For me, “The Hate U Give” taught an important lesson: that it is okay to be an angry black girl. Because, collectively within the black community, we have every right to be.
Many say that the youth are shaping the future. However, a closer look at the youth-driven movements for change and social activism prove that they are changing the world today.
VOX ATL reporters Amariyah Callender and Erin Davis had the opportunity to receive exclusive red carpet access at the Atlanta press screening for “The Hate U Give.”
VOX ATL reporter Emma MacDonald attends immigration-themed art show and was lucky enough for many of the teens and professional artists present to be able to share their personal stories with her.
“Coming out isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s usually not – I grew up in a religious household.”
“I always thought it would be easy to come out to my mom because of how accepting she was to other family and friends coming out as LGBT. I think parents go by the motto, ‘As long as it is not my child.’”
“I can say now at age 23 that as cliché as it sounds, it really does get better. Life is too short to live as anyone but yourself.”
“But the beauty of truth is that, once released, it can never be sealed into one’s insides left to rot once more, or breed an outburst of anger. And once expelled and purged away, I discovered that there is room for so much more.”
“Maybe, if I can come out to people as though it’s nothing more than a fact of life, I can convince myself to be comfortable in my life… If enough queer people can be comfortable in their truth, maybe we can create a culture where I don’t have to worry about who I come out to.”
“Paige in Full” at the Alliance Theatre is a powerful one woman show that tackles themes of race, nationality, identity, feminism and self expression. Paige Hernandez uses hip-hop and movement work to tell her own story about growing up in Baltimore. Trial after trial, the audience sees how she uses dance as a way to save her own life and mind.