Artist Highlight: Maori Karmael Holmes • Founder of BlackStar Film Festival

Maori Karmael Holmes is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival, which was founded in 2012. Holmes is also a curator, filmmaker and writer who has organized programs in film and performance at a variety of organizations including Anthology Film Archives, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Painted Bride Art Center, and Scribe Video Center just to name a few.

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Resources for Creatives in October, November & December

Let’s end the year right! Here are some dope opportunities to be apart of in Q4 of 2021. Be sure to check back each week for new resources, jobs & opportunities for every type of creative! Check out some new resources below!

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My Favorite Films from the 10th BlackStar Film Festival

The 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival took place on August 4th – 8th 2021 in Philadelphia, PA offering both in-person and virtual events. Attendees had the opportunity to attend panels, network during happy hour events and even attend in person film screenings at the Mann Center and Eakins Oval. It was such an exciting way to celebrate BIPOC filmmakers, visual artists and film lovers with an array of events and film premieres.

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Exhibit Review: Immigrant Mentality • Paradigm Gallery

On July 23rd, Paradigm Gallery + Studio opened “Immigrant Mentality”, a solo exhibition from street artist Sean 9 Lugo that featured new paintings, illustrations and even a bodega installation which represents the immigrant experience in the United States.

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Resources for Creatives in August/September

We are back with new resources for the months of August & September after being missing in action for the month of July. Be sure to take advantage of all of these opportunities to get grants and opportunities to showcase work. Read more below for all of the opportunities!

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Exhibit Review: “SUMMERHOUSE” HOT • BED Gallery

On Saturday, July 17th I was able to visit the downtown hot spot that is HOT • BED Gallery to take a look at the open call exhibition “SUMMERHOUSE” that opened on June 19th of this year. As soon as I stepped into the space I was greeted with beautiful greenery and lively, bright colors exploding off the canvases. “SUMMERHOUSE” is an open call exhibition that was curated around the idea of escapism definitely after the trying year we all experienced in 2020.

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In Conversation with Shannon Maldonado

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When I first discovered Shannon Maldonado and her business Yowie, I was so excited about what she was bringing to the Philadelphia art scene. Having a place where creatives can go to possibly showcase their work or even meet and connect was a very big deal to see.

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In Conversation with JustLatasha

It was on the YouTube channel “The Grapevine” when I first discovered JustLatasha. Of course, all of the panelists and the host Ashley Akunna were bright, talented and intelligent people I admired but for some reason Lastaha was my favorite out of the bunch. I resonate with her mix of quirky and intellectual, her ability to speak out about the things she thought were harmful to the Black community and even her style were all major reasons why she was my fav. I wanted to know more of her background and so I did some digging and found a well rounded creative who can practically do everything.

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