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June - National Caribbean-American Heritage Month


Earlier this year (2/14/06) the Senate unanimously approved a bill authored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland, CA) to designate June as National Caribbean-American Heritage month.  This Bill - House Concurrent Resolution 71, acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of Caribbean Americans to the growth and development of the United States since the inception of the country.  As far as we know, this Bill is awaiting its final approval from President Bush who is expected to sign the Proclamation heralding this event very soon.  However, we will continue celebrating the heritage of the Caribbean throughout the entire month of June here in Washington, and many will be doing the same around the country.  Many events will be taking place to commemorate this historic occasion, and below we have listed a few that was sent to us by Organizations and members from our on-line family!

June 1-3, 2006

Orlando, Florida

In Central Florida (Orlando) there will be a Caribbean American business expo and conference  www.caribamericanexpo.com.  Central Florida's first Caribbean-American Business Expo and Conference will be held at the Central Florida's Fair and Exposition Park (Fairgrounds).   Exhibits will be open to the public on Friday, June 2nd 2006 at 10:00 a.m.   This Caribbean American Business Expo and Conference will help participants to build new business by offering:

· A chance to demonstrate your product or service to customers face-to-face

· A direct way to test a new market and launch new products and services

· A chance to find out what customers in the US and the Caribbean need

· Good opportunities for networking

· Many potential customers concentrated in one place

· Many potential suppliers concentrated in one place

· Information on how to do business in the US and the Caribbean

· Explanations of the benefits of new trade arrangements such as FTAA and DR/CAFTA

In addition to buyers and sellers, this Expo and Conference will attract journalists, media, politicians and other "movers and shakers" in particular fields. The World Trade Center Orlando is also conducting a "matchmaker" service through which meetings will be arranged for companies whose interests coincide.

Featured speakers will include:

·  U.S & Caribbean Customs Officials

· Trade & Investment Financing Experts

· Representatives of U.S and Caribbean Food & Drug Administrations

· Local and International Business Leaders







June 3, 2006

Maryland/Washington DC


Launch 2006: We Caribbean

An Official Caribbean-American Heritage Month Event

CACCI-GWAN invites you to Launch 2006: We Caribbean. The Launch will feature a Caribbean Business Expo, presentations for small businesses, business-minded individuals and those who are interested in partnerships as well as an award presentation recognizing leaders in our community.

Keynote speakers, special guests, savory refreshments, raffles and Caribbean entertainment will round out the afternoon's events.

Topics & Presenters include:
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Campaign
Small Business Startup & Entrepreneurship
Health & Fitness Industry
Hotel & Hospitality Industry
Financial Services & Investments
Business & Investment Opportunities in the Caribbean
and more!

Booth Space and other advertising opportunities still available!

Cost is FREE to the Public!


The particulars for Launch 2006: We Caribbean

Date: June 3, 2006
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact: Althea Grey-McKenzie
Contact Email: launch2006@cacci-gwan.org
Contact Telephone: 301.460.7702
Location: Riderwood Village   3140 Gracefield Road   Silver Spring, MD 20904




Thursday, June 8, 2006


Book Signing

One of our own (Trinidadian)

mesMeryl Ja-Sebro, Ph.D.  will sign 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


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June 10, 2006

African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute

P.O. Box 77278, Washington, D.C. 20013-7278

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

 Fax: 301-292-2675 ¨ Web:  www.adaci.net

ADACI Washington…ADACI Senegal… ADACI Nigeria

Contact:  Eurica Huggins Axum (202) 581-4337

Karla Wynn Diouf (443) 570-5667

Paula Wright Coleman (301) 292-6822


Washington, DC – 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. 

In many instances this historical trauma -- which has spiritual, emotional, and psychological dimensions--   has manifested itself physically in illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and those most closely associated with African Americans such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. ADACI's approach in this year’s program is to have professionals/experts representing the various areas most deeply affected address their respective specialties, and provide some practical tools to help the community move forward towards healing and wellness.

