IN TIME A NEW YEAR

HOPE HOLLINGSWORTH GOLD STAR MOTHER E2W MAGAZINE

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

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”

 

 

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

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.

MARCUS BANKS

MARCUS BANKS E2W MAGAZINE

Who would you say your style is similar to?  I don’t believe that my style is similar to anyone else’s, but I have been compared to the likes of: Katt Williams, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Griffin and D.L. Hughley.

Who were some of your influences in the game?  First off, I had mentors like: Omar Thompson, Talent Harris, and Smokey Suarez. And I believe that Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor paved the way for artist like Katt Williams and me.

What is the formula to your performances?  My technique and formula comes naturally. I have a lot of funny friends, and we are just naturals when it comes to “snapping”. I sharpen my skills by battling my friends and somehow that translates into the energy I need to help execute my routines.

How long have you been in the game?  I’ve been in the game for over 2 ½ years.

I’ve researched your resume, and I see that you have performed in over 150 shows.  Yeah. Give me 4-5 minutes and I will do my thing.

What do you bring to the game?  I am new; I am original and humble. I like to chill on my level and bring the new generation of comedians out. Just like the rap game, you got Wiz Khalifa. In the comedy game, you have Marcus Banks.

What projects have you been a part of?  I have done “THE DEAN’S LIST COLLEGE TOUR,” and  “THE 24 CITY TOUR”, just to name a few.

Tell the people about growing up and did your environment influence your material?  It was hard. My mother had three children and she was a single mom. She gave us everything that she could and almost everything that we wanted. She tried everything in her power to help us succeed.

Tell me about, “REFUND CHECK” I checked out the promotional blog and it was dope! But I have to know, “do you really have a 2 year old son?”  Actually, I did that joke because, in the beginning of my career, this female that I know came out of nowhere! She was claiming that she had a child by me. The kid was a year old at the time, and I was  “dead broke.” It was around INCOME-TAX season, so I claimed him as mine. But later, after a DNA test I found out that he was not my son.

How can people follow you?   “Like Me” on, FACEBOOK (MARCUS BANKS). My website will be out in January of 2013 and I have a DVD, “REFUND CHECK” coming out this summer. They can also follow me on, Twitter- Mbanks914

Marcus Banks- Comedian/Host/Actor/Radio personality
www.MarcusBanksComedy.com
www.SKLiveradio.com
Facebook.com/Mbanks914
Twitter.com/Mbanks914
Youtube.com/914Mbanks

 


MORPHEUS ENTERTAINMENT

MORPEUS ENT. E2WMAGAZINE

Morpheus Entertainment, the D.J., the producer, and the Brand.
Sean a.k.a D.J. Morpheus Ent is one of the founders of this household name, which the world knows as MORPHEUS ENTERTAINMENT represents Trinidad & Tobago but embraces all cultures and what they offer to help enhance his talents as he has spread his wings to the US. Now based in NJ. Morpheus Ent is a D.J./personality on Caribbean Zone Radio. Specializes in D.Jaying, Promotions, and Production needs in Caribbean Culture and the U.S..

Morpheus is proud of the launch of his own Internet radio station and official website www.djmorpheusent.com. This is the place where you can listen to the best music 24/7, download his mix tapes get interactive, check out event pictures, videos and a lot more.
Along his journey the question has been ask numerous times, “where did the name come from?” The name Morpheus was not chosen from the movie, “The Matrix”. In 2001 while surfing the web he stumbled across the name. Morpheus stands for- a Greek God known as the God of Dreams. The name was found to be quite appropriate because Morpheus entertainment has big dreams.

Through diligence, commitment, discipline, sacrifice, and hard work, the brand would strive, survive, and achieve great success. Morpheus Ent has grown considerably in confidence, skill, knowledge, creativity, and popularity and is ready to take it to the next level whereby Morpheus Ent would become a household name and a positive, profitable business organization.

