Category Archives: Human Rights

Racism in Latin America

Yes Mi Irieites,

Trust all is well. As you know we just had a wonderful and successful mini tour of South America; in particular, Argentina and Uruguay. It was good to bond with our fans. But I must say it has been enlightening all the way, especially on my journey back to the Caribbean. Almost every single Latin American country I had to use to connect my flights, portrayed elements of racism at the airports. Sad to say, but true.

On our travels, Steel Pulse have always been accustomed to the perpetuated racism across the globe in regards to the Black Diaspora. So we totally “over stand” the ignorance that plagues the earth. We are also fully aware that in many cases where we are invited with honour and respect, it is due to the fact that we are known “super stars” of the reggae world and barely anything else.

Having said this, this last journey, while catching a total of five planes in a row, was a real eye opener for me. At this rate we ask ourselves if there’s any hope for mankind being united. One thing for sure, outside of those that love the reggae that comes from that tiny island in the Caribbean, an island which also boasts the fastest man in the world, there is still a long way to go to acquire that certain level of eduction that helps to bring together world peace.

It took so long after these incidents to air my views ’cause I was contemplating whether it would be worth my while making this an issue or not.

After learning of the great Ronaldinho‘s most recent experience in the Mexico, I deemed it necessary to do so.

Wake up and live!!!

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.