THENEWPRINT: Eternia + 7th Annual Manifesto Festival (Toronto)

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Eternia will be performing at the 7th annual Manifesto Festival in Toronto, Canada. The festival is being held from September 19th to the 22nd and is a phenomenal representation of all that hip-hop culture has to offer from music, art, dance, exhibitions and more. Eternia’s performance will be held on September 22nd at Yonge & Dundas Square as part of the Ladies First Cypher, featuring DJ Mel Boogie’s 20th Anniversary with Jelly Too Fly, Phoenix Pagliacci, and Tara Chase. Additional performances will be held down by Souls Of Mischief, Jhene Aiko, Freedom Writers, and lots more! Do not miss this, Toronto!

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Candid Captures c/o @MoussaFaddoul of the once in a lifetime experience  co-hosting Season 1 of “@LoveIsMoving” in @CBC Studios w @ContextTV

…hopefully an experience that will be repeated in season 2 :-)

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I rarely do this: post a full 40 min Eternia set for the world. But… why not? :-) #ApacheCafe #ATL #ENJOY & thank @NomadicWaxMagee & @WorldHipHopMkt :-)

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Eternia ft. pHoenix Pagliacci | FINAL OFFERING | A Tribute to Kendrick Lamar’s “Hii Power” | Directed by Alex Narvaez |

Eternia  returns after a two year ‘hiatus’ with an epic verse. Unloading a hailstorm of questions pointed at herself, God, her family, her friends, and her very purpose, ‘Final Offering' tackles the lows of life, a topic most people avoid with repression and distractions. Eternia dives in, unafraid to reveal her insecurities and self doubt while challenging the very tenets of faith and foundation of family that she was raised on. She is joined by pHoenix Pagliacci, a burgeoning triple-threat in the Canadian music scene, who soars on this track with a poignant reminder to Eternia, and anyone else who is experiencing similar lows, of what “Hii Power" really is.

Director Alex Narvaez (a.k.a. The Can Con Don) contributes a docu-style moving landscape to the raw vulnerability of Eternia’s delivery & content. Doubling as a tribute to Toronto’s historic Kensington Market, Narvaez paints the symbolic picture of Eternia as isolated and alone. But as the chorus uplifts the song, Eternia is joined by a ‘female voltron’: empowered by a support network of talented women who know their own power & purpose, reminding her of her own.

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Been awhile since I said this but…

This chick can spit.

My definition of a ‘ride-or-die’ chick.

“The tendency in our spiritual life but also in our more general attitude toward love is that our feelings are all that is going on,” he says. “And so to us the totality of love is what we feel. But to really love someone requires commitment, fidelity and vulnerability. Mother Teresa wasn’t ‘feeling’ Christ’s love, and she could have shut down. But she was up at 4:30 every morning for Jesus, and still writing to him, ‘Your happiness is all I want.’ That’s a powerful example even if you are not talking in exclusively religious terms.”

- excerpt from TIME article -> http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1655720,00.html#ixzz2IwMB0X2s

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The winner of the GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST is….

**drumroll please**

It’s a TIE!

1. Chikolaev (http://chikolaev.tumblr.com) is an art director from Portugal. He used photographer Jason Rodriguez’ of I Love Arter image of me sitting on the ground. His single artwork design was a gritty, docu-style, throwback vibe to me and really aligned with the vibe of the track and the video.


2. Brandon Rivera of Alego Creative (http://www.AlegoCreative.com/) in NJ submitted this strikingly strong visual, using Heather Smith’s photo of my profile with a scarf on my head. I was captivated by how vibrant the artwork was (the contrast, the colors, it’s like it popped out of the screen) and how empowered it made me feel… like at the end of my new video.

We received almost 20 submissions in all, and from all parts of the globe. I had friends submit, family members, people that I want to work with in the future, people with an amazing eye and obvious design talent. Ultimately it came down to what resonated with the song. I accumulated ‘votes’ from my manager, producer, and friends to ensure my eye wasn’t off. Everyone was in agreement on the winners. 

I thank all of you for your time, effort, and talent.

This contest has been amazing experience for me, I never knew so many people were invested in my creative process. Thank you.

with much respect, and gratitude,

eternia.

DAY 4 of this Graphic Design Contest starts NOW! Only 36 more hrs (approx) to submit!

Here’s a sneak peak of one of the images you have to work with for the single artwork design, courtesy of photographer Heather Smith.

So far I’m honored by the folks who have chosen to undertake the challenge, definitely above & beyond my expectations.

CONTEST CLOSES TOMORROW at MIDNIGHT
ALL DETAILS:http://therealeternia.tumblr.com/post/56819025340/be-a-part-of-my-creative-process-ladies-gents

love & light,
et.

I was reading that in 1912, someone was complaining about the telephone, exactly the same things you hear people say about e-mail: “Oh my God, it’s going to ruin our quality of life”; “conversations are going to become surface-only and not meaningful”; “all the interruptions and distractions!” It reads like right now.
Post-Sandy in the City

I’ve caught wind of this idea of “Survivor’s Guilt”: those who were unaffected by the hurricane feel like they should feel guilty, and even pay penance, because of others who lost homes or even lives.

Then there’s the “God in the storm” syndrome: those who were unaffected boldly claiming “God loves me, God blessed me, God saved me!” Which of course begs the obvious follow up question of how God ‘feels’ towards those who were devastated by the hurricane?  

The cover of today’s NY Post answers in huge bold letters that read:  GOD HATES US. Appalling  journalism, on numerous levels, but definitely the logical flipside to many peoples’ God claims.

I do not subscribe to either camp.

I do not feel guilty for being 100% unaffected by Sandy, with the exception of losing four days of paid work. I am aware of the many stories, including my friends, who didn’t get off so easy. I do not feel guilt because my actions have not caused their experience; I have not done anything directly or indirectly to inflict pain and discomfort upon them.  I have offered my warm and well stocked home to those friends who were affected, that goes without saying but it was said anyways… And not out of guilt.

As for ‘God in the storm’: I do thank God for all sorts of blessings and provisions, big and small, daily. But as Jesus described God: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:25). I don’t think God has played favorites, abandoning those who suffered at the hands of Sandy and favoring those who went unscathed. That’s not how I understand our Almighty to be. God is in all of it, and all of us. God is in the mess, the pain, the loss, the giving, and the hope. Many post-Sandy stories of relief efforts and picking up the pieces have God written all over them. He’s not an elitist. He’s not even a “He”. 

I’m here, post-Sandy in the city, wondering at the complexities of it all… with a sneaking suspicion that we’re making it more complicated than it is. Mother Nature had her way, with some more than others. The volunteer response has been tremendous, people have been reminded of the fragility of the homes and lives they have built for themselves, and also of the love and support that cushion their fall. Strangers are drawn together by the unifying experience, to share their stories. And the sun continues to shine on us all…

It’s called life.

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its a back to life kinda morning :-) 
#ExtendedMix

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Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.

Undeniable artistry that speaks to the spirit, if you ask me…

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