Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Focus, New Vision

Hey Lovelies!

So far, I am finding Houston to be the best therapy I could have ever had in my life at this moment. The transition was not easy.  I left all of my family on the east coast in Ohio and Georgia.  Every close friend except one.  Basically, you could say I left my DNA there.  Do I regret it?

Not at all.

Sometimes, in order to achieve the next phase of your vision you have to totally change your surroundings.  And it’s not always as simple as a new apartment.  Or new friends.  Mine was difficult yet simple.  Being an artist it Ohio is difficult.  That is a legendary fact.  Most artists that have succeeded in their career have had to leave, from Steve Harvey and The Ohio Players to LeBron James.  It’s the talent vs. opportunity ratio.  There is some amazing talent in Ohio.  But very few opportunities.

So, I loaded up the truck [well, van lol] and moved to Beverly [Houston, that is 🙂 ]

The weather has been great for my skin, newly cropped hair, and health.  Gone are the steroids needed for breathing in Ohio, so I can now focus even harder on my total weight loss goal of 250 lbs. 65 more to go! [oh.. you didn’t know?  I was kissing 500lbs.  See? ]Image

The area that I live in is really nice.  It’s in the Galleria Mall area, so I am close to all shopping, the beltway, everything.  What I love about stepping outside is that there is an air of expectancy, and focus.  You can sense it.  The atmosphere here is goal oriented.  Every region, I believe, has that driving force to it, be it oppression, carefree, etc.  Think about it.  Go to Miami, and you want to live the uber rich lifestyle.  Los Angeles – Superstar.  Las Vegas – Wealth.

Houston? Purpose.  At least, that is what I am sensing.. could just be around me lol.

At any rate, I am working on building my business and artistic brand.  Will be posting links to the business soon, as well as gearing up the magazine for the July edition.  I have Missed it! Had an amazing series of conversations with the owner and editor-in-chief, who has also become a very valued and trusted friend.  I appreciate the liberty given to me by him to express views and opinions as the enterprise representative on the print media side.  Far be it from me to say that I am the end-all-be-all authority on music, but having as many years in the business on the back and forefront, I have learned a few things.  Being a proponent of preserving our music heritage, it is important to me that we do not simply judge music today by music today.  The barometer should always be those who went before. Not to sound like them, but to retain their work ethic, professionalism, and most importantly, focus.  Sound was priority.

Ok, off that soapbox lol.

Once I have finished unpacking [like, I still have stuff in the car lol], and settling, my next focus will be to meet some musicians here in the 713/832/281.  I’m starting to feign a mic!

Live Life Large!

In Rhythm and Blue


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The Walk of The Talk [Forgiveness]: After the Show with Maxi Bond of The Mary Jane Girls on LOTL Radio

Hey Family,

Long time no talk to!  I have finished my across country trek and landed in the beautiful city of Houston, Texas where EVERYTHING is big!  Apartments [I have a 1 bdrm that is 934 sq. ft with major amenities], the streets [6 lane major streets], and men [so far the average I’ve seen is 6’5″..yaaaahoo!] Big transition right after the Jazzfest, so for a few days I have been a sluck [definition – blanket, recliner, remote].

Tonight, I listened to Reginald Teddybear Ford, the C.E.O. of our magazine Purifying The Mic on his radio show, LOTL Radio [see link below].  The person of interest: Maxi “B” Bond from Rick James’ infamous super group, The Mary Jane Girls.  Now if you don’t know which one she was, she was the “vanilla” sister in leather.  In the magazine, I interviewed JoJo McDuffie who shared her story about her experiences in the MJG and with Rick. He was a tyrant; cruel, stingy and selfish.  On that point, they both agree.

But the reason I am blogging about this, is because I have NEVER to date heard anyone speak of their issues in the industry – having gone thru so much – with as much grace, and kindness, and realness, and forgiveness in their delivery as Maxi Bond did tonight.

In her interview she was direct, and brutally honest about everything they went thru.  Their struggles, pains, everything.  To date, she has yet to see a royalty payment from all of her years on that stage with the ladies and in his camp.  She spoke of these injustices, and the issues with the ladies coming back together. And she was exact in her speaking [“I will not allow all of our hard work to go down to the basement like that (other MJG groups). I am going to work and bring us back up to the Penthouse!”].  But even in that, she was loving, and caring, and expressed her determination to walk in Forgiveness, having called each member and left an apology as well as forgave and released them.

Because of this, Maxi is a totally healed woman.  You can hear it in her voice, and you can see it in her life.  Maxi is one of the Premier Caterers to the stars, and has also self-published a cookbook entitled “Champagne and Collard Greens”.  She is a representative for a Cosmetic line [well.. LOOK at her.. That is what 53 looks like!], and is working on another book for healthy living via Super Foods.  AND she has new Music!  And it’s GOOD!  In her interview, there is no hatred. No malice. No “look at me now!” mentality.  She is just down to earth, and matter of fact in her approach.

“Ok, so Rick did you bad (speaking of the other MJG members who refuse to come back). But hey, he did us all bad. But that does not have to be the end of our story!  Take that lemon, make some lemonade, and keep it moving.  Forgive, and keep going!”

I shared this, not to plug the show or her product, but her heart and attitude.  In this industry we will always have cause for offense: a bad deal, a show you have not been paid for.. so many things.  But with all of her issues and struggles in that arena she has come out stronger, wiser.  The beauty and power of her decision to walk in Forgiveness shines thru every note and timbre of her conversation, and thru every fiber of her being.  I encourage you to listen to her testimony, because even though I do forgive, I learned a whole other level of the power of it from hearing her share.


In Rhythm and Blue


(link to the show)

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