On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you!
I wonder in awe why time is flying by so fast!
Is it because I/we are getting older, or is it
because we are having so much fun? [Hence the old saying
"time flies when you're having fun"].
Truly it seems to have passed "in a blink of an
eye", and I'm wondering is it just me, or are any of
you experiencing the same thing.
Look at the date already, ½ (half) the year has gone by
and we are almost at the end of the 7th month
up with this?
I look back over the years, I fondly remember how
anxious we were to turn 18 (the joy of graduating,
driving our own vehicle and being able to drink
legally), then to reaching the age of 26 (the year we
were supposed to have accomplished some very important
from 26 to now it seems as if life passed by in a flash. I am so thankful that I have a habit of jotting things down,
because if I didn’t many important things that have
transpired in my life would have zoomed by without me
recognizing them, and most importantly remembering them.
I would love to expand on this issue, but I want
YOU to let me know if you are experiencing the same
thing, and why you think this is happening.
is so darn funny that the question I asked above
"Am I getting older" seems to be extremely
thought provoking to me. It has me really
examining some significant issues that are transpiring
around me and with me that I find quite odd, and that
has obviously brought this question to the forefront.
instance: I've noticed a lot of CHANGES occurring,
nothing really physical; but just things!
(1) In my writings for no apparent reason it seem
to have become very serious and conscious instead of the
fun, entertainment stuff we have written about for years
(the entertainment stuff my husband Todd and I sleep,
dream. eat, breathe, and deal with [in some form or
another] daily). It’s
certainly not a bad thing, but it leaves me wondering if
old age is creeping up…LOL???
On a serious note, I think I should quickly
apologize to the many of you (who miss this) for the
temporary CHANGE; please know that we recognize it and
intend to mix it up and balance out things in the near future!!!
A genre of music we adore (dancehall) has changed quite
us it is so computerized (no more niceness one would get
from the sound of the real musicians that had always
been used in the creating and through the production
process of creating this [once] very nice music
the vibes are gone…truly gone!
Todd and I lately; in fact for the past few years
have noticed the
music has become a very fast annoying "pinging"
(very little drum and bass as before).
The lyrics too marvels us [Oh lard] it has
become so crazy and off the wall.
It's all about gangs, gully, gaza, gun, gal, this, that etc…etc…etc!
So very weird, but I wonder if again it's
me…Is old age creeping up?
Another important thing I've noticed that definitely
has me asking the dreaded question is: PATIENCE. Be mindful that I do still have a lot of patience, but lately
I find I especially have very little with silly and
unprofessional / unbusinesslike people; nor dealing with
silly, petty, childish issues.
Just deal with me sensibly and businesslike! I’ve gotten to
a point after explaining a few
things when dealing with this issue (always with utmost
respect though), my final
response usually is "Yeah…Yeah…Yeah…Whatever, it's all about
business, nothing is ever personal."
(4) while engaged in interesting conversations I find
myself saying quite often "Remember When" or
Remember" or "Do
those two or 3 words are really scary, and is a sure sign of getting older.
beg you to help…people please help with this issue.
Am I simply getting old, or maybe I am finally
growing up, or could it be just normal??? I do look forward to your responses.
this weekend is full of exciting events, I will move
directly to sharing with you a few of them.
I am pleased to inform/remind you about an important event taking
place this weekend. It is the Trinidad and Tobago
Working Women's Committee in Association with the Embassy
of Trinidad and Tobago Fundraiser "As She Will Rise
Again" for The Haiti Micah Project (An Orphanage that
provides a home for Haiti's Street Children). [You
must have seen their flyer listed among our "Featured
Events" over the past few weeks.] This event
will take place this Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the
Trinidad and Tobago Embassy, 1708 Massachusetts Avenue,
NW, Washington DC. from 6pm to Midnight.
Working Women Committee is one that I am very proud of, mainly because it consist of some wonderful
hardworking women who are
committed, organized, meticulous, and who are dedicated to
their culture and community. The members of this
Annette Achille-Vice Chair;
Patricia Phillip-Secretary; Karen Amour-Treasurer; Patricia
your support, and would really love for you to attend
their benefit fundraiser; so that funds can be raise for
the Haiti Micah Project.
Trinidad & Tobago Working Women’s Committee (WWC)
was founded in June 2004 to address the socio-economic
issues facing Caribbean people living in the
Washington-metropolitan area and to become proactive
citizens in our community.
