Heritage Category

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Thursday 12 February, 2015

Pendulum: Diasporan artists explore identity, power and fantasy

Identity, power and fantasy. These are common themes emerging for many Diasporan artists with strong perspectives on their heritage, social reality and a radically better future. When Oneika Russell invited me to co-curate an alternative exhibition for her blog, Art: Jamaica,  in response to the Jamaica biennial, I wanted to acknowledge these ideas and the […]


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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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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 23 January, 2013

Freedom Fighter: Zaki Ibrahim | 30 Days Unchained : Day 14

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 14 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Zaki Ibrahim Canadian-born, South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim is a star in her own right. Zaki has created a distinct symphony of sound that is  both fresh and addictive. Ibrahim’s haunting vocals and charisma, blend with R&B, hip hop and electronica on her latest album Every […]


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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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Sunday 20 January, 2013

Graffiti Guru Ananda Nahu | 30 Days Unchained : Day 11

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 11 – 1/20/13 | Inspiration: Ananda Nahu Extraordinarily bold and delightfully feminine, Brazilian graffiti artist Ananda Nahu‘s work is electrifying. When asked to describe her artwork, Nahu tells Live Unchained “With female characters, represent women who can convey strength and attitude, with a strong female identity and solidarity reflection of […]


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Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Forward Thinking Fashion: Interview with Solange Knowles Featured Designer Autumn Adeigbo

Editress’ Note: Did you like the Solange Knowles “Losing You” music video (shot in Cape Town, South Africa) as much as we did? With the fun energy and modern-retro feel, I’d say the fashion was the glue that brought it all together. In this Imprints feature MsK NY speaks with Autumn Adeigbo, whose Spring 2013 […]


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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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Friday 09 November, 2012

My Fashion Commands Attention: The Statement Jewelry of Anita Quansah

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 Anita Quansah, a statement jewelry designer with roots in Ghana and Nigeria. Anita has developed […]


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Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Demystifying the Past: Cora Marshall on Spirituality, Heritage, & Re-Imagining Herstory

By turning inward and reflecting on past experiences, I always glean a spark of wisdom to shine the way for what lies ahead. But what happens when that past has been partially, if not completely, erased? For Washington D.C.-based artist Cora Marshall, the quest to rediscover herstory overflows into beautiful works of art. Centered in […]