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Searching for Shaniqua

Shaniqua, Shaundrikaa', TraNequa - think about what comes to mind when you FIRST hear these names. Ghetto? Unique? Uneducated?

Searching for Shaniqua explores the stereotypes, perceptions and history behind so-called "ghetto," unique and "ethnic" names. 

The film premiered at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival where it won the HBO Best Documentary Award. It then went on to screen to enthusiastic audiences in New York, Atlanta, and D.C among others.

What's in a name??? Join the discussion.


Virginia Pilot 

VIBE Magazine

The Root 

Baltimore Sun 



Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival - Winner, HBO Best Documentary

Bronzelens Film Festival

North Carolina Black Film Festival

Harlem International Film Festival

Baltimore International Black Film Festival


Harvard University Kennedy School

Howard University

Hampton University

Old Dominion University

Case Western University

Bowie (MD) Public Library

To book a screening, Q&A and workshop  with the director, please contact us at phill@searchingforshaniqua.com for more information.


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