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It's Official! June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month


  On Monday of this week (6/5/06) President Bush signed the Proclamation which made June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  As you may know this is the result of a Bill authored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland, CA), which was approved by the House, and unanimously approved by the Senate on 2/14/06.  This Bill, and now Proclamation acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of Caribbean Americans to the growth and development of the United States since the inception of the country.  Below is the Proclamation by President Bush which makes this month (June) Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Many Organizations and groups are commemorating and celebrating this historic occasion throughout the month in many different ways locally and around the country, and you will find many of them listed on this blast.  Please go out and support/celebrate this historic occasion.




Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release                                                                                                  June 5, 2006


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During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the great contributions of Caribbean Americans to the fabric of our Nation, and we pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries.

Our Nation has thrived as a country of immigrants, and we are more vibrant and hopeful because of the talent, faith, and values of Caribbean Americans.  For centuries, Caribbean Americans have enriched our society and added to the strength of America.  They have been leaders in government, sports, entertainment, the arts, and many other fields. 

During the month of June, we also honor the friendship between the United States and the Caribbean countries.  We are united by our common values and shared history, and I join all Americans in celebrating the rich Caribbean heritage and the many ways in which Caribbean Americans have helped shape this Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2006 as Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of Caribbean Americans and their contributions to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.


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Special presentation by Todd Mangatal For National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Greetings one and all !   I'd like to start by congratulating all those in our Caribbean communities across the US who worked diligently over the past few years to make Caribbean-American Heritage Month a reality.  Big up & Respect  to Congresswoman Barbara Lee For seeing this all the way to the White House.  Also, Dr Claire Nelson founder of "the Institute for Caribbean Studies", it couldn't have been done with out you.  This Proclamation is just a small step in the right direction to the assimilation of the culture, heritage and contributions of Caribbean people in the in US.   You must know at Arious Entertainment we celebrate  Caribbean-American Heritage Month every day.  One of our main goals at Arious  is to inform, because we believe that "Information is power."  Anyone who possesses the right information and has the drive to achieve it, can obtain anything their mind can conceive. 

"My Quote dat"!!!   

We will continue to grow and inform our worldwide online family as we have been doing for the last 3 and a half years.  Hopefully, as we build our family city by city, state by state, country by country . WE WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO MEET AND WORK TOGETHER TO SPREAD PEACE AND UNITY AND OF COURSE   MOST OF ALL SPREAD THE CONCEPT OF "OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE".

I would like to thank all of you who have supported Arious over the years.  Also, we can't forget the haters, the dream killers and those who shun our guidance, when we possess most of the answers that they are searching for far and wide. We are only the messengers holding the answers  to the questions that will confuses and blow your mind.

As we grow it's important for you to know about Arious Entertainment. We would like to gain your trust, respect, understanding, and most importantly support.  I'm sure we have achieved this with many of you, and before we go forward you must know where we have been, so here's our story, my Caribbean story, the Arious Story!!! 

This story is a bit lengthy, but it's my tribute to Caribbean-American Heritage month, and my way to let you learn more about me.  I will present it to you over the next few weeks and then I will let you know where we are going.  If you feel like commenting, or share any of these experiences, or you just want to share your experience feel free to do so, we would love to include your Caribbean Story and present it to the rest of the on-line family!




