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Responsible ARTistry

Magazine May-June 2013 | Issue I

Enhancing and Saving Lives

Tasha LaRae

Editor’s Note Hello Beautiful Creative Souls, Welcome to the first Digital Issue of Responsible ARTistry Magazine. It has been a wonderful journey right up to this very moment. Getting started on fulfilling my goals and dreams was the best decision I ever made. Life always has a way of meeting you right where you are, because where you are is right here and I’m delighted you made a choice to be with me. Embrace everyday as an opportunity to start over and do it right. I look forward to igniting, inspiring, leaping tall buildings and soaring high with you. We Are All Creatively Amazing, #FlyWithMe #CoffeeShero





Responsible ARTistry Magazine Using Our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives

Founder And Editor-In-Chief Laura “Mahoganee” Amiger

Founder and Business Manager Andre “CheefahDray” Amiger

Contributors Paulette Edwards @FashionFwdLette Contributing Writer/Blogger Heather Jones-Dukes @SkitSkatSkatter Contributing Writer Eugenia Azo @EugeniaSaysMoo Video Blogger Enoch El Shamesh @ElShameshPhotos Photographer LaTosha Brown @MsLaToshaBrown Contributing Writer/Blogger



the way you think…..Your brain is soooo sexy. Jedi Mind Tips on Dealing with anything….. Inspired by Mommy

Tip# 1 Always keep a positive attitude on your mind J Jedi SideBar: In high school my mom was diagnosed with cancer in her liver, spleen and pancreas. She always smiled and kept a positive attitude. She never complained. On occasion I would dress her wounds before going to school and after, but I remember her making jokes even though I could tell she was in pain. She was quite the comedian, was well loved and adopted quite often by the youngsters. Her positive attitude is my imspiration.- @Mahoganee

Responsible ARTistry Magazine

On The Cover Tasha LaRae


Recording ARTist Entrepreneur Tasha LaRae Cover Photo Courtesy of LaTodt Cromer/SOVI Multimedia



MAY/JUNE 2013 Remembrance: 6 Craig E. Washington

Our Future Dreamers 7 Emmanuel Bradley

ARTistry 101 8

Feature: 9 Responsible ARTistry Talks To Tasha LaRae Lead Female Vocalist of Arrested Development & Owner of EarJeans Handmade Jewelry

Highlight 12 Behind The Scenes With Natural Girls Rock

While We Were Out 14

Literary Sweets 16 Denise Stokes & Ed Mercer

“Responsible ARTistry Talks To Tasha LaRae”

Ask Ms. LaTosha by LaTosha Brown 22

How Do You Live Your Best Life? 24

What’s Da Word? 27

Music Reviews by Heather Jones-Dukes

Responsible ARTistry Projects

Carolyn Malachi & Kenny Wesley 17

What’s Happening Next

Dining With Bevy by Paulette Edwards

Instagram Picks


Beauty From The Inside Out by Eugenia 21

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Rising Stars Spotlight 35 Candice Glover on American Idol & Vedo the Singer on The Voice


B. Curabitur.

Craig English Washington (item # XXXX) $000.00 March 28, 1954 – May 1, 2012

Musician. Teacher. Mentor. Friend.

A PAST THAT will never be forgotten C 6

Our Future Dreamers

Age: 9 yrs old | Home-Schooled Each year LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world choose twelve LEGO enthusiasts to participate in a LEGO Junior Construction Panel. Kids aged 6-12 enter the contest by writing a letter or submitting a video stating why they should be chosen to participate on the panel. Emmanuel Bradley was chosen for the 2013 panel for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. As member of the Junior Construction Panel, the children chosen received a special “box of imagination,� an annual pass to the attraction, the title of Mini Apprentice under LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta's Master Model Builder ,Joshua Bohn, provide input on what features could be added and best of all, give their official approval on new attractions and exhibits for the Center.

