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am so horrified and my heart aches at the unbelievable
sights of Haiti. As
we all know a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti some days ago.
As I watch in disbelief the devastating footage
and listen to the reports, it is clear that thousands
and thousands of people lost their lives in this
I am convinced now that the death toll may be way up in
the 100s of thousands.
What a nightmare, so many are missing, so many
are buried under the rubble (alive and dead), so many
are severely injured and so many are dead and just
laying in the streets! Dear Lord…why so much
pain and suffering...the cries and tears are heart
wrenching and unbearable!!!
gosh, Haiti…strong Haiti, an independent
nation and first black-governed republic in the
Western Hemisphere. Achieving this status due to
the most successful revolting of slaves in
history “The Haitian Slave Rebellion”
back in the year 1791.
Such an important nation “Haiti” has
been in the history of slavery, and even in the
history of some of America’s significant
indeed, as a result of The Haitian slave
revolt/The Haitian Revolution the United States
history was impacted greatly with the famous “Louisiana
Purchase” where the U.S. purchased
Louisiana territories - 13 states west of the
Mississippi including Louisiana from France for
15 million - which is approximately 3 cents an
it even impacted the Civil War. The history books indicate that Haiti has been a great nation
for hundreds of years, and not what we were led
time though, Haiti has been really undergoing a
lot of changes with the crazy dictators that
have ruled the nation, resulting moreover of
Haiti becoming the poorest county in the Western
Hemisphere. Undoubtedly, the Haitian people have
endured a lot of hardships, and as we see today
they are still unfortunately enduring disaster
Just in 2008 when treacherous
Hurricanes/storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike
slammed into Haiti we cried with the Haitians
for their loss, and did all we could to help.
Even though we knew it would take a long
while for them to recover from these storms, we
never imagined another disaster would
practically trample on them and make their lives
even more difficult.
This 30 second 7.0 earthquake that rocked
Haiti on January 12, 2010 is the most
devastating catastrophe in this Hemisphere, and
one we will never forget.
Todd (My husband) and I know first hand the fear
one feels during and after an earthquake, and
The fear is unbelievable, and witnessing
strong stone buildings cracked and many toppling
down like they were Lego toys blew both our
building we were living in had lots of damage,
so Todd and I packed up and left lovely Southern
California after experiencing two earthquakes
back in the late 80’s.
The experience was incredible!
heart goes out to the families who are ill with
worry about their missing loved ones in Haiti.
I worry everyday about my family in
Trinidad, and I know if any disaster such as
this would ever occur there, I would be
This is way too much for anyone to
handle, and it is so very sad!
We pray that
the large equipment arrives soon in order for
the roads to be cleared from the debris, as well
as for the ones who are berried alive under the
rubble are rescued.
We pray that water, food and medical
supplies reach the Haitian people very soon. It’s certainly going to be a long difficult road, but we
pray that rescue and recovery is done swiftly and
course, many of you are donating towards the
rescue efforts and we urge you to continue with
It's understandable that several of you
are skeptical about donating monetarily, because
in the past the donations you made to certain
causes never reached those who really needed
it. However, we must do our research to
make sure the organizations we donate to are
Keep in mind that you can donate $5.00
via texting to Superstar Rapper Wyclef Jean’s
Wyclef (formally of the popular hip hop
Refugee Camp (The
has been a big advocate for his home (Haiti) for
a number of years, and has done a significant
work to bring the troubles of Haiti to the world.
Actually, he is very passionate about his
humanitarian works in Haiti, so obviously he
cares about his people.
Therefore, we feel the monies will reach
THE PEOPLE through Wyclef’s organization and
will benefit THE PEOPLE, and not the dysfunctional
and corrupt Government. We urge you to go
ahead and donate $5.00 by texting “YELE” to
what we understand Wyclef rushed to Haiti
immediately after the quake and is somewhere on
the ground performing his own rescue efforts.
We pray he is kept safe!
Additionally, you can also donate $10.00
to the Red Cross by texting “HAITI” to
For all the details check www.redcross.org.
understand many major US Corporations have
donated large sums of money (millions) to this
effort, and it’s such a good thing.
It’s been reported that approximately
137 million have already been donated by these
corporations, and that’s fantastic.
I guess we all have to do our part now to
help, even if it’s a little - we must help our
neighbors of the Caribbean Island Haiti.
I close my comments on Haiti, I must ask: Can
you believe with all this tragedy that the
racists have reared their ugly heads with the
nasty statements they have made?
It is so appalling, truly these idiots
really need to be removed from the public
airways because they are inciting
Check out what Evangelist Pat Robinson
had to say by clicking the 1st picture below (courtesy
of media matters), and click the 2nd picture
which will navigate you to "Countdown with
Keith Olbermann". Here Mr. Olbermann
responds to Robertson's accusations and
Limbaugh's negative statements.
of the local organizations have sent us
information on what they will be doing to help
with the relief efforts of Haiti. Click
here for their details.
time is here to celebrate the life, works and
dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
it is a time to remember all Dr. King preached
about (the injustices and the messages of change
through nonviolence); and fought for (freedom,
equality, and dignity for all races and peoples.)
have surly come a long way in these 42
years after losing Dr. King, and we are living
Especially with the election of our first
This is a major step in realizing the
Throughout these 42 years we accomplished
so much, but as you see the road is still very
difficult. Having to endure race based comments constantly is infuriating,
but it’s up to us to pick ourselves up and
follow the dream and be all that we should be.
