SF Bay Area/East Palo Alto native, happily transplanted to Brooklyn, NY.
Kameelah was born in the hot August summer of 1985 in East Palo Alto, CA. She has lived in Cape Town, South Africa as an exchange student, Johannesburg, South Africa as an Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Washington, D.C. as a Harry S Truman Scholar, SF Bay Area, and Southern California. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY as a high school history teacher and photographer.
A storyteller, this self-taught artist works mainly with film and digital photography and occasionally with paper collage, and digital arts. Her documentary-based photography has been exhibited in Oakland and San Francisco, CA as well as Brooklyn, NY and Washington, D.C. Her photography has also been published in F-Stop Magazine and Make/Shift Magazine. She hopes to travel throughout Africa and the Diaspora to document nomadic communities, religious rituals, and refugee camps.
Kameelah is also a writer. Her writing has been published in The Nation (online), Pambazuka: Social Justice in Africa, WireTap Magazine, Illume Magazine, and Make/Shift Magazine. Kameelah is a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Teacher/Woodrow Willson Fellow and earned her Ed.M at Stanford University in 2008. As an urban high school teacher, she focuses on critical thinking through the study of world history, argumentation and writing support, and designing spatial environments for maximum learning.