CONGRATULATIONS EMMANUEL!!! Visit for more information


ARTistry 101:

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Accept the Challenge of Pursuing Your Dream Never Give Up Do Your Homework on your ARTistry Find a Mentor (someone who is where you want to be and do what they do, learn from them) Be Professional Be Genuine Be Smart ALWAYS BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." -Jim Rohn 8

Responsible ARTistry Magazine TALKS TO




nternational. Classically Trained. Soul Singer. Songwriter. Award Winning. Entrepreneur. Just a few words to describe the phenomenal woman and natural girl who truly rocks, Tasha LaRae, Lead Female Vocalist of one of my favorite groups “Arrested Development”. We meet at Whole Foods Café on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta, GA, the atmosphere is so fitting, friendly, cozy with just the right amount of background noise and as our conversation starts, folks are getting quiet so they can listen in, once they realize there’s a superstar in their presence. Tasha is smiling with overwhelmingly good energy as usual and rocking her red natural do with style. I am by the way rocking a pair of Tasha’s EarJeans hand-dyed leather Earrings as you can see in the picture on the previous page. Interestingly enough as we were going through the interview, a woman passed by and complimented me on my earrings, I said thank you and took the opportunity to introduce her to the designer who I just happen to be sitting withJ. We all laughed and said it was a great commercial. RA: Reading your bio, it is awesome and extensive. With your solo career are you an indie artist or are you signed? Tasha LaRae: No I’m an indie artist. RA: Okay, it states that you are classically trained which I thought was amazing. Tasha LaRae: Yes I am. RA: What school did you attend? Tasha LaRae: I studied at the University of Omaha in Nebraska, Vocal Music Performance as a major and I had to study opera as a part of the course. RA: Amazing, Ok we’re going to have to test that out, one of these days, not today but one day. [We all laugh] RA: Arrested Development has always been one of my favorite groups, revolutionary and organic, so tell us how did that get on your plate? Tasha LaRae: Oh goodness, well when I moved to Georgia I did what every singer that comes here inspires to do, I just did what they did, I got into the music scene and started singing background for people. That was my thing and I went from one gig to the next gig and one of my best friends was doing a show for her church and asked me to sing with her. So I’m singing, we’re having a good time and Speech was there DJ’ing and I was like what, that’s the short guy from the group back in the 90s, that’s pretty cool. I never went and 10

introduced myself, I just kept going you know, and the next day I got an email from Speech, he had contacted my best friend to get my contact information and asked me if I would be interested in auditioning for the group. RA: So you impressed him obviously and didn’t even know it. Tasha LaRae: I guess so, and I didn’t even know. RA: With Arrested Development being such a Revolutionary Group with prolific content in their music, as a solo artist does lyrical content play a part in your music? Will you be writing your own music? Tasha LaRae: Oh yes, definitely writing my own music. I think it will definitely have a great influence on it. Before I met the group I was pursuing a solo artist career and so with songwriting it was always important to write something that was meaningful, insightful and helpful. I never wanted to create anything that wasn’t going to add any value to anybody’s life. So being apart of the group stretched my knowledge and even my awareness of other issues because prior to that I wasn’t as open to local issues and it’s still a field that I’m exploring but I’m a lot more aware of what’s going on around me. So I love that. RA: I love that. It’s such a Responsible ARTistry fit. Let’s talk about the entrepreneur side of you, not a lot of people may know that you have your own jewelry company called EarJeans so tell us exactly how that came to be. Tasha LaRae: Okay, so after I got the gig with Arrested Development I learned all the music in about two months (it was a ton of music) and our first tour was in Australia and we were going to be there for three weeks, eight shows, three weeks, and I’m like I don’t have eight shows worth of clothes you know as women that’s the first thing we think about [laughter] forget the music and everything. I didn’t have a lot of money so I thought what can I do, well I started pulling some of my clothes, I looked at old pictures of the group’s performances and stuff and it was very organic, very thrifty and creative. So I started cutting up jeans and ripping stuff, adding stuff, painting and there was a particular pair of pants I painted and I was thinking what earrings would I wear with these? Seriously that was my first thought [laughing] and I thought it would be really cool to have a pair of earrings that has the exact same pattern on them made out of jeans and everything. So that’s what I did, I made about three pairs of earrings like that and I took them on the tour, so many people complimented me on it and I was like “WOW“ okay this might work. Throughout the months we did a few more shows and I started making little pieces just to fit that outfit and getting more compliments. One lady came up to me in Dubai and she said, “I want your earrings and I will trade you mine. She was wearing some really nice sterling silver hoop earrings and I still have them to this day J so I traded her and she asked me to autograph the back of my earrings and when she did that I said I’m going home to start my business and that’s how my company got started. RA: What is the mission of your company? Tasha LaRae: I want to help other people pursue what they want in their life and I want my company to help provide the jewelry that they’re gonna need to get there. Because you gotta look fabulous in whatever it is that you’re doing. (Continued on page 38) 11

