HUMBLED to be featured!! Salute Lisa W Tetting!💫e

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Humbled to be introduced to a different genre and still be permitted to be myself as a writer. I don’t take it lightly!

🔞Love Is Color Anthology🔞 is a collection of sensual poetry, short stories and visual art that will be released on Amazon – February 14, 2018!

Thank you for being here!

Blessings!

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“Dear Mom,

This is a meal ticket…”

That’s how letters from my little brother would begin when he wrote Mommy during that first and only summer we both went away to camp. Separated for the first time, we were at camps of our own choosing that year; as the Brooklyn Flatbush YMCA Day Camp was our permanent fixture. I loved the Flatbush Y whereas he could take it or leave it.

The staff at his camp “conveniently” scheduled time to write parents and loved ones back just before dinner. Oh not to worry it wasn’t mandatory every day or anything like that. Pretty genius if you ask me. I honestly don’t think we would’ve heard from him, had he not been made to write!

Hmmm…made to write. A scheduled time to write. Now that’s different…at least for me. Whatever have I started here in this space called Authenticitee Speaks? I’m like an incredibly odd blend of eclectic, raw, impulsive sincerity and “nothing a good management team can’t fix”. Writing (publicly) kinda goes from, “Hey look at me, I’m writing!” to “What ‘chu lookin’ at? Can’t you see I’m writing?!” in my best Brooklyn accent of course…Son.

Some call her February…

I chose that title for this piece because I was originally thinking of a unique way to say February 1st. I bore that easily. Yep, I even managed to complicate that right? But then it felt like the name of a novel I should write or the first line of yet another poem. However maybe I’m February or going through a February. See February is also a girl’s name that means “purification” (thank you Google – your work is done here); so perhaps that’s why it was so important to write something today. A day to chronicle just…that.

Purify me oh mighty God above and let this time date stamp before midnight prove a Sista can be consistent!!

No, (sigh) now that doesn’t sound right either. *clears throat* “We won’t be spiritualizing procrastination, uncertainty, being in the middle of major transition, overextending myself with an iota of a new sense of direction”…at least not this time.

This is Day 1. And yes I’ve been here many times before. I’ve had many Day 1s before. Every doggone journal I’ve started; from Noah’s flood to Kendrick Lamar’s kick a•• Grammy performance begins exactly the same. You know how we do. Hit that Dollar Tree Honty and grab another (rolls eyes) marble notebook with a chic cover and begin…again. Be it repentance or reflection we all have habits we want to develop or drop. I wanna get in the habit of writing in this space at least once a week; there, I’ve said it. And as far as I’m concerned, this is yet another brand new Day 1 for me all of us.

Hello. My name is Ericka. I prefer to be called ‘e‘ (lowercase intentional) but some? Some call her February…and that sounds beautiful to me.

Thank you for being here!

Blessings!

e of @authenticiteespeaks

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When I uploaded my first post on WordPress three years ago today, I had no idea what I was getting into…

I’m certainly grateful for what blogging has taught me and (now) excited (again) about the potential it holds but “for real for real“? I’m still winging it.

See….Authenticitee Speaks has morphed into a public record of my journal, a clear declaration of my allegiance to Jesus who I believe is the Christ, a platform to interview and showcase those who inspire me, words of encouragement and some serious, sho nuff grown folks love poetry. Oh and one mo’ thang Honty – everyone is welcome!! What the what?! What do you do with that kinda gumbo?

Actually – I’m not quite sure. I mean do I have to do something about that? Isn’t that what makes my authenticity speak? Just being me? Heck. Until my friend Quiana Scott; entrepreneur and former blogger of FEMpowered Persepective schooled me, I didn’t even know what a blog was 3 years ago. I even remember my fellow Gates Of Influence powerhouse classmate Latarsha Lytle asking a myriad of questions about “marketing plans for my target audience”. Huh?! Um. The hurting Ma’am. I have a burden for the hurting. That could be anyone! How do you target THAT?

The incessant fixation with stats and likes began to vehemently swirl around my pen but I refused to let it pressure me. I still refuse to let it sway me; whether I’m posting here or on my beloved Instagram page. I just write from my heart and trust that whoever needs to see it, will see it when they need it the most.

Yes; 3 years later I realize I have just as many things to unlearn as I do to learn! But as long as I’m at peace with a piece before sharing it with the masses, while exercising my oft used right to delete or archive it later; I am remaining true to myself. And that is what matters most to me. I’ve wrestled long enough with my range of writing by finishing the sentences of naysayers in my head! I’ve finally accepted that some will only see me as a preacher and others, only as the bass player’s wife. Then there are those who only know me as an Instagram poet or radio host. As a writer, I only have control over what people see, not how they perceive what they see. That revelation is LIBERATION personified!

But the truth is before I was a preacher, a wife, mom and somewhat of a public persona (lest I flatter myself), I was just ‘e‘. I’m most comfortable without the titles. I’m just ‘e’. And as I learn how to walk worthy of my calling, in spite of every embarrassing mistake and poor choice made…

No matter the format, on my word: I’m gonna spend the rest of my life making other people feel less broken. Period. No matter the setting, venue, method, expression or platform – that is the calling on my life. Here’s to hindsight, God breathed insight, being kind to myself and future happenings!

