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Wednesday 05 November, 2014

The door that opens you: Why Whippa Wiley brings you magic, fear and fancy

On a sunny day in September, at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, we are all swaying slower now. We are watching intently – with all of us, and not just our eyes. Whippa, Fluent and Kateri join Jidenna, the Master of Ceremony, in raising crowd participation. In the background, Nana is playing the Kendrick Lamar […]


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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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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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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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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 […]


Thursday 16 June, 2011

20th Annual Day of the African Child

Today is the 20th annual Day of the African child*. This day, I reflected on two girls’ photos; one from Senegal, one from South Africa. I will always surrender to beauty. That’s why this image of Indi, a child photographer Delphine Diallo met during a visit to Senegal, has intrigued me for so long. Indi is […]


Tuesday 31 May, 2011

You’re unchained when…/#youreunchainedwhen

Well, how would you finish this statement? You’re unchained when…. We’d love to hear from you. Tell us by posting a comment below this post. Also, follow us on Twitter using the hashtag: #youreunchainedwhen to share. We’ll be tweeting your insights all day. The conversation has already started on Twitter and we’re thrilled that you […]


Friday 27 May, 2011

“The Call to Create”: Sam Kessie on Artistry & Empowering Oppressed Youth Through Film

–DONATION LINKS @ BOTTOM OF POST– Guest Post by Sam Kessie of Tomorrow’s Kaleidoscope of Artists Foundation (TKAF) I’ve told people from time to time that it’s taken me quite a long time to finally accept and proudly call myself an artist. For the last 6 years, I have had to figure out if I was really […]


Tuesday 28 September, 2010

Kenya’s Creative Fire: A Conversation with Rachel Gichinga of Kuweni Serious

Art is politics; and, it’s the weapon Kuweni Serious uses to, as they say, “fight the evil forces of apathy,” they saw plaguing Kenyan youth in the aftermath of the country’s 2007 elections. Kuweni Serious is a cultural activist organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their team includes three creative minds committed to raising political consciousness […]