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Dearest On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings to all of you!  

Over this past week during these long days and nights my heart have been heavy, and I am so very saddened about what is transpiring in Jamaica.  A State of Emergency issued?????  As I watched the news all over the Internet and Television, my eyes have constantly been full of tears…tears of sorrow for the people who have been shot down like they are nothing.  The gruesome pictures just rips me apart; bloodied bodies in trucks, blood seeping out of victims heads and other parts of their bodies as they lay in the alleys and streets making West Kingston, particularly little Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica look like it is the biggest war zone ever.  Bombs being dropped, and homes and businesses being burned to the ground…and the number of dead keep climbing [the last report I heard was 44, not to mention the many bodies they have not gotten too so they could be included in the count!]

My thoughts however; cannot stop wondering off on the fact that a child is now without a parent, a mother and father is without a son or daughter, a wife is without a husband and vice versa.  And why…why have they lost their lives? 

Moreover, I am outraged and just "freaking" mad that Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on Bruce_Golding-1.jpg (18197 bytes)May 17th to the entire island via a Television address that he had decided to grant/sign the request for the extradition of Mr. Christopher Dudus Coke to the U.S. Government to face gun-trafficking and drug charges.  Did you hear me…ANNOUNCED his decision to proceed with authorizing Mr. Coke's extradition documents?  What? You think he didn’t know what was going to happen after his announcement?  Yup, he knew without a doubt exactly what was going to happen!!!! 

He certainly knew West Kingston was going to erupt over his decision, because he is very aware of how much the people of West Kingston and Mr. Coke's small town of Tivoli Gardens are dedicated and committed to Mr. Coke.  While the officials in the US see him as an international drug lord and dangerous criminal, the people of West Kingston see him as a leader or a "Don" who provides for the welfare of the community, a benefactor, who has ensured their safety, and who is responsible for their children, school and putting food on their tables.  Even Mr. Golding himself has been dedicated to Mr. Coke because it is a known fact that Mr. Coke was a strong supporter of the Prime Minister's Party (The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and was in control of the Prime Minister's constituency of Tivoli Gardens.  Yes, it is certain that without Mr. Coke’s approval Prime Minister Golding would not be the representative for West Kingston nor even the Prime Minister.

I personally have had enough with these freaking corrupt politicians.  YES, DO RESIGN Mr. Golding, because this unrest, killings, mayhem and shame taking place in Jamaica today is on your head…and you have the nerve to be sending more artillery, and bombs into the city to kill more innocent people over a man (one man), who YOU could have retrieved/arrested swiftly and quietly without alarming the entire island.  There must have been a better way to do this than so many lives being lost.

On a calmer note, I don’t mean to project that I condone what the people and gangs are doing to protect Mr. Coke; I most certainly do not!  It hurts my heart that they are continuing with the gun warfare upon the police and soldiers, because it results in their brothers and sisters being killed; bombs are being dropped on the homes of innocent people and their neighborhoods are being destroyed. 

Just for a moment let’s tap into Mr. Coke's thinking.  From all that is written about this man, a man who seem to have business sense; actually a man with simple common sense would have already fled the area.  As a matter of fact, I believe he is NO longer in Jamaica.  Only an idiot would sit in their home and wait for the police/authorities to come and arrest them.  Nahhhhh, he is no longer in Jamaica…from all the reports about Mr. Coke, we know he is not a fool!!!  Surely Mr. Golding, his Police Force and Soldiers know Mr. Coke is no longer in West Kingston.

It is so very weird that a gentleman and associate (a native of Jamaica) whom I have known for some time, but one who I have never had a real conversation with, began talking to me today about the situation in his country; and he pointed out something that I didn’t think about.  He stated that: Mr. Golding must be trying to wipe out the gangs in West Kingston.  He further stated that: Mr. Golding has been "in bed" with these people for far too long and his intention is to just get rid of all of them.  I thought it was some shocking statements, but quite interesting and one that is not far-fetched.

It is indeed a sad day in Jamaica's history.  This beautiful island that we love…"Jamaica, land we love…Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love."  Let us all pray for Jamaica…Pray that the shootings and killings stop soon…Pray that the people of West Kingston see that only their brothers and sisters are being shot and killed…and cease the gun battle…and bring calm to the city!  To all our many friends who are Jamaicans, our hearts are with you.  We certainly know the sorrow you are experiencing and the overwhelming shame you are feeling due to this entire situation.  Pray that it all ends soon!!!!

