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Greetings On-Line Family:

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it...Dad!!!

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The idea for creating a day to honor our fathers began in Spokane, Washington by a woman whose name is Sonora Smart Dodd.  Mrs. Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.

Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Mrs. Dodd wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Mrs. Dodd's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a National Father's Day.  In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed  a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June for Father's Day to be a holiday to be celebrated.  However, In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day.


As I personally reflect on Father’s Day, my mind ponders over a recent situation I am glad to have experienced (which I credit to being “one of the boys”.)  Just over a week ago while having drinks with male friends “the boys”, the conversation which always remain “lite” took a turn and became very personal.  To my surprise the tough men I am so familiar with began talking about their experiences of being “estranged fathers”.  

One friend expressed his joy of finding his daughter after 18 years.  Even though I was happy that he found his child, I couldn’t help responding to him in a negative manner by stating “how ironic, now you found your daughter after she’s all grown up, and you are no longer legally responsible for supporting her”.  He absorbed what I said, and proceeded to tell me and the group the many reasons why he was out of her life and was unable to find her for so many years.  He stated the mother never really kept in contact with him, and never took any steps to obtain child support (what a wonderful woman she is).  I understood his explanation, and he seemed pretty sincere and remorseful about his child being out of his life for so many years. We extended our hope that he builds a nice relationship with his newly found child.

As the conversation continued, another gentleman among our party began telling his story and experiences as the “estranged father.”  His was the typical “baby momma drama" situation.  The mother not only had his kid, but had several kids with other man, and was collecting child support from each men.  He actually stated while in court he met a gentleman and began talking to him about his situation; he said they exchanged stories but they had no clue they were summoned to court by the same woman for child support (for the kids they had fathered with this woman) until she walked by and said hello to them.   

His story concerned me, because I felt his little girl really didn’t know her father.  It seems what she knew of him (from his story) was very negative, due to the mother constantly belittling and fighting with him for some reason or another.  He sadly explained he hasn’t always been on top of “paying child support for his daughter”, but he longed to be in his child’s life and longed for his child to know him and love him unconditionally!!!

These conversations really had me reflection back on my own dad and the life he provided for my mom and brothers, which was not great.  You see, my father had other distractions, and one of his main distraction (which I always referred to as his mistress) was called “Rum”.  He loved his mistress “Rum” more than anything in the world, and he put his mistress before his family.  Of course, as a child this devastated me and the rest of my family, because “Rum” took our father away and disrupted our lives.  On many occasions my father became depressed, ignorant, violent, unable to think clearly, and at times unable to work (which was absolute misery for a child.)  However, throughout the years my father got a “strong grip” on his love for rum and has changed drastically; he actually became a different man.  As an adult I can now say, (as I look back) “all-in-all” I had a good father because he was always in our lives - unlike the gentlemen I talked about earlier.  The anger I felt as a child and throughout some of my adult life is no longer there, and I am happy that he is my DAD.

Finally, as I compare my brother Weslie to my father, there is absolutely no comparison; my brother is an outstanding dad.  It seems he tries to be everything to his children our father was not for us.  I admire him, and love him dearly for the father he is to his lovely little girls, who adore him.  He is the most remarkable, hardworking and loving father I know.

My father-in-law “Mano” was a good man too.  My husband - Todd loves him and misses him dearly, and on many occasions I find Todd commenting that his father was an exceptional man, and they had a beautiful relationship.  He further states his father was always in his life, and was always there for him and his sister.  God bless Mano (who has gone on to a better place.)

To these men - our friends “the estranged fathers”, and to all the men/fathers who are in similar situations, we at Arious truly wish all of you a very lovely Father’s day, and to my Dad and brother I send special Father’s Day wishes to you both -  all the way to Trinidad!

This is the time to tell your dad how much you love and appreciate him on his special day!!!  To all our on-line fathers we wish you a very happy Father's Day!!!!



An important event celebrating Father's Day you can't miss - The FIRST ANNUAL FATHERS DAY WEEKEND MALE EXHALE comes to Baltimore on Friday, June 13, and to the Nation's Capital on Sunday, June 15th.

