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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter-The Arious Grapevine - 7.15.2011: Noteworthy Dialogue| Todd Speaks about Awesome Events | Fundraiser | FlashPoint| Impt. De Happenings


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Dearest Online Family and Friends: 

Interestingly, another week has passed and still lots of outrage and talk over the Casey Anthony acquittal.  It really has one wondering what on earth these 12 Jurors HAVE DONE!  Well, I understand she WILL walk out of jail a free woman on Sunday, July 17th, and I simply can’t believe it!  In fact, I am still in shock over her acquittal!!! 

With all that has been “racing” around my head over this case; my thoughts ran over Reggae Superstar Mark Myrie aka “Buju Banton.  So bear with me as I share an observation regarding Buju Banton’s case/sentence/situation.  Hum…here it is Buju Banton basically “ran his mouth”! Yup, “big talked”; was arrested; tried in a court of law; found guilty by a jury; sentenced; and is currently serving a 10 year sentence…AGAIN for basically  running his mouth.  How is it a Mother who obviously is responsibility for her child’s welfare; and by her actions and perfidious lies is absolutely responsible for her child’s murder (even possibly committing the crime herself [by her own hands],) and is acquitted…just set free????  Very bizarre, don’t you agree? 

As for Buju Banton on a positive note; his Attorney recently filed a formal appeal.  And if Buju and his legal team are thinking like I’m thinking; then they must be hopeful about Buju being able to walk out of jail serving less time, or even possibly walking out free like Casey Anthony!!!  I pray that all works out well for Mr. Myrie.



Noteworthy Dialogue - Awesome Events

Gosh, I must share with you [briefly] my thoughts on last weekend events.  First off, Baltimore Caribbean-American Carnival from all accounts was fantastic!  Well, on Saturday, we finally dragged out of our home around 4:00 pm; and needless to say, missed the entire parade.  Our friends indicated it was the best time they have had at a Carnival in our area (in many years.)  Absolutely no worries, or problems with Police officials or anyone!  Actually, they explained it was filled with cool vibes, nice sounds; and many stated they felt like they were in heaven just “chipping” and “sipping” while vibing to the music along the parade route to Lake Clifton Park. 

Personally, I found the park to be very comfortable…just a real nice setting; which was filled with vendors busy selling their foods and crafts.  Surprisingly, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador Dr. N. Parson was in attendance; and he graciously addressed the crowd.  

Ambassador_Neil_Parsan.jpg (4200 bytes)[Having the unique opportunity to speak with the Ambassador - Dr. Neil Parsan on a few occasions in the past; I must say he is a dynamic individual, very progressive, and exhibits lots of energy.  I have no doubt he will accomplish all he sets out to achieve while he serves as Ambassador.]

For the time we spent at the event; it was nice talking with a vast amount of folks in the community, as well as band leaders, mas makers, vendors, and even some old associates.  Most importantly, it was wonderful spending some time with the President of the Baltimore Caribbean-American Carnival Association – Dr. Elaine Simon; who has worked tirelessly on making sure this event took place, and ran smoothly.  I smile as I say it was fantastic running into Hollis Lashley, contributor/writer of our “FlashPoint”, who was having a ball “beating iron.” (making sweet music).  Truly, it was wonderful meeting and greeting so many others from the community who were out enjoying the great day, the great music, and the great food…hum just the camaraderie among the attendees was wonderful.  

Congratulations to Dr. Simon and her team for presenting the 30th Baltimore Caribbean Carnival, we at Arious thank them for their hard work.  We have always supported Dr. Simon efforts, and certainly will continue. 

On Sunday, we intended on checking out the Carnival event again to specifically observe the performances of "Bunji Garlin," "Fay Ann Lyons" and "Serani."  However, our plans diverted a bit; and after stopping by the Jamaica Day Reggae Festival, we decided to stay.  Which was not a bad decision, because it turned out to be a wonderful evening filled with great vibes.  The reports from my friends about the performances at the Carnival were extremely positive though.  As a matter of fact, everyone loved all the artists performances, and stated beautiful Fay Ann Lyons “stole the show.”

I am ecstatic that Todd has graciously shared his experience with us about the 5th Annual Jamaica Day Reggae Festival; and I now ask you to read his commentary below.

ToddM-4.2011-s.JPG (28769 bytes)First and foremost, we had a great opportunity to meet and greet old acquaintances, as well as many of our on-line family and friends who reside in this area. 

