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Celebrating June - National Caribbean-American Heritage Month


  On the evening of Wednesday, June 21, 2006,  Congresswoman Barbara Lee will lead an hour-long Congressional tribute on the House floor in honor of the inaugural National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  This hour-long tribute will be aired on C-SPAN TV (and available online at www.cspan.org) after the last votes on Wednesday.  You are encouraged to tune in to this tribute, and most importantly please encourage your Congressional representative to participate if available and/or submit a statement for the record.

As you know many Organizations and groups are continuing to commemorate and celebrate this historic occasion throughout the month in many different ways locally and around the country, and you will find many of them listed on this blast.  Please go out and support/celebrate this historic occasion.


We received some important information about Toronto Carnival and we are not sure if it's fact of fiction, but being that we are involved in Carnival here locally, I see a lot of similarities of what's been happening here locally, and actually with many other Carnivals around the country.  Take a look of the information below and let us know what you think.  Please be aware that we do not endorse this, or even know anything about Toronto Carnival (Caribana), except that when folks return from that Carnival they always express what a great time they have had at this Carnival.  If anyone can enlighten us on this issue please let me know.

dcThe City of Toronto, Festival Management Committee, Toronto Mas Bands Association, Caribbean Cultural Committee, Toronto residents and the International Community:

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The City of Toronto, Festival Management Committee, Toronto Mas Bands Association, Caribbean Cultural Committee, Toronto residents and the International Community:

The 2006 Caribana™ Festival or any facsimile thereof, is at risk of an untimely demise due to the desperate actions of a few self-appointed “spokespersons” for the Black and Caribbean Community in Toronto. These incumbent and former members of the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC) now refer to themselves as “Hands off Caribana,” (HOC). They are at loggerheads with the City of Toronto as a result of the City’s withdrawal of funding for the Festival from the CCC, and the City’s action to divert its funding of the festival to the Toronto Mas Bands Association (TMBA), with finances controlled by the Festival Management Committee (FMC).

The HOC committee has been very vocal and disruptive to the process which was put in place after 38 years of the CCC’s inability to properly account for its finances. HOC has cited racism among other charges leveled at the city. HOC wishes to prevent the festival from happening by calling an international boycott of the city during the period of the Festival, unless the city restores the management and funding of the festival to the CCC.

We the signatories of this petition, wish to state that the members of HOC do not speak for any majority of members of the Black or Caribbean Community. Furthermore, we view the actions of members of HOC and the CCC as despicable. We would like them to know that we have no interest in the CCC managing the Festival or handling Toronto taxpayers’ money in any capacity. With their history of unaccountability, human rights violations, disrespect to taxpaying residents of Toronto and its elected representatives; we call on the CCC to respect the following wishes of the undersigned:

That members of the present Board of Directors of the CCC cease and desist from any further involvement with the running of the parade and related events occurring during the period July 21 and August 7, other than their personal enjoyment of these events;

 That all members of the Board of the CCC step down and disband with immediate effect;
 That at the culmination of said period, a new committee be created that does not include any individual that has served on the Board within the past six years
 That this new committee tenders nominations for a new Board to be formed and makes a call out for paid membership
 That no Board Member is allowed to serve for more than three years
 That no Board member is allowed to run for any post on the Board before six years from the end of their term in office
 That the elected board is given the resources necessary to plan, organize, raise appropriate funds and present the festival known as Caribana™ in 2007, its fortieth anniversary


The Undersigned

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Special presentation by Todd Mangatal For National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Greetings!!!  Thanks to the many of you who responded and shared your Caribbean Story!!!  The responses were overwhelming, and all are so very interesting.  I even received a lot of "thank yous" for sharing and for the service we provide through our weekly e-mails.  One in particular I would like to share, only because it's from another business person from our community who is making a difference.  I want to send a special thank you to Caribbean Vibes Radio and it's owner Fiona Wright, we really appreciate her kind words.  (See below).

Due to the massive amounts of information we have included in this e-mail, I felt I should hold off on continuing this week with "My Caribbean Story".  Please forgive me!  Lots of folks indicated they could not wait for me to continue with my story, but hold tight, I promise I will continue in the next week or so!  You see Carnival is rapidly approaching here in DC and we are receiving lots of information that we must share with you first!!!!

Again, thanks to the many of you for all the responses and all the stories you have so graciously shared with me.  We do appreciate your support, and to you tuning into our weekly blast.

