Warsan Shire Inspires Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful Campaign | 30 Days Unchained: Day 30 Friday 08 February, 2013

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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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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…

In partnership with Warsan Shire, Live Unchained’s 1st annual award ceremony titled “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful,” is named after a line from one of Warsan’s well-known poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Having interviewed over 100 women from over 16 countries, the ceremony will honor women we’ve featured here on www.liveunchained.com. Among other expenses, your contribution will help us cover the costs of bringing Warsan Shire from London to Washington, D.C. Additionally, Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, and a panel discussion on cultural activism. Warsan is as excited about her trip as we are, telling Live Unchained: I would absolutely love to come out, it would be brilliant and I am humbled by the invitation.”

When I heard Warsan Shire say: “You are terrifying and strange and beautiful; something, not everyone, knows how to love” I couldn’t stop thinking about those words and what they meant to me. I think part of the reason the poem, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love,” resonates with so many women is because it honors our complexity and individuality as women. It reminded me that all the layers that I carry, those aspects of myself that make me difficult to understand and in some cases love, are not things to “fix,” but embrace. And, when I think of women embracing their full selves, I think it’s time to celebrate. Warsan’s reminder to the women who are “difficult to love” is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an image that answers the question): What makes you terrifying, strange and beautiful?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

We can’t make this event happen without you, so we hope you can support us by making a donation at: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained. Institutions like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Howard University have already begun to support the “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” campaign. We also hope you’ll join artists and activists from various countries that endorse Live Unchained and claim for yourself: “I am Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful.”

Any contribution you can make would be appreciated. Share your support at: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained.

You can also show your support by sharing this digital e-card designed by Ashley Ayer with the link to our Indiegogo page: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained.


ATTN Press: If you are a journalist or a blogger interested in doing a feature to promote “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful,” please contact 411@liveunchained.com with the subject line Live Unchained TSB.

If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s not too late to get tickets to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration tonight. We’ll be showing the campaign video on the big screen and enjoying good music, great art and an amazing dessert bar. Tickets are available at www.liveunchained.eventbrite.com.

We thank our Dessert Bar Sponsors and Event and Media Sponsors for helping us kick-off the “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” campaign with a great start! Follow tonight’s events online with the hashtag #liveunchained and be sure to follow @liveunchained everywhere online.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes here. Get your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Kathryn Buford

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