The teen activist is taking Black Lives Matter from the streets to the silver screen.



Amandla Stenberg Is Bringing 'Black Lives Matter' to Theaters

The movement is moving from the streets to the silver screen and bringing along the most woke 17-year-old you know. Amandla Stenberg, the actress who stole our hearts as Rue in The Hunger Games and then slayed the game with her real-life activism, has been cast in the lead role of a new film inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and Oscar Grant’s murder. Grant’s murder by police while lying face down at a San Francisco transit station was immortalized on film in Fruitvale Station, but it also helped inspire Angela Thomas’ debut novel The Hate U Give. Started in 2011 while studying at Belhaven University, the book’s title is a reference to a Tupac Shakur tattoo.

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Stenberg will play Starr, a 16-year-old girl who lives in poverty while also attending a suburban prep school. Her two worlds collide when she witnesses a police officer fatally shoot her unarmed best friends. The novel inspired a bidding war between 13 publishing houses earlier in February before being bought in an estimated six-figure deal by HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray. The book hasn’t even been released yet but that didn’t stop the novel from inspiring another bidding war, which ended with Fox 2000 acquiring the film rights. With Stenberg set to star, George Tillman Jr., director of Notorious, Barbershop, and The Longest Ride, has been tapped to helm the movie.

The actress is no stranger to the BLM movement. She tweeted last year in response to the protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray and has also become one of our favorite teen activists. She’s taken on cultural appropriation, become integral in the Art Hoe movement, and talked to Solange Knowles about black girl power. No release date for The Hate U Give has been announced, but in the meantime, we’ll be on the lookout for whatever knowledge Stenberg drops on us next.

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