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Filmmaker Usher Morgan discusses his new book Lessons from the Set: A DIY Guide to Your First Feature Film

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We recently had the privilege of conversing with Usher Morgan, the award winning writer, director, and producer whose work includes Prego, Windblown, Fine Dining, Trapped Inside and the newly released feature film, Pickings. Morgan’s new book, Lessons From the Se Lessons from the Set: A DIY Guide to Your First Feature Film, was released to bookstores by Library Tales Publishing on December 17th, 2018. Below are extracts from our conservation with the filmmaker. What was it  that made you want to make movies for a living? Was there an age or point in time when you began to see film and film making as a way of expression? I’ve always wanted to be involved in movies in some capacity or another. When I was a kid I remember watching the “behind the scenes” featurette for The Matrix at a friend’s house (that was “the” moment when I got hooked). Cut to: a few years later I left my hometown and migrated to New York City to start a book publishing company and in 2012 I was given the opportunity to produce a documentary film called The Thought Exchange with David Friedman and Lucie Arnez. That experience re-triggered my passion and obsession…

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Interview with founder of Motiv-Pro, hairstylist Louie Merlot

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Louie Merlot is a paragon celebrity hairdresser and stylist who believes that your hair style speaks volume of your persona and also finding the right barber who understands your style is as important as building an impressible personality. He is the founder of MOTIV-PRO, an American brand that manufactures hairdressing tools and styling products. He knows just how important hairdressing tools are for barbers to achieve great feat. The brand is famous for its uniquely designed haircombs, hair grippers, razors, blades, hair fiber, styling gel, peel off mask and capes.  When did you first become a hairdresser? My journey started late 2009 How did you learn hairdressing? I was 12 years old when I first started cutting my hair and that of my two younger brothers. At that time I was using a cheap pair of Conair Clippers I bought at Walmart. Times were difficult for us and affording a haircut was quite a luxury. When did you start Motiv? It was founded in 2016 Where is it basedd? It’s headquartered in California.  Why did you want to start a hairdressing tools company? Actually, I never planned on starting a hairdressing tool company. To say the least, I was in…

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Interview with author Dan Tito Davis on his memoir Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive

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Dan Tito Davis is the author of Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive based on his life story. Davis was a fugitive from US authorities between 1994 and 2007, when he was renditioned back to the US from Venezuela. During his ten year prison sentence, Davis penned a seven hundred page manuscript, which chronicled his thirteen year period on the run from the United States federal government. His writing provided a glimpse into staying alive and out of prison while mixing it up with major drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico; crossing the Darien Gap the worlds most dangerous passageway, sneaking into Germany, getting interrogated in Cuba, and building a resort in Venezuela the same time Hugo Chavez was calling President Bush “the devil” at the United Nations. And while Davis’s exploits were stunning, there was only one problem, he wasn’t a writer. While living in a halfway house in Wyoming, Davis met with writer Peter Conti and quickly tapped him to “write his story the right way.” For a year the two worked diligently to turn Davis’s raw material into an action-packed memoir.   Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive has received rave reviews from…

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“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”Michaël Bijker On Yoga, Breath Work, and the Mind-Body Connection

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Michaël Bijker is the founder of the Life Awareness Project: Yoga Lap. Their eight week online course covers breath work, mind training and meditation. Students will learn techniques to strengthen and open up the body and mind, become more focused, heal themselves, and become  aware of their connection with something much greater than themselves. Michaël Bijker has helped many people from all over the world find their true purpose in life. He has been studying the workings of the mind and body since the age of 14 and is now dedicated to serving humanity by helping people become more awake, healthy and truly self realized beings. He is a certified 800hr YA teacher with a yoga therapy certification from the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science & Research in Indore, India. He currently lives in Portugal where he teaches yoga and meditation. Breakaway Daily: How long have you been practicing yoga?   Michaël Bijker: Since 2009, and I have been exploring the techniques of mind work and meditation since I was 15. BD: What was the turning point that led you down the path of yoga and helping others?   MB: I had a big car accident which left me with…

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“I’m a fan of doing things differently and having individuality even if others don’t agree.” Interview with Tyler Shapiro AKA Anotherpatsy

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With the current state of politics and race issues, Anotherpatsy feels we need to truly get in touch with our hearts. Songwriting has always been his outlet, growing up in a home with a toxic environment. He has learnt that honest songwriting is a bit more of a difficult path because not everyone is willing to come to terms with their own demons. He believes it is the responsible thing to do and in doing so is able to remain true to himself. Talk about your most recent release? I put out an experimental song in October just to keep people on their toes, it’s a guitar riff, I’d consider it more experimental and avant garde. I’m a big fan of doing things differently and having individuality even if other’s don’t agree. I love to read about music from the 50’s, 60’s. In that sense I’m a bit of an old soul but I know what I want in the studio because of that knowledge. Where do you draw most of your inspiration for your music?  I think because I am a sensitive guy that likes talking about more vulnerable feelings. I am also bisexual and have experienced rejection. Knowing…

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K. B. Beaumaaks hopes to inspire women to follow their instincts with her debut novel The Preah Secrets

