Kimberly Renee aka Reel Sista is a film lover and bibliophile who was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, found her way in Durham, NC and was fortified in the DC, MD, VA area.
When she was a kid she saw the movie musical Little Shop of Horrors and fell in love instantly. And while she was mesmerized by the gigantic singing plant, Kimberly wanted to know more about the three black girls walking through the scenes and singing in the background. What was their story? That was the moment that she became concerned with seeing women of color on the big screen.
Kimberly is a writer and a self- proclaimed nerd, whose interests include the image of African American women in popular culture and literature. Kimberly’s inspiration comes from all forms of the written word: “Well-written television and movies, books, magazines, and song lyrics…I love it all. I know that a well turned phrase can change a life.” Self-definition is very important to her. So Kimberly according to Kimberly is “a womanist, an idealist, a scholar, a writer, sometimes transgressive, sometimes controversial, always creative and always sarcastic.” Each day she strives to live outside of the box.
There are hundreds of folks out there blogging, each looking to say something. Kimberly is grabbing a seat at the table and joining the conversation. But she wants to take it a step further. With Reel Sistas, Kimberly hopes to inspire, empower, uplift, and support women of color both in front of and behind the camera in the film and television industry.
Reel Sistas is on For Harriet’s list of 45 must follow Tumblr blogs. Additionally, Kimberly was recently quoted on the blog Profanity May Be Necessary. Kimberly is also one of the co-hosts of Cinema in Noir on Blog Talk Radio. Cinema in Noir is a weekly podcast that features “unabashed film talk from three mahogany film mavens.” The women give their thoughts and opinions on the film industry from a black female perspective.
Reel Sistas is dedicated to bridging the gap between the women of color who want to see themselves, their mothers, their sisters, their daughters and their friends reflected on the screen and the women working to make it happen. This blog is a celebration of all that it means to be a woman of color in film and television.