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Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Jun-Jun.
Whatever name one calls it, the fact is that it is the oldest African-American Observance in the
United States which dates back to 1865, and one of the most
important in American History because it commemorates the
freedom...the ending of slavery. This special day is
celebrated across the United States on June 19th.
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people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a
Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all
slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of
rights and rights of property between former masters and
slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them
becomes that between employer and free laborer."
read about the history of Juneteenth, please click the
"Juneteenth Worldwide Celebration" picture for
the whole story to your right, courtesy of www.juneteenth.com.
is Black Music Month
This is the 29th year that
"Black Music Month" is celebrated nationally.
President Jimmy Carter designed June "Black History
Month" in 1979 and to this day President Bush continues to
issue an annual Black Music Month proclamation, which is listed
this month we are afforded the opportunity to recognize
the many black music genres throughout time such as Rhythm and
Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop.
Additionally, during this time we celebrate the contributions
black singers, composers, writers, producers and musicians have
made in the history of music.
We at Arious celebrate Black Music Month by highlighting
legendary songwriters and record producers Kenny Gamble and Leon
Hoffs. There would be no 1970s
soul, no R&B, no disco, without Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Their raw, gospel-driven sound combined with sophisticated,
precise musical arrangements and socially conscious lyrics paid
off with 175 gold or platinum albums and 80 number one pop
Mr. Gamble, from Southwest Philadelphia, and Mr. Huff, from Camden, New
Jersey, met in the early 1960s (in an elevator at the Shubert
Building, now the Academy of Music) and went on to write and
produce for many stars.
Much like Motown in the 1960s Philadelphia International
Records declared itself "The Sound of Young America",
"Philadelphia International aimed to conquer the world with
a specific, auteur-driven sound steeped in the roots of one
major American metropolis.
Gamble composed their first hit, Expressway
To Your Heart, in 1966 as he sat in Schuylkill Expressway
traffic on the way to his girlfriend’s house, but it was in
the 1970 when Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff stood as the
primary architects of upwardly-mobile orchestral version of
soul. "Their productions' opulence, smoothness, and
chops-- abetted by MFSB, one of the great studio bands in music
history-- paved the way for disco, sparked inspiration in Elton
John and David Bowie, and acted as the soulful but
crossover-friendly counterpart to the decade's wild-assed,
post-Sly Stone funk much in the same way Berry Gordy's
meticulous empire offset the grittiness of Stax and Atlantic.
MFSB's "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)" had only
one line, "people all over the world"-- an echo of the
underlying sentiment from one of the label's big early smashes,
the O'Jays' "Love Train", but also a clear statement
of who, exactly, they were aiming their music towards."
But it was not until 1972, when
Gamble set up Philadelphia International Records on South Broad
Street, that their impact was truly felt throughout the years.
They were responsible for 70 # 1 Pop and R&B singles, 175
RIAA Gold, Platinum and multi- platinum certifications, five
Grammys including the Recording Academy's Trustees Award and
more than 3,500 songs produced to date.
Earlier this year Kenneth
Gamble & Leon Huff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame with a presentation of the highly prestigious
"Ahmet Ertegun Award." The Grammy-winning,
multi-platinum selling duo are responsible for one of the most
recognizable and influential catalogs of pop and soul music ever
The Gamble & Huff
signature sound is internationally recognized as "The Sound
of Philadelphia" with a Gamble & Huff song being played
somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes.
by the President of United States for Black Music Month
America's diverse musical heritage
exemplifies the creativity and optimism of our Nation.
During Black Music Month, we celebrate the extraordinary
talents and creativity of African-American singers,
musicians, and composers whose achievements have enriched
our culture and enhanced our lives.
For generations, African-American
artists have created music that communicates across racial
boundaries and expresses both joy and sorrow. When facing
the cruelty of slavery and injustice, African Americans
lifted spirituals to the heavens, bringing comfort to
troubled souls. These timeless declarations of hope and
faith evolved into the more modern genres of gospel, blues,
ragtime, and jazz, and they are given voice in the musical
genius of Scott Joplin, Marian Anderson, Eubie Blake, and
Mahalia Jackson. During the Civil Rights era,
African-American musicians such as Duke Ellington, Muddy
Waters, and Ruth Brown conveyed the struggles of their
communities while bringing people of all backgrounds
together. Today, this music continues to inspire America's
citizens and advance its creative spirit.
Throughout the course of American
history, black musicians have used their great talents to
share the richness of the African-American experience and to
develop a uniquely American style of music enjoyed
throughout the world. This month, we honor the pioneers of
African-American music and today's contemporary artists who
have enriched the lives of people everywhere.
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 2008 as Black Music
Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the
history of black music and to enjoy the great contributions
of African-American singers, musicians, and composers.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand this thirtieth day of May, in the year of our
Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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Caribbean-American Heritage Month (June)
- Celebrating it's 2nd Anniversary! Two
years ago, in
the 109th Congress both the House and Senate unanimously
approved H.Con.Res.71, a measured introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee
(D-Oakland), on June 5, 2006 President George W. Bush issued a
proclamation designating June as Caribbean - American Heritage
Month. This proclamation acknowledges the growing
political and economic influence of the Caribbean Diaspora and
its importance and contribution to the development of the
cultural diversity of the United States.
