I’ve kind of been an Amandla Stenberg fangirl for some time now, ever since she first popped up on my radar as wide-eyed, scene stealing Rue in The Hunger Games. I remember the backlash that she — a child at the time — faced from ridiculous fans who didn’t understand why Rue had to be portrayed by a Black girl. Almost a decade later, the talent and coolest 18-year-old on the planet, has dominated film, music and social consciousness by reminding America that there is simply no one way to be Black.
Now that I’ve landed at Voltron and my growing baby CASSIUSlife.com, I’m staying true to an idea I had awhile ago to share some additional color from stories that I left on the cutting room floor. Some things I’ll share here are pieces cut for editing purposes, and I’ll use this place for the thought process behind some of my ideas.
I’ve always had a pot belly. Throughout every period of my life, I was all legs and chichos. I never had an issue with weight — I checked out with all doctor’s appointments and BMI charts — but from a young age, I was always obsessed with “fun” food. If I got straight A’s on my report card, I knew I had a McDonald’s trip on the horizon. My mom took me to the Mickie D’s located in a cottage on Jericho Turnpike for the super special occassions.
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