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I hope everything is great with you; and you and your family are doing wonderful! Woohoo, it's the 4th of July and it is time to celebrate this historical and festive occasion/holiday!!
Monday, July 4th the birth of an important nation (The United
States of America) will be celebrated; freedom will be celebrated; and
most importantly, INDEPENDENCE will be celebrated.
In 2 days honor will
be bestowed upon the United States of America and its forefathers for
claiming their independence and thereby bringing to birth Democracy in
this great nation.
the 235th birthday of this diverse nation will be celebrated
intensely and traditionally with parades;
explosions of mesmerizing fireworks; cookouts with an array of
food and drinks (particularly an abundance of BBQ type foods;) voices of
chatter and laughter filling the air; as well and the little feet of
children running and playing all kinds of games including
of you as I, was not born in the US; we left our homeland for the “free
and the home of the brave,” so that we can begin our American
after living in this great country for so many years our lives have
changed and we have adopted an extreme amount of the American culture,
and customs. We most
certainly are a part of this great nation, and contributed so much...in
so many ways. Most
importantly, many of you love it as much as I do.
I have no problem flying the American Flag; and flying it high!
Sure, it’s not my place of birth; but I have grown so much,
accomplished a great deal, and learned quite a bit; during my many years
of living in this wonderful place called ~~~ the United States of
America. Oh yeah, I
am proud to commemorate this great country, proud to fly the American
flag, [as I fly my own country’s flag;] and I will
celebrate freedom and independence
during this festive weekend…“Life,
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
at Arious Entertainment Group want to take this opportunity to wish you,
your family and friends a happy and safe 4th of July. Our sincerest well wishes to all of you celebrating Freedom
and the Anniversary of beautiful America.
Please do have lots of fun celebrating the birth of this great
in mind that this holiday somehow is a huge day for accidents;
therefore, we ask you to be extra careful; as well as alert and aware of
your surroundings (either at home or while you are traveling.)
See the "Safety Tips"
links I have added below. Additionally, for fun I have added some interesting facts
about 4th of July, done by the US Census Bureau.
(The U.S. statistics
are intended to commemorate anniversaries and/or observances.)
HERE TO READ!
you live in Washington and surrounding cities; or if you plan on
traveling to Washington, GO AHEAD AND CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK to see
what is planned on the National Mall http://www.nps.gov/foju/index.htm
Caribbean-American Heritage Celebrated!
The final week of Caribbean American Heritage Month was truly enthralling and in some instances uplifting. Through the meetings I was afforded the special opportunity to learn about the United States inner workings [through its Department of State headed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton] with many islands in the Caribbean on various important issues through CARICOM. However, the most important were: Citizen Security, Energy and Climate and Economic Cooperation.
me, it was important to learn more about how the US intends to
assist/help with the highest security problems in the Caribbean; and I
learned many millions of dollars have been committed by the Obama
Administration to help in this important area.
In fact, the millions (77M) are committed to a special program
called “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (CBSI).
The program focuses on citizen safety and it specifically helps
with (1) Reducing Illicit Trafficking: through programs ranging from
counter narcotics to reducing the flow of illegal arms/light weapons.
(2) Advance Public Safety and Security: through programs
ranging from reducing crime and violence to improving border security.
And (3) Promote Social Justice: through programs designed to
promote justice sector reform, combat government corruption, and assist
vulnerable populations at risk of recruitment into criminal
Clearly and undeniably, many great things are taking place in our
Islands throughout this program.
What was even
more fascinating to me, was learning about a program called “Caribbean
IdEA Marketplace” (CIM), launched by the US State
Department through their “International Diaspora Engagement
IdEA brings together governments, corporations, and
nonprofit organizations to make it easier for Diaspora communities to
promote trade and investment, to start businesses, or develop other
projects that will benefit their countries of origin.
Since the state department choose the Caribbean to be the first
region to demonstrate the impact of this alliance; they recently
launched this “Caribbean
IdEA Marketplace” on May 17th
[an innovative platform for public-private-sector partnerships
designed to engage Diaspora communities, the private sector and public
institutions in a collaborative process.] Further,
CIM has been initiated to foster collaboration between
local entrepreneurs and members of the Caribbean Diaspora. The goal is
that the US and Caribbean Islands come together to create jobs and
stimulate investment. It also offers Diaspora communities access to capital, as
well as technical assistance to help them get started if they are
committed to invest in their country of origin.
I am extremely pleased and quite motivated from all the information that was shared with myself and many from the Caribbean communities across the United States, regarding the works President Barack Obama and his team are performing in an effort to help our Islands prevail in various areas; as well as conquer numerous problems/issues plaguing our islands. Moreover, I am thrilled to see his ongoing colorations, commitment, and the strong ties he is maintaining with our Prime Ministers; as well as in our islands. It seems he absolutely has our interest at heart.Indeed, 2011 Caribbean American Heritage Month has been educational, inspiring, successful in many ways, and incredible. My only hope is all the talks, briefings, meetings, etc. will continue throughout the year. Of course, my intention is to share everything I learn with you as we move ahead in 2011.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
Dialogue concerning DC Caribbean Carnival!
can I say about DC Caribbean Carnival?
To be extremely frank with you ~~~ I debated quite a bit about
writing anything regarding the “pride and joy” of the
Caribbean Community here in Washington DC and beyond.
However, I discussed it with my husband Todd, and just today
after reading all the news reports, headlines, concerns and complaints
from the Mas Band Leaders, Masqueraders, spectators, and watching the
videos, etc. I felt it was important to say something.
off, our hearts go out to the family of the gentleman who lost his life
by the hands of a selfish and heartless gunman on Carnival Day along the
parade route (after the parade ended.)
