Who’s Your Industry Mentor?

I believe that everyone should have a mentor that they trust, that schools you, motivate you and pushes you do the hard things.

Throughout my years as Lady Flava and honestly throughout my life I have always had people who were high achievers, researchers with a desire to constantly learn.

You should want people that you can have a give and take connections that bring out the best in each other. You can always be an inspiration to your mentor.

I feel you need others to bounce ideas off of to share your creations with to get their honest opinions. Stay away from family and friends for honest feedback.

Grow a backbone and want the truth, the truth may not be so bad if you can receive it graciously and determine what to do with it.

People want good things expressed, but you should want to hear challenging opinions that come from a good place.

Who’s your mentor? Do you have a mentor? Are you a mentor? If you don’t have one, explore what possible opportunities there might be to find one.

It’s Time To Connect!

Mentors Rock! Find a Mentor in The Industry that you are drawn to.

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

Sharing My Thoughts

How Connected Are You?

I’ve been thinking about this for years, for myself and for the creative soulz that I pay attention to.

I have spent numerous hours researching and listening to videos, podcasts and simply following those identified as influencers.

It really doesn’t make sense to beyond you need to connect.

Years ago as I researched the music industry, I heard it said (and I will reference this often) when people start writing about you, that means they are paying attention and that’s what you want, that’s when you know you have made it.

There’s an honoring when people are talking about you, writing about you, sharing about you to their people and networks.

Do you know The Who’s in Your Life as a Public Entity?

Who’s your Real Fans?

It’s one thing when we try to tell you who we are and what we do, but it is a greater thing when others are doing it for us.

Our Fans are our BEST form of Promotion.

So it’s time to pay attention to who is paying attention and sharing….not just showing up, but encouraging others to pay attention too.

What if, just what if we did this for each other…the ones we claim to appreciate what the are doing.

It’s something to think about, right? 🤔

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

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I’m Excited To Be Writing As An Accredited Blogger/ Journalist of LadyFlavaNews

As I’ve been exploring what direction I wanted to take my support of indie creative soulz, I felt a shift coming. I lost interest in radio and even making promos for others, but I found a passion for telling peoples stories. I want to write my truth about what I feel or what I experience. I want to give creative soulz the opportunity to tell their story.

Many times in the Indie Arena of Arts and Entertainment the world never hears about the amazing talents out there. There is very little online documentation of creatives that we may cross paths with in person or online.

Years ago, as I was researching the Music Industry…I came across an Artist House video where the industry person said, “you know you have made it when people start writing about you.” This information has stuck with me.

In my move to Las Vegas I have met and experienced many great talents. I have spent numerous hours researching Vegas Entertainers, Black Vegas Entertainment and have found little or nothing on these performers.

So, I came up with the concept of “Tell Your Story with Flava.” Giving an opportunity to seasoned entertainers to have their story documented. I’ve only done one so far but my goal is to open this up to creative soulz from near and far.

Although, I’ve been writing reviews and blogs or doing vlogs for years…I’ve never just focused myself in this direction. God and I have had many conversations about what I should be focusing on as a supporter of creative soulz and right now it’s writing, vlogging and taking pictures.

I’m excited and I welcome you to follow my journey in connecting with creative soulz in Las Vegas but not limited to just local talents and businesses. Yes, I love writing about my experience of encountering small businesses too.

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

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Remember When We Went To Record Stores? #ThePowerOf60+

Remember when we valued music?


The Dj’s would announce the new release and their release dates and we went to the record store to make our purchase.

Now in this era of digital downloads, artists struggle to gain support from fans and to make money from what they create.

We can find a way to bring back that feeling and support of music, right?

1st written 4/26/2016

I remember as a preteen, teenager and adult when I was so excited about going to the record store and buying new music as it was being released. I was so anal about my music to the point I organized it by genres and artists. I had a hot pink 45 holder and they were organized too. It’s was almost like owning trophies that were on displayed and talked about. You didn’t want to lend them out (45’s & 33’s) with fear that the became scratched and would skip when you tried to play it. Then we moved into 8 Tracks (that was short lived) and cassettes were the new trend. You could get a cassette recorder and record your favorite songs off the radio. The problem with cassettes was they could be ripped apart or wrinkled and stop playing but we still loved them.

