This is a truly amazing, Mi Irieites!
This is a truly amazing, Mi Irieites!
This is a shout out to Ms. Lauryn Hill:
Thanks for being so accommodating to my three daughters, first night at the O2 Academy, in Birmingham. You can’t imagine how long they have been waiting for this occasion!!
I only wish I could have been there to enjoy your performance. Keep strong, girl and keep pushing out that positive music.
Greetings once again, Mi Irieites.
Today, September 11, 2014 holds many anniversaries, of which the more recently commonly known and remembered is the destruction of almost 3,000 people in the World Trade Centre, back in 2001, thirteen years ago.
But there has been much more events that have took place on this day.
To begin with, may I say, “Happy New Year” to all Ethiopians at home and abroad. I trust your days be prosperous and fruitful towards yourselves, the rest of Africa and the world.
Let’s not forget Peter Tosh who lost his life this day, 27 years ago. We cannot afford to lose his message of freedom in this day and age.
If you are biblically inclined and thirst for knowledge, well, this was also the day the prophet John The Baptist was beheaded. His teachings were as sweet as the honey he ate.
Least we not forget, Steve Bantu Biko, who should be proclaimed a National Hero of the New South Africa, for it was this day also, back in 1977, that he was brutally tortured and killed in the fight for freedom. Today, I present to you the beginnings of a portrait of this “Legendary Lionheart.”
And while we are on the subject of South Africa; last and by no means least, this day September 11th 2014 shall be remembered in my mind as the day Oscar Pistorius gets an acquittal for the homicide of model Reeva Steencamp. Yes, the man walks (no pun intended). The world never ceases to amaze me.
Scotland will be proclaimed independent any day now, but we must not forget the efforts of another rebel eight centuries ago, William “Braveheart,” Wallace, whose conquest at the Battle of Stirling Bridge made him a household name among the British. That conquest took place on this day as well.
Like I said, it’s Love and Justice Thru Music.
Hail Mi Irieites,
Today is the 20th anniversary since the release of the movie “Shawshank Redemption.” (10th Sept-23 Sept, 1994). What an incredible film! They don’t make films like this anymore.
One of the last of the greats.
Excellent performance by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
We, the prisoners of the system can relate to this…
Greetings Mi Irieites,
Today, 28th August 2014 is the 1st anniversary of the 50th anniversary “March On Washington,” initially orchestrated by Dr Martin Luther King. I was proud to make my exodus to be present at the occasion.
But what is equally as significant is that today is also the anniversary of the killing of Emmett Till (25th July 1941-28th Aug 1955), which took place almost 60 years ago.
Emmett, who was barely age 14 coming from Chicago, spent only a week in Money, Mississippi when he was murdered by a group of extremists that owned a local grocery store. His alleged crime was that he “whistled at a white woman,” who was one of the store owners.
Although several lynching and brutal murders took place over the years prior to this incident, it was the barbaric torture and ultimate shooting of this youngster that had us all from the Diaspora, looking in the direction of seeking Justice for any unjustifiable slayings of black youths, especially when perpetuated on “racist grounds.”
We are living in times where history has no reason to be repeating itself.
In the meantime, we lift our “crowns and hats” to George Jackson, whose anniversary killing was exactly a week ago (21st August 1971).
It’s “Love And Justice thru Music.”
Steel Pulse stands with the community of Ferguson, MO.
Love + Justice thru Music. Bless.
by David Hinds
acrylic on canvas
16″ X 20″
Yes Mi Irieites,
It was exactly a year ago I made my first visit to the headquarters and home (53 Talgarth Rd), of the Right Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Today on the 127th anniversary of his birth, I extended my tribute by paying a visit to the house where he was actually born, in St Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
This pilgrimage was enlightening. I am still amazed that it was from here in JA where this man, who is now such a powerful icon, started his journey from humble beginnings, and then went on to shake up and wake up the Diaspora. So much similarities to John the Baptist. But unlike John, he was allowed to keep his head.
So as we Rally Round the Red, Gold, Black and Green, let us think of all the soldiers along the way that have created a path for us to continue to walk with our heads high through the gates of freedom.
On August 9, 1995 Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia passed on. Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995) as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter. His creativity and vision led the band to its long and enduring success with fans across the world. Steel Pulse salutes his spirit. In respect, here is the Grateful Dead performing Franklin’s Tower:
On this day in 1962, Jamaica brought down the Union Jack, and became an independent country. From the Arawak to the Taino, through the Spanish and British colonizations, our history makes us sensitive to the quest for justice – not just for the oppressed on the Rock, but all people who are kept down across the world.
Steel Pulse stands with the spirit of Jamaica. Yes, Jamaicans can be proud of our contribution to the arts, culture, music, and sports. But there is much left to do. The answer has always been the people, and we long for a true democracy – one that includes all of us under the black, green and gold.