It’s so refreshing when you see an artist with a message; it’s even more refreshing when that message is in conjunction with exactly how you feel. Lately, I have been having this hunger for the word and for change. I noticed that everything related to life, struggles and blessings are mentioned in the bible one way or another. All my life I felt as if I was being pulled into two different directions, as if I was in a game of tug and war with me being the rope. As strong as I am, as I feel God has made me, it’s apparent that my gifts and talents far exceed whatever expectations I have or understand, and my enemy know that. It’s a fight, as I mentioned before in It’s a War Happening Right Now! Using Faith As My Armor: A Letter from The Battle Field.
So thankfully, I see inspirational videos come my way, or by way of my husband, and I’m excited. I really want you to check out this video and support this couple. T-Rock and Priceless have been rapping for over 11 years. They also have been married to each other for 6 years. They currently reside in Richmond, Virginia with their 4-year-old daughter and 9 month old twin boys. T-Rock and Priceless are passionate about Jesus and greatly desire to see our present world have a life altering, authentic encounter with the only true and living God. They believe our generation is no longer satisfied with church as usual. There is a desperation and hunger for the presence of God and real change. These two have decided that they can no longer sit idly by as the enemy destroys families and attempts to completely mar any trace of the image of God in our society. T-Rock and Priceless are relentless about Biblical truth and seek to relay the Gospel in a relevant way through rap. However, it doesn’t stop there. They want to present Jesus in a tangible way as they serve their community and local church. Through their dynamic testimonies, T-Rock and Priceless want others to see how God has transformed their lives for His Glory. Moreover, in doing so, they hope to respond to the cry of the people and bring glory to God.
Through their lives, they both have endured struggles, trials, and tribulations, and their lives currently are great examples of how merciful God is and how awesome God has been. Avoiding circumstances that could have ultimately made them statistics, they both relied on prayer and service to see them through, and through their work they are aiming to inspire others to do the same.
Check out “The City” by T-Rock and Priceless….
Email them for more information: email@example.com
It’s impossible to think that with any ounce of beauty, talent, or self-respect that everyone is going to love you and adore you everyday. There are people out there that hate their circumstances so bad, hate what you represent, and compete so hard that they will go out of their way to step on any ounce of respect you may have for yourself. Truthfully, you can say you don’t care, but deep down inside that’s false. You care and it bothers you. Why can’t people shine without getting some shade by some people around them? Why is it difficult to make moves in your life without the obstacles of haters, negative comments, and gossip/rumors? If I go to the bible, it’s clear that even the most perfect individual, Jesus Christ dealt with haters and naysayers, so what makes you so different? However, let me break down how to overcome the responsibility of being great and doing great things. Because with every step of glory there will be groans and moans of envious, jealous, and hateful people. How you deal with it makes all the difference for yourself and your life.
This is a hard task, please believe me. I often want to spazz out, snap, go off, and start hitting below the belt when folks talk to me or about me sideways. In fact, I used to go all out to destroy people verbally and even physically at times, frustrated that they had the audacity to come against me. However, I remember that my purpose is greater than that. I’m a mature woman with values and goals that don’t include petty people who aren’t happy with themselves. It’s not easy to be nice all the time or kill them with kindness, but that’s how you are supposed to live. Vengeful/vindictive behavior is just a vicious cycle that will never end. Treat them with kindness regardless of the hate and shade thrown at you. You don’t have to be fake and buddy up with them, but cordial doesn’t cost a thing and swallowing your pride is fat free.
People are going to talk about you… and badly, too. They are going to gossip about you, insinuate things, and assume that you are something that you might not be. It doesn’t matter. When you are called to a purpose and you are driven and focused, it doesn’t matter what people say. You don’t have to address every hateful comment or every rumor that comes back to you. God can handle it. If you ask Him to deal with the small stuff, so that you can keep working, God will have your back. Don’t respond to the foolishness; don’t give your haters the luxury of pulling you down with them. Let them reach; let them talk, because they have the time. You only answer to divine descriptions of yourself, you answer to greatness.
