Commentary

by Susan Mangatal - susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net 

  Greetings Online Family:

This week in our community we lost a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a lovely strong woman, which has left our community in shock.  

Mr. and Mrs. Adams, Shurla and the entire family, along with the Caribbean Delight Restaurant Family and Friends, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you on your lost.  The sudden loss of Sheryl has been a major shock, not only to us here at Arious, but to your family and friends, and to all in the community.  May you find peace, comfort and most importantly strength in your time of sorrow.  We will miss Sheryl greatly!!!

Losing a loved one suddenly is devastating

You are left in an unprepared state of shock and numbness from this sudden loss, which leads to a sense of helplessness and unreality.  Some physical feelings are: a tightness in the throat; an unbelievable emptiness (where you feel you will never be okay); and sometimes you even feel you are "going crazy".  As much as you want to suppress your feelings, it is not healthy to do so.  Although the memories may hurt, and the thought of not having that person around and in your life is unbearable, however, you must talk about it, and let your feelings flow...you must release!  Sure there will be bad days, but you cannot suppress your feelings, and you must go on.

“Grief — it is one of those emotions, such as love, that is vague in definition, yet profound in feeling. It is one of the most intense emotions of life and rarely does anyone escape it. But grief doesn’t come with an instruction manual for working through the feelings it brings. The important thing to remember while in the midst of grief is that it is a process that can be overcome.”

Grief is often likened to a physical wound that needs time to repair itself. Most often, working through grief is referred to as a healing process, not a recovery process”  by Helen Brooks

To the family and friends of Sheryl Ann Samuel please help the family by praying with them, encouraging them, listening to them, finding time to spend with them; cry/mourn with them, and most importantly be open about discussing their loss (at a suitable time).

The viewing Of 

Sheryl Ann Samuel

will be held on 

Sunday, February 20, 2005 from 3-5 pm @

Johnson and Jenkins Funeral Home

716 Kennedy Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20011 - 202-882-8800

Funeral Services will be held on 

Monday, February 21, 2005 from 10am-12Noon @

National Weselyn Church

6324 Riggs Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20783 301-559-2626

Repass following services will  take place at 

The Mirage Hall - La Union Mall, 1401 East University Blvd., Hyattsville, Maryland 20783


 

We at Arious would like to send special "Get Well" wishes to "Bob The Wiz" one of our local Caribbean DJ's.  Unfortunately, Bob was in a serious automobile accident, and was seriously injured.  Please send him your prayers for a speedy recovery.  

Bob may God be with you always, and may he help you with your recovery!

 


We received a few e-mails from organizations who are doing whatever they can to help the people of Guyana.  As you are aware the "Floods in Guyana" has left many homeless and in need.  Please contribute and support the following organizations with their relief efforts for Guyana.  See their messages below:

MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PANMASTERS

YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP IS NEEDED LIKE NEVER BEFORE TO ASSIST GUYANESE THROUGHOUT
THE COASTLAND OF GUYANA AFFECTED BY THE WORST FLOOD THE NATION HAS EVER KNOWN

YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, TOILETRIES AND DAILY NECESSITIES WILL BE USED TO ASSIST PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES IN THE FLOODED AREAS.

*MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED

YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION OF NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, TOILETRIES AND DAILY NECESSITIES CAN BE PLACED IN A BOX LOCATED AT

DEPANYARD

4559 RHODE ISLAND AVE., NORTH BRENTWOOD, MD

(301) 864-2610

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AND 25. 

A SHIPMENT WILL BE LEAVING FOR GUYANA THE LAST WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY

*PLEASE CONTACT ARLENE FARRIER WITH GENERAL OR MONETARY QUESTIONS.

(202) 746-5951

Guyana Metropolitan Relief Organization

GUYMETRO invites you to its

Annual Guyanese Mashramani Fundraiser

Proceeds to benefit the victims of the recent flood disaster in Guyana

Come and support us and enjoy some delicious Guyanese Cuisine and entertainment!

Sunday February 27th 2005 11am to 4pm

Metropolitan SDA Church Fellowship Hall, 6307 Riggs Road , Hyattsville MD 20783

CONTACT MEGAN WILSON 301.459.0114

OR MARVA ANGUS 703.978.3641

OR JULIANA WILLIAMS 301.422.1317

The Flood victims in Guyana need our support!! Donations of Clothing and non-perishable items will be collected at this time.