I have added the link to Mr. Golding's speech courtesy of You Tube.  Please listen, it will give you some insight of his involvement and the mess he is involved in due to him protecting this Christopher Dudus Coke from being extradited to the US to face charges for his crimes.  He clearly spoke about it and apologized to the people during this speech.   Please feel free to comment and discuss with us this situation further by e-mailing me at susan@ariousentertainment.us or ariousentertainment@earthlink.net

Part 1 of the Speech Prime Minister Bruce Golding made as he addressed the citizens of Jamaica on 5/17/2010

 

Part 2 of the Speech Prime Minister Bruce Golding made as he Addressed the citizens of Jamaica on 5/17/2010

 

 

 


O'NeilRIP.jpg (75642 bytes)oneiledwards-2.jpg (14382 bytes)On another sad note young, talented, handsome O'Neil Edwards, one-third of the popular dancehall singing and dancing group Voicemail, succumbed to his gun shot wounds yesterday, May 26th, 2010.  18 days ago Mr. O'Neil was robbed and shot several times with one of the shots piercing his head, at his gate in front of his home in Duhaney Park, Jamaica.  He has been in the hospital battling for his life, but sadly he did not make it.  From what I understand, there were two suspects in this shooting, one is in custody and the other was found dead with gun shot wounds over his entire body.

 



Some islands away - across the seas, my birth place Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, May 24th held its snap legislative election that was unexpectedly called by former Prime Minister Patrick Manning; and the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago spoke out loud and clear.  They voted for the candidate that promised and preached CHANGE.  Therefore, we at Arious would like to congratulate Kamla Persad-Bissessar on her overwhelming win and for making history - Becoming the First Woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.  Ms. Persad-Bissessar started her campaign on the premise of Change, and we can only hope that overall Change is about to come to Trinidad and Tobago.  Many are happy and many are saddened as well, because their beloved People's National Movement Party lost the elections, but again clearly the people have spoken and they have spoken loudly and voted for Change to come to T&T.  Every Creed and Race find an equal place and may God bless our Nation - Yes, may God bless my country/nation Trinidad and Tobago.


 

Happy Memorial Day.  Let's salute the men and women who have fought, and died in the service of their country.    

Memorial Day - A day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.  During this time it's excellent to honor our veterans and famous Americans by paying tribute to all those who have passed on while serving their great country.  Yes, indeed it is the one day out of the year to memorialize our loved ones, our ancestors, our neighbors, and our friends who died in conflicts and wars -- giving the ultimate sacrifice.  For the history on Memorial Day PLEASE CLICK HERE!

We at Arious express our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices the many brave women and men of the military services made, and is currently making during these peril times, by putting themselves in harm's way while serving and defending this great nation for the sake of freedom for all Americans.

Memorial Day Weekend is also known to be the official "kick-off" of summer.  Therefore, folks used this weekend to spend time at family gatherings, at cookouts barbecuing and having picnics, and even attending and participating in sporting events.  This is also the time many rush to the beaches to relax and to soak up the sun, while many spend enormous amounts of time at their pools.  Whatever you do, please take some time to relax with friends and family, laugh, talk, and just have fun.  PRIMARILY, PLEASE ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, and be very safe if you are traveling out of town.  

Many of you our on-line family may know this Memorial weekend marks the official "kick-off" of the North America Caribbean Carnival Season.  Atlanta Georgia Carnival, as well as Orlando Florida Carnival, and out West the San Francisco CA Carnival takes place, beginning on Friday, May 28 - May 30th.  I am certain many of you are very familiar with the festive Caribbean Carnival, which is similar to the "Mardi Gras" that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Caribbean Carnival is described as a festival full of color, full of costumes (Mas), full of music, full of dance, and filled with an array of ethnic foods and Caribbean art.  It is also known as a form of freedom - of letting yourself go on the day(s) of the event, while enjoying the music, parties, and all that is taking place during this festive time.  It's simply all about FUN...LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN!  Indeed Carnival is fantastic and extremely exciting.  Therefore, if you are heading to Atlanta GA, Orlando FL or San Francisco CA, check out the Carnivals and pay attention to the "mas" bands along the parade route with their lovely costumes.  With these electrifying events taking place Memorial Day Holiday Weekend is sure to be an exciting one.  