The Caribbean has been a part of my life always, even though I was born in America I had been exposed to the Caribbean culture from birth.  My father whom I lost last August was from Martinique which is a French speaking Island in the Caribbean, (if I'm not mistaken Martinique is still a territory of France.)   As a child growing up in America especially in the early 70's just after school integration and busing, it was hard enough being black in America, than to try to deal with taking on a second culture.  Minds were not very open about other cultures and at the time it wasn't "cool" to be from the Caribbean, but this goes back to information and understanding.  So I never really embraced the Caribbean part of my heritage, but I was exposed to it all the way through childhood, through vacations to my father's home, as well as to many Caribbean Islands where I was exposed to traditional Caribbean dishes and fruits of the Caribbean.  Not forgetting all the trips to New York to visit my father's friends, where my mom, sister (Shana) and I would have to sit through hours of conversations spoken in French, that we couldn't understand, and I personally was too thick headed to learn and understand the language.  However, I did absorbed much of the information of the culture, and got to hear stories from my father about Carnival in Martinique and his childhood stories about growing up in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean really took hold of me in late 79', which I would say is when my life really began, because that is when I met my wife Susan who is the backbone and the strength that keeps Arious Entertainment going through it's ups and downs.  From the moment we met in the 9th grade in Largo Maryland, I knew we had a mission in life and lots  to accomplish.  This was really the beginning of my Caribbean Story, this was the point in my life when I started to realize truly that information was important.  I met Susan and she was from Trinidad so I knew the first thing I needed to do was learn about her culture, and that's exactly what I did.  I opened my mind and absorbed all I could about her culture, because information is important in all you do including relationships.  If you do not understand who you are with, and where they come from and vice versa, you will never make it, simply because you don't know what direction each other are going in, and you don't know where they have been.

My earliest memories absorbing the culture of the Caribbean was my first reggae concert, which was a great show.  It was at the Warner Theatre here in Washington DC and the year must have been about 1982, I was still in high school and on Sunday nights I would listen to Tom Terrell on WHFS (which was a legendary alternative rock radio station in Washington DC, and which hosted a reggae show on Sunday nights).  At the time, one of the groups that were bubbling was Chalice with their song if my memory serves me correctly "Its a Rocky Road", and so I made it a point to attend the show to experience a reggae show.  I also remember the 2nd act on the show was Michigan and Smiley (who by coincidence happens to be part of our on-line Community/Family.)  From that point I was hooked, the reggae bug had hit me.  Also, on Sundays a highpoint in Washington DC would be the Caribbean show on WHUR "The Caribbean Experience" hosted by John Blake.  Mr. Von Martin hosted a show on WPFW and still does, and Tony Carr hosted a show on WOL (First station owned by Kathy Hughes who is now the owner of Radio One and TV One).  Finally, there was a show produced and hosted by Dr Dread (Founder of Ras Records) who has been one of the major players in the spread of Reggae Music in America.  In those days the only communication or information we received about the Caribbean was from these local radio shows, so at that time in the early 80's when radio was the main form of communication these were and still are in my opinion the leaders and messengers of the growing Caribbean Community in the DC Area.  Back then it was like watching "American Idol" or "24", when these shows were on if you were from the Caribbean or interested in things Caribbean you would regularly tune in to these shows.  This is how I started to learn about the Caribbean Culture, my Caribbean Culture, Susan's Caribbean Culture.

As the years past, we attended many cultural festivals that took place in the city at the time, back then it seemed there were more cultural events happening in the area.  I remember we would attend annually an event called "Summer in the park" that was held on the grounds of the monument.  This was a great event because there were thousands of people with Caribbean heritage showing it off in the President's back yard.  This event was much like DC Caribbean Carnival today, except it did not have a parade, it was free, with vendors and lots of top Caribbean artist.  Also, I remember a nice reggae festival that was held annually in Banneker park (across from Howard University) back in the early 80's and also at Howard University in the yard, there was a nice annual Caribbean festival.  The vibes were so nice back then, that it captured me.  Like Marcia Griffiths most recent album/song describes "Back in the Days everyone was feeling Irie" and the vibes were out of this world.  Even Baltimore had a few nice festivals back then, one that sticks out in my mind which I attend for several years in a row was held on Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. These events really exposed the culture to me and gave me lots of knowledge.  When you attended these events, it was like a family reunion, because people would come together and eat their local foods, speak their dialects, and there was a nice feeling of unity.  We didn't have the internet where we could contact the world in a second, so these events were like the internet, where people could meet, greet, communicate and vibe with one another.  We need to get back to that, we need to be able to go out without the fear of violence.

