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Rosie Perez Will Honor Camille Yarbrough, Sandra Guzmán and Leslie Harris

Rosie Perez Will Honor Camille Yarbrough, Sandra Guzmán and Leslie Harris

On Friday, Oct. 11, 6 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contribution to film, television, books and performing arts spanning six decades.

Oscar nominated actress Rosie Perez joins our celebration! She will present the Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award to Sandra Guzmán, one of the producers and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the cult classic film Just Another Girl on the IRT_ will be honored with Ms. Guzmán for her trailblazing work.
Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an evening of love, storytelling and sisterhood!

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening and talkback of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am to pay tribute to Ms. Morrison’s legacy. 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.
Reel Sisters honors film professionals for their outstanding contributions in film and role in supporting women artists.

Previous Reel Sisters award winners include JT Takagi (Third World Newsreel), Terence Nance (HBO’sRandom Acts of Flyness), Tamara Tunie, Nicole Beharie, Cathy Hughes, Naturi Naughton, Issa Rae, Ebony Jo-Ann, Jessica Williams, Margot B., Neema Barnette, Julie Dash, Michelle Materre, Pearl Bowser, Shola Lynch, Lonette McKee, Mahen Bonetti, Mable Haddock, Moikgantsi Kgama, Irene Cara, Madeline Anderson and Kojo Ade.

“We are proud to honor our sheroe Nana Camille Yarbrough with Sandra Guzmán and Leslie Harris for their compassionate leadership in paving the way for women in the arts and film world,” said Reel Sisters Founder Carolyn A. Butts. “Reel Sisters’ theme for 2019 is #IGotYourBack and our honorees are women whose careers are founded on giving back and helping other artists and organizations in our community. We hope their lives will continue inspiring philanthropy and collective progress.”

DATE: FRI, OCT. 11, 2019, 6 pm 
VENUE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street on 8 Ave. 
TICKETS: $35 ($30 Bring A Pal for 2 or more tickets) 
TICKET LINK: Reel Sisters Awards


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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