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K.B Beaumaaks worked in medicine for more than thirty years before beginning to write The PREAH Secrets, the first book in the trilogy series based on some of the crazy relationships she has endured. Growing up in the midwest, K.B had a typical close knit Catholic family. She graduated college, moved to Europe and spent most of her young adult life traveling the world as a military spouse before eventually settling down with her current husband Allan, a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 pilot, in Florida. She experienced a few relationships where her gut instincts told her to investigate. Her stories were so bizarre, she decided to write a trilogy so others could learn to follow their gut instincts as well. The PREAH Secrets is an inspirational novel based on one of those crazy relationships. She wants women to know that from a crazy or bad life experience, something good can come from it, and it’s always a life lesson. No matter what, trust your gut. It will never fail you. Your debut novel, The Preach Secrets, is the first book in a trilogy. Can you please tell us about this book and the trilogy? All three books are inspired by…

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“This gives my song a whole new life” – YEBBA
Les Twins perform a powerful street dance to “My Mind”

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Larry Bourgeois, one half of the legendary French dance duo Les Twins, performed a poignant dance to “My Mind” by YEBBA while in London last month that will move you to tears. The raw, yet controlled riffs and runs of the Grammy-nominated singer’s soulful vocals are equally matched by Larry’s precise movements. He feels, interprets and communicates every aspect of the music including the emotional weight of the lyrics YEBBA’s breathtaking voice sings. Watch the moving freestyle above, it will touch your soul.   READ: Luka & Jenalyn collaborate with World Of Dance friends Les Twins & Aidan Carberry Les Twins (Larry & Laurent Bourgeois) are continually proving they are more then just amazing dancers, they are amazing performers. Les Twins (season one champions of NBC’s World of Dance) have been in London sporadically over the last six months shooting their debut movie role in the new Men In Black (2019). They have also just began working on another major film project, Cats (2019), based on the Broadway musical of the same name. In between filming, the brothers have frequently joined other street dancers at the iconic Piccadilly Circus (the road junction and public space of London’s West End). Les Twins consistently and…

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Interview with Jacqueline Towell and Sharon Legge Pen, authors of Greek mythology inspired The Convergence Series

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The Convergence Series: Deliverance presents itself as a tale of self discovery and survival, revolving around the themes of identity, choice, courage, family, love, and war. The young adult novel series combine elements of romance, fantasy, science fiction, magic, and adventure. The title of the series refers to an event, known as the “Convergence,” which is a time of apocalyptic proportions where two opposing planetary systems would converge into one. The main character of Deliverance is Athena, who wakes to find herself released from Chaos, a prison realm where she has been trapped for the last thirty years. She is saved from that prison by Hephaestus, who also helps her acclimate into Olympian society. Gradually, a love develops between them. Meanwhile, the events surrounding the looming “convergence” is bringing Olympus and Atlantis on the brink of war. Athena finds out she has a gift of prophecy, which enables her to see visions of a chaotic future. She must decide between doing what is right for her kingdom or following the orders of her king —— and she must choose right.

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Interview with H Allenger, author of Polyxena: A Story of Troy

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On the eve of her execution, Polyxena, youngest daughter of King Prim of Troy, seeks to understand how she arrived at this point by relating her thoughts to Aphrodite, the Goddess she holds responsible for having orchestrated her fate, hoping that through knowing this she will find the solace to overcome her fear of death. In flashback, she recounts how she was sent as an envoy to the Amazons to secure them as allies for Troy, and how she becomes a captive of Achilles after he defeats them and the two reluctantly fall in love with each other. After returning to Troy, she tries to keep their forbidden love secret but, through treachery, her brothers learn of it, leading to tragic consequences for them both. As she tries to make sense of it all, Polyxena’s introspection leads her to a surprising conclusion about the life she has lived. H Allenger has had a lifetime interest in Greek Mythology and particularly in the Trojan War. He has done a great deal of research into the characters featured in Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey and has visited the ancient sites of Troy and Mycenae. It was after seeing Wolfgang Peterson’s movie Troy…

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Following His Passion Against All Odds

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Dorsey Ross is accomplished evangelical minister and public speaker who has had to overcome many obstacles due to being born with the genetic disorder Apert Syndrome. Despite undergoing many surgeries and people assuming throughout his life that he could not succeed, Ross has beat the odds and followed his passion. In his first book, Overcomer: Discovering God’s Purpose Against All Odds (Xulon Press, 2016), he hopes to inspire others by sharing his story and encourage others to see that with God all things are possible. We talked with Dorsey in Long Island about his book, his faith, his journey and how he found his purpose. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Why do you think it is important for people like you and Lizzie Velasquez to come forward and share your stories in order to continue to break barriers? DORSEY: I believe we need to show others, especially those who think they are “normal” or don’t have a disability, that those with a disability are just like everyone else. Yes we are different, but we are still people, we still have brains that can make choices and decisions. Disability is not inability. I hope that our stories make people realize that just because we have a…

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Dancers Luka & Jenalyn bring Lukas Graham’s “Love Someone” to life in Toronto

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Lukas Graham takes listeners on emotional journeys through song. Luka & Jenalyn seek to do the same thing through the medium of dance. When they come together it makes a perfect pairing, showcasing the beauty of love that persists through all of life’s struggles. Luka & Jenalyn are a Canadian dance duo that bring songs to life with their dynamic choreography and expressive motion. Their latest piece is no exception, set to “Love Someone” by the equally dynamic and expressive pop-soul band from Denmark, Lukas Graham. The Grammy-nominated band consists of frontman Lukas Graham Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, bassist Magnus Larsson, and keyboardist Will Herrington. They’ve been big in Scandinavia since 2012, when their debut, self-titled album went quadruple-platinum in Denmark. Now, listeners around the world are catching on after their 2015 viral hit “7 Years.”

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