Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First and His complement Empress Menen Asfaw, I greet you also in the name of the known and unknown ancestors that has transitioned on in the ancestral realm. I also greet you in the spirit of good health and love. It is a honor to have you here, sharing your time with me
Blessed love, I have been teaching youths for over ten years in residential treatment centers and in schools, and the trend of sagging your pants has always been prevalent, ever since I was a youth growing up in the 90s. I too, used to sag my pants and heavily influenced by the music that attaches itself to that culture. I no longer sag now and has grown from that phase in my life. The good news about all of this, is that it is truly a phase.
Now that I’m a mature adult male, I hate being forced to look at males and females sag their pants. Seriously, I do not want to look at your underwear, and you are forcing the general public to look. For as living beings we cannot minimize our line of sight. In fact we pick up any and everything that is within it and choose to ignore the things that we disapprove of but it doesn’t mean that we can turn off our eyes. As an educator, I share the history of this fad, for it was also shared with me. That this fad came from the prison system, as a sign of the young men who were homosexual or was marked as a being a person who engaged in anal sex. Very few students hear this and are disturbed by this, while the majority responds that they are not gay and will fight whomever is trying to touch them inappropriately. Most of us adults laugh at their response because they truly do not know but is the joke really on us?
When I used to sag my pants, it wasn’t because I was gay, in fact, I didn’t see anything gay about wearing your clothes in such manner. Here are a few reasons why I did it:
My pants were young, high waters and sagging them allowed my pants cuff to reach my ankles or top of my shoes.
My pants were fitted, so sagging them made them look baggy
Sagging the pants made you walk with a certain “bop” and this same “bop” was glorified in the music videos I used to watch.
Sagging the pants, was adopted by Gangster Hip Hop along with gold teeth, money, braids, slang, cursing and beautiful women. Looking at these images made me internally want to be like them, I wanted to be cool, have gorgeous women on me, and be popular.
Being yourself or wearing your clothes proper at times was boring, and truly I just wanted to fit in and be cool.
So participating in this style of dress has always been around, even when I used to play football, things like not wearing your cup, getting a particular face mask, wearing a specific type of socks made you look cool dangerous, and or intimidating. All of these things were interventions that youths like me were exercising to build their self-esteem. It is very similar to when someone gets a haircut, new shoes or new clothes, these materialistic things gave you a false sense of esteem. It gave you a false status that prevented you from possibly being picked on and places you in the driver seat to become a bully toward the “have-nots”.
American culture is very interesting, these fads play too much of a role in our communities. In the 90s growing up, we will sag our pants that were first of all baggy and wear a shirt that passed our waist line. Now today, folks will wear fitted or skinny jeans, sag them and where a shirt that barely touches their belly button. This style seems even more homosexual but based on the need to be part of something, most of these youths participate just to be part of something. The need for being in the in-crowd seems more important than actually being morally right. But hey! this is the society that we live in.
We live in a society where a man can only be convicted of rape if he is a black man, while millions of white men continue to molest and abuse people for their pleasure without consequence. The matrix is strongly supported by people who rather be the follower than a leader. I urge that we continue to take back our family and culture, build up our children’s self-esteem. Praise them for the things that they do right more than the things that they do wrong. Develop our own community, media, and economics. Big time goals, realistically, is big time dreams but seeking this way of life will give a better meaning of “Being in this world but not of it”.
To my people who love to sag, and show off your underwear, you are on whole other vibration that is not normal but very low. Especially my men, if you feel comfortable showing your back side to a room full of guys, and when guys complain you refuse to pull your pants up, seems to only mean that you are interested in men and is advertising for someone. At times I would like the matrix to pass a law that targets sagger!
We got to stop acting like niggas, embarrassing ourselves and loving its attention. When it comes to Hip Hop and Trap music, it is our skin that is exposed and portrayed as the originators but I dare say that this is not our culture. It is the response to what has been given to us, hand me downs that were big as hell and modified it to make it look stylish. “Weez free now patna, so buy some clothes that fit”
Jah RAstafari love and guidance! Shalom/Selam/Alafia
Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First and His complement Empress Menen Asfaw, I greet you also in the name of the known and unknown ancestors that has transitioned on in the ancestral realm. I also greet you in the spirit of good health and love. It is a honor to have you here, sharing your time with me I will like encourage you to continue to walk your path, and keep in mind that there will be snares and distractions along the way. These distractions tend to play on your emotions and vulnerabilities. The crowd or group of people that you associate with may also not be in support of your transition to “knowledge of self”. I am reminded of the picture of His Majesty wrapped in his cloak praying, the photographer invades his space but still His Majesty finds space to enter into his secret place and commune with the Most High.
