11 Questions Zubin Cooper, Actor

Zubin Cooper is a Liberian documentary maker, actor and producer. He just finished his first Cannes Film Festival appearance, starring in ‘The Last Face’, a movie that covers Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and South Africa. He joined the project as a consultant, but given his immense talent, Zubin ended up making his acting debut in the role of ‘Dr. Mousa.’ 1. Liberians have been excited and more so since you appeared on the red carpet in Cannes, France. What has the reception for you been in Liberia and from…

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11 Questions: Ophelia S. Lewis, Writer, publisher, Humanitarian

Born Nov.7, 1961 Ophelia S. Lewis is a Liberian writer and publisher. Her first book, “My Dear Liberia” [2004] was published in memory of pre- civil war Liberia. She is referred to in some quarters as a feminist-nationalist, and is the founder of Village Tale Publishing. She is also the author of novels, and children’s books, poetry, short stories and essays. Ophelia is active in helping other authors getting their writing published using a self-publishing platform. When she is not writing she can be found fundraising for worthy causes such…

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11 Questions: Althea Romeo Mark, Writer, Poet, Educator

Althea Romeo Mark is an educator and poet who grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and a M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University in the U.S.A. She considers herself a citizen of the world having lived and taught in the Virgin Islands, U.S.A, Liberia, England and now currently Switzerland. She has published 5 collections of poems as well as various short stories and poems in a variety of literary magazines….

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11 Questions Wleh Bedell: Football Analyst, Consultant and Journalist

Wleh Bedell is the founder of the Liberia Football Players Association (LIFOPA), an analyst, pundit, writer who is currently writing his first book on Liberian football. Mr. Bedell is described by some as a critic, the walking encyclopedia of Liberian football for his in-depth knowledge of the country’s football. Bedell worked as a reporter and editor of www.liberiansoccer.com, also, as Assistant Secretary General of the Sports Writers association of Liberia (SWAL), and Public Relations Officer at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC). As a commentator, over the years he has…

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11 Questions Vamba Sherif: Writer, Novelist

Vamba Sherif was born in Kolahun, Lofa County. His upcoming Novel Bound to Secrecy will be published by HopeRoad this month. A novelist principally, Sherif has written stories for The New York Times, The French magazine Long Cours, which is a subsidiary of L’Express, the German magazine Kultur Aaustauch, and for various Dutch newspapers and magazines like Trouw, De Volkskrant, One World, and many others. Vamba Sherif has had stints in acting and likes reviewing films. He’s currently an ambassador for the Dutch Refugees Council. In this capacity, he helps…

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11 Questions: Wayétu Moore, Writer, Thinker and Publisher

Wayétu Moore is the Publisher of One Moore Book. She produces and publishes children’s books specifically focusing on kids in countries with low literacy rates. Moore graduated with a BA, Journalism from Howard University, subsequently receiving a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. As the former editor of “The Coup Magazine”, her objective was “UNIFYING WOMEN OF COLOR” through social and political consciousness. Her work can be found in Guernica Magazine, The Atlantic Magazine, Gawker, The Huffington Post and Waxwing Literary Journal, among others….

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11 Questions: Takun J, Hipco Artist

Takun J was recently named as Liberia’s Anti-Rape Ambassador for his tireless efforts advocating for an end to violence against women and children.  He is also a pioneer in the genre of hip co, Liberia’s unique music that blends hip hop and west African sounds with Liberian English.  1.  “Pot Boiling Remix”, a “collabo”, featuring Xpolay, Romeo Lee, JD Donzo, you, Bentman Tha Don and Luckay Buckay and produced by Yor-EL Francis was such a “club banger,” if I must quote Mae Azango of Frontpage Africa. It saw huge success…

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11 Questions: Aletha Jones-Campbell, Movie Producer

  Campbell is a Liberian film maker currently residing in the United States of America. Her passion for movies and filmmaking led her to the recent debut production of “Somewhere In Baltimore.” The movie has been an instant sensation with critics and premiere viewers, having seen successful premiers in Philadelphia, Minnesota, and other cities in the US. It is set to tour Western Africa soon:  June and July of this year. Campbell’s “Somewhere In Baltimore” is also the recipient of the 2013 best movie of the year, presented by the…

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11 Questions: Yor-EL Francis, Writer, Director, Producer

  Francis hails from a prominent Liberian family; the Martins of Grand Bassa County and the Francis from Marshall. He is well traveled and holds a Master of Arts in Film Directing from the City University of New York.  His career began as an intern at MTV Networks, then a stint at the Black Entertainment Television [BET], before landing a job at FOX. 2003 saw the Liberian born filmmaker accepted into the esteemed two-year Directors Guild of America’s Producer Training Plan in Los Angeles. In 2005, Yor-El won the African Film…

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11 Questions: Macdonald Goodridge aka 2Risky, Disc Jockey

  Goodridge aka, DJ 2Risky is a 2011 recipient of the Liberia Best DJ Award presented by the Liberian Entertainment  Awards; he can also be heard on Radio LIB. Goodridge is studying paralegal affairs in Toronto Canada, in addition to being a professional security officer. He also has a busy timetable playing music for his clients at birthdays, graduations, and wedding parties etc. He recently took time off his busy schedule and granted the Listener this interview. 1. How long have you been in the music business? I have been…

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