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The Hate U Give

On November 18th Black Young Professionals of Detroit screened and discussed, The Hate U Give. We will try to give a summary without giving spoilers!

Based on the novel authored by Angie Thomas, by the same name, “The Hate U Give” tackles the topic of unarmed Black lives taken at the hands of police. We see tragedy unfold in front of Starr Carter, the main character, as she witnesses her friend, Khalil, being shot by a police officer, while sitting in the passenger seat of Khalil’s car. Almost immediately after the shooting, before Starr herself is able to grasp the weight of her friend’s death, she is thrust into multiple perspectives of the event she herself witnessed. One side wanted to find fault in Khalil for his actions leading up to his death, while the other side saw Khalil’s death as more of the same overzealous policing. While the main subject centers on Khalil’s death, the secondary but also prominent theme centers on Starr navigating two universes, the predominantly white, upper-class private school she attends and the black working-class neighborhood she lives in.

The movie gave attendees a lot of subject matter to discuss— starting with the title. The idea of “THUG LIFE” is artistically woven throughout the movie. Just to give you a two second Tupac primer; The rapper uses “THUG LIFE” as an acronym; which stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F!@#$ Everybody.” Khalil explains the acronym to Starr, which later serves as a bit of foreshadowing when the mounting tensions and vitriol on both sides climaxes to Starr’s younger brother ultimately becoming a product and victim of THUG LIFE. Attendees discussed the ways in which THUG LIFE has contributed to society today. The discussion bore another question. “Does THUG LIFE truly F!@#$ everyone or is it just the Black community?” There was not a consensus on this question. We could agree that it may affect us as a community more but it also affects the country as a whole.

We later discussed how society fault finds as opposed to fact-find cases when a police officer kills an unarmed Black person, when parents should have the “talk” with their kids about what to do when stopped by the police and code-switching— a term used to describe the practice of alternating your language or how you express yourself while communicating in different social circles.

In all, the movie was an incredibly heartbreaking mirror of the current state of society. While it was a gut punch, to many of us, it also was a call to action to end the contributing factors to THUG LIFE.

Volunteers needed for the SAC Soiree!

Interested in attending the 1st annual Student Advocacy Center (SAC) Story Soiree here in Detroit?


Want to get behind the scenes, be more involved, or maybe even just save a little cash?

Great! We have an opportunity for you!

SAC is looking for a few good men and women to help with the event on Friday, October 12th from 6 PM to 10 PM.
Fill out the form below and we’ll get you plugged-in and confirmed.
More details will be emailed/texted to you as the event approaches.

Kresge Mansion
74 Arden Park
Detroit, MI 48202
Friday, October 12th from 6 PM to 10 PM.



😎 Summer Charity Social Wrap-up ☀️

On July 27th, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit and the Detroit Black Affinity Professionals hosted our first annual summer charity social  “Give back, Kick Back.” The event was held at 3fifty Terrace in Downtown Detroit with 100% of net proceeds to benefit a selected Detroit-based non-profit charitable organization focused on the community each year. This year’s beneficiary was Building Better Men, a non-profit organization which aims to mentor and empower young men to be leaders in their communities. Building Better Men hosts workshops throughout metropolitan Detroit. Founder, Odis Bellinger has made it his mission to teach young men leadership skills such as taking ownership of themselves and being accountable and conflict resolution — giving them the tools they need to rise above their circumstances and raise to any occasion and perform.

With nine Black professional associations under one roof, or should we say on top of the roof, the evening provided ample opportunity for attendees to network and learn about each association. There was also live music and entertainment. The most entertaining event of the night had to be watching our Giant Jenga players! Much respect is due to each player; their talent and endurance in the face of great adversity (the wind) was truly admirable.

It is always a pleasure to co-host events with all of Detroit’s Black Affinity Professionals associations. It is our hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, made meaningful connections with other Black professionals, and learned about one more community organization that is making an impact on the quality of life for hundreds in Detroit. Last but definitely not least, we want to thank all of our sponsors and all who attended for their support, as well as 3Fifty Terrace for hosting us.

Black Associations represented:

  • Wolverine Bar Association (WBA)
  • National Black MBA Association Detroit Chapter (NBMBAA)
  • National Black Data Processing Associates – Detroit Chapter (BDPA-Detroit)
  • National Society of Black Engineers Detroit Professionals (NSBE)
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR)
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
  • National Association of Minority Consulting Engineers (NAMCE)
  • Urban Financial Services Coalition – Detroit Chapter (UFSC Detroit)

Big thank you to Catering Society for the wonderful heavy hors d’oeuvres. And as well, we owe a significant thank you to our photographer, Charles Kennedy!