On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you and Happy Caribbean-American Heritage
Caribbean-American Heritage Month is celebrated the
entire month of June! Therefore, it's time for us
to recognize, pay tribute, celebrate and commemorate
Nation is linked to the Caribbean by our geography
as well as our shared past and common aspirations.
During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,
we pay tribute to the diverse cultures and
immeasurable contributions of all Americans who
trace their heritage to the Caribbean.
Throughout our history, immigrants
from Caribbean countries have come to our shores
seeking better lives and opportunities.
Others were brought against their will in the
bonds of slavery. All have strived to ensure
their children could achieve something greater and
have preserved the promise of America for future
During the month of June, we also
honor the bonds of friendship between the United
States and Caribbean countries.
President Barack H. Obama
June 5th marks the Fourth Anniversary of
this Special National Caribbean-American
Heritage Month - 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
National Caribbean-Heritage Month is
indeed a time to celebrate, recognize, pay tribute and commemorate
Caribbean-American Heritage! As we proceed through this month of
June, we must:
Celebrate the great contributions
of Caribbean-Americans to the economic, social and cultural
landscape of the United States.
Recognize the many contributions
of Caribbean immigrants and their decedents to the well-being of
Celebrate the historic
relationships between the people of the Caribbean and the people of
the United States.
Pay 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-Americans)
heritage, history, culture and contributions to the United States.
Recognize how Caribbean-Americans
enriches society by being leaders in government, arts,
entertainment, sports, fashion, poetry, theatre, in businesses and
During this special month we certainly
must appropriately take the time to celebrate 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! Additionally to read The entire 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 added to our "Events"
Page. Therefore, take the time to browse through our "Events "
Page. For additional events across the US PLEASE
HERE to see what is taking place in your area and for the
details. Kindly check the Caribbean-American Heritage Month's site
for the national calendar by clicking the following link www.caribbeanheritage.org
Events located on the National Calendar page.
As I move on, I just
want to take this time to thank many of you my on-line
friends and family for your comments regarding my last
comments/ thoughts on the situation in Jamaica regarding
Prime Minister Bruce Golding, the State of Emergency, the
killings due to the Extradition of Mr. Christopher " Dudus "
Coke to America. Hum, your comments were very
thought provoking, insightful and informative. I
tried to answer every one of you; but if for some reason I
have not, please know that it's an oversight and kindly
re-send it to me: email@example.com
to say, I
am still infuriated about the entire
situation. I have read 700 people were detained, and
most importantly a total of 73 have been killed. I
have seen some even more gruesome and sorrowful pictures
of the dead on the internet. I've listened to the
cry via their interviews, as well as heard
their outrage and disgust; and I certainly feel the sorrow they are
experiencing. I have read stories upon stories about
the many who have lost a loved one. Therefore, I
will never stop being irritated about it all, and with
Prime Minister Golding. However, I suppose there are
more people in Jamaica's Parliament who are not as angry
with him as I am, because he survived (by 30-28) the No-Confidence
and Censure Motion/Vote on Tuesday, June 1st, which
would have resulted [if
passed] of him resigning as Prime Minister.
I really can't say anything more; except, I guess the
me share with you what Prime Minister Bruce Golding said right
before the No Confidence Voting took place, as well as the
Opposition Party Leader Ms. Portia Simpson Miller:
Golding: "...I will push to pass six crime bills
and promised to maintain pressure on criminal gangs,
saying the operations last week were "the beginning
of a concerted effort to dismantle an aggressive
criminal network.... We will target criminal gangs
wherever they exist, irrespective of their political
Simpson-Miller: "This house must do the right
thing to salvage our constitutional integrity and our
international image, " opposition leader Portia
Simpson Miller said in arguing for censure for Golding's
"unforgivable violation. "
for my readers who stated via their responses, that the
corruption WILL continue regardless of which party is in
office. Do know that I understand and agree fully,
especially now that I have taken the time to examine all
the factors and take a closer look at the
overall picture. The ruling party, and the
opposition party are both completely involved with the
neighborhood "Dons ". They consistently
bestow authority on neighborhood "Dons " as a way
of maintaining party discipline, punishing opponents and
distributing patronage/support. [The patronage
often takes the form of government jobs and construction
contracts for public works, which in turn generate local
employment and earn financial reward for the recipients.]
