Blog entries from: alligator legs

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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.

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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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October 27 2014

From alligator legs Mon Oct 27 2014, 22:48:00

A few weeks ago, at Jazzhole, I bought a copy of Jamaica Kincaid's Talk Stories--a collection of her original writing for the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," composed from 1978 to 1983 when she first came to the United States from Antigua. It was the only copy for sale, weatherbeaten with a tag inside from the now defunct Glendora Books that used to be at the now defunct Falomo Shopping Centre in Ikoyi.

I'm only moderately familiar with Jamaica Kincaid's work. In our first year of film school, when we were given the task of adapting a short story, I chose her prose poem Girl--in which a mother educates her young daughter about the proper bearing of a lady.

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October 26 2014

From alligator legs Sun Oct 26 2014, 23:16:00

Aissa's Story screened in The Life House's Lights, Camera Africa!!! Festival in Lagos that ran from September 26 - October 1.

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Nigeria:   Applause As Light, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival Ends in Lagos (news)
The Guardian
10 October 2014

THE 4th edition of the annual Light, Camera, Africa!!! film festival closed on Wednesday, October 1 in Lagos. It opened on September 26 and held for six days on the grounds of Federal Palace Hotel, ... [read more]




From alligator legs Sun Oct 26 2014, 22:31:00

I had the wonderful opportunity to film The Opulence of Integrity, a four-movement evening-length work inspired by the life of Muhammad Ali presented by Christal Brown/INSPIRIT. It came together rather serendipitously, when I attended Christal's movement workshop at Cumbe on my birthday. She is a force, and the men are phenomenal. Watch a clip here. --AL.

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October 25 2014

From alligator legs Sat Oct 25 2014, 00:41:00

I saw Difret at Urbanworld Film Festival's community screening at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn. It's the directorial debut feature of Zeresenay Berhane Merhani and, all around, one of the best films I've seen all year--highlighting the critical issue of child abduction and marriage in Ethiopia. Check out an excerpt below and read more on the film's Sundance page and website. --AL.

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October 13 2014

From alligator legs Mon Oct 13 2014, 10:52:00

I turn 33 tomorrow. It sounds so old when I put it like that--33--not as breezy as 30 or 31, or even 32.

It reminds me of one of the opening scenes from Waiting to Exhale when Savannah, played by Whitney Houston, says to her meddling mother: "I am sick of you telling me how to live, who you think I should love and marry! I'm 33 years old and I live alone and I may have to accept the fact that I may live alone for the rest of my life!"

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October 11 2014

From alligator legs Sat Oct 11 2014, 23:32:00

What is CULTURAL CONFIDENCE ? from Nollywood Diaspora on Vimeo.

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July 8 2014

From alligator legs Tue Jul 8 2014, 23:54:00

"I think the absence of thoughts about things you should have feelings about," my therapist said yesterday, "has a significant meaning."

I stared at Dr. Brown, puzzled.

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June 26 2014

From alligator legs Thu Jun 26 2014, 09:06:00

I blame Lupe Fiasco's swag for the USA's defeat of Ghana in Group G. Did you know he's the musical director of the team? I peeped this freestyle and have been listening on repeat for over a week. --AL.

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