Heritage Month, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of
Heritage Month is an opportunity to show our
appreciation for the many ways Caribbean Americans have
contributed to our country.
Americans have helped to shape our national fabric with
their vibrant traditions and their unique history. They
have brightened our lives with the spirit and vitality
of their culture. Through strong leadership and pride in
their heritage, they have enriched America. In all walks
of life, they have contributed their many talents and
added to our Nation's development and prosperity.
especially show our gratitude for the men and women of
Caribbean descent who have served bravely in our Armed
Forces and those still serving today. These heroes have
answered a call greater than self, and we keep them in
our thoughts and prayers.
June, we celebrate and recognize the Caribbean Americans
whose determination and hard work have helped make our
country a better place.
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 2008 as Caribbean-American Heritage
Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the
history and culture of Caribbean Americans and their
contributions to our Nation.
WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two
thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
As you know there
are lots of celebrations and events taking place around the
United States observing and commemorating National
Caribbean-American Heritage Month!!! Please check our "Events"
Page for what's going on in our area. Remember the DC Film festival that
celebrates this special month continues this weekend, so log on to
page for all the details on this and all the other events taking
place celebrating this month. Additionally, on June 26th
plan on attending the 10 Annual Legislative Forum and Reception
which is scheduled to take place on Capital Hill - FREE; and June 27th, - A Youth Leadership Institute on
International Development will take place. For all the details on these events log on to: http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org
or click the banner below.
As the race for the White House "picks up a little
steam," this past Tuesday, June 16th, Former Vice President
Al Gore endorsed Senator Barack Obama. Personally, I felt
this endorsement was a bit too late, but perhaps it's "all
good". The speech announcing his endorsement was
heartfelt and pretty moving for many, so check it out
As this new race begins, keep Senator Obama in your thoughts and
prayers so that he will be safe and far away from any
harm. Kindly continue standing up and not
accepting the same old tactics, rhetoric
and old politics. Most importantly, let us get ready to
vote in the Presidential election for Senator Barack Obama".
With your support and votes Senator
Obama will succeed and will be the PRESIDENT. We are certain he is "the
one"..."the one" who absolutely has the
ability and wisdom to move us forward; "the one"
who has the answers to all of the many issues plaguing America
currently, and we know he is "the one" who can take us
forward toward that change we are seeking in a positive
manner. I hope you are looking forward to
the overall change as I am in November, so lets continue making history
Don't forget this Friday
Pan Masters Steel Orchestra will host its Calypso Monarch
Finals in North Brentwood, Maryland at their PanYard.
This event is always very exciting and the performances are very
entertaining. The contestants this year are: (1)
“D-Culture”. You will find the details on the flyer
located under or "Featured Events" section below, or
HERE or the following link: www.ariousentertainment.us/PMSO2008CalypsoMonarchFinals2ndtSA.htm
; (2) Mervyn Carter - “Dr Witty”
; (3) Henry Bideshi - “Henry B”
; (4) Wilson LeGendre - “Super Rod”
; (5) Anthony Hoyte - “Algee”
; (6) Joan St. Johm - “Lady Tantalizer”
; (7) Nolan Daniel - “Poison Dart"; as well as the 2007
Monarch Winner: Selwyn Demming - “Bro Marvin”
Next Sunday, June 29th will be
Caribbeana's 20th Caribbean Comedy Festival. It will take
place at the Crampton Auditorium at Howard University.
Join Von Martin as he celebrate the 20th year of his
festival. For more details scroll below to our
"Featured Events" or Click the
to the many who have sent me e-mails in
response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important
information. Most importantly I thank you for your
encouraging words! So until next week...and please enjoy this Weekend!!
To all of you
our on-line family, thanks for reading, sharing your thoughts
and comments with us, and for always supporting
us. As you know without you there would be no us.
So thanks very much for your support and One Love!
For All Events
Check out our
"Featured Events" listed below. Many are taking place
this weekend, so log on to our "Events Page" above to
view all the events, and please go out and Support!
Also, there are
several taking next weekend and beyond, so to view all the Events please log on
to our "Events" Page above!
free filmfest started on 6/17/08)
HEALTH CONFERENCE 2008
Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201
a.m. until 3 p.m.
more information, call
the American Cancer Society, St.
Joseph Medical Center, St. Agnes
Hospital, and Bon Secours
Baltimore Health System at the
African American Men’s Health
family-friendly event is FREE
- Continental breakfast and lunch
- Health screenings
- Expert speakers
- Giveaway items
American men have higher rates of
diagnosis and death from cancer,
cardiovascular disease, stroke,
diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
Organizers expect that the
conference will address the
conditions impacting the health of
African American men through
education, screenings, and
networking of community residents.
Cancer Society, Catholic Health
Initiatives, St. Joseph Medical
Center, St. Agnes Hospital, Bon
Secours Baltimore Health System