Department of Pan-African Studies
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles
King Hall C3095
Phone (323) 343-2290
Fax (323) 343-5485
Office: King Hall B3024
Telephone: (323) 343-2293
Professor Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar is originally from South Central LA. Aminah has a B.A. from USC in Cinema Television with an emphasis in Critical Studies. She also holds an M.F.A. from UCLA in Film & TV Production with an emphasis in Directing.
In 1996 Aminah was in Film Independent’s Project Involve and later she was selected for their screenwriter’s lab. Her film, Personal Touch, which was created to help her cope with her mother’s death from breast cancer, won the Liddel Art Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2000. That same year, Aminah completed a Directing Internship at The Young and the Restless and was featured on Entertainment Tonight. In 2002, Aminah won the Visionary Award at the Pan African Film Festival for Bilalian, a feature length documentary about Muslims, and received a glowing review from Variety praising the film's focus on African-American Muslims in America. Next, she became a finalist in the AOL/CNN/HBO & Harvard Life Through Your Lens Contest.
In 2008 Aminah won the Lecturer of the Year award from the California Faculty Association, CSULA.