Commentary

by Susan Mangatal - susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net 

  Greetings Online Family:

Well, it’s pretty interesting and very unfortunate that Black History month is the shortest month of the year, but I’m happy that we have at least one month to “big up” our leaders, successful business owners, those who fought for equal rights, and those who even died to make things a little bit easier for us in this country.  As this month comes to a close, I want you to remember that our people (African Americans) are absolute geniuses, we are clearly sent from God and made in his own image.  

During my school days we never had any classes available that would teach us about the many things/items that our African American geniuses have invented, created and developed, that makes our life easier today.  It’s truly mind boggling when you learn about all the items which was invented by them, such as: propelling means for airplanes; railway signal; postal machine; ironing board; Torpedo Discharge means; the street sweeper; weather & severe weather detector; the home security system; the lawn mower; typewriting machine; boot & shoes; Stove; Blood bank; refrigerating apparatus; guitar; flame retardant; machine gun; motor; gas burner; steam boiler; weaving machine; asphalt paving vehicle; fountain pen; traffic data processing system; traffic signal for automobiles; clothes dryer; comb; method of soften/smoothen/straightening hair; and many, many more items.

Parents, please take the time to teach your children about the many things African Americans have invented and done.  Do not teach them just in February, but throughout the year.  Yes, we have indeed come a long way from fighting and dying for equal rights, fighting to vote, and fighting to obtain the same treatment as our white brothers and sisters.  We now dominate sports (basketball, football, golf, tennis, etc.), dominate the entertainment industry with successful singers, rappers, actors and comedians.  Winning Grammy's and Oscars, (and even hosting these events.)  We have doctors, lawyers, business owners, producers and even philanthropists.  Yes, we have come a long way, and we must never forget what we endured to reach this level.    

Below you will notice I have closed out this month with 2 organizations that believe in black unity, and promoting our African culture.  Additionally, I want to pay tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height who is a wonderful strong black woman that has spent most of her life fighting for civil rights.  Ms. Height is still among us and living right here in Washington DC.

Pan-Africanism

Pan-Africanism is an intellectual movement promoting African culture, black unity, and the establishment of black African republics free of white control or influence.  Early Pan Africanists such as Martin Delany and Paul Cuffe believed blacks would never experience true equality in the United States and supported the return of all black people to Africa.  Later Pan-African advocates such as W.E.B. Dubois were primarily concerned with an end to European colonialism in Africa.  The Pan-African movement is a recurrent phenomenon.  It was most popular during Marcus Garvey's crusade to attain economic independence for black people and unite them in an independent republic in Africa.  Other well-known Pan-Africanists include Henry McNeal Turner, West Indian scholar and diplomat Edward W. Blyden, Jomo Kenyatta, Frantz Fanon, Julius Nyerere, Malcolm X and Kweme Nrrumah, who wanted to unite the newly independent African countries into some form of political union.  The first Pan-African Conference was organized by W.E.B. DuBois and H. Sylvester Williams of Trinidad that took place in London in 1900 and included black intellectuals from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States.   Later conferences were held in 1919, 1921, 1923, and 1927.  After World War II, the establishment of the Pan-African Federation and the Pan-African Congress of 1945 coincided with the growing independence movements in African colonies.  Black constitutes a strand within the Pan-African movement.  Black nationalists emphasize black political and cultural autonomy and the unity of all black peoples, but they do not necessarily advocate a back-to-Africa goal.  Today certain Pan-African concepts find expression in writings about African Diaspora, that is people of African descent who live elsewhere in the world.

