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Happy Valentine's - Exhibiting and Practicing The True Meaning of Love

For as long as we have known and have celebrated Valentine's Day; a great number of us have associated this day as a celebration, and one to express our love and affection to our lover or the special person we love dearly.  However, in recent times this has not been the case.  In fact, Valentine’s Day celebrations and expressions of love now encompass everyone, and not only a lover or romantic couple.  Yes, all the gift giving and card giving includes friends, parents, children, Teachers or just about anyone we find dear to our hearts and soul.  This day is set aside to express/show affection to everyone we love dearly!! 

Personally, Valentine’s Day was something I had no clue about while growing up in the Island of Trinidad, actually I don’t recall it ever being celebrated in my time while growing up there [LOL, so long ago…the old head I am, huh?]  It was only when I came to this country I was introduced to this holiday/celebration.  Throughout the years my husband Todd and I never really celebrated, because we live in such a manner that every day is Valentine’s Day in our life and home.  Todd has never believed in just using this one day to express love, he believes an expression of love must be exhibited on a daily basis.  I do recall though, one year for Valentine’s Day when we were much…much younger; him presenting me with the cutest heart shaped gold Earrings. I remember it [like it was yesterday] being quite excited, but do recall making a weird statement...saying:thank you so much…but they are so small and cute.”  Lord knows where those Earrings are after all these years…LOL; probably in my mother’s possession in Trinidad!  I believe that was the first and last time we actually officially celebrated Valentine’s Day.  Although, we still from time to time exchange cards on this day, and have a nice dinner in our home or away from home; [but then again we do the nice dinner thing all the time.]

Honestly, Todd has always felt this holiday is one that is extremely commercialized. He doesn’t agree with all the “hoopla and hype” of running around buying gifts, cards, flowers, chocolates, etc. just on this day to express love; and I certainly agree with him wholeheartedly.  Indeed, LOVE should be expressed all the time.

As I talk about this special thing we call LOVE, and really reflect on it in my everyday setting; I have seen in today’s times and society that this incredibly powerful thing we call LOVE has very little meaning to many, and is shown/expressed…a whole lot less.  In fact, the word LOVE is taken for granted and is expressed in some despicable ways!  I say this because I have witness people having a tendency of doing many unpleasant things and saying some of the most horrible things to/about their friends, associates and even family members (whom they claim they love, and should be loving unconditionally.)  The “hating syndrome” is running rampant and is infiltrating our lives to the point where the true meaning of LOVE is non-existent.  It has no life or meaning in our homes, work, organizations, committees, and in just about anything.  I have seen people (1) claiming and conveying they love and care in one breath, and in the next talking with someone else about you in a negative manner.  (2) They are talking with you about your thoughts, and can’t wait to get out of your sight to use all your words and ideas in whatever plan they think they will succeed in (without you).  Throughout the years of watching, growing, developing and building I have seen some of the most obnoxious things people have done, and how resentful they are, but claim they LOVE you.

Therefore, I absolutely pray that the FAKE love people freely exhibit in these times STOP!  And that folks genuinely begin to really LOVE from deep within their souls. 

I pray that this Valentine’s Day will be the beginning of the new and true meaning of LOVE.  The LOVE that is absolutely pure, innocent, and deep! Where LOVE is (1) the willingness to see one’s mistake/s, and being open and eager to help them fix it/them [together;] (2) being truly joyful of one’s successes; (3) being a true friend unquestionably and eager to do anything for that person [whether it’s the person you are “in love” with or just an associate, partner, worker or family member;] (4) filled with profound trust; (5) caring unconditionally; (6) complete patience; and (7) total kindness.  Most importantly, LOVE is loyalty, hopefulness, respecting, protecting and absolute devotion.

Let us truly LOVE from the bottom of our hearts beginning on this Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2011.

L = Loyalty

O = Offering

V = Vigorous

E = Enthusiastic

Love is patient and kind. 

Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

Love does not demand its own way.

Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love will last forever.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a

Life Application Bible, New Living Translation



Honoring, celebrating and acknowledging African Americans - Happy Black History Month



The most important month is flying by extremely fast; and there is absolutely not enough weeks in this month to honor, memorialize, recognize, commemorate, celebrate and even “big up” our leaders who are with us today; and the many who have come and gone before us.  Yes, these leaders who have made exceptional accomplishments and contributions throughout history must be commemorated to the fullest.  We must absolutely educate ourselves, and our Children about the rich history and culture of African Americans; and bring awareness to the historical and extraordinary things they have accomplished throughout time.

