SEASON(S) TOO

Hey #InspirationWithE Family!

Wow! Inquiries about Season 2 of my Inspiration With E radio show have really increased quite a bit here of late. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! I am genuinely humbled by the love, interest and support!

What began as a brief hiatus evolved into our schedules going full blown bananas and colliding in midair! My incredible producer @jitchronicles and founder of @grindhardradio & I have been doing just that: Grinding Hard and building our legacies.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity that I was afforded while podcasting and will continue to inspire no matter the format! Season 1 Episodes have been archived and available on demand on http://www.grindhardradio.com.

Enjoying my journey, I look forward to whatever the next chapter holds! You can still find me here, on Facebook | Instagram @InspirationWithE and on Twitter @EAInspiration!

New Here? Welcome New Faces!💫e

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Show Description Season 1 Episode 5


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 Couples Edition episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host & Husband of 19 1/2 years – Grammy Award nominated, Stellar Award winning; music producer, composer & musician, Kevin Arthur @kevindarthur; Entrepreneurs & married couple of 22 years; Edward and Ri Laws of http://www.jonbrioche.com @jonbrioche and Entrepreneurs married 2 years; Waleed & Quiana Shamsid-Deen of facebook.com/SupremeBurgerUS @thesupremeburger. 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 28:00

 

Thank you for your support! Please feel free to comment, like on Facebook and share!

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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
 
Thank you for your support! Please feel free to comment, like on Facebook and share!
REPLAY: iTunes Podcast, BlogTalk Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn. SEARCH “GrindHard Radio” then “Inspiration With E”!
Blessings!💫e of @authenticiteespeaks
Host of the Inspiration With E Radio Show

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Twitter | @EAInspiration

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Twitter | @authenticitee

Remember YOU MATTER!

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INSPIRATION WITH E

Currently on Grindhard Radio as a co-host of Radio Divas for two years, I was humbled by the invitation to host my own radio show on the same network!! 


Inspiration With E is slated to launch Sunday Aug. 20, 2017 – 7p|6c on Grindhard Radio and I couldn’t be more thrilled! 


Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU
All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma!
*There are a few way to listen!

1-  Live & On Demand Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 

2- Call in Live on the air: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I!

3- Podcast on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”!

Thank you everyone for your support, prayers & well wishes!


STAY TUNED! 💫e .

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Remember YOU MATTER!

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Photo Credits Ericka Arthur for authenticitee speaks. 

I write a lot of love poetry. A lot of it is deep and speaks of great longing. I even had one subscriber say “You write like you’re single…” and though I never responded, I thought, “BEST COMPLIMENT EVER LOL!!“.

See, I started this blog on Jan. 10, 2015 and I committed to honest writing. So when Valentine’s Day was on the horizon, only a month later, I was ready to retire. How could I write honestly about a day that caused me so much pain? However it was my husband, Kevin Arthur, who I’ve been with for almost 22 years and married to for almost 18 years that said, “You can’t stop now Baby, you just won the Most Versatile Blogger Award! People are waiting!!”. So I closed my eyes, went for it and ended up writing one of my favorite, most raw and transparent pieces to date entitled, “When You’re Not Your Valentine’s Only Valentine.

I started this blog to be a non judgmental, shade free source of  inspiration for those who were exhausted with the mundane. Those who could appreciate my heart for suicide prevention and could relate to, or appreciate my commitment to authenticity. However had I not had the support of my husband, an artist himself, authenticitee – inspiration without the other stuff, would have ceased almost one month from its inception. And that ladies and gentleman is the truth.

 There are so many super deep saints that have refrained from supporting me publicly but deal with all of the issues I candidly write about privately. I’ve been both legalistic and liberal so I can relate…


BUT I thank God for a BALANCE (now) coupled with the courage and strength needed to walk in this lane of honest writing, even when it comes to addressing the difficult side of love. There is nothing new under the sun; remember it was not unusual for religious people to seek answers and direction privately from JESUS Himself when he walked the Earth.

(Insert disclaimer here that I am not comparing myself to the Lord but referring to it as an age old ocular demonstration)😏

So are my poems and pieces true? Yep. Every single last one of them unless noted otherwise…ah but they are not all current experiences!    (A few were actually inspired by the experiences of others too). When I write, I do see the eyes of whoever inspired the piece. It feels incredible as a writer to  freely express myself on every level; be it a snapshot of my tomorrow or suppressed memories of yesteryear triggered by current circumstance.

