Aitina Fareed Cooke "A.I. The Anomaly" was told at a young age that she would be a “failure to thrive” as a result of her biological mother's addiction to drugs. At 14 months old her and her siblings were placed in foster care.
A.I. was just three years old when her mother died of a drug overdose. At six A.I. was introduced to writing as a way of releasing any pain due to trauma. She was told by a counselor to express herself through words. A.I. embraced this art and began to create stories and poems which later developed into music.
As an artist not only does A.I. stand out as an entrepreneur, owning her own film and photography called Get Fokus’d Productions but she is a woman devoted to the gospel who gives back to her community. Fully invested in her efforts to reach the next generation of young artists in Buffalo, she uses proceeds from her music and company to provide tools and resources for young artists and entrepreneurs.
Aitina is an award-winning photographer and lyricist recognized by 43North's Ignite Buffalo People’s Choice Award, CEPA Gallery-Exhibition Award, the National Society of Leadership & Success-Excellence in Teaching Award, Kingdom Choice Award, and more. Aitina has also been featured in Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, Upstart New York, Challenger, National Young Audiences Emerging Leaders, Rapzilla, Trackstars, and much more.
Aitina’s original work has been featured in CEPA Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo and Erie County Library, and the Blue Plate Studio. Adding to her extensive resume, she has served as a “Say Yes” Community Schools Navigator, Young Audiences WNY Education Coordinator, CEPA Gallery Teaching Artist, CAO Youth Services Site Coordinator, Heart Foundation, Gateway Longview and more. An accomplished Christian hip hop artist, A.I. stands as the first female to be signed to one of Christian hip hop’s notable labels, God Over Money where she joins Bizzle, Bumps, Selah the Corner, Datin, and Jered Sanders.