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Lyon Brave Unplugged

Lyon Brave Unplugged

There has been a steady flow of talent migrating to beBee over the last couple of years, but in the last week or so, I was just blown away by the posts on one certain individual who is not only a talented writer taking on extremely relevant issues, but is also an exceptional skilled artist and musician. Please allow me to introduce newly appointed beBee Ambassador, Lyon Brave.

Dean: So tell us, who is Lyon Brave?

Lyon: You start with the world’s hardest question. I'm a lot of things. If you don't define me by my work, you will define me by my hair. It's really big and often people tell me to duck down when I'm in the car with them because it's like driving with a tree and nobody can see anything. I started an orphan, surrounded by a lot of kids who got a bad hand, so I care about street kids and stuff like that. People accuse me of being self-righteous because I can be a bit of a do-gooder, but it's just, I know what it's like to have nothing and have people just walk past you like you are nothing…

Dean: Well you certainly have amazing hair, unless I'm the guy sitting behind you at the cinema.

So tell me, was there a pivotal moment in your life when you broke free?

Lyon: BROKE FREE? I would say I have broken through walls a number of times, just to be met with another wall. Because I was in foster-care I didn't even know my racial identity for a long time. Then I had to figure out my sexuality. Men weren't really doing it for me, and it took me a minute just to admit I have the hots for women because a black, lesbian orphan couldn't sound anymore like a horrible movie. When I was like 18, I finally met my real mother. That was emotional. I am not the Juggernaut. I get tired of breaking through walls, accepting parts of myself and other people… I guess one of the best things that happened to me was I got a passport. Americans don't travel as much as Europeans and Australians… When I got a passport the world seriously opened up for me, and I realized I was lucky to be so very single and autonomous.

Dean: Could have been worse, you could have been a black lesbian orphan raised in Saudi, and hey, I get you. Men don't really do it for me too. Now do you think it is easier for a lesbian to, and I hate this phrase, "come out of the closet" than for a gay?

: Unfortunately no matter what country you are in it can be very dangerous to be gay or lesbian. I got my ass kicked by a group of boys a while back. It was seriously like 7 boys vs. me. They were real men you know. I think men just get really insecure or something. They get all offended I don't want their penis in my mouth or something and take it personally that I hooked up with their sister over them. I also tend to out game boys, as in even straight girls tend to like me and want to sleep with me if only to experiment. I just don't think most men can handle having a female Alpha around… However, being a lesbian also offers me a sense of protection. Most women don't see me as threatening or competition for their husbands, so I don't deal with all that catty girl crap where girls gossip and try to destroy me… I feel very lucky not to be a part of traditional girl world because it's pretty bitchy. 


                                                 (Credit - Lyon Brave)

Dean: So tell me about Lyon Brave the artist.

Lyon: I owe that to the boys. Some how I ended up going to an all boys’ school for a little bit because I kept getting into fights. At the time, I guess they didn't have “bad girl” programs, so they just tossed me in with the boys. The boys were always talking about comic books and Daredevil. They wanted to make comic books and they were always trying to outdo each other. I got into drawing because I was a competitive little booger and I wanted to be like “my Batman kicks your Batman's ass”. The best part about it is if I'm really strapped for cash, I can usually just sell a couple of self-portraits on the streets.


Dean: I would say your art is more deserving of an exhibition. You've got one hell of a backstory, and your exquisite physical appearance, hair and all, makes you highly marketable as an artist. I'd love to try and market you to someone like The RedSea Gallery in Singapore.

                                              (Funky Monkey, from the Black Lives Matter Soundtrack)

Dean: How did you get into music?

