Mountain Missing

By Trissean McDonald

Update: Mountain’s sister, Maile Shay-Mountain has reportedly heard from witnesses that her brother has been sighted. She said that if police were to find him that they are going to take him to a psychiatric ward. Mountain has been under psychosis and has been witnessed talking to himself. However, Mountain is not violent, according to Shay-Mountain.

Thomas P. Mountain, age 40, has been reported missing since June 3, 2018, and his recent disappearance is causing family members to become concerned about his whereabouts.

Mountain, originally from Los Angeles, CA, decided to take a trip to Brooklyn, NY, where he was last seen at Kings Mobil Mart gas station located at 185 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201. The gas station has been contacted. However, there was no answer after attempting to reach out for comments about Mountain’s last appearance and possible whereabouts.

Frustration, as well as desperation, has been lingering from family members and it’s becoming contagious as they infect others with apprehension. The New York City Police Department is throwing fuel to a fire of multiple concerns from the family by having the audacity to not accept a missing person report over the phone.

”New York City Police Department will not file an official missing persons report over the phone. I have talked [with] several different people [from] different precincts including detectives, a sergeant, multiple officers and 911 dispatchers.” said Maile Shay-Mountain, who is Mountain’s sister.

She continues, ”I need help. If I have to drive to New York City to file a report in person, I will. But, I am hoping to have family try to do this for me who live near the city.”

If you know any information about Thomas P. Mountain’s whereabouts, please contact your local police station. Or, you could reach his sister (Maile Shay-Mountain) at 434-989-0514.


A Painted Brain Expands Creative Minds

A Painted Brain Expands Creative Minds

By Trissean McDonald

Environments for creative art where people that display signs of mental health differences in Los Angeles, California are starting to improve with the aid of Painted Brain and their sponsor Gather for Good, by hosting a pop-up boutique bake sale opened to the public.

Painted Brain and Gather for Good joined in partnership on Jan. 27, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. to aim at the goal of enhancing art space for individuals with mental health differences within Painted Brain’s Headquarters located on 5980 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90035.

Enlightening the minds of those who are mentally different, Painted Brain and Gather for Good strive to educate the public by exemplifying mental health differences do not make you a danger to society. A narrative told by the Painted Brain’s Headquarters with illustrations of elaborate paintings, sculpture figures, and even animated caricatures done mostly by the members of Painted Brain.

This event was lavished with desserts and other delicious foods, along with a mixture of artists and activists that supports mental health differences. Art was done by members as well as the public. And the proceeds from the day’s event, Painted Brain would receive in order to continue outside sources communication about the creative artwork done by its members.

Robby Lewis was a customer at the event, who was standing with friends and was amazed to know that the proceeds were going to Painted Brain. “I feel like art is a form of expression. It’s a good outlet for myself or anyone to express things that words cannot capture,” said Robby.

Face masks that were beautifully crafted by members of Painted Brain are mounted on one wall of the boutique. Painted Brain Headquarters is literally behind the boutique, hence the reason as to why Gather for Good and Painted Brain hosted the event, space isn’t enough.

Stephanie Garcia, a staff from Gather for Good, gave a reason for the partnership and proceed donation. “It’s good for us to do so that we know that [Painted Brain] is going to do something good with it for the community,” said Stephanie.

Art and food have a way of uniting people together with their force and power. They’re excellent contributors to assist in giving out good vibes, attracting anyone within the presence of their forcefield. William Gibbney was pulled in by the magnetic force of the event from the outside. He first visited the boutique, then eventually worked his way toward the back of the event.

“I was strolling along the street and I saw Painted Brain,” said William. He continued saying, “I spoke to this lady behind this desk, she was telling me that it’s kinda like a drop-in center. It’s sort of a community building project.”

William contributed to the event by purchasing vegan-friendly kombucha. He said that it is great for digestion. The beverage came in a variety of flavors. William managed to buy almost every flavor, if not all. However, he wasn’t the only person witnessed purchasing these drinks.

Norris Preston-Rakin is a vegan with several allergens. Majority of the food at the event had animal byproducts within them. “I’m a vegan, and I’m allergic to grains. Most of this stuff, I can’t eat,” said Norris. “I was going to get some kombucha. It helps with your probiotics in your intestines.”

Healthy food is essential for a stable mind and body. Gather for Good understands this imperative connection of the two; therefore, every item prepared at the event was essentially vegetarian and without preservatives to enhance the quality of the food.

Painted Brain, founded by Dave Leon in 2006, has continued throughout the years establishing partnerships with organizations that support the causes of mental differences. It’s a non-profit organization that receives fundings providing art group services and technical training to clients of organizations such as Step Up on Second, a mental health facility that specializes in mental health rehabilitation.

The overall mission of Painted Brain is to create a lasting community-based solution to mental health difference and to impact social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise. This mantra lives on to this very day. And Painted Brain Headquarters welcomes the public, to experience the journey of changing the community perception about those who are mentally different.

Ralph’s-near Western/Wilshire 

By Trissean McDonald

The Painted Brain Academy has reached its last day March 25, 2016. The Academy decided to close out with a trip to a Ralph’s grocery store. However, it wasn’t the type of field trip that was expected. The actual atmosphere at Ralph’s, located at 670 South Western Avenue Los Angeles, California 90005, seemed rather hostilely defensive.

