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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter-The Arious Grapevine - 3.4.2011: Woohoo Splendid March | Celebrating and Honoring Women | Carnival Time In T&T | De Happenings Happenings


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Dearest Online Family and Friends: We hope all of you are doing very well during this lovely time of year!

Splendid March

Incredible is the one word that comes to mind that describe this past week, which by the way was the beginning of an awesome month - MARCH.

Woohoo~~~MARCH...a hint of warmth peeking through the somewhat cool days, [even though the nights are awfully chilly.]  The birds have begun waking me up in the mornings with their singing, and perhaps communicating with each other as they play/jump from branch to branch on the trees outside my bedroom window.  Gee, I even see the trees all around me budding quite nicely.  Oh yeah, MARCH is truly here and it's going to be splendid!

My best friend and partner “Todd” had a birthday on the first day of MARCH, and we have quietly been celebrating all week long. A little bit of drinks with friends, nice dinners at his favorite places, and some awesome memories to store away.  The cards, gifts, and greetings via e-mails and “Facebook” he received were wonderful too.  From viewing Todd’s expressions and smile he seemed to have truly enjoyed his birthday.  In-fact he is still enjoying it, and will continue throughout this upcoming weekend as we sneak away from our world for a little more fun. As I think more about his special day, I feel it is only appropriate to share what I wrote to him on his “Facebook Wall” 

"HappyBirthday-SpecialDay.jpg (28218 bytes)It’s the special day of a gentleman who is unique, intellectual, and very genuine…with a heart that is absolutely pure, and a soul that is so very good. Yup, it’s your big day, and it’s always wonderful experiencing this special day with you every year. Indeed you mean the world to me…my love, and so I wish you the happiest birthday ever. May this birthday be THE ONE...the one that allows you to fully achieve all your/our plans, wishes and dreams. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MAN I MARRIED 26 YEARS AGO."

Happy Birthday, my true friend, life long partner, hero, and husband.

 


 

We celebrate Women and their history this Month - [March]

Beautiful, kind, strong, diverse, independent, intelligent, courageous and successful are just a few words that describe Women; and the month of MARCH is dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and honoring women.

It’s a proven fact that society cannot progress without the contributions of a Woman; who has successfully helped steered society’s development. However, for decades the contributions by women to society’s development have been overlooked, kept quiet, and was never acknowledged.  Further, it took an awful amount of years before gender equality existed; simple human rights for women, fundamental freedoms, and a way for women to promote justice for themselves and even their societies. Yup, for decades these have been non-existent; until women began setting standards, and formulating programs in an effort to fight to establish and promote their rights and equality; with a goal of changing discriminatory behaviors that were openly practiced against them by man and even society.

A great man once said:

"The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women.  If it's educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward.  But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they're going to fall behind."

--- Barack Obama, September 2008

The strong woman gained balance and recognition guided by a respect for strength; was able in her fight to bring awareness to many women's issues; while overcoming the limitations set upon her by society.  Indeed, women have defeated numerous amounts of obstacles along the treacherous and interesting path throughout life.

Women in today's society and around the world are empowered, tenacious, successful, and on a somewhat even "playing field" as men.  They have contributed so much to the development of this country and the world.  Positively, NOW women are acknowledged, respected and  "a serious force to be reckoned with".

The Theme for this years Women's History Month is "Our History is Our Strength;" and it pays tribute to the millions of women who have taken action to help create a better world for the times in which they lived, as well as for future generations.  Truly, many...many...many women have successfully done this throughout the years.

Let me share with you a few words from the National Women's History Project:

"Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations.  Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history.

The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history.  Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.  Until relatively recently, this sphere of women's history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied.  But, knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st Century."

My plan is to celebrate the valued contributions by women throughout this month.  Although, at this time I'm not quite sure of "who" I will feature during the remainder of the month.  However, I am confident that you our On-line family will send my some suggestions.  I do value your opinion greatly and I do want you to be a part of this forum, [where you are free to express yourselves.]  You know...it's never been about "I", "ME" or "MY" here at Arious; those three words truly have never been a part of our regular vocabulary~~~it's always been about "WE" and "US".  Therefore, I absolutely look forward to some of your great suggestions, especially you Ms Walton; Mr. Neil; Ms. Shelley; Ms. Francis and Rev. Berger, and so many more of you that always correspond with some of the greatest comments and suggestions.

As I wrap up my thoughts and words regarding Women's History Month this week; I leave you with a lovely and interesting poem.  I have shared this with you before, but I must do so  again.  It captures my true feeling, is a fantastic tribute to women, and is very inspirational; it is entitled "Woman - To Be A Woman." [Author Unknown.]  Here's to you...all of the women among our On-Line Family...I pay tribute to each and everyone of you!!!

"Woman - To Be A Woman"

"Women have energy that amazes men.  They meet difficulties and manage serious problems while remaining cheerful, loving and joyous.  

They smile when they want to cry out, sing when they want to shed tears, cry when they are happy, and laugh when they are nervous. 

They battle for what they believe in.  They rebel against injustices.

They do not accept "NO" for an answer when they think there is a better solution.  

They deny themselves to keep the family sustained.  

They go to the doctor with an anxious friend.  

They Love Unconditionally!!!

They cry when their children achieve success and they rejoice at the good fortune of their friends.  

