Her Role In 'The Hate U Give' Was Breakout-Worthy

Amandla Stenberg was one of many honored at 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills a few days ago. She had words at the event as she received the award for “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress.”

Amandla’s performance in The Hate U Give is nothing short of amazing. The celebrity takes the helm of lead as she acts out the drama that is Angie Thomas’ Young Adult (YA) fiction book.


The Hate U Give tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter who is seemingly torn between two worlds. On the one hand, Starr is a girl growing up in the hood. On the other hand, the teen is the up-and-coming scholar at the high school she attends across town, which, coincidentally, has a majority population that is Caucasian.

The two worlds collide when Starr’s unarmed friend is murdered by an over-ambitious police officer. Starr must decide whether to tell the truth, and subsequently become an activist, or remain silent and maintain her status as a prestigious teen at her school.

Amandla Stenberg commented on her role in The Hate U Give during a recent interview. “Everything about her resonated with me,” Stenberg told POPSUGAR.

“I had a really similar experience to Starr growing up, in terms of attending a school that was mostly white and privileged and pretty homogeneous in terms of the mentality and culture. But then I lived across town in a neighborhood that was black and lower income. And I was exposed to a completely different culture there.”

You can see Amandla Stenberg in all of her acting greatness today in The Hate U Give available in theaters nationwide. Catch the film’s trailer below!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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