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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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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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Wednesday 16 January, 2013

Indie Trailblazers Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi | 30 Days Unchained : Day 7

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 7 – 1/16/13 | Inspiration: Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi A dream realized is a beautiful thing. Just ask Ava Duvernay of AFFRM (The African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), an independent filmmaker who had the vision to leave behind a legacy on her own terms with an innovative approach to […]


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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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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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Thursday 27 September, 2012

Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi Howard University Talk on “Middle of Nowhere” [VIDEO]

The Live Unchained crew had a wonderful time at Howard University yesterday learning the origin stories of Middle of Nowhere director and lead actress Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi. We’ll be following up with you soon to share everything that helped us think deeper about what it means for all of us to Live Unchained […]


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Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Make Daydreams Come True: Filmmaker Nikki Roberts on Cannes Acclaim And Diversifying the Industry

Dreams are dangerous; some people go to great lengths to protect themselves and their loved ones from their visions. Whenever you dream of your fantasy job, partner, or vacation, do you rudely bring yourself back to reality by saying (or maybe even demanding), “Life isn’t like the movies”? Well, what if we have if we […]


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Tuesday 08 May, 2012

One Night in Brooklyn…The Diaspora Stood Up, Part 2

Are you ready to party?! Well, this isn’t just some quick thrill… Last month we introduced you to Esosa Edosomwan, creator of the next great house party film, One Night in Brooklyn. The party is fun, but not without drama. Young twentysomething’s from Ghana, Haiti, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Trinidad, the United States and more are faced […]


Monday 27 June, 2011

The Adventures of Issa Rae

The first time I was introduced to “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Kathryn sent me a link with a note saying: Watch this! You WILL Laugh! I clicked and watched episode 1 of “Awkward Black Girl” and was instantly hooked. I laughed, watched it again, and then emailed it to everyone I knew with […]