I’m Not The Normal Fan by Lady Flava

I know at times people don’t understand who I really am and what I do.  In my early days on social medial we all came up together as we felt our way through, what this engaging online experience was all about.  Many of us came up together on social media, going back to the days of MySpace.  My followers pretty much understood who I was and my interest in the independent creative soul.  In 2008 I joined Facebook and had no interested in having tons of people following me or I them.  So I thought 200 people was a doable number…well, as my brand was growing and as I became involved in a variety of areas of the arts and entertainment industry, it was suggest that I move towards going for the maximum on facebook, which the theory was I would open myself up to have more “real” followers.  27337050_10215300285969199_5314973132446348466_n What a challenge that is when I am trying to build a brand myself while trying to figure out, if what I am actually doing and if people were buying into it.  But I kept trudging through the social media challenges and intrigue.  I became known as the Independent Artist Cheerleader nationally and internationally.  My radio shows on FCH206 Radio on BlogTalkRadio featured only music from Indie Artists to Featured Interviews with Indie Artists on The Leopard Carpet with Lady Flava.

One thing I came to realize early on, is that I am a person who thrives on supporting others.  And through my coffee house Flava, I found my love for the arts and creative souls.

This will give you a better understanding of my industry background:

  • Owner/Operator of Flava Coffee House-Seattle, WA 2003-2008
  • I was involved with hosting an even in 2004, Grown Folks Cruise on The Spirit of Puget Sound as a member of a group, known as One Tha One Producitons.
  • At Flava Coffee House (2003-2008) I showed my support to local music by playing it during working hours to eventually selling it at Flava.
  • From MySpace I became connected with a variety of independent/self-published authors and soon found myself being drawn to reading their books.
  • 2006 started working with Spoken Word Artist, Lamont Carey who is now a national speaker, mentor, facilitator, activist for at risk youth and prisoner re-entry, author and of course spoken word artist.
  • I became a book reviewer for the Literary Review Team, APOOO BookClub.
  • Founded Flava Coffee House Book Reviews 2007
  • Hosted Wagfest National Literary Conference 2008
  • Closed Flava Coffee House 2008
  • Found FCH206 Radio in 2009 with LA Johnson (It was know as The Mosaic Show with Flava & LA)
  • Started working with Black Stax Hip Hop Soul Group-Seattle
  • Dope Emporium Seattle Hip Hop Festival Team 2010
  • 2011 started working with recording artist and global entertainer Marc VanClaggett of Marlex Records
  • 2012 became Business Manager of Marlex Records and then VP of Marlex Records/Marc VanClaggett’s business partner
  • Director of A&R for Spectra Music Group National and International R&B/Hip Hop/Jazz 2012
  • 2012 started FMarlex Artist Consulting business, now known as Lady Flava News Artists Consultation and Coaching business.
  • 2013 Representative for TRIBUTE, A Salute To The Temptations global entertainment group
  • 2014 began making promotional flyers for a variety of artists
  • 2015 Co-Found of the Sherry Gordy Presents Take The Stage Global Cyber Parties
  • 2017 moved to Las Vegas to further my brand and to establish the foundation to host my own Independent Artist Showcase in Vegas
  • 2017 established Flyers by Flava
  • 2017 Promotions Coordinator for Vegas Entertainment Group, N’Demand

During the years working in the Arts & Entertainment industry I have had the pleasure of working with or being connected to a variety of industry people from music producers, engineers, song writers, composers, singers and performers.  Working for the major indie record label I learned so much about what it takes to be considered for signing.  And being a co-owner of a indie record label…I understand the hard work that goes into creating and producing a quality product and the hard work that goes into promotions and marketing of the final product.

I am very big on the EXPERIENCE OF ART…So I pay attention to things at the average fan many not pay attention to.  The visual and arrangement is important to me…The sound and clarity of the mics and stage equipment to the actual singing, musicianship, stage presence and crowd reaction/participation.  I approach a book in the same fashion…the book cover appeal, the layout and font choice and size…to the story-line and did it capture my attention and why.  I am connected to a variety of authors, publishers and literary industry persons.

Although my background in the music industry is with recording artists…I love the challenge on how to experience live entertainment in Vegas…can I judge it the same as recorded music or not?  I am still working on defining this for myself.

I love the education and my continued growth through my new experience in the Entertainment Capitol of the World.  It so exciting to me…not always easy but is has truly captured my attention.

So when I step out to experience any form of Art & Entertainment…I see it through a different view and standards.  I realize, not all are comfortable with me and my honesty of sharing my thoughts on my experience of the art or entertainment.  Honestly I am okay with people being uncomfortable with me and I am okay with being called out on my thoughts and behavior.  It’s a beautiful thing to be respectful in disagreeing and trying to understand where someone else is coming from…to me this is growth!

