Hail Mi Irieites,
It was 50 years ago today that Malcolm X visit us in Birmingham, UK. Marshall Street was a busy place that day, and the impact Malcom had on us all was a life-long inspiration – to stand up for justice and equality.
9 days later, he was assassinated. I and I never forget. Bless.
This day, Feb 11th 1990, marks the 25th anniversary since Nelson Mandela got his official release from prison.
History has it too that the great Mike Tyson was knocked out by the underrated James Buster Douglas, 25 years ago today.
As the tabloids would “Mandela Out, Tyson out. In any event they were both champions.
And we are not gonna leave out Whitney Houston. It has been four years since her passing. Our love to her family during this desperate moment… Bobbi Kristina we are all rooting for your recovery.
It’s been 52 years since the slaying of the hotel kitchen worker in Baltimore, MD, known as Hattie Carroll. Her name became very popular due to the meager punishment her perpetrator received, the following six months later.
It was Bob Dylan that made a difference being a voice against the racism in those days by writing his song based on this incident called, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.
We, Steel Pulse, have honoured the efforts of Bob Dylan by doing our own rendition of his song, which we have titled: From Natty to Hattie.
Hattie Carroll’s name will forever live on because her case was one of the many cases where Justice was not served. Anyway, checkout our updated version of the track. A big up, too to any of Hattie’s surviving family members.
Bless Up Mr. Dylan…
Hail Mi Irieites,
It’s a year today since one of the greatest voices from out of Jamaica, went on to sing exclusive for Jah…. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke.
We tip our crowns to the legendary Third World band that have been among our selected influences. Cat, Ruption, Richie, Herbie, Rupert, A J Brown and anyone else we might have left out, keep up the solidarity my brethrens, ’cause the race is not for the swift but those who endure. In other words you are winners!!
Once again, as we observe another officially holiday in Honour Of Dr Martin Luther King. A year from now will be the 30th anniversary since such a legislation was signed. Come March 21st 2015, it will be the 50th anniversary when the “non-violent” march started in Selma and ended in Montgomery, a grueling four days later as protest in regards to the non-voting rights of the African American. The bill was finally signed on August 6th, 1965.
And I must say, that this new film titled “Selma,” came right on time. This movie is a “must see,” especially by all Americans. I tip my crown to the efforts of director, Ava DuVernay, producer and executive producers, Oprah Winfey and Brad Pitt, and the entire cast for bringing such an important part of history to light. Well Done, y’all!
Last but by no means least, my condolences to the wife and family of my dear brethren Michael Livingston, from Costa Rica. Such sad news to hear of his passing. Keep Strong Kathya! Remember, you have friends from across the waters.
Hail Muhammad Ali on this, your 73rd year on Earth. Steel Pulse wishes you all the best and may you stay ever strong!
We have not forgotten you, mi Irieites. Too much remains the .