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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter-The Arious Grapevine - 3.30.2012: The Beauty Of Spring – Lovely Blossoms | I Am Trayvon Martin | Honoring Women | De Haps | More
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Hello On-line family and friends. Hope you are wonderful, and continuing to enjoy the loveliness, and dawning of the nice~~~warm~~~refreshing weather.
We are officially in Spring, but the
weather in my area many nights this week reached below freezing; and
as you can imagine the days were pretty cold as well.
What a switch huh? Funny,
it was reported that this past winter was abnormally the warmest
winter (of all time…on record.)
Perhaps this week, “Old Man Winter” wanted to make
sure we were aware that he was merely on hold for the 2011-2012
season; and it is quite evident he wanted to make sure the
harsh reality of his wrath is embedded in our minds.
Before this cold blast, the trees, spring flowers, bulbs, garden plants perennials and even shrubs were blooming quite nicely; and the beauty of it all was so amazing. All is not lost though; the lovely tree I am captivated with that grows everywhere in my area; (which resembles the “Bradford Pear Tree”) is hanging in there quite nicely…ahh the blooms are breathtaking. Need I even mention the Cherry Blossoms trees? Of course, they are in full bloom; and are gorgeous as ever (despite the cold blast.)
By the way the National Cherry Blossom
Festival that is held in Washington DC annually kicked off on the 20th
of this month (the first day of Spring.)
what a year it will be for the festival, since this one marks the 100th
Anniversary of Tokyo Japan gift of the approx. 3000 trees to the
District of Columbia [in honor of the lasting friendship between
the United States and Japan.]
This special centennial celebration is expected to bring
record-breaking crowds to the city; which is estimated to generate up
to approximately 200 million in revenue.
Undoubtedly, it is jammed packed with activities, performances,
and events scheduled to take place throughout the city until the
Festival ends on April 27, 2012 with a Petal Fest & Closing Block
Party on Woodrow Wilson Plaza at Pennsylvania Avenue & 13 Street,
NW, Washington DC.
Keep in mind you can view the gorgeous blossoms along the Tidal Basin, and also at the Martin Luther King Memorial; which is surrounded by these beautiful trees!
As for events, please note this Saturday (March 31st) is the annual “Blossom Kite Festival” at the National Monument Grounds-Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW from 10:30am - 4:30pm and it’s FREE of charge. On Sunday April 1st, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run takes place from 7:30 am – 11:00 am at the Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW; and is FREE. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (FREE of charge) takes place on Saturday April 7th from 1:00pm – 9:00pm at Southwest Waterfront, 600-900 Water Street, SW.
As for the actual Cherry Blossom
Festival Parade, it takes place on Saturday, April 14th on
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets
from 10:00am - 12:30pm, and it’s FREE to view along the parade
route. If by chance you
want to be seated in the grandstand there is a $20.00 fee per person.
Additionally, the parade will be televised live April 14th on ABC
Click here to see the schedule of events, performances, exhibits, etc. or CLICK HERE for the Official 2012 Festival Guide. For this weekend's events: CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE!
Now back to some serious reality!
This Trayvon Martin case is
truly bizarre to me, and thankfully still tops the news.
It is being talked about, debated, and analyzed by everyone; as
well as every media outlet
Cable programs, Radio, TV, etc.)
Of course as predicted, the tearing down of Trayvon’s
character has begun; and the lies spawned by George Zimmerman about
killing Trayvon as a means of defending himself is sickening to
me. [Zimmerman’s claims
of shooting and killing Trayvon is based on Florida’s “Stand
law…which permit people to defend themselves even with deadly
force when necessary.)
Looking at the Police footage of Zimmerman
as he was taken into custody does not reveal to me a man with a broken
nose; or even any signs of blood protruding from any parts of his
body, nor on his clothes. Besides,
he pursued Trayvon after being instructed by Police dispatches
NOT to do so…NOT TO FOLLOW THIS YOUNG MAN!
