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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.jpg (14424 bytes)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.)  And 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 7/WJLA-TV.

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 (National/International networks, 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 Your Ground” 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.  {Screaming loudly}  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.

We attended our first rally last Saturday, and I was overcome with sadness…all over again!  Overall, 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 MARTIN!"

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.

I leave you with a piece that was sent to us via e-mail entitled "Trayvon Is Nothing New - The Murder of Black America"  Posted by Albert Philips and courtesy of "HBCU Connect".  I felt it was pretty deep.  CLICK HERE to Check it out, and please feel free to send me your thoughts.




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 background.  [Indeed, 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 her passion!

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 professor/author.  Therefore, 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.)  Ms. 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 HERE or you can also CLICK HERE!


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.

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Mommy, you are honored for your wisdom, strength, love and commitment to your family.

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! 

Happy Women’s Month!


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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Always feel free to comment regarding THIS commentary or any of my past E-Newsletter commentaries from our  “Arious Grapevine;”  and I thank you for all the intriguing and thought provoking comments you send me on a regular basis.   Please know that I am eager to hear your thoughts on all I have written above, and even in the past; so I look forward to having you share them with me via my e-mail address:  susan@ariousentertainment.us.   

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