The Hate U Give star Amandla Stenberg is honored by Essence.

ESSENCE continually celebrates #blackgirlmagic and excellence in Hollywood and beyond. This year, the prominent magazine will host its 12th annual Black Women In Hollywood Awards, paying tribute to four extraordinary women of color, Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne, and actress Regina King. These women, having been seen in both film and television, unquestionably embody this year’s theme: The Power Of Our Presence: Art & Activism.


Amandla Stenberg, in addition to being a world-renowned actress, with titles such as The Hunger Games, Everything Everything, and The Hate U Give under her belt, she is an activist that makes an attempt to have her audience not merely watch a move but “feel something.”

“I look for characters and stories that conceptualize a Black experience without minimizing it or falling into harmful stereotypes. I want characters who raise us up and show the nuance of who we are and how beautiful and multifaceted and colorful we are too,” Stenberg tells the magazine.

Always bringing a piece of herself to the screen, Stenberg will unquestionably has Hollywood staying power and we look forward to celebrating her for years to come.

Make sure to stay tuned because the 2019 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA and you don’t want to miss the broadcast!


Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

Writer and Editor

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