This writing thing we do…it’s a beautiful thang ~ Ericka Arthur

My husband is a subscriber and so is my Momma…I’m so grateful lol. Oh and the occasion? None….no occasion other than the brevity of life. I’ve lived long enough to know that the future is not promised, and me missing an opportunity to tell Kevin Arthur thank you…again, was an option I just didn’t want to choose tonight.💘e

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: Ericka Arthur for authenticitee. My husband Kevin Arthur & I (Throwback Thursday November 2013)

Kevin Arthur pictures with Sting after playing for Sting & Common In Central Park, NYC September 26, 2015

FB_IMG_1440427504466THE CONVERSATION WITH V SLIM CONTINUES! #SuicidePreventionMonth



If you’re just joining us you’re cordially invited to rock with us from the beginning by clicking here!

The First Lady of GrindHard Radio blessed this space with her transparency last week when she talked about her personal struggles and experience with Suicide. She set many a captive free by doing so and I’m incredibly honored that it all took place here at authenticitee.

Today she talks more about the business of handling her business…let’s go!

When did you discover your voice, literally and figuratively?
 
I began singing three part harmony with my sisters Venus and Dominique when we were about 3,4 and 5 I believe. I started writing poetry when I was about 10 or so, but after recording for several years and not even being able to stand the sound of my own voice I met a producer named Thundakat and he was vital in helping to tame and structure Catastrophe and molding her into Virginia Slim later to be named The Supernova which made me the dynamic force named Virginia Supernova Slim!

That was around 2003 or 2004 and I never looked back. I learned how to say exactly what I wanted, how I wanted, but in a way that conveyed my thoughts and emotions to my listeners so that they could comprehend, relate, and enjoy. I learned how to manipulate my voice in different ways so that I could create contrasts in feelings and emotions and how to adequately express different levels of emotion. Being able to paint vivid pictures with songs gave me my voice and the ability to share my experiences and testimony.

How/when did you become the 1st Lady of Grindhard Radio?  
 
I met Cody Nixon aka Jit Chronicles (Creator/CEO of Grindhard Radio) through word of mouth from a fellow artist in Oct. of 2010 before the inception of GHR when he was the host of another radio show called The Jit and June Bugga Show. My friend Don Juan Valdez told me about the Internet radio show that played the music of indie artists for free and asked me to call the number and listen to the show to support him. As I listened my spirit gravitated to the more dominant host Jit Chronicles and I felt as if he was a kindred spirit! Excited about the possibilities, I submitted my music and became a regular listener and supporter. I would call in and show them some love, promote myself as well as my music, and network with other indie artists. Long story short, the show ended because of differences of opinions and June Bugga came to me and asked me if I was interested in hosting another show with him because Jit wasn’t dedicated and that’s why their show had ended. I committed excitedly, but soon after I learned the truth about why the previous show had been unsuccessful. I also learned that Jit was in the process of starting Grindhard Radio and was looking for hosts. I felt mislead and manipulated, but since I had already obligated myself to N.C Boy For Life (June Bugga’s self involved show) I tried to fulfill that obligation. Also I referred my first cousin Dangerous Tactics who was also an artist to Jit Chronicles for GHR and their premier was March 8, 2011. I was a guest Co-host every chance I got, but I did not become an official part of the team and the 1st Lady of Grindhard Radio until after my 11 month break in June of 2012 when i was released from prison.

How would you describe your style of music? 

Honestly, my style of music is very hard to describe because different people hear different things when they hear different songs, but I would say it’s kind of like a cross between hip-hop and r&b. I don’t really sing and I don’t really rap, I just flow! I feel like music is a language and I am music’s interpreter, so I just translate what the beat is already saying while conveying the message in a language (style) that’s fun for me! Lol And also easy to visualize. 

What are the pros & cons of being an indie artist? 

The pro of being an indie artist is being the boss, but the con to being the boss is paying the cost! When you are independent you can’t depend on anyone but yourself and your grind. You may not have a manager, a publicist, a budget, producers, engineers, etc at your disposal as an indie artist, but you have the power and the ability to build relationships to help yourself achieve goals. On a major level you have more potential access to their major connections and opportunities to promote you as an artist, but staying independent doesn’t necessarily mean that the movement is small or incapable of adequately representing you. It is just normally associated with not having readily available access to mainstream resources. 

Are you an indie artist by choice or default?

I believe that I am an indie artist by default because it’s not about how good your music is its about how successful you are at getting your music to someone who can get it heard and distributed to the masses! On the level that I’m on as an indie artist I have not had the opportunity to get my music to someone who is willing to walk me through some doors that I cannot get in alone. I have done all that I can. I became an artist to get my lyrics out as a writer.