In 1979 the Compact Disk Aka CD was created. Cars hosted the ability to play this form of playing music and easy ways to safely store them for easy transport from home to car with a variety ways to play the CD’s. CD’d still exist in 2022 but not has accessible as it was even 10 years ago.

Now we live in the digital area of every thing… music can be streamed on line, through music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music or YouTube. Internet Radio Stations and Podcasts Shows are popping up across the globe. So many outlets to be heard on.

But have you ever heard of someone bragging about owning an MP3 Digital Download or who talks about seeking out streaming outlets to listen to their favorite music? Maybe it’s a Millennial thing. My generation doesn’t talk about buying digital downloads and listening to streaming music…some of us still have stereo systems and own albums. Also, many people my age don’t understand the concept of digital downloads and how to even do it.

I see that some are bringing back the 33’s and resurrecting this long ago means of listening to music.

What are your thoughts about the value of music and how do you experience your favorite music?

Also, while I am at it do you listen to new music or do you stick with the classics, cover songs and oldies but goodies?

How do listen to music?

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

BRAVO…Avana Christie, “The Best of Me” Musical Concert #LasVegas

“The Best of Me, Avana Christie”

“The Best of Me” Presented by Avana Christie and PM Productions, was an experience that I was excitedly anticipating.

I was once apart of Avana Christie’s team when she put on the phenomenal concert R.E.S.P.E.C.T. here in Las Vegas. I willingly accepted this responsibility of tickets and merchandise, but hated to have missed whole experience of the performance. The audience raved about their experience as they exited the theater with praise and excitement.

So, this time I attended as a journalist and fan.

Avana Christie aka Peachy One did not disappoint. 🍑🌟🍑🌟🍑

Check out the snippets that I am sharing with you below. I just wanted to give you a glimpse into the world of a polished Las Vegas and World Entertainer, Recording Artist and Actress on Stage and Film;

Miss Avana Christie.

Link to pictures of this event on LadyFlavaNews on Facebook

As you can see from the photos and video snippets I’ve shared above, a lot of hard work, rehearsals and plotting & planning went into this production and experience. Avana Christie took us on a journey of her life as an entertainer from early days in church, sharing the journey that took her around the world and then what she has to offer people in Las Vegas and coming to Las Vegas. In my opinion, The Peachy One (as she is fondly called) is the whole package. Great vocals, engaging presence and thoughtful stage presentation. She hand picked her background singers, and musicians along with the dancers and visuals displayed through pictures and videos with on the overhead screen.

2 of Las Vegas Favorite Entertainers, Denita Asberry and Bobby Rose joined in on this fabulous affair and wowed the audience with their music flair.

Avana took us on a musical journey through songs like: Everything Must Change, Tell Me Something Good, Midnight Train To Georgia along with a variety of other classics….Then the moment came when she performed her New Single, “Peachy Wit Me.” The audience loved it.

Although there were some minor glitches, I wholeheartedly feel this was a wonderful production and experience. With poise, pizazz and phenomenal talent not only from Avana Christie but from her background singers and band gave a great concert experience at the North Las Vegas Library Theater. I sincerely say “Bravo” to Avana Christie and her Team. A production like this could not be pulled off without a solid team and I know from experience that Avana was very selective in who she asked to play a role.

I would encourage you to follow Avana Christie on social media and her website : www.avanachristieofficial.com You don’t want to miss her next performance and concerts.

8 Flava Snaps

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

I Have An Announcement To Make 🔈

Are You Coachable?

I’ve been sitting on this for awhile…just trying to wrap my brain around how to approach this subject.

I love researching things, people, information and more. I truly believe that knowledge is power and I realize that I get myself stuck when I’m not growing. I will jump on Google and YouTube in a quick minute if I feel the need to be informed. Besides, I’m was raised by a man that loved to research. Daddy had an office full of books and articles, and when the computer came out and printers…all we need to do was make sure Daddy had paper and printer ink.

As I grow in knowledge, I like to share. Trust I will research several peoples perspective on what I’m looking into to determine what seems to be accurate.

