Women are often told what they can’t do, and that often pushes women to prove people wrong. At 22, Aisha Raison was told constantly what she couldn’t do when she gave birth to her son. Whoever said that obviously didn’t know what she was made of. This boss mom has been a DJ, a poet, a tour guide, and a filmmaker, just to start the list off. In many ways, the best way to deal with haters is to disprove them in every way possible.
Since her father gave her her first camera at the young age of three, the world has never looked the same. Her fascination with the world around her eventually led to becoming a poet for over 21 years. This long interest in the arts introduced her to her current passion: film making. Finding inspiration in the people around her, the process of putting faces, words, and places into one cohesive piece. Her talents have awarded her two IndieMemphis Grants so far, and we can’t see her slowing down any time soon! Aisha’s films have been played all around the country, and even the world.
The Memphis Rhythm
A city’s rhythm often shows how the people in the city relate to the sights and sounds around them. The artsy beat in Memphis pulls people in and hooks people. The sights, sounds, colors, every little thing motivates Aisha Raison to share herself with us. Giving up college for her son, who’s also interested in the arts, is one little thing that made a huge impact on Aisha’s life and on everyone who has been moved by her work.
Memphis is made by the people who live out their passions every day. These individuals are who make our city the City of Soul. The hustle is real for Aisha in this aspect. Bringing your soul means to bring your ‘A’ game in everything that motivates you. Bring it and then bring it some more. Bring it for yourself, for your family, and for your city. Let people see the colors of your soul.