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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Literary Soul Symposium: Los Angeles, California September 2014

“Conversations of closed mouths: Strengthening our experience thru literature”
Its time to heal, make amends, and just plain ole TALK. The Literary Soul Symposium, provides an outlet for closed mouths to engage in conversation. There are many difficult topics in our GLBTQ Community that often get avoided because they are complex and very emotionally charged. However, they need discussing. The discussion (or “Conversation”) helps to facilitate the healing that inevitably brings wholeness.  Topics such as Domestic Abuse, Harassment, Molestation, Mental Illness, HIV and many others that people deal with, but are often “closed mouth” about , because the subject(s) are hard to broach.  
This year the Literary Soul Symposium (LSS) will be an aid in opening the conversations about many hot, but difficult topics.  We believe that literature can assist because it can serve as a bridge to starting the conversation, as well as, be a resource in finding avenues and solutions. Held September 19-21, 2014 at the Carl Bean House in Los Angeles, California, LSS in its 3rd year will once again stand as a reputable source of promotion and support of the diverse literary efforts of GLBT Authors.
Through our appreciation of Literature, we find that we are not alone in our struggles. And, find strength in knowing that…if others in the stories we read can make it, so can we.  We won’t remain “closed mouth” about what hurts or impacts us…we shall overcome. For more information or to Register visit http://www.literarysoulsymposium.myevent.com/ 
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Press Release :Sometimes It Snows In Atlanta A Stage Play

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Contact: Laurinda D. Brown-Johnson E-Mail: LdBrown1@aol.com
LAURINDA D. BROWN AND POSITIVE SCRIBE PRODUCTIONS BLOW A GROUND- BREAKING PRODUCTION INTO WASHINGTON, DC

September 2, 2014 - Positive Scribe Productions, Inc. and award-winning author Laurinda D. Brown will be bringing the production, “Sometimes It Snows In Atlanta,” to Washington, DC, Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at The Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl, SE.
I have a question for you. What happens when all that’s crazy in your life somehow becomes ordinary?
Simon and Schuster/Strebor Books national best-selling author and playwright, Laurinda
D. Brown’s fourth theatrical production, “Sometimes It Snows in Atlanta,” addresses mental health in both the African-American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. It is a known fact that mental health challenges are still stigmatized in the 21st century.
With the combination of homosexuality, mental illness, race, gender and socioeconomic pressures, there lies further stigmatization by our society. Sadly, these topics are considered taboo, especially in the African- American community, and often go unaddressed and untreated.
“Sometimes It Snows in Atlanta” confronts the aforementioned issues amongst three couples – gay, lesbian and transgender - as they partake in various therapy sessions which address depression, obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety disorder. The play is set in Atlanta, GA during the first week of April 2009. It snowed on April 6, and, what seemed crazy for those new to the Atlanta area was actually ordinary for Atlantans.
An award-winning writer, Laurinda discovered her best stories are ones she personally experienced. On that 6th day of April, a bout of depression manifested itself into Laurinda’s life and into the lives of her children,
beginning with an overdose of Hydrocodone. Ironically, her children, in their innocence, as they enjoyed the rarity of the snowfall, were outside creating snow angels.
Advance purchase tickets are now on sale at www.eventbrite.com for $30 each for this groundbreaking production. Limited walk-up tickets will be available at the door for $40 per person. VIP tickets are available for $50, and the price includes preferred seating and a gift bag. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality, CASCADE, Howard University’s organization of bisexual, lesbian, allied, and gay students and the Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) organization in DC.

Due to mature subject matter, attendees must be 18 or older to enter. There will be a reception immediately following the performance.
Come experience what happens when crazy becomes ordinary.
Learn more about Positive Scribe Productions, Inc. by visiting www.positivescribe.com

 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Meet The Stars Of Eden V SF

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(San Francisco, Calif. – June 16, 2014) EDEN San Francisco is celebrating its fifth anniversary with California’s top talented female artists and backed up with star power of celebrities during four days of slamming parties for the ladies and our friends during San Francisco pride Weekend, June 26 - 29.


EDEN, San Francisco's largest weekend for women, queers and our allies during Pride is celebrating our fifth year anniversary. This will be our largest weekend ever! Women from across the nation will be in attendance plus the hottest celebrity hosts, DJs and entertainers.

