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If you just scan the summary or give the trailer a quick glance, The Hate U Give doesn’t sound like a heartwarming film at first. It follows Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg, after she witnesses her childhood best friend Khalil getting shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. The rest of the film follows her coping with the traumatic experience and figuring out what she stands for. But one of the biggest sources of comfort, laughter and guidance for her, is the rest of the Carter family.

Actress Shanice Banton sees the parallels between her latest film, Race, and the current racial and cultural tensions in the world. With politicians spreading fear and hate, police killings and shootings, and genocides across the globe, it’s easy to see the similarities…