DON’T BE ALIEN: Multi-Media Digital Release

DON’T BE ALIEN is one story (originating from a song written and composed by Cuba) told across multiple formats and mediums including as a film, a book and a stand-alone song.

DON’T BE ALIEN: The Film, is an animation accompanying the song and can be viewed above.

DON’T BE ALIEN: The Immersive Book Experience includes the song and animated film, the lyrics set against illustrations, plus a special behind the scenes ‘making of’ story including bonus videos, unseen sketches and insights from the makers/contributors. It is available to buy from Apple iBooks and the OWN IT! shop.

DON’T BE ALIEN: The Song is available to buy as a stand alone song for those who just want to engage with it as a listening experience from Apple iTunes and the OWN IT! shop

DON’T BE ALIEN has been tipped by The Bookseller Magazine as one of top 5 innovative books to look out for and offers a new immersive and multi-media way to experience a story across mediums.

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Reaction to OWN IT! and first project DON’T BE ALIEN

From publishing industry editors (Philip Jones, The Bookseller Magazine) to music influencers (Jamal Edwards, SBTV), authors to artists, hear the reaction to the launch of OWN IT! and its multi-media digital release, DON’T BE ALIEN, which spans across a song, a book, a film.

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Song from iTunes, OWN IT! , all good digital retailers

Buy DON’T BE ALIEN: The Book from iBooks, OWN IT!

NB. The full book experience is available on any device with multi-media functionality (Desktop. iOS, Android)

Debut Novel MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN by Robyn Travis

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OWN IT! is proud to announce that it will be publishing Robyn Travis’ debut novel to coincide with Black History Month in October.

The novel unfolds through a series of letters between a colorful cast of characters and the main protagonist, Duane, who despite his efforts to turn his life around, once again finds himself in prison. This time it’s on charges of intent to supply drugs and domestic violence, but things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

Mama Can’t Raise No Man is a unique and eye-opening exploration of black masculinity. Brimming with intelligent and thought provoking ideas, it cleverly challenges different definitions of manhood, whilst remaining an engaging, witty and at times laugh-out-loud-funny novel.

 

OWN IT! founder, Crystal Mahey-Morgan said:

“Mama Can’t Raise No Man is an original, dynamic and accomplished novel from a fresh new voice. Perhaps most exciting of all, is that it will appeal to a wide audience, from avid book lovers and readers to those who publishing traditionally ignores. Travis’ core audience is young, BAME, working class, non-graduates who in the past might not have seen books as entertainment, but with Mama Can’t Raise No Man, Travis offers something that his audience will be able to both relate to and enjoy. This is an enlightening and honest read and I’m sure it will find an audience far beyond Travis’ core (traditionally underserved) audience.”

Mama Can’t Raise No Man author, Robyn Travis said:

“I’m really happy to be working with OWN IT! and so excited to be able to share my debut novel with the world. Growing up, I didn’t read a lot, as I didn’t feel there was much I could relate to and I definitely never thought I could become a published author. With my books, I really hope to inspire others who may feel the way I did before. I want everyone to enjoy reading and also to believe that they can be authors too if they want to be

Pre-Order your physical copy of MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN here and Kinlde eBook here

 

Book Launch at Hackney Empire

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To celebrate the publication of Travis’ debut novel, Mama Can’t Raise No Man, OWN IT! will present a unique event of live music, poetry, comedy and discussion (exploring the themes in the novel) at the Hackney Empire on the 27nd September 2016. More details and line up to be announced soon. Early bird tickets will go on sale shortly!

OWN IT! signs licence deal with oolipo

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OWN IT! has signed an exciting license deal with oolipo which means MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN, will be available as a multi-media edition exclusively on the oolipo platform (in addition to being available as a print and eBook through the OWN IT!’s online shop and all good digital and physical retailers),

Oolipo CPO, Ryan Mullins said:

We’re very much looking forward to working with OWN IT! and Robyn Travis on Mama Can’t Raise No Man through this exciting collaboration. Using our platform we will enhance the prose of this book by introducing and capturing additional aspects of this story using video, photos, geo-location and interactive features to bring Robyn’s story to life in a whole new way. We love the fact that Robyn is writing about relevant topics and authentic themes that will reach a new generation of readers and this is something which fits into our values and vision for storytelling for a new generation. We’re confident the oolipo community will agree.”