Details taken from Susan Altman's "Ency. of Afro.-Amer. Heritage" 

 

Nation of Islam 

Nation of Islam (NOI) is a religious group founded in Detroit in 1930 by W. D. Fard, also known as Fard Muhammad, as well as several other pseudonyms.  The (NOI) followers believe that all people were originally black and divine, but that a rebellious scientist name Yacub created an evil white race whose 6,000-year rule is now coming to an end.  W. D. Fard established a temple, a newspaper, a University of Islam, the Muslim Girls Training Class, and the Fruit of Islam (F.O. I.), a men's group that enforces internal discipline and provides security.  He disappeared in 1934, and his place was taken by Ellijah Muhammad.  Fard was designated Allah, and Elijah Muhammad is believed to be his prophet and messenger. 

The Nation of Islam leaders reject the idea of integration and express their belief in the need to establish a separate black state in America.  People who join the faith give up their "slave" or surnames, and are assigned African or Arabic names.  (Formerly, they took the letter X as their last name.)  Members are expected to dress modestly, live frugally, support black owned businesses and refrain from using tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.  Their are strict rules regarding worship, diet, personal morality, and religious obligations, and those who break them are subject to suspension and/or expulsion.  In its effort to promote black economic self sufficiency, the Nation of Islam has invested in real estate and owns restaurants, publishing houses, bakeries, barbershops, a FOI security force, and various other businesses.  The Nation was shaken when Malcolm X left the organization in 1964 after a rift developed between him and Elijah Muhammad.  Malcolm was assassinated a year later by three Nation of Islam members.  After Eliijah Muhammad died in 1975, the Nation of Islam split into several groups with the most prominent one under the leadership of Louis Farrakhan.

Louis Abdul Farrakhan (1933-      ): Minister and leader of The Nation of Islam, originally named Louis Eugene Walcott.  Minister Farrakhan was raised in Boston, where he attended integrated schools and was a member of the Episcopal Church.  As a young man he studied at Winston Salem Teachers College in North Carolina, and worked as a calypso singer.  A gifted violinist, he appeared on TV's Ted Mack's Original Amateur hour in 1949.  At the urging of Malcolm X, Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam in 1955 and changed his name to Louis X.  At that time, Malcolm X was leader of Temple No. 11 in Boston.  Farrakhan became his assistant and took his place when Malcolm left to take over Temple No. 7 in Harlem.  He became head of the Harlem mosque when Malcolm was removed from the post.  (When Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam, Farrakhan denounced him bitterly and later accepted responsibility for helping create the climate that led to Malcolm's murder.)  After Nation of Islam leader Elijah Mohammad died in 1975, the Nation slit into two camps, one of which was headed by Louis Farrakhan.  

Over the years, Farrakhan built a reputation as a powerful and articulate speaker.  He also ran into severe criticism from his frequent expressions of hostility toward whites and Jews.  His religious philosophy includes aspects of numerology, Muslim mysticism, and Masonic symbolism.  Under Farrakhan's direction, the Nation of Islam continued its efforts to develop black economic independence through its business ventures in publishing, restaurants, real estate, and the Fruit of Islam security force.  He departed from the Nation of Islam's former anti-political stance and registered to vote throwing this support behind Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign. Minister Farrakhan leadership of the hugely successful 1995 Million Man March catapulted him to national prominence.

Details taken from Susan Altman's "Ency. of Afro.-Amer. Heritage" 

Minister Louis Farrakhan has called for a "One Million March" this year (2005), which is the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March.  This will take place in October.  For details checkout www.millionmanmarch.org 

 

Dorothy Height (1912 -       )

Social activist Dorothy Height was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 24, 1912.  At an early age, she moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania. While in high school, Height was awarded a scholarship to New York University for her oratory skills, where she studied and earned her master's degree.

Height began her career working as a caseworker with the New York City Welfare Department, but at the age of twenty-five, she began her career as a civil rights activist when she joined the National Council of Negro Women. She fought for equal rights for both African Americans and women, and in 1994 she joined the national staff of the YWCA. She remained active with the organization until 1977, and while there she developed leadership training programs and interracial and ecumenical education programs. In 1957,  Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997.  During the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Height organized "Wednesdays in Mississippi," which brought together black and white women from the north and South to create a dialogue of understanding. Leaders of the United States regularly took her counsel, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Height also encouraged President Dwight D. Eisenhower to desegregate schools and President Lyndon B. Johnson to appoint African American women to positions in government.