Urban Film Series cordially invite you to their First Annual Father's Day Weekend Male Exhale on Friday June 13th in Baltimore, Maryland at the Lyric Opera House; and on June 15th in Washington DC's historic Lincoln Theatre.  This event includes a panel discussion: the African-American Film Critics Association's Top Two Independent Films, Tim Alexander's Diary of A Tired Black Man (top independent) and Janks Morton's What Black Men Think (top documentary), and a special guest appearance by Celebrity author Jewel Woods (Don't Blame It On Rio: The Real Deal Why Men Go To Brazil for S-e-x) which was recently featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines.  Tickets to both events are available at the respective theatre box offices or through TicketMaster.com and all local TicketMaster locations.  Proceeds of the event will be used to fund Next Generation Awareness Foundation's ("NGAF") "Generation Next" children's film and education festival and NGAF's Health and Wellness Film Festival.  Click the following link for more details on this event and to hear the audio commercial: http://www.urbanfilmseries.com/maleexhale.php 

About The Urban Film Series

The Urban Film Series is a programmatic arm of NGAF, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is connect urban communities with history and progressive cinema, and provide exposure of the arts and the motion picture industry to many communities across the United States. The Urban Film Series also produces the annual Black Docs Film Series, Urban Film Series Tour, and Black History Month Film & Discussion Series, and has received well over 700 films from across the world for its various film-related programs.

June 13th, 7pm start, Lyric Opera House,
140 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

June 15th, 5pm start, Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Tickets: $18.50 to $27.50, and are available at theatre box offices, TicketMaster.com, and all local TicketMaster locations.


National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (June) -   Celebrating it's 2nd Anniversary!  "During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the great contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the fabric of our Nation, and we pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries"  

Two years ago, in the 109th Congress both the House and Senate unanimously approved H.Con.Res.71, a measured introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), on June 5, 2006 President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June as Caribbean - American Heritage Month.  This proclamation acknowledges the growing political and economic influence of the Caribbean Diaspora and its importance and contribution to the development of the cultural diversity of the United States.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Caribbean-American Heritage Month is an opportunity to show our appreciation for the many ways Caribbean Americans have contributed to our country.

Caribbean Americans have helped to shape our national fabric with their vibrant traditions and their unique history. They have brightened our lives with the spirit and vitality of their culture. Through strong leadership and pride in their heritage, they have enriched America. In all walks of life, they have contributed their many talents and added to our Nation's development and prosperity.

We especially show our gratitude for the men and women of Caribbean descent who have served bravely in our Armed Forces and those still serving today. These heroes have answered a call greater than self, and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

During June, we celebrate and recognize the Caribbean Americans whose determination and hard work have helped make our country a better place.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2008 as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history and culture of Caribbean Americans and their contributions to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


As you know there are lots of celebrations and events taking place around the United States observing and commemorating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month!!!  Please check our "Events" Page for what's going on in our area.   Remember

the DC Film festival that celebrates this special month started last weekend, and will continue on the 17th of this month, so log on to our "Events" page for all the details on this and all the other events taking place celebrating this month.  Additionally, on June 26th plan on attending the 10 Annual Legislative Forum and Reception which is scheduled to take place on Capital Hill - FREE; and June 27th, - A Youth Leadership Institute on International Development will take place.  For all the details on these events log on to: http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org or click the banner below.



Just a quick note friends and On-Line family regarding this historic Democratic Presidential Nomination.  

For me this past Saturday was a but surreal while listening to Senator Hillary Clinton's concession speech.  Only then did it "hit me" that Senator Barack Obama won this exciting and difficult race.  As you know I wrote about it last week and congratulated him and his camp on their win, but clearly it really didn't "sink into my soul" (I guess to me it meant nothing until Senator Clinton acknowledged this great win.)  I experienced a whirlwind of emotions during her speech, actually I became quite poignant.  I simply couldn't believe it, after these 16 long months, Senator Obama really won and has made history becoming the first black Democratic Presidential Nominee.  More importantly, Senator Clinton finally publicly acknowledged his win and strongly pledged her support to the Senator regarding him becoming the next President of the United States.  What a day in history, but the ultimate day in history will soon be here in November after Senator Barack Obama wins the General Elections!!!

Excerpts of Senator Hillary Clinton's Speech delivered on Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The way to continue our fight now – to accomplish the goals for which we stand – is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.

Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him, and throw my full support behind him. And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.


So today, I am standing with Senator Obama to say: Yes we can.  Together we will work. We’ll have to work hard to get universal health care. But on the day we live in an America where no child, no man, and no woman is without health insurance, we will live in a stronger America. That’s why we need to help elect Barack Obama our President.

We’ll have to work hard to get back to fiscal responsibility and a strong middle class. But on the day we live in an America whose middle class is thriving and growing again, where all Americans, no matter where they live or where their ancestors came from, can earn a decent living, we will live in a stronger America and that is why we must elect Barack Obama our President.

