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Take a Chance on Life!

Being bounced around through the years wasn’t a day in the park, but Chance grew character and strength with each obstacle. Most people prepare and dream of becoming a tattoo artist, not Chance… this literally fell into his lap and he’s been doing it with pride and ease for the last 13 years. He even had the pleasure of inking up 20 Fort Lee soldiers before heading to Iraq-SALUTE!

“My mom always pictured this for me. It wasn’t difficult at all. I use to do tats on myself and then one day I tatted like 10 people for free when I was living in the Bronx just to get my work out there. The next thing I know, I did one after another after another and then it took off from there.” Chance has even tatted tears on his face for the actual tears he didn’t shed at his parents’ funeral. “I just couldn’t cry, so I tatted these tears on my face for them.”

With all the competition out there, Chance works harder and harder each day and is always striving to reach that next level. He runs from one shop in the Bronx a couple of days a week, to his other shop located in Harlem the remaining days. He has tried to become a part of a popular reality show, which shall remain nameless, about tattoo artists. The fit wasn’t quite right and the end result was, Chance decided to grind harder and eventually get his own reality show in the mix.

With everybody and their mama (literally mamas are getting it in) having tattoos these days, is it just a trend? “For some clients it’s just a fad or just cool and for other clients it’s spiritual. They lost loved ones, etc, some just want to stimulate pain over existing pain. My tattoos have a story.”

For this to be something that literally “fell into his lap,” Chance has definitely made a steady career and well respected reputation behind being a tattoo artist. He is also humble and offers advice to all who inspire to step outside the box and follow their heart, “You have to have faith no matter what. Even when it feels like things are not going your way, you have to KNOW that you are going to make it. One day I was feeling real depressed, basically cursing God out, you know those days? I was riding my bike in Manhattan by the Peninsula Hotel and I said to God, ‘Take me now’ the second I said that I heard a splat.  A man just landed on the pavement after committing suicide by jumping out of the window of the Peninsula Hotel. I was stunned and if that wasn’t a sign that things could be worse, I don’t know what is. I don’t complain. I know God has me here for a reason. One word to describe my life so far is INCOMPLETE. There is so much more I plan on accomplishing before its all said and done.”

Chance can be found on Instagram: EAST2WEST INK













We bring to you Tela James the corner stone of the Southern pioneers of Hip Hop/ Rap. The Southern Legend, Tela is one of the infamous trailblazers who lit and paved the way for all the South Hip Hop/ Rap artists to follow. He created the blue print, which fashioned the beginning of the Hip Hop culture in the South. His first album in 1996 went gold under Suave House Records/Tony Draper, CEO. This was around the same time that artists like Scarface of The Ghetto Boys and No Limit came on the rap scene. This era was also known as the “Rap-A-Lot Movement.”

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Tela was originally born in Memphis, Tennessee. His grandfather was the manager of the late great B. B. King. Music and the music business has always been in and part of Tela’s life. He grew up listening to great and favorite artists like “Marvin Gaye”, “Al Greene” and “The Isleys”.

Tela says that the music that these kind of artists made was termed as, “Pimpin’ Music”. He also liked and enjoyed the music of “Michael Jackson”, “Queen”, ‘Black Sabbath” and “Coltran” just to name a few. He himself has worked alongside artists like: Snoop Dog, Too Short, Pimp Cee, The Game, Ace, 8 Ball & MJG, Yuck Mouth and UGK.
For the past 5 years Tela has taken a needed and most valuable time out from the constant grind of the music game. He has taken this time out to be with his beloved family and children. He realized that time waits on no man, neither does the growth of his beautiful children. One of the most precious gifts one could ever have is time-shared, and the bonding with his offspring. He knows that there is no way to make loving and lasting memories unless you are there and present in the mix.

Although not as heavy in the game these days the Legend has gone “independent” and still managed to produce a new mixed tape called, “Grown Man Situations” aka “GMS”. You can check for this to drop around 3/15/13 on Tela hopes the game continues to grow creative wise and artists keep it interesting. He says, “Nowadays it’s hard to tell artists differences one from another. Also, don’t clown yourselves if you are going to make music; true talent stands out for itself. No more dream jacking… please! No more Lil Waynes, Drakes, Rick Ross’, or Nicki Minajs.” Lastly, PLEASE NO MORE RATCHET BLACK WOMEN!!! Black women do not need to be ratchet to make money. Our women need to start living with structure, refinement and an assignment for their lives.
You can find him on @TelaOfficial ya heard! By: ANGELICA MANN


As I began my interview with Mic Dubb, I was personally curious about the name, “Mic Dubb “ he explained to me that he had the name for years and got it from one of his boys back in the days. His boy J Ish started calling him Dubb, for “W” and the name just stuck like glue. I continued to chop it up with him and wondered how it was coming up in Gary, Indiana a city that is known for being the birthplace of the JACKSON 5, and high crime. Mic Dubb explained that it is a crazy place and can be rough at times, and that he has seen a lot of craziness in the streets. The population may be small, but that is the exact reason why the crime rate is so high. He mentioned that he always tried to stay positive despite the conditions of the city around him.

