During its TIFF premiere in September, The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg, drew high praise for its raw look at race relations in America. As Aramide A. Tinubu wrote in her TIFF review for Shadow and Act, The Hate U Give “could have easily slipped into a sanitized, Hollywood version of the Black Lives Matter movement,” but instead allows for “a different and more nuanced perspective, not just of Starr but an entire community on the verge of destruction from constant predation.”
That feeling is palpable in the scene where Maverick (Russell Hornsby), father to young Starr (Kai Ture) and her brother, Seven (Hassan Welch), starts giving the dreaded talk many black parents have to give to their children about interacting with the police. Shaun King exclusively premiered a small featurette from The Hate U Give about the haunting tradition of providing the talk and why it’s unfortunately still relevant today. “Every Black family in the country has had their own version of this conversation, but no film has ever shown it quite like this,” he wrote.
EXCLUSIVE: This morning I was given permission to show you this exclusive sneak peek of “The Talk” – an essential scene in #TheHateUGive (out Friday). Every Black family in the country has had their own version of this conversation, but no film has ever shown it quite like this. pic.twitter.com/69pxIEhuHA
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 15, 2018
Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give, also wrote on Twitter how that scene is particularly personal to her. “Fact: the talk Starr and Seven were given is based on the talk I was given by a cousin. Who was a cop.”
Fact: the talk Starr and Seven were given is based on the talk I was given by a cousin. Who was a cop. https://t.co/tNVa5AqAKp
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) October 15, 2018
The Hate U Give will premiere in theaters nationwide October 19.