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Meet BlackStar Film Festival CEO Maori Karmael Holmes

What’s one female-inspired quote orphrase you like to live by? Include the quote and the author.

“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.” –Sonia Sanchez

This quote is important to me because professor Sanchez is a mentor of mine. It reminds me of things my grandfather would say about not being grown until you die. … There was always more to learn about how to be in this world.

Name three women herstory makers you’d like to thank for their contributions to society.

The three women that have inspired me the most in my life are dancer Katherine Dunham, musician Bernice Johnson Reagon and writer Toni Morrison. Each of them led careers as artists and scholars. They completely transformed their fields through both their artwork and also their occupations as educators and their unwavering commitment to social justice and the progress of Black people.

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