Blog entries from: alligator legs

film, writing & life by iquo essien

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November 26 2014

From alligator legs Wed Nov 26 2014, 19:53:00

Ms. Afropolitan blog founder Minna Salami has a new talk online from TEDxBrixton. We were virtual friends for a long time before I finally met her, last year, at a mutual writer friend's house party in Lagos.

She is every bit as engaging in person as in print, and even more critically insightful in this talk. I am proud to know her and to be a fellow African feminist. It is the best F-word in the dictionary. --AL.

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November 18 2014

From alligator legs Tue Nov 18 2014, 08:21:00

AISSA'S STORY won Best Student Short at AFRIFF! I was so overwhelmed, I literally cried on stage and everyone kept coming up to me afterwards saying that it got them choked up, too. I will post my speech when my good friend Ntare Mwine puts it up online. His glorious short MISSING screened too, and he was on the feature film jury. I had a wonderful time in Calabar. Will post more pics soon. --AL.

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November 9 2014

From alligator legs Sun Nov 9 2014, 09:35:00

Afripop Sessions, at MoCADA museum in Brooklyn last night, put me on to an amazing soul/folk/electronic singer-guitarist, Denitia Odigie. I have a new music crush. Check out this little vid I shot of "Lay Our Burdens Down," made even more poignant by its juxtaposition to the Katrina-inspired performance video art, by Tameka Norris, playing on the back wall.

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November 7 2014

From alligator legs Fri Nov 7 2014, 07:59:00

Last night, I saw Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE dance company's performance, One Shot, at BRIC Arts Media Center in downtown Brooklyn.

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November 6 2014

From alligator legs Thu Nov 6 2014, 10:27:00

My short film Aissa's Story will be screening at 3:00PM on November 11 at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar, Nigeria. 

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November 3 2014

From alligator legs Mon Nov 3 2014, 16:48:00

Last January, I began working with a personal trainer at my gym. James approached me one day when I was "not doing much," in his words, on the elliptical machine. He said I looked as if I had a lot more to give and would I mind if he showed me some exercises? I said no and followed him into the training room.

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November 2 2014

October 30 2014

From alligator legs Thu Oct 30 2014, 09:51:00

I've been a huge fan of future-soul trio King ever since they played at the Soul of Brooklyn Festival in the summer. Here's an acoustic of "Hey," recorded live for OkayPlayer. And watch this cellphone vid I shot at the King Soul of Brooklyn show! All love. --AL.

//\\//\\FOLLOW ME//\\//\\

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October 29 2014

From alligator legs Wed Oct 29 2014, 18:16:00

Shadow and Act scooped playwright Katori Hall's feature film directorial debut--Hurt Village, an adaptation of her play about life and change in a Memphis housing project.

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