Please continue to help with whatever you can.  You can also contribute and help by contacting your Local Guyanese Embassy and your Local Red Cross Office, or any of the below agencies. Or  http://www.reliefweb.int


 

This week we continue celebrating Black History Month (February)

This week I choose to celebrate Suzanne De Passe, another strong woman who my husband and I admire.

Ms. Suzanne de Passe

(1948 -      )

Suzanne de Passe is the powerhouse woman.  The Chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment, Suzanne started her own production company in 1992 after a successful career at Motown Records.

She began her career at Motown as creative assistant to Berry Gordon, and subsequently rose to the position of president of Motown Productions. She was a partner in Gordy/de Passe Productions prior to establishing de Passe Productions.

The recipient of an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the screenplay, "Lady Sings the Blues," de Passe garnered two Emmy Awards and NAACP Image Awards as executive producer of "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" and "Motown Returns to the Apollo."

She also served as executive producer for the highly acclaimed and award-winning mini-series "Lonesome Doves," "Small Sacrifices," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," "Buffalo Girls," and the four-hour NBC mini-series, "The Temptations," which won an NAACP Image Award for Best Mini-Series (it was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and six Emmy Awards, including Best Mini-Series).

The subject of two Harvard Business School case studies, "Suzanne de Passe and Motown Productions, and "de Passe Entertainment," Suzanne was named the new AOL Time Warner Visiting Professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film of the Howard University School of Communications beginning in the fall of 2002.

Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1990, de Passe was honored as Revlon's Business Woman of the Year in 1994, and received the American Women in Radio and Television's prestigious Silver Satellite Award in 1999.

More recently, she has moved in front of the camera as a judge and coach on the newly created reality show, "All American Girl" on ABC. 

Details from Enterprising Women magazine.

Ms. de Passe Movie Credits:

Smart Guy (1997) - Executive Producer

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995) - Executive Producer
Lonesome Dove: /the Series (1994) - Executive Producer
Sister, Sister (1994) - Executive Producer
Dead Man's Walk - Executive Producer
Nightlife - Producer
Streets of Laredo - Executive Producer

Ms de Passe Movie Credits

Happy Endings (2004) - Executive Producer
Zenon: Zee Three (2004) - Executive Producer
Zenon: The Zequel (2001) - Executive Producer
32nd NAACP Image Awards (2001) - Executive Producer
Cheaters (2000) - Executive Producer
The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000) - Executive Producer
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999) - Executive Producer
Motown 40: The Music is Forever (1998) - Writer
Motown 40: The Music is Forever (1998) - Executive Producer
The Temptations  (1998) - Executive Producer
Dead Man's Walk (1996) - Executive Producer
Streets of Loredo  (1995) - Executive Producer
Buffalo Girls (1995) - Executive Producer
The Jacksons: An American Dream  (1992) - Co-Executive Producer
Class Act (1992) - Executive Producer
Lonesome Dove (1989) - Executive Producer
Bridesmaids (1989) - Executive Producer
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues (1988) - Executive Producer
Motown Returns To The Apollo  (1985) - Executive Producer
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983) - Writer
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983) - Executive Producer
Lady Sings The Blues
(1972) - Writer
Chains - Producer

 

Another person we must pay tribute to during this special month is Haile Salassie I.

Haile Salassie I (1892-1975)

Ethiopian Emperor from 1930 to 1974.  

Haile Salassie I, was originally called Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen.  He took the name Haile Selassie, meaning "Instrument in the Power of the Trinity," when he became emperor.  His early life was marked by tragedy.  His 10 brothers and sisters were killed in a boating accident when he was a child, and his father died when he was 15.  Ras Tafari was crowned Emperor on November 2, 1930, after the death of Empress Zauditu.  He took the title Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Conquering Lion of Judea, and Elect of God, and immediately moved to establish Ethiopia as a modern state.  He abolished slavery, instituted a constitution, and set up an appointed, advisory parliament and a more modern judiciary.

In 1935, Italy, which already controlled Eritrea and Italian Somaliland, invaded Ethiopia.  Though Ethiopia was able to field an army of 1,000,000 men, it was not able to cope with air strikes, poison gas warfare, and modern mechanized assault tactics.  Haile Salassie I was forced to flee in 1936, but return in 1941 when the British, with the aid of Ethiopian guerrillas, recaptured the country.