Some of WWC's exceptional works are as
the contribution of 25 individuals by awarding them
Community Service Awards for their work and their
tireless contribution to programs that improve the
community in which they live
gifts to approximately 100 seniors living in nursing
facilities (Christmas With the Seniors).
in awarding scholarship to the Students of Caribbean
to the Cyril Ross Nursery in Trinidad & Tobago
(a home for children living with HIV/AIDS)
to the Just Because Foundation, a program that
provides a therapeutic and supportive environment to
children in the Caribbean who are diagnosed with
to the Haiti Micah Project-an orphanage in Haiti
dedicated to providing the street children of Haiti
with a home, food, an education and clothing
to the Bishop Walker School for underprivileged boys
in Anacostia, Washington, DC
Kids- Horton Kids, a program that provides
comprehensive services to children of Ward 8,
a Family-- Valley Place Family Transitional
Apartment Program for homeless families, Washington,
This event last year was fantastic and I
years' will be incredible. Therefore, I urge you to
join these lovely, hardworking ladies as they raise funds
for Haiti's Orphanage for Street Children "The
Micah Project". You can reach any of these
ladies via the following phone numbers, or call any of
them to donate whatever you can if you are unable to make
it to the fundraiser on Saturday. Deanne
Achille, Vice Chair - (301) 879-8449
Phillip, Secretary -
Karen Amour, Treasurer - (301)
St. Hill -
keep in mind that the 4th Annual Miss Caribbean Metro
(USA) Pageant will also be taking place this Saturday,
July 24th; and you are cordially invited to experience the
crowning of the 2010 Miss Caribbean Metro
Indeed, go out and support the lovely ladies who will be
taking part in this pageant. We had an opportunity
to see all of them last weekend and they are very
beautiful young ladies. Part
proceeds from this years' event will be donated to the
Haitian Embassy to provide ongoing relief and support for
our neighboring families.
4TH ANNUAL MISS
CARIBBEAN METRO (USA) PAGEANT
4th Annual Miss Caribbean Metro (USA) pageant will
be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Charles
Herbert Performing Arts Center located at 10001
Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale, Maryland,
HERE FOR DETAILS ON THE PAGEANT AND ITS COMMITTEE!
For more details and/or ticket
purchase contact Sheryl Gordon at 240-643-3605 or
Hope Bulling Rose at 240-508-4864.
The Seu Jorge show is taking place this
Tuesday, July 27th at
the 9:30 Club @ 815 V Street, N.W., Washington DC.
Please note it is an early show, therefore doors open at
6:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00. www.930.com.
to all our winners of our ticket give-a-way trivia
contest. Please know that your tickets are secured
and you will be among the many who will be having fun
enjoying Seu on Tuesday. You should have received
the e-mail congratulating you and instructions regarding
your winning ticket/s. One winner in particular, who
really wanted to attend was gracious enough to let us know
that something came up and they are unable to do so.
Mr. Harris, we thank you for letting us know, and be
assured you will be remembered for our other ticket
give-a-ways. Again, thanks to the many who
participated, and for being a part of our on-line
family. Below you will find details on Seu Jorge courtesy
Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970)
is a Brazilian musician,
singer, songwriter and actor. Born Jorge Mário da
Silva, he was raised in a favela in the city of
Belford Roxo in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio
de Janeiro state. He is considered by his fans to be a
renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites the
samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira,
composers Nelson Cavaquinho, Zeca Pagodinho, and
American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical
influences. He is also a fan of footballer Romário.
As a singer, Seu Jorge was part of the band Farofa
Carioca, writing most of the songs of their 1998
debut album Moro no Brasil. In 2001 he released Samba
Esporte Fino, a pop album influenced by musicians Jorge
Ben Jor, Gilberto
Gil, and Milton
Nascimento. It was released outside Brazil under
the name Carolina in 2003. His second album, the
critically acclaimed Cru (“Raw”), was released in
2005. Seu Jorge also recorded the live duo album
“Ana & Jorge” with Brazilian singer Ana
Carolina, released in Brazil in 2005.
Seu Jorge has gained exposure through
his work as an actor and soundtrack composer. He
appeared in the critically acclaimed film City of God
as Mané Galinha, and then played Pelé Dos Santos in
Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,
for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the
form of Portuguese language cover versions of David
In June 2006, he performed at Bonnaroo
music festival in Tennessee and at the Festival
Sudoeste TMN in Portugal. He has also performed in
2006 at the Bluesfest in Ottawa and at Harbourfront in
Toronto. Jorge’s performances are known for their
excitement and getting the crowd moving.
Jorge has three young daughters, Flor
de Maria, Maria Aimee, and Luz Bella. Flor and Luz
live in São Paulo, Brazil with Jorge and his wife
Mariana. Maria Aimee lives in California, USA with
ex-wife Fernanda and her new husband. He also made
incursions into political movements, especially when
he took part of the Cansei movement, a 2007
manifestation critical of the Brazilian government.
