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So far this year has really been tragic from weather related disasters.  In mid January, Guyana was hit by “mother nature”, this time with torrential rains causing lots of flooding, which continued from the middle of January to the end.  This recent disaster has affected over 150,000 people in the capitol of Georgetown and coastal villages, and it’s actually the 3rd time since late December that rains have caused flooding in this country’s capital (Georgetown).   This has caused increased hardship for the many affected population.   I understand houses have been completely flooded and many businesses have been forced to close in an effort to protect goods.  Government offices, courts and schools were also forced to close.  Roads are completely flooded and impassable in some areas, due to it being under 2 feet of water, and making it difficult and unreachable for rescue teams to reach several communities.  I understand Districts (1) Demerara-Mahaica; (2) West Demerara-Essequibo; and (3) Mahaica-Berbice (located on the east coast) were declared “disaster areas” by the Guyanese Government.  Additionally, many residence who are already living in poverty in Albouystown, Shopia, Better Hope, Coldingen, Enterprise Garadens, Paradise and Enmore, were hit the hardest, and therefore the severe flooding has further intensified their already precarious situation.  It is reported that “ 95% of the communities reported more than 75% flood damage to houses, shops and other buildings”.  The tens of thousands affected by the floods are in urgent need of water, food, shelter, first aid, and supplies.  The Ministry of Health is concerned about diseases, and they are trying to ensure that people are able to find shelters (which have been opened).  Additionally, The Environmental Health & Vector Control Units are working to ensure that adequate supple of disinfectant is available in order to reduce the spread of disease.  As of the 20th and 21st of January it was reported that six people have died, and many have complained of diarrhea, vomiting, skin ailments, coughs, scorpion &  centipede bites, stress and anxiety.  There is an increase in dead animals as well.  Guyana expects more rain in the next 4 days, so you can just image how high the flood waters will rise.  

Dear God...what is going on, what is going on with all these weather related disasters, what is happening to our family and friends in the Islands?  Last year they endured the severe hurricanes resulting in lots of flooding and a tremendous amounts of deaths, now more devastation has fallen on yet another one of our Caribbean Islands.  I implore you to PLEASE HELP with whatever you can.  To contribute and help out Guyana, contact your Local Guyanese Embassy and your Local Red Cross Office, or any of the below agencies. Or  http://www.reliefweb.int

In Guyana: (1) Guyana Red Cross Society, Dorothy Fraser, General Director; email redcross@sdnp.org.gy, phone (592) 227-5190, fax (592) 225-2525; (2) Pan American Disaster Response Unit, Guillermo García, Water and Sanitation Delegate; e-mail; ifrcpa92@ifrc.org; phone (001 592) 6231716.


 

In honor of Black History Month (February),  we will feature many of our Black Historical People/leaders.  Please join us in Celebrating the many who have create, invented, have fought to pave a path in this society, and even died for us all.  

Being that our love is music, it is only appropriate to start honoring those in the music industry!

“Recognition of Black Historical People”
Mr. Barry Gordy, Jr. 
(1929 -          )
Businessman, Songwriter; and Record Producer

Mr. Gordy was born in Detroit (Detroit, is known as Motown because of the singular vision held by Mr. Gordy in the 1960's), he began his career as a professional boxer and songwriter.  In 1959, Mr. Gordy started Motown records interestingly through a family investment, he borrowed $700.00 (Gordy's family had an investment club to which all the family members contributed), set up a recording studio in an apartment, and established Motown Records.  Gordy was committed to building a business, and at the same time to developing young people. He packaged the intellectual and creative talent of young minds and defined black music for the époque.  In the next few years, he created personalities, and signed contracts with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes (Diana Ross), the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many other groups who turned out hit after hit.  Rather than signing established stars, Gordy sought out unknown artists and worked to develop their talent.  He insisted on quality of production, with the result that by the 1970's Motown sales exceeded 10 Million Dollars a year.  By 1988, when the company was sold to MCA Records for $61 million, Motown was one of the most successful Black-owned businesses in America, and the "Motown Sound" had become legendary in the music business.  

