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Amandla Stenberg is the new carefree Black girl infiltrating mainstream media — her words not ours — but, quite frankly, it’s true.

Stenberg recently shared the photo below on Instagram, gushing about her lead role in the new YA film Everything, Everything, a film that not only boasts a majority minority cast but is also written and directed by two women of color.

“May 19th ya’ll go see ur carefree black girl infiltrate mainstream media,” she captioned the photo.

We think it’s definitely cause for celebration, especially given Hollywood’s track record for overlooking minorities when casting lead roles in mainstream market films.

Stenberg, who has become known for her activism and for being good pals with Beyonce, told us that was a major draw for her as well.

“I think it’s rare that you see movies like this that are actually interested in diverse casting so that drew me to it immediately,” she explained. “Then the fact it was directed by a Black woman was really a draw for me.”

Anika Noni Rose, who plays Stenberg’s mother, said she loved how the film has a strong female cast, but isn’t really about that at all.

“You know, reading the script you wouldn’t know, it’s not delineated, we are not talking about who we are and the color of our skin and what that means,” said Rose. “I think that is a vacation for us to be in a movie where we are represented … where we are really having conversations that are meaningful and relationships that are fleshed out and that are thorough. I think that makes a huge difference.”

In the film, based on the New York Times bestseller, Stenberg plays Maddie, a young girl with a rare autoimmune condition that keeps her confined to her house … that is, until she meets the boy next door, played by Nick Robinson.

Director Stella Meghie told us she just got lucky with the casting, getting her first choice in Stenberg and Robinson, whose onscreen romance will simply melt your heart.

“Amandla was so perfect for it and Nick, they just had the exact right tone,” said Meghie. “And Ana [de la Reguera] and Anika were so great and I wanted them both so deeply. I just ended up with the right people.”

We couldn’t agree more. Everything, Everything is, quite honestly, everything, everything. But don’t take our word for it; be sure to see it when it hits theaters May 19.

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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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