What tears me apart about this whole
incident & homicide is a young black man’s life was taken (It is
clear…for no reason.) Most
importantly, what troubles me the most is how young black boys/men in
this country are looked at; the racial stereotypes, prejudices,
ignorance, animosity shown by other races just because they are black
men (young or old.) In
this case, because Trayvon Martin wore a Hoodie he was a
CRIMINAL…a Hoodlum, and someone to be killed.
Hoodies are now a fashion statement people!!! [Every Old Navy Store sells them, every Aeropostle,
every Gap store, every American Eagle “AE” store; in fact every
“freaking” store for that matter!]
I have also seen how black folks are
their own enemies, because of the crazy talk about how thuggish he
looked; and the ones who started gravitating to the negativity some
media are putting out to the public on this young man.
The fact still remains, (1) an unarmed
17 year old young man was killed (regardless of his height or weight)
by (2) a neighborhood watch VOLUNTEER who from all reports was not in
any kind of a uniform, etc.; who (a) was pursuing him, obviously
giving him orders, and (b) eventually shot and killed him.
And most importantly (3) this volunteer is currently FREE, and
was not arrested and charged in this killing [clearly taken into
custody…YES; but not Charged!]
I must emphasize (1) If an unidentified
man was pursuing me…giving me orders; I too would NOT have stopped,
and I would have seriously feared for my life.
And (2) if this situation was turned around and an
African-American man killed a young white 17th year old who
was wearing a Hoodie. He
would not only be in jail, but under the jail.
Honestly, this volunteer Zimmerman should have been
arrested; so that the facts could have been gathered in this case; and
which would have had an opportunity to go through the court system
where a jury would have been able to make a determination/decision on
the facts of this case and this unfortunate killing.
It is evident, Racism has raised its ugly head again, and it really…really STINKS!!! There must be some justice for Trayvon!
We attended our first rally last
Saturday, and I was overcome with sadness…all over again!
for me it was absolutely moving! Watching and listening attentively to the words of the Pastor
who led the rally; and absorbing his style of dress – [he wore a
Hoodie and Jeans instead of his robe.] His
profound words of humanity, fear for young black men’s life because
of the stereotypes, the anger that rang from his voice of losing Trayvon,
and the killer not arrested; the talk of love, fellowship, and black
folks respecting each other and each other’s life~~~all of it
touched me deeply. Even
though I am very aware of how normal it is for black folks to fear for
their Children’s safety/lives; I was glad it was re-emphasized over
and over again by the many speakers [and rightfully so!]
Particularly, they expressed anger over the hateful, racist and
awfully handled killing of an innocent young man (by Sanford,
Florida Police Officials); No Justice, and how fearful they are
for their own children’s life [Especially since their own young
boys are fond of wearing Hoodies; and even girls.] Many stated:
“Trayvon could have been my son!”
and "I AM TRAYVON...WE ALL ARE TRAYVON
Lets, keep up the National movement of
moral outrage with rallies, marches, solidarity, the fight for
justice; the repel, or close scrutiny of the “Stand Your Ground”
law passed in many states in these United States.
Hum, it’s the end of Women’s History Month; and oh what a month it has been. Woohoo!
First off, please know that I am
especially pleased about the many responses I received regarding the
women I highlighted in my last week’s E-Newsletter who are
exceptionally talented and successful women in the music
industry. Thank you so much for the names you suggested
regarding my question: “What
Caribbean Female Artist has crossed over to the mainstream market with
Caribbean Music? Indeed
many of your suggestions I thought about. However, quite a few
of your suggestions specifically DID NOT crossover to the mainstream
market with their music. Without a doubt, successful though!!!!
It was absolutely a pleasure
commemorating women; celebrating their achievements and milestones;
acknowledging/highlighting their strength, compassion, determination,
struggles, bravery, education, successes, and massive contributions to
society and the world. As
I bring this month’s highlight to a close, I thought I should use
this last week of honoring women to mention some lovely ladies that
crossed my path during this month; who are leaders in their fields and
who I admire and honor!
Earlier this month a colleague of mine
became aware of how much her hard work, determination, and
accomplishments were recognized and appreciated.
Due to her excelling in her field she was noticed by many; and
therefore she was recognized. She was requested to traveling to Miami,
Florida to be honored at a wonderful ceremony.