Morpheus Ent has travelled to several states like Brooklyn, New York, Florida, Maryland, Washington, and Pennsylvania to name a few also frequently visiting his home of Trinidad where he D.J’s for Carnival celebration. He has participated in this annual celebration for the past several years. Working hard on what it would take to be one of the most requested D.J./Producers around.
With all of this being said Morpheus Ent. would like to thank all those who he has encountered in his journey. The good and the bad is what makes him bigger and better.

NO SLEEP FOR DENO

NO SLEEP INC. E2WMAGAZINE

Confident, driven, smart and entertaining are some of the characteristics that best describe founder of No Sleep Inc “Deno”. Deno started the business in the Bronx years ago with his partner DJ Supreme. The dynamics of the No Sleep Inc. consists of party promotion, artist management, event planning and a radio show. Anything worth having takes a team effort the starting players in this conglomerate includes: DJ Ashthru, DJ Noe, and DJ Castro whom also contribute toward promotion of No Sleep Inc. Deno was inspired to pursue this endeavor due to his family involvement in music both his mother and brother were musically gifted. It was a natural feeling for him to pursue music, which was always engrained in his mind; the two genres of music he favors are R&B and Hip Hop. Deno expressed that the most challenging aspect of starting an entertainment business is garnishing branding and marketing your brand in a way that would assimilate support thereby, increasing your fan base.
Deno has managed to achieve this triumphantly he had planned and executed such events as album release, mix tape and general parties. Deno has collaborated with such talented artists the like of, Juelez Santana, Jadakiss, Angela E, Tyga, FYCB, Fred the God and most recent Rob Browz. What sets No Sleep Inc. apart from other entertainment business is that they are personable meaning that, Deno and his team take the time to interact with guests, he caters to guests guarantee that everyone and anyone will have a good and satisfying experience. The combination of good music, impressive venue and a fly hosts are a recipe for success. Deno had received numerous feedback from people about his events, guests have made comments about “having great time, best time they have ever had in their life when is the next event”. The other components of No Sleep entertainment also include artist management. Currently, Deno has two up and coming Hip Hop artists Boy King and Tania the Angel. Not mention the No Sleep Inc. radio station produced by Deno, the radio station could be found on Matrixstudio.com.
At the moment the radio station is on hiatus and will making its much anticipated return for listeners in March 2013. With an entity as immense and celebrated as No Sleep Inc. comes the pessimists, whom doubt their abilities. Deno silences those individuals by having a positive state of mind the best vindication against non-supporters is to be victorious. Deno states that “don’t talk about it make it happen” this goal- driven attitude is what has propelled his goal. Deno has other aspirations for the business as well for instance: a clothing line, developing an alcohol brand, in addition to venturing into other realms of music like pop, reggae etc. Many of the events Deno creates are held in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester. Deno not only arranges the events he also chooses the venues and promotes along with his team. In regards to expanding the business Deno foresees organizing events in Miami and Atlanta, he feels there is always room for growth. In order to get in contact with Deno for the multitude of things he can offer, he can be reached at email: bottlesupdeno@gmail.com, twitter:bottlesupdeno, intagram: bottleupdeno and facebook: bottlesup.deno. Deno’s diversity and business savy are some of the reasons No Sleep Inc. has been rising above the competition. BY:CAMILLE FRANCIS

DRAYZ IS BACK

Do you know Hip- Hop? If you do then you know this intro: Microphone check, micro, microphone checka… Chances are, you know the whole song!
Fast forward. Drayz of ‘DAS EFX’ is still microphone checking, who wanna battle? Anyone wanna battle?

Of course I am going to ask what everyone wants to know, “where is Skoob?” Did you lock him in closet or something?

(LOL) No, he’s doing him. He is working on his solo joint. He’s good.

Oh, ok. Now I know you have solo music you are working on and I definitely want to chat about that but as a group what have you guys been up to? Do you have any new music as a group?

