Life Paradigms, Inc. Founder Fatimah Halim is Today’s Honoree

FatimahFatimah Halim is an artist born into a family of writers, storytellers and musicians. She has garnered success as a Special Events Coordinator, professional performance artist, pop vocalist, ethnic dancer, and inspirational author and speaker.  Just as the boundaries between art disciplines dissolve in Fatimah’s work, the boundaries between life and art become transparent as she lives as a contribution to society. She is the designer, facilitator, and author Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth: This commitment to youth has driven her passion for the almost 20 years. Her dedication to promoting the development of women and girls is also evident in her Journey Home Program: An Arts Experience for Incarcerated Women; in her latest book, “You Grow Girl:  A Rites of Passage Handbook for Growing Girls; and “Get Reel”, a film production program targeting Phoenix area youths.  She recently returned from Zhenzhou, China as a guest of the Shanghai Women’s Federation, where she presented a workshop on her Rites of Passage Program at Sias International University.

She is currently the host of “Focus” a Cox Cable Television Talk Show and was co-host for KTAR radio’s teen talk show “At the Crossroads”; cable talk show “Think About It: Perspectives from Women of Color”; and “Real Life Focus” on the former KISS Radio in Phoenix.

For over thirteen years, she has created and produced major cultural festivals and events for the City of Phoenix.  These highly acclaimed productions, including the Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, and the Human Relations Commission’s Human Relations Awards Ceremony, promoted understanding and appreciation amongst all peoples and served to enhance the cultural image of Phoenix on a national level.

Her innovative productions were critical to favorably repositioning the city in the nation’s eyes during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. controversy.  Her events have attracted up to 15,000 guests to venues including America West Arena, Phoenix Civic Plaza, and Phoenix Symphony Hall featuring notables like Stevie Wonder, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Martin Sheen, Blair Underwood, Coretta Scott King, and Gladys Knight.

Her other productions include:

  • “The Gift”. This heart-warming celebration of America’s racial, gender, ethnic and religious diversity toured nationally for Chase Bank as part of their diversity initiative
  • “The Seventh Song” a multi-media, multi-cultural production featured at Phoenix Symphony Hall
  • “The Art of Healing”, a cross-traditions healing ceremony featured at Phoenix’s Orpheum Theater and
  • The follow-up “The Art of Healing. The Journey Continues,” an interactive healing sanctuary featuring practitioners and artists from a variety of cultures and healing arts genres.

Fatimah began her professional life in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghettofighters. She traveled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Brazil, the Bahamas, and throughout the American South studying her art and performing her stories. Venues include: the National Conference of Artists in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil; the National Black Storytellers Conference in South Carolina; the Phoenix Art Museum, the Herberger Theater, and Phoenix Symphony Hall, where a dream was realized when the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra invited her back for an encore performance in their People’s Pops Concert Series. In 2012, she traveled to Douala, Cameroon, where she performed as a storyteller to both adult and youth audiences. She has toured, as a storyteller, with Rosa Parks, Mother of the modern day Civil Rights Movement and her highly acclaimed one woman show “She’s So G.H.E.T.T.O. – Chronicles of a Ghetto Girl Gone Goddess” has brought audiences to their feet in tears and laughter.  She is currently wowing audiences with her new one woman show “Juliette Must Die – A Story of a Woman in Conflict with Herself.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha awarded her the 2012 Emerging Young Leaders award and the George Gervin Prep Academy presented her with the  2012 Community Service Award. In 2011, Fatimah was presented the Icon Award by the Worthy Institute; 2010 Links Living History Award for the Arts; 2010 National Council of Negro Women Award recipient; 2009 Hon Kachina Award; the YWCA’s Tribute to Woman – Creative Artist of the Year Award; Phoenix College – Alumni of the Year; Phoenix College – Living Legend Award; Arizona Governor’s Mentoring Award; Phoenix Human Relations Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; Phoenix Black Community’s Quiet Hero Award; ASU students’ Nzinga Award; and BlackpoetVentures’ Angaza Award.

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