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Dearest Online Family and Friends, we are hopeful your year is going well for you thus far.
By now you must be aware of the 8.9 Earthquake that rocked Japan today (during the evening hours on Friday Japan time), with aftershocks measuring as large as 7.1 and below. The quake triggered a Tsunami (which has been reported) caused waves to swell up to approximately 30 feet, that slammed into the Northeast Coast of the country. Additionally, Tsunami alerts and warnings have been issued across the Pacific region.
I ask that all of you/us among our online family keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow, loss of life, and destruction. Furthermore, I pray that during the midst of the suffering caused by this catastrophic earthquake that the people of Japan are given strength to make it through this devastating time, and that they are given comfort and courage as well. May those who are suffering from injuries or emotional and spiritual distress be healed and comforted. May they be given hope and encouragement to move ahead through this awful time.
What A Carnival
...I is ah Trini..ah Trini...I'm ah Trini...ah Trini...Yes, ah Trini...ah Trini... LOL, funny that the patriotic and groovy lyrics of Soca Artist Benji’s huge hit “I Is A Trini” is still ringing in my head. On-line family for me and many others across the US and globally, it was all about Trinidad and Tobago this past weekend; because the “Greatest Show on Earth”~~~Trinidad and Tobago’s CARNIVAL took place. From all accounts it was SUPER AWESOME!!! Sleep was something I got very little off this past weekend, and I am certainly still paying for it today. LOL!!!
Despite all the talk I am hearing about this years’ Carnival being the most disorganized and absolutely mismanaged; I am extremely happy NOT to have experienced that madness [the chaos and confusion.] Instead, from my viewpoint it was marvelous; absolutely the best Carnival ever. And with our front row seats we were able to fully experience the euphoria of Carnival. As one of our E-Newsletter contributor’s stated: [which I most wholeheartedly agree with] “My seats at this years' Carnival festivities and Events were VIP."
Thanks to http://www.carnivaltv.net with their high definition stream of the Carnival I/we certainly had VIP seats. This afforded me the special opportunity to see the stunning explosion of colors; do my own judging of the many competitions and costumes; listened and absorbed the conscious and controversial lyrics of the Calypsonians; danced along to the pulsating music (pan, live performances and disc jockeys); and was in awe at the creativity and revelry from the masquerade bands. Even though I was awfully homesick, I was very thankful to "Carnival TV" for the great free service, and for successfully streaming LIVE all of the spectacular Carnival festivities and events with very little problems. As a matter of fact, I am very proud that my culture was exposed to the fullest on such a large scale to approximately 86 countries around the globe via the exciting world wide web (The Internet). Oh, how technology has progressed!!! We once again want to send a special Thank You to the owners/producers of "Carnival TV": "Advanced Dynamics Limited," "BeachHouse Entertainment," and Powered by "Flow" http://carnivaltv.net/who_we_are.html.
Many of the competitions were fierce this year due to the 2 million dollars that was awarded by the Trinidad and Tobago Government to the 1st place winner of quite a few competitions. With such a huge cash prize, you can just imagine how competitive and entertaining all the performances were; and indeed all the performances were absolutely enjoyable!
We at Arious would like to CONGRATULATE all the winners: (1) Machel Montana placed 1st in the Power Soca Monarch competition, taking home the $2 million prize; (2) KES, place 1st in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition. The winner of the Panorama (Large Band) 1st Place was awarded to Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars and medium bands to (a tie): (1) Katzenjammers; and (2) Valley Harps.
As for the National Calypso Monarch, I was surprised by the judge’s choice for 1st Place. 26 year old Ms. Karene Asche placed 1st in the competition. Ms. Asche is the first female to place 1st in the competition in almost a decade, and she made history being the first to win the $2 million Government initiative (the largest ever cash prize.) Ms. Asche is no stranger to the competition, because she has won the Junior Calypso Monarch competitions in 1998 and 2003. CLICK HERE to see one of her two performance “Uncle Jack" or the picture above to the left; [the other song she performed was “Be Careful What You Ask For."] The youths are our future, so I am very happy for her, and her success.
The gentleman who I picked to win the competition, but who placed 2nd is “Sugar Aloes” - Mr. Michael Osuna. I was completely engrossed with "Sugar Aloes" performance of "The Cause Of The Problem." The lyrics of this song is "profound", and holds true meaning in many of our lives across the globe [in the African American communities.] Personally, it meant a lot to me, because it is a topic I am very conscious of, and have written about on numerous occasions: "The Crabs In A Barrel Mentality. " "Sugar Aloes" clearly pointed out in his song: If we continue living with the crab in a barrel mindset way, we will certainly never get anywhere in life [one will never progress.] I have shared the chorus of "The Cause of The Problem" below. "Sugar Aloes" 2nd performance of his song “Not One Word” was "deep" as well. Click Here or the picture to the left to view Sugar Aloes Performance of "The Cause of the Problem" at the Calypso Monarch Competition (Dimanche Gras 2011.) [Courtesy of: The Wood Man Steve and Powered by: YouTube.]
