Empowerment Category

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Wednesday 05 November, 2014

The door that opens you: Why Whippa Wiley brings you magic, fear and fancy

On a sunny day in September, at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, we are all swaying slower now. We are watching intently – with all of us, and not just our eyes. Whippa, Fluent and Kateri join Jidenna, the Master of Ceremony, in raising crowd participation. In the background, Nana is playing the Kendrick Lamar […]


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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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Sunday 03 February, 2013

Jemila Abdulai on Making a Difference | 30 Days Unchained: Day 25

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 25 2/3/13 | Inspiration: Jemila Abdulai Young, brilliant, driven, Jemila Abdulbai is quite the well-rounded individual, with an inspiring passion to change the world. A journalist focused on African development issues and editor of her blog Circumspecte, she recognizes the influence and responsibility of the media to affect positive change. […]


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Thursday 31 January, 2013

Minna Salami on Women’s Liberation | 30 Days Unchained: Day 22

 30 days unchained/#30 Unchained | Day 22 1/31/2013 | Inspiration: Minna Salami We are all multifaceted; a result of ever-changing forces that make us who we are. A champion of female and African empowerment, Minna Salami started the MsAfropolitan blog to spur a conversation around the cosmopolitan African, whose identity, like everybody else’s, cannot be […]


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Friday 18 January, 2013

Doing Fearlessly: Nomsa Mazwai | 30 Days Unchained : Day 9

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 9 – 1/18/13 | Inspiration: Nomsa Mazwai Original and deliriously contagious, the joyful rhythms of Nomsa Mazwai have the capacity to change both hearts and minds. As a musician and activist, that is exactly what Nomsa sets out to do with her art. Speaking of her life’s meaning, Nomsa tells […]


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Wednesday 21 November, 2012

For Colored Girls who Broke the Glass Ceiling when a Ladder Was Not Enuf

Editress’ Note: Live Unchained is proud to support Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) in celebrating National Arts & Humanities month this December. In this post, co-founder Alison McNeil shares what you can expect from WOCA’s first “Creative Conversation” explores the importance of mentorship and entrepreneurship in breaking through plateaus in artistic growth. We’ll […]


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Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Princess of Afro-Soul Nneka Shines at the New Parish, Oakland [Live Video]

Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define. On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s […]


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Wednesday 07 September, 2011

Black Feminism, International and Unchained: A Talk with Ms. Afropolitan Part II

It was about this time last year that Beyoncé publicly considered herself a feminist, as a woman who respected her femininity and the power of female communities. Recognizing feminism as a lifestyle and larger commitment to ourselves and each other, Minna Salami adds to Beyoncé’s take: “Feminism is not simply about being an independent or […]


Thursday 19 May, 2011

The Illustrated Guide to Epic Fulfillment

Great people don’t make amazing projects, amazing projects make great people. I’ve known that somewhat for a while, but now it’s clicked. Here’s how I put two and two together… I’ve been doing more self-reflection, readings on personal growth and journaling. Osho’s article on restlessness really resonated with me, especially his description of life’s drama. It’s […]


Monday 28 March, 2011

“Easy to Swallow, Hard to Digest”: An Interview with Nina Chanel Abney

The Live Unchained team and I were discussing how artists, in general, but conceptual artists in particular, are often stereotyped as tortured functional depressives. You don’t really hear about how these artists have to be resourceful and trust their instincts. From an early age Nina Chanel Abney created pieces that resonated with her, even if […]