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Dearest Online Family and Friends: We hope all of you are doing well. Happy Black History Month!
Honoring, celebrating and acknowledging African Americans - Happy Black History Month
most important month of the year is upon us…one that is exceptional and
extra special in every way. It’s
time to honor, acknowledge, learn about, and celebrate the achievements of
Americans/Black men and women who have done a tremendous amount of work;
and have made great contributions to the American society throughout
history. Some have contributed greatly to the advancement, and have
even made it so that the paths of our lives improve, and become smooth and
successful. Equally critical
during this month is the sharing and understanding of the universal impact
of people of African descent, and the large-scale contributions of
Africans Americans to the world.
HAVE TRULY ACHIEVED GREATNESS…HAVE MADE ASTOUNDING CONTRIBUTIONS…HAVE
IMPACTED SOCIETY…AND HAVE MADE HISTORY governing, inventing, creating,
building, healing, writing, fighting for freedom and justice, singing,
networking, acting, dancing, painting, excelling in sports, leading, and
absolutely excelling in a great number of areas throughout the years.
As it is done every
year, a theme is chosen for this month’s acknowledgements and
celebrations of African Americans by the "Association For The
Study Of African-American Life and History": “African
Americans and the Civil War;” which
honors the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and
inaugurate universal freedom in the United States. We are asked to study and reflect on the value of their
contributions to the nation and sacrifices in a time of profound crisis in
all my readings on the history of African Americans and the Civil War, it
was clear African-Americans were not welcome to fight. Generally,
white soldiers and officers believed strongly black men lacked the courage
to fight and fight well. In fact, they were not legally allowed to serve in the Union
Army until after Congress passed a law in 1862 allowing Black Americans to
serve. Most importantly,
Black soldiers - once they gained their “pass” to serve in the armed
forces; they were paid significantly less than the white soldiers ($10
per month from which $3 was automatically deducted for clothing, resulting
in a net pay of $7. In
contrast, white soldiers received $13 per month from which no clothing
allowance was drawn.)
thought has always been: why then did they feel it was so important to
serve in the armed forces and fight these wars, when they were not
accepted or allowed? However,
after doing some further examining, I soon realized it was considered a
fight for freedom, especially during the Civil War.
The great Frederick Douglass who played a significant role in recruiting black men to serve stated:
Hum, African Americans indeed played a significant role during the American Civil War; actually the impact of their service was immeasurable. They eventually seemed to have gained great respect. In fact, in June 1864 Congress granted equal pay to the U.S. Colored Troops and made the action retroactive. Black soldiers received the same rations and supplies. In addition, they received comparable medical care. Most importantly, the Medal of Honor was awarded to many...many...many African-American Soldiers.
To continue reading and learning about Black Soldiers, specifically serving in the Civil War click on to the following link: (1) http://www.civilwaracademy.com/civil-war-black-soldiers.html; (2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_African_Americans_in_the_American_Civil_War, and (3) http://www.9thcavalry.com/history/pride.htm.
As I close my thoughts on this years' theme for Black History Month, I ask you to watch the awesome video entitled "Overview of African American in the Civil War". Click on the picture below to view. (Powered by You Tube - 5 mins. & 41 secs.)
Join us as we continue with acknowledging and celebrating African Americans throughout this month!
We were informed of a fantastic and educational exhibit currently showing in Washington DC at the National Geographic Museum in celebration of Black History Month. This exhibit is presented by "Mr. Tavis Smiley" [Talk Show Host, Author, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist.] It is called “America I AM ~~~The African American Imprint” The exhibit celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to this country. It affords all Americans of all backgrounds to come together and achieve a greater understanding of their shared culture and history.
African American Imprint
(Courtesy of www.americaiam.com)
Please set some time out of your schedule to visit, and take your entire family along with you to visit this educational and awesome exhibit. It will run from now until May 1, 2011 and it’s at the National Geographic Museum , located at 1145 17th Street NW , Washington, D.C. 20036. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $12.00; Children (ages 2-12) $6.00. For additional prices regarding groups, military, seniors, etc.; log on to: www.ngmuseum.org or call 202-857-7700 (Ticket Sales). For Visitor Service call: 202-857-7588.
February 6th, is Bob Marley's birthday. Had he been alive he would have turned 66 years old. We celebrate him and all he has done for Reggae mucic and his country Jamaica!
Bob Marley’s music is timeless and has crossed many boundaries. His words are prophetic; and in these worrisome/troubling and difficult times we are undergoing in this world currently ~ with the wars and even the drastic rise in crimes; this is the type of music we need to guide and uplift us.
Reflecting on Bob's music it seems the words/lyrics of his songs had to have come from a higher place...a higher power, because they are extremely “deep” and meaningful. In fact, reggae music on a whole has the power to uplift and unify the world.
Universal Music/Tuff Gong releases Bob Marley & The Wailers "Live Forever." This live album was recorded 30 years ago, and is the last live recording before the passing of the reggae icon. This never before released audio collection offers an incredible snapshot of one of music's most influential performers ever.
