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Women History Month.
and Celebrating Women's Accomplishments throughout History!
is National Women's History Month! Therefore,
this month we will recognize, celebrate and honor women. We
will celebrate their diverse and historic accomplishments, as well
as their rich and varied contributions to the history and culture
of the United States and around the world.
The idea to
honor women was established in this country in 1978, and it began
as "Women's History Week". In 1981 Sen. Orrin
Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a
joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming "National Women's
History Week", which was passed by Congress. However,
Congress expanded the week to a month in 1987 (coincides with
Int’l Women’s Day - which will be celebrated on March 8th,
year the National Women's
History Month Project Organization's (NWHMP) theme for this month
long celebration is: "Women
Taking the Lead to Save our Planet ."
This theme represents and honors women who have
taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement.
NWHMP is featuring Rachel
Carson, the founder of the contemporary environmental movement,
who is the iconic model of the theme. Rachel Carson's work
provides an admirable model for comparison. The 2009 Honorees are
scientists, engineers, business leaders, writers, filmmakers,
conservationists, teachers, community organizers, religious or
workplace leaders or others whose lives show exceptional vision
and leadership to save our planet.
History Month 2009 Proclamation - President Barack H. Obama
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the
For Immediate Release
March 3, 2009
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
With passion and courage,
women have taught us that when we band together to
advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common
well-being and strengthen the fabric of our Nation. Each
year during Women's History Month, we remember and
celebrate women from all walks of life who have shaped
this great Nation. This year, in accordance with the
theme, "Women Taking the Lead to Save our
Planet," we pay particular tribute to the efforts of
women in preserving and protecting the environment for
present and future generations.
Ellen Swallow Richards is
known to have been the first woman in the United States to
be accepted at a scientific school. She graduated from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1873 and went on
to become a prominent chemist. In 1887, she conducted a
survey of water quality in Massachusetts. This study, the
first of its kind in America, led to the Nation's first
state water-quality standards.
Women have also taken the lead
throughout our history in preserving our natural
environment. In 1900, Maria Sanford led the Minnesota
Federation of Women's Groups in their efforts to protect
forestland near the Mississippi River, which eventually
became the Chippewa National Forest, the first
Congressionally mandated national forest. Marjory Stoneman
Douglas dedicated her life to protecting and restoring the
Florida Everglades. Her book, The Everglades: Rivers
of Grass, published in 1947, led to the preservation
of the Everglades as a National Park. She was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.
Rachel Carson brought even
greater attention to the environment by exposing the
dangers of certain pesticides to the environment and to
human health. Her landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring,
was fiercely criticized for its unconventional
perspective. As early as 1963,however, President Kennedy
acknowledged its importance and appointed a panel to
investigate the book's findings. Silent Spring
has emerged as a seminal work in environmental studies.
Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
posthumously in 1980.
Grace Thorpe, another leading
environmental advocate, also connected environmental
protection with human well-being by emphasizing the
vulnerability of certain populations to environmental
hazards. In 1992, she launched a successful campaign to
organize Native Americans to oppose the storage of nuclear
waste on their reservations, which she said contradicted
Native American principles of stewardship of the earth.
She also proposed that America invest in alternative
energy sources such as hydroelectricity, solar power, and
These women helped protect our
environment and our people while challenging the status
quo and breaking social barriers. Their achievements
inspired generations of American women and men not only to
save our planet, but also to overcome obstacles and pursue
their interests and talents. They join a long and proud
history of American women leaders, and this month we honor
the contributions of all women to our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK
OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by
virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim
March 2009 as Women's History Month. I call upon all our
citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs,
ceremonies, and activities that honor the history,
accomplishments, and contributions of American women.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto set my hand this third day of March, in the year
of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the two hundred and
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Last month we celebrated
Black History month, which gave me the special opportunity to
recognize the bold and daring achievements of African Americans,
so I have chosen to transition into celebrating Women's History
Month by honoring the exceptional women in President Obama's
Cabinet, who have indeed impacted our history with their
education, skills, accomplishments, experiences and
strength. They will certainly carry the torch for multiple
dimensions of women's lives in a leadership role.
Oh dear...here I go again
talking about the Obama Administration, and I know many
of you may be saying "enough already with the new
President," and I do "feel" you. However,
major history has been made, and we must acknowledge, teach and
share this major triumph in our history.
