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How was your week? I hope it was wonderful and progressive! And if you reside in my "neck of the words;" I hope you stayed cool! LOL!!!!
what a "scorcher" it has been these past few days?
Geez, 2 days now the temperatures have been hitting
the over 100 degree mark and breaking records; plus the humidity is
reaching extreme highs. Clearly, it’s an “early season heat wave” taking place;
and personally it’s absolutely not good because it is disturbing my
mid-day walks. As for our
air conditioner in our home, it has a tendency of not working on hot
days; but we are extremely thankful it is working like a “champ”
and keeping the house on the lower levels quite cool!
Please be extra careful with this crazy hot weather. By the way for those who are enduring the madness and suffering from effects of the fires that are burning the 144,000 acres in Arizona & New Mexico, please hang in there, and be safe.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
Continue Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage!
I am proud to say that Caribbean-American Heritage Month "CAHM" started off with a “bang” across the region. The feedback I am receiving from my colleagues in other states is awesome. They have been happy to share what they are doing to celebrate, and how the attendees are responding.
I however came
across a peculiar, but interesting Blog that indicated
Caribbean-American Heritage Month is not well known throughout the
states and not even among Caribbean People.
This somewhat took me by surprise, and I thought: “wellllll,
it’s only been 6 years since the "CAHM" has been
established (it’s in its infancy.”)
However, as I continued reading his young woman’s words it
became quite clear that she might “be on to something.”
The source of her writing came from her surveying friends on Twitter
and Facebook, but as to the amount of people who participated in her
survey…that was not shared.
This young woman’s name is Karel Mc Intosh, and she is
the Editor-In-Chief of Outlish Magazine.
She entitles her Blog “Caribbean-Americans
– A Case of Identity.” As I read and absorbed the responses
from those who participated in the survey, it was made crystal
clear that they were unaware of this “CAHM”…it
was not prominent or even popular to many.
Overall, they felt “CAHM” receives no visibility; and
absolutely needs to be exposed in a wider range across the US and
beyond. Hummm, this
was interesting to learn, and truly thought provoking.
Therefore, take the time to read Ms. Mc Intosh’s Blog
– A Case of Identity.” It’s definitely worth the read.
ahead and check it out by CLICKING HERE; and I urge you to share
your thoughts with me.
Nevertheless, for those who are aware of “CAHM” continue with dedicating this entire month to Caribbean-American Heritage. Yes, we must take this time to paying tribute, recognize, celebrate us and our culture, and commemorate our heritage and history --- by doing the below things (which I shared with you last week). Also, share your Caribbean-Heritage with a friend, colleague, your co-workers; and anyone who would listen. More awareness must be brought to Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
the details, history, events, etc. on Caribbean-American Heritage Month;
PLEASE CLICK HERE to log
into the official Caribbean-American Heritage Month Website!
To Read the entire Proclamation issued by President
Barack H. Obama ~~~ PLEASE
There are lots of events taking place in cities all across the United States commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage. As I stated last week; although, I received lots of events from folks in different states (as in previous years,) this year I simply did not have a free moment to accumulate and list/create a calendar of all what I have been sent. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you (1) log into Google, and do a search for “Caribbean-Amerian Heritage Month events [in your state;] and many of the events in your state should be listed. Additionally, (2) go ahead and CLICK HERE to log into the official website of the Caribbean-American Heritage Month “The Calendar” to learn about many of the events taking place.
I conclude my thoughts on Caribbean-American Heritage Month I must ask:
did you know that in this area the finale of the celebrations of
Caribbean-American Heritage culminates with the DC Caribbean Carnival?
Yup, indeed it does! So
many of you have inquired about DC Caribbean Carnival, and the following
is what the Organizers would like me to let you know.
