Shakira Peterson’s roots in the entertainment industry began as a young girl, when she was an avid subscriber of Right On Magazine. She read interview in that magazine about her favorite artist, even the liner notes of every album she bought. Growing up in Harlem, Shakira fell in love with the stage, and dreamed of becoming an actress. Her love for the theater led her to countless school productions and auditions, and eventually LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, where she studied drama.
While pursuing her dreams of fame and fortune, Shakira attended the City College of New York, where she majored in Film. Upon graduation, she landed a job at MTV Networks as a production assistant and learned everything there was to know about post- production. During the fifteen years Shakira spent as a producer at MTV NETWORKS, Shakira discovered her true love for writing and directing.
Shakira is an award-winning writer/producer and has received several awards for various campaigns during her tenure at MTV NETWORKS, including Nick at Nite’s Family Table, Take Me To TVLAND and TVLAND’s Black History Month Campaign, Black History Our History, in which she won Promax Gold and was nominated for an Emmy.
Since then Shakira has become a Creative Director at BET NETWORKS, where she oversees creative for all of BET’s top shows, including 106th and Park, the BET AWARDS and THE GAME. Shakira resides in Harlem and is currently working on a short documentary about the longest standing African American Muslim community in Harlem.