Dr. King said "We must work unceasingly
to uplift this nation that we love to a higher
destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a
more noble expression of humanness"
This we must follow. On January 18, 2010,
we all must "Remember Dr. King! Celebrate
Dr. King ! Act on Dr. King's Messages! - A Day On,
Not A Day Off!!! Read some of Dr. King's
famous quotes below.
"I believe that unarmed truth
and unconditional love will have
the final word in reality.
This is why right, temporarily
defeated, is stronger than evil
"Like an unchecked cancer,
hate corrodes the personality and
eats away its vital unity. Hate
destroys a man's sense of values
and his objectivity. It causes him
to describe the beautiful as ugly
and the ugly as beautiful, and to
confuse the true with the false
and the false with the true."
paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love
harmonizes it. Hatred
darkens life; love illuminates
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black Civil Rights Leader and
"We must learn to live
together as brothers or perish
together as fools."
"The hope of a secure and
livable world lies with
who are dedicated to justice,
peace and brotherhood."
"There can be no deep
disappointment where there is not
MLK's Letter while in Birmingham
"The past is prophetic in
that it asserts loudly that wars
are poor chisels for carving out
"Our lives begin to end the
day we become silent about
things that matter.
to the family and friends of 2 very important
people we lost recently. One was in the Entertainment industry
and the other was a gentleman Todd admired
greatly, and who was a media
rights attorney and a political power broker.
Sexy Soul and R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass
died on Wednesday (1/13/2010) at age 59 from
colon cancer. Teddy was known for his hit
singles "Close The Door", "I
Don't Love You Anymore", Turn Off The
lights", and "The More I Get The
More I Want", plus much more.
He became a symbol of courage when he came
back from a devastating car accident in 1982
that left him paralyzed. Teddy's son
Teddy Pendergrass, II said his father
was going through “a difficult recovery”
from colon cancer surgery eight months ago.
“To all his fans who loved his
music, thank you,” his son said. “He
will live on through his music.”
career began when he was a drummer for The
Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold
Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited
Pendergrass to become the lead singer after
he jumped from the rear of a stage and
started singing his heart out. Months later
the group signed with Gamble & Huff on
the then CBS subsidiary Philadelphia
International Records in 1972. The
Blue Notes had hits such as "I Miss
You," "Bad Luck," "Wake
Up Everybody," the two million seller
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" and
many more. Following personality conflicts
between Pendergrass and Melvin, Pendergrass
launched a solo career and released several
Sutton the pioneering civil
rights attorney who represented Malcolm
X before launching successful careers
as a political power broker and media
mogul, died at age 89 in late December
2009. Mr. Sutton, the son of a
former slave became a fixture on 125th
Street in Harlem
after moving to New
York City following his service with
Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.
His Harlem law office was founded in 1953 and
he represented Malcolm X and the slain
activist's family for decades. Mr. Sutton a
consummate politician served in the New York
City Assembly before taking over as Manhattan
borough president in 1966, becoming the
highest-ranking black elected official in the
state. Mr. Sutton also mounted
unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate and
of New York, and served as political
mentor for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's two
Sutton along with his brother in 1971
purchased WLIB-AM radio, making it the first
black-owned radio station in New
York City. His Inner
City Broadcasting Corp. eventually
picked up WBLS-FM, which reigned for years as
New York's top-rated radio station, before
buying stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Detroit and San Antonio between 1978-85.
In addition to his radio holdings, Mr. Sutton
also headed a group that owned The Amsterdam
News, the second largest black weekly
newspaper in the country. The paper was later
sold. Mr. Sutton's devotion to Harlem
and its people was evident when he spent
$250,000 to purchase the shuttered Apollo
Theater in 1981 and renovated the famed
Theater. The Apollo turned 70 in 2004, a
milestone that was unthinkable until Mr. Sutton
stepped in to save the landmark. "He
was a great man" is how many
Obama called Mr. Sutton: "a
true hero" to African-Americans across
the country. "His life-long
dedication to the fight for civil
rights and his career as an
entrepreneur and public servant made the
rise of countless young African-Americans
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invite everyone to come out to the panyard
and donate to the relief fund for Haiti.
donation is too small!
out and enjoy some free home cooking, play some cards, dominos, or checkers,
or just hang out and listen to the band practice.
All are welcome!
collected will be sent to the:
Earthquake Relief Fund.
PanMasters Steelband Organization
, 4559 Rhode Island Avenue, (US Route 1), North Brentwood, MD 20722, Phone:
(301) 864-2610, www.panmasters.com
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