OWN IT! founder, Crystal Mahey-Morgan said:

“From the first time I read Mama Can’t Raise No Man, I knew we had to do something exciting in terms of a digital version which was completely separate from the eBook. The fact that the whole novel unfolds though a series of letters, that there are several phone calls as well as the odd references to social media, makes this the ideal content to think about as a digital native project, especially with Travis’ younger audience in mind. Having a print, eBook and separate multi-media edition all simultaneously available is completely in keeping with OWN IT!’s multi-layered, lifestyle approach to storytelling where we make one story available in a variety of ways to suit different audiences and entertainment experiences. It’s fantastic to be working with oolipo on the multi-media edition – this is a partnership which very much appeals to OWNT IT!’s desire to collaborate with like-minded creatives and businesses.”

 

New Book Cover for ‘Prisoner to the Streets’

To celebrate the publication of Robyn Travis’ debut novel, MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN (October 2016), OWN IT! is publishing a new edition of his first book PRISONER TO THE STREETS (originally published by The X-Press in 2013). Available from June 6th 2016, the new edition has been re-edited and given a brand new cover, revealed for the first time here.

PRISONER TO THE STREETS is a raw, honest and uncompromising reflection of Robyn’s life ‘on road’ and explores the perils of being a young black man in inner-city London, growing up between Tottenham and Hackney. Touching, at times uncomfortable to read but ultimately inspiring and uplifting, PRISONER TO THE STREETS offers a rare glimpse into an underground world. A world where disputes were settled with violence. Where familiar faces from childhood became bitter enemies in war, and misguided pride led to devastating consequences.

“We were in prisons the size of our boroughs and each estate felt like a different prison wing. The joke is we thought we owned the streets. We thought we were free.”

Prisoner to the Streets became an underground classic and garnered much support from Robyn’s peers and community. With such a powerful message from a man who almost used up all 9 lives before he even hit 17 years of age, it’s little wonder it received such wide spread praise.

“This Book changed my perspective on gangs” – Russell Brand

“Everyone should read this” – Wretch 32

You can get your copy of PRISONER TO THE STREETS here and all orders will receive free shipping. It will also be available in all good physical and online/digital shops.

MAMA CAN’T RAISE NO MAN, Robyn’s debut novel will be published in October 2016 with a special book launch at Hackney Empire. More information and jacket reveal coming soon. Line up for Hackney Empire event to be announced shortly (after which tickets will go on sale).

OWN IT!’s first multi-media product is released

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Today OWN IT! releases DON’T BE ALIEN – a digital book which weaves together lyrics, music and animation to create a multi-layered way to experience the story within a song, and a song within a book, offering a truly immersive experience.

It’s the story of two people once desperately in love but now distant strangers. One day a chance encounter prompts a montage of memories…

The book also includes a behind the scenes ‘making of’ story which gives readers a fascinating insight into how this animated songbook was created. Features include unpublished sketches, character turnaround boards, ‘storyboard to final film’ videos and insightful commentary from the animator and illustrator, Ewan Green.

Speaking about the multi-media nature of this story, Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Founder of OWN IT! commented

“Defining artistic ideas in terms of them just being a book, a song, a film or anything else is no longer relevant as we’re now able to tell stories across all of these formats simultaneously. Its been extremely exciting working with this talented collective of creatives to bring DON’T BE ALIEN to market in such a new, fluid and immersive way.”

DON’T BE ALIEN began as a song written and composed by Cuba. Soon the lyrics and composition came to be told in multiple ways. A collaborative approach to storytelling from a talented collective of artists including: Ewan Green, Call Me Unique, The Next Room and Cuba means DON’T BE ALIEN has been brought to life across animation, singing, music production and songwriting all of which is woven together in this digital book which offers something a little different.

The Book is available to buy through Apple iBooks and the OWN IT! shop

DON’T BE ALIEN is also available to buy as a stand alone song for those who just want to enjoy it as a listening experience from Apple iTunes and the OWN IT! shop

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Two weeks to go until the release of DON’T BE ALIEN

 

With only two weeks to go until the release of DON’T BE ALIEN, an animated song and multi-media digital book, we share another exclusive image.

