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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter-The Arious Grapevine - 6.7.2012: Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage | Black Music Month | De Happenings | Much More

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Hello On-Line Family and Friends, I do hope all of you are feeling exceptionally well, and are doing wonderful. 

It’s a real pleasure when we receive so much feedback regarding the information and/or things we share with you…Yippy!  It absolutely gives us great joy, be it positive or negative.  And we thank you immensely for taking the time.

In this case it seems many of you truly “felt us,” and our opinion regarding “FACEBOOK” and its creator multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.  Surprisingly quite a few of you actually sent us e-mails thanking us for the STOCK TIP; and many of you stated you were pretty enlightened by the information we shared about the entire “FACEBOOK” phenomenon, and how it is the highlight of everyone lives now-a-days.  Indeed the drama…the highs…the lows…as well as its true worth are interesting.  As you see the stock continues to fall, but Zuckerberg remains on “top of his game.”   However, as my husband Todd Mangatal stated: “the stocks WILL keep falling until it reaches its true value.”  And I’m sure even then this lucky…chosen young man will be “living large.”

I must thank so many of you, including Todd for reminding me about one funny but important aspect of “FACEBOOK” that many users are intrigued with.  [Gee, I don’t know how I could have forgotten to mention this last week; because I have experienced it quite a few times.]   It’s something Todd and I call “the most important “DISS” one can receive on FACEBOOK;” and that is when one becomes “UN-FRIENDED.”  Meaning someone remove/delete you as their friend.  The funny part of this for me; is once you are “un-friended;” that friend or may I say “so-called friend” create another profile under an assumed name, and send a friend request to you.  Just to see all you are doing and saying…simply to keep an eye on you, and continue with the hating and rivalry.  I find this to be extremely humorous! Don’t you???  LOL!

I say once again THANKS for your wonderful feedback, and I will bring to closure these/my few statements on “FACEBOOK” by stating the following: despite the few negatives the user creates on “FACEBOOK” it truly impacts this new generation, as well as the old generation GLOBALLY!  I certainly feel “FACEBOOK” will continue “to define the way everyone interact with their peers, judge their rivals, and identify themselves in an increasingly digital world.”

Just reminding you once again: when on "Facebook" stop on by our Arious Entertainment Group Page; and show us some love by Clicking "LIKE" on our page.  You can view our page by CLICKING HERE.



The Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Continues!

The celebrations across the nation continues for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (NCAHM).  Celebrations in forms of film festivals, cultural and educational outdoor festivals, art exhibits, music, dance, song, readings, sharing and teaching through workshops and discussions, concerts and even comedy festivals.  All aspects of our Caribbean-American Heritage is commemorated and recognized in the most significant ways during this exciting month.

A historical event took place locally here in Maryland earlier this week.  The Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley signed an Executive Order - creating a commission in his state: "The Commission on Caribbean Affairs."  This Commission will represent the issues of Maryland's Caribbean Community, and it will: (1) help increase public awareness and education about key issues for the community; (2) increase and expand outreach to engage individuals and organizations in the Caribbean Community; and (3)  it will help form partnerships with State Government in promoting shared cultural and business interests.

This Commission is truly historic because Maryland is the first state to establish a Commission on Caribbean Affairs.  It's a real joy to know that this Commission will focus on the issues that are important to the Caribbean population in Maryland, and I'm comfortable knowing that NOW these issues WILL be addressed at the highest levels of Governor O'Malley's Administration.

Congratulations to Mr. Curtis A. Ward (Former Ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations, and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations Security Council) on being appointed by Governor O'Malley to Chair this Commission [The first Chairman of the Commission, which will be comprised of 9 members.)

THANK YOU Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown (Jamaican Parentage) for all you have done with bringing our Caribbean issues to the forefront.  More importantly, for raising with the Governor the need to create a Commission that would allow us...our Community to be heard.  You have indeed given a voice to our Community here in Maryland.


Please continue celebrating, recognizing, commemorating and paying tribute to Caribbean-American Heritage!  Please take the time to read the President Barack Obama's -- Presidential Proclamation for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.



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!  Additionally, another good source to obtain information regarding events is for you to log into the Official Caribbean-American Heritage Month Website - to their calendar.   Go ahead and CLICK HERE to log into the official website.

This weekend [locally] the Anancy! Ananci! Festival takes place in Washington DC.  The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the blogging site socamom.com will host the inaugural Anancy! Anansi! Festival in DC  on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at The Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the DC Public Library, located at 901 G Street Northwest (NW). CLICK HERE for all the details about this Festival.  Or call the Institute of Caribbean Studies at 202-638-0460  or Socamom.com at   202-643-7622  or via E-mail:  soca@socamom.com.  Visit: http://www.anancyfestival.com, icsdc.org, or socamom.com

Another important event you must attend is taking place this Sunday, June 10, 2012- The Pre-Fathers Day Brunch in Washington DC.  Kindly scroll below to our "Featured Events" Section to learn all the details. 

Additionally, next Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Washington DC - Caribbeana's Comedy Festival takes place.  Please scroll below to our "Featured Events" Section to learn all the details.

This month not only are we celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month; it’s BLACK MUSIC MONTH.  And if you know anything about my husband Todd and I, then you know music is our love.  We absolutely have this great love affair with all kinds of music; so you can just imagine how excited we are to celebrate and commemorate Black Music Month.

It's Time To Celebrate Black Music!

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.  


This year marks the 34th year of celebrating Black Music; and during this month 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.

Important Note: I stated above we love music...all kinds of music.  And as you know Reggae music is a genre of black music.  I feel it is important to share with you (as I have done in the past) one of our greatest passions --- Helping with taking Caribbean music to the mainstream market.  It's a fact that 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.]  

