Yes Mi Irieites,
Here we are on the two year anniversary of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s parents are still fighting courageously for justice – in this unsafe climate created by the unjust “Stand Your Ground” law. Steel Pulse issues this video on the second anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon as a plea for justice for all mankind:
We will never forget. Forward ever.
Yes Mi Irieites,
Once again, Our-Story and not His-Tory is in the makings. Speaking of which, today is the 50th anniversary of the legendary Muhammad Ali beating Charles Sonny Liston, in Miami, 1964.
It was a moment I remember vividly, while our family watched it on TV in the early hours of the morning in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. The pandemonium was something else that day. It was the most wonderful feeling I have even seen to bestow my mother, father, uncles, aunt and elder brothers and sisters. One would have thought we had “Bingoed” The National Lottery.
Muhammad, then called Cassius Clay, was the 7 to 1 underdog, who was hated by many because of his boastfulness, arrogance and assurance. It was an attitude that we the minority, and also the underdogs of society who had no courage, were longing to have.
As the great man would say, “If any man would ever dream of beating me, he’d better wake up and apologise!”
Muhammad, Boom you are the best, Biff you pass ever test and Zapp, Jah Love and Jah Bless!
Hail Mi Irieites,
Before the day’s out on this 49th anniversary since his slaying, I promised myself that I would start a portrait of Malcolm X. Here it is… wish me luck on the finishing line!
Hail Mi Irieites, this is a day to remember.
On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards attempted to quiet the disturbance, a man who was seated in the front row rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage and fired semi-automatic handguns, hitting Malcolm X several times.He was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy report showed 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, and arms and legs, of which ten were buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.
More on Wikipedia…
Half the story has never been told. Selah!
Hail Mi Irieites,
Steel Pulse is wishing Julia “Butterfly” a well deserved Happy 40th Birthday, today. Julia Butterfly, whose Babylonian name is Julia Lorraine Hill, was our inspiration to write the song “Global Warning.” This came about when she took it on herself to live in a redwood tree, that she herself called “Luna,” for a period of 738 days (Dec 10th 1997-Dec 18th 1999), in Northern California.
Her purpose was to save the 1,500 year old tree that stood 180 feet tall (55metres), from being cut down as well as the forest that surrounded it, by the Pacific Lumber Company. Her mission succeeded.
Julia, this is just to let you know that you are a real trooper, fighting against those plentiful nights of cold and rain to get your message across. This is just to show you the power of the individual when one truly believes in something. You will not be forgotten.
“Global Warning, we looking for love,
Stand up and be counted, don’t ever let them chop us down.”
More on Julia >>
Yes Mi Irieites,
Happy Valentine’s Day, to all the romantics out there. It’s the 85th anniversary since Al Capone spoilt the fun. So enjoy your moments of passion….And unlike Michael Jackson would say: “I’m Lover and a Fighter!”
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Grenada’s Independence from Britain. If you can remember, I wrote an in-depth blog on their most recognised Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, who was executed back in October, 1983. So Grenada, the island of the best spices, a BIG UP to this incredible milestone.
This day Feb 7th, 2014, marks the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ very first US tour, touching down in New York. That was the second British invasion. The first British Invasion was in 1775 during the USA’s war for Independence. This time the shouts of Paul Revere: “The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!” was replaced by thousands of screaming fans while the group disembarked the plane.
As for The Beatles, all we can still say after 50 years is, “We love you yeah yeah yeah. We love you yeah yeah yeah!”
Let’s think of the reggae icons once again on this day February 6th. Yes, the birthday of Bob Marley and the late “Reggae Ambassador” himself, William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke. Long live their legacies.
And a Happy Birthday to our beloved Californian girl, Karyn. Trust you enjoyed your day.
Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news in this 2014. Bunny Rugs, the lead singer of Third World was pronounced dead a few hours ago. He had a long bout of cancer.
Only 3 days short of his 66th birthday, this man was not only one of reggae’s biggest voices but also a dear friend of ours. We will be paying tribute to this icon who has left an incredible legacy behind.
To Cat, Richie, Ruption and the rest of the crew, our heartfelt condolences.