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AEG E-Newsletter: 9.17.2010: Democracy Exercised | Mr. Hot Hot Hot Arrow Succumbs | De Featured Happenings | More


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Democracy was certainly exercised this week in Washington DC! 

Positively, the people exercised their right to vote and was heard loud and clear that “Enough-is-Enough” with their Incumbent Mayor – Mr. Adrian Fenty [Outgoing Mayor since Mr. Fenty lost his reelection bid in the Primary Elections some days ago to Vincent Gray.  Mr. Gray will be the Mayor due to there being NO Republican challenger in the November General election.]

Truly this week’s primary mayoral election result did not come as a surprise to me, because I have heard the cries of the citizens of Washington DC.  Their youngest Mayor – Mr. Fenty was unwilling to work with, or hear the people; nor did he focus on their virtue, energy or even their intelligence.  He merely refused to be in touch with their feelings, among other things; which resulted in him governing ineffectively.   Indeed it was quite apparent by the results that the citizens were adamant about not reelecting him for a 2nd term!

I have always admired the young mayor throughout his years of service to the city, and having the opportunity to deal with him on a professional level was outstanding.  He became more of an inspiration to me as he served on a board I was a part of, [he was one of the Advisory Council member.]  As he grew, so did his successes; all beginning back in 2000 when he won the seat for Ward 4 Council member (defeating Charlene Drew Jarvis;) and I watched his progress through a couple of terms in this position.  What an aggressive, motivated and committed council member he was!!!  During this time I was tremendously pleased to have been afforded the special opportunity to really hear him, and fully understand his goals. 

Mr. Fenty’s advancement towards his goals was remarkable, and he aggressively worked hard on obtaining them.  Needless to say, due to his tireless efforts it was easy visualizing his plans and dreams for Washington DC, and a majority of Washington DC's citizens saw it as well.  Therefore, he unanimously won the Mayoral race in 2006 with 89% of the general election vote.   I personally was thrilled about his great accomplishments, especially the fact that he was the youngest Mayor of this great city.  I strongly believed THEN he truly cared about Washington DC and its citizens, as I STILL do now!

However, something went dreadfully wrong during his term.  The observations and silent whispers about something as minute as his attitude (in my opinion) became louder, and the negative talk and rumors about him being arrogant and even ignorant began truly surfacing.  It was further said he would not take the time to listen to anyone.  Indeed the attitude change was visible via his press conferences and interviews; but to be quite honest, I was sure all the good he had been doing would supersede these negatives.  However, I was wrong, because the people who had unanimously elected this young man to govern their city felt he was not inclusive; that he was utterly oblivious to them and their concerns; totally shutting them out; and just being completed disconnected with the people and their needs.  Moreover, it is well known that a huge percentage of DC citizens and beyond was sickened by his consent and execution of the firing of hundreds of DC teachers (as he tried to reform the school system).

I spent some time reflecting on all the good Mr. Fenty had done and was absolutely convinced it would override the negativity that was surfacing.  After all he accomplished so many things; such as the many re-development projects across the city of schools, libraries, parks and recreation centers; appointing a great Chief of Police -  Ms. Cathy Lanier, which resulted in achieving success with public safety and the incredible decline in the crime rate (specifically homicides); as well as his tireless efforts to restructure the entire school system; reform of education (by appointing a new chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools system - Ms. Michelle Rhee to do the job); and so much more.  It truly is saddening to see the majority of a city who I knew [for a fact] was very excited to have such a young Mayor run their city, and then to see them lose hope and even love for this man.

Gee, I wondered what was going on with Mr. Fenty…truly taking place in his life to reveal such a different person.  I even speculated and discussed this issue on so many occasions with Associates, and we never really came to one specific conclusion regarding the change.  We all did take into account and discussed in detail that it was a great possibility his position and successes (at such a young age) may have crept into his head; making him believe he was superior or “hot”, and further making him feel he NO longer needed and respected the folks who supported him, believed in him and put him in the position he was in. 

On the real though, oftentimes we find in our society when we reach a certain level we tend to get “big headed”, and begin to look down on the people who was walking beside us and did everything in their power to help us along the treacherous and difficult pathway to success.  We absolutely forget how we got there and who helped us to get to that certain level.  Generally, the arrogance and the “it’s all about me” creeps in and disrespectfulness towards our supporters and friends become prominent.  I suppose our arrogant friends should practice the following statement “Don’t believe the hype”!

As I further analyze this situation, I realized we had experienced the same type of behavior as Mr. Fenty exhibited from someone we considered a dear friend.  Of course like Mr. Fenty, our friend was ambitious, hard working, young and pretty successful.  However, it seemed success began “blowing our friend’s mind,” because little things we did especially our conversations [that was never out of the ordinary] were interpreted differently by our friend.  On many occasions we were told we were confrontational.  [Weird, the same interesting discussions and conversations we would have for years suddenly became unintelligent to our friend and we were confrontational…Wow!!!]  It was clear success was the culprit.  NO longer would our friend take the time to listen, acknowledge, or thank.  Ignorance and the “it’s all about me” syndrome took over our friend’s life.  [Even though you are proud and is truly happy for you friend/s, it is awfully clear that along with success the belief that what they say is always right; and what they do is always right; and therefore you NO longer have a voice in their life.You and your conversations simply become futile, because they cannot hear you anymore.  Which is the saddest thing to experience!]