From The Editor’s Desk

Behind The Scenes at Natural Girls Rock 2013 Spring Photo Shoot

When my friend “Opportunity” knocks I always open the doors and windows to let her in. This time she brought Natural Girls Rock with her and I was super excited. I was on facebook having an IM conversation with a business partner and saw the invitation for 3 bloggers to the “Behind The Scenes Photo Shoot” on my timeline. I quickly responded and sent an email and was delighted with a response email stating I was chosen. My business partner who is also my husband and I arrived at the photo shoot a little early so I had time to chat a little with Kelly J, the founder of Natural Girls Rock, some of the previous Natural Girls Rock Ambassadors as well as the new ones. It was wonderful to see the camaraderie between the ladies and to hear them speak of how much it meant to be a part of Natural Girls Rock. What I did not realize is that this opportunity allowed me to be a part of something monumental for my own mental beauty journey. For so long I was conditioned to think that I had to make my hair be something unnatural to be me. Being behind the scenes for the Natural Girls Rock 2013 PhotoShoot made me proud, it made me feel even more beautiful, successful and accomplished than I even realized. KellyJ mentioned a few key things about the Natural Girls Rock Ambassadorship that I'd like to share with you. 1. None of these young ladies had ever modeled professionally. 2. The passing of the baton from the past ambassadors to the new was quite special When I first arrived the young ladies were being coached by a professional model instructor on how to walk and exude that fierceness to the audience and I literally witnessed the beautiful women go through a chrysalis stage much like the butterfly in the beginning and blossom into fierce runway models. Witnessing the passing of the symbolic wand from the past NGR Ambassadors to the new was indeed a special moment and each of the past NGR Ambassadors had nothing but uplifting and encouraging words to say which was beauty in and of itself. I arrived as a guest media blogger, to gather pictures and words and I left with memories and emotions etched in my heart and soul. Thank You Natural Girls Rock. - @Mahoganee For More Photos please visit our facebook page at

KellyJ –Founder of Natural Girls Rock 12


These are some of the moments captured from behind the scenes at the Natural Girls Rock Photo Shoot. 1. New NGR Ambassador Eugenia Azo getting her makeup done. 2. The passing of the baton from the past ambassadors to the future.



3. Past NGR Ambassadors (l to r) Aja Davis Season 3, Nisha Williams Season 1, Sharon Sylvain Season 1 4. New NGR Ambassador Christina Williams Waters


5 5. New NGR Ambassador Mike Quita looking Naturally fabulous 6. One of the Natural Girls Rick T-Shirts for the photoshoot



While We Were Out

Heeling Diabetes ShoeNista Auction

My GirlFriends Business International Mix & Mingle

ChefMivens at Emory University ChefTech Academy

Finding Eve’s Soul Café 2nd Yr Anniversary

Youth Summit Fitness H.E.A.T. has S.W.A.G.

CheefahDray & Edward Hartley at MasterMind Networking Event 14

The Hip Hop Gods Press Conference

DJ Tat Money & Kwame

Books are being handed out by Author and Critically Acclaimed Lyricist Malice @NoMalice757 of the Hip Hop group "The Clipse" Book::: Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked

Hip Hop Icons at The Alumni Show Baltimore MD Special Ed. Dana Dane. Greg Nice. Kwame. Monie Love

Photos Courtesy of 15

Literary Sweets

From The Editor’s Desk

Words That Fill You Up

From The Crack House To The White House

By Denise Stokes I’ve known Denise for several years and she is always the same, in great spirits, smiling and giving. “From The Crack House To The White House” is an in-depth look into Denise’s life, a true tragedy to triumph story. It’s like watching a movie on the Lifetime Television Network and not being able to move. You will cry, laugh, and cry some more. (Get the tissues out) Be prepared to stop making excuses for your life and just do it because Denise will inspire you to do just that. Her life story is nothing short of amazing. Coming from being on drugs, homeless, begging for food to advising President Clinton, Spokesperson for BET Wrap-It-Up, Poet and Author is worthy of a Hollywood movie and she is one of my SHEroes. This book will not let you put it down until you are finished. A must read to all who look to be inspired and uplifted. Visit to purchase and find out more about Denise.

