We’re guessing you’ve heard the old adage “if you want something done right, do it yourself” a time or two before. And while it may seem like a lesson you learn later in life, Amandla Stenberg picked it up at the ripe old age of sixteen. The actress and activist, who rose to fame as Rue in the first Hunger Games movie, is no stranger to making an impact. She’s already brilliantly addressed the issue of cornrows’ cultural appropriation via a school project and even publically called out Kylie Jenner on this issue.
To continue on her quest for total teenage awesomeness, she’s now taking her premature wisdom to the publishing world of comic books. Stenberg found two things to be lacking in the world of comic books: women of color and just women in general. So this girl boss decided to make her own, with a little bit of help. Stenberg’s comic, NIOBE: She Is Life follows a half-elf, half-warrior heroine who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Throughout the story she discovers all the powerful things she’s capable of.
NIOBE is a collaboration with Stranger Comics and their CEO, Sebastian A. Jones. Niobe Ayutami is a character that Jones had thought up nearly two decades ago, but when he met Amandla he knew she was the girl to help him develop and publish the story. They’ve also recruited the help of illustrator Ashley A. Woods to help bring their vision to life. You can snag a limited copy now for $100 or wait until November 4th when it officially hits stands.
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(Photos via Michael Buckner/Getty and Stranger Comics)