The Caribbean scene in the early 80's in Washington was really growing nicely, one of the important factors that led to the growth of the Caribbean Community was Howard University (one of the historically black colleges).  Since many people from the Caribbean immigrated to America by Student visas, the Caribbean community began to build up in the Washington area in the late 60's into the 70's, due to the Caribbean countries gaining independence and more and more people from  the Caribbean migrated to America by way of College and government embassies, etc.  As the years progressed and we reached the age of 18 (the legal drinking age back then) we went to our first Caribbean Nightclub and this was really a treat.  The club was called Montego Bay in Old Town, Virginia which was owned and operated by Roy McPherson who is a member of our on-line family/Community and whom I have a lot of respect for.  This was a "vibesy" little cozy spot, the music was authentic and the atmosphere was great.  I never will forget this experience.  I guess they say you never forget your first time, and that's a true statement.

Well, in 1985 Susan and I got married and began to follow our dreams, which lead us to make a move to Los Angeles, because entertainment was where were heading even then.  This was very interesting, 2 young people at 19 deciding to leave a very good life in Maryland  and go 3000 miles away to  follow their dreams. We packed up the little we had, including $1,300.00, and a newly purchased Nissan Sentra, and headed out west like the frontiersmen before us.  Let me tell you, we quickly found out $1,300.00 doesn't take you very far, and after being homeless for a short period (which at that time seemed like an eternity), we felt this may have been a stupid move.  But we didn't give up, because of our determination, our quest for information and our passion for the entertainment business, we stock it out.   Surprisingly now that we look back we feel the struggle we endured was just a learning experience, through it all we were able to establish ourselves very quickly, and yes, that's how you learn, and gain knowledge when you are young.  Once we got settled, we started to check out the Caribbean scene in Los Angeles and the scene there was a little different than in the east coast.  On the east coast there were a lot more of the Soca music, and a wide variety of reggae music, whereas on the West coast, it was more about the "roots and culture" and "dub".   Again, I remember seeing Chalice at a concert at the Greek Theatre located in the Hollywood Hills in Griffith Park, just below the Hollywood sign.  Poet Mutaburuka was also on this show.    At this time around 87' one of the hottest clubs in LA was the "Funky Reggae" located next to the Beverly Center (a major shopping mall near Beverly Hills).  This club was owned by Holly Robinson-Pete's brother Matt Robinson, and it was really hot.  This club was the same club used in the movie "Thank God It's Friday", a movie that featured a lot of celebrities  from the disco era.  Susan, myself and lots of our friends in LA had great times at the "Funky Reggae".  The concept and the music was great because it was a mixture of funk and reggae, and artist would be present to touch the mic and sing popular American songs backed by Reggae music.  At the time, that was really hot!  This was a nice experience for us, because not only did we get to enjoy the music, drink and party, but we were clubbing with up and coming young singers, movie and TV stars.  Every weekend, a number of stars would grace the venue with their presence to just party and have fun.  Some that come to mind are Rob Lowe, Shawn Penn, Prince, Spike Lee, Marisa Tomia', Esia Morales, Kadeem Hardison and many hot stars from that era.  Remember, this was the 80's so you know we partied!  I'll tell more about the "Funky Reggae" some other time, this is a story in itself.  In Los Angeles we never really got very much involved with the Caribbean Community itself, but  we would regularly attend most of the Caribbean clubs and events that we could find.  Our 2 years in Los Angeles provided us with inside knowledge of the inner workings of the entertainment business, since I was blessed to obtain a job within the industry, however after our 2nd earthquake experience in 87, and experiencing the sheer panic in the streets of LA (because of these earthquakes,) we decided  to leave LA (a place where the earth moves under you was not for us).

