Category Archives: Human Rights

Remembering Trayvon Martin

Yesterday, was the third anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon who would have been 20 years old, was cut down in his prime while on his way home from buying a packet of candy and some ice tea. The results of this incident has created a huge rift in regards to race and racism in America.

But like Steel Pulse says, it’s “Love and Justice thru Music!”

Tribute to a Martyr: MALCOLM X (19th May 1925 – 21st February 1965)

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Today, is a day that I hold close to heart, because it was exactly half a century ago that Malcolm X got slain. And yes, it was only 9 days before his actual assassination that he was in our neck of the woods back in England, with the aim to fight the universal injustice perpetuated on the African Diaspora.

The quality that Malcolm had that most leaders lacked, regardless of their colour, was that he was capable of being analytical and critical of his own comments and beliefs.

In other words, he was capable of admitting if he was wrong.

Leaders of today and of yesteryear are controlled too much by arrogance, stubborness and egotism, yet they are all more than willing to lead the world down the wrong path.

A big up to Spike Lee, who directed the incredible film, Malcolm X, back in 1992. Strange, but according to todays conditions, that film will forever stand the test of time.

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“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”  - Malcolm X

An Apology from Alabama?

Hail Mi Irieites,

Here we see a new twist on Jim Crow in Alabama.

The journalist makes an important point:

“In the ultimate irony,  Americans’ embrace of the victim in the Alabama case seems to have everything to do with the fact that he was a foreigner—and not a black man, as the police had initially believed. These sympathies, coupled with authorities’ vow for swift justice, delineate the hierarchy and complexity of race in America.”

Ferguson will not be forgotten. >> Read more

On this Day: The Freedom of Mandela and more

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.27.54 PMThis day, Feb 11th 1990, marks the 25th anniversary since Nelson Mandela got his official release from prison.

History has it too that the great Mike Tyson was knocked out by the underrated James Buster Douglas, 25 years ago today.

As the tabloids would “Mandela Out, Tyson out. In any event they were both champions.

And we are not gonna leave out Whitney Houston. It has been four years since her passing. Our love to her family during this desperate moment… Bobbi Kristina we are all rooting for your recovery.

Bless.

Natty to Hattie: Our 2015 Tribute to Hattie Carroll (via the legendary Bob Dylan)

It’s been 52 years since the slaying of the hotel kitchen worker in Baltimore, MD, known as Hattie Carroll. Her name became very popular due to the meager punishment her perpetrator received, the following six months later.

It was Bob Dylan that made a difference being a voice against the racism in those days by writing his song based on this incident called, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.

We, Steel Pulse, have honoured the efforts of Bob Dylan by doing our own rendition of his song, which we have titled: From Natty to Hattie.

Hattie Carroll’s name will forever live on because her case was one of the many cases where Justice was not served. Anyway, checkout our updated version of the track. A big up, too to any of Hattie’s surviving family members.

Bless Up Mr. Dylan…

MLK – Forward, Now More Than Ever!

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Once again, as we observe another officially holiday in Honour Of Dr Martin Luther King. A year from now will be the 30th anniversary since such a legislation was signed. Come March 21st 2015, it will be the 50th anniversary when the “non-violent” march started in Selma and ended in Montgomery, a grueling four days later as protest in regards to the non-voting rights of the African American. The bill was finally signed on August 6th, 1965.

And I must say, that this new film titled “Selma,” came right on time. This movie is a “must see,” especially by all Americans. I tip my crown to the efforts of director, Ava DuVernay, producer and executive producers, Oprah Winfey and Brad Pitt, and the entire cast for bringing such an important part of history to light. Well Done, y’all!

Last but by no means least, my condolences to the wife and family of my dear brethren Michael Livingston, from Costa Rica. Such sad news to hear of his passing. Keep Strong Kathya! Remember, you have friends from across the waters.