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I am hopeful you had a wonderful and special Memorial Day weekend with family and friends at your get-together(s), and Cookouts/BBQs!   

(The picture above on the left is of Susan Mangatal and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad Bissessar - 4/2011.)


Ours were a bit “low-keyed.”  We spent it up North in New England; specifically Boston, 5.28.2011-BostonMA 058.jpg (532810 bytes)Massachusetts.  Our hotel was located in Cambridge, MA; which is just across the river from Boston, and which is the home of the historical Harvard University and “MIT” (Massachusetts Institute of Technology.) So since it was our first visit to this lovely state, it was wonderful exploring both cities!


5.29.2011-BostonMA-AM 044.jpg (773774 bytes)Our walks were extremely long and fascinating; and the tours, especially the boat tour of the cities (compliments of our hotel)…they were awesome.  We also visited a few parks, and they were beautifully kept; they were extremely old, but very well kept and extremely lovely.  The most memorable thing about this weekend for me was our long walks along the river that separates Boston and Cambridge and admiring the beauty of both cities.  

The night walks were fabulous too; and sitting under the stars having coffee/tea; along with dessert (low fat/low cal…of course, LOL) was truly wonderful.  As for the nightlife, funny that we really didn’t have an urge to do anything such as dancing or even consuming alcohol [boring huh?]  So it was all about taking in the lovely sites, enjoying the fresh crisp air and watching the water as it danced under the star-filled moonlit sky.  5.28.2011-BostonMA 065.jpg (813407 bytes)The beauty never ended, because the view from our hotel room was fantastic as well.


As our getaway ended, we were able to visit the famous “Faneuil Hall Marketplace.” [LOL, I had to check out the shopping scene.]  5.29.2011-BostonMA-AM 067.jpg (1438962 bytes)5.29.2011-BostonMA-AM 065.jpg (1311157 bytes)5.29.2011-BostonMA-AM 064.jpg (1607701 bytes)This place housed a lot of trendy shops, and quite a bit of small restaurants. So if you go there hungry, don’t fret you will surly find something fun and exciting to eat; and some of Boston’s famous foods can be found there as well!  

5.29.2011-BostonMA-AM 068.jpg (1374252 bytes)Indeed, this marketplace was alive…just filled with people hustling and bustling along shopping; and enjoying their favorite foods.  I understand this place is very old, and it was bustling even back in the mid 1700’s (when it was built).  It was called…then “The Cradle of Liberty” by the nation’s fathers!    To learn more about this famous market place CLICK HERE!  

Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA are awesome places to visit.  The cites are very beautiful, and they are full of history.  Therefore, if you are a "history buff;" then you are in for a treat, because there are lots to learn and lots of places to explore.


Ssshhhh...that long Memorial Day weekend getaway was absolutely enjoyable; and it was a nice, quiet breather for me!!!!  



As I write about Massachusetts…how about that disastrous Tornado that hit the capital a day or so ago (Springfield [approx. 79 miles from Boston?])  Hum, tornadoes are not common occurrences in Massachusetts!!!  How strange...huh? 

The reports and images are distressing; people lost their homes, and again the world (as they knew it) practically came to an end for many [the residence of Springfield.]  CLICK HERE TO SEE ACTUAL FOOTAGE OF THE TORNADO AS IT MOVED ALONG ITS PATH IN SPRINGFIELD, MA,  Plus you are able to view other videos of this Springfield Tornado.  

I was relieved to hear only 4 lives were lost.  However, many people sustained injuries.  Looking at the devastation though, I am happy no more lives were taken.  Please keep the people of Springfield, MA. in your thoughts and prayers.

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Another week and yet another furious tornado have touched down and have left many in pain.  We at  Arious pray that strength is bestowed upon the people who are affected and is suffering…We pray that they are given STRENGTH, courage and patience to deal with what has happened in their lives and with their loss.  May they be able to rebuild their lives, as well as their homes.  

On a positive note: I understand all the folks who were initially reported missing as a result of the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes have all been accounted for...THANKFULLY!!!

Please know that we absolutely appreciate you being a part of our on-line family; and you taking the time to read and correspond to our writings ~~~ we sincerely appreciate it!  Thank you for your feedback, and your loyalty.   

To contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address susan@ariousentertainment.us


It's Time To Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage!

We have just entered the 6th month of this year [June]...YUP, already we are halfway through the year of 2011!!  The month that traditionally more weddings are held; as well as graduations, proms, and the celebration of our fathers.  And…yes; two of the most important factors in my life is celebrated during this month: (1) my Caribbean Heritage: “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month;” and (2) my love for music: “Black Music Month.”

As you may know the celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month is in its 6th year, and it’s wonderful to have an entire month dedicated to my Caribbean Heritage.  It's time for us to recognize, pay tribute, celebrate and commemorate Caribbean-American Heritage.  