4 days of sexy fun! We are the Party. Rocking SF with our fierce girl power, taking on the world and being our own sheros. Check out our schedule of events at www.edeninthebay.com








Thursday, June 12, 2014

#EdenVSF: San Francisco Pride Eden V





Sweet Tooth Media for the third year is  a PROUD SPONSOR of Eden San Francisco Pride V. 
If you have never visited San Francisco and attended an Eden event, you are doing yourself a great disservice. The plethora of women with a command and celebration of diversity is definitely worth the trip. To help Celebrate Eden V, Sweet Tooth Media will be offering Featured Eden Celebrity Trivia and more for give-a-ways. Stay Tuned





 EDEN, San Francisco's largest weekend for women, queers and our allies during Pride is celebrating our fifth year anniversary. This will be our largest weekend ever! Women from across the nation will be in attendance plus the hottest celebrity hosts, DJs and entertainers.
4 days of sexy fun! We are the Party. Check out our schedule of events. Get your passes in advance to ensure entry: http://www.edeninthebay.com/

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The best DJs from the Bay to LA, spinning a variety of Party Anthems, Hip Hop, EDM, Latin & Trap
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Here's Whats Happening:
 
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THURSDAY JUNE 26TH * EDEN KICKOFF PARTY Supperclub SF
657 Harrison St, SF * 10pm-2am
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SF+NY+LA
Lauren Bedford Russell from Showtime's The Real L Word NY & MTV's Brittney Duet Wildn Out w/Nick Cannon will be hosting this star studded fashion explosion, make sure YOU dress to impress. This event will be filmed for an up and coming reality show.

ღ Special Musical Performance to be announced June
ღ DJs Lady Ryan and Fusion
ღ EDEN Gos-Gos rocking' the poles Unique, KJ & Amanda
ღ Two floors
ღ Private Pole Dancing Room
ღ Papparazzi
ღ Sexy Aerial acrobats
ღ Dress to impress
ღ Bottle Service Available
ღ $10 pre-sale

THURSDAY EVENT DETAILS HERE 


 
 
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FRIDAY JUNE 27TH * EDEN ALL WHITE EVERYTHING
The Factory
525 Harrision St, SF * 9pm-3am
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This is the night where we dress like angels but we act like devils. Hosted by Jessica Clark Life HBO's True Blood and Ari Fitz of MTV's The Real World EX-plosion. Crowd Control provided by Rose Garcia's Official Fan Page and Mona Webb of EDEN - San Francisco Pride

★ Special Musical Performance by emerging Interscope artist to be announced June
★ DJs Val G, Lady Ryan, Motive, Fusion, Lezlee, Angie Vee, Dirty Rich Kidd
★ 3 Rooms, 3 Sound Systems, all banging'
★ Hot Sexy Go-Gos Unique, Babs, Carter, KJ & Amanda
★ Photo Booth
VIP EXCLUSIVE DETAILS HERE
★ Bottle Service Available
★ White Attire Encouraged but not required.
FRIDAY EVENT DETAILS HERE

 
 
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SATURDAY JUNE 28TH, EDEN 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
MEZZANINE
444 Jessie St, SF * 9pm-3pm
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Celebrating five years of being THE Party, this EPIC night is gonna be one for the record books. Hosted by Jessica Clark of HBO's True Blood, Ari Fitz of the Real World MTV EX-plosion with Crowd Control courtesy of Rose Garcia of the The Real L Word (Season 1) and Mona Webb of EDEN-San Francisco Pride

✷ Special Musical Performance to be announced June
✷ DJs Val G, Lady Ryan, Motive, Angie Vee
✷ $1000 Balloon Drop at midnight
✷ Free Champagne Toast
✷ EDEN Go-Gos Unique, Babs, Carter & Amanda
✷ Body Painting
✷ Photobooth
VIP EXCLUSIVE DETAILS HERE
✷ Backstage Packages Available
✷ Bottle Service Available





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SUNDAY JUNE 29TH, The SocialLife - EDEN After Pride Party


811 Washington, SF * 7pm-midnight

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Why host the EDEN finale in Oakland you ask?

1. Oakland has the largest number of lesbians per capita in the US.

2. All you single ladies have more options to mingle and make new friends with simply gorgeous women.

3. Oakland was ranked #5 place to visit by the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/travel/45-places-to-go-in-2012.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)

4. Oakland was named the Most Exciting City in Country (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/oakland-most-exciting-city_n_3202553.html)

So yeah, that is why we end in Oakland :)

⚑ The Social Life is Oakland's largest women's party, hitting capacity every month.

