Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It also screened at the L.A. Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Blackstar Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Urbanworld, CinemAfrica in Stockholm and Tacoma Film Festival--where it won Best Director. It is now a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Currently, Naima is in post-production for her second short, PIU PIU which received generous support from Art Matters, Rooftop Films and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. In 2017, Naima received a fellowship from the Sundance Institute for Screenwriting Intensive for her first feature-length script SAD SONGS IN LANGUAGES I DON'T UNDERSTAND, currently in development.
In a previous life, Naima told stories as a journalist exploring the intersections of race, gender, pop culture, and economics. Some of her writing can be found in no particular order, on Colorlines, Saint Heron, Postbourgie, The Nation, and Huffington Post to name a few.