Category Archives: History

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.

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….

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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Happy Birthday, Winnie Mandela

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Yes Mi Irieites,

A big shout out to Winnie Madikizela Mandela who turns 78 today. Winnie, born September 26th 1936, must never be forgotten for playing the most integral part in liberating South Africa. She kept the name of Nelson Mandela alive during his 10,000 days of incarceration. As you know, this year also holds the fact that it’s the 20th anniversary since Nelson Mandela became the first official President of South Africa.

So, no wonder you were named “WINNIE”… Simply because you’re a WINner!

Jah Bless you always, my dear.

September 11 Rememberances

Greetings once again, Mi Irieites.

Today, September 11, 2014 holds many anniversaries, of which the more recently commonly known and remembered is the destruction of almost 3,000 people in the World Trade Centre, back in 2001, thirteen years ago.

But there has been much more events that have took place on this day.

To begin with, may I say, “Happy New Year” to all Ethiopians at home and abroad. I trust your days be prosperous and fruitful towards yourselves, the rest of Africa and the world.

Let’s not forget Peter Tosh who lost his life this day, 27 years ago. We cannot afford to lose his message of freedom in this day and age.

If you are biblically inclined and thirst for knowledge, well, this was also the day the prophet John The Baptist was beheaded. His teachings were as sweet as the honey he ate.

Least we not forget, Steve Bantu Biko, who should be proclaimed a National Hero of the New South Africa, for it was this day also, back in 1977, that he was brutally tortured and killed in the fight for freedom. Today, I present to you the beginnings of a portrait of this “Legendary Lionheart.”

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And while we are on the subject of South Africa; last and by no means least, this day September 11th 2014 shall be remembered in my mind as the day Oscar Pistorius gets an acquittal for the homicide of model Reeva Steencamp. Yes, the man walks (no pun intended). The world never ceases to amaze me.

Scotland will be proclaimed independent any day now, but we must not forget the efforts of another rebel eight centuries ago, William “Braveheart,” Wallace, whose conquest at the Battle of Stirling Bridge made him a household name among the British. That conquest took place on this day as well.

Like I said, it’s Love and Justice Thru Music.

The March Goes On

Greetings Mi Irieites,

Today, 28th August 2014 is the 1st anniversary of the 50th anniversary “March On Washington,” initially orchestrated by Dr Martin Luther King.  I was proud to make my exodus to be present at the occasion.

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But what is equally as significant is that today is also the anniversary of the killing of Emmett Till (25th July 1941-28th Aug 1955), which took place almost 60 years ago.

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Emmett, who was barely age 14 coming from Chicago, spent only a week in Money, Mississippi when he was murdered by a group of extremists that owned a local grocery store.  His alleged crime was that he “whistled at a white woman,” who was one of the store owners.

Although several lynching and brutal murders took place over the years prior to this incident, it was the barbaric torture and ultimate shooting of this youngster that had us all from the Diaspora, looking in the direction of seeking Justice for any unjustifiable slayings of black youths, especially when perpetuated on “racist grounds.”

We are living in times where history has no reason to be repeating itself.

In the meantime, we lift our “crowns and hats” to George Jackson, whose anniversary killing was exactly a week ago (21st August 1971).

It’s “Love And Justice thru Music.”