The Eighth Grade Millionaire

By Edward R. Mercer Having met Billionaire Ed Mercer on a few occasions I was able to feel the words from his book on a much more personal level. He is a genuinely kind person also very funny. The 8th Grade Millionaire will inspire you to not let challenges get you down or get in your way. Ed does not consider it a motivational book but I disagree, it is very motivating. By sharing his life he gives you inspiration and guidance. It fuels you when you are down and inspires you to not give up. The book is full of wonderful stories and experiences he has gone through. He talks about his family, business ventures and you truly get an insightful glimpse into his life. One of my favorite quotes is “Average people dip their toes in the water. Successful people jump right in and immerse themselves”. This book is a great read and I highly recommend to all go-getters. Visit to purchase. 16

This Is Your Brain on Music (Reviews by Heather Jones-Dukes) Kenny Wesley | “Won’t Let It Go”

Imagine Rock, Pop, Alternative, Soul and R&B music being in the palm of your hand. Visualize notes and sounds coming alive to make beautiful music at the command of your soul. Kenny Wesley is touching the spines of many genres, breathing life back into a generation and time of music where emotions seem to be all about disrespect, confusion, depression, and having a good time at someone else’s expense or even the expense of self-deconstruction. With his single, “Won’t Let It Go”, he uses his voice to capture and captivate all ears around, and he does it in such a soulful manner. His voice commands you to listen in such a soulful manner. It captures you. Kenny is the “soulful nerd”. I listen to his song on repeat as I write this review and all I can do is smile and feel at peace, “Another Step, Another Cry” he says….”Won’t Let Go”. Sigh. To listen to Kenny sing is like a story that you never want to hear The End. As the song comes to the end I know that I must press play again, I can’t leave my soul hungry and wanting more. He is a North Carolina born, D.C. based artist who is currently working on a ground-breaking album project with L.A.-based producer and musical kindred Noah Lifschey, whose signature cutting-edge sounds are a staple in the TV and music world, ranging from The Oscars and America’s Best Dance Crew to the MTV Movie and Music Awards, and various record labels. To learn more about Kenny Wesley and the 5 languages that he speaks visit his website , check him out on twitter @kennywesley, or like him on facebook!

Carolyn Malachi | Free Your Mind (You Don’t Want To Miss This) Who could turn down an opportunity to dance and release energy? I sure can’t! “Free Your Mind (You Don’t Want To Miss This)” by Carolyn Malachi featuring Tarus Mateen is another successful song that she has released. There are sounds of electronic, tribal, soul and jazz music while offering a modern twist with poetic rap/spoken word. She allows women to feel empowered and ready to conquer and confront whatever maybe in there way of success and inner strength. Why can’t we get back to music that uplifts our spirits, offers a great beat, and has a message? Well, Carolyn is giving us that and so much more with lyrics like, “I’mma walk, I’mma talk, I’mma live like a queen” and ”Wherever you are, your mind put you there..” Carolyn is a beautiful woman inside and out, and if you ever meet her call her Sunshine, a name given by her aunt when she was a child. She would tell her, “Sunshine, remember your power.” Carolyn says that “power” is the expectation that whatever is planted in the garden of the mind will indeed grow onward and upward." She lets her power do just that through her music, like a plant firmly rooted and growing onward and upward; bringing joy, peace, hope, and encouragement into many lives. She is currently on her spring 2013 tour, “The Road to Gold”, with two performances left in Atlanta, GA and Baltimore, MD. If you do not get a chance to attend the final dates she will also be performing this summer in the PA, MD, and DC area. For more information on Carolyn Malachi visit her website , twitter @Carolyn_Malachi, facebook, or enjoy watching a powerful video to this wonderful song on youtube! Don’t miss the opportunity to feed your soul something powerful, enlightening, and encouraging. You don’t want to miss this.


Dining With Bevy Life With ViSion Bevy Smith   was   walking   towards   me   and   introduced   herself.     A   bit   flustered   I   responded,   “Hello,   I’m   FashionFwdLette”.     “That’s   not   what   your   mother   named   you”,   she   responded.    I   said,   “Let’s   try  this  again”.    This  time  I  was  settled  and  responded,  “Hello,  I’m   Paulette  Edwards  and  it’s  a  pleasure  to  meet  you.”  