Mic Dubb went on to explain to me some of his influences in music, though the list is long, some of the stand out names were: The legendary 2 Pac, Biggie Smalls, Jay-z (from his hustlers standpoint), 8Ball and MJG, and OutKast. Some of his RNB influences are: Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and R Kelly. These are definitely some of my personal favorites, so I knew that we had a connection. I wanted to know about some of his collaborations and he said that he has worked with some regional artists such as: Fitz Fonzarelli, B Lang, Bido, Curt Crack, Mr. Mr. No Love, and Blazed to name a few.

As a writer, he has written music for: Willie North Pole (from Phoenix, AZ) and a few other teams from his area. He also says that he perfects his craft for people who simply like good music. He writes for everybody from, hustlers moving 100 bricks to the regular Wall Street Joe.

Mic Dub mentions that he is grinding, banging out mixtapes and is doing shows to eat. He is also looking for new producers with new sounds to record with. He mentions that his angle in the game is simply, to be himself. From the way that he dresses to the way that he talks, he’s just himself and that is exactly what the game is missing. Good people making good music, and that the essence of rapping is to be yourself. He just happens to be a cool ass dude that knows how to rap. He also says that he doesn’t try to impress people, but definitely tries to give his fans what they are looking for, and is not trying to perpetrate a tough image with a big ego.

So, check out Mic Dubb on his social media accounts and follow this man as he makes good music. “The 911 Mixtape” is dropping on January 29, 2013 and Double album dropping summer 2013.

Michael James Williams (Born October 27, 1983), also known by his stage name Mic Dubb, is an independent Midwest rapper, song writer, and producer from Gary, Indiana. Though most people recognize his home town as the birth place Michael Jackson, Mic Dubb grew up in a different era of the once highly industrial city. Crime started to rise and the steel industry declined as the city fell apart. Seeing the future of the city, and what could potentially become Mic Dubb’s, his father decided to send him to a visual and performing arts school at the age of 14, rather than his home school, which may have saved his life.

Since a kid Mic Dubb always had a strong interest in music, from live instruments to rapping. His older brother played live instruments, and rapped as well. When Mic was about 4 years old, his big brother used to teach him verses and have him rap them in front of his friends whenever they came over to the house. Everyone was so impressed at the fact he was able to remember the lyrics and say them so clearly at such a young age. Mic was constantly inspired to perfect his craft. At the age of 12, Mic Dubb started to write his own songs and record them in his bedroom with only a stereo and two blank cassette tapes.

At the age of 16, Mic Dubb joined a group called Daily Krusifixion under the name N-finity. The original members were The C.R.U.K., KC The Profit, Criminal Coop(now known as Coop Cosa) and Killa Kain(now known as Kris Styles). A self titled album was released by the group in 1996. Shortly after, the name was changed to Out Of Order, and new members were also added. The group released 4 Studio albums and several EP’s, and was well known in the city for their unique production and subject matter.

Mic Dubb Later went on to do solo projects as members of the group went their separate ways. He has released 4 solo albums that have solidified him as a real lyricist, and made a name for him in his city as well as a few other places throughout the country. Mic was also featured on the original version of the hit single “Midwest Girls”, an anthem for the ladies of the Midwest region which received a nice amount of radio spins for an artist with no record deal. A remix to the song was later released with a different roster of MidWest Artist.

Name: Michael Williams A.K.A Mic Dubb
Born: October 27, 1983 Gary, Indiana
Genre: Hip Hop
Occupation: Rapper, Song writer, Producer, Engineer

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Stay Updated On Laws

It’s always very economical and wise to stay on top of your local and state laws. For example, a vast number of people drive. Driving laws change quite frequently unbeknownst to the drivers. Also, I would like to mention but go into detail later on… Your owned vehicle is never really owned by you… nope!




The impact of returning to prison after serving 16 ½ years for a crime I was, and am innocent of, is tremendous. Where do I start? Being the rock and glue of my family, I immediately took charge of my position when I was freed. I wasn’t the only one who was permanently scarred from my wrongful conviction, my family suffered badly also.

