Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Justice For Her" Featured in the SCOOP Newspaper

May 11, 2008

Over 300 people came out to the African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street when SULERMAR and Company presented Justice For Her, a feature-length documentary directed & produced by Aginah Carter-Shabazz, story editing by Bianca M. White, Edited by Les Rivera, camera by Charles Gossett with music composed by Emmy Award-winning Rodney Whittenberg.

Justice for Her premier screening began with a full house at 3:00 p.m. followed by a buffet catered by Delilah’s Restaurant which offered guest and array of food from chicken wingettes, meatballs, to turkey, lamb and roast beef. As guests munched they participated in a book signing for CHOICEZ, the true story of Aginah Carter-Shabazz, a woman who lived a life of glamour and violence, but her poor choices doesn't fully take hold until as a woman well into her forties. The moving memoir reveals lessons learned about the price women pay for making their man's choices their own. Aginah masterfully weaves readers along her journey.

During the Q and A, several people expressed their support in bringing such a powerful film to the audience. “This is a message that every young person must see,” said one person who stood to make a comment. “This is a film that should be required to be seen by teens in schools,” said another person.

Justice for Her details how the choices Yonzetta “Nas” Hudson made with men, money and materialism, made her vulnerable to the predatory tactics of the Philadelphia criminal justice system. The system stalked, entrapped and charged Nas with capital murder, for a crime she neither committed nor orchestrated. Facing the death penalty Nas cried out for justice. Aginah Carter-Shabazz heard the cries of her daughter and worked effortlessly to free her. Aginah’s action sent shockwaves through her family, the community and ultimately through the halls of the criminal justice system.

Featuring sociologist Carla Shedd, Ph.D., Rosa K. Lewis Ph.D., pre-eminent defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz and Aginah Carter-Shabazz herself. This award winning documentary is a cautionary tale about how relationships can save or destroy you. Justice For Her is a story that will not only serve as a wake up call for women attracted to the glamour and glitter, but may function as a roadmap for others traveling down similar paths. It is a love story about a mothers’ undying devotion to her daughter; a tale of a bond that could not be broken.

In addition, CHOICEZ, speaks to mothers and daughters about choices, about the power of personal vision and about the reality of our dependence upon each other is available for Philly pick-up at the hair salon call 215.878.1227 or email

Justice For Her is currently on the film festival circuit and Aginah has several booksignings for “CHOICEZ” coming up over the next 3 months.

by Yanina Carter