If you have any questions/comments, feel free to share below! Take a moment to introduce yourself! Special shout out to my Mom who reads every word and listens to every radio broadcast I’m on! Thank you Mommy! I love you to life!!

In honor of my 3rd Blogaversary – I’m sharing a quick list of a few of my favorites bloggers! Show them some love & tell ’em I sent ‘cha! Leave your blog link below as well!

https://kittomalley.com/

https://robertmgoldstein.com/

https://forfriendswithoutborders.com/

https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/

https://seanmungin.com/

https://theginnydiaries.com/

https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

https://marquessamatthews.com/

https://www.nadinetomlinson.com/

https://kwoted.wordpress.com/

https://marylandpoetblog.wordpress.com/author/marylandpoetblog/

https://black-burgundy.com/

https://10000hoursleft.wordpress.com/

https://shadebutnoshade.wordpress.com/

https://abeautywithbrainsblog.wordpress.com/

https://thejladoctrine.wordpress.com/

https://russelljfellows.com/

http://www.mommasview.com/

https://rebirthoflisa.wordpress.com/

Thank you for being here!

Blessings!

e of @authenticiteespeaks

Host of the Inspiration With E Radio Show

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Remember YOU MATTER!

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Hello & welcome new faces!

I wanted to take a moment to thank my faithful Authenticitee Speaks blog supporters who ask about my poetry all the time! You are beyond awesome. Yes, I still write love poetry, quite a bit actually. However in the past year I’ve ventured outside my comfort zone to share my work in other spaces, including other blogs such as For Friends Without BordersMost of my poetry however, appeared on Instagram (@authenticiteespeaks) prior to my recent decision to gradually streamline the content by deleting over 250 posts in the last 2-3 months.

There is an AMAZING, rich mosaic of gifted writers on Instagram and I’ve been blessed to connect with many a humble, gifted and loyal soul there. I have even featured a few right here on my blog! Just go to the Menu and then click the Instagram Writer Crush Series link to meet a few!

Even if you are not on Instagram, simply Google #PoetsOfInstagram and you can check out a myriad of poems/quotes from writers all over the world that way too! 

Ah! In other news…

Earlier this year, I had the honor of being published for the first time as a contributing poet in Feminine Collective‘s book; ‘Love Notes From Humanity: The Lust, Love & Loss Collection available on Amazon! What made that moment all the more special to/for me; was that part of the proceeds went to Suicide Prevention. I cried tears of joy because that’s where my heart lies. What a blessing!!! I’m forever grateful to Publisher and Editor in Chief; Julie Anderson and her staff for seeing something special in my work. I don’t take being considered and then featured lightly!

So as I recondition myself to sharing the bulk of my poetry on my own blog again (imagine that🤔), I look forward to hearing from old and new supporters & fellow bloggers alike! Introduce yourself if we’ve not met, tell me a tad bit about yourself and next time maybe even bring a friend!

Stay tuned for the Poetry Archives Series launch! Super excited about that. Oh and if you’ve yet to hear my new Inspiration With E radio show, all Season I Episodes are available on demand right here on Authenticitee Speaks!

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

INSPIRATION WITH E RADIO SHOW REPLAYS: iTunes Podcast, BlogTalk Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn. SEARCH “GrindHard Radio” then “Inspiration With E”!
Blessings!💫e of @authenticiteespeaks

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PRAYER WEDNESDAYS – 6 WEEKS



As most of you know, my own radio show, “Inspiration With E” launches next Sunday night – Aug. 20, 2017. 7p – 830p @grindhardradio


The season runs for 6 weeks so the WEDNESDAY before each show has been set aside as a day of prayer specifically for the show and my guests. 


DISCLAIMER 

I am a woman of faith BUT at times my show will feature secular music, and interviews with different races and/or non believers. IF that is an issue for you, PLEASE keep the negativity far, far, far away from me. I am VERY serious about life outside the 4 walls and showing much LOVE to EVERYONE is very important to me. 
HOW TO TUNE IN:

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. -*Listeners who call in are automatically muted when calling in) 

3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! 

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! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e
So if you’re on board with inspiration for ALL and/or will be praying or need prayer…Holla below.

 ***PLEASE*** (nothing personal but…) DO NOT SEND DMs  – Thank you. If your request is private in nature, just type “Pray For Me” & we got ‘chu. 

If you or a loved one are in crisis or have difficulty coping the National Suicide Hotline is available 24/7 @800273TALK 

Much love💫e

8/14/17

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Meet Ericka Arthur

 

Known as fearless behind the pen, Brooklyn NY native Ericka Arthur of Authenticitee Speaks is an Inspirational blogger, speaker, writer, singer and poet. A lover of love, she writes from the core of her heart; to the core of hearts. 

