Amandla Stenberg is only 16, but she has already won the Internet over by schooling the world on cultural appropriation and taking a stand against racism. Now she’s raised the bar, decideding to speak out for women of color and how they’re often misrepresented in our media culture. Stenberg plans to do this by publishing her new comic entitled NIOBE: She Is Life.
The comic will feature a young, black female heroine named Niobe Ayutami who is a half-human, half-elf character who will learn who she really is through her adventurous journeys. One of the main ideas of this comic relates to intersectional feminism, which is recognizes the idea that there is no “one size fits all” type of feminism.
Check out a sneak peek of comic down below:
Amandla recently told The Telegraph,
I was drawn to give voice to Niobe and co-write her story because her journey is my journey. 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!
The comic is being produced by Stranger Comics, a company that previously worked with actresses Garcelle Beauvais and Halle Berry on their children’s books, “I Am Mixed” and the “I Am” book series, which was targeted towards underrepresented audiences. Sebastian A. Jones, CEO of Stranger Comics told the Huffington Post exactly why he decided to partner with Stenberg for this groundbreaking project. He stated,
I first met Amandla with her awesome mother Karen at Mixed Remixed – an event that celebrates all cultures. It did not take long for me to know she was the person I needed to develop the most beloved character in a franchise I have been brewing for more than two decades — a hero that has the weight of the world on her winged shoulders, a woman who will bind nations. I may be mixed, but I am not a young, black, teenaged woman, so it would have been idiotic and morally insensitive of me to not team up with someone who could really engage with Niobe’s soul and state of being.
Amandla is awesome for bringing the issue of intersectional feminism to the public eye because it has gone completely under the radar – people still do not fully understand that it truly exists! People need to know that one women’s experience with sexism is not the same as another women’s experience. It is can be said that something like this can possibly change how women of color are viewed in our society and will definitely counteract how misrepresented they are in our media culture.
Amandla’s comic is expected to come out November 4.