First off, they are alive and well; despite the many challenges
they have endured as they worked towards staging this years’ event (specifically
is “on track,” with very little or minor changes; and they
are on their way to celebrating 19 years of producing this exciting
I know many of you are breathing a sigh of relief with this news…right? So I state again to the inquiring minds: yes…yes…yes, DC Caribbean Carnival is on, and it’s alive and well. Please CLICK HERE to read their “Public Service Announcement”. Additionally, below are the flyers of their upcoming Dimanche Gras event and the actual Carnival. Click on both to read the details. As for vending log on to their site at http://www.dccaribbeancarnival.org. It might not be to late to sponsor the event as well, so check out their site for all the details.
A time to recognize the many black music genres throughout time such as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, Reggae, and Soca. Additionally, during this time we celebrate the contributions black singers, composers, writers, producers and musicians have made in the history of music.
can do as I have done in past years and share with you details regarding
a particular artist who has made history and paved the way for others;
or I can talk about a music mogul that has shaped lives and have help
black music prosper to “higher heights”, or I can share with you a
story of a record company that has marketed and substantially helped
black music cross over to other regions in this world, as well as
crossed over to different markets; or I can even take this time to
talk about a particular genre of music.
However, this week my heart tells me to talk [briefly...LOL]
about the state of my Caribbean music (Reggae, Calypso, Soca, etc.)
in the Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia areas.
see…our love for music goes deep, and we see something extra special
about Caribbean music…all of it!
Not because I’m Caribbean; but because it is clear to me that
the music has the ability to seriously cross over to the mainstream
market and hold it’s ground for decades. [Not just the 4 or 5 hits
that make it over and stay on the charts for a couple of weeks…nah!]
The music absolutely has the potential to break into the
mainstream market like Hip Hop did, and nestle itself there.
And moreover, make a long standing mark on society and the music
industry on a whole. Hum,
it would be wonderful to turn on the radio and here the music being
played as part of the 20 jams in a row (many radio stations
pre-formatted music play list.)
for the music scene in this area [specifically;] I’m wondering
if you have noticed that there are very little Caribbean shows/artists
scheduled to perform this year? Which
could mean one or two things ~~~ in fact there are several
factors/reasons; but I will focus on the one or two obvious issues: (1)
there is no market for the music (here; ) or (2) the Promoters
are somehow doing an injustice to the music.
Let me explain; and Promoters forgive me for making this
statement…I’m just trying to analyze and make sense out of this
issue/problem. Of course, I had to discuss this issue in great detail with
my husband "Todd," who is more passionate about this music
thing than I. In defense of
the Promoters, he pointed out that the market is kinda soft for
Caribbean music [HERE in this area;] because the music is only
being played on particular radio programs via community and listener
supported stations (NOT on mainstream radio.) [These small amount of programs are a few hours long, and
gets aired once per week.] Therefore,
how on earth would any promoter in their right mind bring an artist to
this area and expect people to attend [have a sold out show in order
for him/her [in turn] to cover their expenses and make a profit]…when
the music is not being played ~~~ resulting in not being exposed to the
masses. Todd had a valid point, which I agreed with.
Personally though, I believe there is a strong market for the
music here; if a few things would change.
some promoters are so busy trying to make money that they simply don’t
care about the longevity of the music.
They bring the artist to town in a “hush…hush” type of
manner, with very little promotions.
And oftentimes tap into marketing to [only] a certain
example: assuming only Jamaicans would enjoy reggae music and would not
enjoy Soca music, and vice versa; and the same goes with other nationalities
as well. Plus they
bring artists to some of the “cruddiest” venues…places people
are not comfortable going too.
And most importantly, when the artist perform 90% of the times
they are performing to a track; and not using a band (where their
music can be enjoyed in its somewhat original form.)
Evidentially, with these important factors in mind; the potential
growth for Caribbean music in my area (at this time) is less than
zero. IT MUST BE CHANGED!
I wonder how the promoters cannot see the important role they play in
the development of Caribbean music, and the great positions they are in
to help it expand and progress [to another level and far beyond.]
Plus help promote the artist.
