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An emotional interview with Kim Berry, Prince’s hair stylist of twenty-nine years

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Kim Berry stands by "Le Petit Prince" By Troy Gua at the Weisman Art Museum during the Prince Exhibit. Photo by Breakaway Daily.

Last month, Breakaway Daily joined people from around the world at Paisley Park in Minnesota as Celebration 2018 honored music legend Prince Rogers Nelson. The four day event marked Prince’s passing for the second year in a row, with the first being Celebration 2017. Since his untimely death on April 21, 2016, visiting Minnesota has become bittersweet. After all, Prince is what brought us here in the first place. We were fortunate enough to share Prince’s space at Paisley Park on three occasions before he left this earth, and each time was more amazing than the last. Paisley Park feels different to us now, but we’re still awestruck when we walk into that enormous white building. When we are overcome with emotion, we can’t begin to imagine how those closest to the man himself must feel. People that were in his life for nearly thirty years such as Kim Berry, Prince’s confidant and renowned hair stylist.

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Prince Celebration 2018: Exclusive coverage from Paisley Park in Minnesota

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Celebration 2018 official poster.

Fans, friends and family marked the second anniversary of Prince’s passing with a four-day celebration at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Celebration 2018 honored the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. In its second year, the four-day special event took place between April 19th and 22nd at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis at Paisley Park.  Celebration 2018 has brought together fans from 30 different countries and 5 continents as well as Prince’s closest associates and musical collaborators.The event welcomed fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

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Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Founder talks honoring Michelle Rodriguez, society’s power structures and the women’s movements in Hollywood

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The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival is the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Since its inception in 2015, Artemis has celebrated powerful women taking action on the silver screen. From female action heroes to female activists, the festival has shone a spotlight on females in narrative and documentary films who are fearless, fierce, physically strong and independent. This year, the Artemis Awards Gala is taking place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, California on April 26th. Expect lots of films that feature female leads, exposing people to current and past events, in documentary and narrative films that are unknown, and very badass! To be able to show women taking on physical, societal and emotional challenges and facing them is an amazing thing. The more people see that kind of bravery, the more power that they can embrace in their own lives. We are super stoked to be able to be a media partner with Artemis Motion Pictures and got to sit down with Founder Melanie Wise about being a strong, independent female!  

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Inkston preserves traditional oriental art and craftmanship

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“My Start of Studying Tao” by Shilo Ren features model Alisha Safo by photographer Jun Yang. The project was made using Inkston Gold Fleck Xuan paper.

“My Start of Studying Tao” by Shilo Ren features model Alisha Safo by photographer Jun Yang. The project was made using Inkston Gold Fleck Xuan paper. Inkston preserves traditional oriental art and craftmanship through being a leading supplier of high quality handmade art materials from top historical workshops, most of which have not previously had access to internet distribution channels. These include Old Hu Kai Wen 老胡开文 inksticks, Jiang Si Xu Tang 姜思序堂 colours, as well as the premium Red Star 红星papers and brushes and top and award winning Seal artists.  Inkston has partnered with traditional workshops and craftspeople in rural china such as Xuan papers from traditional workshops in the Xuan paper villages.

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Goddess with a Blade is a Book Series by Lauren Dane about a kick-ass vampire hunter

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Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. Writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, she’s now shares what she writes with others. Her latest series, Goddess with a Blade, is an epic urban fantasy book series about a  vampire slayer Rowan Summer. Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty. A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line, or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice. Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty, to find and battle the killer before more women die. “She spun then, eyes narrowed, mouth set in body in the middle of nowhere. Animals…

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Interview with author of The War Stories Chronicles: Addictarium Nicole D’Settēmi on overcoming addiction & mental illness

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“The War Stories Chronicles is a compilation of memoirs, journals, poetry books and other creative pieces that share my story of over-coming addiction and mental illness.” Visionary Award Winner, Nicole D’Settemi is a bestselling Amazon author who resides in Hudson Valley, New York with her long-time partner and fellow artist, Miguel. Raised in Niagara Falls, a small town bordering Canada, Nicole has always been a self-described poetic, nomadic and creative soul. At six, she wrote her first philosophical poems and was selected for the city-wide project “Young Authors Club.” “I am an enthusiast of a variety of artistic mediums, but consider writing my number one form of art,” Nicole explains. “Everything else is just an extension of that passion and creative outlet.” In her late twenties she began writing novels and published her first literary fiction memoir Addictarium last year; her first instalment in The War Stories Chronicles. The series is a compilation of memoirs, journals, poetry books and other creative pieces that share her story of over-coming addiction and mental illness. Addictarium chronicles her story of years spent in a therapeutic community recovering from heroin addiction, mental and emotional illness. The book also shows her restoration from creative despair that caused a deep and darkening depression.…