Dear Susan and Todd,
I trust you're both in great health and enriched in God's blessings.
I would like to take a moment on behalf of myself and the rest of the CVR (Caribbean Vibes Radio) team to say THANK YOU for all you've done to help yet another humble spirit of Caribbean roots----to start a dream. You both embraced my idea prior to the launch of Caribbean VIbes Radio back in November, 2004 and with open arms helped to distribute surveys, share the website information, listen etc. Since then, you've continued to support the radio station in many ways and for that we truly appreciate you and the Arious Entertainment family.
We get emails and calls from listeners all across the globe sharing just how much it means to have a radio station such as ours. We've come a long way and have further to go, yet the journey is so much more special when people like yourselves take time to give unselfishly. As we celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we salute you both for carrying the torch and for being a leader in the Caribbean-American community.
Continue to be inspired as you share information about our beautiful Caribbean heritage and to create positive experiences for many. Thank you so much for all you do in and around our community.
Nuff respect,
Fiona and the CVR Team.








Until Next Week

by Todd Mangatal


Events This Weekend & Events Commemorating this historic Occasion



This Friday, June 16th, 2006

Join CeeC Promotions for her Fridays Happy Hour as she celebrate Carolyn's Birthday

This Friday

June 16, 2006

Pan Masters Steel Orchestra


Their Annual DC Calypso Monarch Calypso Finals




Saturday, June 17, 2006

Michigan Steel Drum Festival



Date: 11:30am to 11:59pm

Phone: 313-965-9500

Steel Bands Performing:




For More Details www.phillycarnival.com 


Keith C. Holmes

Email: kcholmes@i-2000.com


  Brooklyn, NY. May 25th.  – On Saturday, June 17th, 2006 at  6:30pm. The Ausar Auset Society in conjunction with the Medgar Evers Imani Dancers and Drummers Ensemble of Mass Communication, Creative Performing Arts & Speech. Presenting a tribute to the Royal Leaders of our History: Great Kings and Queens of Khamit. 

This theatrical production is an historical account of the inception of Khamit (Egypt's) first dynasty to the last. This play is going to document all of the major Kings and Queens that made Khamit what it was. You will get the meaning of how this great nation- Khamit- was created and sustained for 6000 years. Khamit was the first civilization to develop agriculture, religion, chemistry, medicine, art, music, mathematics, building and construction and so many other first. It's a Black History Event put on by Ausar Auset Society's High School. It's a dramatical event filled with music and dance to entertain all.

Admission: Adults $15, children 12 and under $12. For tickets and more  information please contact: Tel: 718-469-3199,  Email: nvm@nilevalley.com

Location: Medgar Evers College Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave & Crown St., Brooklyn, NY.


This Saturday and Sunday

June 17th & 18th, 2006

DC Caribbean Carnival Kicks Off






Final Call
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Upcoming Events - Also for Caribbean-American Heritage Month




June 19 - June 25, 2006

Washington DC

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)



8:00-12:00 pmIDB Caribbean American Business Opportunities Seminar.  Open to the Public, REGISTRATION CLOSED

1:00- 3:00 pm  - White House Reception & Briefing By Invitation Only, REGISTER by MAY 25th  (US National Security Clearance Required) REGISTRATION CLOSED

6:00 -11:00 pm  - CAHM Commemorative “Heritage is Priceless”  Dinner.  By Invitation Only!!! REGISTRATION CLOSE!!!


9:00 – 11:00 am  - Symposium on “Transnational Citizenships: The Role of the Diaspora.  Inter-American DialogueBy invitation Only!!! REGISTRATION CLOSED

12:00-1:30 pm   - Lunch honoring Caribbean American Elected OfficialsBy invitation Only!!! REGISTRATION CLOSED

2:00 - 5:00 pm - 8th Annual Caribbean American Legislative ForumOpen to the Public, REGISTER by JUNE 6th REGISTRATION CLOSED

6:00 – 8:00 pm - CAHM Congressional Appreciation ReceptionBy invitation Only,  REGISTER by JUNE 6th  REGISTRATION CLOSED

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006

9:00 – 5:00 pm - National Caribbean American Student Leadership ConferenceOpen to the Public, New York University

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006

11:00-5:00 pm - Caribbean American Heritage Month Cricket on the National MallOpen to the Public

For Further Information call: Claire Nelson (202) 907-6140 or Glenn Joseph (754) 224-8150 

for Press Release!!!