So one of my passions and part of my brand in Vegas is writing show reviews.  So far I keep is kind and fairly honest…I may in the future be more honest in my critiques as my brand grows in recognition and respect.  If I know I cannot write a favorable review, I simply don’t write a review.  But my main goal is to put the wheels in motion to host my own Indie Artists Showcase, that I will call, “Flava’s Lounge.” So, I got a job to help fund making this a reality!  Stay tuned for more information.  You can follow Flava’s Lounge on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/flavaslounge/

Please keep in mind I am one person and I come from my own feelings and experience when I share my thoughts.

Lady Flava of Lady Flava News

Flava Coffee House News

 

Advertisements

“FRESH” LVS Enterprises Presents Motown Extreme Review

FB_IMG_1497635210401

This was a highly anticipated show for me as a new person to the Las Vegas area and the entertainment that takes place here.  I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for this show and found that it was well designed from the vocals, the choreography, script to the overall presentation.  This was just what I took away from experiencing the rehearsal just days before the actual show.  I sensed that the show was going to be amazing.

I sensed the seriousness and commitment that Ausar and Aset Bragg founders and CEO of LVS Enterprises/The Las Vegas Stars.  I understood the needed commitment and dedication that they required from the performers and stage production crew to pull off this exciting and fresh twist to a Motown Review.  With a 12-14 person crew, it was clear that they put the right people together.  The talent clearly was there, but you truly could feel the love and respect that each member had for one another and their individual commitment to the success of this project and show.  It was beautiful to witness. Running through the rehearsal, they ended the evening with a circle conversation and updates, expectations along with hopes and desires of that the outcome would be.

20170620_162652  20170620_155610   20170620_155431

The night of the show arrived and I found myself so excited to see how they would pull the show off in their studio…Oh, I failed to mention that this great production was going to take place in the AIP Academy of the Arts performance studio, which is also owned and operated by Ausar and Aset Bragg.  I walked into what felt like a small theater. Chairs lined up in rows with club style tables and chairs up front, the stage area was set with microphones,  lighting and the perfect atmosphere or should I say, ambiance.  The people started to come, with those clearly with question on their faces, not knowing what to expect along with those simply settling into their spot ready for the show.  The VIP’s sat up front which included Robert Gordy Jr and his guest, while other Gordy Family members sat in the back.  Knowing Robert Gordy Jr and his guest, I moved up front to sit by them.  This was a perfect move for me.  As the show started, I found myself drawn into every song, the precision of the dance routines and beautiful customs. The best part was watching Robert Gordy Jr’s reaction as he experienced the show.  He was all in by the way he responded to each act.

Here was is the line-up of acts:

Gladys Knight and The Pips

Jackson 5

Four Tops

Diana Ross and The Supremes

Temptations

Marvin Gaye

Which included some skits included throughout the show.

For me the night was magical as each act took the stage and dazzled the audience.  It was not only perfect in presentation but it has what I would call an authentic and organic feel to it, that made it feel fresh and exciting.  Everyone that was in attendance enjoyed the show and greeted the cast afterwards, sharing their excitement, giving their blessings and of course taking pictures.  Their were some young girls in attendance and after the show they took pictures with the young “Michael Jackson” impersonator, which for me gave the feel of what Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 went through as their fan base began to grow.

I was privy to a lengthy conversation after the show with Robert Gordy Jr and of course I had to ask him what his thoughts were of the evening.  Robert was thrilled, he said that it was a fresh twist to a Motown Revue.  Robert Gordy Jr felt is was “fresh and exciting,” giving a true feel to how it felt back in the days of Motown when it was new and growing, taking on the talents of the artist and groups who were replicated during this evening.  With the great talents, beautiful costumes, the energy from the audience and the captivating performance from the Jackson 5 and other performers…it felt like Motown all over again.

Check out the Promo Video for Motown Extreme Review

Within the walls of the AIP Academy of the Arts performance studio, Ausar and Aset Bragg pulled of a topnotch show, with the great talents and a Motown feeling which left those that attended to continue to talk about it way past the night of the show.

Showing how hard work, determination with the right team including Felton Pilate on Production and Stage Manager, Nate Bridewell, along with the committed crew of performers, LVS Enterprises did their thing.  The production was so amazing to the point that people have asked over and over about this show, where is it taking place next and when could they attend a show themselves.

Now the challenge begins, Motown Extreme Review is looking for a showroom to put on this high energy and top quality show.  Everyone who has experienced this production is in agreement that it deserves a showroom on the strip and that they would support it.