Height has served on a number of committees, including as a consultant on African affairs to the secretary of state, the President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped and the President's Committee on the Status of Women. Her tireless efforts for equal rights have earned her the praise and recognition of numerous organizations, as well. She has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom From Want Award and the NAACP Spingarn Medal. She has also been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 2004, Height was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush.

 


 

Last week our Beloved Sheryl Ann Teresa Samuel left us suddenly, and she left us all in shock, due to her passing away from a flu.  She had a great send off to her father, though.  Many in our community came out and paid their respects, her funeral was actually the largest I've seen in this area.  Sheryl was loved greatly by everyone, and we will miss her dearly.  As I stated last week, please help the family by praying with them, encouraging them, listening to them, finding time to spend with them; cry/mourn with them, and most importantly be open about discussing their loss (at a suitable time).


It seems this upcoming month (March) everyone in my life is having a birthday.  The most important person is my partner Todd.  So, I want to wish Todd a very happy birthday.  It just seems like yesterday we were looking forward to turning 18 to drink legally and party (in our days the drinking age limit was 18).  Well, Todd have a wonderful birthday!


As you may be aware several organizations in our area are doing whatever they can to help the people of Guyana.  The "Floods in Guyana" has left many homeless and in need.  Please contribute and support the following organizations with their relief efforts for Guyana.  See their messages below:

MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PANMASTERS  

Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP IS NEEDED LIKE NEVER BEFORE TO ASSIST GUYANESE THROUGHOUT
THE COASTLAND OF GUYANA AFFECTED BY THE WORST FLOOD THE NATION HAS EVER KNOWN

YOUR CONTRIBUTION OF NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, TOILETRIES AND DAILY NECESSITIES WILL BE USED TO ASSIST PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES IN THE FLOODED AREAS.

*MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED

YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION OF NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS, TOILETRIES AND DAILY NECESSITIES CAN BE PLACED IN A BOX LOCATED AT

DEPANYARD

4559 RHODE ISLAND AVE., NORTH BRENTWOOD, MD

(301) 864-2610

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2005

A SHIPMENT WILL BE LEAVING FOR GUYANA THE LAST WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY

*PLEASE CONTACT ARLENE FARRIER WITH GENERAL OR MONETARY QUESTIONS.

(202) 746-5951  

Washington DC 

Relief Effort for Guyana Floods

Sunday February 27th 2005

Guyana Metropolitan Relief Organization

GUYMETRO invites you to its

Annual Guyanese Mashramani Fundraiser

Proceeds to benefit the victims of the recent flood disaster in Guyana

Come and support us and enjoy some delicious Guyanese Cuisine and entertainment!

 11am to 4pm

Metropolitan SDA Church Fellowship Hall

6307 Riggs Road , Hyattsville MD 20783

CONTACT: (1) MEGAN WILSON 301.459.0114; (2) MARVA ANGUS 703.978.3641; OR (3) JULIANA WILLIAMS 301.422.1317

The Flood victims in Guyana need our support!! Donations of Clothing and non-perishable items will be collected at this time.  

Baltimore, Maryland 

 

Guyana Flood Relief Fundraiser

 

Sunday February 27th 2005

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Republic of Guyana

More importantly a day on which any monies donated or collected as an offering will be turned over to the various relief organizations assisting the victims of the devastation visited on the coastlands of Guyana.

We encourage Guyanese and any other brothers and sisters who choose to support and show their solidarity with this endeavor to attend this event 

 3pm 

At the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopalian Church In Baltimore 2013 St. Paul Street

410-686-3128

Click Here and Scroll down to view flyer For All The Details!