When we arrived at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville,Monsoon-7.2011.jpg (9501 bytes) Maryland; DC’s own "Monsoon" began his performance, and it was electrifying!  We have watched Monsoon grow over the years and we really think he is at the point to absolutely “blow up”!  Yes, major star quality!  People, I say loudly…look out for the name Monsoon, wherever you are in the world. 

Directly after Monsoon heated things up, we thought we would get a break to walk around and mingle for a while; but the show continued with our favorite band from Baltimore, MD, “Jah Works.”  They started their performance with my favorite sound “Baltimore”, done in their own style; and they continued with great song…after great song, [some original and some great covers.]  One in particular Susan thought they performed extremely well was Reggae singer Johnny Osbourne’s “Jah Promise

WoW, the Strykers Posse band really “stepped up to the plate” and did a superb job backing up all the artists.  Big Up to Sister Ischelle and the crew! 

Now, let me share more of my experience with you!

During a brief intermission we had the opportunity to indulge in the fun stuff, such as “hitting the bar;” then we decided to hang out back stage to do a little mingling and conversing over drinks with the local and international celebs.  That too is always fun!  It was nice to see and chat with "Papa Wabe"  (Radio host on 88.9 FM WEAA, Morgan State University Radio - Sat. 10am-1pm); who by the way did a great job as one of the hosts for this event.  It was especially nice to meet his “A1 Selector” the beautiful Keke Meeks.

It was Showtime again, and the comical reggae artist “Professor Nuts” took the stage and did a great set.  Next up were the Reggae Legends!  

First was "Tinga Stewart," who performed well (as he always does.)   Then the legend "Leroy Sibbles" ~~~ [the talented individual who is responsible for many of the reggae rhythms that came out of the famous “Studio One” in Jamaica, and former member of the "Heptones"] graced the stage under a 1/2 moon that nicely lit up the night sky.  This was truly heavenly for a lover of reggae music like myself.  He went through hit…after hit…after hit, and about ½ way through the performance the DJ took the microphone and said something to the effect “Leroy Sibbles is not only a singer but he is a musician as well” at this point Mr. Sibbles took the bass guitar from the band’s bass player and began to strum, and this was reggae music in it’s purest form.  TRULY AWESOME!

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we heard a legendary voice that said “…Ladies and Gentleman I am Frankie Paul…”,  and FrankiePaul_Live-s.JPG (3873 bytes)veteran reggae singer/legend "Frankie Paul" entered the stage, and did a long set.  He performed many of his hits, which all are favorites of mine; and finally he closed out the show.  During the performance I noticed Susan was having a great time, and whispered to me “look I’m getting chills, this reggae music is sweet”.  Clearly, Frankie Paul brought back some real nice memories for her.

IntReggaeWineFest_Posters-2.jpg (26984 bytes)This was truly a great night, and is one for the history books! Three (3) big legends on the same stage all at the 5th Annual Jamaica Day Reggae Festival.  [If you missed it…you really miss it”, so don’t miss it next year.]  The festival is produced annually by The Jamaica Promotional Company (JPC).  Thanks to Carlos and Elaine for making this happen!  We really wish we can make it to their International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 13th.

Hope my words above helped you experienced this super awesome event (if you didn't make it.)  As the summer continues, great reggae music continues in the Washington DC/MD/VA areas.  Actually, this weekend we intend to check out my favorite band from Baltimore "Jah Works" in Columbia, Maryland at "Nottinghams."  So, if you want to hear some nice reggae music, have a nice time, come out and join me at "Nottinghams."  Then, in early August two (2)  Reggae greats comes to town: "Beres Hammond" and "Wayne Wonder" with their "Love Within The Music Tour" .  They are set to perform at the Crossroads in Bladensburg, Maryland on August 7th.  Look out for more information on this special concert, you might be lucky enough to win a ticket in our upcoming ticket giveaway to this great show.

Talk to you soon Family.

Todd Mangatal [tmangatal@gmail.com]




As we move ahead, I must share with you that the Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee has planned a fundraiser for DC Caribbean Carnival.  This event will take place at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy, 1708 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC on July 23, 2011.  Below is a letter from Chairperson Deanne R. Samuels of The Working Women’s Committee regarding this special event, and the invitation for you to come out and support this special cause.



                          Post Office Box 1229, Landover, MD 20785

Dear Friend & Supporter:

On SATURDAY, JULY 23rd the Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee (WWC) will host a benefit fundraiser for DC Caribbean Carnival Inc. (DCCC).  This event will be held at the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, located at 1708 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

  The purpose of the event is to raise funds to preserve carnival as we know and have experienced it in the Washington, DC.

