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December 2012

ARTICLE-AUTISM SPEAKS

AUTISM THE ADVOCATE E2WMAGAZINE

The mother of an Autistic son who is now 21 decided to advocate for her son and now has a non for profit “The Autism Project-FLOS (For the Love Of Shaquan)!!

It was 9’oclock pm and I was finally making the call that was long awaited. For 3 months, I’ve been meaning to sit down with this mother who I met at a press event for EducatNYnow.org I had organized. As I was speaking at the podium, I saw this woman with her all white pants and jacket with a purple blouse underneath, black glasses and her hair pulled back in a bun. She sat smack in the middle of the almost empty seats in front of me. I will never forget that moment because her energy was so strong I felt the vibe that she represented something important and she had something to say.

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AUTISM SPEAKS

THE ADVOCATE AUTISM E2WMAGAZINE

I will never forget that moment because her energy was so strong I felt the vibe that she represented something important and she had something to say. After the press conference was over she walked up to me and introduced herself, fast speaking and dominant she said “Hi my name is Daqueen Monroe and I have a non for profit called “The Autism Project” within 3 minutes I was going to be receiving a call from this woman if she doesn’t hear from me soon because she needed to talk to me.

After a few phone calls and running into one another at other community meetings and not being able to really talk due to our busy lifestyles, we finally have come to the moment in time where I get to hear her story and a Story hat is worth sharing with the world.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Most parents of autistic children suspect that something is wrong by the time the child is 18 months old and seek help by the time the child is age 2. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.

This particular situation happened with Shaquan Daqueens son except it took 9 years for him to be diagnosed correctly. In between that time, the experiences were exhausting, confusing and surprisingly typical for a mother in her position at the time. Shaquan was a normal kid as far as Daqueen was concerned. He was growing and developing normally from the time he was born up until around the age of 21/2. Then she noticed some changes in his social and behavior skills. “He was aggressive, didn’t

want help, then he got quiet and didn’t use any words” said Daqueen. She would question it to her family, friends, and friends of family who were mothers that experienced raising kids already and say that it was normal the way he was behaving. But still knowing something wasn’t right, a friend of the family who worked in behavioral issues said “yeah you’re right something isn’t”. So she did what any mom should do and took her son to be evaluated. By this time, he was 31/2 yrs old.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t diagnosed correctly. The hospital where she had him evaluated diagnosed him as being multiply disabled. This was typical for low-income earners who were on government services such as Medicaid. If something is wrong and you don’t have money and you’re relying on Medicaid, the correct diagnosis is very important because the intervention is linked to the diagnosis’.

By this time while under the impression she knew what was going on with her son, he was getting speech and occupational therapy, she felt as if she was just going through the motions, hoping he would grow out of it. That wasn’t the case by age 7 it seemed that Shaquan was getting worse and he would regress, he would be slobbering and acting out with bad behavior. Between the age of 7-11 were the toughest times even though by age 9 he was correctly diagnosed with Autism and started the journey to becoming the wonderful young man he is today.

He had gone through both Special Ed and BOCES, she fought tooth and nail with the Board of Education, conducted research, and made hundreds of phone calls to advocate for her son and get him the services he needed. Residing in Yonkers NY where at that time in the 90’s the city rarely had anything to service Autistic children.

Finally, her research paid off and a gentleman from Westchester Health stepped in to help get Daqueen and Shaquan on track. Not only did he mail her different books with a bunch of schools to service him, he also took her to visit the schools to help him get in. What a blessing that was! Finally, Shaquan was placed in a wonderful school by age 11 not to far from his mom and though the road from there on wasn’t easy it did restore hope and offered opportunity. Still not having a place for him to go during home visits for special needs extra curricular activities and mingle with kids with the same disabilities that was affordable or free, those visits were hard.

Even now at 21 she still has trouble with connecting Shaquan with friends and activities. Although Autism has grown its awareness due to the ever so popular Autism Speaks Campaign/Organization, most services are for younger children. That brings us to today. From experiencing having a child that was typical and developing normally, to having a major problem being a shock to her system, not being able to work or keep a steady job, experiencing watching her son being dumped together with other kids like himself and not really getting the help they needed, things took a toll on this mom.

