An Official Arious Entertainment Group
Sunday, February 28, 2010
are Cordially Invited to celebrate the 7th
year of delivering our Arious
Entertainment Group Weekly E-Newsletter
1st Anniversary of www.mycaribbean.us
Entertainment Group's Owner Todd
Celebrations in One with A Caribbean
Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg Maryland
to 10 pm
FREE - ADMISSION - FREE FREE
Special: 1/2 Price Drinks from 6pm-8pm.
Full Caribbean Menu Available!
by: DJ Ghost
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Greetings On Line Family
It's a time of
Celebration here at the Arious Entertainment
A little under a month ago
Susan and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary, and
it's amazing how fast time flies. Since our passion
is Caribbean music it was really a blessing to be able to
spend our 25th Anniversary in Trinidad two weeks before
Carnival; (which is one of the main markets for Caribbean
music other than Jamaica.) The
entire country was filled with music from every car, rum
shop and home, it was music...music...music
everywhere. This was truly a wonderful experience!!!
One question I always get
from people is: "how have you all stayed married for so
long, and seem so happy?" Well, we are truly
happy; and as far as staying together, that has not been a
First of all, before
you decide to take the step of marriage you must make a
friend, and once you become friends the rest is easy.
When you do decide to get married you must
understand what marriage is; and the simplest way for me
to explain this is: MARRIAGE IS A PARTNERSHIP!
Like any partnership there are ups and downs,
disagreements and compromises; but it's very important to
have the same goals, and life visions. It's just
To further explain, just
like in a business partnership you must have a plan and
both parties must be in agreement with that plan.
Consequently, in a marriage you must have a LIFE PLAN.
When I say "life" I don't mean 1 month or 1 year
or even 5 years, it must be a life long plan (according
the vows "till death do us part".)
This is a plan of what you want out of your lives, one
that suits your dreams and desires. It could be as
simple as: we are going to work 9-5 for 40 years, raise
a family, and retire in Florida; or it could be
something as big as we are going to build a
multi-national company that employs thousands, enriches
the lives of many, as well as change the world for the
better. The latter is our life plan!
Another question I always
get is: why do we always hang out together? That's
simple also! We are friends, partners, and we
have a plan. Part of our plan and passion is
music and the business of music (mainly Caribbean music;)
and bringing Caribbean music and culture to the mainstream.
So most of the times when we are hanging
out, we are not just hanging out for fun; it's business,
research and education - which are all necessary elements
to building a strong solid foundation for our larger
goals. [Not only do we have to create a place in
the music business, we really have to create an entire
industry, because Caribbean music is not as organized and
developed as the mainstream music markets. This is why
it's important and takes time to build a foundation.
Additionally, the mainstream music industry is going
through changes because of the constant development of new
We'll talk more about
marriage some other time. Just remember it's a
partnership and a friendship, and you must have a
plan. Keep in mind trust and respect is very
important, and you both must be going in the same
direction as you work and build (together) on your plan!
This weekend, we are
celebrating 3 important milestones in our business
development. The first and most important is my 45th
birthday, because without me none of this other stuff
would be possible.
The second is the 7th
Anniversary of this/our AEG weekly E-Newsletter, which
reaches over 35,000 people worldwide. Honestly, it's
very hard to believe 7 years have gone by so
As I reflect back to the
beginning (7 years ago) I remember so clearly when we
realized we needed a better way to promote events, music
and artists. Back then we used to do most of our
promotions through flyers, print ads, and radio, which was
very time consuming and expensive. This was also a
time when the internet was starting to become a part of
most of our lives (nothing like it is today). With
the internet in its infancy, we knew it would be an
innovative, cost effective and easy way to improve and
advance our services and business. I must say it was
great to get in on the ground floor of this cyber boom,
which has engulfed all of our lives today.
As we researched this new
innovation I thought it would be best to create an on-line
community, or family as I like to call it. This was
the birth of this AEG E-Newsletter. Basically, we started
to promote events using the internet through our weekly
E-Newsletter, which was something that was really needed
in the Caribbean community, because there won't many
specific communication options to promote events of a
Caribbean nature. Yes, we had community oriented
radio; which was mainly on public radio and didn't offer
many advertising opportunities. Thus, this on-line
community was a great idea and THE answer. After
starting, I quickly realized why there were only community
oriented radio programs and a few other media outlets that
targeted the Caribbean community. And that was:
Caribbean promoters didn't like to spend money to promote
their events, artists and concerts; and with this mindset
it would be impossible to support commercial Caribbean
radio stations and other media outlets.
As we progressed, we
realized there were a lot of issues in the community (as a
whole) that needed to be addressed; so in addition to
information and event reviews, we added a commentary
section onto our weekly e-newsletter to address many of
the important issues that had been plaguing our community.
Needless-to-say, this has not
been easy, because unfortunately people like Rush
Limbaugh, Glen Beck and others can speak their mind and
opinions and get richer, but we on the other hand lose
friends and are hated when we express our opinion.
Be mindful our comments has never been meant to be hateful
or to tear down, only to create thoughts and inspire
serious discussions; which in-turn will strengthen and
build a stronger Community.
For the first few years, I wrote
the commentaries myself, and it got to the point where it seemed
every week all I was talking about was the violence in the
community (who got killed, shot, robbed, etc.)
which sickened me. Most importantly, the direction
the music was going in was starting to disappoint and
aggravate me. As a result, my
comments and observations got too "deep", and
sometimes angry. Actually, my anger was apparent
through my writing. Therefore, we decided it would
be a "good thing" for me to take a break, and
try to find answers and solutions to these
where the importance of a strong partner who shares your
goals, dreams and ambitions come in. Therefore,
Susan stepped into my shoes and has "held it
down" for a long while. I'm sure many of you enjoy and look forward
to her weekly commentary and the information she shares
(sometimes controversial, sometimes fun, but always
This break gave me the time to
focus on other ideas that could build upon what we already
accomplished through our Arious on-line community
(network). When I envisioned
this on-line community, I had envisioned an interactive
community where all the members of the network would be
able to communicate and interact with each another. You
would not only see our opinions on issues, but the
opinions of the masses. Which is strength!!!
