Amandla Stenberg

by ethnic on January 20, 2012

Amandla Stenberg – 2016 AltaMed Health Services’ Power Up, We Are the Future Gala – Arrivals – Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 23, 1998

*Danish, Greenlandic/Inuit (father)
*African-American (mother)

Amandla Stenberg is an American actor and singer. Amandla has starred in the films The Hunger Games, Everything, Everything and The Darkest Minds.

The word amandla means “power” or “strength” in Zulu.

Amandla’s father, Tom Stenberg, is Danish. Amandla’s mother, Karen Brailsford, is African-American, and is a spiritual counselor and writer. Amandla has stated that Tom’s mother was from Greenland, and is of Inuit ancestry. Amandla has also said that she is learning Danish.

Amandla has been described as Jewish on some web sites. This is not accurate. Amandla is not of Jewish heritage.

A picture of Amandla’s father can be seen here. A picture of Amandla with her mother can be seen here.

Amandla’s paternal grandparents were Tage Stenberg and Ena. Ena Stenberg was a radio personality and singer. Ena’s father was a missionary in Godthaab. Godthaab was the seat of government for what was then South Greenland, a Danish colony.

Amandla’s maternal grandfather was Charlie Benjamin Brailsford (the son of Willie “Friendly” Brailsford, Sr. and Emma Julia Oliver). Charlie was born in South Carolina. Willie was the son of William Brailsford and Mary Louise Oliver. Emma was the daughter of Charlie/Charles B. Oliver and Rebecca Johnson.

Amandla’s maternal grandmother was named Leola White.

Image via Joe Seer /

Amandla responds to questions about casting her, a light-skinned actress, in the film The Hate U Give, 2018 –

Genealogy of Amandla Stenberg (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Amandla’s maternal grandfather, Charlie Benjamin Brailsford –

Obituary of Amandla’s maternal great-grandfather, Willie “Friendly” Brailsford, Sr. –

Obituary of Amandla’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma Julia (Oliver) Brailsford –

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 4, 2018 at 3:34 am
andrew August 4, 2018 at 3:19 am
Hill July 13, 2017 at 5:46 pm

She looks like what she is. Don’t comment and leave.

vilgotaan May 22, 2017 at 9:40 am
callmecharlie January 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm

You should probably change the pronouns used here, as Amandla doesn’t go by feminine pronouns. They requested to go by “they/them/their” pronouns.

perez-richart August 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

clearly mixed with black and white.

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Where are you seeing white? She looks Asian and black.

perez-richart September 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm

she looks white and black

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

She has been making some very racially charged comments… Does she not know she is part European too?

Blerman August 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

would that make her cooler if she mentioned it hell no she obviously like just the way she is

M June 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

She looks Blasian.

Dogg March 16, 2015 at 11:47 pm

That’s a different mix. I wonder how many Inuit/black mixes there are.

Sully January 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

She does look mix. I thought she might have had some Filipino ancestry.

noneofyourbusiness February 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

She looks mixed, but not with white. I would have thought Asian as well.

madelein June 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

It makes perfect sense because Inuits usually look kinda Asian

angrygirl19 July 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

again, you don’t have to look a certain way to be something

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm


WTF November 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

I thought maybe she was mostly black with some Native American heritage.

Your Mom June 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

“Amandla”? Really? What kind of name is that? The L in it looks stupid and unnatural.

flo June 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm

It’s African name. It’s not unnatural it just happens to sound similar to the name “Amanda”.

vilgotaan May 26, 2014 at 10:58 am

I think “Stenberg” its a swedish surname.

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:04 am




all possible

but most of the STERNBERGS are JEWISH her father is danish

ihatemostpeople February 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Wow she looks straight up black though. I mean most mulattoes look mixed. I thought she was just black.

Multiethnicchick June 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

how does she just look black? Do you even know what a black person without influence from another group of humans looks like? She’s so obviously mixed.

