Family and Friends: We hope all of you are doing well. Happy
President's Day & Happy Black
President's Day - Hail
To The Chiefs
3rd Monday in February is approaching;
therefore, it’s time to celebrate/observe “Presidents’
Day” here in the United States.
“Recognition Of And The Honoring of
America’s Greatest Presidents,”
This holiday has a bit of history attached to it,
but overall in 1971, President Richard Nixon combined the
First President of the United States birthday observance
(“George Washington”) and the 16th
President of the US birthday observance/holiday (“Abraham
Lincoln”) into what it's now known as “PRESIDENTS’
In recent times [today] Presidents’ Day is viewed
as a holiday that pays tribute to both President
Washington and Lincoln; as well as all those who have
SERVED, AND IS SERVING AS PRESIDENT.
a witty but thorough explanation/history regarding this
at Arious officially begin this weeks’ E-Newsletter by
humming…LOL “Hail To The Chiefs”, please feel
free to join us or sing out loud if you wish.
of “Hail To The Chief” which has become the official
Presidential Anthem and is attributed to Albert Gamse and
to the Chief we have chos-en for the na - tion,
Hail to the Chief! We sa-lute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge co-op - er -a- tion
In proud ful-fill-ment of a great, no-ble call.
is the aim to make this grand coun-try grand-er,
This you will do, That's our strong, firm be-lief.
Hail to the one we se-lect-ed as com-mand-er,
Hail to the Pres-i-dent! Hail to the Chief!
celebrating and acknowledging African Americans - Happy Black History
you may be aware, last week I featured for Black History
Month the talented pianist, singer, writer, civil rights
activist, and actress "Hazel
Scott"; and I received quite a bit of correspondence/e-mails
regarding Ms. Scott, her works and honors. I
must say, I was extremely pleased to see the interest; and
YES I know I should have added some videos of her
work. Therefore, you have encouraged me to add some videos of Ms. Scott’s
Oh dear, this amazing black woman was a master on the
Piano…she was so very phenomenal!
I am truly proud to share with you, and expose her
a doubt, she is the icon of a strong talented successful
black woman. Click on the pictures below to see these videos.
HERE to read more about her courtesy of The Smithsonian Magazine
entitled “Hazel Scott’s Lifetime of High Notes” [Written
Hazel Scott: "The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz
Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC."]
me as I continue honoring, memorializing, recognizing,
commemorating, celebrating and even “biging
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.
you have read Ms. Scott's biography closely, then you could
not have missed that she was married to the outspoken "Adam
Clayton Powell, Jr." who was a Congressman; and
co-founder of the National Negro Congress. In
fact, he began his political career in 1947; and became the
first African American person ever elected to the City
Council of New York City (1st Black Councilman of Harlem,
NY.) He again was elected the First African American
member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the
Northeast; and was elected again...and...again by the people
for 11 terms. He developed "The
Amendment" which he added to any bills proposing
Federal; Funding for the construction of schools [The
Amendment was used to withhold Federal Funds from schools
that continued to practice segregation, after the landmark
school segregation ruling in Brown v. Board of Education in
1954.] Finally, he became Chair of the Education and
Labor Committee of the House of Representative.
became more familiar with Mr. Powell through my readings,
and I learned he was a true fighter and an audacious civil
seemed to have constantly been at war with Congress
for allowing lynching of African American men to
continue, and he spoke loudly against it.
rallied against the unconstitutional Southern practice
of charging would-be, African American voters
had some sort of a problem/quarrel with President
Truman over the First Lady "Tess Truman"
attending a Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) tea. Apparently, the DAR owned Constitution
Hall; which banned black performers, including his
wife "Hazel Scott."
was so outspoken and disliked that he was never
invited to the White House during the Truman
blasted and made vicious public statements against the
following Presidents if he was not granted a personal
session to discuss civil rights or helping the poor (President Truman; President Eisenhower; President
Kennedy; and President Johnson.) He even sent
embarrassing "open" telegrams to the Press
describing their insensitivity.
was determined to tear down racist practices in
Congress by harassing Congressman who were openly
racist. Most important, he fought to stop their
habit of saying the "N" word in sessions of
Congress. He even demanded service in the
Congressional Dining Room and Barber Shop knowing that
African Americans were not served there.
Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was a tough individual,
who took a lot of risks. Indeed, he was not well liked
by his peers and many others because he made their lives
miserable. However, my conclusion of Mr. Powell is
that he made a major impact on black history, and because of
his boldness and brashness; he made it possible for African
Americans to have the courage and strength to go into
politics. Yes, he opened the VERY CLOSED doors for
many to enter the political arena...becoming Politicians and
urge you to read more about Mr. Powell, and to do so CLICK
us as we continue with acknowledging and celebrating African Americans
throughout this month! Don't forget about the fantastic and
currently showing in
Washington DC at the
National Geographic Museum
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.
African American Imprint
Log on to the site for all the details http://www.americaiam.com.
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.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $12.00; Children (ages 2-12)
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.
Thursday (2/10/11), I made it a point to attend the screening
Man - Peter Minshall Trinidad Carnival Artist", and
WOW it was an awesome film. [A film by Mr. Dalton
Narine.] This film documented the creations, artistry
and fantastic works of the amazing Mas Man Peter Minshall;
and for me it was truly impressive. Through Mr. Narine, I learned quite a bit about Mr. Minshall, and about
true "Mas" creating and making. Mr. Minshall
is an incredible visionary, remarkably creative, and
absolutely used his imagination to bring his costumes to
life. The themes, colors, portrayals, artistry, mechanics,
and beauty he expressed year after year in his Mas bands
truly amazed me. Indeed it was clear to see his vision
and all he tried [or may I say] portrayed in his Kings,
Queens, Individual, as well as the participants in his band.
I viewed this movie I found myself thinking that the
"Mas" I have seen throughout the years in all the
Carnivals I have visited, participated in, and even
organized; simply does not compare to what takes place in
Trinidad, and what Mr. Minshall created during the years he
has competed. I further felt a bit sad and
disappointed that I did not experience in person the
"Mas" of Peter Minshall...real
am NOW completely convinced that the "Mas"
in recent times [specifically in ah foreign] are worthless and has no meaning, theme,
lack creativity, etc...lately it is just about how pretty
one can decorate a bathing suit or pull on a T-Shirt (claiming
they are exposing "Mas" and the culture.)
Nah, I don't think so..."Mas" lately is crap, and
I wish our Mas Men will wake up and give life to an interesting
art form and to our cultural heritage.
must check out this fantastic film. Get all the
information about purchasing by logging on to http://www.masmanthemovie.com
to Buju Banton for winning the 2011 Grammy for Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental) his “Before the Dawn” album
released by his Gargamel Music Inc. in September 2010.
other albums/artists nominated were:
(1) “Isaacs Meets Isaac” by Gregory Isaacs
and King Isaac (King Issac Music); (2) “Revelation”
by Lee “Scratch” Perry (Megawave Records); (3)
“Made In Jamaica” by Bob Sinclair And Sly &
Robbie (Yellow Productions/Universal Music France); (4)
“One Pop Reggae +” by Sly & Robbie And The
Family Taxi (Phase One Communications/Taxi Records); (5)
“Legacy An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh” by Andrew
Tosh (Box 10/Tuff Gong).]
ironic…HUH?, last Sunday "Buju Banton"
("Mark Anthony Myrie") won the Grammy, and the
very next day (Monday, Valentine’s Day - February 14th)
his new trial begun. Additionally,
the Government has added 2 new charges upon what "Buju
B" was already charged with.
Therefore, in addition to (1) “conspiracy
to possess with intent to distribute cocaine” and
a firearm in
furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense;" he
will now be tried for (3) "attempted possession with
the intent to distribute cocaine;" and (4)
"using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking
he was dealt a real severe blow days before his new trial
begun. However, his attorney
David Oscar Marcus had filed a motion for the 2 new
charges to be dropped; which Judge James Moody has
yet to rule on. In fact, Mr. Marcus had asked/filed a
motion for all charges to be dropped due to the prosecution
not presenting sufficient evidence to support them.
