Author Archives: David "Dread" Hinds

Pissed Off: The Oscar Pistorius Legal Circus

With reasoning, Mi Irieites.

I have been keeping an eye on the Oscar Pistorius case and it appears that the whole trial will be based on how cunning the lawyers are, once again, as opposed to truth and rights.

It is up to us, the general public to put in action our commonsense regardless of what these highly paid “Clever Clogs” are construing.

All these witnesses hearing noises before shoots or after shots and how far and how near this and that was, appears to be irrelevant to me, when all one has to do is hone in on the statement the athlete himself has made.

He claims that he shot his girlfriend Reeva, in the dark, mistaking her for an intruder; totally being unaware of her presence in the toilet.

Question: Why should Reeva, who has only been dating him for 12 weeks, leave the bed to go to the bathroom from his pitch black bedroom and walk 7metres all the way down to a dark bathroom, then go further into the “dark” bathroom to use the toilet that has a door on it, then “lock” herself in, and sit there in total darkness to use the toilet?

Question: Was Reeva fully dressed when she left the bedroom to use the bathroom? Remember, she was suppose to be assumed fast asleep next to him since 10.00pm that night.

Question: Why leave your bed to go out unto the balcony to get the fan when you have a remote control for the air conditioning lying right next to you on the same table where you have your gun and watch? I can understand if it were po’ folks like us trying to cut back on
our electricity bills.

Remember, he said it was dark from in his bedroom and he was unable to see anything. Mi Irieites, I am up to listening to any of your suggestions on this. Just do the maths and I am sure you will get an “Oscar” for your performance on this one…

‘Cause what we are all striving for, is Love and Justice through Music, right?

R.I.P. Philip Smart

Hail Mi Irieites,

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A special tribute to one of the pioneers of reggae from the NY region; Philip Smart, engineer, producer, mentor and recording studio owner, out in Freeport Long Island.

Sad to say that Philip passed on peacefully, last week after a long bout of cancer. One of our last recordings at Philip’s studio was the backing tracks to “Put your Hoodies On,” a song dedicated to the murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Many acts have gathered a momentum of success having worked at Philip Smart’s. Acts including: Shaggy, Sister Carol and more.

Philip, I’m sure that you will be proud to know the positive response our song has been getting on youtube since it’s release. With heartfelt condolences we come together in celebration of the life and legacy. One should have been named Philip “Smiles,”too for that beam of happiness always on your face.

Blessed King..

Celebration of his life starts today, March 8th between 12pm and 4.00pm.

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin: Put Your Hoodies On [2 Year Anniversary]

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.

50 Years: Boom! Ali vs. Liston

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!

February 21, 1965

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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 Julia Butterfly: The Inspiration for “Global Warning”

Hail Mi Irieites,

JuliabutterflyhillmicSteel Pulse is wishing Julia “Butterfly” a well deserved Happy 40th Birthday, today.  Julia Butterfly, who’s 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.”

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The Beatles: It was 50 years ago today

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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!”