Amandla Stenberg

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

*father – Danish, Greenlandic/Inuit
*mother – African-American

Amandla Stenberg is an American actor and singer. She 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. She has stated that Tom’s mother was from Greenland, and is of Inuit ancestry. A picture of Amandla’s father can be seen here. A picture of Amandla with her mother can be seen here. Amandla has also said that she is learning Danish. She is a citizen of the U.S. and Denmark.

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

Amandla’s paternal grandfather was named Tage Stenberg.

Amandla’s paternal grandmother was named 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.

Stenberg in 2011, 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 –

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 –


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