My humble colleague Mrs. Kathy Brewer was so very happy for the
honor; and needless to say, myself and many of her other colleagues
and friends were extremely happy for her.
I would like to say congratulations to Mrs. Brewer – a
strong, beautiful woman who I admire greatly.
Mrs. Brewer was inducted in the National Black Railroaders’
Historical Society. This
honor is for maintaining the tradition of professional excellence and
continuing the historical strength and spirit of black railroaders who
helped link America’s Iron Roads and move its people and products
from Coast to Coast.
I was afforded the opportunity to
listen to another beautiful, distinguished female professor/author
speak some weeks ago. It
was an honor to be among the guest at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy
in Washington DC, as this award winning Trinidadian born author –
Elizabeth Nunez introduced her recent novel, and took the time to
elaborated about her other 7 novels.
She was wise, motivating, vibrant, and her words were
rejuvenating. She focused
on certain aspects and skills of writing, clearly due to her academic
her teaching - which is embedded in her emerged during this session.]
Through her words, it was quite obvious that her dedication and
commitment to providing opportunities and exposure for black writers IS
A local scholar and author also born in Trinidad Dr. Acklyn R. Lynch moderated the session; and his exuberance about her writing, themes (1. conflict of African or Caribbean and Western cultures; 2. entanglements of race, class and gender in heterogeneous and geographical limited society relationships through emotional writing; 3. troubled relations between different genders, races, or socioeconomic classes,) and Characters in her novels were moving. It was funny when he excitedly mentioned a Character; she would interject and turn to us (the audience) and name the Novel of the Character he was speaking of.
Indeed it was a very insightful, and
interesting session; and I learned a lot from this wonderful
I take this opportunity to commend and honor her for her successes and
works. She is a
Co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference sponsored by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and chairing the PEN Own Book
Committee (which provides writers of color with access to various
aspects of the publishing industry.)
Nunez is busy with many of the different projects she is contributing
to, and of course is writing, co-editing on different (important)
projects with other authors; and teaching.
For residents in Brooklyn she offers workshops teaching
creative writing FREE OF CHARGE. I must mention again, that her undying support of writers of
color is appreciated greatly, and is a priceless gift!
To learn more about Elizabeth Nunez, CLICK
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As I close my thoughts on honoring women, I must mention a group of beautiful, strong women from the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia areas; who truly loves their community. And throughout each year they DO quite a lot to enhance and support certain aspects, issues and groups in the Caribbean Community. These dedicated women who are a part of the “Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee” work tirelessly on their goals of: (1) enriching the lives of youths through the Caribbean Students Fund, Inc.; (2) fostering positive relationships between youths and the elderly. Of course, this group of strong, beautiful women has excelled far beyond these goals; and as I stated above, does a lot to enhance and support (financially and physically) many other groups in our area. To the ladies of the Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee I honor you, and I am very proud of your hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work ladies!!!!
By the way, these ladies are holding their annual Caribbean Students Scholarship Award Ceremony in 2 weeks and they invite you to attend. Click the flyer below for all the details, or scroll down to our “Featured Events” section.
you are honored for your wisdom, strength, love and commitment to your
Hum, some weeks ago at our favorite spot for Jazz in Washington DC we ran into a local female promoter, and our talk was nice. I felt it was important to mention this woman in this E-Newsletter because her drive and commitment is awesome! “Ms. Missy Quai”: It was nice seeing you at our favorite Jazz spot, and our talk was nice. Your strength was moving. Please keep yourself strong always, and continue with living your dreams!
In closure, I wish you a very nice weekend; and
one that is blessed.
Today, March 30, 2012; we send greetings to the Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Community, as they celebrate the 17th Anniversary of their Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day Holiday - "A Day of Jubilation. " Congratulations to this religious community on opening the 1st Spiritual Shouter Baptist School in the Caribbean in Maloney, Trinidad. More importantly, CONGRATULATIONS to the Archbishop Episcopus Barbara Gray-Burke (President of the Council of Elders of Spiritual Baptists) as she celebrate this historic accomplishment; which she sooooo dreamed of, and worked hard to achieve.
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