We ask this gentleman’s family to please accept our sincerest
condolences. To the other 3
victims who are recovering from gunshot wounds, please know that we have
you in our thoughts constantly, and we pray you heal soon.
from my words above you must have realized a few tragic incidents took
place during our Caribbean Carnival with 1 fatality.
To quote the words from Washington DC’s Police Official/s: “these
shootings had nothing to do with the festival---more likely---a
a bizarre story of the gunman surfaced a few days ago, and please go
ahead and CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK to read. http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/survivor-in-shooting-near-caribbean-carnival-festival-questions-supervision-of-suspect-062811?obref=obinsite
heard so much negative remarks regarding this year’s (obviously) chaotic
festival/Carnival. Band Leaders are complaining about the shortened parade and shortened
route; as well as the unprofessional and insensitive treatment/behavior
exhibited by the police officers/officials along the parade route. Not to mention the monies and time the Band Leaders have
spent on creating costumes for their masqueraders to display during the
parade last Saturday...which ALL turned out to be a disaster!
Spectators are in shock and have been complaining about the shortened
associates who reside on the parade route have shared their experience
and concerns with me. I must admit I do feel the Band Leaders pain, and
as to the shortened route the police officials have stated: “the
parade route was shortened to keep visitors out of the trouble spots.”
Additionally, they have acknowledged they couldn’t prevent the
violence that took place. Gee,
it seems quite a few things have NOT gone right with this year’s
festival, and it’s truly disheartening!!!
I strongly feel lots of these problems could have been avoided with simple COMMUNICATION! Teamwork is a major factor as well! Communicating fully and working as a team with Band Leaders, Community Leaders, and the community on a whole; as well as the city and Police Officials ~~~ WOULD HAVE AFFORDED the Carnival Organizing committee (DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc.) to combat many of the problems they encountered this year, [and have been encountering for years.]
Of course there are several other issues that many of you are aware of, that have been discussed openly within the community; and some that I experienced/witnessed, and have shared after resigning from the Committee some years ago. (Wow, LOL...[in fact]...that I have been persecuted, scorned and hated for.) Seriously though, there are lots of problems! However, this year was the culmination of years of ongoing unresolved important issues. [So many issues…too many issues; that will take too much time to share today.]
however feel it is important to comment on the parade being shortened.
Hum…I simply cannot absorbed all that I am hearing about
the city and police officials regarding this issue…Nahhhh, there is no
way the city decided to shorten the time allotted for the parade (on the
day of the parade.) Oh no, that is absurd!
As I stated above, there are so many issues I wish I had time to
comment on; but I must move on.
the event took place; it seems the vendors did great; and the
entertainment many stated was enjoyable.
Promoters too, did very well during the weekend with their
individual concerts and parties.
As I close my comments on Carnival; my thoughts ran over local Radio Personality/writer/business owner Von Martin’s statement regarding Carnival; he always states: “Carnival is a business!” Indeed it is, and it must be treated as such! I strongly feel in order for the city, as well as the police officials to obtain a better understanding of Carnival and our culture; the business aspect of the Carnival must be shared fully. I feel once they learn about what it takes to produce a Carnival, such as (1) mas making - the expense of it, as well as the time involved; (2) bandleaders – their duties regarding organizing their bands, mas, participants, music, overall expenses, etc.; (3) participants (masqueraders) – their overview of the Carnival/Parade, what they expect after paying for their costume, and being able to display there costumes along the parade route– a full length parade; and (4) Organizing Committee: some of the inner workings of the Organizing Committee including their goals, plus their enthusiasm for sharing/expressing their culture, their passion for preserving the cultural art form, their challenges, expenses, etc. I absolutely feel the city and police officials will get a GOOD understanding of WHY this event means so much to us (the Caribbean community,) why our culture must be shared; and most importantly why it must be preserved. In fact, they will get a GOOD understanding of the art form; and moreover, NOT think it's just a huge street party. I will be remised if I did not mention how important it is for the Carnival Organizing committee to meet their financial obligations to the police and individual city agencies who provide services for the Carnival. That too WILL certainly help the Carnival run smoothly, and provide a better relationship with the "forces that be!"
Our friend Hollis Lashley have written his experience and thoughts on last week’s Carnival, so please do read, enjoy, and send comments. Check out Mr. Lashley’s “FlashPoint” below.
"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
White and Black"
CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
Before, I sign off for this week. I must say that last Saturday (6/25/2011), was 2 years that we lost Super Star and Legend Michael Jackson – The King of Pop; and it seems like just yesterday. This sad loss still lingers in our minds, and it honestly WILL stay in our minds forever. Although, he was always scrutinized and on a few occasions persecuted he lived an awesome life, and was an amazing brother, son, uncle, friend, etc.; and most importantly, he was an amazing father. (Per the words from one of our family member who knew him quite well.) We will always miss Michael Joseph Jackson who was our musical icon, and from all accounts a superb individual. May he rest in peace, and may his family, friends and fans eventually begin to come to terms with this sad and unfortunate loss.
WE ALSO WANT TO SEND VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO SHANA MANGATAL. ALL THE BEST TO YOU DEAR SHANA ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND ALWAYS. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU DEARLY!!!
Recently, I received notification of an event taking place regarding an exceptional and lovely young man we lost earlier this year ~~~ Wayne Channin Cuffy. Wayne's life is being celebrated with an event taking place tomorrow - Saturday, July 2nd. Click on the Flyer below to learn all the details.
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Again, we send birthday greetings to Shana! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your brother Todd and me (your sister-in-law)!
Happy Birthday to our friend JoJo Mac...Happy...Happy...Happy Birthday to you!
Max from Carl Malcolm and Positive Vibrations Band in Washington DC, happy birthday to you.
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