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" Art is activism. "
" I knew there were calls for diversity in children's lit, but you always wonder as a person of color, how diverse is too diverse? "
" The Hogwarts houses are really gangs. They have their own colours, their own hideouts, and they are always riding for each other, like gangs. "
" A lot of people involved in the Black Lives Matter movement are actually sticking up for those other lives. They are turning out for their Muslim brothers and sisters who are now being targeted. "
" I'm not sure I could ever write for adults. That's not to throw shade or anything, but I feel like teenagers are much more open-minded and willing to listen sometimes. "
" We see organizations that target young black men to give them direction in life, but so often, black girls are missed. I wanted to represent them. "
" I think, as a writer, sometimes you do worry, 'Am I just writing, or am I putting the burden of African-Americans on my shoulder and carrying it?' But if we just write the stories that we're supposed to write, that's when we have the biggest impact. "
" In the YA community, we are fighting for you and alongside you. When you make your voice heard, we're gonna be even louder on your behalf. That's definitely what I would like for teenagers to know. We've got you. We got you. I promise we do. "
" For me, hip-hop was a mirror when young-adult books were not. I could see myself in a Nas song more than I could see myself in a book. "
" I want you to realize your voice matters. "
" As a black woman, I feel like I have a unique experience that we don't often see in media portrayals of the South. "
" Writing is a form of activism. "
" I wanted to have a book that showed there's no one way to sound black. I wanted to tell teens that the way you speak is okay; you're good the way you are. "
" When you say, 'Southern,' or you speak about a southern accent, there's always that drawl, and usually from white people. That's what people associate with the South. But we're all different. The black southern accent is different. "
" I wish when I was 15 that I realized my voice was important and that even my thoughts and my opinions had value. Had I known, I probably would've spoken up more. I probably would've found my activism sooner and become a writer sooner. "
" Of course, my mom is my biggest and loudest cheerleader, and my family and friends are happy for me, but I'm still just Angie, not Angie-the-author-with-this-hyped-up-book. I appreciate that. "
" Trayvon Martin was 17, Mike Brown was young, Tamir Rice was 12. And so young people are affected by it, possibly the most affected, because they're seeing themselves. "
" From my anger, frustration, and hurt, I wrote the short story that would later become 'The Hate U Give.' "
" I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they'll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about. "
" I wrote 'The Hate U Give' as a short story while I was in college at a mostly white school in conservative Mississippi. "
" Michael Brown - when he lost his life, there was more focus on what he had done sometimes than what was done to him. "
" I think that the more of us who take the time to understand how someone else is feeling, the more likely we are to resist alongside them. "
" When I was in college, I lived in a mostly black, poor neighborhood. That's where I grew up, but I attended a mostly white upper-class school in conservative Mississippi. I was often very aware of how I presented myself. "
" So often, blackness is seen in a negative light. "
" A lot of people are quick to say that saying 'black lives matter' makes you anti-cop. All lives should indeed matter, but we have a systemic problem in this country in which black lives do not matter enough. "