Check out the Goodreads Meet Up Room featuring 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds (Javits Room 1E07) Saturday at 3:30pm to catch bestselling author Alexandra Bracken talk with Amandla Stenberg about taking on the starring role of Ruby in the upcoming film adaptation of THE DARKEST MINDS before it hits theatres August 3rd.
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Don’t miss Amandla Stenberg, author Angie Thomas, and director George Tillman Jr. discuss the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling book THE HATE U GIVE Sunday afternoon at 3:45 PM on the Main Stage.
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Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. After the success of the film, Amandla earned a Teen Choice Award in 2012 with Jennifer Lawrence for Film – Choice Chemistry. She was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Black Reel Award in 2013 for her performance as Rue.
On August 3rd 2018, Amandla can be seen starring in Fox’s THE DARKEST MINDS, based on the young adult novels by Alexandra Bracken of the same title. The dystopian trilogy takes place after a mysterious disease kills most of America’s child and teenage population. Amandla stars as Ruby, a teenager with telekinetic powers who escapes and joins a group of teens who are running from the government. The film is Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
Also on the big screen Amandla can soon be seen in the highly anticipated Fox film THE HATE U GIVE, based on the New York Times Best Selling debut novel from Angela Thomas. The story follows a teen girl, Starr (Amandla), who attends a suburban prep school and must deal with the aftermath of witnessing a police offer shoot her unarmed best friend. When called to testify in court, she must face the consequences of what she does or doesn't say. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and George Tillman Jr. is directing the screenplay by Audrey Wells. Also starring in the film are Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Algee Smith, Common and Issa Rae. The film is confirmed for a Fall 2018 release.
In May 2017 Amandla was seen starring in Warner Bros.’ EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, an adaptation of the Nicola Yoon book of the same title. The film follows Maddie, played by Amandla, who is a teen with a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to most everything. Directed by Stella Meghi, the film won Choice Drama Movie at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. Fort his film Amandla also won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Oustanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
Also scheduled for release is the film WHERE HANDS TOUCH with director Amma Asante, a period romantic-drama set in the 1940s. The story focuses on the relationship between a mixed-race German girl (Amandla) and an SS officer in Berlin.
In January 2016 Amandla appeared in the independent film AS YOU ARE, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. AS YOU ARE went on to win the Special Jury Award for the 2016 Festival. The film is the telling, and retelling, of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation; it is directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, and co-stars Owen Campbell and Charlie Heaton. The film was later released in February 2017.
Before THE HUNGER GAMES, Amandla made her film debut in the breakout role of young Cataleya Restrepo (played by Zoe Saldana) in Sony’s COLOMBIANA. In 2014, Amandla lent her voice to the character of Bia in Twentieth Century Fox’s RIO 2, alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. And then in Summer 2015 she starred alongside comedian Craig Robinson as Halle Foster on the NBC comedy series “Mr. Robinson.”
In addition to acting, Amandla has been globally praised for her crusade towards improving society and sparking thoughtful conversation, using social media as a platform to spread social awareness and knowledge. She has shared personal essays on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfullness, biracial identity and beauty standards to name a few. For her wisdom, Amandla was named one of TIME Magazine’s 2015 + 2016 Most Influential Teens and named 2015’s Feminist Celebrity of the Year by the Ms. Foundation for Women. Furthermore, DAZED Magazine proclaimed Amandla to be “one of the most incendiary voices of her generation” when she appeared on the cover of the publication’s Autumn 2015 issue. In February 2016 Amandla was awarded with the "Young, Gifted & Black" Award at the annual Black Girls Rock! televised awards ceremony on BET. That same year she was invited by Oprah Winfrey to be a speaker at her annual Super Soul Sessions. She also was awarded with the YoungStar Award at the 2016 BET Awards.
In 2015 Amandla partnered with Stranger Comics to co-create “Niobe: She is Life,” a graphic novel about a ‘badass’ female warrior who is half human and half elf. It is the first comic book that has a black female writer, black female illustrator, and black female lead character.
In 2016 Amandla became one of the faces of Stella McCartney’s new fragrance, POP, alongside Lourdes Leon, Grimes & Kenya Kinski-Jones. Amandla has been recognized for her talents on screen and off in many domestic & international publications including Vogue, Teen Vogue, W, Interview, Glamour, InStyle, Elle, Dazed, i-D, Bust, and People – for which she was featured in their 2017 Most Beautiful People issue.