Mr. Gordy truly changed our popular music culture forever. 

Some details taken from Susan Altman's "Ency. of Afro.-Amer. Heritage" 

February 6, 2005

Bob Marley's 60th Birthday!

Born Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley - (1945-1981) Reggae Singer, Composer, and Guitarist was born in Nine Miles, Jamaica, and grew up in Kingston's rough Trenchtown District.  His first group, "The Rudeboys", later became known as the Wailers.  In 1964, they released their first hit "Simmer Down", which was written in response to gang violence.  In 1972, the Wailers were signed by Island Records, and Bob Marley began to gain a worldwide following, especially in Africa.  His songs spoke of strength through unity and human rights, crime, revolution, and Rastafarianism.  In 1976, 7 men broke into his home in an assassination attempt, the night before he was to sing at a concert supporting Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley.  Unfortunately, he was wounded in his arm, but nevertheless he appeared at the concert.  2 years later he gave a historical concert emphasizing political conciliation, with the song "One Love"  In 1980, he gave another historic performance celebrating independence in Zimbabwe.  Bob Died of Cancer at age 36, but his spirit is not dead, and his songs are still alive in our hearts today.

Details taken from Susan Altman's "Ency. of Afro.-Amer. Heritage" 

 

This weekend is Carnival in Trinidad, which is known as "the greatest show on earth".  It's a time for freedom and a time for having a whole lot of fun.  I so envy all my friends who have traveled to Trinidad without me, I  can just imagine all the fetes they are attending.  It's nothing like a nice fete in Trinidad, with drinks, drinks and more drinks, along with all the good foods.  Sleep is certainly a foreign word to all in Trinidad this weekend.  Anyway, I.C.E Entertainment and Radio Boyz wants you to come out and experience Carnival at their fete on Saturday, February 5, 2005.  Their "Carnival Experience Fete" is taking place at the T&T Clubhouse, 5123 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC.  They will be featuring DJ's from NY, (Natural Mystik) DC and Baltimore (Mystic Vibes 6.0, Demolition Dex & Mr. Musik).  So come out and check them out.  Click Here for More Information.

Until next week, please have a safe and wonderful weekend!

              By Susan Mangatal
susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net

 

Events
 

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This Saturday, February 5, 2005

ICE Entertainment and Radio Boyz

Presents

"Carnival Experience Fete"

@

The T&T Clubhouse

5123 Georgia Avenue, N.W. WDC

Featuring

DJ from NY Natural Mystik & from DC and Baltimore: Mystic Vibes 6.0, Demolition Dex & Mr. Musik

For More information e-mail icemadness@aol.com Adm. 10.00 all Night long & fete from 10 pm until.

Click the STAR above and scroll down to upcoming events for additional details.

SEE YOU THERE!!

Friday, February 25, 2005

I.C.E. Entertainment & Radio Boyz

Brings

Maximus Dan, The Gladiator

Live and direct from T&T. 

Fresh of a hotter than ever 2K5 TT Carnival, he'll be the featured artiste at the After Carnival Earthquake

@

Kilis Kafe, 2009 8th Street NW DC!

Maximus will be performing his 2005 hits: Royal, Earthquake, Zion, Good Gyal and others. He will also give his fans a taste of his past favorites: War and Kick It Way

Limited advance tickets are available at selected Caribbean outlets. Tell your friends and don't miss Maximus Dan at Kilis Kafe,  Email icemadness@aol.com or click the STAR above for more details!