Don’t you ever, ever, ever dumb yourself down, ugly yourself up, or limit your possibilities for the sake of other people. You may not want to step on people’s toes, but don’t starve yourself and your glory. Be the best person you can be, be the awesome individual God created. Don’t worry about people talking about you or hating on you. They will do this regardless if you fail or if you win, so stay focused. If they can’t take your shine, then inform them where they can get some sunshades or tell them don’t look straight at you. I’m going to shine despite what they say, what they do, and if my shine makes them uncomfortable, they better back up and give me some room… it’s about to get hot! That should be your attitude, don’t feel like you have to limit your abilities for the sake of someone else, because they’ll either stifle you or despise you, both of which is not your concern. Shine bright!
Life has a way of throwing obstacles in your way. Bills, illness, loss, setbacks are all apart of the system. However, don’t worry about what people can see and what they might find out. You belong to someone greater and more divine than any of us, you answer to Him. He knows your heart. Your life should be pleasing to God, not people. Therefore, so what if you have to downgrade your house, car, or your style, God is going to bring you back when you are ready. We aren’t in a race with other people; we are on a journey with God on our own. Through all the obstacles and circumstances, find something to be grateful for and praise God. Find things in your life that you know are blessings and thank God despite the pitfalls. God wants to know that you know how to keep your light shining through it all.
It kills me when people talk about how awesome they are, and how blessed they are with talents, materialistic things, etc. However, despite being blessed in one way or another, they spend most of their time trying to prove… “I’m the best”! So much energy goes into getting people back, proving people wrong, hurting those who have wronged them, and vindicating themselves, that they don’t even realize that they’re going in circles. God doesn’t bless you so that you can beat it upside someone else’s head and make them feel inferior. God blesses you, so that you in return can be a blessing for someone else. Therefore, if you haven’t fully dealt with your own insecurities and trials, you will lose ultimately in the end. Spend your energy on your purpose and fulfill that. You don’t need to prove that you are untouchable, unstoppable, and the best at what you do with words of grandeur and idle threats to no one in particular, your actions and good will speak volumes to the people. Spend your energy on being pleasing to your Creator and not on the people throwing you shade or shade that you created for yourself. Spend it being awesome and blessed with your acts, not your boastful tongue.
I want to see people be the best that they can possibly be, I know it’s difficult… but it is possible. I used to think limiting things myself, but I’ve learned that if we are truly honest with ourselves and we deal with our insecurities within, we can overcome anything with His glory. I’m excited to see what happens next. God bless and have an awesome Easter Weekend.
Love and Awesomeness,
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You might have been laid off, or struggling with a job situation. You may have been given a notice that the rent is seriously overdue or the lights are going off. You may have seen a shift in your relationships with certain people, and you’re wondering what in the world in going on. It may just seem like you are being attacked for one reason or another, and you just can’t get up.
I know the feeling. Many people know the feeling. The insurmountable agony of trying to overcome one obstacle and another, all without catching your breath sometimes can wear you out. I wouldn’t dare lie to you and say, it doesn’t get hard sometimes. I lose it. I cry. I vented to people that I probably shouldn’t have, knowing all the time… all I needed to do was pray. Therefore, don’t feel bad… just have faith.
It’s struggle trying to be a better human being. Life is full of temptations, easy routes, and shortcuts that look so good to you. You’re trying to make things happen, you want a blessing or two, and everything around you is saying if you only do this, it’ll come to pass. It’s easier to succumb to negative ways; it’s easier to rely on negative people, its so darn easy to just talk about it, rather than be about it. Pretending the struggle isn’t there doesn’t make it go away. Pretending that you can hustle your way out isn’t going to make the struggle less painful. This is something I’ve learned the hard way.
My husband, children and I were just in a car accident, I never said a word. My health started to take toil on me; I kept smiling the whole way. I kept getting offers to do things that the “old I’esha” would’ve jump at for the chance to make some money, but I turned them down. Why did the “weed lady” from six years ago call my number, asking me if I wanted to cop? I sent that woman straight to voicemail and deleted the message. Another individual broke my heart, and I still extended love and respect. I’m in a war at this very moment, as even as I write this I’m battling. It would be so easy for me to revert to old ways and old behavior, because back then when I was “that” chick, life didn’t seem to attack me. Back when I was not praying, not reading, and not being anything close to a virtuous woman, life was gravy.
