Archive for October, 2012

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Saturday 27 October, 2012

Visual Seduction: Holly Bass on Dance Theater & Performance Art

“I try to keep things simple and just describe myself as an artist.” Washington D.C.-based artist Holly Bass is a writer, performer, and director with an unstoppable abundance of creative talent. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Newsday, the Washington City Paper, The Crisis and was the first […]

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Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Black Girl Brilliance is the Norm

I’ve made a conscious choice to consume media from outlets that nourish, validate and inspire me to think, dream and do. And because of that I have a constant news feed of black girl luminaries who are making history in print, scholarship, film, theatre; some of whom I know personally or am a few degrees […]

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Friday 19 October, 2012

What Does “#1” Mean?: How ‘Middle of Nowhere’ is Making Film History and Why it Matters

This past weekend, something remarkable took place. This was something that did not receive the notoriety or accolades of an Obama inauguration or of a tearful acceptance speech by Halle Berry while winning an Oscar. No, it was not a public display that could match that. Yet, there was a great deal of significance to […]

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Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Metropical Deluxe: Interview w/ Fashion Artist and Ugandan Princess, Vanessa Mukasa

Editress’ Note: Imprints, our new monthly feature, profiles some of the most innovative Fashion Artists across the African continent. Imprints is curated by inspiring fashionista, MsK NY of the African Prints in Fashion Blog. This interview shares the work of Vanessa Mukasa, a princess from the Bonyoro Kitara Kingdom in Uganda, who studied under noted […]

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Tuesday 09 October, 2012

Live Unchained Invites You to Middle of Nowhere Debut and Poster Giveaway . Friday, October 12 [VIDEO]

Live Unchained is awarding a “Middle of Nowhere” movie poster autographed by writer/director Ava DuVernay and lead actress Emayatzy Corinealdi. Just join our “Middle of Nowhere” Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win. Two winners will be announced on Friday, October 12th and awarded after the film debut the same day. If you saw […]

Sunday 07 October, 2012

Nominate a Black Girl Geek: Live Unchained Honors Black Women in the Arts and Literature

Its time to take what’s ours; claim it, own it. The” geek distinction,” oh yeah, that belongs to us. All around the world black women are waking up loved ones in the middle of the night to find a pen or tablet to write down another idea or camping out in libraries and studios to […]

Saturday 06 October, 2012

Why Hushpuppy Can Handle Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild, a magical realist film directed by Benh Zeitlin, tells the story of a southern Louisiana bayou community, called the Bathtub, from the perspective of one of its youngest dwellers, Hushpuppy.  The film’s highest note is the poignant performance by Quvenzhane Wallis, Hushpuppy. I found myself marveling at this little human […]

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Friday 05 October, 2012

A Gift to the Rebels: Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi Discuss “Middle of Nowhere” and How to Live Unchained [VIDEO]

Editress’ Note: In the spirit of gift giving, Live Unchained is hosting a promotional giveaway of two autographed “Middle of Nowhere” movie posters signed by writer/director Ava DuVernay and lead actress Emayatzy Corinealdi. Sign up for the Live Unchained newsletter to learn how you can win a special movie poster! … Ava DuVernay’s work is […]

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Tuesday 02 October, 2012

Self-Portraits by 5 Nigerian Women Photographers

What are the latest creative trends coming from all across urban Africa? Live Unchained team member Delphine Fawundu-Buford has spent the last four years developing a photo series to celebrate the answer. Delphine recently returned from Lagos, Nigeria where she led a photography workshop with local women photographers. Learn about Delphine’s experience and see the […]