On-Line Family from Susan Mangatal
all of us at Arious -
Black History Month.
- A time to celebrate,
acknowledge, honor and memorialize our President, our leaders, inventors,
discoverers, athletics, and even entertainers, business owners and
politicians who have made exceptional accomplishments and
contributions throughout our history.
though black history month is coming to an end, it's truly not THE
END; because in each month for the next 4 years we will continue
celebrating Black History due to our fantastic President Barack H.
Obama - The First African American President of the United
States. We must honor President Barack Obama for constantly making
history. February 24, 2009 - Tuesday night's State of the Union Address was his
first and it was historic, impressive and superb.
President addressed a Joint
Session of Congress and the entire Nation focusing specifically
on the economy, and he pretty much had answers to many of our
questions. The content of his speech helped some of us to somewhat overcome our fears
about what have been taking place with this awful downward spiral
that many of us in America have been experiencing due to the awful
Many had been very
critical about what he would say to the nation, and what he would
share with us regarding fixing the devastating and deteriorating
economy, forgetting that he inherited this poor economic
problem (which was created and left to him by the previous
President - George Bush and his Administration.) Despite
their criticisms he appeared to be poised, confident, relaxed ,
and he seemed to address everyone individually and very
optimistically with some serious plans about how he intends to fix
things with his newly approved Stimulus Package/Plan.
I actually felt he
didn't say anything much different from what he has been saying
since he's been sworn into office, or even before. However,
he did expound on a few issues making them clear and a lot more
understandable. Of course, I cringed when he admitted the banking system
will need more money, but he further explaining that it is crucial for the country's banks to start lending
again. Nevertheless, I feel together we must "do
what we have to do" for the country to become
financially stable again, and for the economy to recover and
become secure; including each and everyone of us who are suffering
It was wonderful
that President Obama acknowledge and highlighted ordinary citizens
in his speech. Leonard Abess Jr., Ty-Sheoma Bethea, and the entire
community of Greensburg, Kansas, who are examples of
"anything but ordinary" citizens who have done what they
could to give back in these trying times. The following were
think about Leonard
Abess, the bank president from Miami who reportedly cashed out
of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all
399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work
for him. He didn't tell anyone, but when the local newspaper found
out, he simply said, "I knew some of these people since I was
seven years old. I didn't feel right getting the money
I think about Greensburg,
Kan., a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but
rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean
energy can power an entire community -- how it can bring jobs
and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once
lay. "The tragedy was terrible," said one of the men who
helped them rebuild. "But the folks here know that it also
provided an incredible opportunity."
And I think about Ty-Sheoma
Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon,
S.C. -- a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the
walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the
train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her
school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the
public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this
room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp.
The letter asks us for help, and says, "We are just students
trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and
one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state
of South Carolina but also the world. We are not quitters."
Bethea, the 8th grader who wrote a letter imploring Congress to
help her school is being hugged by First Lady Michelle
Obama. The following is some of what Ty'sheoma wrote in her
letter: "People are starting to see my school as an
hopeless, uneducated school which we are not. We finally want to
prove to the world that we have an chance in life just like other
schools and we can feel good about what we are doing because of
the conditions we are in now we can not succeed in anything."
out President Barack Obama's fantastic prime-time speech by
clicking on to the picture on the right
Courtesy of CNN. (51 min. & 16 sec.)
"The impact of this
recession is real, and it is everywhere. But while our
economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are
living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every
American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover,
and the United States of America will emerge stronger than
week for Black History we honor Mrs. Susan E. Rice - U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations
Susan Elizabeth Rice, the first
African-American to hold the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations and is also America's 3rd Woman to hold this post.
Mrs. Rice who is 44 years of age is a native Washingtonian, and
she is the daughter of Dr. Emmett J. Rice, who is an Economics
Professor at Cornell University and a former governor of the
Federal Reserve System, and Lois Dickson Fitt who is an academic
scholar whose parents were born in Jamaica. Mrs. Rice was
raised in a household that stressed education and public affairs
Mrs. Rice attended the prestigious National
Cathedral School, an all-girls academy in Washington DC, where she
played three sports, was president of the student council and
class valedictorian. Mrs. Rice went on to earn a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in history in 1986 at Stanford University, where she
received a Truman Scholarship. She was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa . Mrs. Rice went on to earn a Rhodes Scholarship to
study at Oxford University where she received her Master's Degree
and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the transformation of
white-ruled Rhodesia into black-ruled Zimbabwe. While a college
student, she launched a divestment effort to protest South African
apartheid. After earning her Ph.D. at age 25, she briefly worked
as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.
