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Monday 15 September, 2014

Ingrid Lafleur on Art and Pleasure

A native of Detroit and a family of artists, Ingrid Lafleur is a dedicated creative whose work is intent on bringing art to the “masses.” An art curator, hosting shows and exhibitions in cities as far-flung as Paris and Johannesburg, Lafleur wants to make visual art accessible, as ubiquitous “as music or fashion.” Her art […]


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Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Marawa on Happiness and Hula-Hooping

There are some who find their niche in the vast world of art and creating and run with it. Far. They take the prosaic, something there, we all know, heard about, or even used, and they turn it into art or performance, a spectacle that draws people in. This is what Marawa did and does. […]


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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 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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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 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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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 21 September, 2012

The Other Side of the Magic: Brazilian Graffiti Artist Ananda Nahu Revives the Fierce Female

Funky, fierce, and fabulous – three words I use to describe Brazilian graffiti artist Ananda Nahu‘s take on everything from soul singing icon Nina Simone to empowering black activist Angela Davis. Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Ananda’s vibrant pieces are carefully crafted designs that reflect the sultry colors and contagious beat of her culture. Painting […]


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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 […]


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Monday 23 April, 2012

Nomisupasta for President!: Nomsa Mazwai on Activism, Music and Hope

“I really want to dive in and swim in life. I think I am here for a purpose. Music is the best way that I would like to fulfill my purpose.”– Nomsa Mazwai Winner of the South African Music Award (SAMA) for best Best Adult Alternative African Album, Nomsa Mazwai’s purpose is resonating with music […]