SteelPulse.JPG (10081 bytes)Finally, I must update you on the Outstanding Steel Pulse reggae concert that took place last week at the 9:30 club here in Washington DC.  It was absolutely awesome and completely sold out - so much so that folks were crowded in front of venue asking if anyone had extra tickets for the show (so they could purchase it).   Steel Pulse rocked the entire house.  It was especially nice to see a live show, with fantastic sound (compliments of the best sound man Big D - Steel Pulse sound engineer).  The crowds were completely entertained and erupted when the group sang Chant a Psalm a day...get behind me Satan; and they especially went wild when the group sang Rally round the flag..Rally round the red, Gold, black and green...Marcus say sir Marcus say...  They sang all our favorites and the vibe was nice, with people who seemed very happy and was full of love.  This was really a treat and truly an awesome show.  Thanks to the venue and promoters for sponsoring the tickets for our Steel Pulse Ticket Contest Giveaway!!!!


If for some reason you are not heading to the beaches or the Carnivals, and you live in the Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia areas please check out the events we have spotlighted below.  See more events under our "Featured Events" section below as well.  You can check out all our upcoming events by logging on to our Events Page here.

(1) image002.jpg (61211 bytes)Roots and Culture Band Launching Adelphia, MD.

(2) Jamboree2010-1.JPG (73136 bytes)Pan Masters Steel Orchestra Steel Pan Jamboree in North Brentwood, Md.

 

(3) D4OUBoat-Ride-BAL-L.JPG (91623 bytes)Palancin on the Boat in Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

This week Mr. Hollis P. Lashley author of the book "Gifts From The Heart" that is now available at www.xlibris.com and from www.hollislashley.com feels it is important to share with you a column he reads on a daily basis.  This column is not written by Mr. Lashley, but by Dr Robert Anthony.  Please read and enjoy.  Most importantly, Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

 

About Forgiveness, by Dr. Robert Anthony.

If you feel stuck in any area of your life it could very well be
due to a lack of forgiveness. Perhaps you are having trouble
forgiving someone else or yourself. It doesn't matter. Holding on
to past memories or "stories" is guaranteed to tie up your energy
and block your ability to attract what you want.

I struggled with forgiveness for many years because I believed that
if I forgave someone they would not receive the "just punishment"
they deserved for what they had done to me. But as I looked at that
belief I realized it was just that, a belief. In fact, it was just
an assumption and an illusion.

What I learned is that the universe will always seek balance and it
will deal with that person or situation in the appropriate way,
even if it that means letting them off the hook.  The outcome in
their life has nothing to do with the outcome in my life unless I
choose to keep myself tied to it.

If you think about it, when you choose to forgive someone, it is
nothing more than an ego trip. When you say "I forgive you",
what you are really saying is you have some sort of hold over them.
By saying "I forgive you", you decree that you are pronouncing
them "free" of your resentment. That isn't forgiveness. That's an
ego trip.

There is really nothing to forgive.  What we call forgiveness is
simply letting go. It is not placing judgment on other people or
yourself.  When you are truly conscious you realize that nothing
"bad" or "wrong" happened. You may judge it as "bad" or "wrong",
but from the view of ALL THAT IS what occurred is simply what
occurred. It's over. It's done. It's history. 

Because we believe something "bad" happened, we still think of
ourselves as being victimized no matter how much we try to forgive.
So we are caught up between two conflicting energies. One is to
condemn and blame and the other is to forgive. This is why we
struggle with forgiveness.

However, when we are truly conscious we realize nothing "bad",
"negative" or "evil" happened at all. In fact, what happened didn't
happen TO you but FOR you. It happened to help you to awaken and
grow. It was part of your life lesson to bring you to where you are
right now and to allow you to let go of your "story" of
victimization.

So if you are stuck in any area of your life, take a look at your
unwillingness to forgive yourself or others and just let it go!
Realize there is nothing to forgive. You just have to release it
and move on.

Truly Caring for Your Success!

Dr. Robert Anthony

 

Have an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more with you next week.

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