Did I Age Out as A Supporter of Creative SoulZ?

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My Interview with The Residency Seattle in Las Vegas Before The RECOVER OUT LOUD iHeart Media Concert

My Interview with Vic Daggs II, Lexi Lalauni & Mileena of The Residency
September 27, 2021

Westgate Resorts International Theater in

Las Vegas

Recover Out Loud is a nationwide recovery initiative—supported by iHeart Media and Variety—and produced by Mobilize Recovery. From community engagement to a livestream concert event in recognition of International Recovery Day and National Recovery Month, Recover Out Loud celebrates our commitment to fighting addiction and supporting recovery in America. Major philanthropic support for the event is provided by Google, YouTube, the Sandgaard Foundation, and Victoria’s Voice Foundation.

A variety of people and artists spoke on how addiction has touch their lives personally, along with what they have created or become involved in with time and resources to help those in need of support.

Musical performances by Macklemore, KT Tunstall, Evvie McKinney, Daphne Willis, The Residency, and more.

KT Tunstall
Amir Islam
Executive Director of The Residency Seattle


The Residency seeks to build a powerful community of young hip-hop artists equipped with the artistic and leadership skills, business acumen, and mentorship necessary to become professional artists and cultural change makers. Through their participation in The Residency, young artists from low-income families acquire tangible artistic and professional skills while also gaining confidence, teamwork, and a deepened understanding of their own identity and power.

Amir Islam sharing a bit of his story of how addiction has impacted his life, his relationship with Macklemore and introducing the great talents of The Residency.

Vic Daggs II, Lexi Lalauni & Mileena were pure fire on stage. From a very serious vibe as I interviewed the just a few hours before. They brought it on stage in front of a packed crowd, as if they had been doing this all their lives. I wanted to stage and cheer, so proud to know them. The perfect trio to open up for Macklemore.

The Residency
Vic Daggs II, Lexi Lalauni & Mileena

Although Macklemore and I both from Seattle, I never had the opportunity to see him perform. Now that he is globally known artists, entrepreneur and philanthropist…I finally had the opportunity to experience the high energy of his performance and the audience. And let me tell you all of these people were there for the purpose of this event, Macklemore was the Hit. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to experience Macklemore and proud of Mileena singing background.

Macklemore performing the track that took him global, “Thrift Shop”
Jace ECAj
Artist Engagement Coordinator

Jace is the reason I had the opportunity to interview Vic Daggs II, Lexi Lalauni & Mileena of The Residency. Jace knows how much I value fresh original artistry and wholeheartedly support those up and coming talents.

I am forever grateful to Jace ECAj of Black Stax for reaching out to me from Seattle, come be apart of this phenomenal event and experience. It started and ended with side bar conversations, a great interview, LIVE taping of RECOVER OUT LOUD concert experience and ending the night with Jace, my colleague, my friend, my family…

The plotting and planning and begun

I am Forever Black Stax!

The Conversation Really Matters

Have you every thought about the conversations that you have with people? Personal, professional, love, life…conversations. Sometimes we fall into conversations with no purpose and meaning, they just happen. Then there are the conversations that can go on and on exploring and then nothing. Then there are the conversations that move your spirit and motivate your whole being. Think about it, the conversation really matters. At least this is what I feel.

Different people have different goals in lift and you can tell by what they talk about and what they do. If you want to achieve things in life, you need to have conversations with people that are achieving. If you want to be in love and make a relationship work, you need to talk to those in loving and healthy relationships. If you want to create, you need to have conversations with people that love the arts and will support you in being a creative soul. You get the picture, right?

The conversation really matters. As I continue the journey as Lady Flava and thinking over my life in Vegas, the conversations are so very different with people around Vegas Entertainment and with people explore what it is to be Indie and creating their own authentic artistry.

That has been my problem in Vegas, the conversations… Indie Entertainers and Indie Artists have a very different conversation. In my opinion, one is trying to up the next and who is doing what and who is going to their shows and the numbers, vs creating a surprise and intrigue. They do master the sound of their genre and have created a following from the locals to come out for the experience of the music and what appears to be the experience of being social and seen. I’ve come to realize that this is valuable and truly serves a purpose and that is not a bad thing.

