actress. In 2018, she played the lead role of Starr Carter in the contemporary drama The Hate U Give, based on the novel of the same name, which is about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The film was received positively, and Stenberg received critical acclaim for her performance, with the magazine Rolling Stone writing “It is impossible to over-praise Stenberg’s incandescent performance, a gathering storm that grows in ferocity and feeling with each scene.”
At age four, Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Boeing.
Is Amandla Stenberg South African?
Amandla Stenberg is not a South African.
However, her mother, Karen Brailsford is an African-American who happens to have an African Origin.
Amandla means “Power” in Zulu, a group of people in South Africa who refer to themselves as the people of the heavens, and they are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10 million Zulu residents in KwaZulu-Natal. isiZulu is the language of the Zulu people and about 10 million residents are fluent in the language.
Amandla (which means “power” in Zulu) Stenberg was born on October 23, 1998, in Los Angeles, California. Karen Brailsford, her mother, is African-American, and her father, Tom Stenberg, is Danish (he was born in Copenhagen). Her paternal grandmother was from Greenland and descended from Inuit.