15 Quotes From The First-Ever Freeform Summit Guaranteed To Inspire You

Bold voices speaking about real issues.


On January 18, the bold voices of some of Freeform's groundbreaking shows came together to discuss the issues everyone is talking about. Check out the top quotes from the event below and get ready to feel inspired.

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"I actually do think millennials and women are destroying everything … because it needs to be destroyed, or disrupted."

Kenya Barris (Executive Producer of "grown-ish")

"There’s so much history that has been left out intentionally that we are now regaining, and I think with that regaining comes a certain pride in oneself and pride in one’s past that we haven’t had, and with that we are armed with the knowledge to carry on."

Yara Shahidi (Activist; Plays Zoey in "grown-ish")

"There’s not one way of thinking – there’s a lot of different ways and those things can all exist within the same place."

Kenya Barris (Executive Producer of "grown-ish")

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"I think it’s important that people realize there are stories to be told about a man and a woman that have nothing to do with sex."

Esther Povitsky (Comedian; Co-Creator and plays Esther in “Alone Together”)

"We should never feel like we can't tell a story because we can't relate to it because we can always reach out and get that hug from a Patrick - from anybody else who has lived it - and share and tell it. So I think that this isn't just people who work in the sex education space or people who work directly in the space of working with LGBTQ+, but for every single person who has a platform to lift up a voice that's close to theirs. "

Shan Boodram (Sexologist and Author)

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"As writers, we can only tell our own truths and hope that resonates with the people who are watching our shows."

I. Marlene King (Executive Producer of "Pretty Little Liars", "Famous in Love", "The Perfectionists")

"There’s freedom in being who you are."

Luvvie Ajayi (Author of New York Times Best Seller “I’m Judging You”, Speaker and Digital Strategist)

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"It shocks you the responsibility that we have as artists because we're putting something out in the world that kids - teens - are going to watch, and people behave like characters they respect, so it was important for all of us to be responsible and get it right. "

Gina Prince-Bythewood (Director of upcoming "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger")

"You don't learn that Aaron is trans until, when he first shows up, four episodes in, and it's very, very casual ... and I was super stoked for that because that's how I go about my transness."

Elliot Fletcher (Plays Aaron in "The Fosters)

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"It’s such a terrible pressure to put on a young man to try to sexualize every relationship you have."

Benji Aflalo (Comedian; Co-Creator and Star of “Alone Together”)

"I don’t think there’s any type of “one man”. I feel like every man has his own thing to bring to the table, and it’s whatever the story surrounding it that makes him the leading person."

Trevor Jackson (Musician and Star of Freeform’s “grown-ish”)

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"Women and girls and everyone, you’re not just one thing – we’re all multifaceted and I think now more than ever we’re actually empowered to be that … whatever that uniquely is. "

Karlie Kloss (Model, Coder and Entrepreneur; Star of “Movie Night With Karlie Kloss”)

"We've finally got a chance to tell the story that a young, black male goes through the same things as anyone else, and has the same hopes and dreams. "

Aubrey Joseph (Plays Tyrone in the upcoming show "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger")

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"It became important to me that Adena not be the authority on the right or wrong way to be a Muslim or a feminist or a lesbian -- she's just one woman - one person - trying her best to find her way through the world and to be true to herself. "

Nikohl Boosheri (Plays Adena in 'The Bold Type")

"Yara, every time you open your mouth, it's like, 'Really? Teach me something!' You know that hashtag, #TeachTheBabies? No, let the babies teach us!"

Luvvie Ajayi (Author of New York Times Best Seller “I’m Judging You”, Speaker and Digital Strategist)

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