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!”
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.
“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” - Malcolm X
“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.”
It was 50 years ago today that Malcolm X visit us in Birmingham, UK. Marshall Street was a busy place that day, and the impact Malcom had on us all was a life-long inspiration – to stand up for justice and equality.
9 days later, he was assassinated. I and I never forget. Bless.
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.
It’s a year today since one of the greatest voices from out of Jamaica, went on to sing exclusive for Jah…. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke.
We tip our crowns to the legendary Third World band that have been among our selected influences. Cat, Ruption, Richie, Herbie, Rupert, A J Brown and anyone else we might have left out, keep up the solidarity my brethrens, ’cause the race is not for the swift but those who endure. In other words you are winners!!
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.