At this point a business opportunity arose in Orlando Florida for us, and we moved to Orlando and proceeded to open a Dry Cleaning business.  Luckily, at this time 2 major movie studios had just opened in Orlando Florida (Universal and Disney MGM studios), and lots of movies and TV series were being produced and filmed at the same time.  From the knowledge and contacts we had made in Los Angeles, we successfully obtained most of the accounts for the Dry Cleaning of the movies and TV productions with Universal Disney, and Nickelodeon studios, along with the contracts for many major motion pictures such as Lethal Weapon, Passenger 57, Problem Child, etc.  See "About Us".  So for 10 years we were practically the exclusive Dry Cleaning Company to the movie industry in Orlando, which again is a story in itself, and one that we will share at another time.  In Orlando, our passion and love for the culture of the Caribbean grew, even stronger.  Many of our friends there were Jamaicans, and this gave us the opportunity to experience Reggae music from it's foundation.  Also, being so close to Jamaica it was easy to fly back and forth inexpensively and quickly.  In Orlando the Caribbean Community was fast growing and very close knit, the community was filled with lots of upward mobile entrepreneurial type Caribbean people who had recently moved away from New York with lots of money, because of the major difference in the cost of living in Florida at the time.  As you can image the parties and promotions were thriving, and were pretty nice, simply because everyone had lots of money to work with.  Oh, the fun we had in Orlando, drinking, partying and really feeling the Culture.  Our business grew, so we had the luxury of fully engulfing ourselves in the culture and music of the Caribbean.  This is the point where I decided I needed to spread and exposed the music and it's message, along with it's vibes to the world, and at that time the best way to do this was by become a DJ.  This is part 3 of my Caribbean Story.  In those days every week a new shipment of 45' records would arrive at the local record shop run by Lady D and Martel (hosts of Caribbean Affair Connection in Orlando, and proprietors of Caribbean One Stop in Orlando.)  Throughout the day on Saturdays the shop would be filled with all of the local reggae DJ's getting ready for their big sound clashes and dances by purchasing the latest rhythms out of Jamaica.  On Friday's though, was the beginning of it all, where the highpoint for the entire community was to meet and greet at a place called "The Enclave" in the heart of the tourist district in Orlando, so the tourist and locals all partied through happy hour into the night with a Caribbean vibe, great Caribbean live entertainment from many talented Caribbean bands that knew how to entertain an international audience.  My favorite band in Orlando was called "Island Breeze" and the other was "Exodus" we had many great times with these bands.  Orlando was truly a Caribbean Experience, and one of the high points of my Caribbean Story, which I will never forget.

Tune in next week to learn more about my Caribbean Story, how I became an honorary Jamaican, how we progressed and grew with the Caribbean Community in Orlando, and all our adventures, and growth in all aspects that followed as we decided to return to our home (Washington).  Trust me this is where it gets very interesting, you don't want to miss this.  Please contact me if our lives have crossed paths along the way, and again if you have a Caribbean Story that you would like to share let me know todd@ariousentertainment.com



On a more serious note, many have worked hard on this Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and I believe if we put our efforts in other important issues that plagues our community and affects our lives, all will surly result in successes.  This project was a group effort, where a team of folks got together and worked very hard to making this possible.  A difference here was a group effort, and positive teamwork!!!  That is the only way we as a people will succeed in anything we set out to accomplish!  Learn to love each other, trust each other, respect each other, learn to work with each other, stop pulling and tearing each other down, hating and fighting each other.  This week Susan and I experienced some major negativity first hand, and which came to a head with some real explosive and harsh words exchanged (for no reason), but I believe this had to happen in order for it to dealt with head on, and for it to be handled and be laid to rest.  What this experience brought to mind was my favorite metaphor "Crabs In A Barrel"  We must stop living out the black man's curse (crabs in a barrel syndrome), we must learn to do everything we can to elevate each other, work together as a team, "watch each other's back", trust each other and most importantly love and respect each other.   Several years ago in 2003 someone sent the below explanation of this metaphor, which is a good explanation of the Crab Mentality "Crabs In A Barrel Syndrome.  Read it, and send me your thoughts, of if you have recently experienced this please share your experience, and share with me how you handled it

This metaphor describes a group that refuses to support a member who wishes to rise above the clamor.  Instead, group members will grab the prospective dissonant with their claws and pull him/her back down to their level.

This metaphor is commonly, and aptly used to describe African-Americans and our attitudes toward each other.  Women are catty towards other women who may be prettier or wearing nicer outfits.  Brothers trying to make it out of the hood are called "sellouts" by their so-called friends. We can't even stand together long enough to stand for anything!