I do hope Adrian Fenty sees where he went wrong and try to NEVER make those mistakes again.  He is a brilliant and fascinating young man, full of energy, motivated and has so much potential.  I do wish him and his family all the best as he continue making strides in his life.

For an overall look at where Mr. Fenty may have taken the wrong part, and may have done things erroneously, PLEASE CLICK HERE! (Courtesy the Washington Post).  To learn more about Mr. Adrian Fenty PLEASE CLICK HERE!!!

 

 



 

 

We lost a world famous Soca Legend this week and many around the world are mourning this great lost.  Mr. Alponsus Celestine Edmund Cassell, better know as “The Mighty Arrow” passed away this week specifically on September 15th to the long dreaded illness - “brain Cancer”.    This 55 year old platinum hit Soca legend had been battling this disease for approximately a year, and finally succumbed at his home in Lime Kiln, Montserrat.   "The Might Arrow" did a lot for Soca music and the Calypso industry as a whole, due to his hit song "Hot...Hot...Hot" crossing over to the MAINSTREAM market.  

We at Arious have been a long time fan of "Arrow" and will not forget the many parties we attended ("back in the days") dancing to his hits: “Hot…Hot…Hot,” “Groove Masters,” and our all time favorite “Long Time.”  You can just imagine how thrilled we were to officially meet "The Mighty Arrow" some years ago as he performed for one of DC’s most successful Caribbean Carnival (the Carnival that was held on Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington DC in 2003); and this legend was truly a lovely man and an absolute genuine person.  Todd fondly remembers "Arrow" taking the time to talk with him.  Telling him that he was an avid reader of our E-Newsletter and expressed how much he truly liked what we were/are doing with the Newsletter.  He further advised Todd to continue with reaching out to the people of our community, and to never stop reaching for our goals, nor ever stop with all that we are doing.  Gosh, this advice Todd and I truly appreciated!  

Our sincerest condolences goes out to the family, friends, and fans of this brilliant legend and fantastic person, who was phenomenal as an entertainer.  Our heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May "The Mighty Arrow" rest in peace.

See the below article on the Mighty Arrow’s passing.  (Courtesy of News Montserrat – www.newsmontserrat.com)

 

It is a sad and somber day in Montserrat today. The nation and fans around the world are mourning the death of soca super star Arrow.

The acclaimed international performer passed away quietly at his home in Lime Kiln this morning after a long illness.

Arrow, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009, returned from Antigua on Monday after being hospitalized in Antigua.

His brother Justin Hero Cassell said he finally succumbed to his illness.

Hero also says the family will be making announcements in the future on funeral arrangements.
In a statement issued a short while ago the family expressed thanks to the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness.

The statement said that Arrow is responsible for taking to soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit Hot, Hot, Hot.

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career.

The family said his death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world.

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The family also said that funeral announcements will be made in due course.

Cassell first performed aged 10 in a concert at the Montserrat Secondary School.

He began singing calypso in 1967 and took the Junior Monarch title that year.

He took up singing professionally in 1969, and released his first single, “Dance with Me, Woman” in 1972.

Arrow set up his own Arrow label in 1973 and began to fuse calypso with other genres such as R&B, Zouk and salsa, which brought soca music  to a new audience.

He recorded Hot Hot Hot in 1982, which became the biggest selling soca hit of all time.

It was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and was later covered by Buster Poindexter, Menudo, and Babla & Kanchan.

He capitalized on this success with 1983′s Heat album, and the “Rub Up” single, and 1984′s Soca Savage album, from which the international hit “Long Time” was taken, a top 30 hit in the United Kingdom.

He enjoyed further chart success in the UK with a remixed version of “Hot Hot Hot”, which reached number 38.

Arrow also established himself as a businessman in Montserrat, owning the Arrow’s Manshop store.
He was in heavy demand until his illness, and performed for President Barrack Obama in 2009  and before that  the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremonies with Shaggy, Byron Lee and Kevin Lyttle.

Current calypso monarch of Antigua and former Calypso King in Montserrat Bear said news of Arrow’s death spolit his 49th birthday today.

Copyright 2010 News Montserrat, Andrews Publishing Co. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

 

 



 

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Wow, this past Saturday, we checked out AGAIN a place that [at this time] is somewhat of a hideaway in the Maryland area - "THE  LOT" in Bladensburg, Maryland.  We feel this place has a lot of vibes.  You must check out Andy and his partners this weekend at "THE  LOT" for fun, good drinks, food, and vibes.  Now, to get the actual address and directions to "THE  LOT" you must call Andy, so hit him up at: 240-441-2600If you haven't been to "THE  LOT" yet, then you must take the time to pass through this Saturday and check it out.

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