Under Haile Salassie I, Ethiopia became one of the charter members of the United Nations, and a leader in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity.  When he first came to power, there were fewer than 10 schools throughout the country.  Twenty- five (25) years later there were over 10,000.  His autocratic rule, combined with famine in the Horn of Africa, resulted in unrest in the 1960s.  He was over-thrown by a military coup in 1974 and murdered the following year.  In addition to his legacy in Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I became one focus of Rastafarianism, a religion in Jamaica that derives its name from Haile Selassie's original name, Ras Tafari

RASTAFARIANISM: A religion that developed in Jamaica in the 1930s and that continues to have a widespread impact.  Rastafarians believe that the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I was a direct descendant of the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and was a living god.  The Belief in the holiness of Haile Selassie derived from Marcus Garvey's prophecy that an African King will arise who would unite all the black peoples in the world.  Rastafarians do not  cut their hair, nor does the men shave, their hair hangs in long twisted strands "dreadlocks".  Rastafarians see themselves as the reincarnation of the ancient Hebrews of Israel, and their interpretation of biblical scriptures differs substantially from mainstream Christian and Jewish doctrine.  Rastafarian beliefs focus on the oppression of black peoples around the world, the future overthrow of wicked, repressive governments (referred to symbolically as Babylon), and the eventual triumph of the poor and righteous.  Though many Rastafarians are vegetarians and refrain from using alcoholic beverages, the use of marijuana or "ganja", is an important part of various Rasta rituals, especially "Groundation," during which Rastafarians reaffirm their beliefs.  Among the most famous Rastafarians was legendary Bob Marley.

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

   


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

susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net

 

PSA
 

THIS WEEKEND EVENTS!

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

 


 

T & T Masqueraders 

invites you to it's 

After T&T Carnival Jam Fundraiser 

Saturday, February 19, 2005

@

 Silver Spring Caribbean Style Restaurant, 8407 Ramsey Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland

Music by: DJ Hazzard

Click Here to View flyer for more details!

 


 

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

 

CaribNation TV

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - January 21st and 28th, 2005 

Monday, February 21

Profiling Two of Belize's Music Treasure: Andy Palacio and Young Sensation, Maria

Andy Palacio, is not only Belize's most popular musician and performing artist, but a cultural activist with a deep commitment to preserving the values of his Garifuna culture.

Born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco, Andy grew up listening to traditional Garifuna music as well as imported sounds coming over the radio from neighboring Honduras, Guatemala and the United States. Along with several of his peers he formed a Capella singing groups and bands and began developing his own voice. However, it was while working with a Garifuna literacy project in Nicaragua in 1980 and realizing that the Garifuna language and culture was steadily dying in that country, that a strong cultural awareness took hold and his approach to music became more defined. MARIA is new to the music scene, but already has captured the heart of music lovers everywhere.

 

Monday, February 28th
CaribProfile: Cuban-American Photographer, Nestor Hernandez
NESTOR HERNÁNDEZ is a Washington, DC-based photographer of Afro-Cuban descent.  He was introduced to photography in high school through the Urban Journalism Workshop of the D.C. Public Schools, and was on the staff of the Capital Children's Museum as photographer-in-residence for fifteen years. Hernández was also staff photographer for the D.C. Public School system for seven years, and is now a freelance documentary photographer.

He has been a staff photographer and contributed to many publications, including the Current Newspapers, DC City Desk, the Latin Trade Report, El Pregonero, Brookings Review, The Metro Herald, National Jurist Magazine and The International Review of African American Art.

Nestor's personal projects span from his documentation of Mount Pleasant, the neighborhood where he resides, to his photographs of traditional weavers and spinners in West Africa. His photos of Ewe master kente weaver Bobbo Ahiagble of Ghana are featured in the award winning children's book, "Master Weaver from Ghana" published in 1998 by Open Hand Press. He plans to continue this project in Côte D'Ivoire, Kenya and Mali, photographing traditional spinners and weavers in those countries.


 

 

2005 Carnival

These Carnival Organizations are preparing for their event, and they contacted us so we can pass on their information.  Please check out their sites!

 

Virginia Beach Carnival - June 10th-12th

www.virginiacaribbeancarnival.com

 

DC Caribbean Carnival - June 25th & 26th

www.dccaribbeancarnival.com 

 

Boston Carnival 

www.BostonCarnival.Org

 

EVENTS
 

Click Here to View EventsFor Events

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!

 

Shout Outs
  Happy Birthday greetings is extended to 2 wonderful people who are celebrating their special day this weekend!

Sonia Bernard 

and

Peter

May your special day be filled with lots of joy!!!!

 

Happy Belated Birthday Kathy ("Crazy Kathy")


 

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