ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Bobby Sessions, Karan Kendrick, TJ Wright, Lamar Johnson, Algee Smith, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, Angie Thomas, George Tillman Jr., and David Banner onstage during "The Hate U Give" Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on October 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
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EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Screening of “The Hate U Give” for Black College Students in Atlanta

The countdown begins for the highly-anticipated movie, “The Hate U Give.”

On October 3, 2018, there was a premiere screening for “The Hate U Give” at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia. Targeted towards college students of the Atlanta University Center, the theater was full of students that attend Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College.

“The Hate U Give” is an impactful movie that critically touches on systematic racism, the vulgarity of police brutality towards black men, and protests resulting from the injustices of a nation. The movie was so powerful that many students revealed that they had tears in their eyes after realizing that these injustices meant more than just a movie on the big screen; it is the reality that the black community faces daily.

After the premiere, a Q & A followed with members of the cast. In attendance were Angie Thomas (author of The Hate U Give), George Tillman (director), Amandla Stenberg (Starr), Regina Hall (Starr’s mother), Lamar Johnson (Khalil), Algee Smith (Seven), TJ Wright (Sekani), Bobby Sessions (recording artist), and David Banner (moderator).

There were a series of questions that were asked. The questions were guided towards the director and his overall message he wanted to depict in the movie and shifted towards the cast for their response to the relevancy of the movie with how the world and society is currently. The questions and atmosphere was very thought provoking and emotional that TJ Wright was brought to tears as he explained the despair he felt about the injustices of police brutality while filming.

David Banner eventually shifted from asking the questions to letting the audience ask a few questions of their own.

One question that stood out was about the controversy behind Amandla Stenberg playing the role of Starr. In height of the social media frenzy between Amandla playing the role of a character that is originally darker than her, fans of the book were curious to know how she felt about people being upset of her playing a character that was originally showcased to audiences of being a darker skin tone. Click here to hear Amandla’s response.

After the viewing and Q & A with the cast, members of the audience also received the opportunity to express their thoughts about the movie. After their testimonial, audience members left with a courtesy gift bag with a copy of The Hate You Give inside.

Overall, the event was amazing, the cast looked incredible, and the movie was powerful is worth seeing! “The Hate U Give” is in select theaters October 5 and in theaters everywhere October 19.

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