On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you and To All our Days among our On-Line
Family HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
the lovely piece below entitled "What
Makes A Dad"
by an Unknown
I think of DADS I think of Brave, Strong, Powerful
extraordinary person who always has the stronghold in
the family and truly provides. Actually, the
person who is the FOUNDATION of every family!
strongly believe every child needs that strong protector
and provider in their life to show them the way to
becoming successful in their own lives, and with their
own families. That
man we call DAD is the courageous disciplinarian, and
for the most part keep us on the "straight
pathway through life.
know in today's
society a very large amount of youths do not have this
of a person in their life, and it is so very unfortunate.
I myself wish on a daily basis that I had the
uniqueness of an awesome father, but "my
has always been preoccupied with other things, people,
on some special occasions such like this I wish my heart
would not control my words, but my heart always takes
I have seen and somewhat lived through growing up
without that man we call DAD…that person who we WANT
to love us unconditionally, and who we WANT to guide us
with our problems, priorities and aspirations.
I can certainly attest to the statistics, that are oftentimes
correct: (1) difficulties/a risk of low school
achievement; (2) low involvement in the labor force; (3)
early childbearing, (4) and delinquency.
Most importantly, when it comes to boys without
fathers the odds are doubled of being incarcerated, they
have problems in the area of psychosocial adjustment,
and control of aggression.
It is very pitiful and extremely sad, but
emotional investment is mandatory; as well as their
presence, love security and guidance.
Here to Read more about the importance of Fathers!
do certainly commend the many MOMS among our on-line
family who are juggling both roles, and are doing a
fantastic job at it.
We wish them a HAPPY FATHER'S
DAY, because they are that
"pillar" of their
the Step Fathers: HAPPY FATHER'S
DAY, and to the Mentors who have stepped into many of our
youths lives we also wish you a HAPPY FATHER'S
DAY! Most importantly, to all our DADS among
our on-line family do have a very HAPPY FATHER'S
my readings I came across a very nice poem written by
"Helen Steiner Rice" that I want to
dedicate to all our Dads, and Moms who are both a mother
and father to their children.
Thanks to all of you for being that "pillar"
of a person in many of our lives and our youths lives.
May you always be blessed, and have a HAPPY
To learn more about the history of Father's Day, PLEASE
are Wonderful People"
are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...
For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...
And Father struggles daily
To live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider
And "hero or the scrimmage"...
perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,
if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...
he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...
But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,
For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...
And like OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE.
Us All Come Together and Celebrate
June 19th - The National Day of Reconciliation and
Healing From The Legacy of Enslavement. This
day is also known as 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 where the African-American History and
Heritage is observed; which dates back to 1865.
This observance is 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 the 3rd Friday of June and is
officially recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of
the US. Click
Here To Read The History of the Modern Juneteenth
Movement - The Celebration of Freedom
Order Number 3: "The 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
is the oldest known celebration commemorating
the ending of slavery in the United States. On
January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued his
official Emancipation Proclamation, which contrary
to popular belief did not immediately free a single
back to 1865, it was on June 19th that
the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon
Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that
the war had ended and that the enslaved were now
free. Note that this was two and a half years after
President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation -
which had become official January 1, 1863. The
Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the
Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to
enforce the new Executive order. However, with the
surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the
arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces
were finally strong enough to influence and overcome
attempts to explain this two and a half year delay
in the receipt of this important news have yielded
several versions that have been handed down through
the years. TO
CONTINUE READING THE HISTORY AND ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT
JUNETEENTH, PLEASE CLICK HERE! (Courtesy of www.Juneteenth.com).
we celebrate this important and historical day "Juneteenth",
we must take time to really reflect, study and learn so
that we can:
- Those early freedmen had choices to make and
obstacles to surmount. To stay or to go? To
forgive or to resent? To look forward or back? How
does one move on from a trauma like slavery? How
to obtain an education, learn to make a living,
participate in society as a free and equal member?
The scars persist and the questions remain for
- Juneteenth marked the beginning of a new phase
in African-American history, when emancipated
slaves along with their former owners began,
slowly and haltingly, to travel the long road to
equality and integration. Many along the way, on
both sides of the racial divide, have questioned
the value of one or both of those ideals. Slavery
was a defining feature of the early decades of our
republic; dealing with its aftermath became the
challenge of each generation."
