Cut to Black: Aziza Ngozi, Assistant Picture Editor

For each day in the month of February, the Committee will be highlighting African-American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African-Americans have had on the industry.

Name: Aziza Ngozi

What’s your job? Assistant Picture Editor (and since I know that I have to promote myself: I am currently transitioning to be a Picture Editor).

What are you working on right now? I am finishing up on the new OWN TV series produced by Ava Duvernay, called “Cherish the Day.”

Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? My mentor is Terilyn A. Shropshire and my new influences are working mothers in post who are providing for their family and are navigating the relentless hours and unsupportive work environments.

What books are you reading, shows you are watching and/or movies you are excited about? I am currently reading a book called “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table” written by Minda Harts, as well as “No Bad Kids” by Janet Lansbury.

What would be your superhero name? Female Heart

What are your Black History Month memories, and what cultural or historical impacts have they had on your life? In middle school, the African American teachers facilitated an epic Black History Month showcase. We had skits, dance and song performances, and African American History shared, all wrapped into one show that happened on only one night. It was a special event because we prepared for the show for months in advance. It makes me think of the words of wisdom: it is not the destination, but the journey. I look back, and I imagine how all the preparation and practicing allowed us to absorb all the history we were reciting in poems and monologues, and also through the cultural dance steps and songs. In addition, it supported the students of color working together and building community.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Make New Mistakes

What’s a little-known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? I am a Real Estate Investor and I consult First Time Home Buyers on their First Home/Real Estate Investment purchases.

What would be your dream project to work on? I am working on manifesting my second experience editing a feature film but on a union project.