The program will begin at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, June 10, 2006, in the Digital Auditorium at Howard University’s Blackburn Center. The opening activity will be the screening of “500 Years Later”, a stirring film directed by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah and written by M. K. Asante, Jr.  Filmed on five continents, “500 Years Later” is an award-winning and compelling documentary which chronicles the struggle of African peoples globally who have fought and continue to fight the legacies of slavery and colonialism in order to achieve the most essential human right – self-determination. A panel discussion featuring renowned psychologist Kevin Washington (Mwata Kairi), Ph.D.; Priest of Orunmila, author of Spiritual Healing and Founding Member of ADACI – Nigeria, Babalawo Adejuwonlo A. Ekundayo, M.D.; retired administrator from the criminal justice system, and Priest of Eegungun and Orisa Oya, Greer C. Ifatoka-Sillah; and practicing physician in Southeast Washington, DC,  Ama Tyus, M.D., will follow the film and explore the psychological, cultural and physical manifestations of slavery on people of African Ancestry. 

The commemoration’s evening session begins with a spiritual ceremony from 3:30 – 5:00 pm which will consist of the collective building of a community memorial altar dedicated to individual and collective community Ancestors and to those Ancestors lost during the Ma’afa – the period of the transatlantic enslavement of Africans. This hands-on ritual has become an essential part of all of ADACI’s activities, and acknowledges historical and present connection to the African family. The activity affords the community a time and space to offer thanks to those who worked and sacrificed for the continued survival of people of African descent. The spiritual ceremony will be officiated by Dr. Atiba Vheir, of the Dove Healing Arts Center, who will engage the participants in some practical methods for spiritual healing.  Program attendees are asked to bring objects for the altar (which will be returned) such as carvings, flowers, pictures, photographs, fabric, candles, jewelry, incense, and materials from nature. 

The closing activity from 5:30-8pm will feature a reading of the riveting, inspirational play “Prison Poetry” written and produced by Papi Kymone Freeman, a young cultural innovator in Washington, DC. This play – which  premiered in February of this year at Washington’s Lincoln Theatre – features three African American men of different generations and diverse backgrounds who are forced to spend the night together in lock-up, and the conflicts which are ignited as a result of the verbal sparring back and forth which takes place.  The play provides a powerful testament to the historical struggles of African-descended people as well as the emotional and spiritual connectedness which binds them together.  The play will be followed by a poetry reading presented by poet and activist Laini Mataka, and audience discussion and commentary moderated by notable Historian and Professor, Dr. Acklyn Lynch. 

For the second year, ADACI will present its “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors Awards”.  This year’s recipients are Melvin Deal, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers; Assane Konte, KanKouran West African Dance Company; the family members of Ancestor Djimo Kouyate, Memory of African Culture; Roberta McLeod, Howard University; Kibibi Tyehimba, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America  (N’COBRA); and Von Martin, Host, Caribbeana, WPFW 89.3 FM.

All activities are free to high school students and younger. General admission for the evening program is $10 for adults and $5 for elders and students. The film and play are $5 each. All day event tickets, which include all film, panel discussion, and cultural presentations, can be purchased for $20 for adults and $10 for elders and students.

Simultaneous commemoration activities will take place at ADACI branches internationally – in Lagos, Nigeria under the auspices of ADACI Nigeria, as well as in Dakar, Senegal under the sponsorship of ADACI Senegal.

In recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month observed during June, ADACI honors the spirit of our African Ancestors shipped to the Caribbean region who died during the Ma'afa, and celebrates the rich cultural legacy which we have inherited.

The African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI), a non-profit organization founded in 1992, is dedicated to institutionalizing the commemoration of the millions of Africans lost during the Atlantic enslavement of African people.


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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 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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June 11- June 25, 2006

Washington DC

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)


As you may know, on February 14, 2006, the US Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution declaring June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. President Bush is expected to sign the Proclamation heralding this event in late May.   In commemoration of this historic occasion, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), has organized a series of events targeting the small business community and community leaders.

