We ask one and all to join Rastafari JAMS with celebrating JUNETEENTH, a day to honor Black emancipation from slavery in the United States and the hope of human equality globally!
The origins of celebrating JUNETEENTH can be traced back to June 19th, 1865 - the day that the news of the "Emancipation Proclomation" of 1863, finally reached over 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas who were informed that they now free from slavery! There's currently a 5000 square foot mural in the exact spot where General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and read "General Order Number 3" which notified Texans that all slaves were now free!
The 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden has recently signed a bill that was unanimously passed by the US Senate, which acknowledges June 19th as a federal holiday to be recognized as "JUNETEENTH"! This marks the first US holiday created since MLK Day in 1983, a holiday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to this week, Juneteenth had only been established as a state holiday in the Texas since 1979.
The legislation that signed the holiday into law was influenced by the several decade long commitment, resilience and persistence of Black activists who have fought tirelessly for federal recognition of the holiday! Especially Texas born "Grandmother of Juneteenth", 94 year young, retired teacher and counselor Opal Lee (the daughter of Otis & Mattie Flake)
The Flake family is a Black family that purchased their home at 940 East Annie Street in Forth Worth, Texas in June of 1939 and 4 days later (during a Juneteenth celebration) were forced out of their home due to preservation of life. Opal was only 12 years old when she witnessed & survive the mobbing and attack of over 500 white racists who invaded, vandalized & burned down her family's house! Although they lost their home, her parents, two younger siblings and her were all able to safely escape without serious injury.
Also referred to as Black Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day or even Emancipation Day, as of June 17th 2021, JUNETEENTH is officially been signed into US law as a federal holiday that will now be celebrated annually on June 19th.
This federal holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States! Additionally, it's intended to celebrate the freedom of millions of Black Americans who had been enslaved in the U.S. for nearly 250 years by the time of receiving the news of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation to abolish slavery in America (which was executed by way of the "13th Amendment" to the United States constitution). That said, as we continue to celebrate emancipation & liberation, it is equally important for us to remember the lives of those who have spoke up, stood up, fought and even sacrificed their life for the causes of "Freedom" & "Absolute Equality" for every member of the human community, acknowledging Black people as humans! JUNETEENTH is also about recognizing, that although physical slavery was legally abolished in the United States in 1865, Black people in America still have had to deal with the new forms of slavery for over 156 years since - racism & inequality!
From several American slave revolts, to Marcus Garvey's "UNIA" movement, to the Civil Rights movement which included the countless marches, protests, boycotts, and litigation cases that overcame Jim Crow. To the Black Panther Party of Self Defense's "Black Power" movement, along with Chairman Fred Hampton's "I Am A Revolutionary" movement & assassination, as well as Malcolm X's "By Any Means Necessary" philosophy, to Dr Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, even to the daily revolts that happen currently across the country and world. These examples all serve as reminders to us all of the fight that Black people have had on our "long walk to freedom", and should inspire us all to remain mindful of doing our part to assure that everyone has a chance to exercise their human right to freedom and equal opportunity! This collection of historical facts explains the purpose of why JUNETEENTH should be a significant holiday for every American, especially Black people in America
In 2016, Opal Lee organized a walk that was planned to be a 1400 mile walk from Fort Worth, Texas to the nation's capitol to pay a surprise visit to former U.S. President, Barack Obama and bring significance of Juneteenth to his attention (Opal's Walk 2 DC). Since then she has continued with pursuit, which includes executing another part of her plan with the walk to DC, to get a petition signed by 100,000 people to support her request for JUNETEENTH to become recognized as a federal holiday. Let it be known by everyone following her journey, even prior to the federal bill be signed, she had accumulated more than 1.5 Million signatures!
Opal's ultimate idea is for the celebration to extend from June 19th/JUNETEENTH (Black Independence Day) through July 4th (American Independence Day) as a 2 week long reflection of independence, liberation, freedom and absolute EQUALITY!
Happy Juneteenth Human Family
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As 1 of the next rising stars, Raggadat Cris is focusing on positive vibes and letting go of the negative voice that we have in our own minds stopping us from shining. As shown by his new track "NAY SAYERS" is OUT NOW & available on all platforms today 30th October 2020
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MUSIC FOR THE HEART,MIND & SOUL
The genre of reggae music, hailing from the tiny island nation of Jamaica packs a powerful and positive message, from Africa to Australia, Germany to Japan, reggae music and it's messages has truly touched every corner of the world.
For every occasion in life , be it positive or challenging there is a reggae song to suit or guide an individual in the right direction. Personally I believe that the messages brought forward in many reggae songs can only be described as songs to live your life by. Whether it be the globally known messages of the Honourable Bob Marley or the more recent creations by artists such a Koffee , the messages are positive, strong and clear.
