On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you!
certainly started off with a bang, hence the
Independence Day celebrations; and it has continued with
some major proceedings taking place in and around the
week as I converse with you, I feel it is important to
highlight two of the proceedings that were very
celebration of the independent spirit of our Caribbean
Islands took place recently as “CARICOM”
(Conference of Heads of Government Of The Caribbean
Community) held its 31st Summit in
Montego Bay, Jamaica last week, and from my readings it
was an interesting summit indeed.
Clearly, through “CARICOM” the alliances of
these islands proves to be key to their success as they
move toward building significant ties and developing key
relationships, along with discussing various issues, as
well as planning and working on humanitarian efforts.
from my readings regarding the summit, it seems these
heads of states characteristics have symbolized great
power, strength, freedom, elegance and independence to
many cultures throughout the Caribbean/history; and they
are enthusiastic about their support, their country and
are happy about their successes as they move forward in
years’ summit focused on Climate Change Issues [environmental
changes,] the reconstruction and long-term
development of Haiti, the international financial
system and it’s impact on “CARICOM” states,
the Millennium Development Goals, the agonizing Crime
and Security problem in the islands, along with
among other important topics.
a “nutshell” courtesy
"…The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Koi-moon
congratulated the region for its leadership and advocacy
leading up to, and during the Copenhagen Climate Change
conference that was held in December 2009, noting that
the Caribbean Community had conveyed an important
message to the world as to the urgent and growing treat
of climate change.
He express hope that more financial support would
be given to the region in its bid to increase mitigation
and adaptation measures by the 16th Session
of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16) in
Cancun Mexico at the end of 2010...According
to the final Communiqué, Heads of Government agree to
expedite the regional programme in preparation for COP
16. Recognizing that the Copenhagen Accord was
disappointing, they agree that CARICOM negotiators must
adhere to the principles of the Liliendaal Declaration
on Climate Change and Development of 2009, and to
the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS)
Heads Declaration of September 2009. They point
specifically to the stabilization of the global
temperature increase at 1.5oC and efforts to
achieve a legally binding agreement on issues related to
mitigation, adaptation, research and finance..."
summit seemed to have been productive, dynamic and
constructive, and as you can imagine it must have been
fascinating for newly elected Prime Minister of Trinidad
and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar who had an
incredible time from all accounts.
She was one of the many heads who had an
opportunity to address the gathering, and her speeches
were powerful. I
understand she “Kicked to the curb” the
previous T&T PM Mr. Manning Administration’s
“Godfather” policy where the region was concerned,
promoting a revamped hard line position on regional
funding citing local financial constraints, and
expressed her dissatisfaction over “CARICOM’s”
current state. Yes,
her strong demeanor and powerfulness was felt quite
clearly; and her positions were unambiguous, and was
heard by every head of state and many among the region
chuckled when I read on the last day of the Summit; she
attempted to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little
Birds” which she did pretty well.
She confidently intercepted the band’s
microphone and embarked into song “Don't
Worry About A Thing, 'Cause Every Little Thing Gonna Be
All Right;" and
further encouraged fellow heads to join her onstage,
seems despite a few heads of state Mrs. Persad-Bissessar
was well received, and in my opinion is off to a good
start with the heads of states at “CARICOM”.
As news headlines stated “Kamla Shakes Up
Caricom”; without a doubt, it seems she certainly
I think it’s a great thing to see!
HERE to read an article on one of the topics Mrs.
discussed entitled “No
More T&T Godfather”, and CLICK
HERE for another entitled “Trinidad
PM Says her Country is No ATM Card”.
Additionally, I have linked another article
vibes at Caricom Summit”; it’s worth a read,
HERE to proceed.
To learn more about “CARICOM”
CLICK HERE, and to see what Islands are a part
CLICK HERE! Feel free to log on to
their site for all their details at: http://www.caricom.org.
to me this week was a fascinating video of First Lady
Michelle Obama who addressed the recent NAACP 101st
Convention (earlier this week.)
The convention with its theme/battle cry “One
Nation, One Dream” was held in Kansas City,
Missouri, and from all accounts it was truly enthralling.
Some of the topics discussed were:
Education Reform, BP, census, voting, jobs,
community safety, the economic gap, the group’s
legislative agenda, recruitment, veterans, HIV and open
public mass meetings, workshops, and even a job fair.
President of NAACP - Benjamin Todd Jealous stated:
“the major message at this years’ convention is:
Let Jobs be job one…That is our call to the country”.