But to God be the glory, through the rocky road of as she puts it “fighting a battle but fighting the wrong thing”, battling with powers that be, not being able to keep job and so on… This mom, Ms. Daqueen Monroe who has a MBA in Business and her Undergrad in health gave birth to THE AUTISM PROJECT-FLOS with a dream of Servicing the AUTISM Community through Recreational Therapeutic Recreation for Special needs autistic children is READY, EDUCATED WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND WILLING to lay it all on the line and continue to fight and Advocate not only for her son but for other families with autistic children.

You never stop fighting for your child, its a constant battle for those who are not financially stable or wealthy and even they continue to go through the motions. Why not bring some relief, hope and education to families who go the extra mile in all that they do to make sure their children have the best life possible.

THE AUTISM PROJECT-FLOS- Goals of servicing Pre-teens, Teens, and Young Adults with Autism. A facility where Fun Cool things are done for the kids and friends for both child and parent can be made. Music, art, physical, and aquatic therapy under one roof. Workshops and information. Well that sounds awesome to me. A Vision and a Dream worth supporting don’t you agree?

WE ALL SHOULD TAKE HEED TO THIS AND REMEMBER THAT THERE IS VICTORY AGAINST ALL ODDS. Daqueen made a statement that wealthy people are at an advantage with services for their children. At first I didn’t quite agree until I heard her story of being a mother on Government services due to a disability of her child and from being THE ADVOCATE and seeing both ends of social and economic living conditions from Housing-Eduation.

I can definitely apply the advantages and disadvantages. She proves that you can make Lemonade out of Lemons although she need funding and has been in the community seeking assistance from leaders and parents. She is praying that someone will hear her story and take a chance on her vision. From the day I met her I can see that that won’t be a problem for her at all. If you are interested in helping or finding out more information for THE AUTISM PROJECT-FLOS please visit www.facebook.com/theautismprojectflos

I AM THE ADVOCATE AND I APPROVE THIS CAUSE!!!! BY: LEKIA K. HILL,”THE ADVOCATE”

 

 

ARTICLE-IS THIS THE END, OR JUST CONFUSION?

December 21, 2012, the Mayan calendar fast approaches its last entry date. For some the end of the calendar signifies the planets catastrophic demise. Predictions of impending doom have been prophesized for centuries. Even famed French seer Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, predicted the Earths end would correlate with the winter solstice of 2012. Did the Mayan’s really predict the end of all mankind? The answer to the question on so many people’s minds will be answered very soon. READ MORE

IS THIS THE END, OR JUST CONFUSION?

Not surprisingly, there seems to be no shortage of apocalypse theories currently in circulation around the globe. Speculations of galactic cataclysm, global war, or a pandemic seem to be prominent among life threatening scenarios that have become increasingly popular now that December 21 is mere hours away. It seems that there is an increasing global awareness sparked by the topic due to curiosity for some and fear for others. For some people the threat of mankind’s destruction is very real, however, many others simply see the 21st as just another day.

The Mayan long-count calendar is based on a cyclical system of 144,000 days, approximately 396.26 years, known as a b’ak’tun. The calendar states that the end of the current, 13th  b’ak’tun, numerically notated 13.0.0.0.0, is at hand. Some proponents of the end of the world theory see the rolling over of the zeros as a signpost marking the end as we know it. Others have taken translations from the Popol Vuh, a sacred Mayan book, and have applied them to the end of the 13th b’ak’tun. One such translation is as follows: “it will rain fire, burning stones; the earth will lift up; there will be floods that will put an end to humanity, to those that have vitiated the Earth.” However, this passage in the Popol Vuh was not meant to be tied to December 21. According to Pastor Franke Zollman, avocational archeologist and student of Mayan history, the Mayans’ view of history was cyclical. It stands to reason that the end of calculated time merely marks the end of one calendar period and the beginning of a new. This is much like the calendar popularly used today which ends in December and starts anew in January, only covering a more extensive period of time. While many scholars are in agreement of the long-count calendar having an actual end date there were no Mayan predictions of the end of existence. The end of the 13th b’ak’tun is believed by many to merely mark the start of a new cycle.