The events which will take place June 19-20 include: a) Business Opportunities Seminar at the Inter-American Development Bank.; and b) Symposium on The Power of the Diaspora: Role of Financial Services.  In addition ICS will undertake the 8th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum, which will be followed by a Community Reception to Honor Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Charles Schumer for their leadership in sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution and also show our Appreciation to all Congressional Representatives who signed on as supporters of the Bill.  As one of the original supporters of the Bill we feel confident that you will want to be part of the Host Committee for the Reception.

In addition, the Office of the White House will host a Reception and Briefing targeting Caribbean American Business and Community Leaders on Monday, June 19 at 1:00p.m.-3:00 p.m.   At this event, each invited participant will be presented with an official commemorative letter by President George Bush.  Following this, ICS will organize a Commemorative “Heritage is Priceless” Dinner to be held following the White House event on Monday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The distinguished list of speakers being invited to this series of events include: (1) Rt. Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada ; (2) Hon. Edwin Carrington, Secretary General, CARICOM ; (3) Hon. Anthony Williams, Mayor of Washington, DC ; (4) Hon. Hazelle Rogers, Commissioner, City of Lauderdale Lakes ; (5) Hon. Shirley Nathan Pulliam, Maryland House of Delegates ; (6) Ronald Langston, Director, Minority Business Development Agency; (7) Daniel Heath, Deputy Associate Director, National Economic Council ; (8) Harriet Michel, President, National Minority Suppliers Development Council.  We trust that your schedule will permit you to join us in Washington DC for this unprecedented networking opportunity.

As you can imagine these events are not without cost.  As one of the supporting organizations, we know you would like     an opportunity to show your appreciation to the MEMBERS of CONGRESS as well as to the ADMINISTRATION for its support of the Bill to declare JUNE as Caribbean American Heritage.

Attached you will find admission and sponsorship rates as well as Registration Forms.  Owing to national security clearance requirements, people wishing to be included in the White House invitation list must indicate their interest no       later than MAY 25, 2006.  This is to ensure timely review as your invitation will be send DIRECTLY from the White         House only after we have received your payment and your name has been cleared through NSA.   NO ONE will be     invited without prior security clearance. See other important deadlines on the registration.

In addition, ICS has scheduled other key events that we list on this special calendar for your information and invitation.  They are: 1) InterFaith Worship Service on June 11th;  2) National Caribbean American Student Conference on June 23;  3) Cricket on the National Mall (One Day Invitational).

We hope that you will join us in creating a commanding presence of the Caribbean American Community on Capitol Hill and at the White House on June 19-20; and setting the tone for future engagement in advancing the interests of our community.  Should you have any questions or need any additional information feel free to contact me at (202) 907-6140 or Yasmine Anderson Smith, Special Event Coordinator at  (301) 792-2276  or Glenn Joseph ICS Executive Vice President at  (754) 224-6150.  We look forward to working with you.

Claire A. Nelson, Ph.D, President


The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)


June 11- June 25, 2006

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


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



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



Caribbean Carnivals - Celebrates National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Carnival is a major part of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and is one of the ways the heritage and the culture of the Caribbean is exposed to America.  

Of course Carnival is a small part of the culture and heritage of the Caribbean, but it is a very important part of Caribbean Culture, since America is a melting pot of all nations, Carnivals in America seems to have become more diverse as they grow. 

The World Carnival Commission (WCC) is proud to announce its first International Carnival Arts Conference from Friday, June 2, to Sunday, June 4, 2006 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The theme will be “The Business of Carnival in the 21st Century:  Defining the Caribbean Carnival Product” which will be filled with activities and presentations from international carnival experts.   The keynote speaker will be Arts Council Senior Carnival Expert and Strategist Mr.

Pax Nindi, who wrote the National Carnival Arts Strategy launched last year and directed the successful On Route International Conferences held in England in 2003 and 2005.  He will bring his numerous years of experience and knowledge to the conference as he highlights his dynamic tale of carnivals around the world. 

The conference is directed by the WCC President Mr. Henry Antoine and will be hosted by the West Indian Canadian Day Association (WICDA) of Montreal, Canada in the famed McGill University New Residence Hall, 3625 Park Avenue, Montreal. 