TO RENEW - Even as we acknowledge the evils of
slavery and the ravages it wrought upon our
society, and pay tribute to those who suffered
with no recompense, Juneteenth is also a time to
strengthen our bonds of unity and to offer support
to one another. This is especially true in the
areas of economic opportunity and the opening of
institutional and societal doors to guarantee fair
and equitable treatment for all."
- Juneteenth celebrations in Texas and nearby
states started soon after the fateful
proclamation, but the early ones were low-key,
simple affairs held on church grounds or on the
outskirts of cities. Emancipation Park in Houston
was the first public land purchased specifically
for Juneteenth events; other tracts of land, also
called Emancipation Park, followed in other
cities, as did Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia,
Texas. Years went by and attendance at
Juneteenth commemorations declined, but the civil
rights movement of the 1960s brought about a
resurgence of interest (as well as some opposition
by younger blacks who felt the day was a reminder
of servitude and discrimination). Large gatherings
began to be held in such places as Minneapolis
Celebration of National Caribbean-Heritage Month
continues, and we are celebrating,
tribute and commemorating Caribbean- American Heritage
1) Celebrating (a) the great contributions of
Caribbean-Americans to the economic, social and cultural
landscape of the United States, and (b) Celebrating the
historic relationships between the people of the
Caribbean and the people of the United States.
Recognizing (a) the many contributions of Caribbean
immigrants and their decedents to the well-being of
America, and (b) Recognizing how Caribbean-Americans
enriches society by being leaders in government, arts,
entertainment, sports, fashion, poetry, theatre, in
businesses and much more.
(3) Paying tribute to the
common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the
United States and the Caribbean countries. (The vibrancy
and hopefulness due to the talent, faith and values of
Caribbean-American heritage, history, culture and
contributions to the United States. For more on
Caribbean-American Heritage Month and its history CLICK
take the time to continue celebrating us, our culture,
contributions and commemorate our heritage and history. To
learn more about Caribbean-American Heritage Month and its history log
on their site by CLICKING
HERE! To read the Proclamation issued by
President Barack H. Obama PLEASE
Across the United States there are
several events taking place - many we have received notices for, and
requests for exposure; which we have posted on our "In
Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month" Page, and you
will also find some on our "Events"
Page as well. Therefore, take the time to browse through these two
pages. Please note there are events all across the U.S. taking place
and you will be able to find many of them on our In
Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month Page. Another
place to look for events and to learn more about National
Caribbean-American Heritage Month is on its site: www.caribbeanheritage.org.
Here you will find details of this special month and the national calendar,
so log on by clicking www.caribbeanheritage.org.
Hollis Flash Lashley is so very kind to share some
inspirational writings with us. Many he has
written himself, and others that he finds
inspiring. He shares this through the segment he
calls "Flashpoint". Please read
Mr. Lashley's "Flashpoint" and be
inspired by the words that mean so much to
him. The author of this piece is Unknown!
Mr. Lashley is the author of his new book "Gifts From The
Heart" that is now available at www.xlibris.com
and from www.hollislashley.com
. Pick up your copy NOW!!!
must check out Mr. Lashley this Saturday as he host one
of Washington DC Caribbean Carnival's top events in Bladensburg
Maryland. It is the Carnival Committee's Pan
Jamboree. Come out and experience Mr. Lashley,
especially his humor. He is a joy to talk and
laugh with, and you are sure to have fun when you are in
his presence. Join Mr. Lashley, and his friend Mr.
John Blake (WHUR Radio Personality) as they both host
this great event. They will certainly bring to
life a day filled of the beautiful sounds of Steel Pan Music.
Check our Events page for more details on the Pan
Be inspired and Motivated
to increase your Spiritual Energy.
"Decide to forgive
- Author Unknown
resentment is negative
Resentment is poisonous
and devours the self.
the first to forgive
To smile and take the first step
And you will see happiness bloom
On the face of your human
brother or sister
always the first
Do not wait for others to forgive
You become the master of fate
The fashioner of life
A doer of miracles
forgive is the highest
most beautiful form of love
return you will receive
untold peace and happiness
from Todd Mangatal
June 16, 2010, we lost another one of our musical
icons. A great guitarist and a major force in my
all time favorite band Parliament-Funkadelic. Garry
Shider: I'll miss you, and the funk you helped shape.
P-Funk will live forever.
the below, which is an excellent article detailing Garry
Shider's life and his works with
Parliament-Funkadelic. This article is written by BRUCE
SHIPKOWSKI and is provided/courtesy of The
Associated Press. Click
Here if you wish to read it from its original source!
