All posts by David "Dread" Hinds

Sandy Hook Remembered

Hail Mi Irieites,

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.  The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Today we honor the living who are still filled with sadness, and the dead who died in vain… When will we learn?

 

Remembering Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him.  It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964).  Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).

Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland.  Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid.  But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990.  I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too.  Yes, Mandela Out!  And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994.  This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013).  At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden.  He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.
AMANDLA!

Remembering James Marshall Hendrix

And before the day’s out, we are saying a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to James Marshall Hendrix, who would have turned 72 today. Just having a casual chat and Jimmy’s name came out in the conversation. That triggered me into remembering his birthday.

That guitar spirit that you had Jimmy is still with us…

Rock on wherever you are, bro.

( Nov 27th, 1942-Sept 18th, 1970)

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….