THE HATE U GIVE Amandla stars as Starr in the film adaptation of the Black Lives Matter YA novel, which has been a fixture on The New York Times best-seller list ever since it was published February 2017. The book's title is inspired by Tupac Shakur's stomach tattoo—THUG LIFE (The Hate U Give Little Infants F---- Everybody).
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. er, Common and Anthony Mackie.
Directed by George Tillman, Jr. Screenplay by Audrey Wells. Starring Amandla, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, TJ Wright, with Common and Anthony Mackie
AMANDLA ADDRESSES HER CASTING Over the past year I️’ve heard concerns from my community around my casting as Starr in The Hate U Give and I want those who are worried to know they are seen and heard. Something that I️ love most about the black community is the accountability and expectation for greatness and consciousness that we maintain. I hope Angie’s perspective can alleviate those concerns, though I️ don’t expect it to address the age old conundrum of colorism and I’m glad this conversation is being opened up. The lack of diversity within the black girl representation we’re finally getting is apparent and it’s NOT ENOUGH, and I️ understand my role in the quest for onscreen diversity and the sensitivity I️ must have towards the colorism that I do not experience. Do I️ aim to represent all black girls? Hell nah! Do I️ expect all black girls to feel represented by me? Absolutely not. We encompass a beautiful and expansive plethora of experiences, identities and shades and it would be ridiculous to assume that I️ should or could represent all of us. I️ want my sisters to know I️ navigate my industry with an acute awareness of how my accessibility contributes to the representation I️ am granted. I do so with a vigilance concerning the commodification of blackness and not taking up space that doesn’t belong to me. My biggest hope is that this precarious game of give and take we play with the historically white institution of Hollywood for the sake of representation can only lead to the diversity we want and deserve. I️ want to see my mama on screen. And my niece. I want to see my friends, my peers... and all those who have given me the blessing of their support. Let’s continue to demand depictions that don’t placate European beauty standards. And after all this if you still don’t mess with the casting, hey, that’s your prerogative! But let’s show up to THUG for BLM, for rich and profound portrayals of contemporary black experience, for exploration of the nuance of bias, for black girl realness 😁, for family, for gun control, for speaking up and out, for Philando, Tamir, Eric, Michael, Sandra and all the black lives that have been taken for no reason. ✊🏽