Sakina Ibrahim is an NAACP Image Award nominated Author, Performer, Speaker and Youth Empowerment Facilitator. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from University of California, Irvine. Her dedication to artistry and education allowed her to receive prestigious grants for her research and work in African Diaspora Dance and Youth Empowerment. As a scholar Sakina has presented on youth engagement, media, and Black culture at conferences held as University of Albany and California State University, among others. She has also served as faculty at Saddleback College, Cypress College, and Westchester Community College, Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Mark Morris Dance Group. Sakina is the former Assistant to legendary choreographer Donald McKayle and Hollywood choreographer Anthony Burrell. Sakina’s performance credits include Rennie Harris Rhaw, Shelly Garrett’s Beauty Shop, Own Network’s Raising Whitley, Bayside the Musical (Off-Broadway), and more. Sakina uses dance, drama, and creative writing to facilitate youth empowerment workshops based on Big Words to Little Me with organizations and schools nationally.