The the indie artists works on and tweaks over and over that they are creating, sharing ideas and seeking advise not from just anyone, ones they trust to share with. Dreaming, plotting and planning and exploring the next move, then taking action even if it doesn’t work. Coming up with a design, exploring what the next move should be, reaching out and reaching out in hopes for a response to share what they have created. There is a risk and that moment of holding your breath to see the reaction…will the people get what you spent so many hours of working on before bringing it public. The anticipation of that moment…

I miss the plotting and planning with Indie Artists and all that goes along with it. I spoke to my Seattle business partner, Jace ECAJ of Black Stax Soulful Hip Hop duo with Felicia Loud and just in 45 minutes I felt heard, valued and alive. My mind starting dreaming a little and visualizing the possibilities a little. Conversations like this, I crave and need in my life. I clearly have been away from home for too long.

I have experienced the wrong conversations in Vegas, and I should have stopped them before they did damage to my spirit. It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make in my life, but I was dying with the conversation of someone who did not see me and my worth. I need more out of conversations like healthy back and forth dialogue where there is support and feedback for betterment and growth. Laughter and peace was missing. I cannot do one sided conversations, how about you?

So, I challenge to think about the conversations that you have and do they bring value to your life. Everyone is different and everyone has different needs in life…seek out what makes sense and close doors on wasted conversations if you need to. In your personal world and in your professional life there is always a way to change your perspective and put the conversations where they belong. This is a lesson that I am learning. Not all doors need to be closed, just limited for what the value is and purpose in your life.

Again, in my opinion…The Conversation Really Matters. Define what is missing and seek out those that can provide you with what you need. The other thing is, know yourself and what you bring to the table…I do believe we attract where are spirit is. We can always better ourselves and make the needed shifts…so that we can attract the right conversations.

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

Just Sharing My Thoughts…

Are You Googleable?

Are You Googleable?

Back in the day on my radio show, a topic of conversation would come up, “Are You Googleable?” This was a fun, yet challenging conversation to have with those in the Independent Artist Scene. It made people think, including myself. How Googleable was I, I was blessed to come up on the first page on Google. People in my creative circle started paying more attention to what shows up if anything when putting their name into Google. The challenge was on and we noticed an increase in posts, certain verbiage and always identify a post with their public personality name.

As time has past, I didn’t think much about it until recently. I came up with a project that I am calling, “Tell Your Story with Flava.” As I am compiling my list of people I want to feature, I started googling them…some are Googleable and others are not. It has made me wonder why…

When I was being schooled in the indie industry from literature to music…Branding was identified a the number one thing that was crucial to being recognized in person and over the internet. The more you are out there, the bigger your following is, the more opportunities you will have to created real followers/fans which can turn into the ability to fill venues, sell product and tickets.

Speaking for myself and those I have talked to over the years, internet presence, marketing and promotions is so very time consuming with slow results. I try to post something everyday that keeps my brand out there and I try to be engaging as much as possible, which helps.

How do you feel about your brand and do you even have one? What is the pros and cons to your social media presence. Has your following grown or are you at a standstill? I think these are important questions to stop and ask yourself. It is never too late to shift your direction or tweak what seems to be gaining momentum.

If you are a public personality and or small business…I challenge you to search your name on Google and see what comes up on the first page.

Are You Googleable?


With the passing of my grandson’s father, I googled him and this is what showed up and more.


Are you Googleable?

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Tell Your Story with Flava ft Global Entertainer Recording Artist, Marc VanClaggett

I’m excited and blessed that God directed to start my new series, “Tell Your Story with Flava’ with a man that I have known, worked with and supported for many years as an amazing seasoned Artist of Music, Abstract Artist along with being my colleague, business partner and dear dear friend. Take a listen to his story and you will hear why his story is valuable to hear. Black Entertainment at it’s best.

Working with and sharing life from long distance, I recognized how serious Marc VanClaggett is about being a perfectionist when it comes to all aspects of professionalism in Arts & Entertainment. Learning, rehearsing, mastering, listening, watching and tweaking so that the final product is pleasing for others to experience. He is very serious during the process and poised as the show comes to life or music is shared.

He has an ear that hears music in a way that many will not notice with our novice ears. I have had the opportunity to witness him put sounds & words together, and in those moments I learned more about the process of creating music. I have witnessed long distance and in person the process of what it takes to put a polished, professional show together.

With 40 years + in the Arts & Entertainment Industry, Marc VanClaggett is one of the reasons that I was compelled to put this project together. I was hesitant in doing this project myself, but now that I have finished Marc’s Story…I know that God meant for me to do this.

Take a listen to Marc VanClaggett’s story on “Tell Your Story with Flava’ and let us know your thoughts.

