AMSARA SEKHITA MAI HOLLY
BORN: DECEMBER 12, 1992 IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA
Amsara Sekhita Mai is an actress, singer and member of the girl group, Holly Girlz. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 12th, 1992 to Artsist/Producers Obi and Carla Holly. Two years later, shortly after the birth of younger sister Taia Maati Khum, her family moved back 'Home' to Washington D.C. to be nearer to relatives and expand their daughters' cultural environment.
Also known as "Chocolate City," she was raised in Washington D.C. amongst a rich backdrop of wholistic, traditional, African religion, Pan-African community and a wealth of artists and educators city-wide. It's only natural that she would receive traditional African Rite-Of-Passage training as well, to strengthen her foundation and brighten her glow.
Amsara Sekhita Mia expressed a natural talent and enthusiasm for the arts at an early age. An inquisitive child, she demonstrated a sophisticated ability for fine art and a sharp musical ear at age 2. She lead a song in her choir by age 4, earned her first lead role in a Black History Month play as Harriet Tubman in the 2nd Grade, and her artwork was presented at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art at age 12. However, it was during the previous year at age 11 as she performed a monologue for her 6th Grade graduation, that her instructor Tracy Jenkins (Presently Dept. Head of Musical Theater at Duke Ellington School Of The Arts in D.C.) would observe her natural inclination towards and Amsara would discover of her love for acting.
The next year, she earned the lead role in 'Disney's Mulan Jr.' at the renowned Kennedy Center. the experience would change her life. throughout her middle and high school years, Amsara participated in several school concert choir and community theater productions. True to her path, the following year she snagged a supporting role on HBO's Award-Winning drama "The Wire" and Co-Hosted RHN's "Young World".
Both inspired and groomed by her parents, Amsara-though in emelentary school- formed a group with her sister and three friends called "Five Stars". Her first experience with songwriting would be planted here. At the age of 17, she and her sister's formed the Holly Girlz, initially a duet. It seemed second nature, as everywhere they went- in a social or performance setting- they were referred to as "The Holly Girlz" by all. With her parents taking on the role of managers, their were on their way!
Shortly thereafter in 2010, Amsara enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles, CA to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater. The next year, her parents made the decision to relocate the family to Los Angeles to allow their daughter the element to pursue their goals. She assisted in co-writing an original play "From His Hands" (2011) and in the same year "Like Yeah" was released as the first Holly Girlz single. the following year, Amsara Co-Wrote and Co-Directed her second play "Dinner With Foreigners" (2012) and was cast in one of the lead roles in the musical 'Hairspray' as "Lil Inez" as well. Later in the year, her younger sister Ariana Shring and Maasa Timbala Sanefer Mi-Ling would also join the Holly Girlz.
In 2013, the Girlz gained a presence on the groups YouTube Channel. While building their brand through launching the Holly Girlz website, and Fashion & Music Blog "SoHG," the Holly Girlz released their second single "Wind It Up Like (Chuck Brown)", receiving high accolades in the underground DMV (Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia) music circuit. In the sam year, Amsara starred in her first short film "Rhythms Of Djembe" (2013) and walked the runway in her modeling debut for Fashion AID Los Angeles. In the following year, she joined her sisters in leading roles, filming "Destiny Depot" and Independent Sci-fi film and appeared in Karmen's "I Want It All" (2014) music video and BET film "Lucky Girl" (2015). She also played the supporting role of "Sammi Lauren" in 'Middleschoolandia' for the Hollywood Fringe Festival (2017).
In 2018, Amsara became a red carpet corespondent for Fashion TV at LA Fashion Week. Following that experience, she expanded her role as a personality through interviewing fashion designers in partnership with Modern LaLa Land TV. In the same year, she formed Holly Girlz LLC with her sisters, becoming the CEO and Creative Director. Simultaneously, she enrolled in Full Sail University pursuing her B.S. in Entertainment Business. Amsara is currently working on the first Holly Girlz album with her sisters, completing a novel, and pursuing TV and film projects. In her own words-"Let's Make This Happen!"- she is ready to make her mark on the world.
Obi Holly and Amenika Shepsu-T for Colossal Inc.