Our healing process started the day I was released. In the short period of time I was home, I tightened my family bond that was shattered by the Justice System. The feeling of coming home from work to my wife, going to dinner at Big Mama’s house (mother) with my brothers and sisters, taking my mother shopping for her birthday, bringing her gifts for Mother’s Day, my kids, going out with my wife, speaking to trouble youth and speaking with other: men and women who were also wrongfully convicted at speaking engagements was priceless.

So, after the above and much more, returning to prison, and still is like living a re-occurring nightmare. I feel the pain double fold due to being through this wrongful imprisonment once, and being freed only to be back to endure it once again. If I was weak minded, and didn’t have the blood of our ancestors running through my veins, I wouldn’t stand a chance.

My family and supporters is crushed by this ordeal but, being through this once before, they have first hand knowledge of what’s necessary to support me mentally and emotionally. Let me not leave out friends and my fellow comrades, and my N.Y. and PA. Legal Teams. This has hit everybody extremely hard. What can I say? My situation has pulled my support system together tightly.

To say the System is prone to mistakes is an understatement. My reason for saying this? When someone’s conviction was strictly based on: ‘faulty’ Eye Witnesses, (Brady-violation) a coerced confession and (Ineffective Counsel) just to name a few out of many, and the Judge don’t grant relief or when he or she does grant relief, the Prosecutor still prosecutes knowing it was an injustice.

That’s intentional, not mistake. When DNA clears a person, the duty of a prosecutor should be to immediately ‘halt’ the prosecution as an, Officer of the Law. Not all prosecutors are corrupt, but the one’s that are is “the Deep Rooted Cancer” in the Justice System that is responsible for ‘Wrongful Convictions’. And as I always say, if you intentionally caused a wrongful conviction, not only should you never be able to practice Law, you should be ‘prosecuted’.

Upon filing for Re-argument with the, U.S. Supreme Court, my case was ‘Remanded’ back to the, Third Circuit Court of Appeals (the Judges who freed me). Due to the U.S. Supreme Court not allowing my attorneys the right to submit briefs or oral arguments. Not only did they make an error giving me a charge I never had, they made a mistake of basing their decision to ‘Reinstate’ my conviction strictly based on a Brady violation witness. This Brady Violation was clearly established in the Federal District Court in 2008. You would of thought that the U.S Supreme Court would of reviewed the record. Not in this case. “The Pain Within”

To Society,
My personal view on my husband, Lorenzo Johnson’s Wrongfully conviction and what it done to the family.
Wrongful convictions has a huge impact on all parties involved. How is it ok to keep people in prison for crimes they didn’t commit? It’s an injustice that affects peoples lives tremendously. My family and I have suffered for far too long because of this.

One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was watch my husband return to prison after five (5) months. He had already given the state of PA. 16 ½ years of his life for a crime he didn’t commit. Our children couldn’t understand how or why this was happening again! How could I explain this to them when I didn’t fully understand how something like this could take place.

I remember thinking how much could one man take? Was he strong enough to keep fighting for his freedom (a second time) or was his energy going to run out. I thought about our financial situation and how I would have to take care of us again. I thought about the system and how foul they really are. How could they come into my world and take all I had in a blink of an eye.

I cried for days feeling like they tore my heart out. I couldn’t eat or sleep, not to mention gained a lot of grey hairs.
A lot of extra spending we were doing also had to stop. I now had to make sure I had collect on my house and cell phones so he could call. Had to make sure I was able to order his food packages when he was allowed to have them. Also to make sure that I could get to PA. to see him as often as I could, living 2/12 hours away from the prison isn’t always that easy between: the price of gas, tolls, maintenance to our car and making sure he’s fed on the visits takes a hit to our savings.

It’s emotionally devastating as well, I love seeing him, but my heart breaks when it’s time to leave him there. He knows how bad it hurts me so he calls as soon as I get in the car to comfort me for my ride back to N.Y.. I totally agree with the saying, “if you do a crime, you should do the time”, but to keep an innocent man in prison for almost half his life, let him out, and bring him back, is: “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”.

I try to remain positive, but honestly have lost faith in the justice system. Wondering, “will they ever do what’s right? Are they willing to say we made a mistake not only once, but twice? The children ask all the time, “when is he coming home” The only answer for them is, “soon I hope” Although Lorenzo is the one behind those walls living this nightmare, we are all suffering and I will continue to suffer until justice is served!