He further stated “History has shown us in
tough times like these…we can either run downhill toward
hate and division or we can continue to push uphill toward
progress and hope.”
words I must say; because with times always changing, we
look for ways to spread the message of hope.
Ahhhh, how amazing it is that as we stretch our
mind to encompass new growth ideas, we can never be the
same, never be reduced to our former selves. We certainly become infinitely more significant than we could
otherwise ever be. Yup...from what I
understand it was a progressive, informative and
enlightening Convention and many left feeling elated about
the speakers, proceedings, workshops, and discussions. Personally, after viewing and listening to First Lady
Obama’s speech, I felt a sense of positivity, and I
truly “felt” her deep words.
Indeed she focused on the issues she is mainly
passionate about: Childhood obesity and her “Let’s
I however feel it is very important to share the
video of her speech with you, which you will find below.
After viewing it, please share your thoughts with
words First Lady Obama stated at the NAACP 101st
Convention “…I know I stand here today, and I know
that my husband stands here today because of this
organization and because of the struggles and the
sacrifices of all those who came before us.
But I also know there legacy is not an entitled,
not a gift to be enjoyed, but an obligation to be
THE PICTURE BELOW TO LAUNCH HER VIDEO - Courtesy of
NAACP.org (37 mins. & 40 Secs.)!!!
would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family
and friends of Foundation Dancehall and positive Reggae
Veteran Singer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott who we lost
last Saturday. We
first got word of him being ill late last week via an
e-mail from associates in San Diego, California who shared
their announcement of his July 10th performance being
cancelled in San Diego, CA [where he was set to perform
with Female Reggae Singer Sister Carol.]
Associates in San Diego expressed there regret for the cancellation
of his performance; but most importantly stated that Sugar
was gravely ill and asked that everyone keep Sugar
Minott in their prayers.
They even informed everyone that Sugar Minott’s
daughter was on her way to be by her father’s side.
That seriously indicated to us he was truly very
than 24 hours later we get the news that Sugar Minott had
what we understand Sugar Minott was indeed gravely
had been diagnosed as having Angina Pectoris – a severe
heart condition – and ordered by his doctor to
rest. The "Godfather of Dancehall"
will surly be missed, he
was a true talent in the Reggae industry and sang some of
the most outstanding, meaningful and positive songs.
He owned his own record label "Black Roots" and
promotion organization called "“The Sound Youthman
Promotion; and he was an excellent producer. To
learn more about Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott log on this
site at: http://www.sugarminott.com/
like to remind you about this Sunday's 7/18 upcoming
"Jamaica Day Reggae Outdoor Festival”
taking place in Crownsville, Maryland. This
festival is presented by The "Jamaica Promotional Company"
Jamaica Promotional Company (JPC) is proud of their
Jamaica Day Reggae Festival which was initiated four (4)
years ago to support the building of a leadership training
Institute for Kids that live in the Garrisons of Jamaica
(poor youths). There
are no facilities that cater to that need.
JPC created a non-profit, Jamaica education
for the poor foundation to facilitate that end.
The recent episode in Jamaica is a result of the
non-existence of that kind of training [says JPC].
We encourage you to join JPC at their "Jamaica
Day Reggae Outdoor Festival”, because all proceeds
from the concert will specifically go to establishing the
Center, and for you to enjoy the fantastic and "therapeutic
the many of you who answered our trivia questions
correctly last week, you have gotten word that you have
won a free ticket to attend this show. All e-mails
were sent with your winning notification and instructions
on claiming your ticket. We would like to thank you
all for participating; and most importantly, we at Arious
would like to thank
JPC, who was kind enough to supply some tickets to our
out for JPC's upcoming 1st Annual Caribbean Food and Wine
HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS!
