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Wednesday 17 December, 2014

What mermaids wish you knew: Nijla Mumin discusses fantasy and folklore in Deluge

In the spirit of magical realist films like “Eve’s Bayou,” Nijla Mumin’s “Deluge” blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memories. In a post BP oil spill New Orleans, 15-year old Tiana witnesses the mass drowning of her friends. After struggling with the decision not to jump in, she must decide if […]


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Friday 31 October, 2014

How words can heal you: Alex Elle on writing and finding herself

For some, writing comes naturally. Not just any writing, good writing. The writing others read and are moved by. The writing that acts like a mirror for people’s complicated hearts, complicated lives, offering both solace and illumination. These craftsmen and women are always asked about the source of their genius: How did you get to […]


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Thursday 25 September, 2014

Afropolitan furniture: When Spanish antiques get an African identity and feminine touch

What does a chemist and a television journalist have to with furniture design? At Live Unchained, we love people who forge novel paths, especially when these paths are not only new because of what they create, but also when they’re untried career and artistic trajectories in the lives of the people who tread them. It […]


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Tuesday 03 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part II #30WCR8

Yesterday we introduced you to the first 5 of 30 women creators we love. In partnership with The Nu Black and African & Afro-Diaspora Art Talks (AADAT), Live Unchained continues today with 5 more amazing artists of different genres, from different parts of the world. We hope you’ll spread the word about these talented women […]


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Monday 20 May, 2013

Art As Re-possession: Ayanah Moor on “The Spaces in Between”

Art can re-posses. The fact is, there is a time to stand out and do your own thing, especially when the decision makers aren’t including your perspectives and experiences in their media, film and creative outlets. But, there’s also a time to re-write and re-interpret the stories that mis-represent or ignore you, put some stank […]


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Tuesday 05 February, 2013

Delphine Fawundu on Beauty | 30 Days Unchained: Day 27

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 27 2/5/13 | Inspiration: Delphine Fawundu-Buford Skillful and honest, Delphine Fawundu-Buford is a photographer whose work attempts to capture truth. Delphine’s documentary-style uses raw imagery to explore various themes including gender, identity and community. A well-known name in photography, Delphine has photographed artists like Nneka, Erykah Badu and Busta Rhymes. She […]


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Friday 01 February, 2013

Kesha Bruce on Facing Your Fear | 30 Days Unchained: Day 23

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 23 2/1/13 | Inspiration: Kesha Bruce Often art and business are posited as polar opposites; the two even supposedly reside on different regions in our brain, art on the right, business on the left. But Kesha Bruce exists to prove all of us wrong. A painter and a collage artist, […]


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Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Shantell Martin Says Less is More | 30 Days Unchained: Day 20

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 20 1/29/13 | Inspiration: Shantell Martin To say Shantell Martin is breaking boundaries, not only in visual art, but in pretty much every which way, is an understatement. Shantell is a visual artist whose border-hopping takes her around the world, from London, to Tokyo, and now Brooklyn, NYC. Her artistry […]


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Thursday 06 December, 2012

Her Journey Aflame: 5 Powerful Thoughts from International Hip Hop Artist Akua Naru

When I first heard “The Mo(u)rning” by Akua Naru with Drea d’Nur, I felt like the song was holding me in its arms. That was Akua doing what appears to come so effortlessly, giving voice to women’s interior lives in a way that is powerful, feminine and sincere. As she puts it: “We are so often […]


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Sunday 25 November, 2012

Meet Your Black Girl Geeks!

The women we are about to introduce have everything it takes to be a ‘G’ and then some. Shout out Live Unchained’s Black Girl Geeks with us on Twitter and Instagram (@liveunchained), using the hashtag #geekunchained. When it came to honoring hard working women creatives, the ultimate geeks of their crafts, you all showed up. […]