On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you!
I begin today my mind is truly uncomfortable over the going
ons in our lovely islands.
I, as well as
many others have braced ourselves for the elections in
my lovely birthplace – Trinidad and Tobago.
Yup, the diverse, cultural, religious and ethnic
mix of people in my home land are quite uneasy due to
the important elections that will be taking place a few
days from today (Monday, May 24, 2010).
may recall in a past E-Newsletter I mentioned that the
Prime Minister Patrick Manning had dissolved his
Parliament, and called for a snap legislative election
to take place (two years before the scheduled election).
I also mentioned his opponent Kamla
to my writing on the subject, I received an outstanding
amount of responses via e-mail of articles, comments,
and blogs regarding this issue.
Which was really interesting and thought
my initial intention was to share them with you, but I
decided not to. I
was certain all of the information I received would have
made you bias, and I didn’t want that to happen.
as many of my fellow Trinidadians and Americans who are
interested in my country have heard and read about all
the corruption. Have
heard about the denying entry into the country of US
Strategist Mr. Henry Bernard Campbell, who was hired as
a campaign strategist/advisor by and for the opposition
party United National Congress (UNC).
We have heard Prime Minister Manning being
blasted on the deportation of this gentleman.
Additionally, we have heard the opponents blame
and demonize each other over these past few weeks trying
to explain and portray that they are/or could be great
leaders and healers of my small country.
People’s National Movement (PNM) particularly
talks about the opposing party's (UNC) inability to
govern T&T, and further stresses to the people that
they need a strong, stable and hard working Prime
Minister and a stable Government to take charge and run
The UNC talks primarily about change, as well as
the rising crime and better management of public
I am very concerned about the escalating crime rate and
many other important issues and problems taking place in
my country (specifically issues dealing with the living
needs of the citizens, such as: water, electric, jobs,
housing, pension, taxes, etc.).
Folks have also expressed to me they are
desperate for change, and for the corruption and killing
to be stopped. Meanwhile,
other folks have been expressing their dedication to
their party PNM, and have been shouting loudly PNM
it is very hard for me to say or even predict who
will PALANCE on who come Monday.
We will just have to wait and see.
I know one way or another there will be a lot of
ciaos on Monday and I pray that there is no bloodshed or
my people...PLEASE GO OUT AND VOTE, BUT BE EXTREMELY
SAFE AND CALM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
I say to Mr. Manning and to Ms. Persad-Bissessar…May
the best man or woman win!!!!
here to get a good overview of the Elections and Parties
in this upcoming Election. or copy and paste the
following link in your browser: http://www.angus-reid.com/tracker/view/35506/trinidad_and_tobago_2010
am also pretty distressed about what is taking place
currently in my adopted island Jamaica, they too are
undergoing same major issues and is in unrest.
issue of Christopher Dudus Coke is creating
major ciaos with the people and the leaders of this
details on what is currently transpiring PLEASE CLICK
HERE!!! or http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=10672963.
Additionally, what concerns me more is the violence.
A few reggae artists/entertainers were gunned
down last week, and one a month ago. Thankfully
they all have survived and is fighting to recover from
their wounds. (1)
Mad Cobra [Ewart Everton Brown] was shot
in the shoulder a little over a week ago. [Mad
Cobra sang the popular reggae hit song Flex that
crossed over to the American Charts (Rap, R&B and #
13 on the Billboard) in the early 90s]; (2) Oneil
Edwards, one-third of the popular dancehall group Voicemail
have also been shot multiple times in front of his home,
and it saddens me tremendously that one of the gunshot
wounds including one in the head http://www.jamaica-star.com/thestar/20100510/ent/ent1.html;
and (3) Louie Culture [Lewin Brown http://www.dancehall.mobi/2010/04/02/louie-culture-shot-injured/.
This violence upsets me sooooo, but in another issue we
will go into it in more detail.
Please keep these artists in your prayers and
also pray that all this violence cease – we as a
people must learn to live with, respect, and love each
this week, glancing at the television a story came
across the screen that shocked me.
“Hungry Children in America”.
After focusing on the story, I became very angry
because I discovered there are nearly 17 Million
children who face hunger in the United States.
What…not in America...great...great
America...America who is always in someone else's
country feeding the people and children, and even
Of course, I began ranting about the many
billionaires in this country who are in a very good
position to eradicate and solve this problem.
After calming down, I did some research and indeed this
is a fact. Click the following link to read the statistics and facts, it
will certainly shock you. http://strength.org/childhood_hunger/hunger_facts/
Please do what you can to help this growing problem in
America, and share your thoughts on this issue with
me...please!!! For additional details click the
following link: http://strength.org/childhood_hunger/
a more happier note, this weekend in Wash. DC we are in
for a treat. The outstanding Reggae Band Steel Pulse is in town at
the 9:30 Club. Wow,
a real band - with real instruments - singing and
performing; and not artists performing to tracks.
Yup, this will certainly be a treat. To
all who participated in our Ticket Give-a-Way to this
show...Thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS to all the
winners...by now you should have gotten an e-mail
instructing you how to collect your tickets. Check
out Steel Pulse on Saturday.
For details check the flyer below.
To learn more about the fantastic Reggae Band
Steel Pulse, PLEASE
The Carnival Bandleaders Association of
Washington DC Bar-B-Que last weekend was outstanding, and
the President of the Association wishes to express her
appreciation. Read the below message from President
Carnival Bandleaders Association (CBLA) thanks
the community for coming out on Sunday to our
Bar-B-Q Cook-out Fundraiser.
Your support will help us to achieve our
goal of assisting the bands to offset the many
expenses associated with participating in DC
out for our next fundraiser on Sunday, June 13,
same place and time.
You don’t want to miss this one.
They are coming bigger and better.
Continue the Carnival vibe
by checking out Andy Ramano and his partner Mikey as they
launch their Jab Jab Passe Band in Bladensburg Maryland on
Saturday, May 22nd (See the flyer under our "Featured
Events" below for all the details); and on Sunday go
out and support Ice
Carnival band at their Annual Back Yard BBQ fundraiser in
Baltimore, Maryland. There flyer is listed under the
"Featured Events" section below as well.
You can check out all our upcoming events by logging on to
Events Page here.
I am putting
Todd on the Spot this week, because he turned me on to a
very hot song that is tearing up the airwaves in
mainstream radio. This one he loves and is always
singing. He will certainly get a laugh by me adding
this to our weekly E-Newsletter. Here is his
favorite part - the
chorus of this song [Travie McCoy Ft. Bruno Mars entitled: Billionaire]
Oh every time I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city every night oh
I swear the world better prepare
for when I’m a billionaire!
US DO MORE!!
US DO MORE THAN EXIST,
US DO MORE THAN TOUCH,
US DO MORE THAN LOOK,
US DO MORE THAN READ ,
US DO MORE THAN LEARN,
US DO MORE THAN LISTEN,
US DO MORE THAN THINK,
US DO MORE THAN TALK,
US SAY SOMETHING!
P. LASHLEY Copyright
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