Akeem Muhammad

B.A. Candidate

Akeem Muhammad

Akeem O. Muhammad is a Performance Studies senior at NYU Tisch from East St. Louis, Illinois. Akeem's academic interests are in critical race theory, multimedia performance, critical Humanism, and the performance of leadership. His professional work focuses on multimedia production, social innovation, product development, and civic literacy. Akeem is an active member of several professional and collegiate organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the German Marshall Fund's Young Transatlantic Network, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the National Communication Association. He is founder and director of The Citizens Press Institute, an action civics think tank. Akeem has previously worked as a consultant with the Associated Press Product Development and Election Units, and recently served on the National Board of Directors for the Society of Professional Journalists.

While serving on the National Board of Directors with the Society of Professional Journalists, Akeem successfully helped establish a journalism training partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project. Launched in late February 2018, the program offers free workshops on using Facebook's creative and newsgathering tools to newsrooms and educational institutions across the United States.

Capstone Title:

A Citizen Engaged: Experiments in the Civic Arts

Education

New York University

Bachelor of Arts Candidate - Performance Studies

Minor: Art & Public Policy

New York, New York

 

Louisiana State University

English with a concentration in Creative Writing, minors in Communication Studies and Linguistics

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Awards & Distinctions

• NYU DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP & CAREER PREPARATION PROGRAM, NYU WASSERMAN CENTER for CAREER DEVELOPMENT, New York University, 2018 (Participant)

• NYU GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, NYU LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE, New York University, 2017 (Participant)

• Matt Clark Award for Poetry, Louisiana State University, 2015 - 2016

• Dean’s List, Louisiana State University, 2014 - 2015

• Black Scholar Award, Louisiana State University, 2010 - 2011 | 2014 - 2015

Works & Articles Published

• “Keem O. Muhammad: SPJ Member of Month for September” INTERVIEW
        WITH SPJ NATIONAL BLOG

• "SHAKA SENGHOR: THE INTENTIONAL STORYTELLER" INTERVIEW FOR OF NOTE MAGAZINE

• "Citizen Imitation" (A stylistic homage to Claudia Rankine) in LSU Delta Literary Journal, Volume 58 (2016)

• "Baton Rouge Protestor on Arrest: 'I didn't know if I was going to survive'" Commentary for NPR's All Things Considered

• "The Price of American Freedom" Op-Ed for The Hill

• "Yeah, about those Stars and Bars" Op-Ed for LSU's The Daily Reveille

Academic Presentations

• Society of Professional Journalists Region One 2018 Spring Regional Conference, Session Organizer & Co-Host, Diversity Hackathon APRIL 2018, Philadelphia, PA

• National Communication Association 102nd Annual National Convention Performance/Panel Presentation: “Black Enough: a Generational Performance on Race, Gender, and Leadership” NOVEMBER 2016, Philadelphia, PA

• NYU TISCH | DEPARTMENT of PERFORMANCE STUDIES, PRAXIS CONFERENCE Workshop: “Into the Light: Performance as Strategy for Social Change” OCTOBER 2016, New York, NY

• National Communication Association 101st Annual National Convention Panel Presentation: “Racy: An Image Theatre Experiment in Black and White” NOVEMBER 2015, Las Vegas, NV

• LSU 7th Annual  Undergraduate Research Conference Paper Presentation: “Exploring the Relationship between Media, Hip Hop and 21st Century Civil Rights Movements” NOVEMBER 2015, Baton Rouge, LA

• Louisiana Scholastic Press Association Conference 2015 Presentation Session: “The Value of Inclusive Community Engagement” NOVEMBER 2015, Baton Rouge, LA

Professional Experience

• FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, THE CITIZENS PRESS INSTITUTE, January 2018 - Present

• BOARD MEMBER, NATIONAL BOARD of DIRECTORS, SOCIETY of PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (Volunteer), September 2016 - September 2017

• DIGITAL MEDIA CONSULTANT, ASSOCIATED PRESS,  ELECTIONS UNIT; PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT UNIT, November 2015 - November 2016

• EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, EQUALITY FOR HER, EqualityForHER.org  (Volunteer), March 2016 - September 2016

• EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, LSU OFFICE of STUDENT MEDIA, LEGACY Magazine, March 2015 - April 2016

• LOUISIANA MARKETING MANAGER, HOTSPOT STUDIOS, LLC, Hotspot App, December 2014 - June 2015

• MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER, AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES, University Crescent Apartments (now The Oliver), November 2010 - December 2011; October 2012 - February 2014

Performances

• "Asamble," Directed by Amalia Pica, Role: Performer, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 2017, New York, NY

• "Black Enough," Written & Directed by Akeem Muhammad, Role: State Official II, LSU Hopkins Black Box Theatre, FEBRUARY 2016, Baton Rouge, LA

•  "Racy: An Image Theatre Experiment in Black & White," Directed by Dr. Bonny McDonald, Roles: Nameless; Black Sees Black, LSU Hopkins Black Box Theatre, APRIL 2015, Baton Rouge, LA

•   "100," Directed by Benjamin Watt, Role: Ketu, LSU Black Box Studio Theatre, OCTOBER 2013, Baton Rouge, LA

• "All the King’s Men," Directed by Dr. George Judy, Roles: Chorus Member; Old Man, Swine Palace | LSU Reilly Theatre, OCTOBER 2013, Baton Rouge, LA

• "The Spanish Tragedy," Directed by Mark Pajor, Role: Lorenzo, University of Illinois, MARCH 2012, Urbana, IL

• "The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood," Directed by Dr. Tracy Shaffer, Role: Bisou the Wolf, LSU Hopkins Black Box Theatre, OCTOBER 2011, Baton Rouge, LA

• "The American Dream," Directed by Michael Martin, Role: Daddy, LSU Black Box Studio Theatre, OCTOBER 2011, Baton Rouge, LA