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Dearest Online Family and Friends:
I hope all is well with you and your family; and I hope you are preparing to make your DC Caribbean Carnival Experience an awesome one [if you so happen to be in town.]
Continue Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage!
An incredible week it has been indeed!
A week filled with conferences, briefings, receptions, one on
one talks with the elite in the Caribbean community, and even with
quite a few in The Obama Administration; plus meeting new business
owners, and many who are progressively doing a lot to help their
communities in their respective states.
Indeed…it was a fabulous Legislative week surrounding
Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
I truly hate to “sound like a
broken record” when I say once again THANKS to Dr.
Claire A. Nelson for all her extremely hard work, sleepless nights,
and the very little time she has for herself [to name a few things
she has sacrificed.] Her
passion for accomplishing her goals, and energy moves me!
always interesting talking with this woman because she has a way of
making you see her vision, and just how she IS going to get
there; even though she, as well as I know it’s a difficult road.
She is strong enough and willing enough to “fight the fight”
and do the work to get there.
It pleased me greatly to see the growth
of her institute (Institute of
Caribbean Studies “ICS”),
as well as the additions to her staff.
Most importantly, seeing that she has chosen to add staff members
who are our young leaders of tomorrow; and who I know will indeed shape
our future…that was wonderful!!!
I am glad that she is adamant on bringing these young people
aboard and teaching them all she knows.
Hooray, to Dr. Nelson!
Moreover, she must be commended for all she is doing [all her
efforts] to make this Caribbean-American Heritage Month memorable
and successful. Lastly, I
am ecstatic to see that she has a “voice…in fact a loudddddd
voice” on Capital Hill, and is seen and respected by many in The Obama
Administration. I clearly
see the love they show her, and I am truly happy to see it!!!
Gee, as I reflect over this week, [in
fact over this entire month;] I must say I am thankful to have been
a part of all the going ons…I am glad we "AEG" has
such a superb means to share with you our experiences, and what we have
learned. I am glad that we
are looked at as leaders; and most importantly, I am glad that we have a
voice! Oftentimes I wonder
if, and how we will accomplish our goals due to the strange roads and
winding paths we are led upon. I
say to you my friends, don’t wonder or even worry if/when you come
upon these strange roads and winding paths…they are just a means for
you to learn, gain experiences and knowledge.
Personally, I never guessed in my wildest dreams that our roads
would have taken us through a more serious and legislative
direction….It’s all amazing to me, and I love it!
However, I know “knowledge is the key” and we are
gaining so much of it on a daily basis.
Regarding the legislative sessions, I
was pleased to connect with folks who are of Caribbean Heritage or Parentage
working in the Obama Administration, and to hear them speak and share
their responsibilities and the Presidents goals were fantastic.
I somehow felt a sense of pride as I listened to them, knowing
that they are a part of history; and WOW they are connected to
your island, or even mine. I know they too must be proud!!!!
One gentleman in particular, I am glad to have officially met is Mr. Michael Blake, Associate Director of African American & Minority Business Outreach, The White House Office of Public Engagement; as well as his colleagues, who briefed us on various issues. A great evening was planned and very well executed with panel discussions on Caribbean affairs including health Care & human services, civil rights, Minority Business plus health, education, immigration, and even on Haiti as it recovers and rebuilds from last year's devastating earthquake. I must say to Mr. Blake: "Thank you Sir for taking the time to chat with me for a bit and for this fantastic opportunity." Mr. Blake lead this years' White House briefing (as in past years;) entitled "Winning The Future", and the speakers indeed shared a lot with us, in order for us to take the messages back to our communities and groups.
I bring my thoughts to a close on “CAHM”, I will be remised
if I didn’t say: I FEEL A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF JOY THAT THE CARIBBEAN
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE BEING TRULY RECOGNIZED BY THE
Yet another year have left me feeling
euphoric about being able to be a part of the CAHM events at the White
House and at various locations; plus within the government.
Still there are a few other important meetings to attend, so
until the last day of this month the learning continues.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
DC Caribbean Carnival is Here and it takes place this entire weekend!