According to one K’iche’ elder, “A better world is possible…as we enter the age of the fifth sun.”Did the Mayan’s feel the cycle of time would just loop infinitely or is this THE end? Infinity can be a difficult concept to grasp for people since we are so heavily rooted in the finite. Beginnings and endings seem to be the easiest of concepts for our minds to comprehend. Time is running out but how much time is there? The answer, at least to this one question, will be known in the hours to come. by: DAVID PASILLAS, PHOTOS BY: GOOGLE IMAGES

ARTICLE-EV MAC

EV MAC MOST HATED ENTERTAINMENT E2W MAGAZINE

 

 

One word to describe Miss EV MAC would be “versatile.” She would call herself a double, a triple threat. Not only is she a singer, but she is also an actress, dancer, teacher, songwriter, radio/ TV hostess, and college grad. Ev Mac has been singing since the age six…

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EV MAC

EV MAC MOST HATED ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC E2W MAGAZINE

One word to describe Miss EV MAC would be “versatile.” She would call herself a double, a triple threat. Not only is she a singer, but she is also an actress, dancer, teacher, songwriter, radio/ TV hostess, and college grad. Ev Mac has been singing since the age of 6 years old. She has been an R&B singer with MOST HATED ENTERTAINMENT for 6 years. Under MH ENT she has put out three independent c.d’s entitled: “THOUGHTS OF A SINGLE BLACK WOMAN”, “VOICES FROM THE HEART” R&B Comp, and “HERE I AM”.  MH ENT. recently drop a label compilation entitled, “HATED BUT RESPECTED.” She also has three singles on the CD/DVD. Ev along with the MH team has opened up for artist such as:  Omarion, Llyod Banks, Dmx, Dipset, and Lil Kim to name a few.

Ev Mac was honored to discover that she was put in the book, “THE MAN WHO WALKED THE DOG”, a biography of the life of DJ SUPERIOR and DMX. The Man Who Walked the Dog can be found at Barns&Nobles.com. She played leading roles in plays such as: “JUST COLOR IT BLUE”, a tribute to MARTIN LUTHER KING, “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”, “BLOOD SISTAS”,  “A GIFT OF SUNSHINE”, “WHEN A PUSH COMES TO SHOVE”, “A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE”, “OZ COMES TO YONKERS”, along with a couple of independent films. She was the host of MH Radio, “It is what it is” TV show, and now currently holds the position as a DJ for a new show which gives exposure to all types of artists.

She currently teaches dance at YOUTH THEATER INC. Ev Mac recently came off of tour where she sold 600 independent cd’s, and is currently rehearsing for one of the lead roles in play entitled,” DON’T SAY IT’S TOO LATE.” She feels that with a positive mind state, diligence, and dedication, a person can achieve all goals and if all else fails her, spiritual belief in God will sustain her.

ARTICLE-VERZYTILE

VERZYTILE E2WMAGAZINE

 

Sheldon “VERZYTILE” Deonarine. Born and raised in the tiny islands of Trinidad and Tobago, famous for our unique sound of the Steel pan and Soca music.

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VERZYTILE

Sheldon “VERZYTILE” Deonarine

Sheldon “VERZYTILE” Deonarine. Born and raised in the tiny islands of Trinidad and Tobago, famous for our unique sound of the Steel pan and Soca music. Trinidad is also known for our annual carnival celebration. This is a time when everyone gets to show off all their beautiful colorful costumes, enjoy the island sound of the steel pan and Soca and just to have a good ole time. I was born at San Fernando General Hospital which is located in the southwestern part of the island of Trinidad which is more city living. I moved to Valencia when I was about five years old, a small village which is located in northeastern part of the island which is more country side living. As you can imagine, growing up in the country is a lot different from the city life but never a dull moment. Growing up in the countryside also taught me a lot of important lessons that prepared me for this crazy thing called, life. I attended Arima Senior Comprehensive School, before moving to the US. I joined the school choir and sang in our Naparima Bowl Arena and came second in competition.