Panel discussions and presentations will feature carnival experts from England, South Africa, New York, Boston, Toronto, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean, North America, Europe and South Africa. Guest speakers include: Hon. Joan Yuille-Williams, The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust’ Liverpool, Calypsonian extraordinaire (Trinidad & Tobago), Mr. Esteves da Costa, leader of Rio’s oldest samba group, Estacio De Samba (Brazil), President of the Federation of European Carnival Cities Mr. Henry Van  der Kroon (Holland) and Mr. Michael D. Roberts, Editor of the New York Carib News. 

Based around defining the Caribbean carnival as a product, the conference aims to provide an insight into the rich experience that carnival artists contribute to the cultural, economic and social development of communities all over the world.  There will be an opportunity for delegates to network, socialize and celebrate during the three days.. 

For further information and registration please contact Gemma Raeburn-Baynes on  (514) 369-0025.or e-mail the President on; h.antoine@efsnet.ca, WICDA, 2207 Girouard Street, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3C4 

The finale of this month long celebration is the 14th Annual DC Caribbean Carnival.  This year, DC Carnival has over 20 different bands participating from all over the Caribbean, such as the Bahamas, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Virgin Islands, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, and this year the diversity continues with an addition of an African Band.  Of course our famous Mud Band will be back this year in large amounts.  This truly looks like a great line-up of Masquerade bands, steel pan bands, and the many more aspects of the Caribbean culture as it's celebrated around the world - all taking place here in Washington DC on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th, 2006.

June 4, 2006 -Mas bands will be showing their costumes at "Carnival City"

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Vending Opportunities are still Available!!!


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!!!

 "Ice Carnival" for 2006 DC Caribbean Carnival

Presents "Royal Fantasy"

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: shortmus@msn.com or   202-549-4142

Arious Entertainment is a proud sponsor of 


 Sold Out - Sold Out - Sold Out

All Costumes Are Sold Out

Washington Rampage - www.washingtonrampage.com

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"


I am writing this editorial, merely as an observer, not as a Panman (Panist), not as a member of DCCC, Inc., not as an admirer of he Pan Masters Steel Orchestra..

Although, the above inferences will have some influence (as a human being) on my thoughts; I will make every effort to eliminate such.

Though there were some flaws; as is expected of any new venture or adventure; (such as: the stage not really erected for a sitting audience, better grounds', preparation, etc.) all-in-all this was one of the best displays of entertainment, on this level, showcased in a long while.

I really admire the astounding results of the Pan Masters Organization.  Although, not involved in the formation of, or organization methods of the Organization - I felt kind of elated to be directly or indirectly associated with the product of the "older heads" of the organization (I am talking about the small, minute, infinitesimal things they might have inherited from the Original T & T Steelband)

HATS OFF TO THE PAN MASTERS ORGANIZATION, I am sure after most of the kinks are discussed and ironed out, Next Year will see an even better production!!!


By Keith S. Preddie, P.E.


PanMasters 2006 Jamboree
Opens Steelband Summer Season with a Bang!!

Maryland - Traditionally, Memorial Weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer in North America.  And Summer marks the beginning of the steelband season in the north east region of the United States.  This weekend PanMasters held its annual 'Steelband Jamboree'  in North Brentwood, Maryland.  The event has steadily grown in popularity, attendance and quality every year since it's inception.  Additionally, the show has quickly established itself as one of the premier outdoor steelband music entertainment performing activities that allows steelbands and music fans to truly sample top groups together  from  throughout the Northeast region. 

 [full story]


by When Steel Talks

When Steel Talks is dedicated to pan worldwide with particular emphasis on Pan In New York.  It is a Basement Recordings, Inc. initiative designed to promote and educate the global community on, the culture of the Steelband




We at Arious Entertainment congratulate Pan Masters Steel Orchestra on their wonderful and successful Pan Jamboree!!!



CONGRATULATIONS to Luta and Samo on their great special performances at Zanzibar this past Memorial Day Weekend


Happy Birthday Melissa








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