Lyon: Again I have the boy’s school to thank. I won a jump rope contest at school and the prize was to go over to our teacher’s house for dinner. This was a treat because in my house, dinner was like trying to watch too many puppies fight for nipples. She told me to go play while she getting dinner ready. There was a piano in her house. It was the first time I ever saw anything like it and I started playing. My teacher thought it was her daughter playing at first. She said I was a natural, but I never had money for music or instruments. I used to date musicians to get a few free lessons in. When you're poor you’ve got to get pretty inventive. I really relate to Aladdin honestly. I used to sneak into churches to play the piano… When I finally got a real piano lesson, the teacher was mad because I could play by ear, but not sight read. I mean she was really mad about it. She was like, there is no way you should be able to play Beethoven, I haven't taught you how to read that symbol yet. I have performed a few shows and the crowds always liked me, but it's usually not long before I pawn my guitar because there is an eviction notice on my door from being a "starving artist. Clearly, I would love to be able to make good money from art and music, but the time hasn't been right because I have been (cough) homeless a lot. The time will be right one day and I will be able to work on Maslow's Hierarchy. I hear to make great art, you have to suffer, so the universe is just getting me ready for my kick ass rags to riches story…

Dean: You are one hell of a class act. I see so many people who have been through similar stories constantly bitter at the World, but it's so good to see you have moved past bitterness and now focus much of your life helping and inspiring less fortunate souls. I'm sure everyone appreciates your authenticity; you are a truly genuine soul.

So let's move to the quick fire round.

Dean: North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom. If you had 5 minutes alone in a room with Kim Jong-un, what would you say to him?

Lyon: Would you like a cup of tea?

Dean: The British Empire was grew and ultimately fizzled over tea. If you could change one thing in history, what would it be?

Lyon: That's easy, I would have invented the Internet.78c86aa1.jpg

Dean: Which of your five senses do you enjoy most and why?

Lyon: Hearing. I love music. When I'm in a really bad, mood it's usually because I'm in music withdrawal. Actually, I once realized I was falling into a severe depression because I wasn't listening to music. I easily listen to two hours a day, so if I go weeks with no tunes, I seriously might need an intervention. Music is really high energy, a good beat can really get you up and dancing and I need that in my life, those feel good drugs that aren't drugs. Beethoven composed music deaf though, so I would get over it if I did go deaf.. I'd just press my ear to the floor and saw off my piano legs.

Dean: What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Lyon: I would rob a lot of money and company secrets, and then I would draw a dick on Donald Trump's face.

Dean: What’s your favourite cheesy pick-up line?

Lyon: Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?


Hey girl, I will give you a big bag of money to fuck me (that one works pretty well)

Dean: What makes you cringe?

Lyon: Small penises

Dean: And finally, your favourite word?

Lyon: I have two favorite words:

1. Pussy but only in context of Prince singing Pussy Control

2. Hallelujah. (probably my actual favorite word)

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Dean Owen

4 years ago #41

From the sounds of it she is heading out to sea as we speak! I do hope she docks at Sasebo or Yokosuka. I feel somehow she is destined to find a path to Japan, a country where they celebrate individuality and crave talent.

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #40

\ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams next in line for a BeBee shine

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #39

Is this a refrence to Eminiem?! #48

don kerr

4 years ago #38

Dean Owen can result in a great interview but only when the writer has the sense to let the subject tell the story. Excellent job and so pleased to meet you Lyon.

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #37

Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams if there is going to be two of us, I think we should hold Trump down and tattoo the dick on his face, so people know what he is lol#45

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #36

Different on BeBee like anything is possible?! #40

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #35

Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich saw the interview and wanted to reach out to dean. Then I did an interview on her and people are reaching out to her. I think this is really great. I think BeBee should be a place where we encourage and work together. Dreams are very hard to pull of all alone, but working with other people you can get stuff done easy. For the good of the hive we should help each other lol. Anyways, I would love to do a BeBee interview on Dean and Deb when I get back if you guys let me and we should keep buzzing each other,. It's great! Seriously this made me feel a lot a joy and it's always something I can read on a bad day to remind me I'm cool lol#42

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #34

Welcome Lyon Brave does produce great interviews that highlight the individuality of the person being interviewed but I think you can tell by the comments that your interview produced a unique response. I believe it's a result of the energy that comes from your expressions. Whether in the dialogue, your buzzes, your artwork or your music, I can say that your energy is palpable. Things seem different on beBee after reading your interview. I wish you ALL the success in whatever you choose to pursue!!