News everyone!!! Even though we suspected Mr. Hollis
"Flash" Lashley would be too busy to share
his motivating "FlashPoint" with
us; here he is surprising us today. Indeed it
has been extremely hectic for him, but he indicated
because of his busy schedule he was inspired to write the
below. Keep in mind Mr. Lashley recently published his motivating book
of poetry entitled "Gifts
From The Heart". To
purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley book log on to: http://www.xlibris.com
Friends, and I hope all is well with you. For the
past few weeks, I was involved in some activities,
including the supplying of "Gifts From The
Heart" to people desiring to have a copy or in some
cases, copies. A number of activities are planned to
promote "Gifts" including an interview on
VoiceAmerica Internet Radios 7th Wave Network on Friday
July 23, starting at 3pm. The program is Spirituality
101, hosted by Reverend Norma. Do tune in if you
also motivated to create this piece entitled
"Giving and Having
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
we all should know,
only what lies within us
can demonstrate and show.
all can use words of Wisdom,
our actions are in conflict
the same principles we're speaking
the hurting we all inflict.
only can give what we possess,
not anything we do not,
beware of messages you send out,
universe always knows what
at the Heart of your message,
what is the truth of your word,
seek to fill yourself with Wisdom
Peace be the message that's heard.
only we can utilize courage
change what we harbor within,
we love ourselves, and serve others
miracles emerge from the din.
let us put Love in our actions,
us be the change which we seek,
mankind is Brother and Sister,
earth be possessed by the Meek.
[Flash] Lashley - copyright (c) 2010
I bring this week's E-Newsletter to a close, I must share
with you information about a group of individuals who are
doing some great things here in the Washington
DC/Maryland/Virginia areas, and who are committed to
promoting the Caribbean
culture, international cultural awareness and community
the next week, this admirable group/committee will be
presenting their superb event - "The 4th Annual Miss
Caribbean Metro (USA) Pageant", and they
cordially invite you to experience this fantastic event
and come out and support the lovely ladies who will be
taking part in this pageant. Below you will find all
the details! Please keep in mind part
proceeds from this years' event will be donated to the
Haitian Embassy to provide ongoing relief and support for
our neighboring families.
4TH ANNUAL MISS
CARIBBEAN METRO (USA) PAGEANT
4th Annual Miss Caribbean Metro (USA) pageant will
be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Charles
Herbert Performing Arts Center located at 10001
Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale, Maryland,
Queen, Miss Chardelle Moore who represents the
beautiful island of Dominica will crown her
successor at the end of the event. 12 contestants
representing various Caribbean countries such as but
not limited to Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Island,
Guyana, and Trinidad are expected to compete. These
girls will showcase true Caribbean beauty,
intelligence and talent making the show an even more
memorable and exciting one than previous years. The
pageant was conceptualized as a result of a young
woman’s love for pageantry.
As a former
queen, she produced the event as a means of
empowering and enlightening young Caribbean women to
become ambassadors and role models for the Caribbean
community with the rare opportunity to show their
cultural pride and leadership in a culturally
blended society. According to the
President/Founder, Ms. Sheryl Gordon, “our
mission, is to strive to publicly recognize and
celebrate the accomplishment of these women who have
obtained personal, professional and community
achievements through various Caribbean communities
within the Washington Metropolitan areas.”
the different segments for the show, Ms. Gordon
revealed that an unforgettable Opening Act will
"set the night on fire" as contestants
unwind and prepare the audience for what will
follow. The most anticipated and sought after
segment -- the swim suit competition, will follow
and contestants will show off their well-toned and
lean physiques. The talent segment, which stimulates
the audience and demonstrates unique talents of the
contestants will follow shortly, and the evening
wear segment and interview will cap the event.
are dedicated to promoting the Caribbean culture,
international cultural awareness and community
significance and have always given to a charitable
organization. This year, part proceeds from the
event will be donated to the Haitian Embassy to
provide ongoing relief and support for our
neighboring families. Committee members and Miss
Caribbean Metro USA® express their profound sorrow
and hope for recovery to the people of Haiti and
their Diaspora as they cope with the tragedy of epic
proportions. Please join us as we celebrate
“Beauty on Purpose” of these fantastic young
ladies on Saturday, July 24. For more ticket
purchase contact Sheryl Gordon at 240-643-3605 or
Hope Bulling Rose at 240-508-4864.
we promised last week, below you will find some trivia
questions for our Ticket Give-A-Way to see Seu Jorge at the 9:30
Club on July 27th.
Please send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
you are not lucky enough to be a winner, please make
plans on attending
this awesome Brazilian Superstar show - "Seu
Jorge" (musician, singer, songwriter
and actor,) as he performs at the 9:30 Club in
Washington DC on July 27th. Click the flyer to the
right for all the details or scroll down to our
"Featured Events" section.
was Seu Jorge's character's name in the movie City
2005, Seu Jorge released a live duo album with
what Brazilian singer?
was the name of Seu Jorge's band before he went
Jorge grew up in the city of ________ in the
state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
is Seu Jorge's full name?
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