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Family and Friends:
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!!!
all that has been “racing” around my head over this case; my
thoughts ran over Reggae Superstar Mark Myrie aka “Buju
bear with me as I share an observation regarding Buju Banton’s
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?
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.
Dialogue - Awesome Events
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
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.
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.]
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.
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
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
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.
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.
we arrived at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville,
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.
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”
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!
let me share more of my experience with you!
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.
was Showtime again, and the comical reggae artist “Professor
Nuts” took the stage and did a great set. Next up were the Reggae Legends!
was "Tinga Stewart," who performed well (as he always
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.
when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we heard a legendary
voice that said “…Ladies and Gentleman I am Frankie Paul…”,
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.
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.
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.
to you soon Family.
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.
Office Box 1229, Landover, MD 20785
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO WORKING WOMEN’S COMMITTEE
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.
HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE LETTER FROM DEANNE R. SAMUELS, CHAIRPERSON
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WORKING WOMEN'S COMMITTEE.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
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.
- Presented by Hollis Lashley
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
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.
Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
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
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.
They can assess what is good.
They can quickly grasp the essence of situations.
They create contexts for learning.
They communicate effectively.
They exercise political power to bring people together. And
Encourage the development of practical wisdom in others
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
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
the words of a popular song, “You can call my name, I will take
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