That’s how I know… I’m doing well. I know I’m walking right, because the enemy doesn’t attack someone who isn’t a threat. I know I’m pleasing God, because the dumbest things will happen to try to push you into being that awful person, that negative thinking individual, but I kept saying “Thank you God!”
In the accident, I said, “Thank God we’re still here and the car still works”. As my health started to affect me, I said, “Thank God I can still move and I have my life”. After the drug dealer called, I said, “Thank God, I’m able to handle my issues without smoking”. When my heart was broke, I said, “Thank God for the time spent and the lessons learned”. When the bills piled up and temptation came with opportunities for money, I said, “Thank you Lord for confirmation that my work is being recognized”, despite the fact I said no.
I’m in a war! They want me for something, but they can’t have me, because I belong to something greater. I can’t go back now.
Through all this fighting, I had to tell you just how awesome He is. I had to share that I am being blessed beyond measure, with more than I deserve. It’s a fight though, but I’m staying prayed up. I just hope that you are as well.
What’s for you is yours. However, no matter your circumstances, believe that it’s just preparing you for something awesome down the road. We’re in training for greater things. Say “Thank You Lord” for all things, big and little, in times of hurt and of plenty. It’s amazing the moves He makes, when we just believe. I wasn’t supposed to update today, but I needed to get this off my heart and into yours. God has something so spectacular for you… just wait.
With Love and Awesomeness,
Marvin D. Wilson has had many rich life experiences, from Hippie Rock, Roll musician, to nightclub entertainer, to Zen student, and then ordained Buddhist minister. He was a carpenter, a small business owner, a network marketer, a sales trainer, a skilled trade’s instructor and adult education teacher, a public speaker and motivational coach, and now in his chosen “golden years” career, a writer and multi-published author with the self-proclaimed, “audacity to write novels.” He is also a professional editor, on staff with All Things That Matter Press and taking freelance projects as well.
Wilson describes his spiritual path as one who is a non-religious, dogma-free, maverick spiritualist Christian, with a strong bent toward Zen, Taoism, and the Law of Attraction, and who believes in the Oneness of all creation and all paths leading to re-awakening to the One. He is the proud father of three grown children and seven (and counting) grandchildren, and enjoys organic gardening as well as listening to, writing, performing and recording music—when not writing, travelling, and marketing his books.
Marvin writes primarily in the spiritual/inspirational genre, but likes to pen “cross-over” novels that appeal to a wide audience. His books are uplifting, sometimes weighty, oftentimes humorous, abidingly thought provoking, meant to instil and create passion and emotion, more than occasionally provocative to the point of controversial, and always “tell it like it is”, real world, no punches pulled writing. He likes to deliver spiritual messages in a non-preachy, often irreverent, sometimes sexy and ribald way, through the medium of an entertaining story.
Sometimes in life we over think, we over-evaluate, and we usually miss something small that could have saved us a huge amount of grief. When our regular routines and ego take over, we experience so much chaos that we forget to try simple solutions to improving our lives. Tonight GaptoothDiva talks to Author Michael J. Rhodes and Gospel Vocalist Estee.
Phenomenal Gospel music vocalist. Accomplished pianist and keyboard player. Prolific writer of hundreds of songs. Dynamic music arranger and producer. These are just a few phrases that describe Estee (AKA Shon Hubble), Gospel artist extraordinaire.
She has had the honor of being the first female accompanist for the Grammy nominated Central State University Choir. She has also been blessed to have been awarded the Central State University’s prestigious most outstanding first alto award and the outstanding performance in the music department award.
Estee has a strong, crystal clear voice with an astounding range. She can go from tenor to soprano effortlessly. She also has “perfect pitch” – an ability only one in 10,000 people possesses – which allows her to immediately recognize and play any musical note she hears.
Estee’s range in music styles is just as expansive. “She’s extremely gifted and she can sing any genre of music – jazz, R&B, rap, Gospel. All her vocals are top flight. You don’t see that a lot,” said Terry Troutman, one of the original members of the R&B band Zapp. She’s often been compared to Kim Burrell, India Arie and Cece Winans.