Additionally, with the free time
I had, I began developing our MySpace page, which has
grown in members/friends to pretty close to 10,000.
For us this was a great
introduction to social networks and a wonderful learning
experience. I soon realized this is what I had in
mind for our Arious On-line community all along.
As we evolved and continued
developing, out of nowhere Facebook took
the world by storm, and what started as a social network
for college students began to absorb everyone. I'm
sure most of you, if not all of you who are reading this
right now has a Facebook account; and many times during the day and
night you are like me - constantly checking your Facebook
page, and the status of your friends on your
network. (Just like
you used to check your messages on your voicemail or
answering machine.) This has really brought
the world closer together...don't you think?
The third thing we are
celebrating this weekend is the 1st Anniversary of the
creation of our targeted Caribbean Social Network - www.mycaribbean.us.
A little over a year ago
after dealing with Myspace and Facebook, I was absolutely
certain and strongly felt: (1) the need to create a social
network targeted specifically to the Caribbean Community;
(2) one that would bring the Caribbean Communities around
the world closer together; and (3) one that not only would
allow its members to be interactive within their circle of
friends (in cyber space,) but one that would be assessable
on the "ground" in communities with regional
outlets to support and promote their network, and those on
Indeed, this was the
premise in which www.mycaribbean.us
was created, produced and developed. I spent lots of
hours making the thoughts and ideas I had for www.mycaribbean.us
a reality. After mentally and financially committing
to this project/venture everything began falling into
place; such as the layout, color scheme, themes, topics,
features, etc. Now we feel comfortable with the
upward mobile track we are on with this exciting
network. As for the growth, it is steady and at a
consistent rate - not too fast; which we feel is good, and
which has allowed us the opportunity to experiment with
all the features.
We are hopeful many of you
see the vision we have for this targeted social network
and build on it. Those of you who have taken the
first step to join, you are our foundation and we
appreciate having you. Our slogan is: MAKE IT
YOURS, and now that you are a part of the network it
is time for everyone to familiarize themselves with all
the features it has to offer and MAKE IT YOURS!
is a great communications tool, and it is imperative for
you to become interactive on the network, which is one of
the many reasons of its creation and its success. No
matter what your goals and interests are, you can build
your own targeted network within www.mycaribbean.us.
Undoubtedly, many of you
have opinions and ideas to express, products to expose,
and events to promote. Therefore, with (1) The
"Blog" feature (an ideal place where you can
share information and your thoughts daily/weekly/etc. with
your network,) and a place those on the network are
able to comment on your blog. (2).
The "Forum" feature is another place to express
yourself, share information, make statements and ask
questions. Here you can also discuss important issues
that are of interest to you and the community. (3) The
"Chat" is a fun place (private or public).
(4) The "Event" section is real cool when you
need to expose your event. There you can post your
event which is visible on the main page, and is shared
with the entire network. This can also be used as a
tool to invite people to your event/s on and off the
network. (5) As for your page "MyPage" you
can set it up to your liking, design it which ever way you
please. You can add your pictures and your favorite
videos and music. (6) The "Oovoo video
Chat" is the one feature I am most excited about, and
the one I have had the most fun with. With Oovoo you
can talk and view up to 6 people/friends through a live
video chat (as long as you have a Webcam and a microphone
on your computer.)
I can keep going on and on
but I will stop here so you can explore it yourself!
Additionally, it is truly important for you to share it
with your friends and family. Oops, I almost forgot
to tell you the best part of this social network, which
is: IT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
If you have not yet joined www.mycaribbean.us
yet, we urge you to do so right away.
I invite you once again to
join us this weekend as we celebrate all of these
milestones, at our first official event since we started 7
years ago. It's funny we have advertised and
promoted lots of events for others, but we have never
taken the time to do our own. Undeniably...now is
the time! Therefore, we are hopeful you
would come out and meet, greet, mingle and share your
ideas on how we can make the Arious Entertainment Group
a driving force in the mainstream market, the music, the
uplifting and creation of a strong music business and a
unified Caribbean as a whole.
So...Join us this Sunday,
February 28th, 2010 at the Crossroads Restaurant, 4103
Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, Maryland from 6pm to 10 pm.
really care about the Caribbean and the advancement of the
Caribbean Community I am certain you will join us as we
build this dream.
SEE YOU ON SUNDAY!!!!
If you would like to make a comment
directly to me you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are coming to celebrate with us this Sunday, hit me
up at that e-mail and let me know, so I can meet and spend
some time chatting with you on Sunday. Additionally,
if you are interested in exposing your business, product,
service or event through advertising on our Weekly
E-Newsletter or on www.mycaribbean.us
let me know, so we can discuss the possibilities.
Most importantly, if you see our vision for www.mycaribbean.us,
and you would like to invest, you can contact me as well email@example.com.
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a part of our network
there was My Space, then Facebook came along, and now we
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Special Birthday Greetings to my favorite person,
my soul mate, my heart, and my very best friend Todd!
Special Birthday Greetings To Herman
and Jannette - Our friends from www.mycaribbean.us;
from Zanzibar-OTW; Gillian; Brownskin
Chinee from T&T (3/1/09); Artie (3/2/09);
Danny; as well as Gerry, Maria, Dexter, Gabby and
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