September is the awareness month for both of the causes closest to my heart! Suicide Prevention AND Alopecia Awareness! Visit www.naaf.org for more info and click here to read our daughter’s story of Alopecia Areata entitled “A Smile Big Enough To Cover The Pain”.

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One hour a week…four hours a month can make the world of difference in the life of another. Being involved in Suicide Awareness & Prevention efforts has me thinking about branching out into different facets of serving. Be sure to share them below and consider reblogging. I’ll be featuring a few on my blog in upcoming weeks!

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June 14 is Day 165 of 2018 | New Here? Welcome New Faces!💫e

#InspirationWithE #volunteer #helping #motivation #humanity #poet #artwork #poetrycommunity #hands #podcast #singersongwriter #writerscommunity #womenwriters #melanin #global #motivation #quotes #inspiration #wordstoliveby #writer #Affirmation #effyourbeautystandards #quote #writingcommunity #positivity #selflove #kindness #faith #writersofinstagram

Missed my interview last night? It’s OK! Click the link below. Interview begins 33:20!

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Season 1 Episode 4
Show Description

Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this special Youth and Young Adult episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Award winning performer, founder of the #PowerOfADreamTour and host of GrindHard Radio’s Sade Champagne Show; Sade Champagne, Teen singer/songwriter/poet raising Alopecia Awareness; Kayla Arthur, Teen ASCAP artist and drum prodigy; JD Beck and American Idol Season 14 Top 5 finalist; Tyanna Jones. Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO https://authenticiteespeaks.com/

++Interviews begin at 17:40
 
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SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 – INSPIRATION WITH E RADIO SHOW AIRS TONIGHT! SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 7PM EST!

Featuring… 

SADE CHAMPAGNE – GUEST CO-HOST (Instagram: @iamsadechampagne)


Award winning performer, founder of the #PowerOfADreamTour and host of GrindHard Radio’s Sade Champagne Show. 

KAYLA ARTHUR (Instagram: @kookkie_sings)



Under the tutelage of her father; bassist/producer Kevin Arthur (COMMON, Christina Aguilera); our 15 yr old daughter; credited singer/songwriter Kayla Arthur, will be sharing her story of alopecia areata. Read her diagnosis story here.


JD BECK (Instagram: @ jdbeckmusic)



As a drummer; 14 yr. old Dallas native and drum prodigy, JD is mentored by multi Grammy winner Robert “Sput” Searight (Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Kendrick Lamar) Source: MDRN MGMT


TYANNA JONES (Instagram: @iamtyannajones)



Now 19 yrs old and one of 10 children; Tyanna survived homelessness prior to placing in the Top 5 among American Idol’s Season 14 finalists. Source: Facebook


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I surprised her with blue hair in honor of #AlopeciaAwareness for their final concert last night & let her wear a lil’ makeup for the occasion. I watched him getting dressed, whistling chord changes while buttoning his shirt and adjusting his locs now past his shoulders.

Being married to a musician for 19 1/2 yrs, I know how to care for musicians & creatives before their gigs. Ministering to them is finding a balance between leaving them alone in their zone AND making sure they have what they need.

I really wanted to pester these two before they hit last night…but I grabbed this pic as soon as everything was done.

I love you children with EVERY ounce of my being. Every single ounce. Please remain humble and don’t say “To God be the glory” with your mouths only but LIVE “To God be the glory”. Don’t just say “Thank you Lord”, show “Thank you Lord” by how you hone your craft & care for your instruments. Do the work. No free passes; as entitlement dulls senses and the anointing. Be kind to people, all people…as unto the LORD. Remain teachable; you can learn from anyone…be it what to do or even what not to do.

I just don’t love you, I like you and enjoy your company.

Proud of you.

Love your biggest fan & Sister in Christ,

MOMMY

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Welcome new faces!

I’ve not done a Q&A session or Blog Party here in quite some time so ask away below!
I’m married and we just celebrated 19 years. That’s a good place to start lol.

Now’s the time to introduce yourself. Don’t be shy💙

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I wear blue for our daughter. You can find her story in the piece shared with her permission called “A Smile Big Enough To Cover The Pain“ and her update here. To connect with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation visithttp://www.naaf.org.
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Blessings💙e


I’ve been wearing blue lipstick at times and with pretty good reason!

I shared in this space a couple of years ago, about our then 10 yr old daughter’s battle with sudden hair loss as a result of Alopecia. Blue is the awareness color for the condition and our daughter; now a 15 yr old HS student, shares her story every chance she gets.

She’s courageous. Courageous because no one would ever have to know. See she was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata where there are patches of hair loss. Her remaining hair is thick so depending on the hairstyle, bald spots can be hidden. But now she’s getting older and experimenting with different hairstyles so newly formed bald spots are visible. As a creative being, she’s discovered that blue lipgloss and strategically painting only one nail blue; sparks a conversation she’s ready to have.

I never shared photos of the bald spots on her scalp. Not only because they were the size of the palm of my hand, it was just too overwhelming to do so. The hair loss…it seemed to happen overnight.

