Bittersweet: Oscar Grant’s Daughter Anticpates The Release Of “Fruitvale Station”

July 11, 2013  |  


Hopefully, by now news of the movie Fruitvale Station has crossed your radar. Fruitvale details the last day of Oscar Grant’s life before he was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, California in 2009.

If you’ve seen trailers from the movie, you know that Oscar, who’s portrayed by Michael B. Jordan (“The Wire”, Red Tails), was actively involved in his daughter’s life, even telling Johannes Mehserle  the police officer that killed him, that he had a four year old daughter, moments after he was shot.

That was four years ago. And Grant’s daughter Tatiana is 8 now.

A local Oakland news station,, recently caught up with Tatiana to see how she’s preparing for the film’s upcoming release. They found that during a block party the young Grant was handing out movie posters and fliers promoting the film that tells a bit of she and her father’s story.

She told KTVU, “It makes me happy. Because I never had so many posters about my dad.”

Indeed, the image on the posters don’t allude to Oscar’s tragic fate, instead it’s an image of “Oscar” and “Tatiana” (played by Ariana Neal) holding each other’s hands, their backs facing the viewer.

While Tatiana is excited about the release of the film, her family is not going to allow her to see it until she’s at least a teenager.

Fruitvale Station, though it hasn’t been released in theaters yet, has already received critical acclaim winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the “Best First Film” award for director Ryan Coogler at the Cannes Film Festival.

Fruitvale Station will be released in select theaters tomorrow, July 12 and then nationwide on July 26.

Watch the interview with Tatiana and her aunt here.

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  • greentea516

    I saw the film a month ago for the Blogging While Brown Conference and it had me and my friend saddened that such a tragedy came upon this young man. The timing couldn’t have been better than right now. The film was well shot and I hope a lot of people, especially young people, see it.

    • BOOM!

      I agree with you. I just saw it and it was amazingly stirring to say the least. I encourage parents to take their pre teens and teenagers to see this then really have honest dialogue and evoke change within the “black” community.

      • god

        You mean change in the white community,since they are the ones going around killing us over their racism.

  • Chey

    She’s a pretty little girl! Michael B Jordan knows he is fine. With that being said, I do plan on seeing this film, I remember hearing about this when I was younger. I also find it ironic that the film is being promoted during the GZ trial…