As I bring my thoughts to a close this week regarding Black Music. Let me share with you some important issues that has transpired regarding Reggae music in the past few weeks. 

First and foremost we send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Conradine Connie Campbell.  Ms. Campbell passed away in late May.  You may be asking who is Ms. Campbell?  Well, she was a beautiful woman, and one of the back up singers for Reggae Artist Tarrus Riley.

A couple of years ago we shared with you details of a fundraiser that took place in Maryland for Ms. Connie Campbell [I believe in early 2010].  The fundraiser featured Reggae Superstar Shaggy, Reggae Artist Tarrus Riley and Coco Tea.  And it was organized to raise funds for Ms. Connie Campbell's medical bills.    

Let me refresh your memory a bit about Ms. Campbell; as I stated above she was one of the back-up singers for Reggae Singer Tarrus Riley, and during rehearsals (sound check) before actually performing in Maryland she suddenly collapsed.  Soon thereafter she was rushed to the hospital, and the doctors determined she had suffered a brainstem stroke; which left her unable to speak or make many movements.  However, she was able to hear everything around her.   See some of what I share with you about Ms. Campbell in 2010 below:

“On August 23rd, 2009, Conradine 'Connie' Campbell, had a seizure minutes before going on stage (while on tour) at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex in Maryland, USA.  She suffered a "Brainstem Stroke" and now has "locked in syndrome". The prognosis is guarded due to quadriplegia from brainstem cva.   Favorable factors are her young age, good family and friends support and possible ability to comprehend and follow directions for rehabilitation. She is NOT in a coma and is able to open her eyes when her name is called and many times is able to follow commands to move her eyes in tracking objects as directed by the physician.  She will need extensive and prolonged therapy over 6-9 months. Therapy has not yet been started. Funds are desperately needed to cover Connie's therapy and other mounting hospital costs. 

Again we send our sincerest condolences to her love ones, family, friends, and fans.  For a very touching and detailed account of what transpired with Connie; as well as regarding her passing PLEASE CLICK HERE!  (Courtesy of Chatty Chatty.com)

For some years now it’s been devastating in the Reggae/Dancehall world [for me…personally].  I feel the “Niceness” of the music has slipped away.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Reggae madly, and have a strong appreciation for it.  In fact, I still feel and see Reggae music being an emotional outlet where one can express their thoughts and feelings about life, love, joy, peace, culture, and even religion through the music.  In truth, some of the music inspires and soothes me physically and spiritually.  But my heart is heavy because of the change.  A change…that seems to have veered away from the “Niceness”… the love … the peace … the culture.  This is such an emotional subject for me, and I can easily go on and on; but I will have to table my thoughts and get to the point.  

NOW, not only do I feel the music has changed, and has gone a bit “haywire”; there seems to always be an issue/problem of some sort with our Reggae/Dancehall artists.  I am referring to the most recent issue, which came as a surprise to me.  Reggae Dancehall artist “Busy Signal” [aka Glendale Gordon] was arrested some weeks ago and is now incarcerated.  This young artist is very popular around the globe; and his music is extremely diverse.  Gosh, there is not one song he has released that I don’t like.  

My statements above brings to mind a wonderful memory from some years ago when I visited my country - Trinidad.  It was awesome to experience how much the entire country loved “Busy Signal’s” music.  It seemed that every house, every car, and every bar was constantly blasting and jamming to his popular tune “One More Night” (a remake of Phil Collins hit.)  I swear that song was constantly in the air day and night.  LOL!

I do hope Busy Signal keeps his head up through this difficult time; and get comfort knowing how much he is loved by his loyal fans.  CLICK HERE to read the details (Courtesy of the Jamaica Gleaner).  For updates, etc. CLICK HERE!  And CLICK  HERE to read "Busy Signal's Statement to his fans and Current Situation (Courtesy of HDPWorld.com)

On a much happier note, I understand Reggae Superstar “Beenie Man” [aka Moses Davis] United States Work Permit was recently reinstated.   Woohoo, he has been permitted to work in the United States again!!!  So look out for Beenie in your town in the next few months.  In fact, I hear he will be headlining/performing as soon as on July 1st at the “Grooving In The Park” Concert in New York.

Please do have a great and blessed weekend and enjoy the week ahead.

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!   

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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To the many who have been joining our social network www.MyCaribbean.us.  

Todd Wishes for you to check out the following video that is now playing on www.mycaribbean.us.  Once you are a member, you will have no problem viewing this video! Please click the picture below to view!


PLEASE NOTE: www.MyCaribbean.us. is truly a fantastic network; very much like the popular "Facebook" but geared to folks who are Caribbean, and to those who love everything Caribbean.  Indeed this targeted ultimate social network for the Caribbean is one we are very proud of, and proud of its growth.  Additionally, it's exciting and very useful in uplifting and educating.  We are ready to take it to the next level, and we hope you join us as we do; by logging on frequently, and participating in the discussions, chat, post your events; share your photos, videos, music, etc.  Most importantly, we hope you WILL share this site with you friends and family members.  Please let them know that it's pretty cool; and they should log on and joinSee the below information regarding www.MyCaribbean.us.


M y   C a r I b b e a n  is a social network all about everything Caribbean.  We believe this will be a great tool to link up the Caribbean community, people, lovers of everything Caribbean, and those who would like to learn about other cultures. The possibilities are endless of what we can achieve as a team at www.mycaribbean.us 

M y   C a r I b b e a n has everything that the other networks offer, except our target is the Caribbean.  In addition to this being a great tool in promoting and exposing the vast cultures and traditions of the various Caribbean countries; this will be a place to meet new friends, and link up with old ones.  Being that My Caribbean is a community, this means everyone are invited.  

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