speaker news | June 27, 2022

A Love Letter to Young Black Dreamers: A Sneak Peek at Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up Film Adaptation

The teaser trailer for On the Come Up—based on the #1 New York Times bestseller by YA author Angie Thomas—premiered last night at the BET Awards (which celebrate Black excellence in music, acting, sports and other entertainment fields). The film follows 16-year-old Bri and her dreams of being the best rapper in the world, following in the footsteps of her father who died before he could make it big. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri discovers that people are all too ready to label her something she isn’t—and that freedom of speech isn’t always free.  

Award-winning author Angie Thomas first burst onto the literary scene with her blockbuster young adult novel The Hate U Give, a brutally honest and hopeful story of growing up young and Black in America. On the Come Up, her second novel, explores what freedom of speech really means in a world that wants to suppress Black voices, and how to fight for your dreams against the odds. It’s an ode to hip hop that Vox called “earnest and warm-hearted, a careful examination of social issues that’s built around an immensely endearing main character.”

On the Come Up was optioned for adaptation upon release, and the first teaser trailer premiered last night at the BET Awards. Watch this exciting sneak peek below:

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