Black People Support Black Arts and Entertainment

Lady Flava News

October 3, 2018  · I started talking about this the other night, but wanted to push the subject a little further…Can we talk about Black People Supporting Black Arts & Entertainment so it can grow and thrive.Of course I am not saying that Black People do not support their own, but based off of numerous conversations I have had in working with and supporting Black Arts & Entertainment…this is a topic that comes up frequently.Please listen and I hope we can have an open healthy dialogue around your thoughts.

Lady Flava

Introduction to Lady Flava of Lady Flava News & Flava’s Lounge

Lady Flava

Starting Fresh and decided to stop and introduce myself to those of you that don’t know me.

I go by the name of Lady Flava which was birthed at my coffee house, Flava Coffee House in North Seattle, WA. This is where my passion for supporting local creative soulz, which over time I came to support Artists across the United States. My brand was strong as a book reviewer of African American Literature while at Flava Coffee House and I sold many books from there. In 2008 I hosted a literary conference where authors, spoken word artists and fans of literature came from across the U.S. to gather and connect in person. In 2009 I stepped out and began life as a internet radio show host…playing Only Indie Original Music to Featuring on The Leopard Carpet a variety of creative soulz.

Fast forwarding to 2020, I find myself in Las Vegas, NV…having moved here in 2017 thinking I was moving here to live a dream in hosting my own Indie Artist Showcase in the Entertainment Capital of The World…I was in for a rude awakening…Original music is not embraced down here…people love the classics and cover songs that they are familiar with and can sing along to. I came to respect this form of entertainment, but at the same time became somewhat bored and longed to keep my dream alive, I never gave up even though I didn’t speak on it too much.

I feel into working, and working a lot…some of the reason was just for survival along with building a financial foundation to work from for Flava’s Lounge Vegas. I was overwhelmed with working, exhausted and with no desire or energy to do anything but work and sleep. The pandemic hit, and working in healthcare, I was guaranteed constant work and that is exactly what happened…I worked and I worked and I worked. My health was beginning to be effected not just my body but my mind and my spirit and I knew that I need to make a change because this lifestyle was not working for me and took a toll on me.

July 2020 right after I turned 60 years of age…I had to stop and doing something that allowed me to take care of myself, allowed me to have time off, and time to get back to the reason I moved to Vegas…supporting creative soulz. God blessed me a job, working at the same hospital where I have been working the past 3 years, but now as a hospital staff and no longer an outside contracted employee. I work a regular 9-5 with weekends off and great benefits. Hallelujah, I am back to being Lady Flava and daring to work towards rebranding or should I say, re-introducing myself to the online arts and entertainment industry.

September 1, 2020…I committed to coming back to do my internet radio shows…Every Tuesday & Thursday Flava’s Groove Listening Party and Morning Coffee with Flava Every Saturday morning. It feels so good to get back to my purpose and passion.

So, Let me Introduce Myself, I am Lady Flava of Lady Flava News and Flava’s Lounge Radio…Indie Artist Cheerleader and Advocate…

I’M BACK! LET’S CONNECT!

Lady Flava

Lady Flava News

Website/Blog: flavanews.com

Email: ladyflavanews@gmail.com

Flava’s Lounge

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Email: flavaslounge@gmail.com

Lady Flava News & Autism Speaks Fundraiser

Lady Flava News will be participating in the 2020 Walk Your Way with Autism Speaks.

Autism has touched my life personally and professionally, so I decided to step-up and join this great fundraiser for an organization that shows so much support to the Autism Spectrum Community across The U.S..

I have a bit of a twist to this…I am doing this for People of Color on the Autism Spectrum…There is very little information and support on the internet that supports those people other than White effected by Autism. I hope that in the future that this is addressed.

I would love and appreciate your support as I choose to attach my Brand as Lady Flava of Lady Flava News to this fundraiser.

Click this link to go to my AUTISM SPEAKS WALK Page: http://act.autismspeaks.org/goto/ladyflavanews

Thank you in advance!

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News Vegas

Supporting Black Owned Businesses in Vegas Nestle Toll House by Chip

Support Black Owned Businesses! #Vegas
Nestle Toll House Café…
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to buy…lol 😁
Thank You Sparkle Alleyne for GoUrbanVegas for sharing the golden nuggets you come across!

I made my visit today and no,
I’m not eating it all at once 🤪 but let me tell you,
everything was a true treat!

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News
8 Flava Snaps
Nestle Toll House by Chip was Recommended by Sparkle at GoUrbanVegas.com

Sometimes You Find A Gem…Yummy Coffee at A Hospital

I love supporting minority small business owners!
I love this coffee, it is so smooth and creamy.
Plus check out his cups!!! 😁 #ScreamingLadyFlava
Rich at #SouthernHillsEspresso #SouthernHillsHospital #Vegas
Coffee Corner in the Waiting Room
#GreatCoffee #SmoothAndCreamy …
2 month #WhiskeyBarrellAgedCoffee #SouthAmericanCoffeeBeans #SupportingMinoritySmallBusinessOwner

The Original Rhythm Nation Reunited at The Orleans #Vegas

As a Newbee to Vegas, I’ve heard stories of what the past was like in Black Vegas Entertainment and how it has changed over the years. One of the groups that has come up over and over again in conversation is Rhythm Nation. I’ve been told, “you should have seen the Originals.”

