Soul West Fest, LLC (SWF) is an Arizona Limited Liability Company whose mission is to Promote and Support Urban Films and Filmmakers, Soul Music, Urban Culture and Education. The Soul West Fest Foundation (SWFF), a 501c3 organization in association with Pathways to the World, Inc. raise scholarship funds for young people (grades 6-12) to attend art, film and music apprenticeship programs. SWFF continues to bring awareness and initiate programs for the arts in education and financial literacy.

Soul West Fest gives birth to urban film and the New Black Renaissance in the Valley of the Sun– from film to TV, VR to online work, and music to live performance. As a platform for creative expression, independent filmmaking, and mesmerizing entertainment, SWF champions emerging and established voices, showcasing award-winning urban films and filmmakers, soul music, culture and new technology through premieres, exhibitions, talks and live performances.

Founder/Executive Producer

Aaliyah Najieb, J.D.

During 3 days, we invite you to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy Soulful Sounds, Black & Brown Excellence, Great Food, Authentic Crafts & Merchandise, Ground-breaking Films, Original Music Videos, Informative Panels, Top Notch Events, Exclusive Parties as well as solid networking.  Soul West Fest takes an original and imaginative approach to content because there are limited outlets for Urban Filmmakers and Musicians to showcase their talent collectively on a national stage.

The impact we hope to achieve with this event is certainly artistic in nature (i.e. showcasing music and filmmakers content); it is also intellectual in several of our sponsors provide educational content on health and wealth policies; Most festivals are communal and social by default; and civically, Soul West Fest hopes to improve communities of color with creative initiatives.

This event propels additional ideas in arts and entertainment for state and federal programs for youth and communities of Color; providing a platform for international recognition; and expounding on Audio/Visual projects that are entertaining as well as educational.

Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Business Administration (Temple U); Documentary Filmmaker, Recording Studio Owner, Former New Jersey Public School Educator, Creator of Educational Public Policy Initiatives; Event Producer, Music & Film Enthusiast; Bedroom DJ and Loving Mother of 1 Beautiful Daughter.

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Associate Producer, Soul West Fest

Dyvonia Burgos, Esq.

Dyvonia Burgos Esq. is a licensed practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She is an active and fun mother of three children who are her biggest supporters. She is a business consultant and coach to entrepreneurs who need assistance in cultivating their businesses.  A lover of movies and music, Dyvonia has been working to bring Soul West Fest to Arizona fulfilling many roles since the beginning including Associate Producer.  She is native to South Central, Los Angeles, but spent over 10 years in the Arizona Valley before relocating to the countries capital. She loves to travel, network and is a supporter like none other of all things positive.

Associate Producer, Soul West Fest

Shalyn Johnson

"Every Great Dream begins with a Dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world."  -Harriet Tubman

Associate Producer, Soul West Fest

Latoya "Lea" McLain-El

CEO, Micheaux Ent. & Films (MiEnFi)(C)TM Pending

"We all have a purpose in life. What's Yours? - "Lea"