Asha Alaji-Sharif

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HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Asha Alaji-Sharif is a content creator, media personality and YouTuber. She has been very involved both on and off campus. During her freshman year, she was captain of the Quad Dance Team as well as an office intern for Anthony Hairston of the Cleveland City Council. As a sophomore, she served as videographer for the Undergraduate Student Association, and released a documentary entitled The New Black. She is currently a culture writer for the Hilltop student-led magazine, Vice Editor in Chief of The Premiere Magazine, and volunteers weekly at the Howard Middle School. On her YouTube channel (“Asha the Magnificent”) she speaks about her life experiences and controversial topics such as colorism and hardships faced as a minority. She aspires to be a magazine editor and plans to found a school for special needs students to learn visual and performing arts.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Cleveland OH / Atlanta GA suburbs (A die-hard Cavs fan though)

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
I wake up early every day to get a head start on any homework or projects I need to complete but I also stay up late to be productive.

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
YouTube

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
I can’t get enough of Catfish!

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Serial

FAVORITE BOOK?
Anne of Green Gables

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Zoolander. Also, Clueless.

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Kerry James Marshall

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Educating people about adults and children with disabilities while creating a space for them to feel accepted and comfortable.

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Modeling and making YouTube videos

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Leta Sobierajski

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Film director or backup dancer

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
My professors are so supportive and encouraging. They keep the classes engaging and genuinely care about our success.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
What’s the worst that could happen?”

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