On-Line Family and Friends:
a somber week it has been, with the loss of some very
important people who somewhat impacted my life and growth
here in the United States.
must be in a coma if you are unaware that at the beginning
of this week 43 year old Rapper Guru (Keith Elam)
from the pioneering Rap Group "Gang Starr" died after
battling the dreaded disease - cancer.
co-founded Gang Starr with friend DJ Premier in the early
had been diagnosed with the disease for over a year, and
from what I understand he has been hospitalized due to a
heart attack in February and fell into a coma shortly
thereafter (after surgery).
I sit here writing and thinking about how Guru
impacted my life, I fondly recall the many trips from our
business in Orlando, Florida back to our home here in
Maryland for our special holiday family gatherings. I recall once we arrived home, we would drop everything and
find a permanent spot in front of the TV to watch a
popular Video Channel that primarily showed Rap Videos.
My gosh, this was the channel that introduced us to
Rapper Guru and his Gang Starr Group, along
with all the hot new Rappers and Rap videos that was not
shown on MTV or anywhere on TV or Cable.
My husband Todd just refreshed my memory regarding
the name of this channel, and it was named THE BOX
short for (Video
This channel allowed
the viewers the ability to dial a telephone number, enter
a code, and the latest or a classic music video that was
requested was played on their TV.
Back then for us young folks this was awesome, because we were able to tap into the
special new and fascinating music that was taking over our
lives and the world during the 80s and 90s called Rap
the music that was never played or video shown on the
me, I am always one to check out the lyrics before
anything else in a song and Guru’s lyrics in his
hit song I manifest was somewhat deep. I heard him and understood what he was saying ["…I got a
real objective here I am effective here, cause I select a
clear message to all…These are the words I manifest, I
manifest…I suggest you take a breath for the words I
manifest they will scold you and mold you, while I impress
upon you the fact that, I used my tact rhyming for climbin…and
I’m about to let off knowledge is wisdom, understanding
truth’s the proof…"].
The group’s attire particularly was captivating
(in this video) to me as well.
and his DJ Premier together as "Gang Starr"
definitely impacted my growth in the love for Rap music
and most importantly, in the growth of accepting all
genres of music. May
Keith Elam rest in peace, he was a true pioneer in
Rap Music and the industry.
98 years on this earth fighting for equality and human
rights for all people; the powerful, passionate, elegant
and truly committed Dr. Dorothy Irene Height passed on a
few days ago. It
was a bit worrisome when I heard she was hospitalized in
late March, and a few days
later I discovered her condition had turned from serious
to very serious.
I look back at my earlier e-newsletters I realized I had
written about Dr. Height in February 2005 and acknowledged
her again in late March of 2008 as part of my Recognizing
and Celebrating Women’s Accomplishments Throughout
History, because her commitment for a just society and
her vision of a better world is one that I share.
As I digested her loss I remembered some of her
famous words that means the world to me:
more women enter public life, I see developing a more
humane society. The
growth and development of children no longer will
depend solely upon the status of their parents.
Once again, the community as the extended
family will rekindle its caring and nurturing.
Though children cannot vote, their interest
will be placed high on the political agenda.
For they are indeed the future.
have got to work to save our children and do it with
full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one
else is going to do it.
one will do for you what you need to do for
yourself. We cannot afford to be separate.
we're all in the same boat now, and we've got to learn
to work together.
are not a problem people; we are a people with
problems. We have historic strengths; we have
survived because of family.
you worry about who is going to get credit, you
don’t get much work done.
is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes,
but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach
want to be remembered as someone who used herself and
anything she could touch to work for justice and
freedom...I want to be remembered as one who tried.
Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other
women, but she can't take the same things for granted.
we move forward, let us also look back. So long
as we remember those who died for our right to vote
and those like John H. Johnson who built empires where
there were none, we will walk into the future with
unity and strength.
Black Family of the future will foster our liberation,
enhance our self-esteem, and shape our ideas and
Height must be celebrated and honored because she was
truly an outstanding and tireless leader, a brilliant
woman, and a civil rights pioneer who was fondly known as
of the women’s movement."
She gave of herself unselfishly for the betterment
of all people, and as a civil rights leader she fought for
equal rights of both African-Americans and Women.
served on the Staff of the National Board of YWCA for 33
years (1944-1977); She was the National President of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority (elected in 1947 - after serving as
Vice President 3 years prior and served until 1956); She
was the President of National Congress of Neighborhood
Women for 40 years (1957-1998), and lead this group
through the civil rights years. She was committed to defending the rights of women and people
of color with the goal of creating unity among all people.
Height has been a significant part of many of the
nation’s historic civil rights events and she stood
beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial
as he gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
She has served on numerous Committees including 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
untiring efforts for equal rights have earned her the
praise and recognition of numerous organizations, as well.
She has been awarded various Medals from many U.S.
Presidents, which includes: the Presidential Medal of
Freedom that was awarded by President Bill Clinton in
1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal by President George
W. Bush in 2004. She
was also awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal. She has also been inducted into the National Women’s Hall
of Fame. Observing
the negative images of the black family life and realizing
it was a significant problem Dr. Height in 1986
established the Black Family Reunion celebration (an
annual national festival) to reinforce the historic
strengths and traditional values of the Black Family.
have truly admired this exceptional woman, tremendously
grateful for her works, tenacity and strength throughout
her lifetime; and I feel it must have been a milestone and
a serious accomplishment for her to witness the
inauguration of the first African-American President
knowing how hard she fought and worked for the equality of
"people of color," and really helped paved the way in
order for this to happen.