If offered a major record deal would you take it? 

If I was offered a major deal that was going to lead my career in the direction that God wants it to go I would definitely take it. I am at a point in my life where my motto is, “Not I, but CHRIST!” Not saying I feel like I have to do gospel music, but I definitely have a responsibility to win souls for Christ with whatever gifts, talents, and possessions that He’s blessed me with. To God be the Glory! Everything I do I want to do it for Him because He not only gave me life but a chance to LIVE! Only what we do for Christ will last! I have had cars, clothes, money, jewelry, and I’ve lost it all, but as long as I don’t lose my soul I don’t mind losing everything else.

Any advice to up and coming artists?

When it comes to giving advice to up and coming artists I have to first say seek God to order your steps and wait on Him to lead you. Then I would have to be honest and say have a backup plan for your back up plan. Don’t settle for one career path or avenue of making money and being successful. Have a career, a passion, and a hobby and try to enjoy and make money off of them all! You don’t have to restrict yourself to wanting to be an artist alone so that if that doesn’t work out you don’t have anything to fall back on. Aspire to be something that everybody else in the world is not trying to be so that there is less competition in your lane and then pursue the common path last because the chance for success isn’t impossible it’s just harder to obtain because it’s so popular. It is not easy to become a superstar, but having a sure dollar to sustain you while you pursue your dreams is a smarter way to try to get where you’re trying to go and guarantees a higher possibility of success in more than one area. Have several pots cooking on the stove, but put some elbow grease into whatever you’re cooking. What you put in is what you get out! You can’t expect to put a potato in the oven and get a steak out. Don’t take shortcuts. This microwave society wants instant gratification and has no patience, but anything worth having is worth waiting patiently and working diligently for.   


How can supporters purchase your music?  

All of the music that I have released to date can be downloaded for free right now! These are my last free projects other than songs that will be released on the exclusive Grindhard Radio Mixtape Series Grind Or Die and Slow Grind, but my latest project “Virginia Supernova Slim’s Greatest Hits And Features” which is a double cd with 18 songs on each disk (36 songs) comprised of 10+ years of music can be downloaded here:

 https://m.datpiff.com/tape/622540**FOR FREE** and all of my music can be found through the Official Grindhard Radio Website here: http://WWW.GRINDHARDRADIO.COM or by going to Google and typing in Virginia Supernova Slim. That will also link you to all of my other music streaming sites and social media sites.

You can also check out my music at http://www.soundcloud.com/virginia-slim

http://www.reverbnation.com/virginiasupernovaslim


What do you want your legacy to be? 

 When all is said and done I want to be remembered for living a life of substance, both spiritually and physically. I want my name to by synonymous with perseverance through persecution and from that I want people to be encouraged and know that the same God that brought me through will deliver them too! I want my legacy to be interpreted as, not I, BUT CHRIST! It’s not how or where you start, but how strong you finish! I want people to say, “Virginia Supernova Slim allowed God to turn her flaws, mistakes, and sins into success for His Kingdom!” They say nothing beats a failure but a try, but I say nothing beats a try but to try again until you are successful! I want people to know without a shadow of a doubt that I was God-fearing, sincere, genuine, accepting, nurturing, family-oriented, and that I gave 110% to the people who God placed in my path until I took my very last breath. In some way shape or form I want my life and death to impact souls and win them for Christ and I want to contribute to the advancement of the human race. Only then will I feel like my life mattered.

I wanted to provide the link for the Suicide Prevention Awareness Show that we did on Grindhard Radio where I shared my story with the world for the very first time and I pray that someone is blessed by me refusing to be ashamed of what God allowed me to experience, so please check it out and share it!  

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grindhard_radio/2014/10/03/suicide-prevention-awareness-on-grindhard-radio


How can my incredible subscribers, supporters and guests check you out on Grindhard Radio (language advisory)?


GrindhardRadio is live every Tuesday and Thursday from 11p-1a EST and we have a show that’s live on the network just about every night of the week including: The Mass Debaters which is live every Monday and Wednesday from 10p-12a EST, Grown Folks Business which is live every Saturday from 5p-7p EST, and The Radio Divas which is live every Sunday from 7p-9p EST.   

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You can also check out the archived shows at www.blogtalkradio.com/grindhard_radio on iTunes, the TuneIn app, www.collegeundergroundradio.comor by going to WWW.GRINDHARDRADIO.COM  
My music and social media sites can be found by typing Virginia Supernova Slim in Google! You can also submit mp3 formatted music to grindhard904@gmail.com for free interviews on the show. Please include all song and artist information.  