In the 109th Congress both the House and Senate unanimously approved H.Con.Res.71, a measured introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), on June 5, 2006, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June as Caribbean - American Heritage Month.  This proclamation acknowledges the growing political and economic influence of the Caribbean Diaspora and its importance and contribution to the development of the cultural diversity of the United States.

Every year around this time I can’t help but congratulate a local beautiful woman who I admire a great deal!  I am referring to Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of The Institute of Caribbean Studies, (“ICS”,)  and a woman who worked extremely hard throughout the years to make her dream of obtaining the month of June ~~~ recognized/dedicated, and celebrated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month “CAHM.  Hum, as I look back over the years; I can certainly attest to her tremendous hard work and perpetual efforts to making this fantastic dream of hers become a reality.  I absolutely commend Dr. Nelson for doing such a fine and successful job. 

As we proceed with celebrating this special month...we must:

  • Celebrate the great contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the economic, social and cultural landscape of the United States.

  • Recognize the many contributions of Caribbean immigrants and their decedents to the well-being of America.

  • Celebrate the historic relationships between the people of the Caribbean and the people of the United States.

  • Pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries. (The vibrancy and hopefulness due to the talent, faith and values of Caribbean-Americans)

  • Commemorate Caribbean-American heritage, history, culture and contributions to the United States.

  • Recognize how Caribbean-Americans enriches society by being leaders in government, arts, entertainment, sports, fashion, poetry, theatre, in businesses and much more.

During this special month we certainly must appropriately take the time to celebrate us, our culture, contributions  and commemorate our heritage and history

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 CLICK HERE!

Needless-to-say, there are lots of events taking place in cities all across the United States commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage.  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 Goggle, 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.  

One important event taking place locally, that I shared with you last week is the DC Caribbean Film Festival that opens on June 3 and will run until the 6th at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, located in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Click here for all the details and to view all the films that will be shown.  You can also obtain/purchase tickets on the following site: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2011/v8i2/caribbean11.aspx.  

GO AHEAD AND CLICK HERE FOR LOCAL "CAHM" Events; and you can also check our  “Events” Page for some additional events taking place. 

It's Time To Celebrate Black Music!

One of the loves of my life is music.  In fact, it is the love of both my husband "Todd" and my life.  Gee, we love all kinds of music; however one of our greatest passions is helping with taking Caribbean music to the mainstream market.  [Indeed, the music; and some Caribbean artists are receiving some airplay, and some are becoming quite famous.  However, the music never seems to reach to a point/plateau as Hip Hop has; or soul; neo soul,  or even Jazz.  Therefore, our goal is to help with it reaching that important level.]  

Thus, the important celebration of Black Music during this entire month of June!

blackmusicmonth-Main.gif (22114 bytes)During this month we are afforded the opportunity to  recognize the many black music genres throughout time such as BlackMusicMonth-1.jpg (16618 bytes)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.  

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June to be Black Music Month. The idea was originally inspired in 1978 by record mogul (and co-founder of Philadelphia International Records) Kenny Gamble and Ed Wright, a broadcast executive from Cincinnati, Ohio. But little has been known to many Americans that such month-long celebration even existed.

However, for the past 33 years, U. S. Presidents - beginning with President Jimmy Carter to our current President Barack H. Obama - all have issued proclamations and held celebrations at the White House in honor of Black Music Month. All across the country and around the world, we acknowledge the legacy of African-American music makers and artists, and we embrace their infinite spirit while celebrating artists of today who are a continuum of the historic journey.  


BlackMusicMonth-2.jpg (30445 bytes)Indeed, during this 33rd year of celebrating Black Music; we must reflect on the generations of BlackMusicMonth-3.jpg (21448 bytes)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 Special Celebration of Music

As I write about black music; I must share with you information about an exceptional local Organization called "CAFE" The Cultural Academy for Excellence.  "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.  

"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.  

On June 11, 2011, "CAFE" will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary, and 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!


"Sounds and Stories: Music Through a Child’s Mind"

Start time: 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15/$30/$50

Concert Will be held at: University of Maryland, College Park Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Contact Person: Lorna Green

Contact Phone Number: (301)-262-9032

Contact Email Address: lgreen@cafeyouth.org

Website: http://www.cafeyouth.org


"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley


Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

Hello Arious Family:

I would like to thank all those readers and members of the public who provided feedback on the last 2 columns of Flashpoint. I would however, like to clarify one major point, and that is this. My motive is not to be selfish or manipulative, but to present a point of view which is mutually beneficial to all the parties involved. That being said, let us examine what it means to be nice and to be kind.

One Light!

Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart


Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

"Being Nice and being Kind"

In any respectable relationship, there should be the cornerstone of trust, honesty and respect.

The greater good for the benefit of all parties should be clear and sought after, if intentions are sincere and honorable. Sometimes, however, we underestimate the intelligence of others, or perhaps we simply do not ourselves understand the difference between acting nice, and being kind.

When we make any decision in life, be it major or minor, there is always one or some combination of three underlying motives.

We can choose to do what feels good.

We can choose to do what makes us look good.

Or, we can choose to do what is good or right.