In her mid-20s, she worked as a foreign policy
advisor to Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign.
In 1993, she joined the staff of the National Security Council in
the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for African
Affairs, focusing first on peacekeeping and then on African
Affairs. In this position she was Clinton's top Africa
diplomat when al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and
Kenya, which led to her first middle-of-the-night official phone
call ó from Kenya's Ambassador alerting her to the attacks.
Additionally, in this position she also dealt with issues related
to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, including the President's widely
criticized decision not to intervene. In 1995, she was
appointed the NSA's lead Africa expert. She later moved to
the State Department in 1997, watching over issues and events in
After leaving Government at the end of the
Clinton Administration, Mrs. Rice became managing director at
Intellibridge, a firm providing analysis on International
matters. In 2002, Mrs. Rice signed on as a senior fellow at
the Brookings Institute. In 2004, she worked for John
Kerry's Presidential campaign
years ago she was a senior foreign policy advisor to the Obama
campaign. On November 5, 2008, Mrs. Rice was named to the
Advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and on
December 1, 2008, she was nominated by President-Elect Obama to be
the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations - a position which
President Obama upgraded to cabinet level. Mrs. Rice was
confirmed by Congress on January 22, 2009, making her the first
African-American woman U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Mrs. Rice is married to Canadian journalist Ian
Cameron, executive producer of ABC's This
Week with George Stephanopoulos. They met in college when
she was a freshman while he was a senior, and are the parents of
celebrating Black History throughout the year. Please don't
stop because February is coming to a close. We must always
celebrate the great, historical accomplishments of
Happy Birthday Todd!!!!!
you donít appreciate peopleís real worth until they are gone,
and you sit back and look at the things they have done in their
short time on this earth and realize they really had the potential
to do great things. With this being said, we got
word that memorial celebrations will be held for our late friend,
actor entertainer-dancehall artist, and producer Mr. Alton Ashman
"Rraw Dawg" in Jamaica. See the flyer below
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send our condolences to Mrs. Gerri Lenard and her entire family
on the loss of her dear mother. Gerri, please know that you
are in our thoughts. We know how deeply you loved your mom
and this loss is very heartbreaking for you. Be Strong!!!
Carnival 2009 in Trinidad
and Tobago from all accounts was awesome. Of course I have
been completely homesick during the entire Carnival season. I
tried keeping up with all the happenings by talking to family and
friends, as well as cruising through the internet to several
different sites. For those of you who are as homesick
as I am, and need to see some of the exciting performances during
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to the Ancestors Fundraiser and Fashion Show
Medgar Evers College and the People of the Sun Collective.
noon - 10:00 p.m. - Medgar Evers College Founders
Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn New
Contact Info: Akeem@718 270 4902, Shanto: 718 342 6257
Fashion show and
cultural performances, Kowteff, Marlon Jardine [King of
Folk], Michael Williams [Jahpan Man], Moses Josiah
[musical saw], Ricardo St Louis, [Harmonica man],
Legendary Rector Schultz on bass, Junior Culture,
Internationally acclaim bass player Mr Stanley Banks,
Shanto,Congo Square Drummers, Baba Pear Sun, Goldteeth
Lance. and other guest artiste Baba Mpho, Menes De Griot -
the Shanto King from Guyana a master drummer, and hebalist,
along with Mama Nyaah from Trinidad and Tobago,- hebalist
and natural lifestyle consultant will be receiving the
AFRICAN SPIRIT AWARD, from Medgar Evers College and the
people of the Sun Collective.
A courtesy to www.mycaribbean.us
& Steel Pulse
of Blues in Dallas, 2200 N. Lamar, Texas
veteran REGGAE legends
who will rock the house for the
Dallas massive !!!
Come check the vibes!
Details: Contact Info: 214- 978-2583
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