ATLANTA, GA (January 21, 2014) - Students with autism took part in the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta for the first time this past weekend.
Jack Robbins, an eight-year-old boy with autism from Frisco, Texas, rarely speaks. His family was thrilled to hear him singing the words of Katy Perry’s “Roar” and now a video is going viral.
On a beautiful Friday night in Hartford, Connecticut Ethan Walmark, otherwise known as the 'Piano Man' was invited backstage with his family to meet one of his idols, John Mayer. John was touched by a note handwritten and delivered by Ethan, so in return he offered a guitar pic.
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Hip hop artist J. Cole recently issued an apology to the autism community for offensive lyrics in the song "Jodeci Freestyle" by Drake and J. Cole. Yesterday, Drake issued an apology of his own, promising to remove the lyrics from the original song. On his blog he wrote: "I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted."
Lyrics from the recently released song “Jodeci Freestyle” from hip hop artists Drake and J.Cole have many in the autism community up in arms. The song, which was released last month and is now getting airplay, contains the following lyric by J. Cole: “I’m artistic, you n----s is autistic, retarded."
Indeed, yesterday was not only for autism to speak, but to sing, to rap and to celebrate the many talents of young musicians with autism. Rio “Soulshocka" Wyles, a 21-year-old promising rapper who is on the autism spectrum, collaborated with the musical duo Timeflies and Adrienne Bailon from 3LW and the Cheetah Girls for a fun jam session at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Converse generously donated the studio time to Autism Speaks.
In the spirit of freedom of expression and self-acceptance, Converse and Autism Speaks are teaming up to support the growth of budding musicians with autism.