A Tribute to Bruce Lee

BruceLeeHail Mi Irieites,

This is an undying love for one of the most inspirational figures that has entertained our community while we came of age…. the masterful Bruce Lee.  This day July 20th, marks the 40th anniversary of his death.

So give some thought to Bruce, our unforgotten warrior. (27.11.1940 – 20.07.1973)

Just finished watching a documentary special on him.  BTW, Bruce shared the same birth date as another icon who passed on while in his prime……. James Marshall Hendrix

bless,
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Happy 95th, Nelson Mandela!


Yes Mi Irieites,

I did promise that I would get back to you on this.  Time has ticked away, but no second has passed without us having thoughts for Nelson Mandela in our hearts.

At the beginning of the month, I received a few phone calls pertaining to Mandela being in hospital and his condition on “being hopeless.”  At that time I was asked by a few close friends to put something together for him before he goes.  I made reference of getting back to them on the issue but never did.  My reason? I had this deep belief that if Nelson survived all the turmoil the way he did for all those years, there was no reason why he would not be unable to gather that well known inner energy he has to be around for his 95th birthday.

My instincts paid off and I feel good about that.  So here is one more tribute to Madiba himself; Nelson, you served us well.  We are honoured to be witnesses and beneficiaries of your achievements in life.

Neither will we forget Winnie.

As the struggle continues, we wish you all the best on this special day, 18th July 2013.

Bless!

A Sad Day in Bihar, India

Mi Irieites,

A sad state of affairs:

Earlier today, a food-poisoning incident broke out and killed at least 22 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age in a small village near Patna, in the state of Bihar, eastern India.

The children were said to be having their school meals consisting of rice, lentils, soya beans and potatoes when all of a sudden they started to feel severe pains in their stomach followed by a series of vomiting.  No one is really clear as to what might have caused this terrible outbreak.  But the idea of an insecticide known as “organophosphate,” used on the crops, has not been ruled out.  It is used in the rice fields and there was a strong possibility that the food was not properly washed before being cooked and served.  There is also a lot of speculation going because it has been said that many children who ate the soya bean product before the rice and were the ones that took ill, first.

Well, we are praying for the families who have lost their young ones and for a speedy recovery for those that are still in critical condition lying helpless in the local hospitals. This is the world’s largest school feeding program involving 120 million children, and in a poor state like Bihar, it is important to feed the children at school, but it is equally critical to make sure the food is safe.

For those who are unaware, the village is about 200 km from Gaya, the place where the Buddha is reported to have achieved enlightenment.

Jah Love Itinually…

Well Said, Rachel Jeantel

Hail Mi Irieites,

Just saw the Piers Morgan CNN talk show, featuring Rachel Jeantel.  After watching her testimony for the second time, I have to say, it was a lot more impressive than when I initially saw it.  And as for the interview with Piers  Morgan, I found her to be a very straightforward and upright individual, though young and obviously inexperienced.

It is hard to comprehend that there are people that are still out there that cannot see that this case was about race.  Rachel pointed out that the mere fact that the jury was comprised of races contrary to Trayvon Martin’s ethnic background, made her understand that justice would not be served.  Rachel didn’t need an IQ of 200 to rationalise that.

And after listening to the Anderson Cooper’s interview with one of the jurors, it was evident that she (the juror) was biased from the beginning.   She believed what she wanted to believe. There was no blood on the hands of Trayvon Martin that belonged to Zimmerman, despite the fact that Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon was trying to smother him after he was punched on his “bloody nose.”  In other words, blood would definitely be on one’s hands if such an incident happened.  How did they – the jury – not see that? A no brainer.

Amazing… Where is  J U S T I C E ?

Aime Fernand David Cesaire: 100 Anniversaire

One more thing Mi Irieites,

afdcToday, June 26th 2013 is a special tribute to Aime Fernand David Cesaire, the Martinican poet, author, historian, politician and activist, who was born exactly 100 years ago, (26th June 1913 – 17th April 2008).

Aime Cesaire, who was also a teacher and strong influence on fellow native Frantz Fanon, was and still is Martinique’s pride and joy.

He has been noted to be the primary force that challenged the French authorities for Martinique to gain its cultural identity as black Africans subjected to colonialism.  At one point in the 1940′s Cesaire, like many others back in the day, aligned himself with the principles of Communist Russia, but later retracted these beliefs.

Some of his best written works have been “Discourse of Colonialism,” (1950), that denounced colonial racism, “Toussaint L’Ouverture,” (1960) a book based on the life of the Haitian Revolutionary Leader and “The Tempest,” an adaptation of the Shakespearean play, geared for a black audience (1968).

In 2001 Cesaire retired from his active duties.  He had held many positions including the Mayor of the capital, Fort De France as well as the President of the Regional Council of Martinique.

One of his last controversial stances was the snubbing of the President to be, Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2007.  Apparently, the French government was looking about imposing in the schools and textbooks, the ideology of ‘French colonialism’ being a “positive role.”    The Martinicans  protested intensely.  After a series of heart problems, Cesaire died on 17th April 2008 and was given an honorary State funeral.  Sarkozy, now President of France, attended but made no comment.

The national airport in the town of Lamentin has been renamed after this fearless individual.

Thank you Aime Cesaire, one of the greats of the Francophone Black Diaspora, for sustaining Martinique’s  heritage.  In other words, “You Big!!”

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