Michael J. Rhodes is the award-winning author of The Freedom Code: Simple Solutions for Life’s Major Challenges and creator of the Billionaire Mindset Guidebook and CD Series. Michael is a professional keynote speaker, certified hypnotist, financial consultant, and he is a leading national authority on motivation, subconscious re-training, and developing winning habits. He is currently the president of Ancient Elders Press, Inc. and the owner of Healing Transitions Hypnosis.
Here at GaptoothDiva.com, I pride myself on my ability to be open minded and accepting of diverse groups of people. However, I feel there are certain things that we shouldn’t have to actively caution ourselves to accept, it should be something organic and natural. I feel that race, gender, class, and sexual orientation aren’t things we should have to program our brains to accept, it should be a given. Although that is how I would love the world, that is not how our realities are. So pioneers such as J.C. Knudson, are forced to write books to give the world a different perspective on how to be more accepting of different people, especially those in the LGBT community. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to talk with him tonight and discuss how his efforts and the efforts of many others are finally bringing everyone together in an effort to abolish hate.
Joseph “J.C.” Knudson is an author on a mission to educate the world’s population about understanding and accepting people who are gay. His first book, a memoir, is called Living the Difference (2010, Espresso House Publishing). Its subtitle is “An Enlightening Story Revealed For People of All Ages, Straight or Gay.”
Editorial reviews of Knudson’s book call Living the Difference “a fascinating journey no gay author has been able to capture to date,” “conquering the final frontier of bigotry and ignorance,” and “filled with love, hate, joy, sorrow and much more.”
Living the Difference also turned up on Vonnie Faroqui’s book blog,
Writers in the Sky. Faroquai calls the memoir “remarkably under-sensationalized,” praising Knudson’s honest storytelling style that leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. She mentions how Living the Difference lifts the curtain on the so-called “gay lifestyle,” revealing a human portrait that resonates regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It’s a portrait of success, of meaning, and of hope.
From Faroquai’s description, Living the Difference seems to be an important resource for young gay men living with fear, shame or self-loathing; or for anyone coming to terms with a friend or family member’s coming out. Knudson, it seems, told his story not to shock, offend or “convert” anyone, but simply to lay out a roadmap for acceptance. The book lights a candle against the darkness of ignorance.
The podcast of J.C.’s recent interview with Vonnie Faroqui, along with direct links to his book, can be found at http://www.thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com
Michael Millions is an American Rapper. Native of Richmond, Virginia; he’s an artist that truly believes in the craft of his work as his work ethic follows suit. Unlike many indie artists striving to be the ‘next big thing’, Michael’s passion does not lie in fame and fortune, but within the artistry that goes into each song/project and how it resonates with his listeners. Michael Millions’ music embodies not only who he is as a rapper, but who he is as an artist and a person.
As a 2005 alum of Norfolk State University, Michael studied Mass Communications with an emphasis on film. While literally reading his textbook from beginning to end, he discovered a new-found respect and appreciation for film and video production. While not a chosen path in career, his technical skill and conceptual ideas came to fruition earlier this year with the release of his first, self-directed, self-produced video, 2AM. Michael also directed and produced his EPK for The Color Purple, giving fans a mere glimpse of his wide range of skill-set.
Michael Millions has emerged as a recognizable name on the indie hip hop scene in his city. His popularity, regionally and nationally, continues to grow as he delivers timeless projects under Purple Republic Music Group, such as his first EP, Ashes and Samples (2010) & his latest full-length release, The Color Purple (2011). His newest mix tape, Loose Change is available this summer, released on July 12, 2011.
Video: Michael Millions – Purple Sh*t prod. Namebrand Directed by Monsee’
The Color Purple Free Download link:
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Video: The Color Purple EPK
GaptoothDiva talks about inspiring others through your work with one the fastest rappers in the world, Trent – G “The Messenger”, $10,000 winner on THE STEVE HARVEY’S BIG TIME TV SHOW.