Gurrl February 10, 2014 at 9:02 am
fuzzybear44 June 8, 2013 at 1:41 am

I thought she was so cute in that movie The Hunger Games

Mikaylah January 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Oh and one more thing Mid is stupid not An African American Person Just because of our skin color people think we are dumb! We just don’t apply are selfs as much as a white person would! Slavery is over so stop acting like it exist! People these Days!!!!

Mikaylah January 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I look mixed but I’m actually 80 percent Black, 10 Percent Indian,and 10Percent French!!! So mainly I’m African American!!

lynsey April 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

she’s mixed , i thought she was just african american . she’s still pretty though :]

fuzzybear44 August 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

I wish people would understand this,African American Doesn’t mean your just black.It’s a cultural Identity,that is another one of a list of names,to describe the people of recent African heritage here.They have taken more pride in that heritage,than the others they may be(and usually are).Why do you think AA’s often say they are something else,because they know they are.(whether European or native)As I have stated many times,there are white African Americans:

fuzzybear44 August 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

I wish people would understand this,African American Doesn’t mean your just black.It’s a cultural Identity,that is another one of a list of names,to describe the people of recent African heritage here.They have taken more pride in that heritage,than the others they may be(and usually are).Why do you think AA’s often say they are something else,because they know they are.(whether European or native)As I have stated many times,there are white African Americans

fuzzybear44 August 8, 2012 at 6:30 am

The two people who thumbs my comment down,prove me wrong.People of African descent in the U.S. have been called many names,both (negative and positive),and African Americans is just the new title for the culture here.Also at least half the AA’s here have more than one bloodline(every DNA test out has prove this).They tested 500 AA’s at a college in Washington,and everyone of them had European descent (avg 22%).That mean they are not just black.Now as far as the White AA’s,there are plenty of examples that I speak the truth.Trevor Richards,Paulo Serodio,Greta Lawrence are just a few.Just because you might not have every heard of a White person claiming that title,doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

mids August 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

I have a question for you, of the people they tested, none of them were mixed right, because I think they use mixed people in these test and mixed people are not black

Mm February 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

Why do you have to spew your beliefs on everyone else?
Not all people that consider themselves ‘African-American’ are or believe that they are of a mixed heritage. I know that I don’t. And I’m not.
I am African-American, as in of african descent, and I am sooooo proud of it! :) People r what they r and what they want to be no matter how you view them. Don’t be so close-minded.

Multiethnicchick February 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

It’s not about people spewing their believes it’s about physical anthropology. If you want to live in denial of the phenotypical categories based off of human phenotypes associated with specific groups of humans then you should’t use terms like black or white or asian at all.

mids August 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

African American is such a stupid and confusing term. Now if you mean African American as black(descendant of the black racial groups of Africa) then no she obviously isn’t. Her facial features and hair texture are not that of a black person. The black racial groups of Africa or Negroid as the scientific name puts it, are characterized by a broad nose, tightly coiled hair that tends to grow up and two the side and thick lips.

fuzzybear44 September 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

To mid

I wasn’t there,however they asked for African American.Therefore those people seeing themselves as that showed up.Now you say mixed people aren’t black,however there are a good amount of people who would disagree with you.Also with the way your thinking,you just knock out 2/3 of the black population here.You also stated on another part of the site,that skin color does not denote mixture.So even if I was there,how would I know whose mixed ,and who isn’t?Now I’m of mixed heritage(MGM),but I see myself as a black man.If your of mixed heritage,and see yourself as other,then that’s your choice.

fuzzybear44 September 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

To mids

Here are some of the various definitions of African American American of African and (especially) of black African ancestry.
This is why I say stated there were White African Americans also.

2.Black Americans or Afro-Americans, and formerly as American Negroes) are citizens or residents of the United States who have( total or significant partial) African heritage or ancestors

You will notice the phrase “significant partial”,which means the person does not have to be 100%.It’s also why they classified mixed people as such.I know it sound unfair,but it’s what this country did and still is doing.