[Singing some lyrics from the Power Monarch Winner and Soca King of the World Machel Montano's song:] “The stage is in front of us…time to get advantageous...!!!”
line family and friends Mr. Machel Montano is in town; and I hear he is
doing big things today for Government Officials…the White
House…he’s making history! Shushhhhhh…doh
tell nobody it’s a secret; especially doh tell nobody I say so…alright...LOL!!!
I understand too that the Mas Men/Women and bandleaders have done a great job with their costumes (whether it be feathers, and sequins, paint or mud). I also know the masqueraders simply cannot wait to get out on Georgia and Kansas Avenues to begin parading and showing off their costumes. Yes, the festivities have begun here in the Washington DC and surrounding areas.
Maryland and Virginia from tonight and for the next 2 days IT WILL BE
The DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc “DCCC” President Mr. Barnes sent us their final Press Release, and you must read it for last minute details. Check out some of it below or CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT! PLUS YOU MUST CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT CALYPSONIAN TRINIROLLO MUSICALLY DESCRIBE CARNIVAL!
funny…I resigned from the Carnival Committee “DCCC” for some years
now and last night I simply could not sleep. I found myself restless,
just tossing and turning; at times my heart was racing; and I was trying
to understand why. I
realized that every year during this entire last week before Carnival
and especially on the Thursday and Friday night before carnival, I never
slept. I was up throughout
the nights preparing all the last minute things, documents, packages,
permits, etc. that would make our Carnival run smoothly.
I guess the passion for seeing our culture exposed to so many is
still embedded deep within me.
Well, there are
lots taking place surrounding Carnival, concerts, fetes, limes, etc.!
Tons of things to do, and artists from my country to see perform.
So I say to you please enjoy yourself; but do be extra careful as you
hop from event to event. Especially,
get a designated drive if you plan on drinking.
HAVE A WONDERFUL and SAFE CARNIVAL!
This week, I will cut this commentary short, because the madness of Carnival has begun. [Precisely why I cannot concentrate properly...LOL]
"FlashPoint" - Wow...ha...ha...ha! Our Flashpoint creator Mr. Hollis Lashley is on hiatus...LOL! I think because he is off preparing for Carnival. In fact, I believe he will be hosting the Rikki Jai show tonight in Hyattsville, Maryland. And I’m sure he is also getting ready to really “take a good wine and a jump” tomorrow on Georgia Avenue, N.W. On a serious note our FlashPoint will be back soon (after Mr. Lashley recuperates from all the Carnival activities and excitement).
[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!!
Finally continue to celebrate Black Music Month.
dear...by the way; as I mention music, the sentence was handed down on
Reggae Superstar Mark Myrie aka "Buju Banton"
yesterday (June 23, 2011). It is very sad and unfortunate; and I
do pray that the appeal process is swift, and goes smoothly. I
absolutely feel his, as well as his family and friends pain. Go
ahead and read the following articles for all the details. CLICK
HERE TO READ and/or CLICK
CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
Again, this weekend is truly an important and festive one, especially with the celebration of DC Caribbean Carnival!
Tonight, Friday, June 24th; you must attend the "Rikki Jai", 2011 Winner of the Trinidad and Tobago's Chutney Soca Monarch; at the DC Carnival Chutney Soca Affair presented by KLN Promotions. This event takes place at the Mirage Hall 2, 1401 University Blvd. Maryland If you need tickets (I'm sure it's not too late) click the flyer on the left to get the information for purchasing them on line or from other ticket locations. It will be a great show featuring NY's No 1 Chutney Soca Band "X3ME International" and "Major League Tassa Band"; plus a whole lot more.
Tomorrow morning, June 25th beginning at 11:00 am is DC Caribbean Carnival Parade and Festival. Jump, wave and wine with the masqueraders on the streets of Washington DC, specifically Georgia Avenue, N.W. See them as the showcase on the road the true meaning of Carnival 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.
Finally, after the carnival and for a nice Saturday evening lime, Go out and cool down with Trinidad's own Wack Radio. The "Wack Retro Party" takes place at the Restaurant Brentwood @ 4400 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland. It is sure to be a nice cool down from all the days activities. Click on the flyer for all the details or 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!
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. To learn all about what is going on in your city/state; 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.
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