They are happy when they hear talk of birth and marriage.

Their hearts are bruised when a friend dies.  They suffer from the loss of a dear person.  

They are strong when they think they have no more energy.

They know a hug and a kiss can heal a wounded heart.

There is no doubt that a woman has a defect.  IT IS THAT SHE FORGETS WHAT SHE IS WORTH"

 

 


 

The "Fete-ing"...The Revelry...The Fun...The Frivolity Of Carnival in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival falls in MARCH this year, and guess what folks…It’s taking place this weekend plus during the first 2 days of next week (Carnival Monday and Tuesday.)  

Carnival 2011 is in high gear; the fun, the excitement, endless festivities and events, the non-stop drinking, the entertaining musical and theatrical competitions and performances, Soca music everywhere, the dynamic display of creative and innovative "Mas" by kids and adults, the revelry, and the lack of sleep are transpiring all across the  island of Trinidad and Tobago.  Yup, throughout the entire twin island.

Carnival is best described as a celebration of liberty and life.  A celebration that is loved dearly, and is filled with unadulterated fun and revelry; which significantly unites the various cultures of the island.  It is hypnotic and a truly wonderful experience.  To many it is simply magical; a time when one forget their troubles, cast away all their inhibitions and let themselves drift away in the euphoria of the festival and celebrations. 

For those of you who have never experienced Carnival, I want you to imagine you are attending a huge street party. In fact imagine an entire island at a party, where everyone simply forget about their daily routines, troubles and worries; they are drinking, eating, dancing and being consumed by music all around them (soca and sweet steel pan music).  And since sleep is not in the scenario, when one event/party ends they are making arrangements to attend another.  

For the locals the partying begins right after Christmas (now-a-days it begins before Christmas), and continues for months; and finally climaxes on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.  It explodes on the Monday and Tuesday (before the day lent begins - Ash Wednesday); with masqueraders parading through the streets and even folks who are not in costumes, just dancing and partying at this huge street party.  At times it is unimaginable for many, but it's truly the best relief from the hard day to day stressful life for the tens of thousands who converge on to the island from around the world. 

For a brief history regarding Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Many of our friends and associates are currently in Trinidad enjoying themselves; so I do wish all of them a safe and fun-filled time.  I close by saying a statement many Trinidadians live aboard say (the ones who did not travel to their home for Carnival) "please take a wine, drink and jump for me."

In my little way I am celebrating Carnival without being there; and sharing well produced and entertainment programs regarding Carnival; as well as videos.  To see them go ahead and check me on "Facebook."  The following link will take you directly to my "Wall" so you can scroll down and check what's on my "Facebook" account.  The link is as follows: http://www.facebook.com/ariousentertainment.

 


 

Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

"Flashpoint" is on hiatus during this Carnival week, and Will return soon!

To see and read the past "ORDINARY SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS" series PLEASE CLICK HERE!!

[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.]

 


 

CONCLUDING REMARKS, ETC.

 

I sincerely thank the many of you who e-mailed me stating you appreciated the information we shared with you regarding the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Riots-The destruction of "Black Wall Street.".  Quite frankly, I wasn't  surprised discovering that so many of you were unaware of this horrible situation which took place in U.S. History [in Black History] not so long ago.

A special thanks to you Ms. Walton for sharing the information regarding Recy Taylor and her forgotten story of pure horror. It certainly could be a good topic to discuss and share in the near future.

 

HappyBirthday-roses.jpg (7061 bytes)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: Ms. Michelle Mangatal, Mrs. Josephine L'Elie, Karen D., Ms. Pam, Gillian Bristol-Crevelle, Mr. Herman Samuel, Mr. De'Alessandro, Mr. MG Miller, Cousin Junior, and even Young Man Danny had a birthday earlier this week (funny I remember the day young Danny came into this world...life was so much fun then.)

 

As 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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March 4, 2011

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March 5, 2011

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"Wrestling with the Image"

Exhibit running until March 10, 2011

Washington DC

Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW Washington, DC.

[World Bank in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat.]

"Wrestling with 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. 

“Through investigations on history, tourism, globalization, popular culture and gender, these artists urge us to reconsider our own expectations on how a Caribbean image should look. Characterized by scholars as ‘the laboratory of globalization,’ the Caribbean is a multifaceted locale that transcends geographic boundaries. Its culture has European, African, Asian, Latin American, and Native American roots,” said Cozier. “This is a conversation about movement in the Atlantic world, a dialogue about dispersal rather than displacement.”

Many of the artists themselves no longer live in the Caribbean, residing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, nevertheless, their experiences are the result of complex historical, economic, and cultural processes that are part and parcel of what it means to be Caribbean. Past and present, local and universal, and self and other are among the dichotomies addressed in this exhibition. The exhibition forms part of the About Change emerging artists’ program, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat. Wrestling with the Image continues until March 10 at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW Washington, DC.

• For more information, or to arrange interviews with any of the Trinidad-based participating artists, please contact Mariel Brown at 796-4118

Below Picture is "Entourage", by Ebony Patterson from Jamaica

 

 

"America I Am ~~~ The African American Imprint"

Exhibit running until May 1, 2011

Washington DC

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.

National Geographic Museum , located at 1145 17th Street NW , Washington, D.C. 20036.  Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $12.00; Children (ages 2-12) $6.00.  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.

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