John White, MBA

4 years ago #33

I love this quote, “I hear to make great art, you have to suffer, so the universe is just getting me ready for my kick ass rags to riches story,”

John White, MBA

4 years ago #32

Amazing, interview. #AmSharing

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

4 years ago #31

Thanks Dean Owen... 😘

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

4 years ago #30

Woww Lyon Brave, your paintings have blown my consciousness up while listening to your music... Such an interesting being behind this black&white picture and this cinematographic name. When you said you would like to get involved with movies, I thought the best way is interpreting yourself. Your story is an impressive script. Pity I'm not a cinema producer or director, for sure I would make your dream come true... ✨ Any film director in the room??

Dean Owen

4 years ago #29

Hey Lyon, I'm definitely not an expert, but my first wife owned a gallery in Tokyo, my second graduate from Lasalle College of Arts. Not quite as easy as painting a red canvas, Mark Rothko already did that. In Japan it is very much to do with relationships. Asian art colleges are churning out tens of thousands of art graduates a year and they all want to make a living off it, so most end up going a different route, graphics design, illustrator etc. Most don't have a story. You do! Black, lesbian, and I'd like to add activist. You also have a brand, your hair. Yes, Japan has opportunities, but as you know, the Japanese manga culture has resulted in a huge amount of talent. You've got the story. If you'd done some jail time even better. You've got a brand. The last thing you'd need is relationships, and I might be able to help you there.

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #28

Dean Owen How do you know about marketing art. The thing with art is i don't think getting an exhibition is hard. You could literally paint a blank red canvas and call it art. I think selling your art is hard.The area i was in had like one art gallery. Being in a gallery didn't seem like a good route for making money. A lot of people say i would do really wall in the Japan scene. I definitely want to visit there, so if you are serious about marketing my work i will reach-out when i get back.

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #27

That would be wonderful Dean! I agree, her art is a gift!

Dean Owen

4 years ago #26

Thanks Lisa, she is pretty amazing. I personally think it is her art that has a major chance of getting noticed. I hope she can dedicate some time to doing a series of 20 or so paintings on a single theme, all the same size. I'd love to be able to try and get her an exhibition.

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #25

Thank You for tagging me Dean Owen, you are one incredible woman! You artwork and music- wow... what a gift you have. It's really nice to get to know you more thanks to this interview, excellent job, both of you! I love your raw candor Lyon. I'm so glad that you didn't let the very hard times growing up stop you from finding out who you really are and by that I mean, the entire package... your race, your sexuality, your gifts, art & music and helping those who are in need. I literally spit my wine out when I read Trump's name in one sentence then small penises in another, I couldn't stop laughing! Yes, I drink wine on the weekends ;-) I was going to say, 'spit my water out' but you were so honest, how could I lie? Your music rocks, I don't doubt for a moment you won't be picked up by a good producer and/or label. You said, "I hear to make great art, you have to suffer, so the universe is just getting me ready for my kick ass rags to riches story…" Your damn right the universe is!

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #24

Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich that Bee Cool T-shirt totally sounds right up my ally. I would rock it.

Dean Owen - what a five-star interview! Lyon, you are an amazing and talented woman. Don't ever lose that edge and stay strong.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #22

There is a reason why Japanese like paper walls!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #21

Lyon Brave, I certainly hope that head office sends you that "Bee cool" T-shirt, because you are one cool person. Looking forward to reading your buzzes and your take on a subliminally biased world. It seems to me you're like a jack-in-the-box. Every time you get pushed into a corner, you spring back up stronger and higher. Hope you never lose that elasticity ..... and hope you don't stop getting pushed. That old fella, Newton, had the right idea when he stated that for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction. Seems to me we need your proactivity and optimism around here to wake some of us up from our comfort zones. Keep pushing back and breaking through. Lots of walls are only made of paper. Hey Dean-san, another great interview!

