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Dearest On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings to all of you and To All our Days among our On-Line Family HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! 

Read the lovely piece below entitled "What Makes A Dad" by an Unknown Author.

When I think of DADS I think of Brave, Strong, Powerful Protectors.  The extraordinary person who always has the stronghold in the family and truly provides.  Actually, the person who is the FOUNDATION of every family!  

I strongly believe every child needs that strong protector and provider in their life to show them the way to becoming successful in their own lives, and with their own families.  That man we call DAD is the courageous disciplinarian, and for the most part keep us on the "straight and narrow" pathway through life. 

I know in today's society a very large amount of youths do not have this profound "pillar" of a person in their life, and it is so very unfortunate.  I myself wish on a daily basis that I had the uniqueness of an awesome father, but "my pillar" has always been preoccupied with other things, people, etc.  [Gosh, on some special occasions such like this I wish my heart would not control my words, but my heart always takes over.]  Nonetheless, I have seen and somewhat lived through growing up without that man we call DAD…that person who we WANT to love us unconditionally, and who we WANT to guide us with our problems, priorities and aspirations.  I can certainly attest to the statistics, that are oftentimes correct: (1) difficulties/a risk of low school achievement; (2) low involvement in the labor force; (3) early childbearing, (4) and delinquency.  Most importantly, when it comes to boys without fathers the odds are doubled of being incarcerated, they have problems in the area of psychosocial adjustment, and control of aggression.  It is very pitiful and extremely sad, but absolutely true!!!!!

Therefore, our Father's emotional investment is mandatory; as well as their presence, love security and guidance.  Click Here to Read more about the importance of Fathers!

I do certainly commend the many MOMS among our on-line family who are juggling both roles, and are doing a fantastic job at it.  We wish them a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, because they are that "pillar" of their family.   To the Step Fathers: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, and to the Mentors who have stepped into many of our youths lives we also wish you a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!  Most importantly, to all our DADS among our on-line family do have a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!

Through my readings I came across a very nice poem written by "Helen Steiner Rice" that I want to dedicate to all our Dads, and Moms who are both a mother and father to their children.  Thanks to all of you for being that "pillar" of a person in many of our lives and our youths lives.  May you always be blessed, and have a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!  To learn more about the history of Father's Day, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

"Fathers are Wonderful People" by Helen Steiner Rice

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider
And "hero or the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...

[Poem Continues]

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on


Let Us All Come Together and  Celebrate Juneteenth!

JUNETEENTH:  June 19th - The National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From The Legacy of Enslavement.  This day is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Jun-Jun.  Whatever name one calls it, the fact is that it is the oldest African-American Observance in the United States where the African-American History and Heritage is observed; which dates back to 1865.  This observance is one of the most important in American History because it commemorates the freedom...the ending of slavery.  This special day is celebrated across the United States on the 3rd Friday of June and is officially recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of the US.  Click Here To Read The History of the Modern Juneteenth Movement - The Celebration of Freedom

General Order Number 3: "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued his official Emancipation Proclamation, which contrary to popular belief did not immediately free a single slave.  

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years.  TO CONTINUE READING THE HISTORY AND ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT JUNETEENTH, PLEASE CLICK HERE! (Courtesy of www.Juneteenth.com).

As we celebrate this important and historical day "Juneteenth", we must take time to really reflect, study and learn so that we can:

"REALIZE - Those early freedmen had choices to make and obstacles to surmount. To stay or to go? To forgive or to resent? To look forward or back? How does one move on from a trauma like slavery? How to obtain an education, learn to make a living, participate in society as a free and equal member? The scars persist and the questions remain for later generations."

"RECOGNIZE - Juneteenth marked the beginning of a new phase in African-American history, when emancipated slaves along with their former owners began, slowly and haltingly, to travel the long road to equality and integration. Many along the way, on both sides of the racial divide, have questioned the value of one or both of those ideals. Slavery was a defining feature of the early decades of our republic; dealing with its aftermath became the challenge of each generation."

"REFLECT TO RENEW - Even as we acknowledge the evils of slavery and the ravages it wrought upon our society, and pay tribute to those who suffered with no recompense, Juneteenth is also a time to strengthen our bonds of unity and to offer support to one another. This is especially true in the areas of economic opportunity and the opening of institutional and societal doors to guarantee fair and equitable treatment for all."