More and more I am finding people in Vegas not interested in what I have discovered. It’s like the are used to their understanding and can’t or won’t grasp that things are not done the same in 2022 as it is as in 2012. It’s like it goes in one ear and out the other and the shut down the conversation without honest consideration.

I especially researching people to find out what is being said or what their online presence looks like. I want to know as much information before I would consider doing business. That seems to be foreign to people and offensive it appears.

Am I the only when who wants to know what can be found on the internet, to determine if I am current with my understanding of how the industry of arts and entertainment works in 2022?

When I share my thoughts on something like the production of a piece, a distraction during a performance, the vocals of a singer… I am being mean, disrespectful or don’t know what I’m talking about. 🤔

Are you coachable when it comes to your craft. Will you allow someone to share their opinions or educate you on something you don’t know. Can you be coached on your presentation or how social media works in promotions. There is so much to learn in how the Arts & Entertainment game works today and it’s very different than in the past.

If you want to grow in who you are, you may need to listen to the thoughts and opinions of someone outside your circle but apart of your industry or business.

Who do you respect as an expert in you industry that you will listen to?

Are you coachable?

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

Why Do People Talk During A Performance? #rude

Why do people talk during a performance? #ladyflava of #ladyflavanews

Is it because you really are not there for the performance experience, but for the social experience and to be seen by others?

When I go out, I want to take in the whole experience from the venue, to the performance area to the actual performance. People in and out and folk talking and walking around while the show is taking place. Personally and professionally, I feel it’s extremely rude.

I am beginning to believe that a lot of what takes place is not about the entertainment or entertainers but more so about coming out to be social. It’s more about being out, seeing who’s out and getting caught up and taking pictures.

Why do you go out? And if you’re not one of those people I mentioned above, have you experienced this and how does it make you feel?

Share your thoughts 😊

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

How Do Music Charts Work?

DOING MY RESEARCH ON HOW MUSICIANS LAND ON RANKING CHARTS

How does this Music Charting work?

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2LtavivfV1vSgH38bL5oQx

Here is what google is coming up with:

Music Gateway

“Historically, music charts are lists based on popularity of songs and albums. They are showcased in order to highlight the trends of each era according to the level of consumption. In the modern day world, we are talking about physical sales, digital downloads and radio airplay.

What typically counts are elements such as:

  • Physical sales
  • Digital downloads
  • Radio airplay
  • Streams
  • Video views
  • Social media influence 

In the 1950s, the UK Singles Chart was created. Over the next ten years, it would see an increase in its activity, becoming “Official” by having acts such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles listed. In the following decades, music charts became important, as people were able to acquire more equipment and new technologies (the cassette and compact discs). These earned importance as globalisation grew, so the music charts became relevant in the management of music’s popularity in most parts of the world.”

https://www.musicgateway.com/blog/how-to/the-complete-guide-to-music-charts

“Historically, music charts are lists based on popularity of songs and albums. They are showcased in order to highlight the trends of each era according to the level of consumption. In the modern day world, we are talking about physical sales, digital downloads and radio airplay.May 15, 2020”

https://www.musicgateway.com › blog

“You need to sell, on average, 450 to 500 albums in the first week to get on a Billboard chart. Or get between 562,500 and 1,687,500 streams. Or have a combination of the two. Many unsigned artists have hit the Billboard Charts just by selling this relatively small amount of units.”

https://www.orpheusaudioacademy.com › …

“Billboard will have multiple weighted tiers of streaming plays for the Hot 100, which take into account paid subscription streams (representing a full point value per play), ad-supported streams (representing a 2/3-point value per play) and programmed streams (representing a 1/2-point value per play).” May 1, 2018

https://www.billboard.com

There are a variety of Indie Artists making it onto charts, but how. Shoot, I’m happy for them I just want to know how? Are the CHARTS Personnel gathering data somehow to determine? And if so, where are they gathering the data from.

Sales, Streams on Streaming Platforms, YouTube Streams, Radio Airplay that all makes sense…this all makes sense, but I do question if some of these charting artists are really hitting those marks. Are they?

Can you help me understand the MUSIC CHARTS?

