While some people run away to a place free of people and influence of the world, others are running here! Lolalistens is my blog. My business. My baby. It is my vision of a place where all walks of life, rhythm, and authenticity can coexist and create art for the world or simply for themselves.
As a young child, I remember going on rides in my mothers Ford Expedition during the school week, and let me tell you, no car ride was a silent one. She would play artists such as R. Kelly, Avant, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Eminem, Joe, Khia, Mystikal, E-40, Lil Wayne, Etc. This lady knew no such thing as “One Genre” and made it very clear early on in my life that I should be Open-To-The-Sounds-Of-The-World.
Spring forward to the future and this is what it holds for me. Kiara, or Lola, whoever you decide to distinguish me as will work. I realised that I have an ear for good music and music that will trend on the radio. I was able to predict Justin Biebers fame, Everyone over at Soulection, and even Iggy Azealea. These are all artists that I was able to hear early on and say,”Oh, yeah! They’ve got what the people want to hear!”
I am a former writer and publisher for Benjamin over at Meetthadealer.com and it was such a pleasure to learn the ropes from him. He helped me develop into who I am today: A writer working for herself! Big ups to him!
Above is the image I have for my business. I make my own hand-made logos for myself and others and this was my creation for the #LolaListens underground music promotional blog. As a young, Black Writer and Blogger, it is important for me to uphold the image my ancenstors would have wanted me to. Melanated Ladies With Afros is the idea.