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224 - Chris Haley - Swallow Your Pride, Be The Real You, and Stop Judging Yourself


Bonsai Creative, MAKE IT Podcast, Chris Haley, Utopia Film Festival, Filmmaker, Film

In this episode, we have a conversation with the Documentarian, Author, Poet, and Nephew of ‘Roots’ author, Alex Haley, Chris Haley. We talk about John Brown’s place in history, how his life changed after Roots premiered on television, the trials of growing up related to Alex Haley, his documentary ‘Unmarked,’ his poem books ‘Obsessions’ and ‘Until the Right One Comes Along,’ and his annual film Festival, ‘Utopia.’




About Chris Haley


Actor, Archivist, Filmmaker, Writer, Chris Haley wears many hats. Director, The Study of the Legacy of Slavery at the Maryland State Archives, Director of the Utopia Film Festival, and Annapolis Pride, Annapolis Film Festival, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Board member, he is a recent recipient of the Anne Arundel County Arts Council 2021 Literary Arts Award recipient and co-director of the Capital Region Emmy nominated documentary, 'Unmarked', and author of two books of poetry currently available on Amazon, 'Until The Right One Comes Along', and, 'Obsessions'. Having also appeared on screen and stage on among other productions: The Wire and Ain't Misbehavin' at the Claridge Casino in Atlantic City, Chris is also a nephew of author Alex Haley and direct descendant of Kunta Kinte. If I Could (As read during the conversation) by Chris Haley If I could die For just a little while, And briefly take a break, If I could close my mind, My consciousness, Meditate on a lake. If I could dial down the volume Of voices Screaming daily woes, If I could gently close my eyes, No tears, no cries, No nightmares to hide, I think I would feel better. My passion would return. I’d breathe a life renewed, My candle not all burned. And dreams would reawaken me To the future I’d once yearned, of Grand occasions, Oscar nominations, Standing ovations, Devoted fans – A beloved man – Beautifully free of strife. If I could wake to that I’d beat this desperate rap, Dash my suicidal sway; I’d drink life’s sap I’d safely nap I would not end today Links:

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