Please continue to help with whatever you can.  You can also contribute and help by contacting your Local Guyanese Embassy and your Local Red Cross Office, or any of the below agencies. Or  http://www.reliefweb.int



This weekend there are several Soca shows taking place here in our area (DC/MD/VA).  You know it's really funny that for weeks upon weeks there are no shows, and when we finally get shows, they all happen to take place on the same weekend, so we are left to make choices.  I hate making choices (such as this),  but the important thing to remember is you must go out and support our Soca artists.  I only wish these shows were scheduled on different weekends.  Anyway, where ever you go have lots of fun and be safe.  

Until next week, please have a safe and wonderful weekend!

susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net

 

PSA
 

Caribbean Vibes Radio (Internet 24-7 radio)

 

SIZZLING THURSDAYS!!!  Be sure to join the rejuvenated and energized maestro "Fabulous" for the first "Sizzling Thursdays" of 2005. Showtime Thursday 9:00 pm until 12 midnight at www.caribbeanvibesradio.com.  Share the link with friends and family across the globe.  Email your requests, shout-outs to caribbean@im4radio.com or call toll free 1-866-ONE-VIBE

 

CaribNation TV

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - Monday, February 28th, 2005  CaribProfile: Cuban-American Photographer, Nestor Hernandez
NESTOR HERNÁNDEZ is a Washington, DC-based photographer of Afro-Cuban descent.  He was introduced to photography in high school through the Urban Journalism Workshop of the D.C. Public Schools, and was on the staff of the Capital Children's Museum as photographer-in-residence for fifteen years. Hernández was also staff photographer for the D.C. Public School system for seven years, and is now a freelance documentary photographer.

He has been a staff photographer and contributed to many publications, including the Current Newspapers, DC City Desk, the Latin Trade Report, El Pregonero, Brookings Review, The Metro Herald, National Jurist Magazine and The International Review of African American Art.

Nestor's personal projects span from his documentation of Mount Pleasant, the neighborhood where he resides, to his photographs of traditional weavers and spinners in West Africa. His photos of Ewe master kente weaver Bobbo Ahiagble of Ghana are featured in the award winning children's book, "Master Weaver from Ghana" published in 1998 by Open Hand Press. He plans to continue this project in Côte D'Ivoire, Kenya and Mali, photographing traditional spinners and weavers in those countries.

2005 Carnival

 

Virginia Beach Carnival - June 10th-12th

www.virginiacaribbeancarnival.com

 

DC Caribbean Carnival - June 25th & 26th

www.dccaribbeancarnival.com 

 

Boston Carnival 

www.BostonCarnival.Org

 

EVENTS
 

Click Here to View EventsFor Events

This Friday

February 25, 2005

I.C.E. Entertainment & Radio Boyz

Brings

Maximus Dan, The Gladiator

Live and direct from T&T. 

Fresh of a hotter than ever 2K5 TT Carnival, he'll be the featured artiste at the After Carnival Earthquake

@

Kilis Kafe, 2009 8th Street NW DC!

Maximus will be performing his 2005 hits: Royal, Earthquake, Zion, Good Gyal and others. He will also give his fans a taste of his past favorites: War and Kick It Way

Limited advance tickets are available at selected Caribbean outlets. Tell your friends and don't miss Maximus Dan at Kilis Kafe,  Email icemadness@aol.com or click the STAR above for more details!

Click Here for Details

 

Sunday, February 27, 2004

Guyana Relief Effort Fundraiser in Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland

Details are listed above, and on the "EVENTS" Page.

 

Shout Outs
  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Toussaint on the birth of their 1st child.  They are proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, who came into this world during Valentines weekend!  We at Arious are happy for Chris and Beverly.

Get Well "Bob The Wiz", our thoughts are with you, and we pray that your have a speedy recovery.

 

Happy Birthday Todd!!!

 

Happy Birthday Art!

 

Jillian have a Very Happy Birthday, and welcome back to Washington DC.

 

Danny is having a birthday this week as well, so birthday greetings are being sent to Danny!

 

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