Tasneem, also known as Hoodrat Feminist, is an actor, writer, and digital content creator, exploring themes of Black Feminism and Womanism in her work.
Here are samples of her previous work.
Tasneem - Growing Through It
I wrote a Letter, and I would love if you would read it: I’ve been told to enjoy my twenties since I was a kid. I couldn’t wait to be grown, cause that’s when the fun would begin. Now at 23, this doesn’t feel like a time that permits joy or even provides space for it. My older loved ones often try to keep me from making the same mistakes they made, but while trying to figure this life thing out I’ve realized it’s all just trial and error. This journey is one where you figure out what works and what doesn’t. Who stays and who goes. What art matters and what doesn’t. My mother has worked some form of a 9-5 job since she was 16, and she hasn’t stopped working since. She didn’t want that for me, so I didn’t have to work through art school. She paid some out of pocket, I took on some debt, and my talent got me a 40% scholarship. After school, I worked so many odd jobs, I mean imagine me working retail, in an Amazon warehouse, some of your fave restaurants. I saved a cute coin, and spent it. I’m a full-time creative now, but I’m poor. While being poor I’ve learned what I can and can’t live without. I gotta eat, so I buy groceries. Cooking is something I enjoy doing and hope to get better at. I gotta get fly, so I spend hours at thrift stores piecing together looks that make me feel good. Shout out to Dollar Thursdays at the Goodwill. Social anxiety has caused me to lose so many friends, but I need them. Most of the relationship pain I’ve experienced has come from friendships ending. They rarely come with an explanation. I don’t like to go out, so I have to be able to hold space at the crib. Gotta have a crib, so rent has to be paid. I have to have a partner through this, someone who sees what I see, someone who understands my values as I do there's, someone to f*ck, someone to love on… Thank God for Dante. I need to be able to express myself through different artistic mediums, especially MUSIC, which led us right here, right now. I don’t have money for studio time so thank you Truth, one of my favorite rappers. He worked hard to buy himself a new mic and gave me his old one cause he believes in me. My mom fronted the money for the rest and I paid her back. Dante went half on a computer, and we’ve been able to build a makeshift studio. I thought that was all I needed, until it was time to actually make the music. The little money I did have I came to producer n*ggas with it in hand, one n*gga stole from me, another one ghosted me, and one was honest enough to tell me he wasn’t interested. After that experience I tried to find Black woman artists to work with, and that disappointment hurt even more. I refuse to give up. I don’t have any musicians in my circle, cause my circle is a period. During art school I studied and started to grow into Hoodrat Feminist, but I wasn’t simultaneously making musical friends, especially not in the drama school. I had dreams of jam sessions and the music that would come out of those sessions, but here we are… The internet has given me a tribe I could’ve never imagined. This project I’m sharing with you is this story in song cycle form. I come from a musical theatre background and my heart is in live arts. I thought this would be the best way to introduce myself. My name is Tasneem, and this is Growing Through It, my musical. I’d like to invite any and everyone to enjoy what I’ve been able to write over beats I’ve searched the internet for. If you enjoy what I did here, just know there’s more in store if I can get some help. If you didn’t like it, I said I need help. I’d love to be pointed in the right direction. _ _ _ _ If you enjoy please LIKE, SHARE, & most important SUBSCRIBE! 😅 Follow me: Instagram: http://instagram.com/HoodratFeminst Twitter: https://twitter.com/HoodratFeminist Follow the Team! Dante's IG: http://instagram.com/Dantej.Bailey Dante's Website: http://DBaileyMedia.com #HoodratFeminist About Me: 💕 Student of Black Feminism 🎓 East Orange, New Jersey Native 🍊 Libra ⚖️ I recently graduated with my BFA in Dramatic Arts (May 2018), from The New School! Stay tuned for upcoming projects, music, videos, updates, & apparel. Email me: - - - HoodratFeminist@Gmail.com - - - If you'd like to donate to make this all happen here's the cashapp link, https://cash.me/$TasneemNathari
Mommy Never Told Me | Theatrical Trailer
Mommy Never Told Me, is a documentary film exploring how Black women from, urban neighborhoods, are introduced to love and sex. The documentary was an award finalist in the Newark International Film Festival. Tasneem Nathari (Narrator), also known as, "Hoodrat Feminist", leads focused group discussions with black women and girls ranging from age (5-72) about how their social and/or sexual experiences have informed their emotional expectations and views on love. Tasneem gained popularity through Instagram by utilizing the social networking site as a storytelling platform. In one-minute videos titled #duragdiaries, Tasneem shared stories of her first sexual experiences, heartbreaks, struggles with mental health, and low self-esteem, as well as how she has been working to heal from past traumas. Tasneem’s experiences are shared norms for too many women and girls raised in communities like hers. Using concepts of Black feminism and womanism to empower and share the journey to freedom with anyone who is also fighting, this documentary is the continuation of so many, conversations held through #DuragDiaries, on instagram.
Introducing Tazzy Morebuck$
GUESS WHO IS GRADUATING? But first, let me drop this thesis project. On January 15, 2018 New Jersey rapper, "Tazzy Morebuck$" released a mixtape titled "Channel 69: The Mixtape" (https://audiomack.com/album/tazzymorebucks/channel-69-the-mixtape). The project was praised by some for her witty lyrics & sharp tongue while painting a picture of sexual freedom & a moral compass that directly combats the reigns of patriarchy. While loved by many, "Channel 69" was rejected by some who felt that she depicts grotesque sexual references, & irresponsibly encourages prostitution through her lyrics. Hoodrat Feminist TV was able to document Tazzy's journey in the process of making what some would call a highly controversial project. In this sit down interview, we were able to talk to Tazzy Morebuck$ to get an inside view of her creative process & a direct response from her about all of the controversy surrounding her breakout mixtape.