As Das EFX, we are always traveling doing shows. We just did Chile, Australia, China, and Dominican Republic. We don’t have any new music out as a group, unfortunately. It just seems like we cannot get the timing right to get into the studio.

Hopefully you guys will be able to make that happen soon. In April, you celebrated the 20th anniversary of your debut album, ‘DEAD SERIOUS’. Congratulations on that achievement. In that time span the industry has really changed. What are your thoughts on the ‘ new’ industry downloading bootlegging etc.?

Thanks. Twenty years flew by like nothing, which is why I’m working like I am now. No time to waste. As far as the changes in the industry, I have no choice but to roll with change. Cant be afraid of change or you get left behind. So, I take full advantage of the Internet, downloading etc. Of course, I miss the days of the ‘mom & pops’ record shops. The whole feel of the 90’s but I adapt to what’s going on today. You have to.

Just for a moment, reach back and tell me, when did you fall in love with H.E.R?

Back in 1979 when my pops used to bring, home records for me like Grand Master Flash. When I heard Planet Rock, I was hooked.
In present time, what do you feel you can add to the culture right now, what is the next step?
I want to add my feel to hip hop as everyone wants to. I want the new guys to hear my stuff and know that I’m still capable of rocking and dropping hot joints. I want the artists in hip-hop to know that we need unity in hip-hop in order to survive. Long gone are the days when artists from different spots on the map toured together. Example, we toured with THE DOGG POUND and THE OUTLAWS back in the day. In present time, I’m focused on my solo music. I have music I must get out.

I see. I listened to your new track ‘ I Luv Hip Hop ‘ and of course, I am going to need every one to hear, ‘you are not playing’. Before we end this, I must ask the question. If you could choose any female rapper to rock beside, who would it be and why?

I would rock with Lauren Hill for sure because of the obvious, she is dangerous on the microphone.

Good answer Drayz and thank you once again.

Your welcome Trae . Peace to all my fans. It’s ShowTime. * You can cop Showtime @ the link below. Support real Hip Hop. Until next time…keep it cute, positive and moving.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/showtime/id573864630 BY: TRACY MILLS

HOLIDAYS WITHOUT WHILE GIVING BACK

As the holidays approach, much like giving thanks during Thanksgiving, a special time of the year where family gather around a table and share a traditional Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings, for Gold Star Mothers there’s an empty setting which is a reminder of our loss. We say grace, much like everyone else, except we embrace the somber reminder of our Heroes, our children and those young men and women who are in foreign countries in the midst of conflict. Men and women who unfortunately will not or have not had the opportunity of returning home, proudly sitting at the head of the table, carving a fresh turkey, scooping up the macaroni and cheese from a glass casserole dish or simply getting the first piece of sweet potato pie, a gathering ensued by laughter and sometimes family games. Nevertheless they’ve carried or carry out their mission and some return to base while others are stationed in faraway places, deserts surrounded by dirt with watchful eyes, sharing the special holiday with their comrades.

And then there is the most spectacular holiday of all. For me it’s Christmas, a time of the year where many celebrations are taking place referencing my belief and faith. There are various other religious occurrences and holidays that occur within the month of December where others celebrate as well, contingent upon their beliefs and faith. Either way we are all left with a memory, but a memory we are grateful to have. One that brings us back to those days where we were a part of the hustle and bustle, in and out of stores to purchase that special gift, that special one thing that your child asked for. We would even go as far as baking cookies for Santa Claus or purchasing candy canes for the tree. At times, families assembled in church giving thanks. Some created small towns, along with trains and train stations which encircled our Christmas trees, a reminder of the holiday celebration.