Dear Friend of the Caribbean:

You are invited to attend a Roundtable Dialogue on TransNational Finance: The Role of the Caribbean Diaspora to be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 8:30 am to 10:15 a.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue, located at 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C .

This RoundTable Dialogue will bring together policy makers, private sector leaders and others interested in promoting healthy exchange on transnational finance.  Featured speakers include:  James Hansley, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Earl Jarrett, Director, Jamaica National Bank; and Thomson Fontaine, International Monetary Fund.

The event is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  We hope your schedule will permit you to attend, and afterward to join us for the 8th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill.   The Agenda and Registration Form are attached.  If you have any specific questions regarding the Forum or to register, please contact Adam Minson at (202) 463-2932 or meetings@thedialogue.org .




Other events that will take place June 19-20 include:

    ·       Seminar on “Business Opportunities in the Caribbean with the Inter-American Development Bank,” Monday June 19th, 8:30-12:30, at the IDB Building, 1300 New York Avenue, N.W.  Space Limited to RSVP contact dorothyp@iadb.org

    ·        Caribbean American Legislative Forum, Tuesday, June 20, 11:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m....Invited Speakers include: Faye Housty, CARICOM; Brian Nichols, USAID; Hon. Hazelle Rogers, Commissioner, Miramar, FL; Hon. Shirley Nathan Pulliam, Delegate, MD; Congressman Gregory Meeks; Ambassador Marina Valere; Ambassador Gordon Shirley.  Space Limited.   To RSVP See REGISTRATION FORM attached.

    ·       Inaugural Commemorative Dinner CAHM 2006. J.W. Marriott, Monday, June 19 6:30-pm - 11:00 p.m. Hosted by Sheryl Lee Ralph & Rick Fox, National Spokespersons for Caribbean American Heritage Month

    We hope that you will join us in creating a strong voice in advancing Caribbean-American Interests by supporting the Institute in its work.



Click For Registration Forms!!!

June 19, 2006


To commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Inter-American Development Bank will host a Special Business Opportunities Briefing targeting Caribbean American Business owners and those interested in doing Business in the Caribbean on Monday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This 1/2 day seminar will include speakers from the IDB as well as the US Minority Business Development Agency; the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization; National Minority Suppliers Development Council; the City of Washington DC ; and the World Bank.

Normally this event is offered for a fee of US$295.00. This is an unprecedented opportunity to get in on the ground floor of networking with IDB officials in charge of procurement.

If you are interested in attending, kindly send the following information to Dorothy Patrickson at dorothyp@iadb.org  ASAP.



An Invitation and Registration will be forwarded to you from the Office of External Relations at the Inter-American Development Bank.

PS: The IDB Briefing precedes a Special Reception and Briefing to the Caribbean American Community being hosted by the White House on Monday, June 19, 2006


In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month June 2006



For more information and pre-registration visit  www.transafricaforum.org or call 202.223.1960 x116

Each screening will be followed by a discussion

Avenue, NW, Building 44, Room A03, Washington, DC 20008 Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 6:30 p.m.   University of the District of Columbia , 4200 Connecticut Avenue Metro: Van Ness (Red Line

Like Water, directed by Vanessa La Tanya Hill (Bahamas, U.S., 2005, 70 minutes). Drama. Like Water is set in The Bahamas and the U.S.  The film explores the relationship between ancestral and current grief, and its association with affirming one’s self-identity and self-acceptance. Merlice, in Washington, DC, as she prepares to go to college in the fall accidentally finds letters written by her grandmother from The Bahamas. This sets in motion her sojourn to the islands where she connects with her deceased mother and heritage during a Junkanoo ceremony.

