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The Hate U Give

Kimberly Pross

Each week, Stanford Under the Stars: Movie Nights at Frost brings a selection of movies featuring actors who attended Stanford or various Stanford and Northern California filming locations. Though Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Issa Rae (‘07) studied African American studies and political science, she found ways to engage with storytelling and acting, from her mockumentary “Dorm Diaries” about life in the Ujamaa residence to stage productions like the Motown adaptation of Grease. Following graduation, Rae went on to produce and act in shows such as The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl and HBO’s Insecure and numerous movies including The Hate U Give (2018), Little (2019), The Lovebirds (2020), and The Photograph (2020).

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds––the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.