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On Friday, Oct. 11, 6:00 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. April Silver, the founder of Akila Worksongs, will present the Hattie McDaniel Award to Ms. Yarbrough.

The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzmán, producer and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the classic film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Oscar nominated actress Rosie Perez will present Ms. Guzmán with the Trailblazer Award.

Cash prizes will also be presented to our award-winning filmmakers.

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Following the film, Malaika Adero, former VP/Senior Editor of Atria (Simon & Schuster), will moderate a conversation with Sandra Guzmán and artist/scholar/cultural worker OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women’s Library.

Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), our 2019 festival curator, will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an exciting evening of fun, film and networking!