A brother will call a sister with a good job "uppity" and decide that she's too high maintenance for him without even considering the fact that she may be driving her nice car to an empty home. Some of us see our friends making progress and envy them instead of encouraging them.  "Oh she thinks she's cute, I can't stand her." Well damn, if I don't think I'm cute, who else will?

It's a crying shame that people from other ethnic backgrounds will live 20 to a room shack if necessary, in order to push forward, but many of us are so busy trying to impress the "Joneses" that we live check to check, dodging creditors to support a lifestyle we can't afford. My only question is Why?

Why is it that the same supermarket cashier that smiled and chatted with Becky, turns to me with a sneer, when I pay for my purchase with a debit card rather than a food stamp card?  Crabs in a barrel!  Can I live?

Why can't we be supportive of one another? Why do we have to sleep with someone else's husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend just to get a laugh at their expense?  Crabs in a barrel! 

Why is there still some small area in the back of some of our minds that says that "The Cosby Show" wasn't real? Wasn't representative of Black life? But Martin and Menace To Society were?  Come on! Why are we still surprised to see African-American CEO's ? Crabs in a barrel!

These are all symptoms of the same mentality, and if we are to make any progress as a people, this must change. If we are to get past this handicap, we must address it.  Let's deal with it and begin to encourage and embrace one another. I'm not talking about just in front of the cameras and up on the podiums. Let's do it every single day.

We can't expect to be treated with respect by outsiders if we can't even respect each other. They laugh at us and our misguided ways, while they use their own networking skills and connections to look out for each other whenever possible.

It is unfortunate that so many of us were brought up in loveless environments where envy and jealousy were the only valid emotions.  It's a shame that so many of us were told by our loved ones that we would not amount to anything, but the blame game will not get us out of this mess. The only way to combat this legacy is to look in the mirror, and change what we see until the person staring back is someone we can truly love and appreciate.

There is no true love without self-love.  We were a race of kings and queens. We moved mountains with our minds, until we were robbed of our birthright and taught self-hatred. It is time to reverse the wrongs!  One can remove a king from his throne, but nobody can take from him his royal blood. Cherish the beauty from whence you came!

Author Unknown

This is (Mandatory) Homework for the Black Community: Come up with at least ONE way you can eliminate the "Crabs in a barrel" mentality within yourself, exercise it, and share it with your brothers and sisters


Until Next Week

by Todd Mangatal


Events This Weekend Commemorating this historic Occasion




Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Trinidadian Author

Meryl James-Sobre

Signs her book

"Genderstanding Jesus:  Women in His View"


Karibu Books
6:30 p.m. Iverson Mall
3847 Branch Avenue
Temple Hills, MD  20748
Suite # M125
301-899-7580 main

This book was well received in Trinidad, and Ms. James-Sobre hopes the same will occur in our area.  Please come out and support Ms. James Sobre!!!


Click Here to Learn More!



Saturday, June 10, 2006

African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute

P.O. Box 77278, Washington DC 20013-7278

Tel: (Washington 202-581-4337     *     (Baltimore) 443-570-5667

Fax: 301-292-2575     *     Web: www.adaci.net

ADACI Washington...ADACI Senegal...ADACI Nigeria

The African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI) presents its 14th Annual Commemoration EMPOWERED BY THE ANCESTORS on Saturday, June 10, 2006, 12pm – 8 pm, at Howard University’s Blackburn Center, Digital Auditorium, 2397 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The focus of this year’s commemoration is the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, where ADACI’s program will examine the spiritual, cultural, physical and psychological effects of slavery on the African descended community in the African Diaspora, and its negative impact on Descendents’ lives over generations. 

FILM – 12:00PM – 2:00PM





Click Here to See the Flyer and the Press Release that details the events of the day!!!!



This Saturday - June 10, 2006

  Support the Soca Worriers as they play their first game of the World Cup In Germany against Sweden @ 11:00 am.  Check your local cable stations for this historical soccer match!!!

