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The Hate U Give with Angie Thomas
Art Against the Grain with Walker Books brings one of the new and rising voices of Black America. Curated by Impact Hub Birmingham member Aliyah Hasinah, this event brings an exciting new voice from across the pond to Birmingham.
Angie Thomas: Angie Thomas is a powerful emerging voice in Young Adult fiction. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson Mississippi, and studied Creative Writing at Belhaven University, where she was one of the only black students – a theme which she visits in The Hate U Give (THUG). A former teen rapper, Angie recently won the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is Angie’s first novel. The Hate U Give is Angie's debut novel and is currently #1 in the New York Times Books Children's/YA best seller list.
You can find Angie on Twitter @acthomaswrites
The event will include a screening of 50 Shades of Melanin followed by a discussion with the film director Naomi Grant and Siana Bangura.
There will also be performances from spoken word artists Janel Antoneisha and Damani Dennisur. The evening will culminate with a panel discussion with Angie and members of UKBLM and black activists on why does Black Lives Matter belong in the UK and what is the relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and the UK.
The Hate U Give (THUG): THUG is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr – a girl of two worlds. Every day she walks a fine line between the poor inner-city neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and the wealthy suburbs where she goes to high school. The uneasy balance between the two is shattered when Starr becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. Now Starr must fight for justice, using the most powerful weapon she has – her voice. But how she uses it could destroy her two carefully separated lives, her family, and her community. It could also get her killed. Copies of THUG will be on sale at this event and Angie will be doing a book signing at the end of the evening.
Tickets via: bitty.com/TheHateUGive: You can either attend the whole event or just the panel discussion with Angie and members of UK Black Lives Matter. If you are a young person, there will be a limited number of scholarship tickets available. If for whatever reason you are not able to purchase a ticket, please drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do! Walker Books have very kindly donated books for all scholarship tickets.