Today we’d like to introduce you to Lavada England.
Lavada, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
As a little girl my oldest sister Tammy, better known as Cookie X Swai, Harris would have me sing to her. She would have me sing songs from artists such as Anita Baker, Betty Wright, and other old school artists whom some of the newer generations may not have much of an appreciation for when it comes to their lyric. She would have me sing songs over and over. This is something that I will always remember. I also was a cheerleader for Valencia Park Pop Warner, and since dancing and rhythm have always been my blood, I took to cheering immediately. When I reached my 20’s my sister started a group called Life On The Real where she, my homeboy Herman and myself rapped song such as Original Black Woman and Oh What A Mother. We would perform in clubs, at events, and of course in the studio. Since I have always written poetry, I continued even more after my sister was killed in a car accident in 1999. Now today I have had the opportunity to backup dance, ad-lib, and even feature on one of my close friends, La’Tisha +Eturnul”Fields mix Cd! At first, it was a little difficult to get back into the studio because it reminded me of my sister and then I remembered all of the great times we had writing and being on the mics. Yes, though I miss my sister performing with Eturnul reminds me of good old days.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is my poetry! When I can take a situation and put it to paper through a pen I can break free from the walls which have been built in my life; I take the opportunity. I write because we all have some type of common bound even though we may have experienced the bound on different sides of the track. That bound is the pain! The pain of our relationships, friendships, and life in general. We or I often hide behind the pain and put up walls to keep people out and when we keep people out we or I also keep myself in. My hope is that people will see that we have so many more commonalities than what we often see and through transparency and open-mindedness the relatability is stronger. Educate, Encourage, Empower, the 3e’s of life and the opportunity that is often missed to share with another that could be another tool in some else’s tool belt.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I believe that the conditions of some artist today have definitely changed. Self-respect, the understanding of what real love is, the knowledge of one’s self, and many other values and common core have gone out of the window. The old saying “Don’t throw that baby out with the bathwater” is not applied. Maybe people don’t understand the meaning. We were brought up on certain foundations which caused us to understand self-worth and value. This new generation of “Entitlement” has plagued the nation. The understanding of what true parenting, friendship, loyalty, empowerment, integrity, and other positive consideration of choices have been devalued. Getting back to who we are by respecting the elders that are here to give us wisdom, those that are still around to impart and being okay to listen enough to be fully capable of making wise choices and looking on rather the consequence will be a good outcome, or bad one can help with enlightening our skills as we continue to thrive. The process is real, and good vibes can cause the outcomes to be magnificent. The world is supposed to get worst, and that’s okay because I fully believe that God is in control yet we can make a great impact living to our best and positive light of potential.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Some of my work can be seen on social media links such as https://www.facebook.com/hofrcc/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lavada-england-3b65aaa0/, and Instagram @VadaJInspire. For people who would like to support can reach out to me.
- Address: 554 60th Street, San Diego, CA 92114
- Website: https://hofrcc001.wixsite.com/hofrcc
- Phone: 6193156075
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @VadaJInspire
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hofrcc/
- Twitter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lavada-england-3b65aaa0/