Zendaya has always been one of our favorite Black girls because she never fails to deliver on Black Girl Magic.

In her latest interview with Nylon magazine, the 18-year-old Disney starlet discussed the subtle yet extremely important difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation, and why the latter has no excuse.

“I urge people to take the extra step of knowledge and learn about things,” she said, citing that ignorance is no excuse for a lack of cultural respect.

Zendaya is another example of the trend of young influential Black women who are using their visibility and platforms to promote cultural awareness. Quite like Amandla Stenberg and the rest of young Black Hollywood has taken a stand against a country that seems to love Black culture more than it does Black people.

“I’m someone who feels uncomfortable with things unless I know [about them],” Zendaya admits, pointing out her lack of exemption from the standard. “I’m not going to try something unless I’ve taken the time and effort to learn about it. I just think with the Internet and the resources we have, you should do a little research.”

Out of the mouths of babes, Zendaya is wise way beyond her years and marks a new generation in informed, active and vocal Black youth.

“It’s a process for everyone and now with social media, I suggest that people try to become more aware and learn. I’m learning just like everybody else.”

Does Zendaya mark high hopes for future Black generations?

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is a writer and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.