Back in   August   last   year   a   great   friend   of   mine,   Teneka   Steed,  

mentioned that   the   legendary   Bevy   Smith   was   coming   to   Charlotte,  NC  that  month  for  a  networking  event  that  was  invite   only  via  e-­‐mailing  your  resume.  Only  50  people  would  be  chosen   and   attendees   must   pay   a   $100   entry   fee.       Within   24   hours   of   submitting  my  resume  I  received  a  follow-­‐up  e-­‐mail  inviting  me  to   be  one  of  the  elite  members  to  attend.    

If you  are  a  bit  wet  behind  the  ears  and  unaware  who  Bevy  Smith  

is, let   me   tell   you.    Bevy   Smith   is   an   entrepreneur   from   Harlem.   She  is  a  high-­‐powered  fashion  executive  at  Rolling   Stone,   fashion   editor-­‐at-­‐large   for   VIBE,   TV   personality   and   now   Social   Media   Maven.    She  is  also  the  creator  of  Dinner  with  Bevy,  a  dinner  party   series  in  which  Bevy  brings  together  influential  people  from  across   entertainment,   fashion   and   media.  She   launched   her   Dining   with   Bevy:   Life   with   Vision   two   months   ago   in   New   York   City.   Visit   for   details.   She   doesn’t   care   for   titles   but   I   would   consider   her   a   guru.     Bevy’s   spirit   is   very   welcoming   and   the  smile  on  her  face  puts  you  at  ease.  

I woke   up   the   day   of   the   event   on   fire   and   ready   to   learn   new  

things while   networking   with   a   room   of   individuals   married   to   their   passion.       Immediately   upon   arriving   I   felt   I   was   entering   into  a  room  full  of  energy.    The  power  of  networking  and  creating   everlasting  impression  allows  limitless  possibilities.      

Fellowship is   pretty   clear:   open   up  

doorways that   build   your   future.    Don’t   be   afraid  to  meet  other  people  that  aren’t  like   you.    You   never   know   what   opportunities   will  present  itself  after  the  initial  contact  is   made.   It’s   true   that   the   first   impression   is   the   most   important   because   it   has   an   everlasting   imprint.    Introduce   yourself   with  a  smile  and  a  firm  grip.      

Focus.   Most   times   we   have   so   many   ideas  

information she  had  to  give  like  a  sponge.    ”I  want  people  to  walk   away   knowing   that   they  connected   with   people,   learned,   shared,   fellowshipped  and  now  they  have  the  tools  to  move  forward”  said   Smith.     She   was   sure   to   give   us   the   uncut   version   of   her   experiences   in   the   industry.     Her   topics   of   discussion   were:   Intentions,  Fellowship,  Focus,  Do  the  Work  and  Truest  Desires.      

flowing in   our   heads   at   a   time.   I   know   I’m   guilty   of   this   one   moment   I’m   thinking   about   starting   a   magazine,   the   next   about   my  blog,  then  about  my  children’s  boutique   and   Hugs   from   Paulette.    I   find   myself   getting  overwhelmed  because  I’m  so  driven   to   succeed   and   not   fail.    Smith   made   it   clear  that  it’s  okay  to  have  several  goals  yet   only   focus   on   1.5   at   a   time   and   nail   it.    When   you   are   working   on   many   things   at  a  time  one  area  will  go  lacking.  

Smith said   to   know   your   well-­‐wishers,   people   that   wish   you   well  

Do the  Work.    That  is  straight  to  the  point.  

I was   seated   at   the   first   table   and   wanted   to   soak   up   all   the  

and will   do   anything   in   their   power   to   help   you   reach   your   goal.     Knowing  your  intentions  along  with  the  person’s  who  is  reaching   out  for  opportunities  are  important.  Smith  mentioned  it’s  okay  to   turn  some  things  down,  which  simply  means  be  mindful  of  what   you  are  associated  with  because  you  are  your  brand.  


Be willing   to   do   the   work   regardless   of   who’s   looking.   It’s   simple,   you   are   your   resume!   Never   feel   that   you’ve   arrived,   invest   in   your   future.    Investing   can   be   anything   from   reading,   taking   classes,   attending  events  and  interning.      

