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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Hate U Give

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Starr (Amandla Stenberg) lives with her mom (Regina Hall) and dad (Russell Hornsby) in a poor, largely African-American neighborhood. But she and her brother get sent to an uptown private school that, surprise, is mostly white kids. Her two worlds both collide and shatter when she witnesses a friend (Algee Smith) get fatally shot down by a police officer during a routine traffic stop. She’s been kept sheltered from this type of thing by her parents and they manage to keep her witness status a secret, but is that what Starr wants? Directed by George Tillman Jr (Soul Food) and written by the sadly suddenly passed Audrey Wells, we found The Hate U Give to be pretty powerful. Listen to Chris, Miguel, and Alan discuss.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.