Exclusive Interview : What Can Naiyah D. Scaife Do to Keep You Guessing ?

A Night W/ Naiyah: Presented by Check Yo' Self HWC

Check Yo' Self  Health & Wellness Center (HWC) at High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) presented an evening with Naiyah D. ScaifeA film screening fundraiser to help support the community in sex education and preventing sexually diseases.

Black Bloggers and Creatives had the opportunity to interview Naiyah S., a Minnesotan actress. She shared with us how she started her acting journey and her involvement in the community.


"I started as a peer educator with The Check Yo’ Self Health and Wellness back in 2003. Even after moving away I still try to give back or bring awareness to the program. It does some great work. "

How did you get involved in acting?
Naiyah S.My kindergarten teacher (Pica Head Start) got me into performing. Instead of reading time the kids would sit around and watch me play. It just became our classroom thing. 

How long have you been an actress? From where did you get started? 
Naiyah S.:I’ve been acting since when I was about 5 years old. I got my start in community theater's  in and around St. Paul/Minneapolis. Auditioning around for plays and commercials. Getting tips from other moms Or speaking to theater directors and getting insight from them as well. 

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would you play?
Naiyah S.:That is a really good question. Honestly I would play myself in my movie. I think I’m still at a good age to play me. My younger self though, I’m not sure. I admire so many young actors but I don’t think I could cast my younger self just yet. 

How many movies have you done so far? And how can people support you? 
Naiyah S.:To be honest I lost count, lol.. I’m really not sure. A lot though and most of them I’ve never even seen.People can support me by praying for me. Also following me on social media @NaiyahDScaife on all platforms. Lastly go to Amazon Prime and watch “Atone” a short film I star in. Leaving a rating and comment would be amazing! Here’s the link 

Who do you look up to as an actress? 
Naiyah S.:I absolutely love Viola Davis, I mean it’s pretty hard not to. Also Denzel Washington, Jessica Chastain, Ava Duverna, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Mahershala Ali, Meryl Streep, Regina King, Sanaa Lathan, Kerry Washington, Maya Angelou and last but not the least the extraordinary Danai Gurira. I could go on but I digress. 

Do you have any upcoming projects, we should watch out for? 
Naiyah S.: I do have a few. I’m not sure when they’ll be released but “Imago”, “Brothers Keeper”, “Seed of Doubt” are 3 feature films coming soon. Stay connected to my social platforms and I’ll let you know as soon as I do. 

How did you get involve with teaming up with Check Yo self HWC? Can you tell us a little bit more about why you decided to do a film screening fundraiser with them?
Naiyah S.I started as a peer educator with The Check Yo’ Self Health and Wellness back in 2003. Even after moving away I still try to give back or bring awareness to the program. It does some great work. I’ll support it as long as it’s still around. It changes lives and bring knowledge to the community that doesn’t get enough conversation. So teaming up with them was genuine and came about so organically. 

How can other people donate to Check Yo Self Health & Wellness Center (HWC)?
Naiyah S.: You can go to their website and donate: 

One last question, how did you hear about Black Bloggers and Creatives ?
Naiyah S.: I heard about Black Bloggers and Creatives looking online for groups or individuals who represent me and my community. I love what you’re doing and how supportive you are.  You have beautiful contents and I love seeing people who look like me thriving in all areas. 

Thank you so much for coming and doing this. I hope we meet again.  

Click below to watch the trailers of the movies we screened on Sunday at the HSRA staring Naiyah Scaife.

Rose from Concrete
Rose, a ten-year old girl, lives in the projects with her mother, Vivian. One morning, she wakes up to find her mother has not returned home from work. Rose must now follow the 'safe plan' to get to her grandma's home across town - a grandmother she has never met.


About "AtoneGlenn Clark is a high profile and respected minister, in some of the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles. He counsels at risk youth and adults dedicating his life to getting them back on track. Amidst his stellar reputation, a stranger from the unknown emerges and asks Glenn to atone for a dark secret he’s hidden for decades. No man is above God's law... We must Atone.

This was a film screening fundraiser with "Check Yo’self Health and Wellness Center", an organization that offers HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention and Awareness Programs to the community every day! Click here to support https://www.checkyoself-hwc.com/home
 ALL donations & proceeds will be given to the Check Yo' Self Health & Wellness Center.

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