I certainly concur with the lovely words President
Obama said about Dr. Dorothy I. Height "the
godmother of the polite rights movement--clinging her hold
up to those struggling for equality and served as the
usually lady at the top turn of the Civil Rights Movement
– witnessing each impetus and miracle along the way."
a more detailed time line on the life of Dr. Dorothy I.
Height CLICK HERE!
personally call it "Green Herb Day," but around the
world it is called "National Smoke Day" or
Day," along with a host of other names.
This day was observed a few days ago on the 20th
of April (4/20), and is specifically dedicated to the Green
Herb. Actually, it is an informal sub-culture
holiday in honor of the Green Herb based on the
simple concept of smoking cannabis and being happy.
hope is not to offend anyone, but we must be real about
the sensitive issue of legalizing Marijuana (for medical
purposes at this time, of course).
time there have been a strong movement to end marijuana
prohibition, and folks have been ferociously fighting for
the Green Herb to be legalized.
In recent years it has had subsequent success in
many states across America, and most recently there have
been a policy
shift by the Obama
administration, which openly
called for the limitation of prosecuting sick people who
use the drug for medical purposes or to the caregivers
that dispense it in states that have passed medical
there is a tremendous amount of activity in the marijuana
arena. Actually, approximately 14 states already
regulate medical marijuana, and I know as early as last
week there was a unanimous vote for legalizing it [for
medical purposes] in the District of Columbia.
it is legalized in California, the State Director for the
Drug Policy Alliance there Stephen Gutwillig stated "Marijuana
already plays a huge role in the California economy. It's
a revenue opportunity we literally can't afford to ignore
any longer." He further stated "It's time to end the
charade of marijuana prohibition, tax the $14 billion
market, and redirect criminal justice resources to matters
of real public safety…
the debate on the legalization of marijuana continues and
it’s up to the lovers of the Green Herb to get
involved in changing the governmental interference that
prohibits the use and consumption [for medical purposes
and spiritual benefits.]
understand on May 2, 2010, there will be a worldwide
marijuana march that will be held in over 544 cities
in 54 nations around the world to celebrate the medicinal
value and spiritual benefits of marijuana.
see some fantastic photos of the different states that
celebrated 4-2-0 Day - PLEASE
weekends have been extremely fascinating, and for some
time now [personally] we have been on a hunt for the
best Caesar Salad; currently Paolo's in Georgetown is on
the top of our list. If you know of any restaurant
that has a scrumptious Caesar Salad, please let us
for the events we featured last week, we
attempted to make it out to all of them, but simply didn't
do very well since the weather had turned unbelievably
cold! However, what we made it out too were great,
especially the Connie Campbell Foundation Concert.
There were outstanding performances, and a very good
support from the community. We hope a substantial
amount of funds were collected to help with her medical
bills. As for the other events we featured, all the
reports we received indicated they did very well;
especially the WIAMMA Spring Event.
As I look ahead, I see this weekend
will be filled with some nice events.
So as you scroll below, I urge you to check out
what’s happening and make plans to attend.
Saturday, April 24th there are 2 big events taking
The Garage Boyz who produces the DC Mud Mas launches
"We Palancin in The Mud" on Saturday at The
Island Loft, 411 New York Avenue, N.E., Washington
DC. To learn all about this event PLEASE
CLICK HERE! You can also click on the flyer!!!
The Prince Georges Caribbean Council is holding there
annual Red Dress Ball in Bowie Maryland. I
understand there are a few tickets left, so log on to: www.thecaribbeancouncil.org
all the details or call the numbers on the flyer.
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Hope Your Earth Day was a Green One!
years after the first Earth Day, the world is in
greater peril than ever. While climate change is
the greatest challenge of our time, it also
presents the greatest opportunity – an
unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy,
prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the
future. Earth Day 2010 can be a turning
point to advance climate policy, energy
efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs.
Remember Connie Campbell
and to help her To
learn all the details on Connie and to help her sing
again, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
August 23rd, 2009 Conradine 'Connie' Campbell, had a
seizure minutes before going on stage (while on tour) at
the Crossroads Entertainment Complex in Maryland, USA.
She suffered a "Brainstem Stroke" and now has
"locked in syndrome". The prognosis is guarded
due to quadriplegia from brainstem cva. Favorable
factors are her young age, good family and friends
support and possible ability to comprehend and follow
directions for rehabilitation. She is NOT in a
coma and is able to open her eyes when her name is
called and many times is able to follow commands to move
her eyes in tracking objects as directed by the
physician. She will need extensive and prolonged
therapy over 6-9 months. Therapy has not yet been
started. Funds are desperately needed to cover Connie's
therapy and other mounting hospital costs.
at Arious Entertainment Group is proud to be a
part of the DC Caribbean Promoters for Haiti
(DCPH) alliance. DCPH represents area
promoters who have formed a coalition to
maximize their contribution to the Haiti
recovery and reconstruction effort. As the
unprecedented scope of Haiti's devastation
becomes more apparent every day, your support
and generosity are desperately needed. The
group has an immediate goal to raise $30,000
in 30 days. DCPH will contribute all monies
raised by making donations to Yele Haiti, CARE
International, and Medical Teams
International. Our collective contribution
will help these organizations provide the
people of Haiti with necessary supplies and
services including food, water, temporary
shelter, and medical attention. SEE
DC Caribbean Promoters for Haiti
is an alliance of Caribbean promoters in the
Washington DC area. DCPH was formed to
maximize individual contributions to the Haiti
recovery and reconstruction effort. The
advantages of jointly working together are to:
(i) reach a wider audience; (ii) capitalize on
resources; and (iii) ultimately raise more
money for this worthy cause. Learn
more or donate.
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by The Caribbean Council of Prince George's
and The Coalition of Multicultural Communities,
on April 24th, 2010 at the Florian Hall in
Ball is a tradition started by the County's multicultural
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