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French illustrator artist Clémentine Campardou (AKA Blule) creates Prince approved art

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Clémentine Campardou aka Blule is a Paris-born illustrator. After working in the corporate world for brands like L’Oreal and Fila, the current Sydney, Australia resident decided that she missed painting. The wife and mother of two has made quite a name for herself with her watercolor art and has even earned a following among comic book enthusiasts for her sophisticated superhero originals. Blule’s husband is a lifelong Prince fan and he asked her to create an imaginary album cover for his favorite musician. The illustration was posted online and caught the eye of the late legend in 2014. Prince was very protective of his image and would not hesitate to have his legal team fire off a cease and desist letter to anyone who used his likeness without permission, but in this case, he reached out to Blule to purchase the rights. He also bought designs that he used on a custom shirt for a Toronto show and another that served as a backdrop for his 2015 tour. Blule was commissioned to participate in a redesign of the main studio of Prince’s Paisley Park recording complex, but sadly the project never came to fruition due to Prince’s unexpected passing on…

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A Private View: Exclusive Interview with Prince’s Personal Photographer Afshin Shahidi

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Prince: A Private View takes you behind the lens on an intimate trip through the extraordinary life of the legendary musician through never-before-seen photos and personal recollections. Iranian born photographer and filmmaker Afshin Shahidi first met Prince in 1993. After working as his cinematographer on numerous video projects he was invited to document his 2002 One Night Alone Tour, and would become Prince’s personal photographer for a decade. This unexpected journey led to a close friendship, sleepless nights, frantic last-minute flights, and the distinction of being the only photographer granted access to Prince’s private 3121 parties. “I want to make sure the attention is focused on celebrating Prince’s life and reflecting on the message of love that was prevalent throughout his music. The love for ones self, the love of family and friends, the love for your special someone, the love of our planet and home, and the love for those who are different than us. It’s this last love that I know Prince’s voice would have been loudest on if he was with us and witnessing the fractures that are dividing this country. It was his constant celebration of diversity that formed The Revolution, that motivated his unique sense of style, that…

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Regrets of the Past: The Austrian Star Wars Fan Film

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The short film project Regrets of the Past (IMDB) was realized by a team of local filmmakers whose goal it was to create a high-quality sci-fi movie in Austria, based within the Star Wars universe. The crew diligently focused on the visual language of the film which tries to adhere as closely as possible to the original trilogy developed by George Lucas in the 1970s. The story is set after the events that led to the inception of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars: Episode III) and follows the fate of two fugitive Jedi knights. Pursued by a bounty hunter, Pash Sularen and his Padawan Kaila Dain crash on a remote plant and are confronted with their past. Principal photography took place in Austria from 2013 through 2015, followed by one year of post production. The crew of one hundred and fifty consisted mainly of working professionals in the Austrian film industry who supported the project in their spare time. Watch the full film on YouTube:

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The Deceived reflects the rifts and tensions of our modern political moment

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The Deceived is a controversial new biblical thriller by E.C. Fisher asks us to question: what if the Bible was a con devised by none other than Lucifer himself? What if The Rapture came, and it was a trick? In E.C. Fisher’s biblical thriller The Deceived, it is the devil who is behind religion, and everyone from Adam and Eve on up are in the thrall of his lies. But as the End of Days play out of Earth—a ploy designed by Lucifer to give the world to his   followers—archangel Michael is sent down to earth from heaven, where he must battle the devil in order to save God’s children—not to mention the planet itself. As God lays dying in heaven, and Lucifer kidnaps Michael’s soulmate, Ari-el—Michael must face not only the potential of demons overtaking earth, but the loss of both his father and one true love. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, which was forged from God’s own powerful wings, Michael sets to destroy the Antichrist, and thereby bring an end to the deadly masquerade that is Lucifer’s religion. Written with the verve of a contemporary adventure fantasy and the deep, complex knowledge and understanding of a religious…

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