It is only suitable and
proper to begin with the First Lady Michelle
Obama - The first African-American First Lady of the United
States. Many of us know very little about Mrs. Michelle
Obama, because the spotlight during her husband's presidential
campaign was only on him and very rarely on her. Sure, we
know she is highly educated, an administrator, an excellent
mother, and a lovely wife, but we never focused on her
credentials. Below you will find a detailed biography of
Mrs. Obama. Courtesy of www.biography.com.
LaVaughn Robinson Obama
African-American "First Lady of the United States" and
the 44th First Lady
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama,
44th First Lady, Lawyer, Chicago city administrator, community
outreach worker and wife of President Barack Obama was born
January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois.
Michelle was raised on Chicago's
South Side in a one-bedroom apartment. Her father, Frasier
Robinson, worked for the city's water-filtration department as
a city pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain, while
battling multiple sclerosis. Her mother, Marian, was a
Spiegel's secretary who later stayed home to raise Michelle
and her older brother, Craig. The family has been described as
a close-knit one that shared family meals, read and played
Craig and Michelle, 16 months
apart in age, were often mistaken for twins. The siblings also
shared close quarters; they slept in the living room with a
makeshift sheet serving as their room divider. Both children
were raised with an emphasis on education. The brother and
sister learned to read at home by the age of four, and both
skipped second grade.
By sixth grade, Michelle was
attending gifted classes, where she learned French and took
accelerated courses. She then went on to attend the city's
first magnet high school for gifted children where, among
other activities, she served as the student government
treasurer. "Without being immodest, we were always smart,
we were always driven and we were always encouraged to do the
best you can do, not just what's necessary," her brother
Craig, has said. "And when it came to going to schools,
we all wanted to go to the best schools we could."
Michelle graduated in 1981 from
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago's West Loop as
class salutatorian. After high school, she followed her
brother to Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985
with a B.A. in Sociology. She went on to earn a J.D. from
Harvard Law School in 1988, where she took part in
demonstrations demanding more minority students and
Following law school, Michelle
worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm
Sidley Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual
property. There in 1989, she met her future husband, Barack
Obama, a summer intern to whom she was assigned as an
adviser. "I went to Harvard and he went to Harvard, and
the firm thought, 'Oh, we'll hook these two people up,'"
Michelle said. "So, you know, there was a little
intrigue, but I must say after about a month, Barack...asked
me out, and I thought no way. This is completely tacky."
Initially, she refused to date Obama, believing that their
work relationship would make the romance improper. Eventually
she relented, and the couple soon fell in love.
After two years of dating, Barack
proposed. "We were at a restaurant having dinner to
celebrate the fact that he had finished the bar,"
Michelle remembers. "Then the waiter came over with the
dessert and a tray. And there was the ring. And I was
completely shocked." The couple married at Trinity United
Church of Christ on October 18, 1992.
Michelle soon left her job to
launch a career in public service, serving as an assistant to
Mayor Daley and then as the assistant commissioner of planning
and development for the City of Chicago.
In 1993, she became Executive
Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit
leadership-training program that helped young adults develop
skills for future careers in the public sector.
Michelle joined the University of
Chicago in 1996 as associate dean of student services,
developing the University's first community service program.
She then worked for the University of Chicago Hospitals
beginning in 2002, as executive director of community
relations and external affairs.
In May 2005, she was appointed
vice president of community relations and external affairs at
the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she continues
to work part-time. She also manages the business diversity
program and sits on six boards, including the prestigious
Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of
Chicago Laboratory Schools.
Obama first caught the eye of a national audience at her
husband's side when he delivered a high-profile speech at the
Democratic National Convention in 2004. Barack Obama was
elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois that November.
In 2007, she scaled back her own
professional work to attend to family and campaign obligations
during Barack's run for the Democratic presidential
nomination. Michelle says she's made a "commitment to be
away overnight only once a week – to campaign only two days
a week and be home by the end of the second day" for
their two daughters, Malia (born 1999) and Natasha (2001). It
has been reported that the Obama family has no nanny, and that
the children are left with their grandmother, Marian, while
their parents campaign. "I've never participated at this
level in any of his campaigns," Michelle says. "I
have usually chosen to just appear when necessary."
