Aeden Keffelew is a writer, filmmaker and musician focused on the intersection of media and policy on black, brown and indigenous communities. She is currently earning a Master’s in Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Leaders in Sustainability certificate offered by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Her first book, Harvard to Homeless: A College Graduate/Drop-Out’s Personal Guide to Surviving Potential Homelessness was published in 2012 and led to a personal finance initiative at her alma mater Duke University. Her writing has been featured on USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
She was a 2017 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow and has directed three films which focus on creative solutions to shape policies and narratives in black, brown and indigenous communities.
Her recent album, Black Natives and Lost Tribes, which highlights the themes of indigenous rights and environmental justice has been featured on KPCC’s Unheard LA and Take Two. Check out the story about her family’s Ethiopian ancestry and role in protecting the land from colonization.