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Amandla Stenberg Will Star in a Movie About the Black Lives Matter Movement

The latest role that Amandla Stenberg has just signed on for may make her an even bigger face of the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 17-year-old Hunger Games star is set to play the lead role in an upcoming film inspired by #BlackLivesMatter called The Hate U Give. The film, whose title is based on Tupac Shakur’s tattoo T.H.U.G., will follow the story of Starr, a 16-year-old suburban prep school student who must deal with the aftermath of witnessing her unarmed best friend get shot and killed by a police officer.

The Hate U Give will be an adaptation of Angela Thomas’s debut novel of the same name. Thomas wrote the novel in response to the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by a police officer in Oakland, CA in 2009. Grant’s story sparked a series of protests and was also the inspiration for the film Fruitvale Station.  

Stenberg’s role in the film seems like a bit of a no-brainer since she’s been vocal and outspoken in regards to her opinions on everything from feminism to issues facing the black community. This is definitely a movie that we’re looking forward to watching. 

Danielle is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. You can usually find her dividing her time between being Campus Correspondent of Her Campus UGA, binge-watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix and daydreaming about being one of Beyonce's backup dancers. If you want to know more about Danielle, you can follow her on Instagram (@danielleknecole_) or Twitter (@DanielleKnecole).
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