I must also congratulate Dr. Hollis Liverpool aka “Chalkdust” for placing 3rd with his “Manning-Jitis” and “Wounded Pride” calypsos. Additionally, I truly enjoyed the performances and lyrics of (1) Joanne Rowley "Tigress", especially her calypso entitled "Woman to Woman"; (2) Kizzy Riuz with her calypso entitled "Engine Stall"; and (3) Tamika Darius with her interesting and daring calypso "Ungratefull". I must also mention that I was pleased with the tribute Calypsonian Kurt Allen did for the 100th anniversary of "Attila the Hun;" it was fantastic. [Attila the Hun (also spelled Atilla the Hun) was the name taken by the prominent calypsonian born Raymond Quevedo (March 24, 1892 - February 22, 1962). He began singing in 1911 and was at his most prominent in the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of the pioneers in spreading awareness of calypso beyond its birthplace in Trinidad and Tobago."]
Congratulations to the 1st place winner of the King of Carnival Mr. Wade Madray whose portrayal "Pacific Tsunami" captured the judges (pictured to the right).
The 1st place winner of the Queen of Carnival - Ms. Percia Marchan 's portrayal was "D Jeweled Chandelier." (pictured to the left.)
Carnival Tuesday, I was mesmerized throughout the day as I watched the spectacular Parade Of Bands as they danced across the massive stage in Port of Spain, Trinidad. I was fascinated by the sea of colors and the stamina of the masqueraders. Due to being accustomed to a certain quality of Mas, I was happy to learn that Brian Mac Farlane's masquerade band "Humanity, Circle of Life" was awarded the 1st prize for Band Of The Year. Mr. Mac Farlane's band was beautiful and so very different from the normal bikini's that is more or less recognized as Mas in these recent times. (Mac Farlane band members in costume is pictured below.)
To find out in detail who the winners are of all the Carnival competitions, PLEASE LOG ON TO The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad & Tobago website: www.ncctt.org. Indeed Carnival 2k11 was Marvelous!!! I, my mind and soul enjoyed it immensely from afar!!!
Honoring Notable Women In March - Happy Women History Month
Since clearly this E-Newsletter is dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago this week, and in commemoration of National Women's History Month, plus International Women's Day that recently passed ; I think it is only appropriate to honor THE notable woman who is the leader of this lovely country (Trinidad and Tobago)~~~The Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar!
Scores of us know she won the election earlier this year and made history becoming the First Woman to hold the Office of Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. However, many of us know very little about her, and her background...her history. Indeed, our HISTORY IS OUR STRENGTH; therefore, I will spend a little time sharing the history of this exceptional woman.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar a wife, mother, and grandmother; seemed to have had a fascinating political career. In fact, her career on a whole was interesting. She started her political career in the 80's; and in 1987 she won the election to her local council. When she decided to seek a Parliament seat she lost; but in 1994 she was asked to serve as a Senator with the United National Congress ("UNC") under the leadership of Basdeo Panday. A year after joining the Senate her party UNC won the elections and Ms. Persad-Bissessar was appointed and became the 1st woman to served as Attorney General; Minister of Legal Affairs; and Education Minister. She also was the first woman to serve as Acting Prime Minister when Mr. Panday traveled out of the country. Her other accomplishments as being the first woman are: (1) She was the first woman Deputy Political Leader of the United National Congress; and (2) the First woman Leader of the Opposition Party.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MRS. PERSAD-BISSESSAR DURING HER EARLY BEGINNINGS; AND READ ABOUT HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS ALONG HER PATHWAY OF SUCCESS, AND TO ULTIMATELY BECOMING THE PRIME MINISTER OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO VISIT MRS. PERSAD-BISSESSAR'S WEBSITE: http://15stclairave.gov.tt/
I received word from one of the strong women in my community and host of CaribNation Television - Ms. Derrice Dean; who informed me/us about a Television program that will be aired on Sunday, March 13th that features and honor Haitian Entrepreneur, Solanges Vivens. To learn all the details, see the note below from Ms. Deane.
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[Flashpoint 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 on to: http://www.hollislashley.com or http://www.xlibris.com 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.]
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CONCLUDING REMARKS, ETC.
To all our friends who made it out last Saturday, to celebrate my husband "Todd's" birthday with us; please know that we sincerely appreciate you taking the time. Todd had a fantastic time; and LOL, as I look back at pictures it looked like I thought it was my birthday. From my recollection, it was an enjoyable time for me too. Thank you all for sharing this special time/birthday with us.
There are so many people in my circle who are celebrating birthdays this week; therefore, I want to wish them a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Enjoy your special day my friends, and all the best to you: Hollis Lashley (Happy Belated Birthday); Happy Birthday: Abosede A., Andy Ramano, Karen DeSouza-Goring, Mark Humphrey, and Dera Thompkins.
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