Aza Njeri is a mental health professional, griot, author, award winning- filmmaker, educator, second-generation Hip hop recording artist who uses Hip Hop to inspire and heal the masses. “True Hip hop is the cure”. She believes truth can’t be censored and you must “use any means necessary” to share it. Her writing style is “raw, hip, poignant and compassionate. Aza believes we all have a story but lack the courage to share; hence she created the “Hip hop saved my life” workbook to aid self-discovery. This is Njeri’s first book which is complimentary to Hip Hop saved my life: Black Girl Narrative- A memoir, It will be available spring 2018.
Njeri studied at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and earned a B.S. in psychology and studied under African scholars that groomed her to appreciate knowledge of self and enlightenment. She also began her comedy troupe and filmmaking career by creating conscious comedy sketches that challenged negative stereotypes of African Americans and created buzz with “Black girls Anthem” and rap Parodies. Realizing film could be a medium to inspire along with writing she is fully committed to the craft of storytelling and shares her knowledge around the country. In addition, her independent research in complex trauma and expressive art therapy has leaded her to facilitate healing circles, professional training workshop and lectures. Hip Hop as a means to wellness explores trauma recovery via live music, dance, art, expression and psychotherapy. She is dedicated to the healing arts and some of her favorite authors and artists are her late parents Bruce McCaleb and Denice Weatherford, Paulo Coelho, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Baldwin, Queen Afua, Tupac, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Mos Def, Andre3K, Peter Tosh and Sa-roc.