⚑ The sexiest women + trans babes in the Bay, amazing DJs + hottest host!

⚑ Resident DJ Lady Ryan rockin' alongside DJ Lezlee & Dirty Rich Kidd

⚑ Papparazi

⚑ Bottle Service Available

⚑ Less Traffic + better parking = more party time.

⚑ 2 blocks from the 12th Street Bart

⚑ Bartenders pourin' up the best drink specials all evening.

⚑ Bottle service available upon request

⚑ Dresscode: Fashion Forward

 
Learn More at www.EdenintheBay.com
 
 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sweet Tooth Media Present: Bald Heads and B(.)(.)bies...On the Mic!! A Breast Cancer Awarness Campaign

Whewwww!! 2013 has flown by. Its already October! As autumn has just fallen upon us, the cool breeze, burnt orange leaves, and early nights indicate the season change. Celebrating this new season brings us another opportunity to learn more, do more and be better. October is the celebratory month for tons of causes, especially breast cancer.
 Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer 
After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

In celebration of breast cancer survivors and their families, Sweet Tooth Media presents: Bald Heads and Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. We are asking survivors and/or their family members to submit their BEST quote, poem, photograph, artwork, or story to us as they have overcome or help to overcome the battle with Battle with breast cancer. The BEST submission is determined by the number of likes and comments collectively from sharing their story within this blog. Contestants MUST submit their creation here in THIS blog or on the Bald Heads and Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign facebook event page by simply commenting with the link to their quote, photograph, artwork, poem, or story no later than October 28, 2013. Contestants can share the blog link as many times as they choose. Submissions must be original, creative and themed Bald heads and/or Boobies. The Winner will receive a FREE Breast Cancer Mini Photo Shoot, a 1 minute dedication video celebrating the life of a breast cancer survivor, and a $25 Visa Gift Card. Winner will be announced on October 31, 2013.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Religion's Double Edged Sword: An Examination of Entertainment's Religion

I know that this posting will step on toes, bunch panties, and send spit slinging from the mouths of those holier than thou's. May I recommend your reading stops here or at least put your shoes on....Religion...a phenomenon that I personally struggle with. My struggle isn't nor has it ever been a spiritual one...which allows me to speak freely and without conviction about things that occur for the sake of religion. My bout with religion began when I came to the crossroads of truth and knowledge. My upbringing in the Black church taught me a plethora of double standards and methods to cover up. It has also equipped me with lessons that are meant to control and oppress. One said lesson is that women are supposed to submit to men and that men are to protect and provide for their home. The truth of my reality didn't align with this knowledge. Aside from that I was taught that good always prevails, and again that knowledge didn't align with my truth. This may cause anyone that's on a quest for truth through knowledge to stop and ponder. I begin to wonder if every thing that I was taught a lie, then I have been living a lie based on knowledge that doesn't prove true. Certainly, we can examine empirical data that may actually prove a theory of knowledge, but it could never disprove what has been proven true through experience. This isn't limited to my personal experience, rather a myriad of experiences had by culturally and racially different yet like people. I have laid religion down because of its hypocrisy, misogyny, and oppression. Biased as it may be, I have also questioned the sanction of religion because of its interpretations, misinterpretations,  translations, mistranslated books, and omissions. How does anyone what is true and what is merely a fabricated clause in what's alleged as God's words? Historians, scientists, Darwinists, and Evolutionists have yet to come to a common consensus on what is truth or just a conscious pool of knowledge.

In the 21st century much of the disharmony, chaos, and wars experienced has always been religious based. The 911 attacks on the surface were about money and which leader had the biggest balls, but attacks were targeted toward those who could be identified as Muslim. Lets go back a little further. Religion was used to control and suppress Native Americans, Blacks and any other minority group. Slavery was maintained for religious reasons. Religious disharmony is embedded in this country's very fiber. According to Bill Moyers (12 Rules for Mixing Religion) Religiously, then, the “melting pot” is clearly not melting, and shouldn't  instead, it bubbles and boils with ferment, conviction, diversity, and, yes, theological competition to shape the public sphere and government. The religious scholar Elaine Pagels stated, “There’s practically no religion I know of that sees other people in a way that affirms the other’s choice.” Or its politics.
It is important, therefore, to keep reminding ourselves that in the Abrahamic tradition the first murder arose out of a religious act. Adam and Eve have two sons. Both brothers are rivals for God’s favor, so both bring God an offering. Cain, a farmer, offers the first fruits of the soil. Abel, a shepherd, offers the first lamb from the flock. Two generous gifts. But in the story God plays favorites, chooses Abel’s offering over Cain’s, and the elevation of the younger leads to the humiliation of the elder. Cain is so jealous that their rivalry leads to violence and ends in death. Once this pattern is established, it’s played out in the story of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, and down through the centuries in generation after generation of conflict between Muslims and Jews, Jews and Christians, Christians and Muslims, so that the red thread of religiously spilled blood runs to every place where religious folk turn from compassion to competition. Religion has a healing side; we know this. But it also has a killing side. In the words of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, “To be furious in religion is to be furiously irreligious.” 