Trent Davis, aka Trent – G “The Messenger”, is from Chicago Illinois. He is a rapper, but different than most. He’s not saying that he is better, but he has a different message that he speaks on. Trent-G is a street gospel motivational and inspirational rapper, that speaks about peace, uplifting yourself & others, and most importantly GOD. He raps about waging war against the devil, and spiritual warfare. Trent used to be a secular rap artist, but something happened to him, and he could not help but change the content of his songs. Even though his music is positive, and speaks about God, etc, it is still street. He says his beats are secular and very hard hitting, but his message is different. Many young people believe in God and listen to secular artist, which is cool. He loves music, but he believes that some young people who listen to secular rappers, etc, would play gospel music while riding in their cars, or even in the club, but afraid that it might run people away, because it may sound too church. This generation of young people will not play traditional gospel, because it’s not their sound, but he has put the word of GOD over hard-hitting beats to give them something to ride to, and yet be ministered to as well. That is why he describes his music as street, hard hitting, and everywhere he goes he sees that the youth love it.
Trent – G is giving them something that they can play in their cars, clubs, etc, and still enjoy their young years, but again his message is different. It is a message that uplifts the name of JESUS, and glorifies our father in heaven. His mission is to minister to the youth and the young generation, to go out into the world and speak the word of God over hard-hitting beats, giving them something to ride to, and yet be ministered to as well.
SEE TRENT DAVIS ON NATIONAL TV WITH STEVE HARVEY HERE > http://youtu.be/X_eOLPttxxQ
James Goi Jr. is a speaker, mind-power coach, and the author of How to Attract Money Using Mind Power. His book is a serious work in which he quotes 160 other books. It’s available world wide through Ingram Book Company, and is also available on the Indian Subcontinent through Indra Publishing House, India. The next three foreign editions that will be published will be in Italian, Arabic and Bahasa-Indonesia. James has published the free monthly “Mind Power & Money Ezine” since January 2008. Since 1978, James has read hundreds of books in an effort to understand the laws of life.
He’s lectured on metaphysics and spirituality with an emphasis on manifesting abundance. James is the only metaphysics teacher who specializes in the mind-power/money connection. He believes that in today’s economy, the information he shares is more needed than ever, and that his teachings could mean the difference between financial success and financial ruin for any individual, family, business or organization.
http://www.FengShe.org (Collaborating Writer)
Nadiyah Day is a Spiritual Life Coach, an Inspirational Soul Singer/Songwriter and a Speaker. Her coaching business, A New Day Life Coaching, is built on the idea that we choose what we experience in life by the thoughts we have and the beliefs that we hold. She coaches her clients in the use of conscious creation techniques: meditation, affirmations, and visualization, as well as other self-discovery techniques. These techniques assist her clients in creating a life aligned with their personal purpose by reinforcing new thoughts and beliefs that support the person they want to be and the life they want to create.
As a Speaker, Nadiyah gives talks, workshops and seminars that introduce these conscious creation techniques and promote the ideas of unconditional love of self and expressing that love with others. As an Inspirational Soul Singer/Songwriter, Nadiyah’s music goes hand and hand with her mission of spreading the message of love and that we are all one. By performing spoken word, original and cover songs, she uses music to make a positive contribution to the world.
Have you realized that you suffer from alcoholism/ drug addiction just like your mother or father. Maybe you keep falling into the same negative relationship patterns as someone in your family. Perhaps a child you know is being abused, because their parent(s) were abused, and their parents before them.
GaptoothDiva Talks with William Shifflett, Expert Author and Teacher, who has studied and written extensively on the subject of Generational Curses. Generational Curses is the belief currently in vogue in some circles of the Christian Church, that a person’s problems are to be blamed on the sins of ancestors, thus the alternate name Ancestral Curses.
In his book Friendly Fire: Embracing the Power of Trial, Pastor and Bible teacher William Shifflett takes issue with the errors of this teaching as a means of escaping the character building benefits of trials. William’s website, http://www.Swordpoints.org also features a discussion on these fallacies and is linked to other sites exactly for that reason.
Tonight we will discuss the confusion between Generational patterns and Generational effects, the foolishness and silliness of some of Generational Curse claims, and William Shifflett’s book Friendly Fire: Embracing the Power of Trial.
Community 50/50, Inc. was founded in August 2009, based on the urgent need to address our youth’s thinking process and to promote youth to make positive choices about their life, to impact healthy growth/ development and a positive future. Community 50/50, Inc. started with a five member team of individuals who work together in the community and residential facilities with at risk youth. Through our direct contact with youth and their families we observed firsthand the need for support present in our neighborhoods. With our innovative programming and passion to help, we hope to bring about significant change in our communities and revitalize the idea that it “takes a village to raise a child”, but this will only be accomplished if we get the adults in the community actively involved.
