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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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Thursday 05 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part IV #30WCR8

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful work created by some of our favorite women creators. Today our friends at The Nu Black continue with 5 more women artists they love. See three amazing women below and view their full selection here. LAYLAH AMATULLA BARRAYN Photographer and Brooklynite Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s striking work comes from her passion for […]


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Tuesday 05 November, 2013

Reggae Reincarnated: 20 Alternatives to the Classic Bob Marley Poster

Art can lead so many interconnected and parallel lives. I once heard someone say there is no difference between the sounds musicians make with their instruments and the movements dancers make with their bodies. The dance is just the music in another form, dance is music incarnate and both give life to each other. No […]


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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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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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Wednesday 17 April, 2013

You Helped Start Something “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful”…

Hello Live Unchained world! I’m Kristen, Live Unchained’s Chief Technology Officer. I’m writing to thank you on behalf of the entire Live Unchained team for supporting our crowdfunding campaign with Warsan Shire. While we didn’t reach our financial milestone for the campaign, we learned a great deal along the way, and had a great time […]


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Saturday 30 March, 2013

GOOD Magazine Says: Live Unchained is a Powerful Platform for Female Artists in the African Diaspora

This article originally appeared in GOOD Magazine, March 29th, 2013. Women of African descent have consistently challenged limited understandings of blackness, femininity, sexuality, and nationality. Still—too often—dominant media representations of black women across the African diaspora do not reflect the diversity of our perspectives, experiences, and even nations we come from, and languages we speak. […]


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Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Do your friends know how Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful you are?…

We can’t thank you enough for supporting Live Unchained’s vision for “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful, an awards ceremony honoring poet Warsan Shire and women artists across the African diaspora. We’re working hard to spread the word about the campaign, but we need your hep as we reach out to creative minds and organizations. So, please […]


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Friday 08 February, 2013

Warsan Shire Inspires Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful Campaign | 30 Days Unchained: Day 30

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 30 2/6/13 | Inspiration: Warsan Shire We close the 30 Days Unchained/#30unchained countdown with the talented London-based, Kenyan-raised, Somali poet, Warsan Shire. Inspired by a line from Warsan’s poem, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love,” we need your help in putting on a truly “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” event… […]


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Thursday 07 February, 2013

The Power of Digital Sisterhood | 30 Days Unchained: Day 29

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 28 2/6/13 | Inspiration: The Women of Live Unchained Kathryn Buford (Chief Visionary Officer), Jess Solomon (Connectivity Director), Sam Vernon (Outreach Director), Nesrien Hamid (Multimedia Journalism Intern) [Not pictured (but there in spirit): Kristen Nicole (Chief Technology Officer), Jaimee Todd (Legal Advisor), Kathy Chamberlain (Operations Advisor), Alison McNeil (Business Advisor), […]