Judge Moody stated the original charges would not be
dropped, but that he would consider the application/motion
on the 2 new charges.
for the status of this case: Buju
Roy "Gramps" Morgan and Stephen Marley
both were Character witnesses, and this past Wednesday
testified for "Buju
B"; and tried to convince the court of Buju's
himself took the stand and underwent intense questioning by
the Prosecution-District attorney James Preston during cross
passionately declared his innocence. He further became
agitated while being grilled intensely, and somewhat lost
his cool. It has been reported that he repeated, he
was not a drug dealer...he stated: "I
know it looks bad, and it may sound bad; but I am not a drug
dealer. Yes, I talked the talk, but I did not walk the
walk...I feel ashamed of seeing myself and hearing
As of yesterday (2/17/2011)
closing arguments were heard, setting the stage for the 14
jurors to deliberate before they come back with a verdict.
Well, it's a critical time
for "Buju B";
his faith will soon be in the hands of the jurors.
Therefore, you must keep him in your thoughts and
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
is Presented By Mr. Hollis “Flash” Lashley, (Author,
Poet, Musician). To purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley motivating
book of poetry entitled "Gifts
From The Heart" or if you need an uplift; log
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Find inspiration, motivation, spirituality & Poetry. Comments or
Suggestions are always welcomed via phone: 202-299-8638 or via e-mail
found on www.hollislashley.com.]
the questions began to fly like a flock of Flamingos coming
in to roost in the Caroni swamp at twilight, I had to
explain my absence from Brooklyn for such a long time.
the conversation continued, I was introduced to DJ Blaze, a
Trini whom I met for the first time.
course the topic in time turned to music, including analyses
of calypso and the changes over the years.
Flash. Wey it was that yuh come second in a calypso
competition in Brooklyn?”
man to my right asked.
I am not mistaken, I think it was at the Rainbow Terrace on
Nostrand” I replied.
only did I come in second, but the man who beat me was
drunk,” I emphasized,
and after the competition I remember Birdie asking the
judges, How come allyuh put Flash second when every body
know he win?”
of the judges turn to Birdie and remarked, “That is yuh
pardner? Why yuh didn’t say something earlier?”
the crowd laughed and laughed , but the fact remained that
in Brooklyn, at least at that time, they would set up the
competition in such a way that the big first prize was never
really paid out. The first place winner would be given a
trophy and a bottle of something to drink, and the big prize
mentioned on the flyer would do just that, Fly.
meanwhile was consuming water like a hot radiator. He does
not drink alcohol, had
drive to Queens, and of course was still calling home,
making some strange sounds as
he was being strangled with a pillow.
choonkee choonkee, yuh sheepin yet? The house warm enough?
Yuh miss mih, yuh miss mih?”
one time the whole place get quiet, with all eyes focused on
had to intervene and tell them that he was a night nurse and
was trying to make one of his patients comfortable.
looked at me and responded, “Yeh….. Right!”
talk start again, and Blax start telling the crowd about the
latest music coming out of the Caribbean, including T and T
and Blax wanted Grey Goose, while Reds only wanted Absolut
straight, no ice.
asked Blax if he did not think that the Goose tasted better.
Not,” was his reply.
why should I drink goose. Goose is to eat, not to drink. It
have food, and I not hungry…… Yet.”
afterward, Harold strolled in.
boy, whappening. Yuh here?”
else could I say but “No, is not me. Is a ghost.”
still talking chuppidness eh. Anyhow, what yuh drinking?”
I’ll take ah Absolut Goose” and then the talk turned to
All Fours and the days of
Sunday competitions in Brooklyn.
Next Week, so stay tuned)
Hollis P. Lashley. © 2011.
Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
Need an Uplift? Visit www.HollisLashley.com
Find Inspiration, Motivation, Spirituality & Poetry.
For Copies of "Gifts From the Heart" see web site
Comments or Suggestions? I welcome your emails.
Harmony, Peace, & Love in Your Life Always
would like to wish a wonderful birthday to my cousin Gregory
B, and to my friend Sonia Bernard. All the best to both of
you on your special day.
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status to share important facts regarding Black History Month. Join
me on Facebook as I celebrate and honor African Americans in my little way
"Educating Oneself and Celebrating Black History Month"
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[World Bank in partnership
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Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat.]
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.
investigations on history, tourism, globalization, popular
culture and gender, these artists urge us to reconsider
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Characterized by scholars as ‘the laboratory of
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that transcends geographic boundaries. Its culture has
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their experiences are the result of complex historical,
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of what it means to be Caribbean. Past and present, local
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program, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership
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Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat. Wrestling
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