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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Armstead

Culture Spotlight Featuring Sids Ahky Stevens

Sids Ahky Stevens’ name is a combination of the name SIDS and the loved ones that passed away. She was raised by her mother, her maternal grandmother and aunt. She struggled with finding herself because her biological father was not a part of her life. It wasn’t until she lost her son to SIDS that she was on the path of forgiveness. As she learned the power of forgiveness, she also had her own revelation. She cannot change people even if they are related to her. Although her father continues not to be present in her life, she did not attempt to gain her father’s approval anymore.

Sids Ahky changes her attitude, and changes the game because she is in control of her emotions. Change how she deals with others. Since then, Sids Ahky has been married for 25 years, received her Master’s degree in education, and has been a mother of a beautiful daughter who stars in a short film titled "Own Your Stupidity", as the teen Naomi, in which she has created and written.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival.

My experience with the festival was quite an experience. I was really happy with the zoom conference and mentorships. I just wish that I have gotten the opportunity to do the Boss Pitch. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I did not get that opportunity.

Why are stories from the culture important?

The stories from the culture that are important to me are the ones that are authentic, diverse, and written by a black person’s point of view. Black writers need to be acknowledged for their experiences. We need more storytelling by us and for us.

What projects are you working on now?

I am currently working on a documentary. Due to Cov-19, it was postponed. In the meantime, I am still doing research and fundraising to support the cause. I am also currently writing the complete story of "Own Your Stupidity".

What projects are you working on now?

I think the Harlem Film House and the Hip Hop Film Festival are important because I believe that it is time to expand on the culture. We should not be placed in one box. There are so many layers and diversity of the culture. I believe that both film festivals embrace that opportunity because the films from the culture may not be heard anywhere else.

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