Category Archives: Politics

Remembering Bloody Sunday

Today is one of the most significant day in American history, better known as “Bloody Sunday.” Exactly fifty years ago today, roughly three hundred people, mostly comprised of African Americans, made a desperate attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. It was on the terms of a peaceful protest in favour of a bill of voting rights to be passed by the United States government. The march, that was spearheaded that day by activist John Lewis, was rudely interrupted by a sea of police under the order of Jim “Crow” Clark, who was the head local sheriff at that time. The peaceful protestors were blocked off on both sides which resulted with them receiving a series of blows, left right and centre on the bridge, itself.

Both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush were present at Selma today, in memory of this tragic incident that took place 50 years ago.

What took place in Selma back then most certainly changed the political, social, and historical course of America and the world. Today, Selma, nowhere the industry booming town like it once was, is ridden with poverty and high unemployment. And to top it all, the Voting Rights Bill is now in jeopardy. Both President and former President are expected to address the situation.

Anyway, a Big Up to John Lewis, Andrew Young, Martin Luther King, and Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was murdered by a state trooper 2 weeks prior to the attempted march and all those that were present at this tragic landmark incident half a century ago. You will never be forgotten.

Yes, go check out the movie Selma folks. It showed me the clever tactician MLK really was…  The struggle goes on.



It ain’t easy up from slavery
Ten thousand miles we’ve made that journey
Crosses burning and mob lynchings
And the boycotts of Montgomery
From the fountains were no drinking
And forever in my memory
With love and time came natural healing
Time to turn this page of history, yeah!

‘Cause there’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For President Forty-four, eh!

Paint the White House Black
We gonna paint Black
Paint the White House Black, eh yeah

Broken down are racial barriers
And the laws of segregation
It’s the healing of the nation
Let’s re-write the constitution
As we’re drowning in this crisis
And who dare to roll the dices?
As our martyrs paid the prices
Laid their lives as sacrifices yeah

‘Cause there’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For president forty-four

Paint the White House black

Paint it Black y’all
Paint it Black y’all

That’s because
There’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For president forty-four

Paint the White House Black
We gonna paint Black
Paint the White House Black

Paint it Black yah!
Paint It Black yah!
Paint it Black yah
We gonna paint it Black yah
Paint the White House Black
Paint the White House

Ebony Mahogany
Nubian Cush from the Nile Valley
Ashanti Fulani
The Mansa Musa Dynasty, hey

We gonna paint it
Paint it Black yah
We gonna paint it
We gonna paint it
Black Black Black Black Black

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!”

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

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.

Remembering Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him.  It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964).  Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).

Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland.  Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid.  But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990.  I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too.  Yes, Mandela Out!  And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994.  This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013).  At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden.  He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.

Ferguson, MO

Yes Mi Irieites,

I was right! Unfortunately,  I was right.  No indictment for Officer Darren Wilson. A close friend of mine relentlessly tried to convince me that “Justice” would be served and I said, “Not from where I am standing.”

But please remember that I did say that the American “Justice” system was in the balance depending on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case….  Now this.

I hate to say I was right.

Now, Maximum Respect for Ricky Jackson, who was incarcerated waaaaay back in 1975 for a murder he did not commit.  Ricky, from Cleveland Ohio, went on to spend almost 40 years behind bars.  That doesn’t really leave “Hurricane” Rubin Carter much to really grumble about, does it?

Well, at least Ricky Jackson broke the American Guinness Book of Record by being the longest serving prisoner to be exonerated.

Ricky, Jah is good, remember that!!!  Love to your family and those that believed in you, bro.