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #20

Dean Owen next sounds like a great idea. Someone once gave me a necklace with a wooden cross that had the word Fatima engraved on it. Fatima meant favorite child of god.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #19

That's a great idea! Dangerous for me as I've been strangely attracted to \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams for a while now.... 😮

Dean Owen

4 years ago #18

Totally agree. The art is seriously amazing. Whether art, writing, or music, Lyon's voice is raw and unique. Art could well make her famous for all the other stuff.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #17

Hey Lyon Brave, forgot to ask, is it Lyon as in the French city or as in Aslan the lion? Truly appreciate this opportunity to interview you! You are pretty frikkin' amazing.

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #16

Lyon Brave Thanks for the great interview done in your unique Owen style.

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #15

Lyon Brave thanks a lot again. You both are a really asset for beBee !

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #14

This is great ! Thanks Dean Owen !!! Happy to have her on board !

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #13

Wow Dean Owen Lyon love your voice and the art work is simply crazy. And your last name defines you. I wish you all the very best on your journey in coming phase of your life . I feel super proud to know you and will support you all the way I'm fan now. You have given me yet another reason why we should stay strong. Thank you. Deb I love your quote " Just keep BEING and the DOING will sort itself " It seems to have worked for alot of us.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #12

Wow Dean Owen. Lyon love your voice and the art work is simply crazy. And your last name defines you. Deb I love your quote " Just keep BEING and the DOING will sort itself " It seems to have worked for alot of us. I wish you all the very best on your journey in coming phase of your life . I feel super proud to know you and will support you all the way I'm fan now. You have given me yet another reason why we should stay strong. Thank you.

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #11

Haha I was trying not to comment on this very nice interview Dean Owen I agree art is an easier sell than music and i definitely think out of writing, music and art i'm strongest in art, so yeah i'm a jack and some people say jacks accomplish nothing because they don't focus and are too spread-out. The sky is the limits or it's the bottom of the pits for me.

Jim Murray

4 years ago #10

@ Lyon Brave: I have seen your posts reposted and kinda scolled on by. But after reading Dean's interview I will no longer do that.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #9

I love the premise of her new book which is "Brave Poetry" and I love her quote at WritersCafe from Bob Dylan "“You don't necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they're poets. I don't call myself a poet, because I don't like the word. I'm a trapeze artist.” -Bob Dylan The artist brings a different vibe and way to any community and often they find enrichment in their own colonies because they are free to express their visceral life experiences, which often bear the scars of their high capability - that emanate from people who fear difference and thus drawing artists away from the mainstream into their conclaves. Take a look at this archive from a Seattle based magazine called The Stranger,features?page=9 We will find a rich vein of thought from creative mindsets which can get shot to pieces by a mainstream community, because argument is the chief social weapon of choice since destruction and depreciation is easier than construction and appreciation. At the same time the open minded artist does not sugar coat their reality either nor its chief seed which is hypocrisy. Instead they explore it at a personal level, whereas the "royal WE" attack it at a group level. Whatever an artist is or not - what matters is that I want to appreciate these diverse ways of life and being - and that will add much to my learning journey.

Paul Walters

4 years ago #8

Dean Owen cool interview dean

Paul Walters

4 years ago #7

Lyon Brave Welcome to the hive madam!

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #6

Now i like that 🌞 i must say Lyon & Dean

Dean Owen

4 years ago #5

A special thanks to Lyon Brave for this brutally honest glimpse into her journey. I don't usually tag people, but feel she truly deserves an audience. Ken Boddie

it is a wonderful read, happy you shared this Dean Owen. Happy to meet Lyon Brave@ here.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #3

Thanks . I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to conduct this raw interview. Lyon offered us a stripped down image of one incredibly talented individual. I can't but be thankful for her openness and honesty.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #2

Introducing the highly talented writer, artist, and musician, Lyon Brave.

thanks for presenting this GEM Dean Owen, the music is strong and authentic!

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