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Dearest Online Family and Friends: I am glad to be communicating with you once again, and I hope all is well with you and your families.
Prayers For Japan
To our network of friends and family here on-line we want to THANK all of you for the powerful comments and prayers you graciously forwarded to us regarding my words on the destructive earthquake and tsunami Japan recently endured; and the devastation and suffering the people continue to undergo. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
We are now certain the people of Japan
will totally be comforted and healed; because surly united positive
thinking people, with a similar purpose [saying a prayer daily],
and all with a clear vision imploring for the same outcome [divine
healing]; WILL undoubtedly result in folks being uplifted, soothing
of the mind and soul, total life transformation and most importantly
absolute WONDERS being worked.
Please continue with your prayers especially since the nuclear problem expands across the country and is seriously affecting the water supply, as well as some vegetables.
Praying For Japan
If you are interested in helping the earthquake/tsunami victims of Japan via a donation; PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST I SHARED WITH YOU LAST WEEK, WHICH DETAILS WAYS AND ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN SEND YOUR MONEY TO!
I have added once again an interesting Facebook page created entitled: "Sendai Tsunami Through Western Eyes." On this Facebook Page/Community you will be able to view all the videos captured (a day to day account) from an American Cameraman living and working in Tokyo. The following is some words from the Cameraman, PLEASE READ! "As you can imagine, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011, in Sendai (180 miles/300 km North of Tokyo) has had a huge impact on life in the big city. Through this community page, I share my experiences and thoughts, and I try to do my best to pass on information from the Japanese news that you might not have access to from your local news organization." CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO ENTER THIS INFORMATIVE FACEBOOK PAGE.
As spring emerges, the ONE special event that ushers in this incredible season annually in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas is the "National Cherry Blossom Festival."
If you know the history of this
festival, then you know that the Japanese in the early 90s (1912 to
be exact) presented to the United States of America a gift of 3000
Yoshino Cherry Trees; which symbolizes the eternal friendship between
the United States and Japan. It’s
awfully sad…huh…that at this time for the 99th
traditional celebration Japan is suffering from one of the world’s
worst natural disasters?
Recently the Cherry Blossom Committee stated they will use this 2 week long festival to let Japan know that America STANDS with them through this distressing and serious time; and will help in every way possible to help them move forward. Hence this years’ festival title “Stand With Japan”.
As the lovely cherry trees that circle the Tidal
Basin near the Jefferson Memorial begins to slowly bloom…this past
Thursday, March 24th; the festival which draws approximately 1 million
visitors to Washington DC kicked off with a fundraising walk and Vigil.
Crowds gathered with glow sticks at the Tidal Basin; and after a
moment of silence, they walked [in
the spirit of hope and rebuilding] along the Basin’s sidewalk;
which was lined with donation bins. [The donations that was collected
would benefit the National
Cherry Blossom Festival American Red Cross relief efforts for Japan.]
This was followed by a “Stand With Japan” Vigil on the
The festival officially opens on Saturday, March
26, 2011, with its 6th annual Family Day for “Kids of All Ages;”
which is FREE and will take place from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at the
National Building Museum, located at 401 F Street, N.W., Washington DC.
This event features performances that celebrate spring and
explore Japanese arts and design, interactive art demonstrations,
hands-on activities, and much...much more.
The actual Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
will take place also on the 26th at the National Building
Museum from 4:00 – 5:30 pm and it is Free as well.
This ceremony will feature MUSIC from Japanese born pianist,
composer and producer "Keiko Matsui”; and DANCE with
Japanese Artistic Director "Takehiro Uneyama" with his
New York based contemporary dance company “TAKE Dance”; plus much
The annual parade will take place on April 9th, but for the next few weeks there will be a host of events taking place around Washington DC in celebration of this annual Festival. For all the events, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
To learn all the details about this exciting annual event PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ENTER their National Cherry Blossom Festival Site.
Honoring Notable Women In March - Happy Women History Month
This EXTRA SPECIAL month of March is on the verge
of ending, and as I look back I am happy that throughout this month we
have recognized, celebrated and honored the great accomplishments of
women throughout history and in recent times.
Yup, we have celebrated their diverse and historic
accomplishments, as well as their rich and varied contributions to the
history and to culture here in the United States and around the world
globally. As I reflect on
Women, and on their progress and contributions; it is clear they have
changed the world. In-fact
it has been documented that society CAN NOT and WILL NOT progress
without the contributions of Women…BEAUTIFUL STRONG WOMEN.