There are countless influential lyrics in reggaes message music, one such example that resonates is the Bob Marley celebrated song "Three Little Birds" it contains the perfect message for the times we are currently living in. The chorus of "Don't worry, about a thing , because every little thing, gonna be alright" is the a reminder of how we can change our mind set or views when times are challenging.
A more recent messenger comes in the form of up and coming young artist Koffee , her hit song "Toast" a daily reminder the we need to be thankful for all the little things we have in life as she sings "Gratitude is a must, yeah"
The uplifting beats and riddims attached to powerful, positive message is what makes reggae music such a global language, perfectly uplifting for the heart and soul.
Listen to the lyrics , mediate on the messages, let it be your guide.
Peace,Love & Unity
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Greetings to one and all,fresh of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise for 2017 and while there were so many amazing experiences,it was veteran artist Cocoa Tea that stole the show,taking performing to another level.
Born in the late 1950’s in Rocky Point Clarendon Jamaica, Cocoa Tea began to make waves in the Jamaican music scene in the mid 1980’s before breaking into the international scene in the early 1990’s.
I first heard the sweet sounds of Cocoa Tea in 1991 with the release of Rikers Island. His captivating riddims and sweet soulful voice was just captivating,and needless to say I have been a fan ever since,seeing him perform live was definitely a dream come true. His performance being the first of the crusie was felt with much anticipation ,and he did not disappoint. Performing a vast amount of hits from over the decades he had the crowd dancing and singing along in harmony.
His energetic stage presence and the quality and style in which he performed was so polished and perfect. Performing hit after hit I was in awe from beginning to end,but when he performed my favourite track,Good Life,it had dawned on me that this was something really special to experience. It was the consensus on board the ship that his performance was on another level and he had set the bar so high it would truly be hard for anyone to beat it. PURE REGGAE MAGIC!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Cocoa Tea while on the cruise. He was absolutely adorable,so very humble,happy to have a quick chat and take a photo, Finally seeing one of my favourite artists perform was one thing,but having the opportunity to meet him was pretty amazing. That’s the fun thing about the cruise,you just never know who you will literally bump into.
Love & Blessings
Bless up to all my Bredrens and Sistrens who have gathered humbly to check out some conscious thoughts for the day.
Through reggae music, we unite near and far and understand the message in our hearts as we continue to open our minds and keep our eyes woke.
I have often wondered how many people have become distracted by all the negativity that surrounds us daily as we continue to see so much heartache on our televisions.
Don’t let the foolish acts of others interfere with your Livity and continue to spread love and positivity. Keep defueling hate and ignorance as you walk your path of righteousness, as only Jah knows your true understanding of love and purpose.
Bless up and much Raspect,
Like most reggae lovers, for many years I had dreamt of heading to the little island nation of Jamaica to see and experience all the many things that Bob Marley sung about and to immerse myself in the culture I had always read about. Jamaican is such a little island,but it’s so full of culture and adventure,and no trip to Jamaica would be complete without making the pilgrimage to the birth & resting place of the king of reggae!
The journey from Montego Bay was around 2hrs on bumpy roads with many potholes,and the occasional goat or two running across the road causing havoc ,but what the road conditions lacked the scenery more then made up for. The beautiful green scenery of Cockpit Country on the winding roads to the Village of Nine Miles coupled with informative and humorous commentary from our guide made for a memorable journey.
The closer we got to Nine Miles the more you could feel the excitement building ,for every reggae fan this journey is a right of passage.
An abundance of things to explore greets your senses once you are inside the compound, from gallery’s, awards and memeorabilia, the one room shack on the top of the hill where Bob was born from humble beginnings ,then full circle to the tiny Chapel that houses the marble mausoleum where he was laid to rest with his guitar. Walking in to the chapel to pay your respects truly is spiritual journey,you can feel the magic in the air. Take your time as you circle the musoleum admiring all the gifts left by fans,soak up the atmosphere and feel the vibes.
What could be more perfect then reasoning with a group of rastas while partaking in the sacrament of herb at the resting place of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley?
My spiritual journey is complete
Love & Blessings
As the excitement builds for reggae fans worldwide for the upcoming voyage on the reggae ship of dreams(aka The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise) it poses the question,what is it about reggae music that is so special that it will draw the masses from thousands and thousands of miles away and from all corners of the globe?
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I&I greet you in the name of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia! Rastafari LOVE and BLESSINGS unto all. In the words of the prophet Bob Marley, ONE LOVE!
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