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46: A Conversation With host Floyd Marshall Jr.- EPS 46 – Emmai Alaquiva – 4-time Emmy Award-Winning Artist Who Rose from Homelessness

In this episode of A Conversation With, we sat down with Emmai Alaquiva. Emmai is a 4-time Emmy award-winning film director, photographer, and composer. He has a unique perspective, having been homeless at one point in his life. He has used his art to tell stories that showcase the soulful account of humanity. I enjoyed our conversation.

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Emmai Alaquiva, a 4-Time Emmy Award-winning film director, photographer, and composer, skillfully showcases the soulful account of humanity across multidisciplinary art platforms. Once homeless, Alaquiva shifted the trajectory of his life's path to become one of the most distinct trailblazers in the arena of creative arts.

Today, Alaquiva serves on the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf, CEO of Ya Momz House, Inc., a digital media agency, curator of OpticVoices, an interactive photography exhibit for social change as well as co-founder of Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K. an award-winning arts education program for youth K-12.

Presenting TEDx talks in 2016 and 2019, Alaquiva’s work has been seen and heard across the world through media giants from CBS, Amazon and PBS to celebrity projects with Oprah Winfrey, Wiz Khalifa, Martha Stewart, the late Dr. Maya Angelou and more. This 12-time Telly Award-winner has been recognized as Pittsburgh “40 under 40”, “50 Finest”, “FAB 40”, along with several proclamations from City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEw2Ky5XxDM He was GET Involved, Inc.’s “Man Of The Year” for his community leadership and WHIRL Magazine’s, “Couples Who Make A Difference” for his philanthropic work raising thousands for charity. Alaquiva hold’s a 2017 Emmy nomination his international directorial debut of the film “Ghetto Steps” and was selected by the City of Pittsburgh to spearhead the Amazon Pitch Video for their second Headquarters. Moreover, Alaquiva is a Pittsburgh Business Times, “Top CEO of the Year”, nationally honored as Black Enterprise Magazine’s “BE 100 Modern Man of Distinction and a national BMe Community Leader recognized by President Barack Obama. Most recently, Alaquiva wrote and directed a viral PSA, called “Unspeakable” featured on Good Morning America and seen by over 300 million people in over 60 countries which aims to amplify the voices of the Deaf, hard of hearing and those with disabilities. Emmai won two 2021 Emmy Award for his social justice work and was selected by GOGLE as a contributing film director for the 2021 Google Year End Search film released globally. “The Sky is NOT the Limit” - Emmai Alaquiva

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