  Recently, the members of the DCCC board informed us that they were faced with an increasing debt imposed by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department that can and will have a deleterious impact on the future of carnival; and the members of the Committee thought it fitting that this year’s fundraiser should benefit this local organization.  



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Once again our dear friend Hollis Lashley has provided us with his interesting "FlashPoint"; we are always pleased to receive them, and are happy to share it with you.  Thank you Hollis. 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: I hope that all is well and that we are learning to recognize the solutions which are contained in what appears problematic at this time. Let us press on with deep faith in the positive value of our cultural mores.

Stay Strong, One Light!


Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart

"The Wise Leader"

I recently read a rather interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review. Its title was “The Wise Leader”, and mention was made of the type of Leadership which caused the collapse of the world’s largest financial institutions.

One paragraph reads, “Hit by fraud, deceit and greed, people are angry about the visible lack of  values and ethics in business. There is something wrong with the way the B-schools, companies and leaders are developing managers.”

The article pointed out that knowledge, when used improperly, cannot result in wise leadership.

Business, it continued, now demands the kind of leader who will make decisions knowing that the outcomes must be good for society as well as the company. Leaders must keep a higher purpose in mind.

The point was repeatedly made that while profit is one of the major thrusts of business, and while leaders are expected to have explicit or tacit knowledge, they also need to have the kind of knowledge called “phronesis” or practical wisdom.

While the piece focused on large corporations, the principles mentioned also had an appeal to any type of business, large or small, particularly as it focused on the qualitative aspects of good leadership and its relationship to the common good of society.

Phronetic leaders possess six qualities.

1.                  They can assess what is good.

2.                  They can quickly grasp the essence of situations.

3.                  They create contexts for learning.

4.                  They communicate effectively.

5.                  They exercise political power to bring people together. And

6.                  Encourage the development of practical wisdom in others through          apprenticeship and mentoring.

With respect to assessing what is good, we only have to look around at the tendency of leaders to look out for their own self interest with regards to money, power, and the kind of thinking which refuses to acknowledge that you must reap what you sow.

In the words of Eiji Toyoda, a former president of Toyota, effective Leadership is “To do what you believe is right. To do what you believe is good. Doing the right thing, when required is a calling from on high. Do it boldly, do as you believe, do as you are.”

A wise leader can quickly sense what lies behind a situation, project a vision of the future or the consequences, and decide on the action needed to realize that vision. He/she also knows that the secret of success is doing the basics day in and day out, and not waiting on a crisis to figure out what should have been done in the first place.

What is the right context for learning?  Many leaders believe that leadership is a right and not a privilege, and so, they try to hold on when everyone else is tired of the same old inefficient way of doing things. From small five people organizations to countries, the behavior is for leaders to do what they wish with or without consensus, preferring to destroy the organization rather than to give up perceived power.

Leaders need to constantly create opportunities for formal as well as informal shared contexts for its members, so that all can construct new meaning through their interactions.

Wise leaders must communicate in ways that everyone can understand. Often, what is not said in discussions, speaks volumes more than what is said. We need stories, metaphors and other figurative language which can touch peoples hearts and minds, and encourage them to buy into our attempts to communicate ways of putting flesh to ideas.

Wise leaders need to understand political power. Bringing people together in order to defend or to articulate a common cause is using political power. It is not just about being a Democrat, Republican, Independent or Confused.

Wise leaders must be able to bring people together and spur them into taking action on achieving defined goals. One has to understand viewpoints and emotions, shadow and substance, when to take action, when to wait; understand the contradictions in human nature and be able to harness all these energies when necessary in leading the organization to its required success.

Practical wisdom has never been and will never be the exclusive domain of so called leaders or those we identify as top management. Many so-called leaders surround themselves with friends and colleagues who go along with their program, not questioning nor disagreeing with decisions, whether they are in the best interest of the organization or not. The thinkers who dare to question are often marginalized, but without the distribution of practical wisdom throughout any organization, and the willingness of leadership to recognize and utilize the fundamental wisdom of synergistic thinking, we will survive as a unified group or perish individually as fools.

In the words of a popular song, “You can call my name, I will take the blame.”






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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.  

We send belated birthday greetings to: Beautiful Ebony, Arlene Farrier, Shabazz Photos and Tamara Gray.


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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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