Truest Desires  goes  hand  in  hand  with  Do  the  Work.    Do  the  work  that   you   are   called   to   do,   ensuring   that   you   are   in   a   field   that   makes   your   heart  smile.    Knowing  that  when  you  wake  up  you  aren’t  just  going  to  a   job,   you   are   living   in   your   passion.    Most   times   we   get   lost   in   “Corporate   America”,   putting   our   true   passion   on   the   back   burner.    “I’ve   always   had   a   passion   to   live   everyday   in   the   Fashion   Industry”,   Bevy   said.    “However,   for   6  1/2   years   I   became   complacent   working  at  Verizon  Wireless  and  it  took  me  losing  my  job  to  reach  full   throttle.       Since  then  my  feet  have  been  to  the  pavement  and  I  haven’t   stopped  for  a  minute”.      

I truly   enjoyed   my   time   with   Bevy   Smith.    We   learned   some   new   things,  affirmed  things  that  we  already  knew.  Met  individuals  with  the   same   drive   for   life,   offered   insight   and   created   new   relationships.   –   Paulette   Edwards     @FashionFwdLette     Follow Bevy on Twitter @BevySmith

Ms. Bevy & Paulette

vi·sion /ˈviZHəәn/

What’s On Your

Vision is The Art of Seeing What is Invisible to Others. –Jonathon Swift A vision board is a tool used to help clarify and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, your vision board can be any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever YOU want to BE, DO or HAVE in YOUR life.

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Natural hair. Relaxed hair. Loc'd hair. No hair. Today’s modern woman is rocking her look in a vast array of different styles! With summer looming around the corner, bare midriffs and a little bit of leg are fast approaching and we are gearing up for hot weather fashion tutorials and food recipes on how to keep cool in the sticky heat!

Beauty From The InSide Out By Eugenia

"Too hot for a twist-out? Pin your defined tresses with a few bobby pins to keep you cool." HOW TO KEEP COOL…

"Too much statement jewelry can swallow up your entire ensemble. Keep statement pieces to a minimum and combine with lighter pieces.

A quick (and healthy) way to keep cool is to create your own Fruit Infused Chiller! Take a mason jar with chilled water, add ice and frozen chunks of your favorite fruits. A kiwi and a mango later, you've got a fruit infused chiller perfect for a hot day!


Currently I am obsessed with a monthly subscription hair box that's unlike any other. The Natural Hair Box, by founder Akira "Jael" Byrd, is an Alabama-based hair box subscription that boasts only handmade products produced by tried and true local brands. You'll receive five (yes, five!) products that range from hair butters to nail appliqués. Signup for your Natural Hair Box today! (, $29.99/month) MY GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT…

For a killer twist out with maximum definition, I turn to curls Cashmere Curl Jelly. Silicone and sulfatefree, this moisturizer adds the right amount of weight to your tendrils to allow for elongated and textured styles. And what's better? It's sold at your neighborhood Target! Go figure! (Target, $25.00) MY FASHION FIXATION…

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of a busy print paired with a pop of color. Be bold with your warm weather look by pairing that busy leopard crop top with some lemon yellow shorts and lime green flats. Attitude? Check. Bold Outfit? Check. Confidence? Double Check. Rock your look! @EugeniaSaysMoo


Ask Dear LaTosha Love, I’m a full-time teacher and independent artist/singer/songwriter. After years of desiring to create music, I just completed my first music project. I’m excited about my project and I want to quit my job and work full-time on my music. However, I have school-aged children and my income is critical to the family. My question is should I step out of faith and finally pursue my life’s dream or should I stay on my job for financial security? ~ Signed, Ready to Advance Dear Ready to Advance , I think the greatest gift God gave human beings is the power of choice. However, with all choices there are attached consequences. I don’t think there is a right or wrong choice—just different consequences related to each choice. There are countless stories of successful artists taking the “faith plunge" by quitting their job to pursue the dream. For example, Tyler Perry, Jim Carrey and singer Kem all became homeless in pursuit of their dream. However, there are countless stories of people like billionaires Sara Blakely (Spanx founder ) and Oprah Winfrey that both maintained day jobs while simultaneously pursuing their dreams--that is also a faith move. Sara Blakely kept her job as a fax machine salesman and used her lunch breaks and weekends off to build her client base and business). It’s not a zero sum game and it may not be an either/or strategy. Perhaps it a mixture of both. Your situation is a very common dilemma that we as artists face in the pursuit our dream. I don’t think it’s an easy answer, nor one-size-fits-all answer for anyone. It's boils down to what CHOICE will be right for YOU! Only you know that answer. However, what I know for sure is that either choice can ADVANCE your dream if you create an appropriate plan that takes in account what I call the three BIG “C’s.”

