Nearing Forever

After falling too deep into the storm of her new lover’s
dangerous impulses, a young ballerina fights to recover her
sense of self before she loses everything she’s worked her
entire life to earn.

  • Sakina Ibrahim
  • Trae White
  • Francesca Barjon
  • Sakina Ibrahim
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  • NAACP Image Awards
    Los Angeles
    February 14, 2016
    - Outstanding Literary Work
Writer Biography - Sakina Ibrahim, Trae White, Francesca Barjon

Published Author, Actress, Artist
Sakina Ibrahim, MFA, knows the value she brings to the table and is not afraid to write about it. Her unique style has earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for writing "Big Words To Little Me." Sakina has spent over a decade studying and teaching dance all over the world. She has unparalleled experience in the arts and entertainment industry, working with many legends such as Kenny Gamble (The Sound of Philadelphia), Phylicia Rashad, Donald McKayle, Anthony Burrell, Shelly Garrett, and more. Sakina's work centers on supporting girls and women in identifying, healing, and creating new love-filled narratives for their lives through the arts and wellness.

Her work has commanded the attention of the Essence Festival, Jill Scott's Blues Babe Foundation, Boston Women's Conference, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, and many international educational institutions. Sakina received her BFA from the University of the Arts and her MFA from UC Irvine, later joining faculty at Cal State Long Beach and Cypress College as a Professor of Dance. An entrepreneur at heart, Sakinas wellness company Stretch and Pray focuses on being emotionally, physically, and spiritually balanced. Through classes, workshops, speaking engagements, and film, Sakina expands her passion for the arts, creativity, and healing internationally. As a philanthropist, Sakina's nonprofit organization Dance Arts Academy which creates space for the students to discover themselves and begin to envision who they want to be in this world. In partnerships with schools, families, and corporations we collectively are transforming the limitations our students face by helping them to have resilience, showmanship, discipline and strong values through the Arts.

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As a writer, my work is informed by my diverse creative background, which includes theatrical acting training, a deep understanding of humanity through psychology, and a rich study of movement through dance as a holder of a Master of Fine Arts degree. I bring a unique perspective to my writing, seamlessly blending art, psychology, and movement to explore complex themes of identity, culture, and social justice. My writing is characterized by nuanced characters, vivid imagery, and masterful use of language, which together create an immersive and thought-provoking experience for my readers.