Category Archives: Human Rights

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.”

Marcus Garvey: Blessed!

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Yes Mi Irieites,

It was exactly a year ago I made my first visit to the headquarters and home (53 Talgarth Rd), of the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Today on the 127th anniversary of his birth, I extended my tribute by paying a visit to the house where he was actually born, in St Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.

This pilgrimage was enlightening. I am still amazed that it was from here in JA where this man, who is now such a powerful icon, started his journey from humble beginnings, and then went on to shake up and wake up the Diaspora. So much similarities to John the Baptist.  But unlike John, he was allowed to keep his head.

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So as we Rally Round the Red, Gold, Black and Green, let us think of all the soldiers along the way that have created a path for us to continue to walk with our heads high through the gates of freedom.

Bless!

Jamaican Independence Day: The 52nd Anniversary

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On this day in 1962, Jamaica brought down the Union Jack, and became an independent country.   From the Arawak to the Taino, through the Spanish and British colonizations, our history makes us sensitive to the quest for justice – not just for the oppressed on the Rock, but all people who are kept down across the world.

Steel Pulse stands with the spirit of Jamaica.  Yes, Jamaicans can be proud of our contribution to the arts, culture, music, and sports.  But there is much left to do. The answer has always been the people, and we long for a true democracy – one that includes all of us under the black, green and gold.

Jamaica, Forward!

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I – Earthstrong Thanks & Praise

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Born on July 23, 1892, Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia, H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie is a continual inspiration for Steel Pulse and millions around the globe.  We search for the truth and hunger for justice in his name.  To commemorate  His Majesty’s birthday, LIFE presents photos from H.I.M.’s  historic 1966 trip to the Caribbean.

The Lion of Judah breaks every chain.

Selah.

 

Commemorations and Livications

Yes Mi Irieites,

Today we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of one of Spike Lee’s most recognized movies, “Do The Right Thing.”

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Spike has been known for several films throughout the years that have enlightened the world on the racial divide in the USA. He depicts stories and experiences that are timeless and remain current –  just look at  the everyday news incidents of today.

Well done, Spike for waking up the world and letting us all be aware that the planet will one day grind to a halt without Universal Love.

This is also the 15th anniversary, since the death of Zimbabwe’s national hero, Joshua Nkomo; the man that might have made a difference in the southern African country’s future.

In regards to other special events: Mike Tyson’s birthday is today. You should go out and read his awesome autobiography: Undisputed Truth.

Also our dear friend and business associate, Cassandra Goins, “Happy Birthday,” girl.

And last but by no means least, Sister Faybienne Miranda, whose earth day is today but passed late last year. Protection to you family continually, dear.

5 Years On: Remembering Michael Jackson

Hail Mi Irieites,

I’ve been reflecting on Michael Jackson and his artistic legacy.  He was a true son of music and a dedicated artist whose work we are only just beginning to appreciate.  The Michael Jackson experience was a result of his passionate love for music, for dance, for truth and justice.  It was Michael himself who said that he felt that art was the union of the physical with the spiritual.

Here is a clip of a rehearsal:

Michael truly was an unstoppable force, a talent few have ever seen in the world. When I see or hear the outtakes of his work, I feel a real sense of loss – for what might have been.  Still, we are blessed to have had him trod with us at all.

“Play the music, he cyan’t dead.”

Jah Bless.

P.S. – if you missed it, take a look at Spike Lee’s documentary.