Moyer's goes on to state that, "Democracy tames the militancy of religious fervor as part of the Enlightenment tradition and on a more practical basis through a necessary tolerance for compromise (necessary to avoid what Europe experienced through long periods of religiously inspired strife). But because every religion conveys possible ways of expressing human experience and self-understanding, and because each can be utterly incomprehensible to the other, we are facing what Gerald Burns describes as a “contest of narratives.” Our country fairly seethes with talk about political religion and politics, much of it designed to confuse rather than clarify, to inflame rather than inform. So how can we convict and crucify something that we truly don't understand...How can we, when its not meant for us to? At this point, for me the doctrines of religion are null and void. I believe in God...yesterday it was Allah's today it may be Buddah's God, tomorrow, Jesus' God. What has remained constant is the fact that there is a God and he has a message. If I begin to live what I have been taught then my truth is that I can pick and choose who's God I want to worship based on the circumstances in my life....because that is what knowledge's history has taught me. It is unfair to choose the message to control the person and the person not use a message to justify the situation. This fleeting notion of who and what is "right" based on when and where is common place in this world, especially in America. Its found in educational, political, religious and social aspects of our culture. 

When you think of entertainment, especially amid the technological advances, activists progressive movements and enforcement of our Constitutional freedoms that religion wouldn't rear its ugly head so much. But in recent events it has not only showed itself it continues to take shits on those who refuse to fit in religion's box. The BET Awards 2013 displayed this in two specific instances. With the slogan for this year's show being "Anything Can Happen", we couldn't have expected for actually did happen to happen. I want to begin with the B.Scott refusal. Upon his arrival this Androgynous diva gay man, was immediately knocked off of one of his career milestones. After being invited by BET to host the Pre-show, he was ripped from the red carpet and demanded to change his look to a more "viewer" friendly one. After obliging, it was later deemed that he wouldn't be permitted to carry out his job because he was replaced by someone viewed as "more appropriate". Though B. Scott, has been supported by the likes of Elise Neal, Funky Dineva, Kandi Burruss, and Nicole Ari Parker this "miscommunication and misunderstanding" according to BET has been more damaging to the LGBT movement and diversity's mission. So the age old question is why did they do it? Who was responsible for suggesting and approving such a low blow passed off as a merely a miscommunication? Other than a half hearted apology, what has been offered to give B. his opportunity back, how can they or have they offered to help him surpass the milestone he reached on his own? My guess is nothing. I'm also willing to bet that the reason for not allowing it was one of religion, cultural insensitivity and sexism. YES...this is a matter a sex as well. Was it fear that it would make some men and women uncomfortable with looking at a man dressed as a woman? Or was it that the church folk didn't want to see a homosexual on the television? Is a gay man on television only ok when they are delivering catty punch lines, designing an outfit, home or styling some one's hair? I would like to know the real reason that this occurred. The funny thing is that B. Scott is still behaving Christian like with a heart of forgiveness and willingness to work with the very people that shun him. 

As I was researching the B. Scott incident, I ran across commentary (defending B) but shunning Meagan Good for a very sexy dress she wore. So I begin to dig a bit deeper... When I saw this beautiful blue gown, my heart dropped because it is a masterpiece and around her
chiseled soft frame did the dress even more justice. I certainly didn't understand the big deal with the dress on a very confident and sexy woman. Ok, I get that she's married to a pastor and was presenting the Gospel Award, however, where is it written in the Bible that a woman cant have sex appeal? I'm sure that there is one that says "Women should dress in an unattractive manner as not to tempt the saved and holy men of God." The sexism and misogyny in religion is destroying the fabric of what all Good Books say is our purpose: to love and uplift one another as a means to serve and arrive at the place ordained by God. Yet because she wore this peek-a-boo gown, she's not "saved" enough to present the award, let alone be married to a pastor? I'm wondering as anyone seen that reality show on the lives of Pastor's Wives, the Sisterhood? If we want to question something and unsaved I think we should start there. Religion's hypocrisy teaches us that men can do outlandish, despicable things but women have to obsess over what to wear that isnt too offensive??? Where does it state that we are equipped to judge? 