Hostile in the sense that, the store manager and security actually called authorities in front of me, without giving an actual reason as to why. Several employees made an attempt to stop me from collecting information related towards the homeless and mentally ill individuals that traffic throughout store, and how it actually affects the store and its employees.

However, I managed to speak with one anonymous employee, who was actually serving food at a cart vender. The employee stated that there’s not many encounters the she has had with homeless people or individuals she deems as mentally ill; nevertheless, she’s adamant about “treating people as myself.” Furthermore, she utilizes wisdom and “tries to discern” everyone’s potential dangerous quality she encounters.

It may be rather advisable for several of Ralph’s employees to start “treating others as themselves.” I haven’t violated any laws, but was continuously harassed both by the store’s security and manager. Unfortunately, the store manager removed his name from his nametag, making him seem rather anonymous. The store manager even went to extreme measures threatening to have me arrested, by calling local authorities that didn’t even show up.

The manager alleged that I was “harassing the customers” to authorities; nevertheless, not one customer was interviewed by me. Additionally, if an employee declined an interview, or was even busy, I kindly moved on to the next potential individual that was ok with being interviewed. Then, I realized if I was dismissed without question by the store manger, being a mentally ill individual myself, how are some individuals that are mentally ill or homeless treated when trying to hold a mutual conversation with another customer or employee?

Asking and probing for public information that’s not detrimental towards the store or employees, shouldn’t be dismissed without any given explanation as to why.
The Painted Brain Academy is a program that focuses on the tactics of photojournalism, journalism, and social media literacy.

Ralph’s Contact: 670 S Western Ave.

Los Angeles, California 90005


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MaCArther Park’s contaminated water 

By Trissean McDonald

Whilst strolling through MacArther Park, my group and I managed to interview a hispanic male, who may have perhaps been in his 50s. The man’s name is Raymond; however, his last name wasn’t given for the record. Since Raymond’s English is extremely limited, the information that he gave to us wasn’t really elaborative. However, when asked about the MacArther Park’s lake water, without hesitation, he conveyed his concerns. “Dirty.”

Raymond, although disturbed by the egregious putrefaction of the lake, its garbage polluted water, frequents the area at least 2 times a week for the past 5 years. Therefore, it could possibly be concluded that he has a bitter-sweet relationship with the MacArther Park area.

Additionally Travis, a member within my investigative group, spoke to a Michael McCarten; he’s a freelance photographer who specializes in animal photography. He displayed his concerns of the water and the environment of the lake, and how he thought it was affecting the abundant wildlife of the birds.

Travis showed Michael a sample of the lake’s water that he personally collected. Michael conveyed his disgust, stating that it’s hazardous to the society and the health of the animals. Michael is originally from the San Jose region, noting that today was his first time he’s ever been to the lake.

Lastly, the team interviewed Anthony Frontino: a close shaved, nicely groomed young man from the Hillcrest area of San Diego, who was visiting Los Angeles. This was his second time visiting the park. When everyone was asked about the lake’s water, it seemed rather unanimous in response. Horrendously disgusting.

The Painted Brain Academy is a program that specializes in journalism, photojournalism tactics, and social media literacy.

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Layers of Life

By Trissean McDonald

At the Painted Brain Academy on February 26, 2016, 2500 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90057, a group by the name of “Chicken Lobotomy” engaged in an experimental process that involved the actual dissection of a piece of chicken; the piece of the desired corpse, a chicken leg.

The “Chicken Lobotomy” microscopically examined the skin, the bone marrow, the actual bone, and muscle/meat of a chicken. Afterwards they posted their images on social media, with hashtag descriptions of what was viewed under the microscope. Their conveyable objective is to inform their audience of some of the imperative components of life’s make-up, in which on numerous occasions gets ignored or less attention.

For instance, bone marrow. The marrow of the bone is a key factor of blood cell make-up and distribution; however education surrounding the topic of bone marrow, is usually only available in the case of terminal illness. The bone marrow is a tissue that’s inside the bone, producing mature blood cells that passes throughout the whole body via the blood vessel’s endothelium. Without the bone marrow you’ll produce zero blood cells, the most important factor of life itself.

Additionally, the bone as well, plays a key role to life’s make-up. The bone is not only the home of marrow, it’s the home for multiple internal organs. Its functions are to support and protect various sensitive internal organs such as: the brain ( skull), the heart and lungs (ribs), and vertebrate (spinal cord). As a reminder, the bone produces red and white blood cells, and is also a connector of tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles. These components work together to manipulate the entire body in a three-dimensional space.

Collectively, to bring everything as one body, the skin is the master component. The function of skin consist of protecting the body against pathogens: anything (such as a type of bacteria or a virus) that cases disease. Additionally, it aids in regulating temperature, pressure/vibrations, touch and tissue injury. Probably the most crucial function, it protects the body from excessive fluid/water loss by having a dry and semi-imperable barrier.

Lastly, the muscle. The muscle is the “soul” of life. Muscles are known for their two functions: involuntary and voluntary. Without muscles, the heart wouldn’t beat, the brain wouldn’t function, and the stomach definitely wouldn’t churn food. These are all involuntary functions. Some voluntary functions may involve flexion and stretching.

The Painted Brain Academy is an organization that focuses on photojournalism tactics, journalism, and social media literacy.