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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

The 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 African 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. 

AFRICAN AMERICANS 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 the nation. 

From 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.)  My 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:

"Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship."

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. 

By the end of the Civil War, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war—30,000 of infection or disease. Black soldiers served in artillery and infantry and performed all noncombat support functions that sustain an army, as well. Black carpenters, chaplains, cooks, guards, laborers, nurses, scouts, spies, steamboat pilots, surgeons, and teamsters also contributed to the war cause. There were nearly 80 black commissioned officers. Black women, who could not formally join the Army, nonetheless served as nurses, spies, and scouts, the most famous being Harriet Tubman.

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.) 

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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.

AMERICA I AM~~~The African American Imprint (Courtesy of www.americaiam.com)
America I am:
Is described and built up as the broadest museum exhibition of its kind. An assembly of poignant artifacts representing nearly 500 years of American history, the exhibition will convey and celebrate the undeniable imprint African Americans have had on the country and the world

  • The Exhibit covers history from the arrival of Africans to the present day, the exhibition presents a collection of pivotal moments of courage, conviction, and creativity that have shaped the culture and society in which we live today in this nation and around the world

  • The exhibition examines four themes in particular: economic, socio-political, cultural, and spiritual impact on America. These themes serve as recurring touch points throughout the galleries, as visitors discover how our experience as Americans has been shaped by African Americans throughout history

  • There is 15,000 square-foot exhibition and is divided into twelve galleries, leading visitors through time on a journey from struggle to triumph.

  • The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts culled from every period of U.S. history, the exhibition  includes objects, texts, religion, music, narration, and media. An interactive component of the exhibition allows visitors to leave their own video “imprints,” and this collection will grow throughout the life of the exhibition with the potential to become the largest recorded oral history project in U.S. history.

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.

Born Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley - (February 6, 1945-May 11, 1981) Reggae Singer, Composer, and Guitarist was born in Nine Miles, Jamaica, and grew up in Kingston's rough Trenchtown District.  His first group, "The Rudeboys", later became known as the Wailers.  In 1964, they released their first hit "Simmer Down", which was written in response to gang violence.  In 1972, the Wailers were signed by Island Records, and Bob Marley began to gain a worldwide following, especially in Africa.  His songs spoke of strength through unity and human rights, crime, revolution, and Rastafarianism.  In 1976, 7 men broke into his home in an assassination attempt, the night before he was to sing at a concert supporting Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley.  Unfortunately, he was wounded in his arm, but nevertheless he appeared at the concert.  2 years later he gave a historical concert emphasizing political conciliation, with the song "One Love."  In 1980, he gave another historic performance celebrating independence in Zimbabwe.  Bob Died of Cancer at age 36, but his spirit is not dead, and his songs are still alive in our hearts today.

Details taken from Susan Altman's "Ency. of Afro.-Amer. Heritage"


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.

The 2CD/3LP/digital collection will feature many of Bob's most cherished songs and is available for the first time ever. This unforgettable concert contains unique performances of "No Woman No Cry," "Jammin'," and "Is This Love," to name a few. It depicts a musical innovator and inspiration to people of many cultures and generations. This spectacular audio documentary Live Forever also immortalizes the last song Marley ever performed live in concert: "Get Up Stand Up," his rally cry for equality.

"Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love. It has brought countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh. To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago," says Rita Marley.


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 DennisBrown.jpg (10394 bytes)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.




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.  

Important Black History Note Mike Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports.  The tenth African-American head coach in NFL history, and first in Steelers history. With the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.

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.

Emmy award-winner Peter Minshall (1941- ) is a Trinidadian Carnival artist who describes his medium as “the Mas” (masquerade) and prefers to be called a “Mas Man.”  He combines in his craft the qualities of sculpture with those of movement.  His bands are never merely costumed parades, but exercises in total theatre, using music, drama, dance, and visual spectacle to communicate a metaphor-rich narrative.  Through interviews and historical footage, this film traces his development over three decades from costume designer to allegorical fabulist who opens confrontation between good and evil against the backdrop of the celebrations.  As he tells it, his mission is to awaken themes about humanity in mobile street theater with outrageously enormous and powerfully designed “dancing mobiles” moving among 2,500 masqueraders in Trinidad’s spring festival.  His talent for filling open spaces with fantastic productions attracted the attention of the Olympic Games which hired him as Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremonies in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City.

For Additional Details, log on to the following link: http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=35587969

Photo ID required.   Business casual.  Unreserved general admission, 380 seats.  202.623.3558   www.iadb.org/cultural


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.

This week 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 perfection.

Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
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Find Inspiration, Motivation, Spirituality & Poetry.
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Harmony, Peace, & Love in Your Life Always


Rekindle a Dream you formerly neglected.

Set New Goals which you previously ignored.

Say “I am Sorry. Please Forgive me.”



And follow up with the actions in Support.


Change your attitude, and be a better person.

Show more kindness than cruelty.

Share a Smile with a complete Stranger.


Discover your own inner beauty,

And love your self and others genuinely.


Replace your Egotism with Compassion.

Leave a legacy of Caring by Serving others.


Leave the world a better place

By 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.


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.

Susan: One of my patients was celebrating his 50th anniversary and I asked him if he loved his wife as much as the day they married.  He replied, “I love her more!”.  He said that the years had brought them closer together, because of all the things you expressed in the description of your marriage.  In a world where economics has replaced family the constancy of just one marriage done right is enormous.  All my best wishes for continued happiness

S. Evans, Iowa


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.




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February 5, 2011

North Brentwood, Maryland


February 10, 2011

Washington, DC

 Inter-American Development Bank that the IDB Cultural Center


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.. 


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.



"Wrestling with the Image"

Exhibit running until March 10, 2011

Washington DC

Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, an exhibition of contemporary art from 12 Caribbean countries, was launched at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) in Washington DC. Featuring work by artists from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and T&T, the exhibition is crated by artist and curator Christopher Cozier and art historian Tatiana Flores. Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions presents works in a variety of media, including photography, video, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, and installation. According to a release, the scope of the objects demonstrates how the region’s contemporary artists are confronting stereotypes about the Caribbean without denying their own surroundings or rejecting the worlds in which they operate. 

“Through investigations on history, tourism, globalization, popular culture and gender, these artists urge us to reconsider our own expectations on how a Caribbean image should look. Characterized by scholars as ‘the laboratory of globalization,’ the Caribbean is a multifaceted locale that transcends geographic boundaries. Its culture has European, African, Asian, Latin American, and Native American roots,” said Cozier. “This is a conversation about movement in the Atlantic world, a dialogue about dispersal rather than displacement.”

Many of the artists themselves no longer live in the Caribbean, residing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, nevertheless, their experiences are the result of complex historical, economic, and cultural processes that are part and parcel of what it means to be Caribbean. Past and present, local and universal, and self and other are among the dichotomies addressed in this exhibition. The exhibition forms part of the About Change emerging artists’ program, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat. Wrestling with the Image continues until March 10 at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW Washington, DC.

• For more information, or to arrange interviews with any of the Trinidad-based participating artists, please contact Mariel Brown at 796-4118

Below Picture is "Entourage", by Ebony Patterson from Jamaica


"America I Am ~~~ The African American Imprint"

Exhibit running until May 1, 2011

Washington DC

Ihe 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.

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.

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March 2, 2011

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