Ferguson, MO

Yes Mi Irieites,

I was right! Unfortunately,  I was right.  No indictment for Officer Darren Wilson. A close friend of mine relentlessly tried to convince me that “Justice” would be served and I said, “Not from where I am standing.”

But please remember that I did say that the American “Justice” system was in the balance depending on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case….  Now this.

I hate to say I was right.

Now, Maximum Respect for Ricky Jackson, who was incarcerated waaaaay back in 1975 for a murder he did not commit.  Ricky, from Cleveland Ohio, went on to spend almost 40 years behind bars.  That doesn’t really leave “Hurricane” Rubin Carter much to really grumble about, does it?

Well, at least Ricky Jackson broke the American Guinness Book of Record by being the longest serving prisoner to be exonerated.

Ricky, Jah is good, remember that!!!  Love to your family and those that believed in you, bro.

Racism in Latin America

Yes Mi Irieites,

Trust all is well. As you know we just had a wonderful and successful mini tour of South America; in particular, Argentina and Uruguay. It was good to bond with our fans. But I must say it has been enlightening all the way, especially on my journey back to the Caribbean. Almost every single Latin American country I had to use to connect my flights, portrayed elements of racism at the airports. Sad to say, but true.

On our travels, Steel Pulse have always been accustomed to the perpetuated racism across the globe in regards to the Black Diaspora. So we totally “over stand” the ignorance that plagues the earth. We are also fully aware that in many cases where we are invited with honour and respect, it is due to the fact that we are known “super stars” of the reggae world and barely anything else.

Having said this, this last journey, while catching a total of five planes in a row, was a real eye opener for me. At this rate we ask ourselves if there’s any hope for mankind being united. One thing for sure, outside of those that love the reggae that comes from that tiny island in the Caribbean, an island which also boasts the fastest man in the world, there is still a long way to go to acquire that certain level of eduction that helps to bring together world peace.

It took so long after these incidents to air my views ’cause I was contemplating whether it would be worth my while making this an issue or not.

After learning of the great Ronaldinho‘s most recent experience in the Mexico, I deemed it necessary to do so.

Wake up and live!!!

The Rumble in the Jungle: 40 Years Later

Hail Mi Irieites,

It has been 40 years since Muhammad Ali and George Foreman created that immortal moment in boxing when time stands still and you can hear the scratching sound of a page of history being written.  Of course, the Greatest still remembers the event in his own way.

This was perhaps the greatest moment in sports history.  With all eyes across the globe on him, Ali surprised everyone by deliberately taking Foreman’s punches, by playing “rope a dope,” and abandoning his dancing style that he had promised to display.

Here’s the thing:

Not a single respected critic spoke up for him. He was 40-1 with some bookmakers and nearly every expert feared for his safety against the monster that was Foreman.

What Ali did that day was turn history on its head, defy the odds, and win back his title – as both boxing champion and moral leader. The story will live on forever.

Hail Ali – the greatest of all time.

Zambia @50

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Zambia’s 50th…. 24th of October 2014.

A big up to Zambia, celebrating their 50th year of Independence from colonial rule. As we get another step closer to being the U.S.A; when we say U.S.A, we mean the United States of Africa, Steel Pulse wish all those that are “making merry” the occasion in the capital, Lusaka and throughout the rest of the provinces, many years of prosperity.

Unite Pan Africans Unite….

Hail Dub Inc!

Hail to All Irieites,
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I took in a very dynamic live performance by one of my favourite reggae bands, Dub Inc, coming from out of St Etienne, south east France.  They performed at Ko Ko, in Camden, London, first night.  This is a band worth investing your time in.   Never a dull moment….

Bless up, Dub Inc!  It was an honour to jam with you.  May humbleness continue to be your forte.

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A bientot, tout le monde.

In Memory of Peter Tosh

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.56.54 PM We,the Steel Pulse family, would like you all to join us in wishing a Happy 70th Birthday and Blessed Earthstrong to Winston Hubert Mackintish AKA the legendary Peter Tosh - Original Wailer, Stepping Razor, Mystic Man, Bush Doctor, Rasta Soldier and holder of Jamaica’s distinguished Order of Merit. Peter was a true revolutionary who inspired not only us as Steel Pulse but numerous millions across the globe. Your works and memory will never be forgotten Peter, thank you for your selfless devotion to the cause of Equal Rights and Justice for the poor and oppressed.

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50 Years Ago Today: MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize

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The announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King had won the Nobel Peace Prize came on 14 October 1964, at age 35. He was the youngest person to receive it, until Malala Yousafzai.

King went to Oslo, Norway to give his acceptance speech. Here’s an excerpt:

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

Read/listen to the entire speech here.

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