Thought-provoking: Actress Amandla Stenberg Checks Kylie Jenner For ‘Appropriating Black Culture’ With Her Cornrows But Failing To Use Her Celebrity ‘to Help Black Americans’
Kylie Jenner got herself in a bit of an online quarrel with The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg late last Saturday.
The 17-year-old reality star was addressed by the actress via social media after sharing a photo on Instagram which displayed her with her hair in cornrows.
Amandla expressed her concerns regarding Kylie ‘appropriating black culture’ and not using her celebrity to bring awareness to issues centered around police brutality and racism in black Americans’.
The Feud Originated: Kylie Jenner was pressed by Amandla Stenberg, who address Kylie’s ‘appropriation of black culture’, after sharing the above photo on Instagram last Saturday.
The 16-year-old “Hunger Games” co star commented on Kylie’s photo: ‘When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.’
17 year old Kylie, who is believed to be dating 25 year old rapper, replied: ‘Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.’
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians co-star was referring to the fact that Amandla, who rose to fame playing Rue in The Hunger Games, attend her highschool prom with date Jaden Smith in late May of 2015.
Amandla released an intelligent video discussing the issues of cultural appropriation earlier this year!!! Check Out Video Above..
It was widely publicized that Kylie was also rumoured to have dated the 17 year old After Earth star, Jaden Smith but they never confirmed their relationship.
The youngest of the Jenner clan shared a selfie showing off her cornrows last Saturday morning, which saw her in a grey clad crop top and matching Nike tracksuit bottoms. She captioned the photograph: ‘I woke up like disss.’
She was also photo, later that day with no braids and her dark hair pulled into a bun as she stepped out in Beverly Hills.
The 17-year-old decided to remove her cornrows after the IG backlash form Amandla she was spotted later that day in the photo above.
‘Go hang w Jaden or something’: this was the response the from young reality co-star to Amandla, who went to prom with Jaden Smith her then rumoured boyfriend in May
Amandla released a thought provoking insightful mini documentary this year discussing issues of cultural appropriation, posing the question: ‘What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’
In video, titled Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows, the teen says: ‘Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.
‘Hip hop stems from a black struggle, it stems from jazz and blues, styles of music African-Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity. On a smaller scale but in a similar vein, braids and cornrows are not merely stylistic. They’re necessary to keep black hair neat.’
Making Headlines: Amandla exhibited a masterful, display of poise by defending her case after providing specific instances in a chronological timeline denoted to when the shift had occurred in music and fashion.
There are so many countless other examples of when appropriation occurs for example when Kim Kardashian was seen with her hair braided in cornrows when she stepped out following a gym run in Los Angeles in 2010
Case 2 Amandla also shared an image of Kendall Jenner in her video, who had her hair braided in cornrows that Marie Claire Co signed as “Bold Braids Taken To A New Epic Level”
Case 3: Miley Cyrus has been recently photographed with cornrows among a host of other things- here the actress is pictured in Studio City on last Sunday
Finally case 4
Katy Perry had her hair braided in cornrows and eating watermelon in a scene depicted in the 2014 music video, This Is How We Do
The teen Citing stars such as Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, she adds: ‘Pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention.’
Since starring in the first Hunger Games movie as Katniss’s ally, Amandla appeared in the several Television show including Sleepy Hollow and voiced a character in Rio 2.
Her upcoming series Mr. Robinson, which premieres in August, sees Craig Robinson star as a musician who becomes a music teacher at a middle school in a big city.
Amandla released an intelligent video discussing the issues of cultural appropriation earlier this year!!!
Rumored flame?: Kylie and Jaden, seen here together in November 2013, never confirmed their relationship
Three years ago: The 16-year-old shot to stardom portraying Rue in 2012’s The Hunger Games