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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 25 April, 2014

Why you can never let love escape…

Hurt people hurt people, right? It’s proven. I was coming out of another failed “relationship”. I put quotations around that word because what I was leaving was more like a rest stop on the way to a destination more than a destination itself. I started to think about the ways I’d been hurt and the […]


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Thursday 09 January, 2014

The Legend Behind the Legend: Esther Anderson on Reggae, Rebellion & Marley

It’s never the same when you just read about some point in time, do the research, dissect the field notes, try to extract meaning from the inanimate and past. Nothing compares to speaking directly to someone who lived it, knows it, was one of the architects of this moment of interest. Their creativity and foresight […]


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Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Even When the Government Doesn’t Work, Artists Do: Why “Better Mus’ Come” Remains Current

The wake of the United States government shut-down, is just one instance reminding us that movies about government failings, past and present, remain “current.” Many filmmakers of political cinema have a bigger vision for their art than criticizing a broken system. These artists help audiences connect dots they didn’t recognize before and show the first-hand […]


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Wednesday 23 October, 2013

“Mother of George” Exclusive Giveaway for Live Unchained Supporters

BIG thanks to everyone who contributed to Live Unchained’s “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” campaign! Your support is priceless. As a donor, you are a part of a growing community of inspiring artists, taste-makers and activists around the world who want to see more diverse artists and conversations in art and media. You also join brands […]


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Monday 04 February, 2013

Alicia Anabel Santos on Discovering Afro-Latino Heritage | 30 Days Unchained: Day 26

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 26 2/4/13 | Inspiration: Alicia Anabel Santos Alicia Anabel Santos wondered why Afro-latinos are hardly acknowledged latin American society and history and committed herself to understanding why. Fellow explorer of the African presence in Latin America, Renzo Devia, invited her to contribute to a documentary series, “Afro-latinos: The Untaught Story,” […]


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Monday 21 January, 2013

Creative Discovery: Delphine Diallo | 30 Days Unchained : Day 12

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 12 – 1/21/13 | Inspiration: Delphine Diallo Magic Photo Studio by Delphine Diallo To Parisian-born photographer Delphine Diallo, the beauty is in the details. By channeling her spirit into a creative outlet, Delphine has become an expert in translating raw human emotion into something tangible – a photograph. Speaking about […]


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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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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 […]


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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 […]