Hum, it’s truly shameful that Women faced a great amount of negativity and endured quite a bit of challenges throughout the years as they pursued their goals. YES, I’m talking about sexism, racism, and segregation!!!!! However, through their strength, tenacity and intellect; they found the WILL and POWER from deep within their souls to stay motivated and to continue the difficult fight of overcoming the many negatives that society had placed upon them. Regardless of their gender, race, class and age; Women succeeded in their fight and have advanced and have become extremely successful, empowered and in some aspects have gained gender equality. As a matter of fact, I have witnessed many who have become economically empowered due to them venturing into high –value and more meaningful economic activities, and enterprise developments. Oh Yeah, many are billionaires today, attacking and handling global crisis (financial and warfare), managing huge successful corporations, and even setting policies!!!! HOORAY FOR WOMEN!!!
I do ask that you continue celebration women
throughout the entire year for all their outstanding contributions.
Well…being that we are at the end of
March; I contemplated on who I would pay tribute to this last week, and
really gave it some serious thought.
My mind drifted to my years while I was a part of the DC
Caribbean Carnival Board of Directors (Organizing Committee); and
I remembered a few leaders in my community sharing with me the life of
an outstanding and strong woman. In
fact, what motivated me even more to feature this interesting woman is
due to some words I have been hearing in/and around my area.
Actually, these words have been spreading and instead of being
whispered; it is being repeated loudly among many in my community: “Will
there be a Caribbean Carnival in Washington DC this year?”
along with my feature, the interesting Woman I chose to honor and pay
tribute to this last week in March is an exceptional and interesting person who resided in another continent
in the latter part of her life; and who is no longer with us today...Ms.
Claudia Jones, better known as “Mother of the Notting Hill
Ms. Jones was a fighter, a journalist, community
leader, political activist, feminist, black nationalist, and communist;
who was born in my place of birth Trinidad. At an early age her parents moved the entire family to Harlem, New
York, where she grew up and lived for several decades; and where she
began her struggle for equal rights.
Ms. Jones was an outspoken woman who becoming an active member of
the American Communist party; she was also the editor of Negro Affairs
for the Communist party paper “The Daily Worker”.
While editing for the paper, she evolved into an accomplished
speaker on human and civil rights.
She toured across the country attending political
events, and due to her inspiring/rousing speeches she began to attract
the attention of authorities in the U.S. Government; who felt she was a
treat to the US. Needless
to say, due to her being labeled "A Treat" and a Communist,
she was arrested and imprisoned quite a few times and eventually she was
deported/exiled by the U.S. to England.
While in England she helped launched the annual
Notting Hill Carnival whose slogan was “A People’s Art Is The
Genesis Of Their Freedom”; and she furthered her fight for human
and civil rights, plus equal opportunities for black people.
She became involved in campaigns to defend the “Black
Community” and got very involved in local politics; she also joined
the British Communist party.
She founded and edited "The West Indian
Gazette," which was her vehicle to continue campaigning for
equal opportunities for black people, and she completely embraced the
Afro-Caribbean Community in London.
This woman became one of the most Charismatic Black Leaders of
Ms. Claudia Jones outstanding and lasting
contribution is the Notting Hill Carnival, which she launched in 1959.
This was/is a “Mardi-Gras” celebration that included an
annual showcase for Afro-Caribbean Talent (which is incorporated in most
Carnivals of today).
From me delving into her life, I discovered she was
an outstanding, outspoken woman; who maintained a constant vision for
the working-class people all over the world.
I end my month long tribute to Woman with sharing the life and accomplishments of Ms. Claudia Jones. Click the following link for a very nice tribute to Ms. Jones that reveals quite a bit more regarding her contributions to Carnival. This piece is written by Shango Baku who remembers Ms. Claudia Jones; simple entitled: “Claudia Jones Remembered” CLICK HERE TO READ.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EXCEPTIONAL WOMAN...HEAR HER SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT SHE SO FOUGHT ABOUT!!! The Video is entitled "Claudia Jones: The Black Woman that Created London Carnival"; and is powered by YouTube!
Here are a few other links that will help you learn quite a bit more about Ms. Claudia Jones courtesy of "Black History Walks" and Powered by You Tube. This is a 3 part series of an excellent and informative video biography of Ms. Jones:
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CONCLUDING REMARKS, ETC.
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As for friends, family and associates in our circle who are celebrating birthdays this week, we hope you have a wonderful time; and a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AS WELL. Ms. Jai, happy belated birthday to you pretty lady. To my friends Keith Preddie and Mark Kendal who celebrated birthdays on the same date; all the best to both of you. Surly, your actual greeting cards must have arrived by now; so I hope you liked them. Ms. Pat, we send birthday greetings to you as well; we hope you had a wonderful and happy day.
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