Go Soca Warriors



This Saturday

June 10, 2006


De Island Masqueraders 2nd Annual All-inclusive Pool Party Fundraiser


Chateau Michel

114 Whistling Wood Court
Accokeek, Md

3:00 p.m. until

  • Hosted by Michael Rodriguez -- unlimited food, drinks, music and games 
  • Donation $20.00 w/tickets; $25.00 at gate.
  • Tickets can be obtained from any committee member (see flyer attached) or from individual troupe members.
  • Bring your swimsuits, beach balls and towels.

Eugenia Gumbs 301-580-7079   *    Carmen Georges 301-346-5784    *    Denise Grant 301-422-3037    *   Delva Grant-Motley 301-437-8797    *    Les Smith 703-955-9649 or 202-812-1575

For more details log on to:  www.deislandmasqueraders.com

De Island Masqueraders presents for DC Caribbean Carnival 2006

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The directions to Chateau Michel are as follows:
 From:  95/495 north to south - exit onto 3A Indian Head highway 210 south -- go through 10 traffic lights -- exit onto Bryan Point Road -- go to stop sign and make right into Farmington Woods, a gated community.
From 295 south to north:
Exit onto Indian Head highway 210 south -- go through 8 traffic lights -- exit onto Bryan Point Road -- go to stop sign and make right into Farmington Woods, a gated community.
From 95/495 south to north:
Cross the Wilson Bridge -- exit onto 2A Indian Head highway 210 south -- go through 8 traffic lights -- exit onto Bryan Point Road -- go to stop sign and make right into Farmington Woods, a gated community.






June 9-11, 2006

Santa Rosa, CA

Harmony Festival

More details - www.harmonyfestival.com 


June 11, 2006

Brooklyn, New York

Annual Aids walk Caribbean


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Sunday, June 11, 2006

3:00 p.m.

Washington, DC 

The Caribbean American Intercultural Organization (CAIO), in collaboration with other organizations, will co-sponsor one of these events - a Caribbean American Interfaith Service in Washington , at the Howard University Law School Dunbarton Chapel on the VanNess Campus ( 2939 VanNess Street, N.W. , Washington , D.C. )

You are all invited to attend this service, and bring your friends and family.  This is our opportunity to at least try to present a unified effort, and to be a part of history.  For friends of the Caribbean ,

The denominations represented will be: Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Spiritual Baptist and Rastafari.

The music will be authentically Caribbean, with well known Caribbean musician and composer, Noel Dexter, guest conductor.

In addition to the above, the weekend of June 2-4  has been designated as Caribbean-American weekend of Praise and Thanksgiving.  We are inviting all houses of worship across the nation to join in this recognition at some point during their religious observances on that weekend.  We would greatly appreciate your support in encouraging your denominational clergy to join in this recognition.

Please help us spread the word as widely as possible - in your newsletters, church bulletins etc.

Should you have any questions concerning this event, please feel free to call Derrice Deane (301-649-4133) (e-mail: ddcarib@aol.com).  Thanks for your cooperation. With every good wish.

Derrice Deane

Host, CaribNation (www.caribnationtv.com)





June 11- June 25, 2006

Washington DC

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)


SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2006

3:00-5:00 pm - National InterFaith Worship Service & Reception, Howard University Law School Chapel .  Free & Open to the Public

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006

8:00-12:00 pmIDB Caribbean American Business Opportunities Seminar.  Open to the Public, REGISTER by JUNE 3rd

1:00- 3:00 pm  - White House Reception & Briefing By Invitation Only, REGISTER by MAY 25th  (US National Security Clearance Required) 

6:00 -11:00 pm  - CAHM Commemorative “Heritage is Priceless”  Dinner.  By Invitation Only, REGISTER by MAY 25th

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

9:00 – 11:00 am  - Symposium on “Transnational Citizenships: The Role of the Diaspora.  Inter-American DialogueBy invitation Only, REGISTER by JUNE 6th

