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July 30, 2004
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Greetings To all, my on-line family:
For the past few months we have been experiencing a number of senseless killings of our children here in DC and Maryland, and yet another young one was gunned down early this week. 15 year old honor roll student, Myesha Lowe a lovely young lady was killed in DC while sitting in a car. I have asked on numerous occasions, why? Why are there so many killings/murders among our young folks? It's truly baffling to me why this is happening. Yesterday as I drove around the city it seemed that every other corner had a spot filled with Teddy Bears, flowers and other artifacts which I assumed was a memorial to someone who was recently killed at those spots. This is really sad, and it makes no sense. Yes, we all have to die sometime, but it should not be at the hands of our brothers, sisters, neighbors, and even friends. So again, I guess it's time for us to look within ourselves and figure out why, and then we must find a solution of how we are going to stop these horrible crimes committed by, and to our young people. A few years ago black people in America had to worry about racism, the KKK, lynchings and other hate related crimes perpetrated on us by the white majority in this country (which wasn't so long ago), now we are basically committing these hateful crimes to each other. What has this world come to? These hate groups must be sitting back laughing at the fact that we are doing their work for them. Have we forgotten our history? Do we not know our history? Well, history is very important because many died in the struggled for us to have the freedoms we have now. Please, let us all come up with a solution to stop all these senseless killings. Some may say this is bigger than us, some may say this was planned hundreds of years ago, when they took us away, but we have the power to change things. Many of you who have read these commentaries for a while know I like to refer to the "crab in the barrel" mentality, that we as black people have. I think this has something to do with the problems that we are seeing daily in our communities. We can't see others become successful, and before they achieve any type of success we try and pull them down, now it's gotten to an extreme where we kill each other. We've got to find a solution!!!!!
the last few years you have been receiving our e-mails and the purpose
was to talk about events, entertainment and things that are fun, but it
seems as though even fun isn't fun anymore. It's sad when you go
out for a night of entertainment, and because of what those few
"bad apples" have done, we all must be panelized. Why is
it when we as black people go out to a "black club" we have to
be searched, humiliated, made to feel like we are criminals and guilty
just for showing up. This is sad, we have a serious problem!
Of course, I've been exposed through my DJing experiences,
and through research (by recently attending) some "non
black" clubs and entertainment establishments, and found that the
treatment you receive is totally different. Everyone seems to
be genuinely friendly, it actually seems as though they appreciate
having you as a customer, and having your business, because if you
think about it they are indeed in a service business, and the
customer should be served, not "stripped searched" upon entry.
Tell me who's to blame for this? Not the club, not the police, not
the government...WE ARE, because it's our children that are committing
these crimes. I know somebody is going to write me back and say
"it's not all children" or some other excuse like that.
Well, you are wrong, they are all our children, and when one goes wrong,
we are all responsible. Remember the saying "it takes a
village to raise a child", you are a part of that village.
Just because you think you may have reached some type of success, you
can turn your back on the problems of those who are less fortunate or
may not have been exposed to the opportunities that the fortunate has.
You need to reach back and pull 10 people up with you and teach them how
to nurture our community. It's important for us here at Arious
Entertainment to do our part and again the internet is a great way for
us to communicate nationwide, so we intend to utilize the internet to
help empower and uplift the black community in America, which I am a
part of. So we will be launching another new site in the next few
months called BlackNAmerica.com, where we can address all of these
issues that are facing black people in America. Not only are we
going to talk about the problems we face, we are going to find solutions
to the problems. If you care about the black community in America
and you too are troubled by what's happening, please hit me back, so
together we can make a difference email@example.com.
few nights ago I had the opportunity to witness this "crabs in
a barrel" mentality. As many of you know DC Caribbean
Carnival took place at the end of June and from all accounts this was
one of the most successful events in Washington DC. This event
attracted over 750,000 people to Georgia Avenue, N.W., which was the
heart of the black community in Washington DC. Carnival in DC is
made up of many aspects including the parade which features
masquerade bands, these are the groups that design and make the
elaborate costumes that is featured in the parade that we call
"Carnival". The parade here features a truck with music,
where the masqueraders parade behind the trucks. Well, last night
the organizers held a "wrap up" meeting with the leaders of
these bands and it was a major spectacle. Instead of spending 2
& 1/2 hours discussing any shortcomings or challenges during this
Carnival, along with the solutions, and most importantly how this event
can grow, the leaders of these masquerade bands spent the entire time
fighting, criticized and placing blame for their mistakes (in my
opinion). Most of the groups that took part in this parade
have done this for the love of the culture, and most don't make a
profit, but the one (1) and/or two (2) major bands who were making
the most "noise" in the meeting I know are probably the only
groups that make a profit. However, it seems they do everything in
their power to destroy an event that has given them the opportunity to
make such a great profit each and every year. I know they are
going to say I'm crazy and they don't make any money, but I know what it
cost to put a masquerade band in Carnival. I know they have around
200 people in their groups, and I know the amounts they charge for their
costumes (approximately $200.00), and when you do the math, that equals to
approximately $40,000.00. It doesn't cost that much to put a band
in Carnival, nor to design and make their costumes, so there's a whole
lot of profit there. Not to mention if they receive sponsorships,
then there expenses are a lot less, so realistically if this event has
provided them with an opportunity to make this type of money in one day,
I really don't think all the nasty comments that were being made,
the hating and blaming are warranted. Stop trying to tear
each other down. However, really and truly, I know they are
not to blame, it's just an example of the "crabs in a barrel"
situation. Additionally, we have this thing where we feel the
"grass is greener on the other side". All I heard
in this meeting was praises for other Carnivals in this area that don't
have more than 4-5 bands in the parade and very few spectators and
supporters. Statements were being made such as they (1) won't
rushed down the street, (2) they were treated very well by the police,
and the organizers. Yes, of course this is logical,
indeed they wouldn't be rushed since there were very little
spectators, and very few groups/bands in the parade (only 4
groups/bands). Something had to be done to slow down the
parade to extend the time of the parade and to fill in many of
the blank space. Something such as this Carnival, which is
suppose to be fun and a way to expose the culture, we have to find
a way to fight, argue, place blame, hate and pull each other down.
