The Hate U Give (THUG) Scholarship Slam — CLOSED


Join the THUG Slam and be eligible to win awesome prizes from an even more awesome movie. Interested? Keep reading to find out how to win.


What is THUG? The Hate U Give is a major motion picture based on Angie Thomas' award-winning, bestselling novel. In the film, Starr Carter (played by Amandla Stenberg), is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, predominantly black neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white private school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from both communities, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. We want to know how you do the same. 

How have you found your voice and used it to advocate for what you believe in?

We've partnered with The Hate U Give because we know that standing up for what you believe in starts with sharing your stories. Your voice is more powerful than you can imagine, and advocating for what's right — even in the face of adversity — is the only way to incite positive change. Is there a cause you're passionate about that you've stood up for? Maybe you're just learning how to find your voice. What is that process like? Do you code-switch between cultures/communities? Share your story with your art.

This Scholarship Slam has four categories: Poetry, Film Shorts, Music, and Visual Art (including photography, illustration, painting, sculpture, etc.). Each entry will be judged within its designated category. Each category will have a GRAND PRIZE of a $500 scholarship and several RUNNER-UP PRIZES including movie merch like a copy of The Hate U Give book and movie soundtrack.

Note: All entries must include a note about the group that referred you to this page. Just include if you found this on our site.

** This is a merit-based slam. Your entries will be evaluated by the Power Poetry team along with a panel of judges who specialize in the arts: poetry, film, music, and visual art.  **


  1. The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Friday, November 9, 2018. You'll need to register as a member of our community first. 

Got questions? Our FAQ and contest rules should have the answers. If they don't, feel free to contact us.





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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
I was just driving Driving with her. Starr. Harry Potter.
3 years 10 months ago
1 I am quiet I never raise my hand, When I know the answer I whisper it,
3 years 10 months ago
Mouth wide open screaming for her prosperity Utterly silent a sign of no solidarity
3 years 10 months ago
To the White man's image my hair is unnatural. To the Black girl's image my hair is unfashionable.
3 years 10 months ago
What a wonderful world Louis Armstrong said He was being sarcastic A place long, gone and left
3 years 10 months ago