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I hope all is well with you and yours; and I hope you are preparing to make Father's day the loveliest and happiest.
another special time of year is upon us!
It is the Celebration and Honoring of our Fathers, Grandfathers,
Step Fathers, Father figures in our lives who are mentors and role
models, Mothers who are performing the roles of a Father (either
single mothers or even those who are married,) and also our
absolutely honor and salute all of them!
are that brave, strong person in our lives who are our protectors, rescuers,
and our mentors. They
instill values that will carry us through life.
This powerful man is also our savior…our safety net; the one
that teaches us, and shows us the way to becoming successful in our
lives, and with our families. This
lovely man we call Father is a courageous disciplinarian…the one who
keeps us on a positive pathway through life (“on the straight and
narrow”). And without
a doubt he leaves an awesome imprint …an imprint that
grids our lives with strength, humility and integrity.
I ponder on today’s society, it is disheartening that so many of our
youths are growing up without that profound “pillar” of a
person in their life. That
strong, wise male figure who encourages, guides, teaches and instill
positive values; and most importantly take the time to talk with their
young ones (their sons and daughters.)
Gosh, those few things I just mentioned are sooooo
very important in a child’s life in our society today; because life in
this world especially through the early and important years (of a
child growing up) is critical and absolutely “no joke”.
of us like myself do have what we call our “pillar” [our fathers];
but our “pillar” has not always been there for us physically,
mentally and even financially.
Hummm, as a little girl, I remember my father breaking my
heart on numerous occasions; with his unexceptional thought patterns,
ignorance, and actions…those always took a lot out of me.
I fondly remember, when he was loving...it was nice; but he would
always go back to his craziness after a drink, or two or three or the
whole entire bottle; and then some!
Yup, we knew his problem; but it was never looked at as a
problem, instead a way of life. My
daddy has never changed; today he is still up to his old ways, just
enjoying life (as he calls it;) and perhaps he is; LOL…while he
makes everyone around him miserable!
You know…seriously; the relationship I have had with my father,
I found I have learned a few valuable lessons.
In fact, I know my brothers have.
Wow, and I have found the love my brothers have for my
Father is a different type of love...much stronger. However, in our own little ways we love and appreciate our
I studied my life though; I see there are a few things I would encourage
a father to do to be absolutely perfect:
these things in place, the following sad but true statistics [which I
can attest to] can surly be defeated!:
(1) difficulties/a risk of low school achievement; (2) low
involvement in the labor force; (3) early childbearing, (4) and
importantly, when it comes to boys without fathers the odds are doubled
of being incarcerated, they have problems in the area of psychosocial
adjustment, and control of aggression.
I talk about statistics an important issue came across my desk recently,
which I found quite intriguing. President
Barack Obama has launched a Fatherhood Pledge.
“The President’s Fatherhood Pledge was established
to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the
lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for
children in their lives and communities.”
To get all the details about this pledge and to join President
Obama's program, plus take this pledge; log on to http://www.fatherhood.gov/pledge
This is the time to tell your dad how much you love and appreciate him on his special day!!! Again, to all our on-line fathers we wish you a very happy Father's Day!!!!
A final note to my brother in Trinidad: You are the epitome of a Father! Loving, strong, a protector, and a provider; and I love you dearly not only for that, but for being the greatest Father in the world and brother. You are truly the opposite of our dear daddy. You are simply the best! I want you to know I am extremely proud of you, and I love you dearly. In fact, your daughters; wife; Mom; and Todd, as well as your baby brother Mark (God bless his soul) all love you dearly!!!
TO MY DADDY: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!
Finally, even though my Father-In-Law is no longer with us; I must say he was an extremely wonderful man, and a good Father to my husband Todd and his Sister. We all miss him dearly. Since we know he is looking down upon us from the heavens, we want to wish him a Happy Father's Day too.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
Commemorating and Observing Juneteenth!
On Sunday, June 19th, many in America will celebrate "Juneteenth." [100 hundred and forty-nine years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and 31 years after the event was first recognized with a sanctioned holiday … [June 19, 1865]. "Juneteenth" is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in America. It is the date when the last slaves in America were freed.