As a volunteer Suicide Crisis Counselor, Ericka has a burden to raise awareness and end the stigma facing those having difficulty coping; especially in communities of color and faith. 

Her latest movement, Inspiration With E, was created to share what inspires her while encouraging others. “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels Ericka and has now culminated in the launch of her own radio show. 

Inspiration With E, set to debut Aug 20, 2017 on Grindhard Radio, is where she will share what inspires her. Everything from different genres of music, interviewing Indie Authors, Artists and Entrepreneurs while raising awareness about issues close to her heart. 

Be sure to tune in Sundays from 7p to 830p EST & tell a friend!

WATCH:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

SUPER EXCITED!!! Tomorrow is the BIG day! The response has been overwhelming and I even handpicked a few of my CyberSquad favorites that I can’t wait for you to meet!

If you are just joining me on this journey, I’m a blogger/poet and this series is designed to introduce my blog audience to my Instagram Poet family! Their bios and background stories are POWERFUL!! Be sure to spread the word and invite a friend. 

Welcome new faces, all are welcome here! Scroll down & click SUBSCRIBE!🌹e


1/2/17
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I vaguely remember hearing that NBA players never wear the same pair of sneakers twice at games. Not sure if that story is a fable or not but I rather fancied the idea. It left me fascinated with the notion of being given new artillery for each new battle.

New. It’s a concept we can’t really process as a result of the diminished value once we pull off a car dealership’s lot and smear fingerprints across the window of every new experience we touch.

Conditioned to sing about “mercies, new every morning” according to Biblical scriptures and life experience; I can’t say I remember the last time “new” really felt new…for me.

So I open the floor and pose a question: What does the phrase “brand new” mean to you?

If not here, then in your journal make the result of your reflections known🌹e

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I’ve been quietly introverting in my cocoon. Ringer stays off most of the time. Pen stays in hand all of the time. 

Yesterday in one of those rare “ringer on” moments, my Sistah friend LiMarie Lewis aka Poetikmind, let me know that the piece I wrote called GOLD BUTTERFLY had also been reposted by the INCREDIBLE Eff Your Beauty Standards team on their Instagram page! They are known for encouraging all to embrace their body image thus confronting body shaming head on!

The photo that I used in this piece which I imagined caught their eye as it did mine; is GORGEOUS! Ah but as one relatively new to sharing my poetry on Instagram, it was overwhelmingly breathtaking to know their 257K followers may see my work too. I’m simply beyond grateful…

As I retreat back into my cocoon, pen in hand, I peek out only to encourage those of you who feel weary in well doing. As though you, your gifts and talents have gone unnoticed. I’m a living witness that there are times God will hide you on the back side of the desert to protect you from YOU.

Stop pushing others out the way to get to the mic only to have nothing to say and all your issues be on display. Waiting hasn’t and doesn’t feel good but when I think about everything and everyone I wanted in my life and God said, “no”, “not yet” or “not in that way”, I can appreciate it better…now.

I wrote a song years ago after we lost our third child due to miscarriage and it also referenced repeated heartbreaks in my life, some I admit were self inflicted. As a result of everything I’ve survived and continue to endure I can now say while relishing in His peace, that my lyrics still speak to me, “It Hurt Too Bad…not to be for my good”. Love you to life…even when no one is looking. Be blessed beyond measure & strengthened for every journey.

 

Thank you for your unwavering support & please never forget how amazing you are🌹e

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Two of my latest pieces of poetry… 

  

He promised strawberries & champagne 

Told him I don’t drink

“You mean this is a natural high I’m feeling?” He leaned in to take a closer peek. 

My bottom sugar coated lip I bit,

Sober minded, straight on shoulders my head I tilt 

Refusing to be hypnotized by his honey drenched eyes

Had to let him know

My natural high was by invitation only & custom built.

@authenticiteespeaks

 
Below is a collaboration with an amazing poet on Instagram named Lyrical Miracle…

 
  

He says…



Subtle hints here and there, allow me to keep my distance/You’re perfect in every way and I’m not just talking about your appearance/I know you’ve been hurt before and my heart is still healing too/For all the right reasons, the stars aligned the day I met you/I fell for you so fast and in denial I’ve been/Wanting to tell you how much I love you, but it seems I just can’t win/So I’ll disappear for a while in dire need of your company/It’s all my fault truth be told, I’m scared to let you love me/
Lyrical Miracle The Poetic Prophet


I respond..

Your world is breathtaking, can’t believe I’m your Special Guest. 

It means everything to me that you got that off your chest. Thank you for letting me in but please don’t disappear. There’s something about your voice vibrating in my ear. Every time you come close I get apprehensive. The air thins, my soul mends, I then become pensive. 

Truth to be told, I’m scared too. 

You absolved me of my past; you’re too good to be true. My heart’s a bit fragile and in some places bruised but it only starts beating when I think of you. 

@authenticiteespeaks

Thank you for your continued support…you’re beyond amazing! Be sure to scroll down & catch up on previous posts. I wanna hear from you💞e

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Lyrical Miracle’s info found here at  http://instagram.com/poetic_prophet