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Dearest Online Family and Friends: 

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!!

This 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.

Indeed, 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 baseball games.  

Many 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 Dream.  Needless-to-say, 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. 

It’s so funny that as I write I recall as a youngster hearing everyone in my country [Trinidad] say: “America is paved of gold;” and silly me arrived in New York and expected the roads to literally be paved of gold.  I didn’t realize then people were talking about the endless opportunities this great country had to offer.  I however soon found out; and my goals have been to take advantage of every opportunity and succeed ~~~ so that I can better myself, and my family (in my country and here in the U.S.)

Therefore, 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.”

"The United States of America was founded July 4th, 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence; and the annual 4th of July holiday commemorates the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S. independence and is celebrated in all states and territories.  [This document remains a leading example of how to protect the rights of the individual and it became the foundation for American values.]  There are a lot more to read on the history of America's Independence, so I urge you to PLEASE CLICK HERE for more and to also Read The Declaration Of Independence!!!


We 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 country.

Keep 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.)  CLICK HERE TO READ!

"Safety Tips" (Courtesy of http://www.usa.gov.)

Finally, If 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

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


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.  

For 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 organizations.  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 Alliance” (IdEA).   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.


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


Dialogue concerning DC Caribbean Carnival!

What 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. 

First 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.

[Sighing], 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 neighborhood dispute.”  

Well, 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

Whatever the facts may be, I still can’t believe approximately 21 gun shots rang out on Carnival day.  Additionally, I viewed some disturbing videos that showed a few street fights taking place among obvious gang members; and it saddened me greatly.  Just observing the mass violence ~~~ seeing mobs of young men barbarically "pounding" on each other with an intent to badly hurt; with no regard for life; and simply heartless, and no love for their brother/s was absolutely devastating for me.  Words cannot express the disgrace I felt observing their savage like, criminal antics, and destructive behavior.  I have been wondering why this madness had to be displayed on our day...the day we express our culture!

I have 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 parade/route.  Even 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.]  

I 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.

Nonetheless, 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.  

Hello All & the Arious Family:

Hope you had a good carnival in spite of the issues. Here is my take on the situation, and I remain positive in my expectations of the outcome.

One Light!


Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart

"Red, White and Black"

And so, the Carnival left many people seeing Red. The band leaders were complaining of putting in all that labor and sweat only to get an hour and a half hustle. The young people were asking what did I think of what happened. The people from Toronto and New York and Miami were cussing and discussing and fussing, and vitriolic words were being hurled as firebombs, to kill the Carnival goose, which had laid many Golden Eggs in the past.

As for me, I cannot jump on the bandwagon of reactivity to cast blame squarely on the shoulders of the DCCC. Yes, I have been and will continue to be critical of social insensitivity whenever I believe it is due, but I think that this is a time to look at the broad picture, and to pitch in to assist in whatever way we all can.

We do need a paradigm shift in the approach to planning a successful Carnival celebration, particularly as it relates to fundraising and the exploration of Grants, which can facilitate the financial burden which such a celebration necessitates. Still, we have had some years in which the Carnival was glorious. Are we to say then that after 19 years we should get rid of the DCCC? I say a resounding NO.

I do know that I have been treated unfairly at times by some decision makers on the Committee, but I cannot be swayed by my personal feelings as they may have been. The Caribbean Carnival is about a people’s heritage, and so transcends personal likes and dislikes. Please revisit my piece, “Oil And Music.”

Yes, we need Collaborative Planning to include all of the stakeholders in the Carnival.

We need to politicize the event, so that a decision to hold the carnival can be translated into votes, and

Influence as far as people of Caribbean Heritage is concerned.

We need to research and to present to the Powers that be, documentation which reflects the Contributions of Caribbean Americans in the Building and Development of these United States of America.

We need to be more Proactive in our Vision, so that we can ensure some measure of respect for our presence and our Cultural practices.

Can we blame the “White People, and the Police” as some suggested?

Surely we can to some extent. I was there to observe the Carnival Hustle. The blaring of the sirens and the hand signals to move, move. There was a strident insistence to proceed at warp speed, not even stopping at the judging point, which by the way, many of the masqueraders knew nothing about.

For me, this obvious lack of understanding, and perhaps sensitivity to the nuances of the Caribbean Carnival, has to be addressed at various levels, and on a continuous basis, if we are to earn the respect for what is viewed by many ‘culturephobes’ as drunken revelry and ‘foreigners making noise’ in the street.

We have opportunity to forge understandings of the disparate elements of our Caribbean Cultural heritage into authentic explanations of our religious, philosophical, social, psychological and political realisms, and to do so in a way which can earn the respect of those in our adopted homes.

We have a plethora of Scholars, Scamps, Scholarly Scamps, Hustlers, Erudites, Intellectuals, Pseudo Intellectuals, Pretenders, Class Conscious Opportunists, Humble Thinkers and of course, those who know, and those who do not know that they do not know.

In fact we have all the tools which make for progress in any capitalistic society. We only must use them for the benefit of the whole.

White, the absence of Color, being balanced by Black, the repository of all colors.

So, now, after seeing Red, casting some blame on White and the Piece-Keepers in this instance, (was this not only a piece of Carnival?) how can we exploit our Black consciousness to include all those elements of our Caribbean Cultural Expressions?

Please revisit “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Dr. Wayne Dwyer, to which I referred in a past column on this byline, and perhaps we can continue to plan for solving some of the mistakes which have been made in the past, not just by the DCCC, but by all of us, as we are all in this together.

Now we need to rally round the Carnival, wave the Red, White, Black and all other colors, pour some oil on the bruised psyches of our planners at all levels, and continue to revel in the music of our existence here in these United States.

We cannot allow the party to done, the carnival to be over, and our presence to fade into a marginal existence while so many other groups are continuously agitating for recognition of their agendas, even when some of these are morally and spiritually controversial.

Come Caribbean People, let us Unite to rally around the Flags of the Caribbean, as we walk on Freedom Road, enjoying the music and friendships of our common heritage, particularly on that last Saturday in June.



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.




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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.  

Again, we send birthday greetings to Shana! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your brother Todd and me (your sister-in-law)!

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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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