Category Archives: Human Rights

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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50 Years Ago Today: MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize

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The announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King had won the Nobel Peace Prize came on 14 October 1964, at age 35. He was the youngest person to receive it, until Malala Yousafzai.

King went to Oslo, Norway to give his acceptance speech. Here’s an excerpt:

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

Read/listen to the entire speech here.

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.

South Carolina

This is a truly amazing, Mi Irieites!

Watch this video.  What I fail to understand is why would the officer, after shooting the individual at least three times, and the individual falling to the ground telling the officer that he was doing exactly as he said, reaching for his license, would the officer then handcuff the individual hands behind his back?
That camera scenario, should make a world of difference to how justice will be served……Well, not that it did for Rodney King.

Details here.

Thank You, Sister Lauryn

This is a shout out to MsLauryn Hill:

Thanks for being so accommodating to my three daughters, first night at the O2 Academy, in Birmingham. You can’t imagine how long they have been waiting for this occasion!!

I only wish I could have been there to enjoy your performance. Keep strong, girl and keep pushing out that positive music.

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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.”