Do the Right Thing (1989)

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Do the Right Thing takes place in a neighborhood in Brooklyn on one of the hottest days in the summer. Mookie (Spike Lee) works for Sal’s Pizza and we follow him through his interactions he has with those around him. (Disclaimer: there will be spoilers below).

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The Hate U Give (2018)

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The Hate U Give surrounds Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a young black girl struggling to fit in with her mostly white private school and black neighborhood. She later witnesses her friend getting shot by a police officer and as the only witness debates whether to speak up for him or to stat silent to protect herself and her family.

Wow. This movie is powerful. And took me by total surprise. The performances, especially by Stenberg were pretty great. And while there has been more and more movies centered around police brutality and racial injustice that are coming out, this is one that stands out from the rest.

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