by Susan Mangatal - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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:
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!
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Monday, February 28th, 2005
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.
Virginia Beach Carnival - June 10th-12th
DC Caribbean Carnival - June 25th & 26th
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 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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