Nasir Kenneth Ferebee: Filmmaker, Television Producer, Entrepreneur, And Activist
By Patti Swayne
Meet Nasir Kenneth Ferebee, the fearless Philly man who decided to take a bite out of the Big Apple and then a leap of faith into the City of Angels!
Ferebee, a filmmaker, television producer, entrepreneur, and activist, shares his transition from the East Coast to the West Coast, unknown to him, but essential to his plan to conquer the film industry.
What inspired your move from New York City to Los Angeles?
In New York City, I climbed the ranks from intern to producer in reality television. I always knew that one day I would diversify my brand to include reality TV, feature films, and scripted television as well. In order to develop my skills and expand my network as a multi-platform multi-hyphenate, I needed to move to LA. Also, I’ve always wanted to live near the beach, which I do now.
Do you feel there is more opportunity for you in Los Angeles?
There is definitely more opportunity in Los Angeles. I’ve been fortunate to work on 11 films in the past year and a half. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world so I’m constantly immersed in the business whether I’m on set, in church, or at a networking event.
How do you feel about the recent increase in recognition by those bestowing awards Black writers, directors, producers, actors, etc. are receiving?
I think the increase in inclusion has been amazing. There has definitely been significant progress. My only concern is that African Americans are not viewed as only a trend. We are not a trend. We are a lasting presence that have built this country and that should be reflected in how we see ourselves in the media at all times. The access to opportunities for Black people in entertainment should not be a wave. It should be a constant, lasting part of the storytelling experience.
What is your overall plan to contribute to film?
My ultimate goal is to own and operate a global, multimedia enterprise. I study moguls like Cathy Hughes, Sir Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, and David Geffen. These are people who have built conglomerates from the ground up and will have an impact on world culture forever. I want to pass on a name and legacy to my grandchildren’s grandchildren that will represent education, quality entertainment, and activism one hundred years from now.