This is an exact testimony of what happens when you step out on faith and believe in yourself. I would’ve never guessed I would be featured in a magazine displaying the very trait that people once said should be hidden. Not to sound arrogant, but my gap has never looked more pretty to me. Thanks to Craig Belcher and the photographer Ashe, I have just checked one more thing off of my bucket list.
It’s humbling, but motivating at the same time.
People are always trying to put me in a box. When I hosted that showcase at Harlem Cafe, people thought I was a music promoter, trying to get me to provide information to artist about pushing their projects. When I was doing lashes and makeovers, I was labeled a stylist. When I re-created wonderful clothes from garments that should have been dumped in the trash, they said I must be a fashion designer. Out of all the things that I have touched on in the past few years, not one person can truly identify this niche that I have carved out for myself. I believe it was because I never talked about what it was that I brought to the table. Every single week, I’m posting stories about other people and their passions. The only time anyone ever hears about my story, is when I’m disrespected enough to vent about it on my internet talk show, GaptoothDiva Radio. Well, I’m a regular person with phenomenal abilities and even greater talented that I can only credit to my Creator. It’s amazing how far I’ve come and how even farther I intend to go. I’m not that perfect cookie-cutter girl next door at all, I would probably kick her a*$. However, I have just as much passion and drive as the next future somebody of America. It took so long for me to love myself enough to put myself in this situation and after what I’ve been through, I don’t doubt that I deserve it. I know this is just a taste of the many more blessings coming my way. I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you now, before the journey gets to wild, I forget.
Check out the exclusive interview and tell me what you think. I’m proud to have taken the first steps to telling my story for a change. I’m inspired by so many people, but you have no idea just how I intend to inspire you. Stay tuned because you know it’s always 100% WTF and OMG with me. Now I have an excuse. GaptoothDiva was in a magazine, baby.
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Yes, VCU Rams lost, but our faith and dedication to supporting one another should not fall by the waist side. If you believe that Richmond and Virginia as a whole deserves just as much National attention as all these other localities, then tell your out of state friends and family to look us up, to check us out, and to continue to see that Virginia has talent, integrity, and awesome people right here. Congratulations to the VCU Rams for getting that far. Next year, we’ll know where we went wrong and we will rectify it all the way, so look out and beware. Virginia is coming our stronger and more fierce!
Troy Mass – None Of Dat (Prod. By Kajmir Royale)
On Friday. Bisexual Rapper from Maryland Imani Misfit, wrote a candid note to his following stating that Jesus Christ has delivered him from being a bisexual rapper. Is this just a joke? Read it and see for yourself
Note pulled from Imani Misfit’s Facebook page
“God has revealed himself to me. I am no longer an Atheist and I’m no longer bisexual . When I said I was bisexual I was really confused. I was really a closet homosexual that was in denial of my homosexuality. I thought claiming to be a bisexual would make me look acceptable in the eyes of society. Truth is, I am NOT attracted to women. Even though I have had sex with countless women in all kinds of freaky ways, I was only pretending. Even though I have masturbated to thousands of women on the internet, I was only fooling myself. I was gay the whole time. Regardless of all the women that I had sexual encounters with, and the multiple women I fell in love with, the truth of the matter is that I had sex with men, and that makes me gay. I finally realize what the whole world has been trying to tell me. A man cannot be bisexual, only gay. Yet its Ok now because God has delivered me. Now I can seriously say that I am happy. Jesus is real and I was a sinner but now I have been saved. Even though God created me and he knew my future, he did not create me like this. I thank Jesus for giving me this life and showing me the light. I apologize to all the atheists and bisexuals that I misguided.
PS. April Fools. But you already knew that. Fuck I look like. It’s amazing how much ignorance I’ve heard from people on the internet during the past year. Yes I am attracted to men and women, so what get over it. Yes I’m an atheist, so what. I love this life I’m living and I ain’t changing for nobody. If this note makes you mad, so what. You’ll get over it J ” – Imani Misfit
Sorry folks, it was all just a hoax. Oh well, we can still be thankful that he is a non-violent individual, can’t we?