Ivan the Terrible, directed by Neisha Agostini (Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, 2004, 30 minutes). A half-hour documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan’s devastation of the island of Grenada. Interviews with locals give a sense of the total shock and chaos which gripped the island.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 6:30 p.m. - Venue: TBA

Caribbean Animations with Camille Selvon Abrahams of Animae Caribe Animation & New Media Festival.  Direct from Trinidad and Tobago--Camille Abrahams will present a wide range of the latest Caribbean animated films and discuss with participants the history and the many facets of the animation film industry in the Caribbean. “Animae Caribe is an annual animation & new media festival held in Trinidad and Tobago. It features filmmakers from the Caribbean & the Diaspora. Though its emphasis is animation, the festival promotes experimental film production also. The aims of the festival are: 1) to provide a global stage for animators and filmmakers of the region; and 2) to provide a learning environment for artists to improve their craft.” (from http://www.animaecaribe.com/about/index.php?topic=overview)


Special Announcement


June 22, 2006

Tune in to Tony Carr on WPFW 89.3FM 

for his 14 Annual Special Tribute to DC Caribbean Carnival Radio Show

From 10:00pm to 3:00am




June Is Black Music Month

Media Alert!! Harlem Welcomes Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marica Griffiths

For Immediate Release

June Is Black Music Month

“Save the Date June 24, 2006”

 Live and  In Concert  The I Threes featuring Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley Unite On One Stage in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre 253 west 125th  Street at 8 PM  for one night only as the Caribbean Cultural Centre, the African Diaspora Institute and the Apollo Theatre  Present the 11th Tribute to Women of Color, with special guest Thandiswa Mazwai 2005 South African Music Award Hosted by,  Ntozake Shange Tony and Emmy Award winner,  Dahved Levy WBLS  Radio Personality and La Bruja Spoken Word and Recording  Artist.

The Mission

The Caribbean Cultural Centre / African Diaspora Institute and the Apollo Theatre pays Homage to make visible these wonderful artists by highlighting   their contributions and culture to their musical genres and ensuring their legacy to be remembered within the musical vibrations and African Diaspora traditions. The Caribbean Cultural Centre past tributes concerts included Celia Cruz , Katherine Dunham, Angela Bofill,  Cassandra Wilson

Three In Oneness- The I Threes

Marcia Griffiths  In a career spanning four decades Marcia has earned her title 'The Queen of Reggae'. She spent her teens singing at Studio One, has worked with many of Jamaica's greats and continues to make music to this day. She is  a successful female vocalist in the history of reggae music, having recorded in every one of the myriad of styles in Jamaican music, from ska through to an 80s rap crossover record. Her precocious talent was recognized very early by producers Coxsone Dodd and Byron Lee, who were competing for her father's signature on a recording contract even before Griffiths' tenth birthday. Dodd was the winner because she "liked his vibes" and Dodd's Studio One set-up was like a "musical college". It was there that Griffiths achieved her first Jamaican number 1 in 1968 with the rocksteady hit "Feel Like Jumping", a record that can still fill dance floors. She had worked very closely with Bob Andy during this period and he had written many of her biggest hits for her. In 1969, they recorded, as Bob And Marcia, an interpretation of Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" for producer Harry J. The popularity of the record ensured crossover success and it rode high in the UK charts in 1970 and became a hit all over Europe.
In  1975, she became one of Bob Marley's I-Threes backing vocalists, along with Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt - recruited to fill the musical gap left by the departure of Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh from the Wailers. For the remainder of the decade and on into the 80s she recorded and toured with Marley, still continuing with her solo career, but after Marley's transition  in 1981, she returned to extensive recording as a solo artist. Her "Electric Boogie" with Bunny Wailer was a hit in the USA in 1989 - seven years after it was recorded - and even inspired its own dance - "The Electric Slide". She continues to make records that matter.

Rita Marley has enjoyed a successful solo career in her own right. In her early days she had originally worked with the Soulettes a female ska trio. The Soulettes began recording for Clement Dodd Studio One Label in 1964. Dodd asked his emerging star Bob Marley to mentor them.  Rita Marley subsequently enjoyed several solo hits in Jamaica, among them "Pied Piper". Prophetically, she would back the Wailers on several early recordings.  Her album “Who Feels It Knows It”  produced a big hit  "One Draw", a pro-marijuana lyric recorded in 1981, became the first reggae single to top Billboard's disco singles chart, which was used to track dance-club play at the time. Rita Marley continued to enjoy single successes with "Many Are Called" and "Play Play". . In  1988's Rita Marley recorded  Harambe (Working Together for Freedom), and followed it in 1991 with We Must Carry On, which garnered a Grammy nomination. Both albums continued her knack for danceable, rootsy reggae with spiritual messages and a definite sense of fun.           Read More.......






Vendors spots are going fast!  Contact us as soon as possible if you intend to participate with DC Carnival this year!