Since her husband's political role
pushed the Obama family into the spotlight, Michelle has been
publicly recognized for her steely, no-nonsense campaign style
as well as her sense of fashion. In May of 2006, Michelle was
featured in Essence magazine as one of "25 of the World's
Most Inspiring Women." Then in September 2007, Michelle
was listed in 02138 magazine as number 58 in "The Harvard
100," a list of the most influential alumni for the year.
She has also made the Vanity Fair best-dressed list two years
in a row, as well as People Magazine's 2008 best-dressed list.
Michelle Obama became the 44th
First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2009.
month history was made once again by 4 African-American women who
became the nation's first all black, all female flight crew.
They flew an ASA flight from Atlanta to Nashville. They are
captain Rachelle Jones, First Officer Stephanie Grant, and Flight
Attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers. To
read the details CLICK HERE!
For the next 3
weeks we will continue
celebrating the great and historical accomplishments of
Women...The Women of the Obama Administration!
message from Todd Mangatal
Greetings my on-line
Unfortunately, its been a while
since I have had a chance to talk to you. So you can imagine
what a pleasure it is that my schedule have permitted me to
chat with you this week!
We have been working on a
lot of exciting things here at Arious Entertainment and we have
lots of electrifying things planned for the future. For the
last 6 years we have been communication with all of you through
our weekly What's Happening E-Newsletters, and for us it has been
extremely delightful having a forum to express our thoughts and
opinions on various issues and events happening in and around our
community today. Most importantly, it's wonderful to be able
to share it all by just one click of a button. Obviously,
what I have been saying for years about this internet is true,
"the internet is the new frontier", because each
and every day new doors of communications are opening!
The latest breakthrough of
communication is the social network. Social networks have
become one of the most popular forms of communication, and they
have changed the way we communicate in a very short time.
Social networks have only become extremely popular in the last few
years, and they have become essential for business and
pleasure. I'm sure many of you are members of some of the
more popular social networks such as "MySpace",
"Facebook," etc. A lot of people say they are
addicted to their social networks and I agree. One can
certainly become addicted, but they can also be a great tool.
After dealing with
"MySpace" and "Facebook", which are large
communities filled with a broad range of people from all walks of
life. We thought a targeted network for the Caribbean would
be very exciting and useful in uplifting and educating.
Therefore, a few months ago we set out on a venture to create the
ultimate Caribbean Social Network, and today we are proud to
officially announce www.mycaribbean.us.
is a social network all about everything Caribbean. We
believe this will be a great tool to link up the Caribbean
community, people, lovers of everything Caribbean, and those who
would like to learn about other cultures. The possibilities are
endless of what we can achieve as a team at www.mycaribbean.us.
everything that the other networks offer, except our target is the
Caribbean. In addition to this being a great tool in
promoting and exposing the vast cultures and traditions of the
various Caribbean countries; this will be a place to meet new
friends, and link up with old ones. Being that MyCaribbean
is a community, this means everyone are invited.
We have been testing for the
last 2 months, and the site is shaping up quite nicely. We
currently have over 400 members from around the world who
represent the English, Spanish and French speaking Caribbean,
which is really exciting! We currently have over 175 videos,
and over 800 pictures. Some of the features of MyCaribbean
starts with "your spot", everyone gets their own
personal page that they can design the way they like. It is
a place to express and promote you.
Since this is a social network,
there are many ways to be social starting with our new
"On-line CHAT" feature. Immediately and instantly
you can chat with anyone on the network worldwide publicly or
privately. Of course, this is a great way to save on long
Additionally, for those of you
who like to express yourself, there is a "Blog"
section included in your network so you can speak your mind.
There is also (1) an "Event" Section where you
can list your events and invite your friends and family to attend,
as well as track your RSVP's. (2) For those of you who like
to have discussions, we have a "Forum" section
where you can start your discussions and others can comment.
(3) You can post your photos. (4) Add you favorite
music. (5) Upload you favorite videos. And (6) Start
Groups on subjects that interest you. Plus much...much
more. The best part of this...IT's FREE! Yup, just
like all the other social networks...IT IS ALL FREE!
I would like to personally
invite you to come on over to www.mycaribbean.com
and "MAKE IT YOURS". See you there, and hit me up
so we can become friends!
there was My Space, then Facebook came along, and now we have My
Brand New Social exciting Network especially for the Caribbean,
and for those who are interested in, and love everything
Join now by clicking on the
following logo or link
Log On and check
it out, it's absolutely free.
own page on
the network and
build a network
your videos, photos,
events and favorite music!
participate in Forums
If you have been
a member of My-space or Facebook, and you are interested in things
Caribbean, you will love MyCaribbean.