19553894_1998984517000155_3827735672776675652_n

The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross and The Supremes

19554074_1998984530333487_8789325878836591370_n

Motown Extreme Review Cast with Robert Gordy Jr and Family

19437525_1998984523666821_5018345599093426434_n

3 of the gentlemen from the Four Tops and Temptation along with the Pips

19510130_1998984610333479_8933010524961090234_n

Robert Gordy Jr with The Supremes

19424391_1998984747000132_4754941063560237637_n

Susan “Lady Flava” Koshi with Ausar and Aset Bragg; Founders and CEO of

LVS Enterprises’ The Las Vegas Stars Motown Extreme Review 

As a reviewer, I base my reviews on presentation, production and experience.  I was totally blown away by Motown Extreme!

Lady Flava News Review score is : 10 Snaps out of 10 Snaps

I do advocate for this production to get a showroom or venue and I would highly recommend that all come out to experience Motown Extreme Review.

Lady Flava

Lady Flava News Review

Flava Coffee House News 

It’s Challenging To Support Indie Artists

14344678_167200017054114_3322610379642491515_nI have been working in a varieties of ways to support the underground, independent, unknown artists since the days of Flava Coffee House 2003-2008 to now the days after Flava.  Before closing the doors of Flava I got into online promotions and marketing for a variety of artists but heavy in the literary industry.  In 2008 I hosted a literary conference at Flava Coffee House and it was a great success with Authors and Fans of Literature flying in for a 3 day weekend event including folks and Authors from Seattle.

The literary conference was a success because there was a team that was created by the co-host of this event and everyone put in the hard work to promote and invite people to pay attention, to join the event and to take part in the excitement of the whole experience. This took place back in the days when MySpace was the place to hangout and Facebook was just being created.

Fast forwarding to 2017, a new year in the game of creative soulz, I  have decided to embark on a new beginning for myself personally and professionally.  I made the decision to move to Vegas, the Entertainment Capitol of the World.  I have colleagues there along with a “following” from my great connection to Sherry Gordy (Berry Gordy of Motown’s daughter) and Lillian Rice of The Love The Muzic Entertainment and Productions. Plus my business partner, Marc VanClaggett Owner and CEO of Marlex Records relocated to Vegas with our Indie Record Label.

I had come up with what I believe is a great concept for an ongoing Indie Artists Showcase where there would be no more that 3 acts spotlighted.  The goal was and is to fly artists in from around the country, provide lodging for them and an professional showcase to be featured and paid for their performance.  After processing if I could do this in Seattle with my business partner Jace ECAj of Black Stax, we decided that Seattle struggles in supporting the culturally diverse art seen and artists walk away disappoint more often then not.  So I had a grand idea, why not do it in Vegas…So Flava’s Lounge is birthed and will take place in Las Vegas< NV with the support of my colleagues who also loves the concept.

Now how do we fund this concept and get if off the ground.  Every business needs money to build from, and I am not a person with a lot of money, so where will the MONEY come from or where SHOULD it come from. I feel that anyone that believes in the concept that I come up with and the artists I support in a variety of ways on my radio shows and promoting to my networks a several social media sites…they should come on board with me and help me raise the funds to support the beginnings of Flava’s Lounge.  I feel we the people should be our own investors…But They Don’t or very few have stepped up to support the concept and need.  I am so extremely grateful to those that have give and in-kind gift and I am still hopeful that others will come on board. 

14225527_162217300885719_8365955627218739920_nBefore my Daddy’s passing last year, he gave $100.00 a month towards Unity Through Arts Exchange/Flava’s Lounge because he believed in it and wanted to show his support in hopes that will encourage others to join in.  I have tried to encourage especially Indie Artists to join me in building by everyone giving a $1.00 to $5.00/$10.00 a month and we could raise a significant amount in a short amount of time…What a struggle, the numbers will not come on board with this concept and join me in building a foundation for ARTISTS.

I have wondered is it because they do not give  because there is a lack of trust in me?  I have been consistent over 10 years in doing the work…shouldn’t that be proof that I am sincere in what I want to do in support of great talents.  I shake my head in disbelief and with lack of understanding on what I need to say and do to get people on board with Unity Through Arts Exchange/Flava’s Lounge.

I am the face of FLAVA’S LOUNGE #VEGAS, but the project is for Quality Indie Artists that have Mastered their Craft and ready to hit a stage in Vegas. flavas-lounge-vegas-1 I came up with Flava’s Lounge based off of conversations that I have had time and time again, with disappointed Indie Artists from here in Seattle where I am, to across the United States to even around The Globe…Indie Artists are treated like the industry’s step children, than with the support and respect that many of them deserve.  I want to make sure everyone that needs to and deserves to gets paid, to be apart of Flava’s Lounge.  I do not want to base the responsibilities on what is made at the door, and I don’t want to seek any investor who I will need to payback with interest, immediately after the show.  I have heard horrible stories about both ways.