"REJOICE - Juneteenth celebrations in Texas and nearby states started soon after the fateful proclamation, but the early ones were low-key, simple affairs held on church grounds or on the outskirts of cities. Emancipation Park in Houston was the first public land purchased specifically for Juneteenth events; other tracts of land, also called Emancipation Park, followed in other cities, as did Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia, Texas. Years went by and attendance at Juneteenth commemorations declined, but the civil rights movement of the 1960s brought about a resurgence of interest (as well as some opposition by younger blacks who felt the day was a reminder of servitude and discrimination). Large gatherings began to be held in such places as Minneapolis and Milwaukee."

The Celebration of National Caribbean-Heritage Month continues, and we are celebrating,  recognizing, paying tribute and commemorating Caribbean- American Heritage by:

1) Celebrating (a) the great contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the economic, social and cultural landscape of the United States, and (b) Celebrating the historic relationships between the people of the Caribbean and the people of the United States.  

2) Recognizing (a) the many contributions of Caribbean immigrants and their decedents to the well-being of America, and (b) Recognizing how Caribbean-Americans enriches society by being leaders in government, arts, entertainment, sports, fashion, poetry, theatre, in businesses and much more. 

(3) Paying tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries. (The vibrancy and hopefulness due to the talent, faith and values of Caribbean-Americans); and 

(4) Commemorating Caribbean-American heritage, history, culture and contributions to the United States.  For more on Caribbean-American Heritage Month and its history CLICK HERE!

Please take the time to continue celebrating us, our culture, contributions  and commemorate our heritage and history.  To learn more about Caribbean-American Heritage Month and its history log on their site by CLICKING HERE!  To read the Proclamation issued by President Barack H. Obama PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Across the United States there are several events taking place - many we have received notices for, and requests for exposure; which we have posted on our "In Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month" Page, and you will also find some on our "Events" Page as well.  Therefore, take the time to browse through these two pages.  Please note there are events all across the U.S. taking place and you will be able to find many of them on our In Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month Page.  Another place to look for events and to learn more about National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is on its site: www.caribbeanheritage.org.  Here you will find details of this special month and the national calendar, so log on by clicking www.caribbeanheritage.org.


Mr. Hollis Flash Lashley is so very kind to share some inspirational writings with us.  Many he has written himself, and others that he finds inspiring.  He shares this through the segment he calls "Flashpoint".   Please read Mr. Lashley's "Flashpoint" and be inspired by the words that mean so much to him.  The author of this piece is Unknown!  

Mr. Lashley is the author of his new book "Gifts From The Heart" that is now available at www.xlibris.com and from www.hollislashley.com .  Pick up your copy NOW!!!

You must check out Mr. Lashley this Saturday as he host one of Washington DC Caribbean Carnival's top events in Bladensburg Maryland.  It is the Carnival Committee's Pan Jamboree.  Come out and experience Mr. Lashley, especially his humor.  He is a joy to talk and laugh with, and you are sure to have fun when you are in his presence.  Join Mr. Lashley, and his friend Mr. John Blake (WHUR Radio Personality) as they both host this great event.  They will certainly bring to life a day filled of the beautiful sounds of Steel Pan Music.  Check our Events page for more details on the Pan Jamboree!!!  

Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

"Decide to forgive" - Author Unknown

For resentment is negative
Resentment is poisonous
Resentment diminishes

and devours the self.

Be the first to forgive
To smile and take the first step
And you will see happiness bloom
On the face of your human

brother or sister

Be always the first
Do not wait for others to forgive

For by forgiving
You become the master of fate
The fashioner of life
A doer of miracles

To forgive is the highest

most beautiful form of love

In return you will receive

untold peace and happiness

A Word from Todd Mangatal


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BlessYou.jpg (30477 bytes)On June 16, 2010, we lost another one of our musical icons.  A great guitarist and a major force in my all time favorite band Parliament-Funkadelic.  Garry Shider: I'll miss you, and the funk you helped shapeP-Funk will live forever.  

Read the below, which is an excellent article detailing Garry Shider's life and his works with Parliament-Funkadelic.  This article is written by BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI and is provided/courtesy of The Associated PressClick Here if you wish to read it from its original source!

Legendary P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider dies at 56

TRENTON, N.J. — Garry Shider, the longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans around the globe and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died. He was 56.

Shider, who died Wednesday at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md., was known to millions of fans as "Starchild" or "Diaperman," the latter because of the loincloth he often wore onstage.

