Literacy, Equity & Access for All!
ANGIE THOMAS, AUTHOR OF 'THE HATE U GIVE' COMES TO OUSD!
Angie Thomas, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give presented her highly anticipated second novel, On the Come Up, at Oakland Technical High School Auditorium on Monday, February 18! Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up, an ode to hip-hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free. Thomas was in conversation with MK Asante, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor. A former teen rapper, Angie Thomas holds a BFA in creative writing from Bellhaven University. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000 starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. MK Asante is the author of It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation and Buck: A Memoir, currently being adapted into a major motion picture.
EVENT HOSTS: Oakland Youth Poet Laureates Lelia Mottley and Samuel Getachew (just published in the NY TIMES!) MC'd the event. The event is hosted by Oakland Unified School District Library Services with thanks to Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Oakland Public Library, Berkeley Unified School District Libraries and other funders. OUSD is 1 of 15 cities nationwide to host best-selling author Angie Thomas.
VIDEOS SHOWN @ the event:
Preshow and Aftershow Music (might need Spotify account)The best-selling author talks about paying homage to the rappers she grew up listening to and the challenges of writing her first book after “The Hate U Give.”
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