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Amandla Stenberg to star in Black Lives Matter film based on book by 28-year-old author

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Amandla Stenberg

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Amandla Stenberg

THE HUNGER Games actress Amandla Stenbergwill star in Fox 2000’s The Hate U Give, based on the upcoming debut novel by 28-year-old author Angela Thomas.

Thomas’ story follows a 16-year-old who attends a suburban prep school and must deal with the aftermath of witnessing a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend.

Angela, who signed a two-book deal earlier this year with HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray, began working on the book as a short story while a senior at Belhaven University.

“Sooooo… This is kinda big,” Angela wrote on Twitter after the news was announced today (March 23).

YOUNG AUTHOR: Amanda Thomas

YOUNG AUTHOR: Amanda Thomas

She was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2009 fatal shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22-year-old black man in Oakland, California, which was recounted in the 2013 movie Fruitvale Station.

The title is based on Tupac Shakur’s tattoo T.H.U.G.

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