“When you ready to talk, you talk. Don’t ever let nobody make you be quiet.”
Two years ago, news first broke about how a YA novel inspired by #BlackLivesMatter — a novel that wouldn’t even be published until the following year — was already in talks to be made into a movie. And last night, during the BET Awards, we (finally!) got to see the trailer’s debut. And it’s giving us ALL the #resistance vibes.
Based on the best-selling book, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, the movie stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl from a low-income, predominantly Black neighborhood who spends her weekdays code-switching as a student at a nearby predominantly white private school.
Then, her world changes.
On the way home from a party one night, her best friend (played by Algee Smith) is pulled over and murdered by a white police officer right in front of her eyes. In the aftermath of the shooting, as the preview shows, we see the funeral, the protests, the news reports, the threats Starr receives, and more — all of which ultimately lead her to use her voice for change. No longer concerned about what other people may think of her, she decides she has to speak up and advocate for those who no longer can. Let this film be a call to action for you, as well — never stop resisting and fighting for what’s right. Never. Stop.
Watch the trailer below, and make sure you support at the theaters when the movie drops October 19!