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Interview with Boom Connections App Creator: Sharing Family Memories is Easy Through Private Social Media

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Boom Connections has simplified social media for family and friends looking for an easy and discreet way to stay in touch during this new age of social media. Developed in Australia by Nick Cartledge, the app (available for iOS and Android) allows family and friends to stay connected with complete anonymity to the outside world. Boom Connections is a game changer for family members who don’t like the trappings of public mainstream social media, but want to be able to keep up with the family. Regardless of age or technical ability, It’s the perfect solution to connecting those disconnected members of the family who have been left out of the social media revolution either because they don’t want a public profile or find it all too difficult. The app allows a person to follow any or all their family members who are on public social media, but receive their posts in a private and filtered environment. Boom Connections also offers a simple alternative for those who are already on social media sites looking for a simpler way to stay in touch by reducing the information they need to wade through to follow their family or close friends, thanks to the minimalist approach of the app’s design. Many…

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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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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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Photographer Penny De Los Santos photographs culture through the lens of food: Watch Out World

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Watch Out World is our video project collaboration with Alexander Watch that examines artists and their relationship to the concept of time. The series dives into the lives of various creative professionals in their respective industries and explores how they manage their time with busy schedules. Penny De La Santonos’s background no doubt inspired curiosity about culture. She photographs food and culture as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. Penny was born in Europe to an American military family that eventually settled in a small town in Texas, with generations of family history tied to the Texas-Mexico border. From the historical all male dining clubs of the Basque Country, to Jerusalem’s most suicide bomber besieged markets, photographing culture has been at the heart of Penny’s work. It has influenced the subjects she picks and the way she makes photographs. Her evolution into food photography has allowed her to explore and celebrate culture, history and community through the lens of food. She has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the US and to over thirty countries on assignment for various clients making these photographs. To Learn More About Penny visit her official website at PennyDelosSantos.com Featured Alexander Watches:…

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Breakaway Daily interview with New York fashion designer Vena Dehal

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Vena held a well established career in finance in New York City. Zealous and hungry for self fulfilment, Vena armed herself with new training in fashion design and spent time evolving as a designer. Working under different niches and commercial labels alike she found her very own aesthetic. In late 2016 her eponymous line Vena Dehal was born. It is a mercurial label. Rather than ascribing itself to a box, Vena believes that artistic intonations adapt with life and occurrences around us. The variability in this expressive sphere is what makes living and breathing through it all the more riveting. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Tell us about the minimalist and whimsical theme that your clothing line is about. VENA DEHAL: Well, it might sound somewhat divergent as a concept having the perimeters of minimalism yoked with the offbeat, but then again that’s where the art and exploration lies. I spend a great amount of time analysing and developing ideas to join them where one doesn’t expect. I can’t help it, it comes from my background in numbers I guess. Meticulous, often times to a fault, because my mind was geared towards always achieving a perfect bottom line… I will even go to say that it…

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Breakaway Daily interview with Patrice Shavone Brown, author of self-help book Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor

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Patrice Shavone Brown admits in Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor that counselors are not perfect. Counselors keep secrets and they have issues too. The book pulls back the veil to reveal that counselors, like the rest of us, have a lot of things they have to deal with each day. It goes into the world of one counselor, Patrice Shavone Brown, who has never had life easy. You will learn about her deep dark struggles, the kind of struggles no one will ever reveal. This book will leave you inspired to find out someone else is struggling and has still managed to keep going. If you are a counselor, aspiring counselor, entrepreneur, or anyone facing difficulties in their lives each day, you will no doubt find this book helpful. The book tells a story about life issues and how to overcome all traps that have been set up to make people fail; it teachers people to stay motivated even when they are faced with adversities. “Everyone has their own individual self-worth, uniqueness, talents and gifts which are given for a purpose,” says Patrice. “Learn how to be an overcomer of those barriers to fulfill your purpose in life!”BREAKAWAY…

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Breakaway Daily interview with Boston indie musician Danny Baxley