Follow the GHR Network Squad on Twitter @JITCHRONICLES @VirginiaSlim7 @YoungNah267 @CataFacemobb803 @juztkp @Tenah4 @msmekatbr @mass_Debaters @djsgtrock  

God Bless! 

Sincerely, 

CHINA SYKES 

AKA 

VIRGINIA SUPERNOVA SLIM  



++September is #SuicidePreventionMonth! You can help by please sharing her story with others who may feel hopeless and ready to give up. As usual thanks for your love and support of authenticitee: inspiration without the other stuff.


Love you to life (not death)

💘e


National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK






**ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF VIRGINIA SUPERNOVA SLIM


 

My husband is a very humble, hardworking man. It’s an honor to share his press release (without his asking) in my home away from home, authenticitee!

It’s not easy being new anywhere and that includes being a new artist. Watching my husband take a risk as an indie, unsigned artist, I know firsthand that the struggle is REAL! Many Blessings to everyone launching into their own field of dreams today and always!

PRESS RELEASE: KEVIN ARTHUR | GRAMMY NOMINATED, STELLAR AWARD WINNING PRODUCER/MUSICIAN RELEASES DEBUT CD MERGE

 

 

For inquiries and bookings, please contact: 

Virgil Byrd

platform1life@gmail.com

919-408-9986

 

Laura Vialva

mergemusickda@gmail.com

646-744-4311

 

Grammy-Nominated Kevin Arthur Releases Debut Album, “MERGE”

A compilation of African, Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae and R&B influences combining family artistry with uplifting lyrics and instrumentation 

 

*New York, NY, April 8— Grammy nominated, Stellar Award winning producer/musician, Kevin Arthur, released his debut album, MERGE, on April 1, 2015. Stepping into the forefront from Musical Director and/or Bassist for internationally renowned artists including Common, Christina Aguilera, and Les Nubians, Kevin is gracing the public with his infusion of “sincere sweet soul” using the rhythms of African, Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae and R&B influences, taking listeners on a passage of inspirational muse and progressive harmony.

 

Kevin is a trained musical talent who attended both the The Creative and Performing Arts H.S. (CAPA) and Martin Luther King High School in his native hometown of Philadelphia, PA.  He went on to play with the likes of Jill Scott, The Roots, Kenny Lattimore and Musiq Soulchild.

 

After a successful career on the road wit

 

h many talented artists, Kevin’s inspirational roots, as well as his affection for all genres of music, led to his decision to produce his own album.  MERGE not only gives voice to his creativity – his true desire to encourage people is prominent throughout his lyrics and instrumentation. 

 

Kevin says,”I knew I wanted to be a musician from the age of 3 when I first heard the late legendary Andraé Crouch’s “This is Another Day” album. From being moved by the drummer’s beat on that track to now being in a place where I am able to inspire others through my own music. I am truly blessed and honored to share my story and merge the different roads I have traveled to this final destination – the MERGE album.”

 

The album is a family affair, featuring appearances from Kevin’s wife of 17 years, Ericka Arthur who lends background vocals on “Danse”.  Kevin is also joined by his children, Kevin Arthur, Jr. on “Lively Up” and Kayla Arthur who sung and co-wrote “Polar”. 

 

Additional tracks include “The King”, dedicated to Andraé Crouch, featuring drummer John Lawson (Kanye West, Musiq Soulchild), “Tears for Fears”,  featuring guitarist Justin ‘GuitarSlayer’ Lyons (Zendaya, Chrisette Michele), “Peace/The Prodigal Son” featuring Estee Bullock (Hezekiah Walker, DeWayne Woods) & Johnny “Smurf” Smith (Jill Scott, Ledisi) ; “Passports” featuring Criss Cross recording artist and Jazz pianist Orrin Evans, Korey Riker (Elvis Costello, John Legend), George ‘Spanky’ McCurdy (Lady GaGa, Mariah Carey), Pablo Batista (Alicia Keys, Richard Smallwood); “Relevant” featuring Holy Hip Hop Recording Artist Joshua Raymond.

 

 

 

MERGE is available for purchase on iTunes at http://apple.co/1DFNryT and at all major retailers (For bookings and additional information, please email mergemusickda@gmail.com or platform1life@gmail.com

 

 

Kevin Arthur on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/KevinDArthurMusic

 

Kevin Arthur’s Video: “What is Merge?

http://t.co/OvQN68YxMm

 

Kevin Arthur on Twitter: @KevinDArthur

 

Kevin Arthur on Instagram:

@KevinDArthur

 

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