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to all of you!
what an intriguing month June has been.
As you must know by now, June has been officially
recognized as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
since 2006, and we certainly commemorated and celebrated
our Caribbean-American Heritage to the fullest.
In past years, our celebrating consisted of
attending events and receptions.
However, this year 2010 we were afforded the
opportunity to attend forums, briefings, lectures and
discussions; and I must say they were truly fascinating.
There were healthy dialogues on the issues
plaguing our Caribbean Communities such as: immigration,
crime, business development, health, disasters and
relief efforts in the islands – (especially Haiti,)
our Caribbean Island leaders, Trade, public service, the
strengthening of relationships between Caribbean Leaders
and community based organizations, and even our music,
poetry and art was highlighted in some form or another.
Additionally, I was able to converse with State
Representatives, Professors, Ambassadors, small
business owners, scholars, Political leaders, executive
directors of community based organizations, and folks
from all sorts of professions with diverse backgrounds -
who all exhibited the same passion - - [the love for
their culture and their heritage.]
reason for attending was not purely for educational
purposes, but after all it turned out to be very
educational, and the conversing and collaborating with
such diverse people was quite meaningful.
being the last full week of "CAHM", I felt it was
particularly important due to it being Legislative
Through the forums I was able to attend; I
learned a great deal and was able to get an overall view
of the works of the Institute of Caribbean Studies,
their leader Dr. Claire Nelson, her team, and their
goals. As a
matter of fact, the forums gave me new insight, meaning
and purpose to all that we do for our community.
me though, the culmination of this week and for really
this entire month on a whole was the White House
Briefing, where many leaders of the Caribbean-American
Community attended the White House Caribbean-American
Leaders Policy Briefing.
At the briefing we were addressed by many on
President Obama’s team, his directors of specific
Federal Government Agencies. They
addressed some issues such as: Financial Regulatory
Reform, Health Care, Caribbean Affairs, Haiti, Census,
Minority Business Development and Small Business,
Economic Security, Immigration, and we were even updated
on the BP Oil spill, plus much
has been extremely valuable to me in my business is
meeting people and for me personally, I met a lot of new
people, and absorbed and learned so very much.
I heard fascinating stories, and saw their
passion to network, integrate, teach, and convey all
they learned in an effort to nurture, develop and expend
in their respective areas.
For me I truly re-established my commitment to my
heritage and culture.
this June Month of 2010 will be one to remember. Dr. Claire Nelson and her team has gone above and beyond
making it exceptional and I must say here in Washington
DC it has been awesome.
few days we have left in June go ahead and 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! The picture above to the right is the Proclamation issued by
President Barack H. Obama with his signature, which I was fortunate
enough to receive. Unfortunately, the words are
not clear (simply not captured by my camera); however,
if you wish to read the Proclamation PLEASE
Still across the United States
several events are 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.
As this month comes to an end the Splendor of the
Caribbean Culture truly comes alive over the next few days
here in Washington DC with "Carnival".
This spectacular "Greatest Show On Earth",
which to me is an expression of total freedom, and of one
where all your inhibitions are disposed off, a time to
truly party and have loads of fun.
I'm sure after hearing me rant over the years that you are
knowledgeable about Caribbean Carnivals. It is
an event which is very similar to the "Mardi
Gras" that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.
It is definitely NOT as many folks think - an
amusement park with rides and games.
the Caribbean Carnival within
the Caribbean is described as a festival - "
festival full of colors" transformed into costumes or
( masquerade); full of music [
calypso, soca, steel band music, iron sections]; full of
dance; an array of ethnic foods as well as Caribbean art.
Like me, some people describe Carnival as a form of freedom - of
just letting oneself go on the day/s of the event, and
enjoying the music, the parties...just having enormous
amounts of FUN!!! FUN!!! and more FUN!!!
is indeed a whole lot of fun that attracts millions of
people from around the globe, and it has become a huge
year-round business entity in America. It allows
each culture to pay tribute to, and (1) expose their art
form in the cities where the Carnival is held; (2) it
provides enjoyment to millions of people and revenues to
businesses year round, and (3) for the cities it is held
in, it increases tourism and generates revenue for the
city government. Carnival is a certainly "a big
in the Caribbean where Carnival is part of the culture,
here in America it's more a showcase of the culture.
Keep in mind though, carnival is not only a show it's an
interactive show in which everyone is encouraged to
This entire "Carnival thing" is
awesome and is certainly a fantastic "thing "
to experience, so if you are in Washington
DC, Maryland, or Virginia; or even in states only a few
hours away and you have the opportunity to
travel to DC this weekend, please do so, in order for you
to be mesmerized by this Carnival taking place here.
If you make it, do focus on the " Mas" bands along the parade
route, and keep in mind you will have the time of your
life. Undoubtedly, you will have lots of fun "whining ",
jumping and dancing to the sweet sounds of the music.
we are always involved with Carnival in some form or
another; but somehow this year we simply are not
it. However, we will be stopping by a few of the
events and definitely will be out capturing some
photos. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank the Bandleaders Association of Washington DC for
requesting our banners so that they would be displayed
on the trucks of all the bands who are a part of their
Association (who are in the parade).
Unfortunately, due to time constraints we were unable to
obtain banners for all; however you will find our
banners on a few of them.
all who are taking part in this Carnival, we hope you
have a fantastic time, and take the proper precautions
to protect yourself from the high temperatures that are
expected. Below are information on the Carnival or
log on to their site: www.dccaribbeancarnival.org.
got word that a great show is coming to this area in a
few weeks. It is Brazilian Superstar Seu Jorge.
Mr. Jorge is a Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter
and actor. Mr. Jorge will be in our area
performing at the 930 Club in Washington DC on July 27,
2010. We are glad to announce that we will be
giving away some tickets to this show. Therefore,
we ask you to stay tuned for some trivia questions for
you to win tickets. We will begin the giveaway
Father's Day we lost a member of my family in Trinidad -
my uncle Vernon Harding. This gentleman was a good
man at heart, a good father and a good provider.
We all are mourning this loss and we will certainly miss
uncle Vernon. I send my sincerest condolences to
his wife, sons and daughters. Yesterday, while
talking to my cousin (his daughter) she brought back
some memories that neither her or I wanted to touch, but
it was soothing and good to talk about him.
Including uncle Vernon's immediate family, I know my
father will miss him dearly because he was his oldest
brother and best friend. May Uncle Vernon rest in
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
Events Page here.
an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more
with you next week.
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