Tell Your Story with Flava Featuring Marc VanClaggett

Marc VanClaggett is also an Abstract Artists and has been doing his beautiful style of art for many years.
You can find some of his work on Instagram @vanclaggett

You can also experience this feature on the following social media sites:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/y5xRne3R9RE

Flava’s Lounge Radio: TBD

AnchorFM: https://anchor.fm/lady-flava-news/episodes/Tell-Your-Story-with-Flava-ft-Entertainer–Recording-Artist-Marc-VanClaggett-e13te0b

In Marc’s retirement from Entertainment, he will be continuing his Abstract Art along with creating Jazz and R&B music.

Thank you Marc VanClaggett for allowing me this opportunity to share your story, and being my guinea pig in learning how to put this all together. We didn’t do too bad and we make a great team!

With Love and Great Respect,

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

Tell Your Story with Flava

Poetry, Paint & Potions Presented by Juneteenth365LV @ RhythmNationLV 6/20/21

3315 E Russell Rd #4F | Las Vegas 89120
Poetry, Paint & Potions

I’ve been craving to experience something in Vegas that would feed my soul, and the advertisement for this show popped up. I have learned to go out on my own in Vegas and decided this was speaking to me and hoped that I would be welcomed to attend. I purchased my ticket and knew ahead of time that I would take pictures and videos to write about my experience.

Setting The Vibe with DJ Lucky

My youngest daughter, Brittany has attended Paint & Sips back home, so I am familiar through her storytelling and painting of the concept of this style of event. I was surprised at how many people participated in the painting portion, that they actually had 2 sessions for the painting part.

The Welcome

Everyone was welcoming and felt at home in an environment that breathe peace and respect. Giving honor to the ancestors and the love of God was expressed throughout the night. This reminded me of my coffee house back in Seattle, Flava Coffee House…a beautiful vibe. I knew this was going to be a memorable night for me and it was.

Miss London Handling Business

Can you say, adorable. Miss London was the star of the night, so poised and enthusiastic as she was in charge of the ticket collection and drawing, giving the painters an opportunity to show their work and be given feedback. She gets my vote for future president.

The Vibe is Set

I’m glad that I arrived early so I could pick my spot to see the whole room and feel the energy holistically from every angle. The room was filling up and the first set of painting was coming to an end. Reminders of the venders out front, introductions of Junteenth365LV and RhythmNationsLV along with recognition of supporting the youth through spokenword and community outreach. And the show begins. Intense topics of life, love and relationships were shared. Different degrees of comfortableness and amazement of new creatives killin it on the mic or with voice who had never participated in an open mic before.

In the flaws, it was perfect. I could feel the passion from everyone that I was blessed to experience the creative soulz and I needed them more than they could even know. I wanted to be creatively fed from an authentic, organic place, Poetry, Paint and Potions did just that.

Check out the Video Medley that I created of what I experienced that night. I had to leave early because I had work in the morning, but what I observed was enough. Although this was a competition spokenword open mic, everyone was winners. Some had more seasoning on them then others, but they shared of their flavaful soulz and was show much respect.

Great Host, Powerful Spoken Word Artist and Community Activist for the Youth…
Dookie Brown Flow

Dookie Brown Flow was a perfect host. Respectful, engaging and entertaining. He is a master wordsmith and you can tell that he understands the power of words and delivery. He mentioned that he has some projects out and I will check him out and hopefully will be playing him on my radio shows in the near future.

Sage Wand, Tiger Eye Beaded Necklace & Bracelet by godddess_crystals_. I love ♥️ what I purchased!

This beautiful young lady with her daughter, Martha Olden were the first that I encountered when arriving to RhythmNationLV and I knew that I would have to purchase myself some special items, because deserved to gift myself and she deserved to gain me as a new customer.

I had to show my Support to the Vendors

Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans and Cornbread Muffin by Mona’s Kitchen was slammin’ good 😁

Mona’s Kitchen

That smile says it all. Since I had to leave early to head back to the other side of town, I grabbed some food from Miss Mona. Who could resist that smile. The food was amazing.

I’m grateful that I saw the advertisement for this event on Facebook. I’m glad that I drove across town and experienced some phenomenal talents. I loved the vibe of the space and the people. I will be paying attention to the events that Juneteenth365LV will be hosting or supporting.

You can check out the full videos that I took on my Lady Flava News YouTube Channel by clicking the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXb7zdJxEQSA_L20lwUfQQg/videos

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8 Flava Snaps

Bobby Rose & Friends at Jimmy’s @ Madisons #LasVegas 2021

Bobby Rose

On this night 5/31/21 the following talents took to the mic: Bobby Rose, Queen Aries, William Jordan, Yohan, Edwin Victory, Erika, Alvin Lyons, Val Mosely, Ruth Dupont, Chi Town Ben and Chuck Finley. Of course there are those that you will experience on a regular basis and always a few surprise.