Last Night I had that opportunity to experience The Original Rhythm Nation Band at The Orleans Bourbon Lounge in Vegas.

R-L: The Original Rhythm Nation Band

Band Leader, Steve Owens-Percussions/Vocals

Music Director, Skip Rice-Bass Guitar/Vocals

Kharon Harrison-Drums

Reggie Gonzales-Lead Vocals

Joe Evans-Guitar/Vocals

Marcus Johnson-Keyboard/Vocals

For the month of February residency on Thursdays at The Orleans Bourbon Lounge, and with the encouragement of MD, Skip Rice The Original Rhythm Nation Band reunited.

Performing the Classics sounds of The Ohio Players, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Bruno Mars, The Gap Band and more there were people up dancing or just grooving in their seats. This made for an enjoyable evening for myself as I had the opportunity to spend time my colleague and friend, Lillian Rice of Love The Muzic Productions as we enjoyed these gifted musicians.

Beyond the show experience, I witnessed musicians that have a love and respect for each to the point they knew the music and their individual parts with a flow that appeared flawless and they had not rehearsed in years. That there is a story within itself.

I knew the talents of these musicians from the days I was apart of Sherry Gordy Presents Take The Stage online, as several of these musicians were apart of that band…I realize that I only got a taste of the magic these men were known to create back in the day, but I enjoyed their vibe.

Why was there a split, I imagine it comes down to life happening and other opportunities presented. I’m thankful that I had an chance to see a glimpse of the musical magic of “The Original Rhythm Nation of Vegas”

Maybe they will come together again and if they do, I highly recommend that they are worth seeing.

Vegas Black Entertainment…Past-Present-Future…only time will tell.

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News Reviews

8 FLAVA Snaps for The Original Rhythm Nation

Lady Flava Sharing Her Thoughts Vol.2 Why Vegas Has Taken A Toll On Me

I decided to do a Facebook LIVE as Coffee and Conversation with Lady Flava and I found myself going into a rant about my frustrations with living in Vegas…Take a listen and I am okay with you sharing your thoughts.  Keeping it 100%!

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

Introducing How I Think…Lady Flava Shares Her Thoughts Vol.1

Lady Flava Shares Her Thoughts…Vol.1 Vlog

Introduction to Lady FLAVA-The Cheerleader of Creative SoulZ and More…

https://youtu.be/g3V_cev3gtM

Timeless in Las Vegas-These Ladies Do It Right!

Beautifully orchestrated from vocals, choreography, costumes and musicianship…TIMELESS was a breathtaking experience at the beautiful Ron Decar’s Event Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Tonja + Gwen + LeAna + Tai = TIMELESS

Sharing the Legendary Sounds of

The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight and more…

From the vocals to the costumes these ladies put on a phenomenal show.  TIMELESS was accompanied by some of Vegas topnotch musicians from Eddie Fluellen-Keys, Skip Rice-Bass, Mike-Guitar and Darnell-Drums.

Ron Decar’s Event Center was a perfect location for this show, everytime I have attended a show there the decor is beautiful, the staff friendly and helpful and from what I could tell the guests who reserved to eat enjoyed their food immensely.  The venue was sold out with a very diverse audience. Even the Red Hat Ladies were in attendance, standing out with an array of  red hats displayed on their heads.

Timeless took the audience back to a time where music was valued and supported, to the point that these ladies help to keep these legendary, historical female Black Entertainers voices alive and their stories known.

If you ever have the opportunity to attend a TIMELESS show, you will not be disappointed.  I know that everyone in the audience the night I was in attendance would agree with me.

I thank my dear friend Tai Lewis who is one of the beautiful ladies of TIMELESS for inviting me to attend and I thank my colleague, Lillian Rice for sharing this evening with me.

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

Taking December to Heal #Empath in #Vegas #LadyFlava

mind-body-spirit

It’s time to heal…

Moving to Vegas has been a whole new experience for me.  In the beginning, there was such a great sense of excitement and belief that I would come, fit in and embark on a life as Lady Flava, “The Artist Cheerleader.”  And in some ways that happened but soon I fell into the reality of the struggle that Black Entertainment faces to exist and my soul took it on.

As a child I knew that I was different in some ways and I cared deeply for others, animals and nature.  Some of my favorite memories of my childhood was going camping and fishing with my family.  I loved the outdoors.  As an adult, I loved getting in my car to take long drives to nowhere or somewhere…just to be out in the open as I listened to my music and let God take me away.  Growing up and living 57 years of my life in Seattle, I took for granted being surrounded by water and snow capped mountains.  I could get in the car and within 10 minutes be next to the water, which I found myself doing more and more as I got older.  The water, nature and being out amongst the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I was able to refuel my soul.

