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Loyola Marymount University
Kumari Ananda Devidasi Billings is an 18-year-old Los Angeles native. She currently attends Alexander Hamilton High School but plans on attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall to major in political science and minor in screenwriting. Ever since Kumari could speak, she’s been an activist; ever since she could write, she’s been a poet. As a mentee in the organization WriteGirl, Kumari has gotten her poetry published in two books and featured in an LA Weekly article. Kumari also got her poetry featured in an LAX mural by Renee Fox. However, her fiery activism has never distinguished. Through her clubs, Best Buddies and Amnesty, she could speak for the unspoken for and fight for those who don’t have justice readily available. In college, Kumari wants to combine her two passions; she dreams of making poetically-themed movies that unveil the criminal justice system’s true need for reform. Recently, Kumari got to experience this combination at a paid University of San Francisco event where her poetry was used to facilitate a discussion about intersectionality and pedagogy. Kumari Billings hopes to one day become the first Supreme Court Justice who also has an Oscar at home for Best Original Screenplay.