 

PSA
 

FREE

Saturday

February 19th 2005

 @ 1pm-4pm

Author and Poet Ms Denrique Preudhomme reads and signs from Stranger Then Fiction, a collection of short fiction, "Relection on Realism and The Heart of Truth", a collection of poetry. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, Ms Preudhomme resides in Washington, DC and New York.  www.denrique.com

Taking Place at: Ellington’s on Eight Restaurant – Lounge and Patio, located at 424A 8th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 2003 (Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/Barracks Row/SE

http://compacturl.com/xrdg

Books and Refreshment will be on sale.  For more information call 202-546-8308

 

 

 

Caribbean Vibes Radio (Internet 24-7 radio)

SIZZLING THURSDAYS!!!  Be sure to join the rejuvenated and energized maestro "Fabulous" for the first "Sizzling Thursdays" of 2005. Showtime Thursday 9:00 pm until 12 midnight at www.caribbeanvibesradio.com.  Share the link with friends and family across the globe.  Email your requests, shout-outs to caribbean@im4radio.com or call toll free 1-866-ONE-VIBE.

Tune In Tonight, Thursday, February 3, for a tribute to Bob Marley.  DJ Fabulous will do a special presentation in honor of the Late Great Bob Marley with special music, spoken word and much more.

Mark your calendar for February 9th at 9:00pm(est.) for a brand new show on Caribbean Vibes Radio. It's "Under Pressure" with DJ Gusma broadcasting from Italy.  For more info. caribbean@im4radio.com

VALENTINES Day CONTEST - Win a beautiful Caribbean Spa Tote.  If you have a little love in your life, and can spit lyrics, then enter this contest Now and win.  Submit your info to caribbean@im4radio.com 

 


 
Reggae Day is February 6, 2005
Send a melodious note to your friends and dear ones.  Log on to http://www.123greetings.com/events/reggae_day/ for FREE animated e-cards that are just right for the occasion!

Send Free Online Greeting Cards to your friends & loved ones for Reggae Day.   ALL cards are absolutely FREE !!!

CaribNation TV

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - January 7th and 14th, 2005 

Monday, February 7
"A Brother's Keeper" The Story of Ian & Deon Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago's music-drama group Jeunes Agape

Sounds of calypso and African, West Indian and South African folk music filled the air and colors of the Caribbean swirled on stage Sept. 2 when the Trinidad and Tobago-based musical-drama group Jeunes Agape ("young unconditional love") performed before a packed audience in Masur Auditorium. The performance was a tribute of thanks to the NIH physicians, researchers and health care professionals who saved the life of one of the group's members — Ian Baptiste.  Ian and his identical twin brother, Deon, performed with Jeunes Agape to show their gratitude to the medical team who treated and cared for them. "This is our gift to NIH," said Ian. He became ill last year with severe aplastic anemia at his home in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and was referred to NIH. Once here, doctors realized he would need a blood stem cell transplant and the procedure was done Christmas Eve, 2003. The Jeunes Agape performance was exactly 1 year to the day when Ian first came to the Clinical Center for treatment.  Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin welcomed attendees, remarking, "It is not often in the midst of our busy work schedules we have the opportunity to embrace art and life together...today we celebrate the art — the music and dance of Trinidad and Tobago and the life — of Ian

 

Monday, February 14
Restructuring Air Jamaica: Air Jamaica Under New Management, What travelers should expect.

Guest: Claire Robinson, Air Jamaica's Reg. Sales Mgr.

Recognizing the importance of the national airline to the country’s economy, the Government of Jamaica has assumed full ownership and management of Air Jamaica, effective December 23, 2004. The new board of Directors is headed by Dr. the Hon. Vincent Lawrence appointed. Former NCB Managing Director, Mr. Aubyn Hill heads the restructuring office and will implement the plan to solidify Air Jamaica’s long term viability and attract new equity partners. All persons who do business or plan to conduct business with the airline, are assured that there will be no disruption in the operations of the airline.

Shout Outs
 

Special Shout Out To Shana, congratulations on all the great offers out there in Hollywood!

 

It's all about Tony Carr this week.  Happy Birthday my friend, and may you continue to be blessed with success!

  Sister Dera - Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Ethiopia, where you will be celebrating Bob Marley's 60th Birthday with many of his family, and thousands of his fans and friends!  We will miss your yearly Bob Marley Celebration here in DC!

 

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