So it would be NO better either way. These
Politicians just need to clean up their act, and stop "sleeping with the Dons, "
- just cut all ties. Actually, laws need to be
created and enacted to dissociate current and active
members of these parties who are associated with
understand Prime Minister Golding toured Tivoli Gardens
a day ago, and no reporters were allowed. Of
course many did not openly welcomed his visit to their
neighborhood, but with the longing for normalcy to be
restored many others were pleased to have him visit.
all sad, and I ask that you continue Praying for
such interesting times we are living in, and all around
us history is being made. As for Trinidad and
history making new Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, it seems she is settling in quite
nicely. She has announced her Ministers,
Ministers of State, and Parliamentary Secretaries in her
PARTNERSHIP GOVERNMENT, and the hard
work is about to begin for her.
for the country a week after the elections, crime is
still occurring; but it doesn't
appear to be as much as it has been in the past.
Or if it is occurring it is not being slashed across the
pages of all the newspapers. Murder suicides and
just suicides on a whole have increased, which is
weird. Surly, folks see that things are bound to
get better, and CHANGE is coming!
Courtesy of Tony
Brown, Photographer- Eye C U Fotos.
"Little Benny with Trumpet, Chuck Brown, Sugar
Bear, and other Go-Go Musicians!
simply cannot close out this e-mail without sending our
sincerest condolences to the family and friends of one
of Washington DC's
Go-Go Music Icons and a Founding Father - Mr. Anthony
popular musician - 46 year old Anthony Harley
better known as "Little
passed away quietly
in his sleep after performing at an event the night
before he died with Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown
over this past weekend. Unfortunately, it is not
known why "Little
away yet, but he went quietly.
phenomenon was brought to my attention as a teenager
here in DC in quite a funny way. Growing up here
and being from the Caribbean, and missing my home and
music as much as I did; NO other music was hot to me
except for Prince, Rick James, Tina Maria and
several other popular mainstream artists.
Therefore, I was not into the fascinating Go-Go music
scene that was growing in Washington DC. Of
course, I was aware of Chuck Brown; but knew
nothing about "Little
Until the night
of my prom, as my boyfriend Todd [now husband] and I
were enjoying ourselves at the then Shoreham Hotel
[which was located in Woodley Park in the Northwest
Section of Washington DC]; everyone during this great
evening kept saying to Todd
He kept answering: "Hey,
we both were confused and wondered why everyone was
calling Todd "Little
[since neither one of us knew who he was at the
time.] Finally, someone approached Todd and
engaged him in conversation and asked was he really "Little
Todd answered that he wasn't. However, at that
point we looked at each other, laughed and vowed the
minute we got home we would do some research and find
out who "Little
was and get familiar with him. Indeed we did, and
has followed his career ever since - over these long
years. Scroll down to read more about Legendary "Little
out a Classic Video of "Little
- Live Performance of "Cat
In The Hat"
by CLICKING THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT! Courtesy of, and
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Brown, Washington Post Staff Writer!!!
Mr. Harley was
a student at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast
when go-go was born in Washington. R&B artist
Chuck Brown started playing percussion between songs
to keep his audience from sitting down between
numbers. The result was an incessant beat -- a genre
of funk featuring conga drums, cow bells and
call-and-response chants brought to life by an
engaging bandleader -- that gained widespread
attention in the late 1970s with Brown's "Bustin'
Loose," the first go-go hit.