This is the 33rd year of celebrating Black Music. And this year we must continue to reflect on the generations of African-American, and Caribbean recording artists and musicians, songwriters, etc. from around the nation who came before us with their great talents and contributions. We must remember it was they who paved the way for the many talented artists today. Whether they were fighting to get paid for a gig, or on the battlefield with record companies and radio stations regarding getting more exposure and recognition for their work. During this month we must take the time to commend them on their fight/s; and to pay tribute to their tenacity. Additionally, this is the month we must show them how worthy they are.
A REMINDER OF A Special Celebration of Music
Just a reminder of The Cultural Academy For Excellence "CAFE", an exceptional local Organization. "CAFE" is a youth-based program which uses the performing arts as the catalyst to develop the passion and discipline for learning, leadership, and academic achievement.
This Saturday, June 11, 2011, "CAFE" will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary. The Executive Director Mrs. Lorna Green cordially invite you to celebrate with the Organization at a special Concert "Sounds and Stories: Music Through a Child’s Mind" taking place at The University of Maryland College Park Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Below are the details of the Concert. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE PRESS RELEASE that has full details about CAFE’s special anniversary concert!
"CAFE" was founded in 1996; and their mission is to provide music-based academic and life-skills enrichment as an enticement for youth to stay in school, stay out of trouble, and perform well academically. Students maintaining a high level of academic and musical achievement may join CAFE’s award-winning Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, which offers numerous opportunities to perform both locally and nationally. "CAFE" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley
Mr. Hollis Lashley has been doing a fine job with his contributions to our weekly E-Newsletter. I must say his "FlashPoints" have been thought provoking, and touches deeply on some important issues that many of us try to stay far away from. LOL...Wow, the debates Mr. Lashley's writings are causing are fantastic. We commend Mr. Lashley on his great work, and thank him for being a part of our team. Read and enjoy (below) another interesting "FlashPoint" by Hollis Lashley.
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
"Messages and Messengers"
[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.]
To see and read the past "ORDINARY SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS" series PLEASE CLICK HERE!!
CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
Don't forget that CAFE's 15 Anniversary Celebration takes place on Saturday, July 11th. Scroll down to our "Featured Events" for all the details.
Additionally, our friends at the Carnival Band Leaders Association of Washington DC asked us to share with you their information regarding their fundraiser taking place this Saturday, June 11th as well. Scroll down to our "Featured Events" Section for all the details.
Also, I am just noticing an e-mail from our friends at Vice Carnival asking that we share their upcoming band launching/fundraiser information with you. It is scheduled to take place this Saturday, June 11th. Log on to their site for all the details: http://www.vicecarnival.com or http://vicecarnival.myshopify.com. (No King Tut and crew you all are not forgiven...this lateness is unacceptable...LOL!!)
You must attend the Trinidad and Tobago's Working Women's Committee Pre-Father's Day Brunch [Fundraiser;] taking place on Sunday, June 12th. The flyer with all the details is located in our "Featured Events' section below.
Finally, check out Ice Carnival Annual Back Yard BBQ Fundraiser taking place on Sunday, June 12th as well. For all the details scroll down to our "Featured Events" section.
As I close, let me share with you once again the list of events specifically geared to celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Areas. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE LIST!
I must say thanks to many of you for expressing your interest in our new venture in the health, wealth and freedom movement through Organo Gold Healthy Products. We are glad for all the inquiries! We are hopeful you will join us and catch the wave of success. For more info. call Todd at 443-422-1361, and log on to the following link/Invitation: "Arious Cordially Invite You To Join Our Health, Wealth & Freedom Movement". For those who have not gotten back with us after receiving your sample gift bag; please give us a call.
Happy Belated Birthday Keisha my friend!
Marlon happy belated birthday.
Robert of Carib United, Happy Belated Birthday to you. Folks you must check out his "Islands In The Sun" on June 18, 2011 (One of the finest and well attended events for DC Caribbean Carnival).
Tony (Breakaway Productions). Hope your day was fantastic.
Most importantly, I would like to wish my high school friend Vonda a very happy Birthday.
We hope all of you enjoy your special days immensely.
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