Shider's son, Garrett, said Thursday that his father had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in late March. He then briefly went out on tour one last time but had to stop because of his failing health.

"He was a beautiful man who had a beautiful heart, who loved his fans just as much as they loved him," Garrett Shider said. "I'm sure if he had the choice, he would have passed on a tour bus, because he loved playing music, playing for the fans."

A New Jersey native, Shider started his musical career as a young boy, performing mostly gospel music in churches in a group that included his brother and was overseen by their father. The band also played backup for many prominent gospel artists when they performed concerts in the area, but Shider's musical taste soon grew more diverse.

The teenager first met P-Funk mastermind George Clinton in the late 1960s at a Plainfield barbershop Clinton owned, where future P-Funk members would sing doo-wop for customers and counsel local youths. Then, when he was around 16, Shider and a friend went to Canada, where they formed a funk/rock band called United Soul, or "U.S."

Clinton, who was living in Toronto at the time, heard about the band from people in the local music business, and took the band under his wing upon learning that Shider was a member. He helped produce some of their songs and eventually invited Shider to join P-Funk, a combination of two bands, Parliament and Funkadelic.

Shider soon became a mainstay of Clinton's wide-ranging musical family, eventually serving as its musical director and co-writing some of Parliament-Funkadelic's biggest hits.

"Thank you, Garry for all you have done. Forever funkin' on!" Clinton noted in a message posted on his website.

Shider first appeared on Funkadelic's 1971 album "Maggot Brain" and Parliament's second album "Up for the Down Stroke," and joined P-Funk for good in 1972. He became one of Clinton's most trusted lieutenants, co-writing and providing vocals on some of the band's biggest hits — including "Atomic Dog," "Cosmic Slop," "Can You Get to That" and "One Nation Under the Groove."

He also toured with P-Funk for many years and was still considered an active member of the group. He also was among 16 members — including Clinton — who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, winning recognition for their musicianship, politically charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums and memorable live performances.

"My dad left home when he was about 16 years old, and wouldn't come back until he had a hit. He obviously accomplished that goal and did so much more," said Garrett Shider, who recently formed an entertainment company and hopes to produce a movie on his father's life. "People know about his talent, but I want them to know about the great man he was."

Barbara Thomas, part of a group that is raising money to help Shider's family cover his medical bills, said she was "truly heartbroken" over his death. She said upcoming benefit concerts in New York and New Jersey would go on as planned.

"Over the past forty years, Garry put his stamp and signature of everything he did musically," stated a message posted on the group's website, http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com. "His talent was and always will be unmatched."

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Kindly check out the events we have spotlighted below under our "Featured Events" section .  Actually, check out all the events including all the upcoming events by logging on to our Events Page here.  

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

We welcome your input, so if you have any comment or feedback on the commentary or events - please feel free to send an e-mail to me Susan Mangatal at my e-mail address: susan@ariousentertainment.us or you can also reach me at ariousentertainment@earthlink.net.



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June 18 & 19, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland

In Celebration of Caribbean American History Month

Join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake , Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam & Dr. Elaine Simon As the Mayor salutes the Baltimore Caribbean-American Community on their special month and will announce the Caribbean Festival.

Baltimore City Hall, 10:00 am - For additional information, contact Rick Nugent (410) 908–0123.   

For Additional Caribbean-American Heritage Month Events that are being held Across The United States PLEASE CLICK HERE!

June 19, 2010 

Washington DC

The Marvin Gaye Jr. Appreciation Day Festival which will be held Saturday, June 19th, 2010 will continue to uplift Marvin's legacy as it has done for the past twenty three years.

June 19, 2010

Montgomery County Libraries, Maryland


In Celebration of Caribbean American History Month

Aspen Hill Public Library, Maryland - 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville, Maryland (240) 773-9410

Event Type: Special Event - Multicultural & All Ages Welcomed!
Start Time: 12:00 PM
Library: Aspen Hill

Description: Come celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month! The festivities include David Boothman, a celebrated artist/musician from Trinidad and Tobago and live music with steel pan and keyboard.




For Additional Caribbean-American Heritage Month Events that are being held Across The United States PLEASE CLICK HERE!

June 19, 2010

Camden, New Jersey

In Celebration of Caribbean American History Month


June 20, 2010

Washington, DC


June 26, 2010

Largo, Maryland

July 3, 2010

Washington, DC

A Brand New Restaurant for You To Check Out.


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