What was truly sad to see was there were a few new groups in the
parade this year, and checking out their facial expressions in this
meeting was interesting, it was truly embarrassing for them to be
exposed to this kind of "in-fighting."
This specticle really made this cultural event (Carnival) and
the band leaders look like "jokes". I've said
all of this basically for the people who are creating these problems to -
DON'T BE A CRAB, stop pulling each other down and start working
together. Imagine the doors that would open for us and this event,
if we all start working together!
In closing I received an article from a friend that I have placed below for you to read. Read it! It's very informative and it ties in with what we are trying to do here at Arious Entertainment with the CaribbeanNDUS site. See my introduction to our new upcoming site below and find out how you can profit.
choices for tough times (USA Today) By
These are tough economic times,
especially for African-Americans, for whom the unemployment rate is more
than 10%. Alarmingly, rather than belt-tightening, the response has been
to spend more. In many poor neighborhoods, one is likely to notice
satellite dishes and expensive new cars.
According to Target Market, a
company that tracks black consumer spending, blacks spend a significant
amount of their income on depreciable products.
In 2002, the year the economy nose-dived; we spent $22.9 billion on
clothes, $3.2 billion on electronics and $11.6 billion on furniture to put
into homes that, in many cases, were rented.
Among our favorite purchases
are cars and liquor. Blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population, yet
account for 30% of the country's Scotch consumption.
Detroit, which is 80% black, is the world's No. 1 market for
So impressed was Lincoln with
the $46.7 billion that blacks spent on cars that the automaker
commissioned Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the entertainment and
fashion mogul to design a limited-edition Navigator replete with six
plasma screens, three DVD players and a Sony PlayStation 2.
The only area where blacks seem
to be cutting back on spending is books; total purchases have gone from a
high of $356 million in 2000 to $303 million in 2002.
This shortsighted behavior,
motivated by a desire for instant gratification and social acceptance,
comes at the expense of our future. The National Urban League's
"State of Black America 2004" report found that fewer than 50%
of black families owned their homes compared with more than 70% of whites.
According to published reports,
the Ariel Mutual Funds/Charles Schwab 2003 Black Investor Survey found
that when comparing households where blacks and whites had roughly the
same household incomes, whites saved nearly 20% more each month for
retirement, and 30% of African-Americans earning $100,000 year had less
than $5,000 in retirement savings. While 79% of whites invest in the stock
market, only 61% of African Americans do. Certainly, higher rates of
unemployment, income disparity and credit discrimination are financial
impediments to the economic vitality of blacks, but so are our consumer
By finding the courage to
change our spending habits, we might be surprised at how far the $631
billion we now earn might take us. Yolanda Young's next book is SPADE: A
Critical Look at Black America.
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THIS WEEKEND EVENTS IN NEW YORK
SUNDAY AUGUST 1ST 2004
Saturday, August 7, & Sunday, August 8 2004
Trinidad & Tobago
invite you to their
“Trinidad & Tobago Days” Festival
Clifton Park Bandshell
St Lo Drive, Baltimore
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
SATURDAY AUGUST 14TH 2004
25TH ANNUAL TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROUND ROBIN SOCCER TOURNAMENT CELEBRATING T&T INDEPENDENCE
LAKE CLIFTON PARK
2801 ST. LO DRIVE BALTIMORE MD
8AM TO 8PM
FOOD & DRINKS WILL BE ON SALE
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MARK KENDAL 410-866-0250
September 16th - 19th 2004
The Original Baltimore Caribbean Carnival 2k4
Druid Hill Park Baltimore MD.
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August 14th and 15th 2004
10th Annual Peoples Festival
"Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Tour"
Toots and The Maytals
SATURDAY AUGUST 28th 2004
Golden Touch & Frontline Productions
The Reunion 2004
TWO OF THE CARIBBEAN'S TOP DJ'S
KING PAPA ROCKY ( The Wax Wizard)
MASSIVE DR. HYDE
DJ SMALLEY ANDY MIX EAZY E
The T & T Clubhouse
5123 Georgia Ave. Washington DC
Admission $12.00 Advance $15.00 @ Door
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