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

Award Winning Author; Alvin L.A. Horn

Author Alvin L.A. Horn http://www.alvinhorn.com

Alvin L.A. Horn is a national award-winning author of eight novels, an acclaimed spoken word artist/poet/musician. He credits his mother, who made him go to the library, and the “little gray-haired Jewish lady, the librarian,” a concentration camp survivor who had Alvin read, The diary of Anne Frank. She presented writers such as Richard Wright and Nikki Giovanni, which inspired Alvin to be a writer. Alvin is a retired teacher, works with at-risk kids, and is a 30-year veteran of various print forms.


Books
2001 – Poems from My Dresser Drawer, the poem Trembling, the winner of Best Poem by, The Flava Coffee House Association

BrushStrokes

2006 – Brush Strokes – Romantic Blues Publishing – A fictional story of one’s past painting the present and future through a romantic journey
2006, AALA award for Best Romance Novel
Ebony Magazine – Top Ten Novel of the Year
Heart & Soul, Magazine – Best New Erotic Writer

PerfectCirlce

2012 – Perfect Circle, published by Simon and Schuster Publishing, and Zane Imprint -released as the Hottest New Writer. Stalking, violence, and philandering in the Emerald City. The novel reached national bestseller status; an Image Award nominee.

2013 – Pillow Talk in the Heat of the Night (Peace in the Storm Publishing) anthology of romantic stories

OneSafePlace

2014 – One Safe Place, published by Simon and Schuster Publishing and Zane Imprint.
Friends and foes, politicians and lovers intersect in love and crime in the Emerald City. The novel reached national bestseller status.

2015 – The Soul of a Man 2: Make Me Wanna’ Holler, (Peace in the Storm Publishing) an anthology of essays concerning the Black man in America

BadBeforeGoodandThoseInBetween

2017 – Bad Before Good & Those In Between, Romantic Blues Publishing
Mystery and suspense in Seattle along the streets of Beacon Hill and Rainer Valley –

HeartandHome

2019 – Heart & Home, Romantic Blues Publishing
A historical mystery and suspense fiction of Negro soldier from Seattle coming home from WW2.

Please read the novel, Journey to Love
Serene May, a remarkably stunning elderly Black woman, has less than a year to live because of a tumor growing on her brain. She is elegant and well educated. Her resume as a highly-acclaimed author includes fictional books in which she describes history through tales as if they depict actual people’s lives. She has chosen to live out her final days in a high-end health care residence designed for wealthier residents who may not have a family connection to help care for them in their current status in life.


The proprietor and creator of the facility is a Jamaican-born Black American named Blunile Rivers, aka Blu. He is a handsome forty-year-old man with two years of med school. Becoming a businessman, he has converted a retired hospital into a charming senior-care facility, and he makes sure each resident lives a life close to the one they once had. Each room is designed to house the clothing, furniture, and ambiance of the resident’s past life. Blu never falls short in his delivery.


Serene has traveled the world and taught at universities, but now with a brain tumor limiting her speech and soon her memory, the African and Black anthropology professor shares a diary of stories about her personal life with Blu. Often at Serene’s bedside, Blu reads history within the love stories of her life, and connects with the kind of love he wants in his life.


Blu travels emotionally while reading the journal, yet he still manages to oversee the comings and goings of the health care facility. He begins to weigh his feelings about Serene, an extraordinary woman in his care, against his own struggle with finding love. Those paths cross in a Journey to Love.


Hidden in Serene’s journal stories are surprises of her past, tying history to the present. Journey to Love captivates readers, allowing them to experience and feel the emotions of nearly ten decades of life and love.


Written by Alvin L.A Horn & Lorraine Elzia

www.alvinhorn.com

Repost From Alvin L.A. Horn

Coming Soon

God could not have blessed me with a better Big Brother than Alvin. He came into my life as a teenager and returned into my life through Flava Coffee House as a published author.

I cannot properly express my love, appreciation, respect and pride I have for this man. He has been my friend, colleague, mentor, confident and loving & supportive big brother.

I know what he has accomplished as an author, poet, music, teacher and coach. Many have been blessed to have known this man.

Get to know my Big Bro on social media under his name and I highly recommend all his books…the perfect way to wind down after a stressful day or chilling on a lazy weekend with some coffee or wine.

Perfect Circle is special to me because it was written at my coffee house, Flava and she is referenced in this book.

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