To me, this is a sign of HIM exercising his freedom, independent of counsel from man and dependent on the inner wisdom of HIM. I chose this picture above, because it shows the spiritual and earthly meaning of what it takes to be free. Here in the picture His Majesty is walking around with a rifle over his shoulder. History tells that Ethiopia was under attack and the enemy was trying to commit genocide against the Ethiopian people. The League of Nations refused to play a role in aiding Ethiopia and prevented them from attaining arms to help his nation fight off an invader, Italy who went against the treaty of peace with the members within the League of Nations. Some people tend to have a problem with those exercising their freedoms and independence. Envious people are cancers to any society, so for one to maintain their independence requires a strong defense.
In the spiritual sense of freedom, His Majesty’s rifle can also be symbolic of his weapon, Jah word. For his word is like a sword slicing and slaying any form of spiritual wickedness that come against the nature of positivity. Many know that Haile Selassie was a very devout follower of the Most High through the medium of Christianity and the ability to maintain this freedom comes with the need to protect it.
His Majesty wrote that the ancestors who fought against spiritual domination will be revered whenever Afrikans meet. The need for protecting your culture and spirituality is very important and for those who seek to return to their roots must maintain the freedom through security.
Peace and love family, the Power is within you to be great, collectively we can be greater. Link my following pages for more Roots and Culture.
Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First and His complement Empress Menen Asfaw, I greet you also in the name of the known and unknown ancestors that has transitioned on in the ancestral realm. I also greet you in the spirit of good health and love.
It is a honor to have you here, sharing your time with me.
I am writing you to share an iditiation about the foreign hand. This quote comes from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, and has inspired life lessons, I have learned that relates to these words. The word sounds of Haile Selassie is a guide in your life if you allow it.
Nothing in life is for free, everything comes with a cost. It is unwise or foolish to think that someone is doing something for you without them receiving a benefit in return. It doesn’t matter who it is from, the spirit of exchange has its own laws and culture. Within its law, a party (person, people, organization) can be in favor for you or against you. Even the spiritual realm operates in this nature, the bible relays that only those who accept Christ will be written in the Lambs book of life. We as a people must always expect to pay someone for their services and stop expecting things for free.
Now the things that people expect in return is where the issue can lie. For providers have their own beneficial aspirations as well. Sometimes it is not in the form of money. Sometimes it is the form of control, self-assurance, ownership of your own property and etc. For example when I read these words I quickly remembered what His Majesty, his family and nation went through to maintain independence. The words “no man is an island” comes to my mind, for His Majesty to enter back into authority of his country required the assistance of other nations. One in particular was Great Britain. Stalin gave aid to His Majesty by providing him a home to stay during the exile and an army to use to remove and kill the Italian resistance. The bargain came with His Majesty giving Britain power over currency for imported and exported goods. Britain was also granted power to control a railroad station near the Ogaden region plus other benefits that you can research. The name of the treaty was Anglo-Ethiopian Treaty of 1944, for although Ethiopia remains independent, they are dependent upon other nations for their own collective security, while these other nations are working to better themselves. It’s kind of sad if you think about it, for as big as Afrika is, there should be a firmer collective in protecting the Afrikan nations in the continent, which I believe and hope will one day come.
It is highly advisable that we as people work to build our legacy and sustainability. Through observation, we are behind the ball, we speak a lot about Babylon while using their resources. Metaphorically begging or complaining to receive our 40 acres and a mule will not get us what we want, in the spirit of Booker T Washington we have to work collectively to build our own infrastructure. These words have been said before and many of us have took heed to its calling and are doing their part to reduce the need to have a foreign hand to provide aid. I salute you brothers and sisters that are blazing the trail. Ase o!
Stay blessed in your travels and journey, we all need each other, but lets not find ourselves in a situation where the only help we can receive, is the help that cost us a piece of our freedom and wealth.
For almost a year I have been part of a Rites of Passage program here in Baltimore City called Egbe Akonkorin and my line is Segun whose purpose it to reconnect to your ancestors and help strenghten communiyt. For me it started in June 2017 and it was an experience. From reciting the pledge, practicing how to facilitate libations, and understanding the value of community through our Afrikan traditions. This experience, is a spiritual journey as well as a great way to connect with other great men in the community that is about restoring and building up their community. This journey was to connect with our ancestors through culture. The ancestors are beings in my family name who has passed on. Personally, I dont know their name but has always thought about them. Also as a child, I always recognized the connection I have to Afrika. These identities have traveled with everywhere I go, making Rastafari such a place to thrive and grow into my roots and culture. So in this Egbe, The spiritual system that is utilized is Ifá, which I will share later that the West Afrikan systems has always been part of Rastafari.
Ifá is a West Afrikan spiritual system that was practiced before the spread of Christianity and Islam in the colonial period. It was carried over with the ancestors during the Great Maafa which we know as the Transatlantic Slave Trade, it landed in the Carribean, and the Americas and given different names. The West Afrikan spiritual systems may not all be the same but are similar. Through these spiritual systems the ancestors fought against their enslavement, they held onto their faith and culture. Others submitted to the enslaver’s religion and god, revolutionaries ended up passing away and was not duplicated as fast as children being born.