I didn’t used the phrase Sub-Saharan Africa in the second definition,because that just helps to miseducate black people here.Black people were never confined to that part of Africa.That was complete and unbelievable Bullsh*t.There are other definitions,but with the two I’ve given I hope you get what I’ve been saying.

Now you state that she is not black(descendant of the black racial groups of Africa)

If I’m not mistaken,her bio says she half AA.Last time I checked,that means some part of her heritage comes from Africa.

Then you say her facial features and hair texture are not that of a black person.

Have you actually being looking at Africans lately?The stereotype that’s your using is completely racists and outdated.I have put pics after pic on this site over the two yrs I’ve been on it,that completely blow your stereotype out the water.It’s so outdated,that they keep coming up with new names for the differences in black people,for example (Capoid ).You have black Africans as they are called,that are Caucasian in Phenotype,as well as the so called Negroid.Then you have the mixed Phenotypes(Caucasian nose with full lips,or broad nose with thin lips etc).You have types of hair,and I forgot about the eyes.I don’t know what the black people look like around you,but I’ve never lived in a area where the black people just fit your stereotype.

you stated African American is such a stupid and confusing term

Well it’s no more stupid or confusing than any of the other terms.Caucasian for example,it doesn’t mean white,it’s a Phenotype.They had to change the definition four times in the last 80yrs.Each time it’s including new people,the latest says light to brown skin.Pretty soon it will be truthful a say anybody.I’m Jewish(no offense to any Jewish person on the site).there different kinds of them,from white to black,even Asian.I’ve talked to Asian ones,they just say they are Jewish.Now should I look at him and go wait your Asian.Or should I give that person the respect,I mean there are Asian jews in Israel .

Now AA is just the latest term,I sure they will change it again soon or later.You’ll get your wish,and the Negroids as you like calling them,will be split from you.

Freword September 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

This is very hard

Mm February 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

are you serious?
Everything you said was just racist. I’m 100% african-american yet I don’t have a broad nose or tightly-coiled hair. Despite what most people say, we don’t all look alike. I don’t even look that most like my own parents. I have my grandparents features. I understand what the poster meant when they said they thought Amandla was african-american (as in not mixed) because I have friends and family that have similar features that aren’t mixed.
Biracial almost by definition means that the person would have a vast mixture of features typically seen in specific races.
So her ‘hair and nose’ could be a result of her dad who’s white, or they could just as easily come from her mom who’s black. I’ve seen pictures of Amandla and her parents. She does favor her mother, but she’s got her dad’s eyes. She’s a lovely girl and a great actress.

Multiethnicchick February 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Being 100% African American doesn’t mean you’re fully black. It’s an ethnicity, not a race. People are in denial of their mixed ancestry so I wouldn’t be surprised if “black” people claim to have the same hair texture as amandla but insist that they’re not mixed like that idiot Zoe Saldana.

Jeri March 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Race traitor! Get out of here with that mess!!!

Hill July 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Lol, fan of inbreeding huh?

MandaChick! March 30, 2012 at 7:33 am

And you’re an idiot! lol

blackgold March 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

Back at ya.

alexandra March 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

does amandla have a cusin named kioni murphy?

Amanda March 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

She is so pretty! I honestly wouldn’t mind if my future daughter ends up looking like her!!!

mhimhi February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Oh wow* m South African, wasn’t aware of her name until recently…. I hv a cousin by dat name n I wonda hw she pronounces t. Lol*

Jimenéz January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

She has Greenlandic ancestry as well, via her father’s mother.

Anonymous January 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Greenlandic? That sounds pretty exotic! I wonder if she (her grandmother) is of Greenlandic native ancestry or only Greenlandic by birth (as in white Danish imperialist?)

Jimenéz January 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm
MandaChick! January 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

The site used my suggestion. Awesome! lol
She’s adorable. Loved her in “Colombiana” and can’t wait to see her in “The Hunger Games.” :)

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