We had the good fortune of connecting with Nasir Kenneth Ferebee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nasir Kenneth, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
My end goal is to own and operate a global enterprise including a movie studio and television network. Media moguls like Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Tyler Perry, and George Lucas are huge inspirations for me, and they are the blueprint for what I want in my career. I also want to employ as many disenfranchised people as possible. Giving BIPOC and LGBTQIA people the opportunity to build generational wealth for their families is one of my biggest dreams.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The inspiration for building my own company was organic. I’ve always been entrepreneurial. When I was seven years old, I owned a school store and managed to make a few hundred dollars in profit. A part of it also hereditary. My father is an incredible entrepreneur with great business acumen. He once owned a sneaker store, and now he owns a UPS store so it’s in my blood. In addition, I love entertainment companies that are built from the ground up like Motown, RocNation, and Hoorae. They get to establish their own company culture and give underrepresented people a chance to not only show their talent, but to thrive economically. I’ve always wanted to replicate that with my own company.
My company Brave December Productions is a newly formed television, film, and digital production company owned by me that tells compelling stories of underrepresented voices. The goal for the company is to be a safe and affirming space where everyone can produce content that is revolutionary.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Los Angeles, and it’s always been my dream to live here particularly in South LA. If a friend was visiting, I would take them on a morning hike at Kenneth Hahn. Then, we would get smoothies and patties at Simply Wholesome. For lunch, we would get sushi at Izakaya by Katsuya. Late in the evening, we would get tacos at El Chato truck.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely owe a great deal of success to my village. I’m grateful that my village includes a lot of people including a lot of parents. I get my heart from my grandmother. I get my advocacy from my aunt. My love of adventure comes from my mother. My strong business acumen and entrepreneurship comes from my father. I’m the best of all of them so I really benefited from all of their different nuances as my parental tribe.