When Religion does more harm than good, is when I will reconnect with it and all of its notions...as I type this I walk into another truth...its not religion that is committing the sin, its the followers of religion...is that sin embedded in its doctrine??
-MsNightLyfe
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Eve Reigns in the Eden's Garden: EVE Headlines Eden San Francisco Pride June 27-30 2013


EDEN is excited to announce our weekend headliner!  Grammy Award winning recording artist EVE is coming to the garden of EDEN to perform LIVE!!!!!! Her new album just dropped on May 14th, Lip Lock. and she will be at EDEN at the end of June! Not only will she performing music from her new release but she will also be selling and signing CDs after her show.  So get ready, get set GO!  It is gonna be an amazing weekend!

“I feel rejuvenated, like a brand new artist.”
A surprising admission from Eve, the Grammy-award musician who’s already racked up an impressive hit list (“Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” “Gangsta Lovin’”, “Who’s that Girl,” Satisfaction,” “Tambourine,” etc.) and three multi-million selling albums (Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, Scorpion and Eve-Olution), while also earning critical raves (“a new standard in hip-hop,” said Entertainment Weekly).
And when she hasn’t been making music, it’s not like Eve has been out of the spotlight — the hip-hop star has been making her mark in film (Barbershop, Vin Diesel’s xXx, Whip It), on TV (with her own show, Eve, and in guest roles on shows such as Glee), with fashion (her own line, Fetish), and as a guest star on a number of big-name musical projects (Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, Maroon 5…the list goes on).
But Lip Lock, the Philly native’s fourth album, marks the singer’s confident return to music under her own label, and some new songs in tow.
So what’s behind the rejuvenated spirit?
“I reconfigured my life,” says the singer. “And I took time to record, and just feeling right artistically. The good thing is, right now, I feel it.”
Having moved to London, Eve’s headlining return to the music world comes with new sounds and collaborators, while still maintaining the edge of her first three records. As Eve says, “I call the new record Lip Lock because it’s about locking the game back down.” Consider it locked.
You can trace Lip Lock’s musical themes all the way back to Let There Be Eve: this is still the work of a strong artist and a fierce rapper not afraid to make a few musical left turns. The percussive fury of “All Night” is tempered by the cool synths of “Keep Me From You,” f/ Dawn Richard. There’s some powerful boasting (“Mama in the Kitchen” f/ Snoop Dogg) mixed with perfect pop hooks (“Make It Out This Town” f/ Gabe Saporta). Also featured on the album are Pusha T, Juicy J and Chrisette Michele.
Lyrically, the record feels confident, not angry. “The overall theme here is strength,” says Eve. “There’s aggression, like my first record, but it’s different. I’m in your face, but I don’t need to prove anything. It’s not anger, it’s feeling my strength, being a strong woman.”
With “She Bad Bad,” a take-no-prisoners anthem, likely to scare off pop radio, Eve claims, “We wanted to start out with something viral, something different. It definitely is getting people talking. I mean, I didn’t want to leave my core audience behind, but I did want to build a bridge from Ruff Ryders to where I am now.”
The most interesting track may very well be “Make It Out This Town,” a collaboration with Cobra Starship front-man Gabe Saporta and produced by Claude Kelly. “It’s got a really, really big hook,” said Eve. “Working with other musicians can be exciting as it gives the songs a different energy.”
To coincide with Lip Lock’s May 14, 2013 release, Eve will be launching a tour of the U.S this summer. “I’ve been performing in Europe, Asia and all over the globe really for the last few years and so I can’t wait to come back to the States,” says Eve.
And most of all, the singer hopes to use the lessons she learned early on to conquer the music world once again.
“I had to tour, gain respect, do the underground/street kind of thing,” she says. “The underground is still there, but at the same time, I think there’s a lot of artists today that haven’t gone through that. There’s superstardom before they leave the bedroom. I appreciate that I had to work for it—and that’s what I’m still doing.”

Source: http://www.edeninthebay.com/?page_id=2084
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