See the below information for a local Bob Marley Celebration:
I&I Production Presents TRENCHTOWN ROCK an All Day Bob Marley Birthday Celebration
& Super Bowl XLV Watch Party
February 6 at RAS Lounge, Washington, DC
An all day Bob Marley's Birthday Celebration (born Feb 6 1945) & Super Bowl XLV Watch party called. TRENCHTOWN ROCK, at RAS Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW, (Ga Ave & Decatur), Washington, DC. The event will run from 12 noon-2 am. For Additional details and a schedule of events call: I&I Productions-202-744-1300 or RAS Lounge 202-291-2096.
February is the birth month of Reggae Superstar Dennis Emmanuel Brown ("Dennis"), in fact he was born on February 1st, 1957. Dennis was fondly known as "The Crown Prince of Reggae," and he was one of Jamaica's exceptional singers/songwriter. Dennis with his sweet, melodic, extremely powerful tenor and distinctive singing voice, established himself easily as one of the most impressive reggae artist of the 20th century. Dennis has recorded more than 100 records, including over 50 albums (from the time he was in his teens.). Dennis passed away on July 1, 1999.
We celebrate Dennis Emmanuel Brown as well!!!. Click here to read more about Dennis Brown ~~~ The Crown Prince of Reggae.
NOTEWORTHY DIALOGUES + INFORMATION & UPDATES
My winning pick for the 2011 Super Bowl is: The Pittsburgh Steelers...Yeahhhhh!
I have watched the head coach Mike Tomlin, and even though he has a cool and calm demeanor on the field; it's obvious he is a hard-hitting coach. However, it is quite clear he loves all the players on his team (his players), supports them unconditionally, and has complete confidence in them. I applaud him for all his accomplishments and for his outstanding coaching abilities during his 4 seasons with the Steelers. Most importantly, for an exciting football season throughout 2010-2011.
Now, come on Steelers lets do it...lets take this Super Bowl title for 2011!!!!
The Super Bowl takes place this Sunday, February 6th in Dallas Texas.
I was recently informed by the Inter-American Development Bank that the IDB Cultural Center presents the DC Premier of a new documentary on the Trinidadian Carnival artist Mas Man "Peter Minshell." This documentary was directed, produced and introduced by Dalton Narine, and it's 57 minutes long. It will be shown on February 10, 2011, 6:30pm; at the Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, 1330 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC. (Metro Center's 13th Street exit). It is Free and Open to the public.
Additional Details, log on to the following link: http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=35587969
Presented by Mr. Hollis Lashley
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy
Yet another good friend and brother has made his exit from this plane of existence. OCPN. Oswald Nicholas, A vice-chairman of Sesame Flyers in Brooklyn, NY, and indeed a loyal friend and colleague from way back in T&T's Telephone Co. He will be missed by many. May all his Family and friends find comfort in his memory.
however, let us appeal to the living energy with which we are blessed,
and remind ourselves that though we make mistakes, (those of us who are
not afraid to admit that we do) we are always capable of positive
change, as we are not mistakes in our spiritual, and original
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO:
a Dream you formerly neglected.
New Goals which you previously ignored.
Say “I am Sorry. Please Forgive me.”
“I LOVE YOU”
And follow up with the actions in Support.
your attitude, and be a better person.
more kindness than cruelty.
Share a Smile with a complete Stranger.
your own inner beauty,
And love your self and others genuinely.
your Egotism with Compassion.
Leave a legacy of Caring by Serving others.
the world a better place
your having been here.
Die with dignity, but to Live On with Empowerment.
Hollis P. Lashley. © 2011.
Flashpoint presented By Mr. Hollis “Flash” Lashley, (Author, Poet, Musician). To purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley motivating book of poetry entitled "Gifts From The Heart" or if you need an uplift; log on to: http://www.hollislashley.com or http://www.xlibris.com Find inspiration, motivation, spirituality & Poetry. Comments or Suggestions are always welcomed via phone: 202-299-8638 or via e-mail found on www.hollislashley.com.
CONCLUDING REMARKS, plus A THANK YOU WORTHY OF NOTE; REMINDERS, ETC.
As I close, I want to say a special THANK YOU to so many of you our on-line family for the very nice anniversary messages via your e-mails. My husband Todd and I appreciate them very...very much. One gentleman’s e-mail stood out because his words were "on point." Thank you Mr. Evans for writing, sharing and the wishes for continued happiness.
I would like to wish a very happy birthday to my Mom Mrs. Harding; my baby Niece Rebecca, Cousin Antoinette, Cousin Gail, Aunt Leticia, and to my friends Tony Carr, Aneeta Malcolm (Legendary Carl Malcolm and the Positive Vibrations Band), Tony Roy (Yard Link Band), Sherwin Deabreu, Stephanie Colbert and Kathy Sanchez.
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT - February 5, 2011, it's all about Shortmas Promotions and Pan Masters as they present "Wine 2 De Side" Taking place at The Pan Masters Pan Yard, located at: 4559 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, Maryland, from 10:00pm. Come out for some good music, great drinks and a Pre Caribbean Carnival fun-filled Fete. Admission is $10.00 and Ladies are FREE before 11:00 pm.
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