Today we’d like to introduce you to Nasreen’ El-Shabazz.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nasreen’. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From a very young age, I’ve always had a passion for the entertainment business. When I was 3 1/2, I did my first modeling fashion show at the fox hills mall located in Culver City, CA. From there I went on to do a variety of pageants. The most recent and exciting one was Little Miss Africa American, run by Miss Lisa Ruffin. It’s where I met and developed friendship and sisterhood with some interesting wonderful people. But most of all I learned to always wear my (C.A.P ) Confidence Awareness and Pride… I participated in this pageant for four years in a row always making the court but not the crown I was 1st runner up, 2nd place, & 3rd. It taught me to be strong and to never give up on my dreams. My mother always encourages my siblings and I, to follow your dreams, be a go getter, and a leader. It wasn’t easy, but I knew my time was coming. Boy did it come! I was crowned Miss Africa American 2018! It is one of my greatest achievements. I have made television appearances on Owntv network Home Made Simple 2018, and the Rupaul show in 2019, where I was fortunate to meet and share the stage with the new Miss American 2019, Teen Miss USA 2019, and Miss Universe 20189, performing for the legendary Berry Gordy and his family. At the friendoffuller strike fest in 2018 .doing speeches for the Los Angeles Mayor’s office in February 2019, being in the MLK parade 2018 and 2019. All thanks to Ms. Lisa Ruffin the founder of Little Miss Africa American.
I also performed in Victorville and Adelanto CA. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, for there Christmas event, I have been performing with Cantrell Performing Arts for the San Bernardino County fair for the past five years Dancing, singing and Rapping. I believe I was born to be an entertainer, I’ve traveled from city to city and States to praise dance with my teacher Ms Melanie Perry and dance team Los Angeles Divine Praise dancer. I’m a (DPD) we performed with Miss Erika Campbell on stage with over Nineteen thousand people. We were first place Winners three years in a row at the McDonald Gospel fest 2017, 2018, 2019. I met Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston I am a child of God and strong faith. I believe he has Big plans for me. I love gossip music, I am an actor, singer, dancer, rapper, I have three live stage play that have sold out in one I was the leading actress in Disney Princess and the frog I played Princess Tianna, I played in it’s a hard knock life Annie., and the evening of Legacy, and rhythm nation a tribute to Janet Jackson, thanks the Windsor Hills school elementary were it all began , one of my favorite school and the best teacher , to name a few Mr. Hills , Ms . Smith ,one of my most recent film is coming out in 2020 it is called Malaya movie, it was filmed in summer of 2019 so I’m really excited and blessed to be a part of this project and to be the lead actress. I also love to Cook for fun with my family I’ve tried out for one of the cooking shows , but I didn’t make it not sure why because I passed everything but it’s just another one of my dreams I will Pursue. But right now I’m really working on making to the big screen I have done some internet ad’s for speak up, and speeches for the (L.O.V.E) and also some print ad ‘s for Netflix, I’ve been in the Inglewood newspapers, I love Acting, I’ve been on a lot of auditions, I’m in acting classes with my fantastic brilliant teacher Ms. April Weeden-White I have an agent and Manager of Course.
My main backbone is my mommy. I have six siblings I’m the seventh child. They all are pretty talented artists. Five of them are music writers and Rappers and Engineers I am inspired by them we also have some music together, some on SoundCloud and yes I have my on music Also, my second Passion…My hobbies are swimming cooking, doing makeup, I’m really good at it, I don’t wear makeup unless it’s for a fashion show or a special event. I really like to create my own line of natural makeup and nail polish a special unique kind that will repair and refreshing the skin and still make you feel beautiful, I also love taking photos, I would like to become be a great photographer one day. This something I will always do in life , I feel so blessed to go on this journey. I know with God and my Mother and family’s support there are no limits. I have crossed paths with a lot of famous people along my journey. People like Bebe Wians, the R&B group Switch from the 70’s one of my mom’s favorite groups. We all know all their greatest hits. A family sing-along is (I call your name) and (They’ll never Be) I met One of the members from the good girls (DeMonica Santiago) a 90 group, Claudia Jordan, Jamie Fox, Black Chyna, Sweet lady Ms. Jane Kennedy, I had a chance to meet Bill Clinton and Maxine Waters, 80’s singer Shanice Williams, Maryam Ali, her sister Layla Ali, Marla Gibbs, one of my favorite Erika Campbell Howard Hewitt, Misty Copeland, Tishia Campbell from Martin. Some of my favorite People were and still are that I see and talk to who inspires me are Cookie and Magic Johnson, Paulette Washington, Chris Tucker, Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B.Vance, Cissy Houston, and so many more. So look out world here I come Nasreen Tasneem El-Shabazz.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I would say my mom being a single mother with a full-time job and a lot of overtime, so I had to be very humbled and appreciate what we had knowing my mom was doing all she could to keep food in our mouth it might not be what we wanted to eat all the time but we never went without, always had a roof over our head even if we were in and out of motels and hotels and she still provided all are needs, we have had a few hard times such as moving and traveling two hours sometimes to get to school driving so far and staying in motels and hotels until we found a place to live. But the hardest thing yet so far is losing my grandma this really hurt my heart and soul she meant so much to me our whole family was broken the love she embraced us with it’s just something that can’t never be replaced I know how blessed I was to have her love she will always remain in my heart and soul but nothing will never be the same but she was one of my biggest supporter she believed in me in everything I did, I tried to perform a praise dance at her funeral service and I couldn’t complete the task I was so broken…
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Most favorable moments going to Victorville to visit grandma and cousin celebrating the holidays with my family going on vacations going swimming, in the summertime, playing in the snow, in the winter. And my birthday party’s were all fabulous thanks to my wonderful creative mother.
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