I have experienced the Bobby Rose & Friends Show at 3 different locations and so far, Jimmy’s @ Madisons Las Vegas is my favorite. The sound was great, the food was good (even though the service was poor in getting my main course.) I will definitely return from time to time, so I can have my quench my thirst for simple and fun times with some amazing talented people that make me feel like I am at home.

Right now you can experience, Bobby Rose & Friends at 
Jimmy’s @Madisons
855 E Twain #114 | Las Vegas, NV 89169 | Every Monday | 7pm-10pm | $10.00 Cover Charge

Celebrities from near and far have been know to be in the audience at Bobby Rose & friends.

The musicians were great: Maurice Hayes- Guitar, Skip Rice- Bass Guitar, Kevin “Pocket” Paige- Drums and Cornell Upchurch- Keys…Bobby Rose’s Friends.

I would recommend this show to our Las Vegas locals, to those that are visiting from out of state. Come experience some of the great entertainment of Las Vegas in a relaxed and fun atmosphere Every Monday Night 7-10pm.



Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

8 Flava Snaps

Disclaimer: This was my first time using my new video camera and I apologize for the wrong date showing on the videos.

Check-In with Your Health…Mind-Body-Spirit

Check-In with Your Health…Mind-Body-Spirit 🙏

  • I got my eyes checked this past week.
  • I saw a new primary care doctor today and she is awesome.
  • Monday I’m getting full labs done.

I need to know where my health stands so I can make adjustments to be as healthy as possible, because I Matter.

Please Check-In with Your Health…You Matter!

So many Creative SoulZ I know in the Arts & Entertainment Industry have health issues. Some working on there health, others ignoring it and sadly, some have passed.

So, with a horrible health scare of someone that I love and due to the passing of someone who mattered to me… It’s time to practice what I preach and officially check-in on my health.

– I eat healthly

– I make fresh green juice and smoothie every day.

– I take herbs, vitamins and minerals

– I do Prayer and Meditation in the morning and at night.

– I exercise every day.

So, I’m getting the professionals involved to check-in with the rest medically.

Let’s do this together!

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

What Do I Look at When I Write A Review?

The biggest thing when I decide to write a review is about The Presentation and The Experience.

First, I pay attention to the Visual.

If it’s a book, I notice the book cover and title…is it attract, does it grab my attention and does it grab my attention to the point that it captures my attention. Next, I thumb through the book to see how the pages are layer out and the font style and size. I look at the front portion and the back gives me something that screams, “read me.”

When it’s music, I look at the visual representation to see if it’s appealing and the song title or project title. The I sit and prepare for the music experience…I close my eyes to experience all elements from the clarity of the production, the arrangement of the music and sounds and if there are vocals the flow and vocal inflections and story or purpose that I identify.

Stage performances, I look at the stage arrangements, the people performing, how they are dressed and if it’s flattering on them, I watch their body language and facial expressions. I pay attention to to sounds and blends of the sounds. I pay attention to how the audience or crowd responds to the performance and if the are engaged. The flow from beginning to end and how I feel, matters to me. I also look at the layout of the space, the arrangement of the room. A concert, a music performance, a stage play or musical, dance performance and such, has many elements on what I pay attention to.

Again, The Presentation and The Experience is what my Lady Flava News Reviews are about or my real intent. It’s about MY THOUGHTS and HOW The Moments Impacted Me or Not.

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God Spoke To The Artist Cheerleader Today…Lady Flava

God brought me 2 messages this morning…The 1st was through my church back home and the 2nd was through a Netflix movie.

God made me who I am, with a personality that will not be embraced by all.

God put a passion and a purpose in me years ago to Support Creative SoulZ, and in turn my Daddy told me was my ministry…that it would not be easy but it’s my calling.

I’m getting my mojo back…I feel it in my spirit. God told me to stop procrastinating. I’m the only stopping my progress.

So, I got to work on my blogs, downloaded videos to my laptop to upload to my YouTube Channel and visualizing my purpose again. It feels like it’s been forever that I start my day and end my night thinking about being Lady Flava and what that really means to me. And it means everything.

With my energy and focus changing, I have noticed a shift in real interaction on the different social medias. I’m still working on and will forever will be working on my brand and building a following.

I need this to just flow with authenticity, purpose without pressure.

God spoke to me and I am listening. 🙏

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