A Love Song for Latasha

She died for $1.79.

Shot from three feet away, in the back of the head, while holding two dollars to pay for her orange juice, Latasha Harlins was just 15-years-old when her violent murder at the hands of a quickie-mart owner helped spark the 1992 L.A. riots.

But for all the hate the crime generated, this short film, an Oscar favorite this season, instead embraces the bright promise the young woman held in her heart.

Remembered in the words of her cousin and best friend, Latasha comes alive again, and it’s heartbreaking.

She should be here to tell the world her own story.

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