12:00-1:30 pm   - Lunch honoring Caribbean American Elected OfficialsBy invitation Only, REGISTER by JUNE 6th

2:00 - 5:00 pm - 8th Annual Caribbean American Legislative ForumOpen to the Public, REGISTER by JUNE 6th

6:00 – 8:00 pm - CAHM Congressional Appreciation ReceptionBy invitation Only,  REGISTER by JUNE 6th

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006

9:00 – 5:00 pm - National Caribbean American Student Leadership ConferenceOpen to the Public, New York University

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006

11:00-5:00 pm - Caribbean American Heritage Month Cricket on the National MallOpen to the Public

For Further Information call: Claire Nelson (202) 907-6140 or Glenn Joseph (754) 224-8150 

Click For Registration Forms and Press Release!!!





























Upcoming Events - Also for Caribbean-American Heritage Month



In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month June 2006


For more information and pre-registration visit  www.transafricaforum.org or call 202.223.1960 x116

Each screening will be followed by a discussion

Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 6:30 p.m. - Provisions Library

1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC , Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line, Use Q Street—North—Exit)   Phone: 202.299.0460

Almacita, Soul of Desolato, directed by Felix De Rooy (Curacao, 1986, 100 minutes). Drama.

Synopsis: “Based on old legends, the film depicts a fictional agricultural community in an isolated part of Curaçao at the turn of the century. The central theme of the film is the struggle between creative and destructive forces.  In the village of Desolato, Solem, the priestess protects the villagers from Alma Sola, the symbol of evil, the patriarch of the "shons", the white landowners. Alma Sola has the power to transform into male, female or animal and always strikes when vigilance of Desolato weakens. Solem has sacrificed her fertility for the welfare of the community. Therefore she is not allowed to have a relationship with a man. Her longing for physical love provides Alma Sola with an opportunity to lead her stray. 

(From ArtMattan Productions, the distributor, http://www.africanfilm.com/title_ae.htm)

BURY MI FOOT CHAIN: The Woodside Story by Julia John (Jamaica, 2006, 15 minutes). Woodside is a small rural village in the hills of St. Mary, Jamaica. Plagued by the loss of agricultural options, youth unemployment, natural disasters and vanishing cultural traditions, the people of the community form a Development Action Group to address these and other issues. One of their projects is a unique Emancipation Celebration that has grown to attract visitors from far and wide. Developed under the guidance of the village historian, Sister Erna, its centerpiece is a dramatic reenactment of the events of August 1, 1838 (Jamaica’s Emancipation Day) from the perspective of the formerly enslaved Africans. Bury Mi Foot Chain tells the inspirational story of how one village battles the odds, using culture and history to revitalize their struggling community.

Avenue, NW, Building 44, Room A03, Washington, DC 20008 Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 6:30 p.m.   University of the District of Columbia , 4200 Connecticut Avenue Metro: Van Ness (Red Line

Like Water, directed by Vanessa La Tanya Hill (Bahamas, U.S., 2005, 70 minutes). Drama. Like Water is set in The Bahamas and the U.S.  The film explores the relationship between ancestral and current grief, and its association with affirming one’s self-identity and self-acceptance. Merlice, in Washington, DC, as she prepares to go to college in the fall accidentally finds letters written by her grandmother from The Bahamas. This sets in motion her sojourn to the islands where she connects with her deceased mother and heritage during a Junkanoo ceremony.

Ivan the Terrible, directed by Neisha Agostini (Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, 2004, 30 minutes). A half-hour documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan’s devastation of the island of Grenada. Interviews with locals give a sense of the total shock and chaos which gripped the island.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 6:30 p.m. - Venue: TBA

Caribbean Animations with Camille Selvon Abrahams of Animae Caribe Animation & New Media Festival.  Direct from Trinidad and Tobago--Camille Abrahams will present a wide range of the latest Caribbean animated films and discuss with participants the history and the many facets of the animation film industry in the Caribbean. “Animae Caribe is an annual animation & new media festival held in Trinidad and Tobago. It features filmmakers from the Caribbean & the Diaspora. Though its emphasis is animation, the festival promotes experimental film production also. The aims of the festival are: 1) to provide a global stage for animators and filmmakers of the region; and 2) to provide a learning environment for artists to improve their craft.” (from http://www.animaecaribe.com/about/index.php?topic=overview)

