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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 31 October, 2014

How words can heal you: Alex Elle on writing and finding herself

For some, writing comes naturally. Not just any writing, good writing. The writing others read and are moved by. The writing that acts like a mirror for people’s complicated hearts, complicated lives, offering both solace and illumination. These craftsmen and women are always asked about the source of their genius: How did you get to […]


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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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Friday 06 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part V #30WCR8

We are celebrating women across the world who have used art as a tool to express their own radical truths despite the boxes, expectations or limitations other would impose on us and have us conform to. Join the exchange. Let us know how art inspires you, and who your favorite women creators are with #30WCR8. […]


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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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Wednesday 04 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part III #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. Although we chose 30 this is by no means a definitive list, but a […]


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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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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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Tuesday 04 June, 2013

The Heart is a Shield: The Journey of Paul Sika and Art of “Photomaking”

Like all good journey’s, Paul Sika‘s is full of beautiful people, risk, drama (but not the petty kind) and personal revelations. A multimedia artist, he captures all this complexity in bold, saturated and cinematic images. Paul calls his approach “photomaking” as it bridges photography and filmmaking. Around the world, people are praising this vibrant aesthetic […]


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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 […]