Tell me, am I wrong for believing that we can united to create our own lane? Am I wrong for wanting to raise the funds to pay for the venue, light & sound person, pay the band and DJ and pay 3 amazing featured performers?  It feels like I am wrong to want to do this, or I am not famous enough for people to come on board.

So I face a great challenge in supporting Indie Artists.  Everything that I do in support of Indie Artists, I pay for from my own money with no reimbursement from anywhere.  Does it make me bitter, no just frustrated.  I want to build with others and give others, I would like to have a planning committee to help make the decisions of how this  will come together and who should be chosen for the event.  It would be awesome to build this to the point, where I can hire staff and turn it into a profit making business that grows and grows in it’s capabilities.

We live in an era where people feel “entitled” and want this handed to them verses working hard with the right people to created opportunities.  I personally and professionally feel that the digital era has taken the value away from paying for Art…Once upon a time you knew when a new album, 45, book or movie was going to come out and you saved the money to purchase the product and the experience.  Now it’s all about digital downloads and everything needs to be purchased online verses an actual store.  I also believe the digital downloads looses sales because not everyone has the capability to buy online or they do not feel comfortable in buying online.  So how does that dilemma get resolved?

How do we come together and make success stories for many in the Indie Artists Community…Can we build it together, or is that just out of the question? photostudio_1486519601739 I thank my Daddy and the few that have given to Unity Through Arts Exchange/Flava’s Lounge…Together we have raised $724.00 ($500.00 of it was gifted from Unity Through Arts Exchange)  I have set up a CD Account for the money that has been raised through  www.gofundme.com/flavaslounge along with in-kind gifts I receive in person, and through paypal and square.

I have been given information for an arts grant that I am going to apply for.  So send me good vibes that I will be among the ones selected.  It will help expand my radio show, host Flava’s Lounge and develop a strong promotional and marketing program for everything I do in support of local, national and international indie artists. And when I speak about Artists, I am speaking about Artists of all genres and all art forms.

At times I feel like giving up, but then I wake up and continue to promote and encourage people, Artists, Industry People, Fans and those that Follow me on Social Media to join me in building this foundation for Indie Artists, I am pulled into my purpose and mission…I am Grassroots but effective in so many ways and I want to keep this concept and project grassroots.

For Us By Us (Daymond John FUBU)  We really don’t need anyone but ourselves to build. Think about it…Jace ECAj and I have had a conversation many times over the years that goes like this “if everyone we knew and everyone on our social medias gave $1.00, that would amount to a great foundation to work from.”  When I speak to my business mentor she gets frustrated and says, Susan, you should be asking for $100.00 and not $1.00.”  I understand why she says this and I believe that it will get to that point where I can and will be able to request more…Today, my request is based more on united than the actually amount  donated.

I have had the opportunity to have a matching funds sponsor.  The requirements was to raise a certain dollar amount and by a certain number of people and they would match what was raise.  Well, you can guess that, that didn’t happen.

15027842_10211118395904561_8039522266613141828_nI would love some feedback from people on what I am trying to do in support of creating an Indie Artists Platform and Foundation of Financial Support.

We are living in a time where our country is falling apart, not coming together based on the person that somehow was voted into our presidential office.

People still don’t understand that we have power in uniting together to effect change.  I am here to advocate in making a change and placing value on Indie Artists and allowing them to be financially compensated for their creativity.  Could you imagine if ART did not exist?  No music, no books, no visual art, no creative chefs, no clothing designers…no colors and designs, no textures…Art is all around us every single day, I think we take that for granted.

I fight for Underground, Independent Artists, The Unknown Artists…I see them as amazing soulz that need a leg up for mass exposure.  I will continue to advocate for Unity Through Arts Exchange/Flava’s Lounge.  Several times before my Daddy passed in 2016, he told me that my ministry was with artists, and I take this very seriously, this is not a game nor pass time for me.

 

Again, I hope you will post your thoughts, I appreciate your feedback.

Learn more about Unity Through Arts Exchange and Flava’s Lounge by clicking the links below.

Unity Through Arts Exchange www.gofundme.com/flavamarlex  Building a support foundation for Artists from all art forms and genres.

unity through arts exchange

 

 

 

 

 

Flava’s Lounge #Vegas Meet & Greet, Open Mic and Showcase 2017 www.gofundme.com/flavaslounge 14089276_156657658108350_5120801965829790689_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flava NewsLady Flava of

Lady Flava News www.flavanews.com

FMarlex Artists Services www.fmarlexconsult ing.com

FCH206 Radio-Seattle, WA www.blogralkradio.com/fch205radio

8427_1037628756531_96041_nMarlex Records www.marlexrecords.com

%d bloggers like this: