Amandla Stenberg

by ethnic on January 20, 2012

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

Amandla’s father, Tom Stenberg, is of Danish heritage. Amandla’s mother, Karen Brailsford, is African-American. Amandla has stated that Tom’s mother was from Greenland, and is of Inuit ancestry. On Amandla’s Facebook page, Amandla stated that she is learning Danish.

Amandla’s paternal grandparents were Tage Stenberg and Ena. 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 grandparents were Charlie Benjamin Brailsford (the son of Willie “Friendly” Brailsford, Sr. and Emma Julia Oliver) and Leola White. Willie was the son of William Brailsford and Mary Louise Oliver. Emma was the daughter of Charlie/Charles B. Oliver and Rebecca Johnson.


Genealogy of Amandla Stenberg (focusing on their 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 –

Image via Joe Seer /

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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.

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