11.21.2020

'In response to the moment': HBO's 'Between the World and Me' reflects summer's Black Lives Matter protests

'In response to the moment': HBO's 'Between the World and Me' reflects summer's Black Lives Matter protests Photo by Lelanie Foster / HBO

What can a Black person expect living in the U.S.?

That's the central question Ta-Nehisi Coates answers in his book, "Between the World and Me," published in 2015 – a question spun forward in an HBO film (Saturday, 8 EST/PST), adapted from a stage production of Coates' work that features Mahershala Ali and Angela Bassett.

The movie, like the book, is structured as an open letter to Coates' adolescent son Samori about what to expect as a Black person living in the U.S., and the words still ring true in 2020 in the face of institutional racism and police brutality. 

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