Caribbeana Comedy Festival

Media Contact: Vonetta B. Martin

301-459-1775 or 301-741-8523







WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Laughter brings the people together”, stated on air by legendary Von Martin, radio personality and producer of a 30 year and running radio program entitled “Caribbeana” on WPFW 89.3 FM (tune in Saturday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM).  Some say Caribbeana’s Washingtonian comedy festival is similar to B.E.T. Comic View with a hint of Apollo’s audience, except when the comedienne belts out his or her punch line you’ll hear the sweet sound of the Caribbean islands.  Ideologies covered by the comediennes who hit the stage range from what some consider scandalous actions of a nation’s president to how people rear their children or survive a relationship.  

On Sunday, June 25th at 7:00 PM in Cramton Auditorium of Howard University, Von Martin will cap off the weekend of DC Caribbean carnival events with this year’s “Caribbeana’s Laugh It Up” comedy festival. This year he brings to the stage an action packed, sidesplitting, and entertaining cast of Caribbean artistes such as:  Owen “Blacka” Ellis (Jamaica), Ity & Fancy Cat (xxxxx), Sprang A Lang (Trinidad & Tobago), Learie Joseph (xxxxxxx), Deborah Maillard (xxxxx), and special guest Calypsonian singers Gypsy and Black Sage, whom will be giving a special extempo performance, an achapelo improtu form of singing, in tribute to a former cast member, “Big B”, who past in 2005.   

Read More......





Arious sponsors several Masquerade Bands for DC Caribbean Carnival


  This Year we (Arious Entertainment) have sponsored several bands, which are displayed below.  We especially Congratulate Washington Rampage on Selling Out their 5 sections a month before the event takes place.  This is a great accomplishment!!!  

Congratulations to Ice Entertainment on completely SELLING OUT their Sections Nefertiti's Passion"  & "Venue Rapture".  There are very little costumes left for their last section "Aphrodite Fantasy" so call Germaine at 410-944- 0320 or 240-447-2412 or via their site www.icecarnival.net.


"Ice Carnival" for 2006 DC Caribbean Carnival

Presents "Royal Fantasy"

"Nefertiti’s Passion" section is Sold Out!

"Venus Rapture" section is Sold Out!

Log On to Ice Carnival’s website www.icecarnival.net for all the details

 To reserve your costume contact  Germaine at 410-944-0323 or 240-447-2417


Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "Royal Fantasy"


Jackie & Associates 


for DC Caribbean Carnival 2006 

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For Information contact Jackie or Janet 301-565-8037 or 301-524-8718 or www.jackiecarnival.com

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "Nations"


Shortmus Productions www.shortmusproductions.com


Shortmus Productions



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For DC Caribbean Carnival 2006

For Details and to play mas with Shortmus, contact him via e-mail: shortmus@msn.com or   202-549-4142

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of 


Look out for the last section recently added!!!

Washington Rampage  www.washingtonrampage.com

Sold Out - Sold Out - Sold Out

All Costumes Are Sold Out.  However, Ms. Yolanda (Band Leader) has decided to make a few additional costumes to fill the need of the many who are contacting her and demanding costumes.  Check with her to see if she can accommodate your request!!!  Her contact information is located on her site.

Washington Rampage Portrays "The King & I" for DC Caribbean Carnival 2006 

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All Costumes are Sold Out

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "The King and I"


BIG UPS, CONGRATULATIONS and Birthday Greetings

Caribbean Vibes Show (WNTI – 91.9FM)  


The Caribbean Vibes Show


The new time is now Saturdays 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  (WNTI – 91.9FM or http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wnti/ppr/index.shtml)


The play list location was also changed.  The new location is: 



To listen, tune to WNTI – 91.9 FM (NJ/PA/NY) or log on to: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wnti/ppr/index.shtml (Saturdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM).


To view my (updated) home page, log on to: http://www.members.aol.com/MrCaribbeanvibe/Index.html


To learn more about the radio station, log on to: www.wnti.org




Arious Entertainment wishes the best to The Soca Worriers and may God Bless them on their quest for VICTORY IN GERMANY!



Happy Belated Birthday June, Happy Birthday Carolyn, Amber, Diamond, CoCo, Everton and Ely!!!  


Happy Anniversary to the Jacksons (Tim and Cathy), may you have another 10 years together!!


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