#LetsJustBeHonest2020: Yaminah Ahmad

Creator and Executive Producer


SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

For the past 18 years, Yaminah Ahmad has managed to marry her passions: entertainment with the awareness of the human condition, and personal empowerment. As editor for various urban news publications, she serviced the civil rights generation and the hip hop community. Her work with non-profit organization SisterSong covered issues on politics, health and reproductive rights for women of color.


As a film and television publicist, Yaminah has spearheaded urban campaigns for BET Networks, Lionsgate, OWN, Warner Bros. Pictures, We TV, among others. Her writing credits include BET News Special “Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of Martin Luther King Jr.” and MTV2’s “Sprite Step Off.” Currently, her passion is personal growth and wellness. She is a Reiki practitioner and certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She posts weekly guided meditations on Instagram at: @CenterYourselfMeditations.


What is the film Save Me From Myself about?

Save Me From Myself (formerly Bruises) is an inspirational short film about Misha, a driven, voluptuous go-getter, who has aspirations to achieve, but her traumatized 8- year-old self appears in dreams, trying to force Adult Misha to play it safe. Will fear or passion win?



What are the film details?

Target Audience: Primarily working-class African-American women who aspire for a better life, and like to succeed; Ages 18-55

Distribution Platform: Youtube

Location: Atlanta, GA

Crew: All-Black Atlanta crew, majority women Run Time: 11 minutes


Are you co producing this film?

Yes, Darcel Alford is the director. For over a decade Darcel has been behind the camera making others’ dreams come true. While working at a high-profiled production company, she learned to write, produce and direct. She’s worked on projects like ESPNU’s “The Battle,” UP TV’s “Raising Izzie,” “In the Meantime,” and TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show,” among others. Darcel wrote, produced and directed the web anthology series “Staying in Lane,” which launched the burgeoning careers of cast and crew members who have worked on projects like Fox’s “Sleep Hollow,” Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and BET’s “Being Mary Jane.” Darcel is an advocate for Black women and therapy. She says it’s made her a new woman, and is transforming her marriage. Currently, she’s taking her therapist’s advice and fasting from social media. But, she believes Save Me From Myself can spark a much-needed conversation on Black women going to get the help they need.


Guest Contributor

Yaminah Ahmad is a creator and executive producer. Yaminah Ahmad has managed to marry her passions: entertainment with the awareness of the human condition, and personal empowerment. As editor for various urban news publications, she serviced the civil rights generation and the hip hop community. Currently, her passion is personal growth and wellness. She is a Reiki practitioner and certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She posts weekly guided meditations on Instagram at: @CenterYourselfMeditations.



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