As I reflect on my years during school, I don’t recall having many classes available that would educate me on Black History, and teach me on the many things/items African Americans geniuses invented, created and developed; that makes our lives easier today.  Hum, it’s truly mind boggling learning and knowing about all the fascinating inventions; such as: propelling means for airplanes; railway signal; postal machine; ironing board; Torpedo Discharge means; the street sweeper; weather & severe weather detector; the home security system; the lawn mower; typewriting machine; boot & shoes; Stove; Blood bank; refrigerating apparatus; guitar; flame retardant; machine gun; motor; gas burner; steam boiler; weaving machine; asphalt paving vehicle; fountain pen; traffic data processing system; traffic signal for automobiles; clothes dryer; comb; method of soften/smoothen/straightening hair; and sooooo many, many more items.

At this point, I must thank and commemorate, plus give full credit to Dr. Carter G. Woodson (Harvard Scholar) who was determined to bring Black History into the mainstream public arena.  Dr. Woodson devoted his life to making "the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history."  In 1926 Dr. Woodson organized the first annual "Negro History Week", which took place during the second week of February (Dr. Woodson choose the date to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln - two men who had greatly impacted the black population).  Over time "Negro History Week" evolved into the "Black History Month" we know today - a four week-long celebration of African American History.

As I bring my thoughts to a close for this week on Black History, I felt it would be educational to share with you the accomplishments of a Black Woman born in my country Trinidad and who migrated to America.  She was a performer and recording artist with exceptional talent and appeal and was a popular singer, pianist, as well as a writer.  Additionally, she was the first black woman to host her own television show; and she fought extremely hard against racial injustices.  Read below about Hazel Scott, and lets commemorate her life, works and contributions.


Hazel Scott

Pianist, Singer, Writer


Ms. Hazel Scott was born in the Island of Trinidad on June 11, 1920, and she was best known as a Classical and Jazz Pianist.  At the early age of 3 she was playing the piano, at 4 her family migrated to America, and by her 8th birthday she performed in New York City and received a scholarship to study Classical music at the Julliard School of Music.   

At age 13 She had her first recital, and at 14 in 1934 Ms. Scott appeared at Apollo Theater in Harlem where her mother Ms Alma Scott was performing as a saxophonist in the supporting band.  In late 1934 she also performed Tchaikovsky's "Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra" at Carnegie Hall.  At 15 she was touring with her mothers band "The American Creolians" and was performing in Bars and Nightclubs.  In 1936 at age 16 she had her own radio show and in 1938 at age 18 she made her stage debut on Broadway with the Broadway revue "Sing Out the News"

Ms Scott appeared in the production called "Priorities of 1942" and played twice at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York.  She starred in several films: "Something To Shout About"; "I Dood It"; "Broadway Melody"; "The Heat's On" and "Rhapsody in Blue"

In 1945 Hazel Scott married the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. who was a noted Congressman, preacher and editor.  Neither Scott nor Powell shied away from controversy, nor were they shy about taking a public stand against racial injustices.  When the Daughters of America Revolution refused to allow her to perform in Washington's Constitution Hall, Scott and Powell made a federal case of it, leading to protests and calls from the group to lose its Chapter for its discriminatory policies.  

Ms. Scott released several dozen albums.  Her most famous hit was "Tico Tico" and her style is a Stride/Boogie Woogie popular in the 40's.  In the late 1940s, Ms. Scott became the first black woman to host her own television show, which she lost in 1950 when she was accused of being a Communist sympathizer.  She refused to perform in segregated theaters and became an outspoken critic of both the McCarthyism and racial injustice.   To overcome being accused of being a Communist Sympathizer she volunteered to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and her testimony drew praise.

After her divorce from Rev. Powell in 1956 she moved to Paris and lived there for five years.  In the 1960's, she returned to the U.S. and to her television and nightclub career.  

Ms. Scott was called a "musical chameleon" for her ability to shift from Jazz to Classical to Blues, she credits her Jazz techniques to Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson who were her personal friends.  Because of her combination of the two approaches to piano in classical and jazz this made Ms. Hazel Scott an outstanding contributor to music.  

Scott continued to perform until she died from Cancer in 1981.


