Amina is an award winning magazine editor, writer, interviewer and up-and-coming filmmaker.
Amina’s work is inspired by the belief that stories told through words, visual elements, and conversations with all types of people and in the absence of pre-conceived judgment, have the power to break down barriers and stereotypes leading to new paths of connection and positive interaction.
Amina founded and currently serves as editor in chief an award winning, hybrid digital and print current affairs platform called TIM with a large and growing audience globally. Through her work interviewing a diverse group of people, Amina produced a broad portfolio of human-interest stories and conversations with both influential and controversial leaders and everyday people of all backgrounds. She interviewed Samuel Huntington, the Harvard professor who popularized the term ‘clash of civilizations.’ It was his last interview before passing and the only interview he gave speaking directly to a Muslim audience. Other notable interviews include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Princeton scholar and noted political influencer Bernard Lewis, Madeleine Albright, Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, Thomas Friedman and others. These interviews have been read by hundreds of thousands globally. In addition, the magazine has reported on several exclusive stories and a number of articles published first at TIM been cited and quoted in mainstream media networks.
As an up-and-coming filmmaker with three documentaries in production, Amina brings her passion for storytelling to film. Her current films showcase positive, impactful stories about minority American groups often misunderstood in the mainstream western presses.
In addition to film and print, Amina has interviewed and produced audio stories about American Muslims. Her goal is to create positive, powerful stories about individuals like Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements, Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, an innocent man who was racially profiled and then wrongly accused of being behind the Boston marathon bombings (and a story which later landed her on CNN and various international news publications as being the first and only interview with Alharbi to date), Hakeem Olajuwon, notable NBA player, Rima Fakih, first Muslim to win the Ms. USA pageant, and many others.
Her successes in these inspired her to also work at a professional capacity to support clients with marketing, branding and artistic design through visual storytelling, images and impactful writing. She has clients in both government and private sectors and brings to bear a wealth of experience and expertise in media, publishing, editing and production to find effective ways to reach viewers, customers and clients.
She is frequently invited by communities, organizations and other groups to speak at events around the country on the media, perceptions of minority groups and cross-cultural understanding. Her talk titled The Power of Images incorporates her work and knowledge in the field of visual story telling and conversations and the impact that stories and human-to-human interaction can have on a global scale. Her motivational talk titled Rinse, Cycle, Repeat speaks of the ways in which minority voices can positively break out of the negative stereotypical and sensationalized media reports often found in mainstream media. She holds Masters degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University and is earning a doctorate in biographical and historical sketches of influential minority leaders in America. She has been recognized by The Aspen Institute and The British Council for her cutting edge work and received the “best in industry” New Media Award for three years in a row. Her media platform was also a finalist at the Imagination Awards of the Association of Magazine Media and won a Silver Award of Distinction at the Communicator Awards.