General Order Number 3: "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
The history is as follows:
As we celebrate this important and historical day "Juneteenth;" we must take time to really reflect, study, and learn so that we can:
Continue Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage!
Thanks to so many of you for continually sharing you news and events about "Caribbean-American Heritage Month" (CAHM"). Most importantly, I thank you immensely for sending me feedback about my writings regarding the Karel Mc Intosh Blog “Caribbean-Americans – A Case of Identity.” Glad that many of you found the article to be interesting; and the consensus was “CAHM” (1) gets very little exposure, (2) it receives no visibility, and (3) absolutely needs to be exposed in a wider range across the US and beyond.
For this 3rd week in June please continue with your celebrations of National Caribbean-Heritage Month. Continue with dedicating the rest of this month to Caribbean-American Heritage. Yes...please continue celebrating, recognizing, paying tribute and commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage by practicing what is listed below (which I shared with this entire month so far). 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.
as so many events taking place and for all
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
Events continue to take 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.
Woohoo,..by the way, I got some fantastic feedback regarding my thoughts, observations and analysis on the state of my Caribbean music (in my area) "The Market for Caribbean Music Crisis" (in my area.) Oh...dear, I would love to share them with you, but I am beyond the deadline regarding my time of distribution. Therefore, I am unable to elaborate this week...I will have to hold off on sharing these interesting comments with you , but I will absolutely pick back up on this important issue in an upcoming E-Newsletter.
Remember this month is the "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."
During this month of this 33rd year of celebrating Black Music; 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.
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CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
This weekend is such an important one, especially with the celebrating of our Fathers.
A good event on Saturday, June 18th, to check out is "Randy Issac's 25th Anniversary Celebration." Go out and join Randy and hear his golden voice. Along with fantastic singer Peter Humphrey of the Oasis Band; plus The Hitman Inspector, and King Ajamu. Taking place at Oxygen Nightclub, 2122 24th Place, NE, Washington, DC. Please click on the flyer for all the details; or scroll down to our "Featured Events" section.
One very important thing I urge you to do on Father's Day is to: (if you are in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and surrounding areas;) take your father out to the fantastic and popular "23rd Annual Caribbeana Comedy Festival." The festival is taking place this Sunday - Father's Day, June 19th, 2011, at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium located at 2400 Sixth Street, N.W., Washington DC. This is sure to be full of fun and laughter. Yup...laughs...laughs and more laughs!!!. Click on the flyers above for all the details and ticket outlets or call 301-459-1775. Additionally, you can purchase your ticket/s by stopping at Cramton's box office, 2455 Sixth Street, NW, Wash. DC. or call 202-397-SEAT. Scroll down to our "Featured Events" for the larger flyer for all the details or you can just long on to http://www.caribbeana.org.
Another must attend event is the DC Caribbean Carnival Dimanche Gras (The judging of the Kings, Queens and Individual Costumes). It takes place also on Sunday, June 19th at Crossroads in Bladensburg, Maryland. This event is always fun; and you get a nice preview of all the great costumes that will be showcased on the road on Carnival Saturday, June 25th. Click the flyer for all the details, or Scroll down to our "Featured Events" section. You can also log on to http://www.dccaribbeancarnival.org. You may still be able to vend or sponsor the event, so do check out their site for details on both.
Finally, If you have not yet decided on what band to play mas with on Georgia Avenue, Wash. DC next Saturday. Go ahead and check out Vice Carnival. We observed their costumes last Saturday and they are quite beautiful. Click the Flyer to the left for details regarding registering and for details. You can also Log on to their site for all the details: http://www.vicecarnival.com or http://vicecarnival.myshopify.com.
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!
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Ms. Bev.: I am sending you special Birthday Greetings. My dear you are a fantastic woman, and I know I keep saying your strength amazes me...indeed it does! Keep on being the lovely, dedicated, strong, kind hearted, and vocal woman that you are!
Happy Belated Birthday Bruce Russell!
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