Seen Around Town: Live Unchained, “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful”

What is Live Unchained™?

Live Unchained™ is an international arts media and events organization incorporated by President, Kathryn Buford in 2009. Currently a Sociology PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Kathryn is also a member of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Entrepreneur Academy. Her research explores the sociology of art, social entrepreneurship and resistance across the African diaspora. Through the growing webzine at, Live Unchained™ has provided exciting features and intimate interviews with over 100 female artists of African descent from over 16 different countries to a broad international audience of creative free thinkers.


Last weekend in celebration of their 4th anniversary Live Unchained™ held a fantastic event to kickstart fundraising efforts for the 1st annual Live Unchained™ award ceremony, Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful, in partnership with London-based, Somali poet, Warsan Shire . Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful is named after a line from one of Shire’s well-known poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” The ceremony will honor women featured on  Additionally, Live Unchained™ will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, and a panel discussion on cultural activism.


*Some photos courtesy of event photographer.*

Held on the 2nd floor lounge of Local 16  restaurant on U Street, the event was a blast and included performances by several local artists such as I Am We, Oma Pearl, J’Nell Jordan and Kheprisa Burrell.  DJ Brotha Onaci of Sonic Diaspora spun the tunes in between performances. Guests were also treated to Local 16 appetizers and signature drinks as well as sweet treats courtesy of MyVegan Baker, Livin’ the Pie Life and Dragonfly Desserts.  The real star of the event was the super cool photo booth inspired by the Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful theme 🙂

I was happy to contribute to bringing the award ceremony to life and really enjoyed meeting fellow supporters. I also ran into a few old  friends from the blogosphere like Tamara, Danielle and Ananda. To lend your support to this worthy cause, please visit the official Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful campaign site at and be sure to stay tuned to for updates.



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  1. Wow Nae, this sounds like an amazing cause and a perfect share. Thanks!

  2. Thank you, Nae, for making us aware of this organization and this event!
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  3. I really enjoy the way you share so many great events around town that you get to see. I like the chance to visit these things vicariously through you.

  4. Great video! Loved that it showed such diversity and beauty.

  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Would like to know more. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This sounds like a really great cause so thank you for sharing, and I will definitely share with others.
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