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Danny Baxley is a 28 year old indie musician in the Boston area. Deeply passionate about music and spreading a variety of sounds in each and every one of his songs, Danny never believed to be able to make a career in the music world until he was encouraged by his wife to pursue the dream further. Continuing to build an audience has only caused him to want to strive further down the rabbit hole and see how far he can take the ride. He may be considered eccentric, and loves that about himself. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What genres inspire you? DANNY BAXLEY: Ah, well I have love for all genres to a certain degree but indie artists or artist who choose to take risks are the ones that really inspire me. The genre or style isn’t as important to me as that. Grimes is a big influence on me, along with Modest Mouse, Sylvan Esso, and The Doors. Through a bit of self discovery I found that taking risks is one of my top three values in life. So I’m attracted to those who are go against the norm and play from the heart. Anything that cause others to turn…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with MM Beeman about his debut novel

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MM Beeman is a Christian fiction writer with a story to tell. Not his personal story, but the story of God and a kid named Nick Banner. He hopes to encourage young readers and adults to find wisdom in the word of God. He holds MA Degrees in both Special Education and Evangelism and Church Planting, as well as an undergraduate degree in History. Teaching for ten years in the field of Special Education, primarily with youth who are behaviorally challenged, has given him a strong desire to help kids better fall in love with reading and has helped formulate the structure, pacing and messages in his writing. With his debut novel he hopes to encourage young adults to read, while engaging the adult reader. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Tell us about your debut novel, Nick Banner & The Pharaoh’s Greed? My story revolves around the main character Nick Banner. He’s so much like many of the hurting kids that I have worked with over the past ten years. A little bit mad at the world, very much lost, and not sure where or if he even fits in. As a foster child for most of his life he has experienced more…

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Breakaway Daily interview: Opada Opada’s Orphan’s Pain tackles war’s effects on African children

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Music has been part of Opada Opada’s life since he was a little boy growing up in Gambella, Ethiopia, singing in his local church. Now the independent hip-hop artist is on his second album titled Orphan’s Pain about the effects of war on African communities, especially children. Opada is looking to spread a positive message and motivate others through his music; something he feels has been lacking in a lot of today’s popular hip-hop. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about why you wanted to keep your “real” name Opada? OPADA: I think people should stand for something and be themselves. In rap and hip hop people use street names. I think “real” is hip-hop. I think it is good to use my name Opada Opada. It is a powerful name. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What kind of message do you want your music to have? OPADA: I want to make music that teaches and inspires. Listen to Opada Opada’s I Stand Alone BREAKAWAY DAILY: When did you start writing your own songs? OPADA: Sometimes I would dream of songs and it would just play in my mind for days and days. I started to write them down in 2003 when I was in…

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Breakaway Daily Achievement in Art Award Recipient: John Nieto

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John Nieto, American contemporary artist, is influenced by bright and bold Southwestern colors and Fauvism, a Post-Impressionism movement led by Matisse. “I’m in a trance when I paint. It’s like being a drummer—you don’t look at the drums, you just know intuitively where they are.” John Nieto & his self portraits  Fauvism was a French movement that followed Impressionism. So called for the wild use of color and bold brush strokes Matisse, Marquet, and Rouault used that broke from the realistic representation of their predecessors. You can easily see this in Nieto’s work, who has had his art exhibited all over the world as part of the Art in Embassies Program. His subjects are painted with utmost respect and never given false ideals or representation. “I paint native American themes so I can step back in time and shine some light on those people – that culture. Through my artwork, I hope to show their humanity and their dignity.” While most of his art has a strong Native American presence, whatever the subject, you have but to look upon his art and feel the connection between the colors, his strong brush strokes, and the vitality of the people and animals…

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Breakaway Daily interview: urban artist Daved Kiiing sheds light on the New World Order 

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Daved Kiiing’s new single New World Order (Visionz) is a conscious type of political foreshadowing of our world and what things may be soon to come.  The song is crafted to sound like a conversation. Kiiing did this as a way of sparking the audience’s thought process; a way to get people to think, and visualize the word play and lyrics in the song. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about your new song and video, New World Order (Visionz)? DAVED KIIING: It is my take on the New World Order enigma, which is this much talked about idea that the general masses knows so little about. It has been referenced over and over by George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and President Obama, to name a few. Kiiing’s music video for New World Order (Visionz) has already pulled in over fourteen thousand worldwide views in only a few months. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What inspired you to write this song and create a powerful video for it? DAVED KIIING: The inspiration came from reading Ralph Epperson’s New World Order as well as William Cooper’s Behold A Pale Horse, which was published in 1989, but I read it a short…

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