"My whole family has gotten me to where I am today. They’ve all guided me in some way or another. I got my sense of humor from my uncle and my toughness from my mom. My mom went through a lot, but she survived and she’s doing great. I have a lot of respect for her. But I’d have to say that my inquisitive spirit comes straight from my grandmother. She taught me that the world isn’t a terrible place and that you can find joy in just about anything if you really try. I’m always eager to try new things, and I know I got that from her. I enjoy swing-dancing and break-dancing, and I’m majoring in anthropology and Japanese at the University of Memphis. Someday I’d like to be knighted by the Queen. Sir Cairo Tatum. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?"
See Feb 6, 2009, article about Ms. Shabazz in the Memphis Daily News.