I DONT KNOW HOW TO QUIT / IM GOOD
Some serious HEAT from JASON aka JASON804. Try to pretend this isn’t one of the hottest videos you’ve seen in a while. I love it, what do you think?
Listen to Miss Sila Wett “Rocket”
I got my first official hate mail over the weekend, LOL. I can’t wait to discuss it on the show Tuesday at 9pm. If you have any comments or suggestions for me, please contact me either via this website or through twitter/facebook. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
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GaptoothDiva Radio had the opportunity to broadcast LIVE from the Martin Luther King Signature Black & White Affair at Posh nightclub (1713 E. Main Street) this past weekend. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to hear it due to a very large speaker distorting our transmission half way through our broadcast, but we had a great time none the less. Many people came in looking great and ready to party for a purpose. I did have a chance to talk with NatashaB1980.com owner, Brandy Bacote before all of the spectacular confusion, who mentioned that most of her clientele were in the building, of course rocking her signature pieces. The event’s proceeds were collected to benefit High IQ3 Foundation, a youth mentoring program in Richmond, Virginia.
Here is another snippet from the much anticipated GaptoothDiva book dropping next year. This book is probably going to be the most revealing project I’ve ever done, which is why it’s taking me so long. It’s not enough to claim to be all knowledgeable about certain aspects of life, then show no proof of how you concocted your theories. I don’t believe in teaching without providing a visual message that people can apply to their own lives. What you read is straight up real talk, I’m the same person on and off the internet. I mean what I say and I’m struggling everyday to not only motivate others but also myself. I’m not perfect, anybody can attest to saying that at one time or another. However I don’t pretend to be ever. This book that is expected to come out, is an open admission to my many imperfections and how I’m learning from them, adapting to them, and always inspired by them. My main goal for this book is for everyone to see how easy it is to do the same. Life may be full of trials and struggles, but it’s your job to make everyday look so damn easy.
Excerpt from the NEW GaptoothDiva book, expected release 2011
“ I could sit here and write about all my life experiences and then tell my readers don’t do what I’ve done, but what’s the fun in that? It’s not enough to list general issues that I’ve encountered and add poems to them. It’s not enough to put poems into a book and pray that the person reading this can figure it all out. I have to release those proverbial demons that used to lurk in the back of my mind in order to progress in my life and at the same time explain what I’ve gained from each experience. Some feelings might be hurt from this. Some people may stop speaking to me altogether and secretly pray I don’t succeed based off what you are about to read. However, that’s the point of this entire project. They say “Those that matter don’t mind, and those that mind don’t matter”, and I’m about to put that to the test.
All my life, I’ve been concerned about what people thought about me. I was scared to be too gentle and too kind, for fear of being taken advantage of. I was scared of being too aggressive and demanding for fear of being considered a bitch or arrogant. I dressed and behaved a certain way depending on who I was around, because I wanted to be liked. Every idea and every thought was calculated in order to avoid anyone’s disapproval, whether I respected them or not. I never did anything I wanted to do, because of other people’s reactions…until now.
My hope is that when people read this, they somehow develop the confidence that I lacked a few years ago, to embark on the things that bring happiness into their lives, regardless of what people think. I want people to learn that even the hardest people had some soft spots in life, or even the nicest people went through hard times. I’m happier now in my life, but a few years ago it was insanity. Everyone from my family, my friends, to complete strangers could feed off my desire to be liked. I had no God, people were my God, and that is no way to live. I had no faith that I was put here for a reason, or that I even served a purpose at all. If a close friend of mine told me they didn’t like my hair, I would change it. If my mother told me she didn’t like my job, I would quit. It took one person to not appreciate any aspect of me, and I would crumble into less than nothing. Did I say it was insanity?
When I found God, I was saved. Before I even raised my hand in that church service to give up all my old ways and profess my love for the Lord in front of everyone, I felt I was saved. I was saved because I decided right then and there that the only one I should live for was God, not man. I decided that the only conversation that should make me change anything about myself, is the conversation I have with God. Some seriously church going worshippers may disagree, but when someone pointed out God and told me how to talk to him, I was hooked. I didn’t need to register or sign up for any committees, I didn’t need to put my name on a list of new members, or anything. I felt like a changed person when I prayed for the first time and felt a presence on my shoulder pulling me up. It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I could finally breathe.
