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Amandla Stenberg, 'Hunger Games' Actress, Identifies As 'Black, Bisexual Woman'

01/09/2016 10:58 EST | Updated 01/09/2016 10:59 EST

Amandla Stenberg identifies as a black, bisexual woman, and she wants you to know why that's important.

The 17-year-old "Hunger Games" actress temporarily took over Teen Vogue's Snapchat account, and decided to share some important messages before she signed off for the night.

amandla stenberg Amandla Stenberg arrives at a Women in Film event in Los Angeles in June 2015. (Photo: Invision/AP)

"I cannot stress enough how important the concept of representation is, and so the concept that I can provide that for other black girls is mind-blowing," Stenberg said.

“It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.”

"As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman, I've been through it," she said.

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"It hurts, and it's awkward, it's uncomfortable."

Stenberg then called for more representation from people of colour and sexual minorities in media.

"We cannot be suppressed," she said. "We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow.

"I am sick of all the misogyny, and the homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too," she said.

"I am sick of all the misogyny, and the homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too."

She shared the video on her Tumblr account, with the tags #hello and #I'm very bisexual.

Stenberg has spoken publicly about racial identity issues in the past. In July, she called out Kylie Jenner for wearing cornrows and appropriating black culture.

The actress also released a video last year called "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows" about mass media's appropriation of black culture.

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