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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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11 Questions: Robtel Neajai Pailey, Writer/Scholar

   Pailey is a Liberian writer/independent researcher. She has written for several publications including: the Newsweek-Daily Beast, Pambazuka News, The Guardian (UK), the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, and the Liberian Studies Journal, amongst others. Robtel is currently pursuing her doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar. She is also a New Narratives Fellow. Her recent children’s book, Gbagba was released by publisher One Moore Book earlier this year. 1. You recently…

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11 Questions: George Kieh, Politician

  Kieh was a presidential candidate in the 2005 presidential election; he is also a long-time Liberian political activist. He is currently professor of political science at the University of West Georgia, USA. Prior to that, he held several teaching and administrative positions in Liberia and the United States, including lecturer of political science, at the University of Liberia, Chair of the Political Science Department at Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, Dean of International Affairs at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences…

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11 Questions: Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh, Publisher

  Sungbeh is editor for The Liberian Dialogue, an Atlanta-based web publication that is establishing itself influentially as one of post-war Liberia’s sober media entities. Sungbeh’s ‘no holds barred’ approach to journalism and commentaries on developmental issues has established The Liberian Dialogue as a significant voice on major issues in the country. Sungbeh is passionate about the issues and recently was kind to grant the Liberian Listener this interview. 1. The Liberian Dialogue has become one of post-war Liberia’s important voices. Recently you led the news on nepotism; you must…

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11 Questions: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Poet

      Wesley [PhD] is Associate Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and a Liberian writer with four books of poetry under her belt.  Jabbeh Wesley’s fifth book “In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea,” is now in print. It is a children’s book recently published by One Moore Book Publishers, Jan. 2013. 1. How well received have your poetry books been? It depends on who you are talking about. Outside Liberia, my books have been very well received, particularly, in the US and outside, in countries…

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Kona Khasu calls on Liberian Government to Support Arts

      11 Questions: Kona Khasu, Cultural  Aficionado Khasu is a long time Liberian culture promoter and currently heads the Liberian Arts and Culture Council in Liberia as post war Liberia moves to position the arts at the center of national development. To simply called Kona Khasu a cultural enthusiast would be unfair, he has been at the center of education and social policies in his native Liberia for close to a decade and half, and if anyone knows anything about Liberian theatre also, they would know Kona Khasu.   1….

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“The Land of My Father’s Birth”

    11 Questions: Nvesekie N. Konneh, Writer Konneh, a veteran with nine years experience in the American navy is looking ahead to his forth coming book:  “The Land of My Father’s Birth.” The Liberian Listener spoke to him recently.   1. There is great anticipation for your forth coming book, why the book now? The Liberian civil war affected all Liberians one way or the other. The war had political, religious and ethnic dimensions. So the book is a narrative of how I experienced the war and how I…

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Liberian editor speaks truth to power

    11 Questions: Activist Stephanie C. Horton Horton is the managing editor and founder of Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings (SBJ), an e-publication that promotes Liberian arts and culture. 1. Why was Sea Breeze Journal established, and how long have you been in existence? Thanks for the interview, Ralph, and for shining a spotlight on our arts and culture. I founded SBJ primarily as a platform for creative expression, but also to bring other intellectual works to public attention. This is why the word “writings” in the…

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11 Questions: filmmaker Robert Sesay

  Sesay is a Liberian film maker and writer. His recent film was screened in Philadelphia and did see a successful red carpet premiere in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He is also an author. His debut novel Stolen is still a hot seller on Amazon.com. He is writing another novel “The Wild Geese” which is soon to be published. According to information gathered, Robert Sesay is also working on his second film project: “Deadly Affliction” which is due out in December to much anticipation. 1. Who is Robert Sesay and…

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