Log on and check
out some of the hottest Caribbean Music Videos on the "Video
Log on to www.mycaribbean.us
and Make it yours
Join us and help
make MyCaribbean all it can be!
to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past
E-Newsletters and lots of important information to use for our
future E-Newsletters. Most importantly, I thank you for your
encouraging words! Until next week...please enjoy, and be
safe this weekend and the upcoming week!!
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Also to all of you, thanks for reading, sharing
your thoughts and comments with us, and for always supporting
us. As you know without you there would be no us, so thanks
very much for your support and One Love!
For All other Inaugural Events
Go To Our "Events"
Check out our "Featured
Events" listed below.
Also, there are several events
taking place in Trinidad for Carnival, so to view all
the Events please log on to our "Events" Page above!
A courtesy to www.mycaribbean.us
6 & 7, 2009
MARCH 6, 2009: The
FMX Fusion Tour heads to “Sin City” for 2 shows.
Tonite Flash brings it to ReJAVAnate. Admission is FREE.
It’s located @ 3300 E. Flamingo #23, Las Vegas
89121. Corner of Pecos & Flamingo. SHOWTIME
MARCH 7, 2009-Las Vegas, NV-The
FMX Fusion Tour stops in on the Blue Revue
Concert inside the Texas Station Gambling Hall
& Casino 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas 89032. SHOWTIME
IS 9:30PM ADMISSION: $20
Saturday evening, the admission
would include the Ms. Phi Beta Sigma Pageant, Blue Revue
Concert , stepshow AND afterparty. I believe the price is
between $20-$25/person but i can find out the definitive
price. The venue is the Texas Station Gambling Hall &
Hotel 2101Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
There is a special room rate for those who are arriving
Friday and/or Saturday. The Texas Station is extending the
room rate special to all who wish to take advantage of the
special. $65 per night plus 9% tax and gratuity. You must
call the following number in order to receive the special,
if you call the hotel directly you will not be extended
the special rate: (800)654-8804 ext. 8358 ask for Maria
Schellhase, Sales Manager.
A courtesy to www.mycaribbean.us
History Month Family Day
- 5 pm
Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture Kogod
afternoon includes storytelling by author Yona Zeldis
McDonough and folk artist Malcah Zeldis, concerts by the
Georgia Tech Glee Club and the a cappella trio Ulali, a
dance performance and workshop by Prachi Dalal, stamp
designing, craft activities, and a scavenger hunt. In a
blast from the past, Clara Barton shares her adventures as
founder of the American Red Cross and as a Civil War nurse
in the Reynolds Center’s historic building.
is the second feature event in the Smithsonian Heritage
Month 2009 family-day series, sponsored by Target. The theme
is “Living in Many Worlds,” which explores the dynamic
intersection of family, history, and cultural identity.
National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Smithsonian Center for
Education and Museum Studies
solSource Group and Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
HIP HOP CINEMA CAFE - Women's Month Edition
Headz: South Africa's Sistaz in Hip Hop
2006 Vusi Magubane & Erin Offer
Hip Hop for you family and the community-All Ages
pm at Historical Society of DC, 801
K Street, N.W., at Mount Vernon Square, Washington DC
aka Sabreena Da Witch-Palestine Hip-Hop/R&B Artist;
Moderated by Konyka Dunson-WPFW/DCTV; with DJ
Earth1ne; Artistic Sole shoe displays by Imani
South Africa's Sistaz in Hip Hop
50 minutes. 2006 Vusi Magubane & Erin Offer
Counting Headz reveals the struggles and victories of
South Africa's women from the perspectives of three major
performers in South Africa's hip-hop scene.
Saturday and Every First Saturday After
Caribbean Hot Boyz & Ace Girls Prom.
Admission: LADIES FREE Until 1AM/ Guys $10 Until 1AM/ $20
21+ w/ VALID ID!!!! Dress Code: Mature, Sexy,
Location: Secrets Night Club, 724 Nostrand Ave (btwn
Prospect & Park Place)
Doors Open 10:30PM - 8:00AM
A courtesy to www.mycaribbean.us