Stop the hate

Ac­tress Amandla Sten­berg’s lat­est flick takes on racism and po­lice bru­tal­ity

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In The Hate U Give, based on the young adult best­seller by Angie Thomas, Amandla Sten­berg plays teenager Starr whose friend is gunned down by po­lice.

Like Starr, Amandla (19) was also moved to speak up about vi­o­lence and in­jus­tice in black com­mu­ni­ties in Amer­ica. The ac­tress was in high school when the Black Lives Mat­ter (BLM) move­ment started, call­ing for po­lice re­form and call­ing out racial in­jus­tice.

“Recog­nis­ing those events for what they were and see­ing every­one make the choice to stand up against it com­pletely in­formed what I cared about and what I felt my point was as an artist,” she told the New York Times.

Time mag­a­zine has named her as one of the most in­flu­en­tial teenagers in the world twice, thanks to her out­spo­ken de­fence of BLM and other is­sues of so­cial in­equal­ity.

With The Hate U Give, Amandla says she felt she “was car­ry­ing the en­ergy of the vic­tims who need ret­ri­bu­tion, and whose sto­ries need to be told”.

“There’s been a part of me that at times – out of a place of try­ing to pro­tect my hope – has be­come de­sen­si­tised to the head­lines [about po­lice bru­tal­ity]. It’s easy to see a story about it and think of it as a po­lit­i­cal event in­stead of a deeply per­sonal event in some­one’s life and com­mu­nity.”

Catch Me­gan Law­less, Amandla Sten­berg and Sab­rina Car­pen­ter in The Hate U Give.

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