Our way now in this transitional phase of our lives, the “new normal” as proposed, we give back. We become part of Care Drives, some we develop ourselves, asking for donations of goods during the holiday season, providing that special something that would surely make our Heroes smile. You’ll often find us in huge rooms, with hundreds of boxes surrounding us and tables overflowing with goodies such as candy, cookies, toiletries, books, coloring books, crayons, Christmas cards, Santa Claus hats and stockings, numerous other items and we can’t forget the sweet treat of a candy cane, a reminder of why we’re there. Although our Heroes, who have sacrificed their lives, are not present and here with us, we know they are surely in the hearts and souls of us and their fellow comrades, and what better way to honor them than by providing their comrades with something special, reminding them they have not been forgotten. If we’re not in the middle of a care drive, look for us at cemeteries, where we are laying wreaths or placing flags by thousands upon thousands of soldiers headstones, honoring them for their dutiful service. If not there, we’re involved in various other events or assisting those veterans in hospitals, taking part in their celebrations, or sharing in school functions which cater to veterans children who have lost their mother or father to war.

I asked that you remember those brave soldiers during the holidays, those who have fought and continue to fight for freedom, who have given you the precious state of liberty. It is without doubt, our duty!
Gold Star Mother signing out, Hoorah! BY: HOPE HOLLINGWORTH

LACED UP IN ARIMA LIMIN IN TRINI

Getting a cut at DARIUS’ HAIRTALENT BARBERSHOP.
Touching down at the PIARCO, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Trinidad was an exhilarating feeling. Mid- November in Trinidad is like mid-Summer in New York, (very hot and humid).
Located off of Queen St., and across the St. from the renowned restaurant CASTRO’S is, DARIUS’ BARBERSHOP. Nice and cool on the inside, and the pleasant atmosphere of the staff gives any visitor the feeling of appreciation.

If you are familiar with the city of Arima, then you will know the geographical location of the world’s famous, ‘DIAL’. Located in the heart of Arima. Surrounding the DIAL is three distinct businesses complimenting patrons with their needs. ROYAL CASTLE CHICKEN, HEARTHY FOODS, and PAY-LESS SHOE stores are respectively on each corner. Further down the street is the area known as, ‘THE DRAG MALL’.

Nestled away from all the busy-ness and noise, DARIUS’ HAIRTALENT is a community fixture as well as a landmark for quality hair-cuts. Well known and respected, established in 2005, this barbershop is like no other. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with a cordial welcome. With Darius, Yarniek, Paul and Hayden tentatively attending to those in the chairs, they still have a moment to greet you. Right from the door you know, that you have come to the right place.

I had the humble opportunity to meet Darius at his barbershop. I spoke with him briefly about his establishment and what he means to the community. Open and candid about the love he has for his city, and the love that they had for him was apparent. As I sat on the sideline waiting for a line-up, I observed numerous patrons get their haircuts.

The buzz of the clippers, and the look of satisfaction on the faces of the freshly cut and shaved patrons reflected back on the standard of professionalism. This also reassured me that this would be a great experience and I would write about it one day.

Darius got a break from his busy craft and we were finally able to speak. We opened up with the establishment of the shop. He mentioned that it has been in the same location for over 7 years and is known all over the island. He said that they are known from: Sangre Grande to Port of Spain all the way over to San Fernando, Trinidad. For those familiar with the wide range of territory, it is impressive to have that much clientele!

Darius mentioned, that he started cutting hair over 20 years ago and he is a Registered Barber. The full name of the shop is, DARIUS HAIR TALENT. He also said that his shop is a family orientated business with much support from the surrounding community. Known by locals, Darius expressed that the community is a rough one; but a kind and loving one at the same time. A fact that I felt from day one. As we exchanged stories, Darius and I went across the street to CASTRO’S RESTAURANT and enjoyed some delicious food. The night was young, but as we sat and talked time began to slip away. Being that it was a long day for the Master Barber, we concluded our conversations and began to embark upon our travels to our next destinations. As described by Darius, he is a dedicated family man and it was time to go home to his family. Our lime was good! I felt that we had made a connection. I knew that I had established a friendship and found a great Barber in Arima, Trinidad. DARIUS HAIRTALENT, 41-41A SORZANO STREET, ARIMA TRINIDAD, WEST INDIES TELEPHONE# 1-868-757-0263

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