LIFE BEFORE ALOPECIA AREATA…

PONYTAILS AND BEHIND HER EARS…

Sometimes You See It..

AND SOMETIMES YOU DON’T…

Our Daughter And Son February 2017…

It’s been difficult when I watch her struggling with her hair. I want to jump in and help her figure out the parts; literally and figuratively – but I would be doing her a disservice at this stage of her development. She talks about going away to college one day and wanting to “feel comfortable doing her hair without Mommy’s help”. As a parent however, it’s painful to watch her sweep up piles of hair after washing or combing it. But even with that going on behind closed doors, she still has a full head of hair. This has served as a tempting deterrent to be silent and understandably so. Either classmates did not understand because they couldn’t see her condition and the monthly scalp injections; or she had serious tinges of survivors guilt about the hair she did have. After all we are taught to not judge books by their cover…but we all have at one time or another, wouldn’t you say

As a matter of fact, I came across an article years ago written by Ohio journalist Jona Ison raising awareness about her son’s Alopecia Universalis. She said strangers would pay for her son’s meal at restaurants because they assumed he was a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. Attempting to seize those moments as teaching opportunities to educate others often ended in frustration. Kind strangers mistook her response as a modest refusal of their generosity and wouldn’t hear another word.

I remember reaching out to her back then because it was all so new for us and she was extremely gracious. I credit Jona’s bold transparency coupled with God’s undergirding, in empowering me to do the same.  
Listen. We all have something.

To this day, I’m accused of lazily slouching and having horrible posture. The accusation of having horrible posture is correct, but the reason is scoliosis; something else God decided that I should genetically pass a hint of to our daughter as well!😉

Though she is determined to help raise awareness, there are those who will never see her as a person dealing with hair loss or qualified to discuss it. Those who in their smug haste would ignorantly deem our determination to raise awareness as a cry for unmerited pity. But we are not alone. Afterall, there are those who will never see you as a person dealing with any type of loss…simply because of how well you wear your survival too.

Would you consider sharing this post? There are several ways to do it just by clicking the various social media icons below. Maybe we can help someone else today who may think they’re the only one dealing with invisible loss.

Little do they know….

💙

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I wear blue for our daughter. You can find her story in the piece shared with her permission called “A Smile Big Enough To Cover The Pain“. To connect with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation visit http://www.naaf.org.
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SEPTEMBER IS ALOPECIA AWARENESS MONTH

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles causing hair loss.

I wear blue for our daughter. You can find her story in the piece shared with her permission called “A Smile Big Enough To Cover The Pain“.

To connect with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation visit http://www.naaf.org

Honored to raise awareness…💙e


authenticitee is 6 mos. old today! 



Six months eh? (Yawn) So um yeah, what’s the big deal?! (Scrolls Down) Doesn’t sound like a long time right? (Likes Post Without Reading)

Well let’s see!

If you’ve ever started a new relationship, venture, business or diet; you know reaching the halfway mark is pretty darn impressive! Better yet if you have tried to break a bad habit or abstain from any temptation, 6 mos. can be a looong time!


I must pause to say thank you to my subscribers. Though I constantly bombard(ed) my family and friends about authenticitee; out of all of my subscribers, I only know 15 personally!

 That speaks VOLUMES about the thriving community of NEW faces showing me love! Your support has been overwhelmingly beautiful..

It’s not easy being new in any setting:

So know that I am extremely grateful! Hey…There is a wide range of content that I share very transparently from my heart here on authenticitee! My heart is dedicated to the hurting and overlooked. I have a burden for #SuicidePrevention and I figured, being honest about who I was as a Christian who refused to pretend she had it all together may make a difference. By striving to encourage people with God’s love in spite of my own frailties, flaws, hiccups, band-aids.  I felt it may just somehow save a life….


So whether I’m posting an edgy poem of longing, a spoken word piece about love gone right, unrequited love gone awry, an untraditional faith based devotional, sharing an interview about every day inspirational people or a random piece laced with humor and witticism…YOU’RE here rocking with it ALL! Thank you so much. GOD BLESS YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

So…the #s are in! To commemorate 6 mos, here’s a list of YOUR Top 6 Faves!

Much love & CyberSuga…

💘

e of authenticitee ~ inspiration without the other stuff 

#6 EVERYONE IS NOT ASSIGNED TO YOUR CASELOAD! 



#5 NOT JUST THE DJ’s WIFE



#4 A SMILE BIG ENOUGH TO COVER THE PAIN – OUR DAUGHTER’S STORY OF HAIR LOSS


#3 WHEN YOU’RE NOT YOUR VALENTINE’S ONLY VALENTINE



#2 DON’T LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY ON THE MORNING OF YOUR WEDDING!



#1 MIND IF I JOIN YOU?


VERY CLOSE TIE FOR # 6!
DEDICATED TO OUR SON OF COLOR

MY MOMMY’S FAVORITE: 
BARBRA, BOB & BLACK GOSPEL

YOUR FAVORITE LOVE POEM:
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT (I TAUGHT YOU HOW TO LOVE ME)

MY FAVORITE LOVE POEM:

IF YOU LOVED ME LIKE I LOVED YOU

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