RaShad “The Truth On Wheels” Solomon recently entertained Black Expo attendees with his Comfortable with Myself entourage of models, singers and family members. RaShad is the mastermind behind the entertainment ensemble, an organization that reaches out to the disabled and encourages them to live a quality life, regardless of their disability.
Rashad and his advocates meet every other Friday at the Northside home he shares with his mother, Cynthia Collins, and his 18 year old brother Javone, who also has cerebral palsy. Participation is not limited to those with disabilities.
When asked why did he start the organization, RaShad immediately responded, “I want people to know that even though I am considered disabled, I have many goals and want to be strong for my brother. The problems I have had have made me stronger. Comfortable With Myself organization will is on target to gain national status.”
A 2007 graduate of Ed White High School Rashad’s motivational spirit crept up on him as he was once depressed and wanted to end his life with a failed suicide attempt. After much therapy and an inspiring mother, Rashad is now applying his efforts in seeking employment. “I had a job but was laid off and have not found a job yet. Because of my wheelchair I am being turned away. I’ve applied to various companies, but my goal has always been modeling. After my bouts of depression I turned to fashion and now I want to look my best at all times. I look good and feel good.”
RaShad was recently the winner of the Beautiful Bodies Contest at the Landing, been featured in national magazines and publications and has met with local modeling agents to express his interest. A recent performance at the Black Expo was a highlight, “My performance at the Expo was all about diversity, it showcased what a model is in my eye which is being comfortable. I am a role model for others with disability. I have the ability, not a disability”.