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past weekend here on the home front an aspiring star and friend
to many in our community was selfishly taken away from us
tragically. This young man Mr. Alton A. Ashman aka "Rraw
Dawg" was certainly full of laughter,
full of energy and most importantly full of aspirations.
He was loved by many and to my husband Todd and I he was a very nice person
with a good vibe. He was very respectful, always with a big smile and reaching out his hand with the popular handshakes
to Todd and even hugs to me.
Alton Ashman "Rraw Dawg" was well on his way to
achieving his dreams. He was a dancehall artist from our
area and was a member of the popular "Alliance" which
is headed up by popular dancehall artist Bounty Killa ("The
Alliance agency is known for its outstanding work in booking,
promotions and production, and has over the years guided the
careers of some of dancehalls most prominent recording artists
such as Wayne Marshall, Movado, Busy Signal and many
was the producer of the "Yellow Tape" Riddim along
with his friend Trevor "Baby G" James, Jr., which was
released in 2005 ("Baby G" is the son of Legendary
King Jammy and he produced Rraw Dawg's most recent Video
"Gangsters for Real"). Dancehall artists such as
Lady Saw, Wayne Marshal, Angel Doolas, Bounty Killa, Bling Dawg,
Vybe Kartel, Voicemail and many others recorded on this
"Yellow Tape riddim under Rraw Dawg's own label called
"Ahrrah" (Ahrrah Entertainment).
was also an up and coming actor, and the most recent movie he
acted in is called "Bashment -The Fork In The Road"
written and directed by Film maker Steve "Tehut-Nine"
McAlpins. Mr. McAlpins also directed "Rraw Dawg's"
most recent video for his "Gangstar For Real"
song. You will see "Rraw Dawg" again in Mr.
McAlpins upcoming movie "What Goes Around" slated to
be released this year.
send out heart felt sympathy to "Rraw Dawg's" family,
children, friends and fans. I know they are in deep pain
due to the selfish and violent way in which he was taken.
It's all heart wrenching, and leave us
asking "why must we continue hurting each other so
Unfortunately, the madness continues and as a result one of our
young bright stars was taken away selfishly and far too
as I read all the condolences and different websites on the
Internet it is clear that "Rraw Dawg" was very much
loved in this area and many simply cannot believe he is gone -
just taken away so violently. I am just so sick of
incidents like these and Todd is extremely sick and tired of
talking about them, they simply are very senseless. I
don't know how he lived and I don't really care, what sticks out
in my mind is how much he aspired to be the popular artist and
actor he was on his way to be. For me the fact still
remains that he was gunned down senselessly! Some time ago
a friend of ours took an interest in "Rraw Dawg's"
career and shared with us some of the plans he had in mind for
"Rraw Dawg", I now wish he had followed through with
these plans, if so maybe "Rraw Dawg" would still be
with us now. I know our friend will miss him dearly!!!
understand "Rraw Dawg" will be laid to rest this
weekend in Brooklyn New York, where he grew up at the Miracle
Temple Ministries, but we are not sure about all the
details. May he Rest In Peace and one special thing Todd
and I will always remember about this young man is how he shined
when he walked into a room, you could tell he was that star he
so aspired to be. Many of us will always remember his
signature and famous slogan "Ahrrarrrrr!!!
will find more details about "Rraw Dawg" on his
myspace sites: www.myspace.com/rrawdawg
to Prince George's Police a $25,000 reward is being
offered. "Anyone with information, about the
incident is urged to call the Prince George's Police Homicide
Unit at (301) 772-4925. If the case is ruled a homicide,
anyone with tips leading to the arrest of the suspect will be
given a cash reward of up to $25,000". "Callers
who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Solvers' Tip
Line at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477)
you know it's Black History Month - it's time to celebrate,
acknowledge, honor and memorialize our leaders, inventors,
discoverers, athletes, and even entertainers who have made
exceptional accomplishments and contributions throughout our
week in celebration of black history, I felt it would be
interesting for me to do a small collage of photos (a pictorial
review) that describes
black history throughout the years. Beginning with Slavery
and moving through the years to more recent times. Hope
you enjoy it! Even though I enjoyed doing the research and
pulling this all together, I found myself breaking down and
getting angry...some of these photos were a bit hard for me to
bare especially since many of the events these
photos depicts was only a short time ago (only 40 and 50 years
ago). Click on to each picture to see the larger
version, and place the cursor on the picture so you can get the
description. Special thanks to the Library of
Congress, Prints & Photographs Division and Courtesy
of National Archives & Records Administration.
On the political front, this week was extremely exciting with
all the "craziness" that took place.
Accusations, attacks, maliousness, and hatefulness (speeches
and pictures) all raised its nasty head this past week from
Senator Clinton's camp, Senator McCain's camp and even President
Bush struck out with harsh words as well.
still the struggle continues and it's growing harder and harder;
the road is indeed long and difficult for Senator Obama.
However, the Democratic debate turned out to be very interesting
and Senator Obama did very well. We all are proud of
you Senator Obama!!!
sure with this great momentum the Senator will prevail, and the
overall "Change" we all are seeking will be delivered.
Tuesday's March 4th primaries are very important (the
Rhode Island and Vermont primaries). So, please folks go out and keep up the
momentum by voting for Senator Barack Obama, so that he maintains his
current position as the front-runner in this democratic race
which will allow him to be the democratic nominee and ultimately
win the General elections and become the next President of the
United States. Letís
continue making history together!!!
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American Community Revs Up
for NEA's Read Across America Day
in Lanham & Hyattsville, MD will
join millions of their peers across the
country to celebrate the ninth annual
National Education Association's (NEA)
Read Across America Day on March 1,
NEA's Read Across America Day, which
falls on Dr. Seuss's 103rd birthday
(March 2), expects more than 45 million
readers, both young and old, to pick up
a book and read.
honor the good doctor and celebrate the
fun and value of reading, Read Across
Jamaica Foundation is asking you to join
NEA and many of America's leading
literacy, youth, and civic groups in
bringing a nation of readers together
under one hat-the red and white
stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the
Hat-for a flurry (or furry) of reading
WHO: Read Across
Jamaica Foundation in partnership with
University of MD TEAMS & Alpha Phi
Caribbean-American Reading Party
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Just Jerk Caribbean Restaurant, 9005
Lanham-Severn Road, Lanham, MD
& Junction Caribbean Restaurant
& Market, 900 Chillum Road,
more information contact:
Jaínice Wisdom, 301-806-2984
goal is to show America's
Caribbean-American children the joy of
reading-on March 1 and every day.
For more information on NEA's Read
Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross
and learn of other reading celebrations
that are happening from coast to coast.