Amandla Stenberg Is Starring in a Black Lives Matter YA Movie

Yas, yas, a thousand times yas.

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Saying Hollywood doesn't have a diversity problem is like saying pizza isn't delicious. It's just a ridiculous lie. But fortunately, the industry seems well-aware of the lack of diversity both on and off screen, and they ready to write more roles for women of color.

Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg—who's fully immersed in the ongoing dialogue about cultural appropriation (opens in new tab) and systemic racism—has been cast (opens in new tab) in The Hate U Give, a YA novel adaption inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The book (which ignited a Hollywood bidding war, FYI) follows Starr, a 16-year-old prep school student who witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend. It goes without saying how important it is that this topic is being tackled, especially with a young audience in mind. Can't wait.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.