Had a blast in New Caledonia, not realising that the island next door, Vanuatu, was having a blast also with a cyclone. My prayers go out to the inhabitants, hoping that you can at least cope to a certain extent, until aid finally arrives. While checking out the museum here in NC, I see that they have also included Vanuatu, although once British, as part of its history.
Melanesia, you are the best. Never a dull moment here. Thanks to Ronnie, Gaza, CiGi, and the Killdem Crew. Yes NC badda than you!
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.
LYRICS for PAINT IT BLACK
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!
CHORUS I Black Paint the White House Black We gonna paint Black Paint the White House Black, eh yeah
VERSE II 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
CHORUS II Black 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
CHORUS III Black Paint the White House Black We gonna paint Black Paint the White House Black
ADLIB 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
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.