ANDREA LEWIS’ artistic talents emerged at an early age. Before celebrating her 16th birthday, this Toronto born entertainer had already acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Diahann Carroll in The Natalie Cole Story, and Wesley Snipes and Dr. Maya Angelou, in her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Down in the Delta.

After wrapping up on the Disney movie Cadet Kelly alongside Hilary Duff, Lewis soon spent 6 seasons on the hit show Degrassi: The Next Generation and became known around the world as “Hazel.” Millions of North Americans tuned in each week to watch Andrea in the award-winning drama, which is ranked No. 1 in Canada and the US. 

Lewis has garnered international attention from Degrassi, which landed her in the pages of Teen People, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Taking her career to another level, Lewis started Jungle Wild Productions, where she created the hit web series Black Actress, written by and starring Lewis. Black Actress can be seen alongside the relationship drama, Beyond Complicated, on YouTube at

Friday, October 11, 2019
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
$35 per ticket; $60 for 2 tickets

On Friday, October 11, 2019 at 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 distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzman, 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. 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 Guzman 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!

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