Join us as we continue with acknowledging and celebrating African Americans throughout this month!  Don't forget about the fantastic and educational exhibit currently showing in Washington DC at the  National Geographic Museum in celebration of Black History Month.  This exhibit is presented by "Mr. Tavis Smiley" [Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist.]  It is called “America I AM ~~~The African American Imprint” The exhibit celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to this country.  It affords all Americans of all backgrounds to come together and achieve a greater understanding of their shared culture and history.  AMERICA I AM~~~The African American Imprint - www.americaiam.com.  Log on to the site for all the details http://www.americaiam.com.  Kindly please set some time out of your schedule to visit, and take your entire family along with you to visit this educational and awesome exhibit.  It will run from now until May 1, 2011 and it’s at the National Geographic Museum , located at 1145 17th Street NW , Washington, D.C. 20036.  Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $12.00; Children (ages 2-12) $6.00.  For additional prices regarding groups, military, seniors, etc.; log on to: www.ngmuseum.org or call 202-857-7700 (Ticket Sales).  For Visitor Service call: 202-857-7588.




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Hello Arious Family, Greetings from the Muse Of Ideas. On a recent trip to Brooklyn, after a long absence, I was struck by the ordinary blessings with which we are surrounded every day, and which we take for granted. In celebration thereof, here is the start of a series, the name of which I would reveal later. Here is part of chapter one, and your responses are welcome.

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I am cocooned in a joy and happiness which is difficult to describe, and yes you may ask, why? I have not yet won the lotto. I have not yet won the Pulitzer prize. I have not met a good looking Caribbean woman, but I am on a spiritual high.

I simply visited Brooklyn, something which I had not done in a while.

Tut called on Saturday morning. “Flash, what you doing? Yuh want to run down to Brooklyn wid me?”

“What happen to yuh car that you have to run?”

Anyhow, after the usual hemming and hawing, I decided to make the trip.

The weather was cloudy, but the traffic was flowing steadily. No cause for concern. One stop for gas, peeing, and snacking. Being who we are, we choose  nuts, of course.

First stop, Manhattan, then Brooklyn. Angie, my sister was expecting me. Mike , my friend was waiting. I planned to pass by ‘Sesame’, but of course not before getting some Trini-Chinese food on Church and New York. Then to head by Angie to drop off mih bag, eat, meet Mike and find a lime.

Called Mike when we were finished eating. As usual, he did not answer his phone. Why? That is another story. About twenty minutes later, he called back.

“Yuh ready to move?”

“Sure. Wey yuh is?”

“ Ah jus rong de corner. I go see yuh in ten minutes.”

Now, I know that I’m in Brooklyn since Mike showed up one hour and five minutes after the call.

Tut and I in his vehicle, waiting, chatting, and he calling home every minute, “Choonks, how you and the children. Yuh miss mih? Leh mih kiss yuh. Leh mih kiss yuh.”

Tut, like a schoolboy pushing move on a new thing. But, it was nice to see a man expressing love for his wife of so many years. Yes, that was impressive.

Mike reach. “We going by Harold and them mass camp. Follow me.”


He made a right on Nostrand and take off like he was on the BQE. (The Brooklyn Queens Express.)

“Slow down man. The man following. Take yuh time.”

Mike slowed, and Tut was able to follow the twists and turns until we got to the Mass Camp.

As we entered, there was Apo, with the usual greeting. “ Boy, what you doing here.? You didn’t come for labor day, I ent see you. What happening?”

And it was then the lime and the old talk start.

....To be Continued...

Hollis P. Lashley. © 2011.

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"Wrestling with the Image"

Exhibit running until March 10, 2011

Washington DC

Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, an exhibition of contemporary art from 12 Caribbean countries, was launched at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) in Washington DC. Featuring work by artists from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and T&T, the exhibition is crated by artist and curator Christopher Cozier and art historian Tatiana Flores. Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions presents works in a variety of media, including photography, video, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, and installation. According to a release, the scope of the objects demonstrates how the region’s contemporary artists are confronting stereotypes about the Caribbean without denying their own surroundings or rejecting the worlds in which they operate. 

“Through investigations on history, tourism, globalization, popular culture and gender, these artists urge us to reconsider our own expectations on how a Caribbean image should look. Characterized by scholars as ‘the laboratory of globalization,’ the Caribbean is a multifaceted locale that transcends geographic boundaries. Its culture has European, African, Asian, Latin American, and Native American roots,” said Cozier. “This is a conversation about movement in the Atlantic world, a dialogue about dispersal rather than displacement.”

Many of the artists themselves no longer live in the Caribbean, residing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, nevertheless, their experiences are the result of complex historical, economic, and cultural processes that are part and parcel of what it means to be Caribbean. Past and present, local and universal, and self and other are among the dichotomies addressed in this exhibition. The exhibition forms part of the About Change emerging artists’ program, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat. Wrestling with the Image continues until March 10 at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW Washington, DC.

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Below Picture is "Entourage", by Ebony Patterson from Jamaica



March 2, 2011

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