Legendary P-Funk guitarist
Garry Shider dies at 56
TRENTON, N.J. — Garry Shider,
the longtime musical director of
Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work,
songwriting skills and musical arrangements
thrilled fans around the globe and earned him a
spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died.
He was 56.
Shider, who died Wednesday at his
home in Upper Marlboro, Md., was known to millions
of fans as "Starchild" or
"Diaperman," the latter because of the
loincloth he often wore onstage.
Shider's son, Garrett, said
Thursday that his father had been diagnosed with
brain and lung cancer in late March. He then
briefly went out on tour one last time but had to
stop because of his failing health.
"He was a beautiful man who
had a beautiful heart, who loved his fans just as
much as they loved him," Garrett Shider said.
"I'm sure if he had the choice, he would have
passed on a tour bus, because he loved playing
music, playing for the fans."
A New Jersey native, Shider
started his musical career as a young boy,
performing mostly gospel music in churches in a
group that included his brother and was overseen
by their father. The band also played backup for
many prominent gospel artists when they performed
concerts in the area, but Shider's musical taste
soon grew more diverse.
The teenager first met P-Funk
mastermind George Clinton in the late 1960s at a
Plainfield barbershop Clinton owned, where future
P-Funk members would sing doo-wop for customers
and counsel local youths. Then, when he was around
16, Shider and a friend went to Canada, where they
formed a funk/rock band called United Soul, or
Clinton, who was living in Toronto
at the time, heard about the band from people in
the local music business, and took the band under
his wing upon learning that Shider was a member.
He helped produce some of their songs and
eventually invited Shider to join P-Funk, a
combination of two bands, Parliament and
Shider soon became a mainstay of
Clinton's wide-ranging musical family, eventually
serving as its musical director and co-writing
some of Parliament-Funkadelic's biggest hits.
"Thank you, Garry for all you
have done. Forever funkin' on!" Clinton noted
in a message posted on his website.
Shider first appeared on
Funkadelic's 1971 album "Maggot Brain"
and Parliament's second album "Up for the
Down Stroke," and joined P-Funk for good in
1972. He became one of Clinton's most trusted
lieutenants, co-writing and providing vocals on
some of the band's biggest hits — including
"Atomic Dog," "Cosmic Slop,"
"Can You Get to That" and "One
Nation Under the Groove."
He also toured with P-Funk for
many years and was still considered an active
member of the group. He also was among 16 members
— including Clinton — who were inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, winning
recognition for their musicianship, politically
charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums and
memorable live performances.
"My dad left home when he was
about 16 years old, and wouldn't come back until
he had a hit. He obviously accomplished that goal
and did so much more," said Garrett Shider,
who recently formed an entertainment company and
hopes to produce a movie on his father's life.
"People know about his talent, but I want
them to know about the great man he was."
Barbara Thomas, part of a group
that is raising money to help Shider's family
cover his medical bills, said she was "truly
heartbroken" over his death. She said
upcoming benefit concerts in New York and New
Jersey would go on as planned.
"Over the past forty years,
Garry put his stamp and signature of everything he
did musically," stated a message posted on
the group's website, http://www.garryshidermedicalfund.com.
"His talent was and always will be
© 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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18 & 19, 2010
of Caribbean American History Month
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake&
, Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
the Mayor salutes the Baltimore
Caribbean-American Community on their special
month and will announce the Caribbean Festival.
City Hall, 10:00 am - For
additional information, contact Rick Nugent
Additional Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Events that are being held Across The United
States PLEASE CLICK HERE!
Marvin Gaye Jr. Appreciation Day Festival which
will be held Saturday,
June 19th, 2010 will
continue to uplift Marvin's legacy as it has
done for the past twenty three years.
County Libraries, Maryland
Celebration of Caribbean American History Month
Public Library, Maryland - 4407 Aspen Hill Road,
Rockville, Maryland (240) 773-9410
Type: Special Event -
Multicultural & All Ages Welcomed!
Start Time: 12:00 PM
Library: Aspen Hill
Come celebrate Caribbean American Heritage
Month! The festivities include David Boothman,
a celebrated artist/musician from Trinidad and
Tobago and live music with steel pan and
Additional Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Events that are being held Across The United
States PLEASE CLICK HERE!
In Celebration of
Caribbean American History Month
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