Animated by Ewan Green, sung by Call Me Unique, and music production by The Next Room Studio, DON’T BE ALIEN started off as a song written and composed by songwriter Cuba, which then grew into a multi-media digital project.

Cuba commented

“When you write a song, you never know what will happen with it. To see it grow in the way that it has and have such talented artists interpret my lyrics and music to tell the story within the song has been both exciting and fascinating”.

DON’T BE ALIEN will be available to buy from the 30th November as a stand alone song and a multi-media digital book which will include the song, animation and a behind the scenes ‘making of’ story featuring extras and unseen material from the animation.

The song and book will be available to purchase from the online OWN IT! shop and all good digital retailers.

Spread the story, tell a friend #DontBeAlien

Exclusive from multi-media project DON’T BE ALIEN

An exclusive image from OWN IT! multi-media release DON'T BE ALIENOWN IT! is delighted to announce the publication and release of a digital multi-media animated song and book, DON’T BE ALIEN on 30th November 2015

With lyrics and composition by Cuba, vocals by Call Me Unique, animation by Ewan Green and music production by The Next Room Studio, DON’T BE ALIEN weaves together lyrics, music and animation to create a multi-layered way to experience the story within a song, and a song within a book, offering a truly immersive experience.

Here we share an exclusive still taken from the animation created by the very talented Ewan Green. DON’T BE ALIEN will be released as a stand alone song, as well as a digital multi-media book which will include the song, animation, lyrics and stills. The book will also include a behind the scenes ‘making of’ story which gives readers fascinating insights including: how the animation was created, a chance to see the unpublished sketches that underpinned the process, plus a visual experience showing how the characters and settings were created and changed as the project developed.

DON’T BE ALIEN has been an excitingly collaborative process bringing together a songwriter, animator, singer and music producers to create one story originating from a song written by Cuba and told in multiple entertainment forms by several artists.

OWN IT! founder Crystal Mahey-Morgan commented

‘Defining artistic ideas in terms of them just being a book, a song, a film or anything else is no longer relevant as we’re now able to tell stories across all of these formats simultaneously. It’s extremely exciting to be working with this talented collective of creatives to bring DON’T BE ALIEN to market in such a new, fluid and immersive way’

DON’T BE ALIEN will be available to buy as a stand alone song and a separate multi-media digital book from the 30th November 2015 via the online OWN IT! shop and all good digital retailers.

Spread the story, tell a friend #DontBeAlien

Call Me Unique, announced as the singer on multi-media song and book DON’T BE ALIEN

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We’re delighted to announce that Call Me Unique is the singer on OWN IT!’s forthcoming release, DON’T BE ALIEN, an animated song and multi-media digital book.

With lyrics and composition by Cuba, music production by The Next Room Studio and an animation by Ewan Green, DON’T BE ALIEN offers a multi-layered immersive experience which can be enjoyed as both a song and a digital book.

OWN IT! is excited to be working with Call Me Unique as the singer for this project. Known for her eclectic and soulful sound which fuses together elements from a wide variety of artists and influences including Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Lisa Lopes, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald, Call Me Unique‘s vocal brings a truly unique quality to the project.

DON’T BE ALIEN will be available to buy as a stand alone song and a separate multi-media digital book from the 30th November 2015 via the online OWN IT! shop and all good digital retailers.

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Robyn Travis Partners with OWN IT!

Robyn TravisOWN IT! is excited to announce the signing of Robyn Travis, a powerful storyteller and fresh new voice. Travis’ debut book (published in 2013), Prisoner to the Streets, is a raw, honest, moving account of growing up in Hackney and Tottenham. In his first book, Travis shares his journey of going from a young man caught up in London’s inner city “postcode wars”, to becoming a positive leader who turned his life around.

OWN IT! will release Robyn’s next book and first novel Mama Can’t Raise No Man. The narrative is creatively told through a series of letters to and from the main protagonist who unexpectedly finds himself in Prison. The novel explores themes such as what happens when there are a lack of male role models for young men, potential consequences of cheating husbands, and how oppressive forces of society and failed systems can negatively effect individuals and family units. Although Travis tackles hard hitting issues, he does so with his trademark engaging style making this not only an insightful, but also an enjoyable read.

The digital edition will take the form of an innovative and unique multi-media format using digital technology to tell the story in a way that really brings the unconventional narrative technique to life in an exciting new way.