Categories: Film, Media, Teaching Artist, Writing & Literature, Community Arts
Nahshon Dion is an award-winning writer, teaching artist, creative director, and arts patron from Pasadena, California. Since age 13, after seeing her neighbor and family friend Rodney King beaten by LAPD, she has had a front-row seat to social injustice and state terrorism. While attending John Muir High School, Nahshon met the iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur, at Muir's June 1996 prom. Later, she began an internship at the film production company, Look Hear Sound & Vision that produced several of Tupac’s music videos. A year later, on July 4th, 1997, Nahshon suffered a brutal assault and became a victim of gun violence.
Nahshon’s literature speaks to discrimination and violence many Black and LGBTQ youth face. She has been published in several LGBTQ anthologies and literary journals. Nahshon has created a uniquely, gut-wrenching work that touches on gun violence, mental health, and state terrorism, turning her anguish into art. She's the recipient of dozens of grants, fellowships, artist residencies, honors, and awards totaling over $100,000 that provided ammunition and support towards developing her forthcoming memoir, “Shootin' Range”, her journey back to self-respect in the face of state terrorism and gun violence. “Shootin’ Range” expounds on anti-femme, anti-trans, anti-queer, and anti-Black sentiment that Nahshon continues to resist. Nahshon’s existence and resilience show how youth can reach their potential and shine when their rainbow is blurred.
In September of 2020, Nahshon was interviewed by writer and editor Sheldon Pearce of “The New Yorker” magazine for his book Changes: An Oral History of Tupac. www.nahshondionanderson.com