May 2016 I embarked on a new life, taking my desire to take my support of creative soulz to a new level by moving to the Entertainment Capital of The World, Las Vegas, NV.  Now in December of 2019, I feel like my spirit is broken and my passion is non-existent.  What happened?

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What happened…Is being an Empath happened.  I have spent months trying to understand the difference between being an Empath in Seattle vs an Empath in Vegas, with conversations with my people back home that are so insightful.  Because Seattle is home, it started with my family, my parents kept a quiet and respectful home.  There was just an understanding from a young child, on how were were to speak to each other and especially adults.  Going outside my doors it was pretty much the same with my neighbors with some variations but on a whole the same.  As I grew up in what was the Black Community of Seattle, The Central Area which bordered Capitol Hill, life was full of diversity but I didn’t really understand it until I aged because it was my life and I knew no different.

Church, community, freedom to be a kid as we played outside, road bikes and took the bus with very little worries.  We all had a curfew and most of us attended church every Sunday.  Like I said, different but similar.  And it continued that way into my adulthood, choosing to stay amongst people that had the same mindset.  Of course I had relationships that did not work out, as most people do but even in that there were some core similarities in morals and values.  This was my life, the life I knew and was comfortable with.

Now I’m in a new world, and amongst surviving mindsets, great talents striving to have more, and do more.  I talk about the hustle of Vegas and it is a hustle, a hustle to simply survive living, and for the entertainers, it’s surviving to stay relevant as they age and to be seen.  It’s hard to tell who really wants to get to know you as a person, and appreciate who you are just as a human being or is it more about what you can do for them…It feels more like what can you do for them.  Do you have a skill that they can benefit from or will you come to admire them and become a fan, and either way it can be exciting for some and draining for others.  Is it perspective or sense of value, that’s on the individual I suppose.

Here’s where being an Empath kicks in, I want to help but at the same time I can feel a person and their intention, or how they are living their life without being told.  I’m a good listener and listen to the choice of words along with tones and even a person’s body language to really understand the essence of what is being told to me.  Many times things are disclosed due to the need to share and the need to have someone care enough to do…do whatever they can to help with this person’s world.

Empaths are good at feeling a person’s emotions and need, and if were are drawn in, we will do what we can to help make someone else’s world be better, or work smoother…even if that means at our own expense.

I’ve met some great great talents in Vegas who are so deserving of next level opportunity and these opportunities seem that they are just nonexistent here in Vegas, which there should be so much more.  I jumped on board with some to be a supportive team member and to be able to show my talents and my value as I realized that I needed to brand myself in Vegas, so it was time to show and prove.  That was fine in the beginning and then the craziness started to come out and trying to understand what I was experiencing or witnessing was overwhelming.  When sharing my thoughts it was naming calling of being weak, in my feelings, emotional, sensitive and on and on.  You may not see this as a big deal but over time whenever I spoke up about something, it was cut down with those simple phrases…when I witness others handle frustrations in a harsher way and it’s acceptable.  But because I stay calm and don’t curse and may even shed a tear when I’m frustrated or hurt…that there is being weak.

Oh, I failed to mention that shortly after I arrived in Vegas I started work as a caregiver and still do to this day…I work in a variety of places from hospital setting to, homecare and support to entertainers.  Doing this work means multiple personalities. emotions, circumstances and I have gone months of caring for someone else’s needs over my own.  Can I say emotional, mental, physical and spiritual burnout…big time.  Some of it I did to make the money and some of it I did because I sincerely cared about who I was taking care of.  But it took a serious toll on me and relationships started to and are falling apart.

As an Empath, I love my solitude and dedicate time in prayer and meditation every  morning and every night, but it got to the point that I felt no peace ending my nights or beginning my days…I was drained all the time.  I tried to let people close to me know that I was in trouble, but they were so wrapped up in there own worlds or just didn’t know what to say or do…but simply said, “stop it,” “you know better””your working too much”…yes, all of this is true and then what…how do I fix myself.  I have the intellect and understanding of what I am dealing with but how to stop the madness within my being, that’s the challenge.   Well, I need money to survive, I need money to build my dream, I need to work when there is work, because at times I don’t have much work…So, I have to work and the wages in Vegas are so low, that I feel I have to work triple to maintain and to save.

And now I’m at burnout stage, stepping back in my solitude and quiet, trying to make sense of what I have experienced and striving to heal and get back to my passion and purpose as “The Artist’s Cheerleader.” I just want to get back to peace within myself and to find a sense of joy in the despair of living in Vegas…I hope to one day feel like I am not just surviving but thriving in a fulfilling life.

December is my month to regain control and revisit my direction on how I will achieve my goals.  I lost sight of myself amongst the craziness and now it’s time to get me back and learn to set boundaries so that other people’s stuff doesn’t effect me to my core.  Plus, I can’t work every single day taking care of other people’s needs….so, I need to work smarter, not harder.

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News…Taking Me Back 

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I’M COMING BACK INTO THE LIGHT…GOD NEVER LET GO OF MY HAND AND I NEVER LET GO OF HIS…

Blessings. Lady Flava

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