Stop the hate
Actress Amandla Stenberg’s latest flick takes on racism and police brutality
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.