His new album ‘América Brasil’ had a limited
Brazilian release in 2007 under his label Cafuné
Gravadora, distributed in the UK by Proper Music
"Flash" Lashley is so kind to share with us
his motivating "FlashPoint" this week
again, and we are very thankful to him. Here are a
few words from "Flash" (below), as well as his
inspiring and motivating "Flashpoint". To
purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley motivating book
of poetry entitled "Gifts
From The Heart" log on to: http://www.xlibris.com
"It is amazing how this life unfolds. We often
do not see the miracles because we focus on those who
do not believe. We often ignore the good as we
listen to the doubters. We try to kill the Messiahs as
we listen to the voices of the serpents of ignorance.
But, my friends, there is Love which conquers all, and
Light from which the darkness must flee. This column
is dedicated to two giants: our outgoing Ambassador,
The Honorable Glenda Morean Phillip, and the Mighty
Sparrow, The Calypso King of the World. From the book
"Gifts From the Heart", and
through this selection, I touch the Spirit of
your passion, and salute the Light of your
One Love. Hollis [Flash] Lashley
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
IS A FAITH!"
There is a Faith which brooks no fear,
A Faith beyond the reach of doubt.
A kind of Faith which would not quit,
Managing always to reach out.
When Life looks dim and at its worst,
When seemingly this is the end;
There is a faith which still believes
That good is all which can portend.
In spite of darkness hovering,
In spite of those who will not see,
In spite of seeming evidence;
I know that this faith burns in me.
To be knocked down repeatedly,
To rise again and face your foe;
To know that life lived Faithfully,
Must yield its bounty, fast or slow.
There is a Faith which overcomes
All obstacles of any kind;
A Faith I know you can possess
Through God, the One Infinite Mind.
Hollis Lashley,(c) 2010.
this being said by Hollis, we feel it's the appropriate
time for us at Arious Entertainment Group to wish
Ambassador, The Honorable Glenda Morean Phillip all the
best. "We bid you farewell, after these
years of serving as the Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador of
the US stationed here in Washington DC. Your
commitment to our community and to our country was
tremendous. We have witnessed your kindness and
helpfulness to so many individual people, businesses, and to lots of
organizations in and around the Diaspora. You are
indeed a pioneer in what you do, and we truly respect
you. We know many of us will miss
you. Again, we bid you farewell, and we wish
that whatever you do - you do it well, you do it safely
and in peace. Best wishes and best of luck to
we bring this week's E-Newsletter to a close, we must
share with you our thoughts of the Jamaica Day Reggae
Outdoor Festival that took place in Crownsville, Maryland
last Sunday (7/18/2010.) Despite my concerns about being in
the heat, we decided to stop in and check the festival for
a bit (being that the location was minutes from our
was truly a fantastic event! The setting was
extremely nice, because of the many large trees on the
property that allowed some great shading. (This is very unusual
for outdoor concerts in our area). Enough
vendors so that each would have definitely made
the show, in our opinion it seem to have run very smoothly, all the artist were in attendance and
immensely well, and were very entertaining.
The attendance too, seemed quite wonderful. We can
only hope it was so that the organizers Jamaica
Promotional Company [JPC] raised enough funds for
their foundation, and to cover all their expenses.
are absolutely looking forward to
the next JPC's event - The 1st Annual Caribbean Food and Wine
to the Jamaica Promotional Company for producing an
awesome show. Absolutely very well done!
were able to capture some photos of this event, so go
ahead and CLICK
HERE to view them. [Please note the photo
slide show is courtesy of www.mycaribbean.us.
Therefore, you will have to be a part of the network to
view, and to do so you will have to sign in. If you
are not then go ahead and join, it is easy and will be
completed in just a few clicks!!]
Jamaica Promotional Company (JPC) is proud of their
Jamaica Day Reggae Festival which was initiated four (4)
years ago to support the building of a leadership training
Institute for Kids that live in the Garrisons of Jamaica
(poor youths). There
are no facilities that cater to that need.
JPC created a non-profit, Jamaica education
for the poor foundation to facilitate that end.
The recent episode in Jamaica is a result of the
non-existence of that kind of training [says JPC].
We encourage you to join JPC at their "Jamaica
Day Reggae Outdoor Festival”, because all proceeds
from the concert will specifically go to establishing the
Center, and for you to enjoy the fantastic and "therapeutic
Kindly check out the events we have
spotlighted below under our
"Featured Events" section . Actually, check out all the events including all the upcoming events by logging on to
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an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more
with you next week.
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