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“The Hate U Give” Has an Important Message for Teens (Movie Review)

“The Hate U Give,” is not your average film adaptation of a young adult novel. Based off of Angie Thomas’s bestseller, “Hate U Give”, the movie brings the gritty reality of police brutality from the pages, to life.The plot follows the narrative of a 16-year-old black girl named Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg, who gave a heart-stopping performance.

While living in an impoverished, predominantly black neighborhood, Starr and her brothers attend school  with mostly white peers. The movie navigates the difficulties experienced by some African-American families on a daily basis.

Khalil as Algee Smith in “The Hate U Give”

It’s impossible not to praise the casting of this movie; Algee Smith, who plays the character of Khalil, easily passes for a “Fresh Prince” era Will Smith, in looks and in suave.

Even if you haven’t read the book, “The Hate U Give” should go on the top of your list of movies to see this fall. It provides a major insight into the lives of minorities in this country, especially into the complex truth of police brutality. It also serves as a message to the next generation you white adults saying that we need to do better, not just as allies, but as members of an increasingly diverse society.

 

“The Hate U Give,” will in theaters everywhere October 19! I’d recommend bringing tissues.

Watch the trailer here!

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