~ Consequences (impact on you and your family) ~ Commitment (work required) and the realistic amount of time ~ Currency (budget) amount needed to be generated during each stage In A Pink Nutshell: "You can passionately pursue your DREAM no matter what choice you make; the key is in proper planning!" Please send questions and inquires to LaTosha Love

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Everybody has so many things that they want to pursue and a lot of times people are afraid to, whether it’s job security that they are concerned about but most of the time it’s money and so they’re afraid to step out because they think they’re going to fail. But go and try it because you actually have a better chance at making it happen if you step out and do it. If you sit still you’re definitely not going to make it happen, that’s guaranteed. So with that, I like to make stuff that makes people feel confidant in whatever it is that they’re gonna do. Feel fun and feel like they’re an expert, like you, you look like you’re an expert in fashion, in music and all things fabulous. RA: Thank you and I do feel, since you mentioned that when I did Responsible ARTistry Talks To Tasha LaRae my show and I had your earrings on, they definitely added more continued from page 11 confidence and fun, like I didn’t really take it serious but I did at the same time but I felt like I look so cool and I look so flyy right [Laughter] now that if I mess up the song you really won’t know [more laughter] because I feel just that confident and fun so what you just said is a perfect description of what your jewelry made me feel. I feel even better with you having said that and me going through the EarJeans Experience before you said that to me and so that validates exactly what your jewelry can do for someone and I can validate that because I wore the jewelry during a performance and felt everything you just said. So if you need a testimony you already have mine. [more laughter and fun] RA: What’s on the horizon for Tasha LaRae? Tasha LaRae: Wow, there are a lot of things, I guess I’ll start with I’m working on completing my album now which I will start to release at the top of 2014 and it will be a mixture of songs that really have captured the things that I’ve experienced over the past couple of years. Growing in music, growing in business, and even growing as far as school. I graduate at the end of this year from Bauder College as a Fashion Merchandising Student so I’m excited about that. The things that I’ve been learning in school concerning business and fashion, it’s already making a big impact on my business. So I’m really excited about that. To be able to offer some wonderful products as far as jewelry goes along with the music it’s going to be an awesome and then I’m headed overseas. RA: Do you already have the album title? Tasha LaRae: Okay I do, the working title is “Sincerely, Tasha LaRae” and I want it to be like a letter from your big sister, best friend or someone that you look up to and just them giving you advice and the encouragement or whatever you need from that person that you’re looking up to. Hopefully it works out that way. RA: What’s on the horizon for the group? Tasha LaRae: Well right now we are recording a new album and just came off of the 20th Anniversary Tour which was all over the world. (Tokyo Billboard Live since Interview was held) We don’t have a working title for the new project but I’m lovin it, I was excited for the last album we did but this one I’m the most excited about. It infuses so much with more current music and sounds but the message is still the same and I think it’s a better bridge of what the group was back in the 90s and what the group is now, where the music industry is now and just society in general. I think it’s going to be a great album and we’re excited about that. RA: How do you want your legacy to be remembered? Tasha LaRae: I love this question, I really do. I want people to remember me as the woman who inspired many to embrace who they are and to passionately pursue their goals whatever they are. I truly believe that any and every person on this planet is here for a purpose and that everybody already has everything that they already need to do whatever it is that they need to do. It’s just a matter of them applying and believing that for themselves and just go for it. For all things Tasha LaRae please follow on IG @mstashalarae T @tashatarae @earjeans |

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Using our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives.Our feature in our very 1st issue is Tasha LaRae, Lead Female Vocalist of Arrested De...

Responsible ARTistry Magazine Issue I  

Using our Influence as ARTists to Enhance & Save Lives.Our feature in our very 1st issue is Tasha LaRae, Lead Female Vocalist of Arrested De...