Arima Senior Comprehensive, also known as ‘Compree’ was also attended by internationally known Soca artist Bunji Garlin, one of my idols in the music industry to this present date. At a young age I was captured by the sound of Soca and reggae music. One of the main Soca artists that I admire is the man himself Machel Mantano who I think took Soca music to another level. Mr. Mantano has been in the music business literally since he was a baby, look up his video, “TO YOUNG TO SOCA” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. He continues to push the envelope and put his country on the map, our sweet island of Trinidad. Some other well known Soca artists I grew up listening to includes Super Blue, Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, Shadow etc.  Not forgetting the younger generation who’s continuing on the path that those iconic legends set forth .That’s just to name a few of the legends in Soca music. On the reggae scene, I grew up listening to Bob Marley, Gregory Isaac and GlenWashington etc. That’s the reason for the name ‘VerZytile’. I love blending all different styles together and coming up with different unique sounds that both the young and older generation will enjoy. I moved to the US when I was seventeen to pursue my singing career. It was definitely a change, being in a new place but it gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge on all the different types of music and implement them into my songs. I write my own material My latest material includes “LAND OF SOCA”, “THE GIRL SONG” and ” “BONG DIGGY BANG” soon to be released. Hope u all enjoy my music so keep your ears and eyes peeled for more new and original material from the one VerZytile, singer, songwriter and producer. I can be reached by email at verzytile@gmail.com or follow me on twitter @verzytile or look for me on Facebook or check me out on YouTube.

SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK ELEMETARY SCHOOL

Shooting At Sandy Hook Elementary School

 

Horrific elementary school shooting leaves a nation mourning the loss of 20 children and at least 8 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 14 started out as so many days have before; children heading to school and parents starting another routine workday. Children anxiously awaiting the beginning of Christmas vacation; a time to be spent with family and loved ones. However, things took a turn for the worse sometime after 9 a.m. and those holiday spirits were quickly dashed to bits as a 20 year old male made the decision to arm himself and lay siege on an elementary school, forever changing the lives of so many people in Newtown, Connecticut.

Once again, terrorism rocks our nation as we watch news clips and read stories of the tragic shooting at an elementary school. As a father I’m left speechless, I cannot begin to fathom losing a child in any manner much less losing one to a gunman on a senseless shooting spree.

Although my children are older than those involved in the massacre, I feel as if my own could have been involved. I think back to their days in elementary school and wonder what would have been done to prevent this incident had it presented itself at their school. Today should have been a day full of learning and joy for those children. The adult victims should have been able to carry out their workdays and return home to their families at the days end.

However, that is not the case. There is now a hole left in the hearts of everyone in America. I can feel it as I learn more details of the event. The harsh reality sinks in and the Christmas spirit I have been feeling is now replaced with sorrow. This attack has not only affected family members of the victims, it now affects an entire nation.

This is terrorism, terrorism from within. This is what we must strive to prevent. Where was the security detail as this gunman entered the school grounds? Even with precautions being taken someone was able to easily find their way onto the premises, heavily armed and intent on spilling the blood of innocent children. Everyone at Sandy Hook Elementary School was left powerless in this attack as reports reveal that at least nine of the victims were adults. How do we protect our children from attacks like these? How do we protect ourselves? We are so focused on terrorism from outside our countries borders that we seem to forget that it can happen right in our own backyard.

Reports have indicated that the shooter is dead, and at least one other suspect is in custody for questioning. While some may feel due justice has been served, there will be no justice or peace for the families of those who lost loved ones today.

President Obama addressed the issue moments ago and stated, “our hearts are broken today,” and he is correct, the hearts of a nation have been broken as well as our spirits. We must find strength in this somber time and somehow pull ourselves together. We must work to prevent this type of tragedy in the future. Parents have a right to feel that their children are safe once they have been delivered to school. It is our right to work in a safe environment, free from violence and the actions of unstable individuals such as the gunman in this heinous crime.

We all deserve to be free of the sorrow we feel now for the families of the victims. My sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends of ALL of the victims involved in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We are all so very sorry for your loss, may you somehow find peace.

There is only one question on everyone’s mind today, why? BY: DAVID PASILLAS PHOTOS: COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES

 

ARTICLE-MARCUS BANKS

MARCUS BANKS E2W MAGAZINE

As I follow the career of this rising new comedian, it was apparent that this man has put in a lot of work in such a short time. With over 150 performances under his belt, MARCUS BANKS is determined to thoroughly establish himself in his field of work. From my observation, he is doing a great job! A native of the affluent New Rochelle, New York community, Marcus Banks has showcased his talent across the East coast and is seeking to impress his brand across the nation. Having worked with some of today’s more popular comedians, Marcus Banks is taking, “NO DAYS OFF CHASING HIS DREAM”!

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