Being nice, lives in the first two categories. Kindness resides in being genuine to yourself and others, and comes from the depth of understanding what true empowerment is.

We are all familiar, I am sure, with those synthetic smiles which seems to be a part of the everyday social fabric. The move- your- lips-expose-your-teeth rigor mortis expression which we call a smile. Some of us practice this and others respond to it. Nice people do it. Nuff said.

When our actions are as a result of habits and impulses, then we are not in charge of our cravings. We have no self-control.

When we do things which we know are wrong, just to look good, then our image is important, and it is this for which we live, and not the genuine parts of who we are. When we are driven by EGO, then what we use to try to project the right image is money, power, vanity and control issues- things which the world values. We depend on others to feed our Ego. Are we free?

In order to feel good, we must do what is good, not what feels or looks good. And, contrary to appearances, we always know the truth in the depths of our own hearts.

When we decide to choose responsibly, only then can we gain self-respect and in return, practice to live with our self-esteem at a high level. By the way, do you know that self-esteem and ego both depend on self-respect, and only when we cannot get it from ourselves, we demand it from others? When one goes up, the other goes down, much self-esteem, less ego and vice versa.

When we are little, we are told to be nice, “Let George play with your truck.”

“Share your cookie young man.” Children should learn to be considerate of others. But we get older, and somehow the lessons are changed to mean, “Agree with others, particularly if they have a title or position.” And “Just do what the official tells you to do. Do not question or disagree, because they will not like you.” Got a ticket lately, or did you criticize the 501c3 people? Are you crazy or what?

Now, there are a few of you readers who I am sure will say that this is just a question of a semantic interpretation. Why not go further and ask a few of your colleagues if being nice and being kind means the same? Ask your self, does niceness bring tears to the eye in the way that kindness does? Is “nice” or “kind” the fake, when we look at the actions which accompany them both?

Now please understand that I am not against niceness. What I am not about is the patent falseness with which some of us act, and the tendency to be particularly nice when we wish to get something for nothing. When the stakes are little, we go to those who we think are stupid, but who may see themselves being kind. As the stakes become bigger, then we seek to impress the other stakeholders with whom we want to be on par, not realizing that there always will be a point of diminishing returns.

 In other words, in every situation in life, remember that those you think you pass on your way up, are the same ones you meet again on your return journey. This is more so applicable when you define your journey as one which takes you up or down.

Suppose there is no up or down, but only here and now? This is what I believe. We are all here, now, some already happy because they so choose, others seeking happiness in their baubles, others confused about what being happy is about, and still others wondering what is the latest trend about being happy.

If you do not feel good about who you are now, how can you take time and effort to be good to someone else?  Niceness and Kindness can work together, but sometimes our being nice prevents us from being kind. Kindness comes in many forms, but we know it is creative and inspired, consciously done, makes spiritual connections, and is always positively empowering. Be Kind, and you may just help to save our world before the end. 

Hollis P. Lashley © 2011.

[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.]






Don't forget that the 11th Annual DC Caribbean Film Festival; beginning on June 3rd  and will run until June 6th [which is a nice "kick off" to Caribbean Heritage Month.]   The line-up of films that will be played during this festival are very interest; and they all seem to be informative, educational, and entertaining.  Click on the following link to get a closer glimpse of what's in store for you during DC Film Festival Week - June 3rd - 6th at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center located in Silver Spring, Maryland.  You can purchase your tickets on the following site as well:  http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2011/v8i2/caribbean11.aspx 

For those of you who are from the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC areas and beyond; this is a weekend to celebrate Black Music with cool jazz and soothing soul at The Capital Jazz Festival.  This takes place in Maryland at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. 

"The festival features live contemporary jazz and soul music on two big stages.  This festival was started in 1993, and is a multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states.  It is more than just a concert, it's an event!  It's a place to relax, eat, drink, shop, mingle, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won't see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer." 

For the line up of artists performing, tickets and all the details PLEASE CLICK HERE!

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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As for friends, family and associates in our circle who are celebrating birthdays this week, we hope you have HappyBirthday-roses.jpg (7061 bytes)a wonderful time; and a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.  

Happy Birthday Artie, Donna, Lorenzo, Milly, Tommy and Jorge!!!     

Happy Birthday to All Our www.mycaribbean.us Friends: Karnu Turner, Carla Andrews, Mona and Winston Morris

Happy Belated Birthday to Carlie, Matilda, Patricia, Everton & Sandy.

We hope all of  you enjoy your special days immensely.


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.

Please remember that we are still in the process of giving our website a slight “facelift.".  Time is so precious, and still we have not gotten a chance to complete much on the site.  So we ask you to bear with us until it is completed.

Kindly check out our “Featured Events below!  Additionally, log on to our “Events” page to see all the events we are informed of.  Again, if you would like to share your thoughts about anything, feel free to send it directly to me at susan@ariousentertainment.us; and if you send it to ariousentertainment@earthlink.net, I will be sure to receive it.

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