Oct 4, 2016
30 Under 30: Saada Ahmed, Social Advocate, Brunch Host
What is brunch, exactly? It’s a meal (sort of), but it’s also an excuse to get together with the people you like, or you want to know better, share some food, and have a good time.
This is what Everyday People, Saada Ahmed’s brunch series is all about. It’s what Brothers & Sisters, her monthly salon is all about, too. These events are safe spaces: for kids, for women of color, and for anyone to come and relax, share their ideas, and not worry about creeps creeping on them. Also, let’s be real, it’s a great opportunity to be near Ahmed, a driven and successful person who, oh, you know, is so stylish she’s been profiled on J. Crew’s blog. Also we bet the food is great!
How old are you and where do you live?
What made you first interested in your profession, and how old were you when that happened?
I never sought out for Everyday People to be my “profession” but looking back I realized I always loved bringing people together to have a good time. I loved planning slumber parties when I was in elementary school, haha.
Do you feel Brooklyn is still a viable place for a young person to build a career?
It depends on who this young person is. I think it depends on your privilege. If you are a rich kid with connections, then I would say the world is your oyster. But if you are an oppressed person I think it’s difficult to gain opportunities, not only for work but housing.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself continuing my work of bringing people together. Having the opportunity to help young black women.
Have you ever felt like leaving your career path?
Yes. When times were tough financially for me. There were times where my insecurities about myself would make me self-sabotage.
What’s felt like you’re biggest professional accomplishment?
It depends on your definition of success, because there is a point where I felt success in a financial way. Like, damn! I can pay my bills and buy an outfit. And then there is a personal accomplishment. For example, when I was in Bed-Stuy and this guy was like “aye yo ma!” And I turn around and he said, “I love your parties or whatever.” That shit made my day.
What’s some advice you’d give to people trying to get a foothold in your industry?
Be kind and genuine. People will remember how you treat them.
Who are your role models in your industry?
Bevy Smith, Soul Train the show, Beverly bond, my cousin Nancy pascal.
Who would be your pick for a 30 Under 30?
Should we all move to LA?
To learn about 29 more sub-30 standouts, visit this year’s list of 30 Under 30.
Image by Jane Bruce
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