June 19, 2006



To commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Inter-American Development Bank will host a Special Business Opportunities Briefing targeting Caribbean American Business owners and those interested in doing Business in the Caribbean on Monday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This 1/2 day seminar will include speakers from the IDB as well as the US Minority Business Development Agency; the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization; National Minority Suppliers Development Council; the City of Washington DC ; and the World Bank.


Normally this event is offered for a fee of US$295.00. This is an unprecedented opportunity to get in on the ground floor of networking with IDB officials in charge of procurement.


If you are interested in attending, kindly send the following information to Dorothy Patrickson at dorothyp@iadb.org  ASAP.



An Invitation and Registration will be forwarded to you from the Office of External Relations at the Inter-American Development Bank.

PS: The IDB Briefing precedes a Special Reception and Briefing to the Caribbean American Community being hosted by the White House on Monday, June 19, 2006





Vendors spots are going fast!  Contact us as soon as possible if you intend to participate with DC Carnival this year!




Arious sponsors several Masquerade Bands for DC Caribbean Carnival


  This Year we (Arious Entertainment) have sponsored several bands, which are displayed below.  We especially Congratulate Washington Rampage on Selling Out their 5 sections a month before the event takes place.  This is a great accomplishment!!!  

Congratulations to Ice Entertainment on completely SELLING OUT their Section Nefertiti's Passion" .  There are a few costumes left for their other 2 sections "Aphrodite Fantasy" and "Venus Rapture", so call Germaine at 410-944- 0320 or 240-447-2412 or via their site www.icecarnival.net.


"Ice Carnival" for 2006 DC Caribbean Carnival

Presents "Royal Fantasy"

The "Nefertiti’s Passion" section is Sold Out!

Log On to Ice Carnival’s website www.icecarnival.net for all the details

 To reserve your costume contact  Germaine at 410-944-0323 or 240-447-2417


Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "Royal Fantasy"


Jackie & Associates 


for DC Caribbean Carnival 2006 

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For Information contact Jackie or Janet 301-565-8037 or 301-524-8718 or www.jackiecarnival.com

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "Nations"


Shortmus Productions www.shortmusproductions.com


Shortmus Productions



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For DC Caribbean Carnival 2006

For Details and to play mas with Shortmus, contact him via e-mail: shortmus@msn.com or   202-549-4142

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of 


Look out for the last section recently added!!!

Washington Rampage  www.washingtonrampage.com

Sold Out - Sold Out - Sold Out

All Costumes Are Sold Out.  However, Ms. Yolanda (Band Leader) has decided to make a few additional costumes to fill the need of the many who are contacting her and demanding costumes.  Check with her to see if she can accomodate your request!!!  Her contact information is located on her site.

Washington Rampage Portrays "The King & I" for DC Caribbean Carnival 2006 

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All Costumes are Sold Out

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of "The King and I"


BIG UPS, CONGRATULATIONS and Birthday Greetings
  A Note of Thanks from Deanne Samuels, Executive Director of the Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund, Inc.

On behalf of the Working Women's Committee, I want to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation to Klassik Production and Radio Boys and Girls International for their recognition of the work we do in the community and the projected contribution to the Scholarship Fund.

It is not very often that individuals recognize and connect with the work that is done by organized groups in the community, such as ours...These contributions are quite humbling because what we do comes naturally and it is based on the principles of Marcus Garvey, to empower our people and prepare them for self-reliance.

Again, Thank you

Deanne Samuels, Executive Director
Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund, Inc.




Arious Entertainment wishes the best to The Soca Worriers and may God Bless them on their quest for VICTORY IN GERMANY!



Happy Birthday Artie, Donna, Lorenzo, Milly Tommy and Jorge!!!  


Peter and Penelope happy 6th Anniversary!!!


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