We’ll have to work hard to foster the innovation that makes us energy independent and lift the threat of global warming from our children’s future. But on the day we live in an America fueled by renewable energy, we will live in a stronger America. That’s why we have to help elect Barack Obama our President.

We’ll have to work hard to bring our troops home from Iraq, and get them the support they’ve earned by their service. But on the day we live in an America that’s as loyal to our troops as they have been to us, we will live in a stronger America and that is why we must help elect Barack Obama our President.



Let's get ready for this 2nd round of campaigning and the real fight to the White House, because Senator John McCain is very determined to obtain this top position.  We all must stay focused and continue supporting Senator Barack Obama.  Remember to always say a prayer for him and his family so they are protected from anything (seen and unseen) at all times.

As this new race begins, keep Senator Obama in your thoughts and prayers so that he will be safe and far away from any harm.  Kindly continue standing up and not accepting the same old tactics, rhetoric and old politics.  Most importantly, let us get ready to vote in the Presidential election for Senator Barack Obama".  With your support and votes Senator Obama will succeed and will be the PRESIDENT.  We are certain he is "the one"..."the one" who absolutely has the ability and wisdom to move us forward;  "the one" who has the answers to all of the many issues plaguing America currently, and we know he is "the one" who can take us forward toward that change we are seeking in a positive manner.  I hope you are looking forward to the overall change as I am in November, so lets continue making history together!!!!"


The below video is of Senator Hillary Clinton entire concession speech in Washington DC on Saturday, June 7, 2008.

Sen. Hillary Clinton formally ended her presidential campaign, saying to thousands of supporters, "I will continue to stand strong with you every time, every place and every way that I can."   She urged the cheering crowd to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his bid for the White House, saying she and supporters should "take our energy, our passion and our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama ... I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me."    

Click the 1st Picture below to launch and view Part 1 of Senator Clinton's Speech (19 min. 55 seconds), and the click on the 2nd Picture to launch and view Part 2 of the Speech (10 min. 58 seconds).  Courtesy of CNN


The actual links are below:





maleexhaleback.jpg (356924 bytes)Don't forget this Friday the Urban Film Series presents its First Annual Father's Day Weekend Male Exhale in Baltimore, Maryland at the Lyric Opera House; and on June 15th in Washington DC's at the historic Lincoln Theatre.  You will find the details on the flyer located under or "Featured Events" section below, or by CLICKING HERE or the following link. http://www.urbanfilmseries.com/maleexhale.phpYou can also click on the picture to the left to see the larger version of the flyer.


This Saturday, June 14th, join the West Indian National Association as they celebrate Father's Day.  Click the picture above or scroll down to our "Featured Events" section to get the detail.

On Sunday, the Father's Day Celebrations continue with Legendary DJ Jimmy T who will be hosting his annual Father's Day party at The Pepperpot Cafe in Bladensburg Maryland.  Log on to our "Events" page for all the details.


Congratulations to cousin JC on his graduation.  We are so happy for your outstanding accomplishments, and we wish you all the best in the new and exciting life you are embarking upon.


Thanks to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important information.  Most importantly I thank you for your encouraging words!  So until next week...and please enjoy this Weekend!!

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To all of you our on-line family, 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!


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Check out our "Featured Events" listed below.  Many are taking place this weekend, so log on to our "Events Page" above to view all the events, and please go out and Support!

Also, there are several taking next weekend and beyond, so to view all the Events please log on to our "Events" Page above!



Friday, June 13, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland



June 14, 2008

Carnivals Taking Place this Weekend!

Philadelphia, PA


Tampa Bay, Florida


West Palm Beach, Florida




June 14, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland


June 15, 2008



June 17, 2008


June 20, 2008

North Brentwood, Maryland

2008 Calypso Monarch Finals

Washington DC's version of the famous "Calypso Tents" in Trinidad and Tobago.


De Panyard (4559 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood MD) and start time is 9:00 PM.


June 27th and 28th, 2008

Bladensburg, Maryland





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Very Special Birthday Greetings is extended to Miss Beverlee and son Collin

Happy Birthday Lady Flame, Carolyn, Amber, Baby Diamond, CoCo, Everton and Ely!!!  

Happy 12 Anniversary to the Jacksons (Tim and Cathy), may you have more wonderful years together!!

From all of us here at Arious we hope your special day was filled with lots of joy!!!!

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Until next week and please be safe, and enjoy this Father's Day Weekend!  Again, thanks for all your support!


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