I’ve been through some stuff in my life. Period. The type of life I led, it’s amazing that I’m not dead, in jail, or strung-out on drugs. It wasn’t me that got me through it, it was all God. What I take from those experiences differ from case to case, but the one thing that remains constant is that every single time I was saved God was the cause. I was saved from physical abuse, mental abuse, I was saved from self-mutilation and self-destruction, I was saved from drugs and sex, I was saved from death. With all the saving, I figured there had to be something I am supposed to do. There is a reason why God spared me and put me in arenas where I could possibly do something for another lost person. I don’t take that lightly at all. I am not perfect in any shape or form, and I still make mistakes just like any human being with a pulse, but what and how I feel about myself has changed. The value I put on my life back then compared to now, has quadrupled and multiplied. My standards have changed, my goals have changed, everything has been geared and forwarded to a much more positive place. I look back at how I used be and sometimes regret all that wasted time and effort on trying to be what I wasn’t destined to be. Now that I’ve found my purpose and that confidence that was buried so deep, I’m a better version of myself.
If you are reading this, I want you to gain something. I want you to gain a better understanding of me, of life and love, but most importantly of yourself and what you are doing with your time on earth. I almost died a total of six times, yes six times, and the last time was enough to wake me up. I guess I’m hard-headed (laugh), but even if it was once, you never know if you’ll get those three extra chances that I had. Life is too short to not be yourself, to not love yourself, and to not strive for your dreams, not matter how big or how small. I came up with the name GaptoothDiva, because that is what I am. I am a diva who struts every time she walks, who loves to get dolled up and fly, and demands attention everywhere. I just happen to have a very noticeable gap in my teeth, which I learned to accept and use to benefit me. You’ll never forget my face and now you’ll never forget my story.”
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Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love my little GaptoothPrince A’veri. He is my heart, my soul, my motivation, and my drive. I’m the woman I am today, because God put him in my life. Every mother should feel personally responsible for conducting herself in the manner in which she would want the female her son brought home to behave. I’m confident, I’m secure and I’m in love with this boy. His father will attest to the fact, that everything made more sense to me when he came into my life. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to raise such a bright, a beautiful, an intelligent, a creative and playful angel.
Nothing is more wonderful than this child, but the grace of God Itself. I love you A’veri and I’m blessed to have you in my life. Happy Birthday sweetheart.
Love your Mommy,
Saturday’s Anniversary and Red Carpet Event for iShoutforJoy.com’s went extremely well. I was immediately impressed from the beginning, greeted by a fantastic photographer at the door, who made me feel like the celebrity I am in my head. The vendors were all organized, friendly and obviously passionate about their crafts and merchandise. Even the attendees, other my team, were all very open and friendly. It was truly a blessing to have been invited to such an inspiring and motivating event thrown by Jamilla Joy and the iShoutforJoy family, including the Queen of Marketing herself, Mareesa Dawn.
I left the event feeling far more encouraged than normal. I tribute the gospel music for this, but it wasn’t just the music alone. The fact that Jamilla Joy has been in the business for 15 years, and she had so many people who support and understand the vision of her efforts, made me want to hold on longer to my own. It was wonderful hearing so many people get on stage telling their own personal stories of how she impacted their lives and careers; it was truly an emotional and heartfelt scene. I could see how much she dedicated to putting a positive message out there for all indie artist and businesses whose main goal was to praise God. It was beautiful. It is people like Jamilla Joy, Sharvette Mitchell, and Mareesa Dawn, who motivate me to go harder in this craft and look beyond my own personal and professional obstacles, but be the tool that God uses to put a message of inspiration and realness.
I commend her on her hard work and pray for much success for her, her team, and her family. I know that she will reach new and more prosperous frontier in the future if she continues the diligence that was witnessed on Saturday and the years prior. I’m proud to have had the opportunity to attend and can’t wait for new and upcoming events for her and the iShoutforJoy family.
Here are some of the pictures I took while there…