Sharifa Anozie is a writer, motivational speaker and owner of jewelry company, The Sacred Word. A graduate of Penn State University, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with distinction from the College of Communications.
Sharifa’s writing and public speaking experience spans back more than two decades, when she first interviewed nationally prominent civil rights advocate Carolyn Goodman at 12-years-old. Her poem dedicated to Mrs. Goodman was highly recognized by major media outlets including; The New York Times, Children’s Express and Opportunity Keeping Magazine. Working intimately with the non-profit organization Community Works, Sharifa’s poem was also featured in their Long Walk to Freedom exhibit traveling around the country. Since then Sharifa has interviewed and reported on a myriad of celebrities including; film director Spike Lee, CNN’s Don Lemon, actor Idris Elba and Grammy winning artist Ne-Yo to name a few.
A year after graduating from the College of Communications Sharifa was selected to join the highly competitive CBS Page Program in New York City. She began working on assignments at the CBS Early Show, 48 Hours, BET’s 106 & Park and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. It wasn’t long before she was offered a permanent position working for the Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News.
An avid encourager for following your big dreams, Sharifa followed her own, by moving across country to pursue a career in entertainment news. In 2012 she began working at The Hollywood Reporter; writing for print, online and covering various red carpet events in Hollywood. In 2014 she created The Sacred Word jewelry and ministry, establishing an audience of more than 300,000 across all platforms.
In her spare time Sharifa is committed to mentoring and empowering young people in her community and helping the homeless in the L.A. area. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, with her two children and husband Jonathan.