Throughout time, the public has been fascinated with stories detailing perceived shady business practices of long time friends, turned successful entrepreneurs, but also becoming “bitter” rivals on the opposite sides of the coin. Try to understand the penetrating impact of assisting someone of which you were instrumental in creating a multi-million dollar career for.
The name may have been overshadowed by the success of this said friend, but the credit has been granted. However, money and opportunity had not been dispersed properly according to some. Whichever way the reader decides to interpret this scenario, the results remain the same.
DJ Superior, known to fellow Yonkers, New York natives affectionately as a solid stand up man. In the same vein, demoralized as a bitter DJ/Producer and the one time comrade of a very successful franchise brand and artist.
Superior has been silent for years about his personal role he has played in: creating, molding, and developing the careers of some of your a-list performers. But, something does not add up. Pesos.

How long have you been in the Game?
I’ve been in the Rap game since about 1990, 1991.

Who were some of your influences coming up as a youth?
Some of my influences were and still are: RUN-DMC, LL COOL J, Donald Trump, and Hulk Hogan.

What’s your position in the industry?
I’ve always been a d.j. and continue to be one, But I am the CEO of MOST HATED ENTERTAINMENT, much like Wakim of the RUFF-RYDERZ

What are some of your current projects?
I’m working on, HUSTLE ENTERTAINMENT with CHEF DADDY O.G., projects with MS. BEY THE GODESS and recently assisted in the completion of a VH1 documentary on DMX, and I have also completed a book about the both of us.

How do you stay relevant in the Hip Hop game?
We are worldwide and I have artists in almost every town; I have the IN-THE-MIXX radio show going on; I just stay busy. We stay grounded and down to Earth. When you become a part of this team, you become family. “I want to say, out the gate, that I do not want to disrespect the RUFF RYDERZ.”

We just got M.H. models and were doing a DVD called, “Straight out of Yonkers” We have a Women’s forum that helps women learn how to become entrepreneurs and we also continue to work with the youth. We stress helping the youth and showing them how to get their lives together.

If you want the world to get to know each other, then you have to open the door for other races and ethnic groups. We are all in the same boat. I have personally donated a Gymnasium for the youth in Yonkers at School #12 in Yonkers. I continue to help the youth in any way that I can. It is about respect and a deal with everyone the same.The world is divided; Most Hated is taking it to the next level.THE SAGA CONTINUES…Part 2 coming soon…



In time, you are immediately hit with the anniversary of his/her death. The day, the hour, the moment, and I cannot forget the very knock at the door; yes they do actually show up at your door with the news. I remember when watching old movies, the setting around World War I, when telegrams were sent informing the family of their soldiers’ death. How emotionally detached that must’ve seemed. Can you ever imagine while sitting in your home, preparing a meal for the family when the postman shows up to your front door with a piece of paper in hand to express the most devastating news you’ll ever hear? And all those parents in those days when the news was delivered in such a way could only weep, alone with no explanation. Though today, the news is delivered with a dark sedan parked outside your door, blue or black, soldiers dressed in full uniform, one your casualty officer and the other a priest. I could never imagine having to prepare, as an officer, to bring such news to a mother.

Another year pasts and the birthday of your soldier is the following month. A mother is instantly placed on defensive mode. It’s hard to explain, except to say there is no such thing as preparation. Instead we are emotionally and physically exhausted. Nevertheless, we are committed to celebrating in some form or fashion, making note of the reality they were born to us, whether it’s lighting a candle for our soldier, baking a cake or visiting the cemetery to release balloons. In that same year comes, Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Gold Star Mother’s Day, Veterans Day (all Military Holidays), Thanksgiving and Christmas all over again.

As each of these holidays, anniversaries and birthdays approach, we, meaning Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families, must discover various means in surviving through them. However, this holds true for Blue Star Families, families who soldiers are still serving as they pray for their loved ones safe return.
I state all this because a New Year is here, where these events will happen whether we’re here or not or whether we’re prepared for them or not. We will nevertheless have to ready ourselves once again.

With the bond we share we take hold of the emotional roller coaster and prepare for the ride. And as we do, something else will certainly occur, a new chapter will emerge, we will encounter new friends, learn new lessons, a beautiful birth will take place, a graduation will occur, a precious union of two will transpire, a love will prevail and another year will pass. Truly it’s all about transformation and evolution. As we travel through the manifestation of Life it will go on, but what’s in the rear view mirror, we can Never Forget. We will smile and truth will endure in our hearts and we will live until it’s our time.

In Time comes A New Year, get ready for the evolution 2013 . . .
Gold Star Mother signing out . . . Hooah! BY: HOPE HOLLINGSWORTH



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




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