Brown was the
godfather of go-go, but when he went on tour, he
left a void in Washington that was filled by younger
bands. One of the most important was a group of
teenagers including Mr. Harley. Called Rare Essence,
it performed up to six times a week at venues in and
around Washington, continuing to shape go-go into a
style of funk that is still identified with the
look at go-go from a historical standpoint, Little
Benny, he stands out as one of the founding
fathers," said Kato Hammond, the founder and
editor of a magazine about the go-go scene.
"Chuck Brown laid the foundation, but Rare
Essence -- and Benny was part of it during that time
-- built the house."
In go-go, the
groove doesn't stop, and Mr. Harley was known for
having the boundless energy it took to continue
making music from the beginning of the performance
to the end. The Go-Go Hall of Fame inductee was a
diminutive man with a powerful voice who led the
band's vocals on fast-paced songs and could play two
trumpets at once.
Mr. Harley left
Rare Essence in the mid-1980s and formed Little
Benny and the Masters. Among his most popular songs
were "Cat in the Hat" and "Who Comes
to Boogie." Later, he played with the go-go
band Proper Utensils and reunited several times with
original members of Rare Essence.
Benny helped put the District's own musical genre on
the map," said D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty,
adding that he "will be remembered for his
lifelong contribution to go-go."
For much of his
life, Mr. Harley paid the bills with a number of
jobs. He installed alarm systems, owned a moving
company and worked as a cable technician. He was
known as "the Helicopter" because he often
played at several venues in one evening.
had been playing regularly with Brown, including a
show in Capitol Heights the night before his death.
was born in Washington on Sept. 26, 1963. He grew up
in Southeast watching rehearsals of his father's
singing group, Frank Harley and the Bell Chords. His
father gave him a guitar, but Little Benny did not
become serious about music until he was 12.
this guy playing a horn in the parking lot and told
him, 'Let me see that thing. How do you play this?'
" Mr. Harley said in an interview published in
lesson led to a teacher named Mr. Harrington, who
took Mr. Harley to Walter Reed Army Medical Center
to play with a group known as Mr. Harrington's
Little Giants of Jazz. On his way home from
practicing one day, Mr. Harley passed a house where
he heard fellow teenagers playing music.
He knocked on
the door, and the musicians, who would later form
Rare Essence, let Mr. Harley show them what he could
do. He played "Hollywood Swingin'"
on his horn, and when he finished, they asked him to
play it again.
also to the friends and family of famous actor Gary
Coleman who made the following quote famous "What
you talking 'bout Willis", as he starred in the
Strokes comedy sitcom from 1978-86. Gary
started out on the popular TV Show Good Times and
then moved on to a number of TV commercials. He
later landed a starring role at age 10 in Diff'rent
Strokes. From all accounts Gary has had a
tough life due to his Kidney illness (an aliment that
affected his growth), and even though he was not
expected to live to his age of 42, he lived a nice
life. He certainly experienced living a life of a
wealthy man though. May he rest in
HERE FOR MORE ON GARY COLEMAN'S
we want to send condolences to the friends and family of
Ali-Ollie Woodson, also known as Ollie Creggett, one of
the very popular R&B group Temptations. Mr.
Woodson died at the age of 58 after a hard
fought battle with leukemia
on May 30th. Read more about Mr. Woodson and his
career by CLICKING
HERE Courtesy of the New York Times! Read the
following message from Mr. Woodson's
“The family of Ali Ollie
Woodson would like to express our heartfelt and
sincere thanks for all your prayers that comfort us
during this difficult time. A life well lived, Ali's
spirit and love for his fans was always precious and
meant the world to him. We want to honor him by
celebrating his life and his special talent, which
was his pleasure to share with the world. His fans
were very much family to him. God blessed Ali with
incredible talent, family and you, his fans. His
loving memory will continue to live on through his
music and through us all.”
our heartfelt sympathies are reaching out to the family
and friends of actor Dennis
Hopper, and we
understand just yesterday that popular actress Rue
McClanahan died. Ms. McClanahan was 76, and
she was best known for her portrayal as the sexually
liberated senior Blanche Devereaux on the series The
all of them rest in peace.
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