The European Religion, Christianity made sure to give all new born children a Christian name, and belief with the intention to not follow their ancestors. Laws were created demonizing the practice, which some people call as Obeah, not realizing that our great heroes used it to fight off white supremacy. Heroes like Nanny of the Maroons, Toussaint L’ouverture, Harriet Tubman and others. I went to the Harriet Tubman museum and saw this description about her spirituality.
This book speaks of the Laws in Jamaica that were passed outlawing the home religion.
Interestingly in the Introduction, Ras McPherson writes how Leonard Howell preached Rastafari with Kumina roots and theology, and how it was evident in his drumming and chanting. Kumina is another West African Spiritual System that also incorporates the Orishas. I love how this book broke down Rastafari in the first pages, Rastafari is an ancient Ethiopian-Egyptian-Hebraic-West African religio cultural descent. Leonard Howell incorporated the West Afrikan roots, Joseph Hibbert taught the Ethiopian Coptic/Khemetic Freemasonry and Archibald Dunkley taught that Haile Selassie I is Christ returned but not the Almighty creator.
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I am a product of this racist strategy, to have a body of people to forget who they are and be under the control of a foreigner. My grandfather migrated from Jamaica to New York under the benefits of being a member of the Catholic church. From his integrity and character, being part of the ministerial staff, a family man and active Christian, he was able to migrate to the states. I give thanks because of his role and the religion I am able to write to you now. So my journey is not to run a crusade in opposing Christianity, for my journey is to find the Almighty where ever I walk and educate ones on what I find. But most of all to be free.
I saw a post the other day:
“I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”
Translation: I don’t want to be accountable to anyone or anything. And the only moral truth I believe in is whatever I subjectively decide is moral and true.
I read that and laugh, some folks are really oblivious to the variation of people in this world, there are Shamans in this world that is way more connected to the Most High than your everyday Sunday church goer.
But once again I am the product of this age old order, which at one time was a the New World Order, Christianity has been embedded in so many minds forcibly that any remembrance of what you come from, to who you are has been viewed as temptations from the devil. Causing you to become fearful of losing your spot in Heaven and having the loving God hate you.
We must acknowledge that we have been fed the misinterpretation of scripture, we have been given life teachings that ignore our many senses.
7 years ago, 2011 Haile Selassie I came to I in a vision and awakened what was already in me, the holy spirit and since then I been on the quest to be the sun of his but first I was told that I was ushering a satanic spirit. I wrestled and tussled with the idea in my head, until I read and studied his speeches. Once I read enough information of who HE is, I began to link a few groups and people that claim HIM as their Lord and Savior and churches that uphold his name. Many thought that I was looking for some guidance and my response has always been that I was guided here by HIM. I guess you can take that phrase in a multiple of ways but what I was trying to give to the persons asking the question is that Haile Selassie I has molded me and guided to the point to come meet you.
This mission is very similar to what this essay is about, but before going any further, there is this information about HIM that supported my mission. It was that Selassie’s two favorite subjects is History and Comparative Religion.
This gem gave me the fuel to seek the truth. For example, would I find Jah in Hinduism, Buddhaism, Tao, or even in the different sects of Rastafari.
Then, I came across this book by the late Ras McPherson. It spoke of the religion that the ancestors practiced and utilize before the colonization of the European, and how the adherents of its faith fought hard and gave the slave master trouble in settling comfortably with a clear conscience of their crimes. The European marked the ancient faith as devil worship and wrote many laws condemning any people from practicing it; therefore, giving it’s current generation strick punishment for their use and an education/religious system that will only use Jesus as their new God. A God who looked nothing like the ancestors but whose name was used to justify slavery. As time went on Voodoo became “black majic” and its propaganda spread far and wide discouraging majority of the original people from being properly educated on it.
Then I read another speech by Haile Selassie I called “To Chart a Course” and HE spoke to the Nation of Afrika.
Those men who refused to accept the judgment passed upon them by the colonizers, who held unswervingly through the darkest hours to a vision of an Africa emancipated from political, economic, and spiritual domination will be remembered and revered wherever Africans meet. Many of them never set foot on this continent. Others were born, and died here. What we may utter today can add little to the heroic struggle of those who, by their example, have shown us how precious are freedom and human dignity and of how little value is life without them. Their deeds are written in history.
Now that I look back, it’s kind of sad that I needed Haile Selassie I to approve of my journey versus just going by my vibe but that is what happens when you are forced into a world view that doesn’t match with your being. You begin to seek for a higher power to exonerate you, so that you can be free and no longer a slave, at least that is how I see it, but you cannot change the past and I give thanks for each guide assigned to I to make sure that I walk into my destiny. One thing is for sure Haile Selassie I is truly divine and has turned my life around.
I have some resources at the end of this page that further explains Obatala but I would like to attempt to share with you what I have learned thus far. Obatala is the second son of the creator Oludumadre and was sent to create the earth and all of its inhabitants from the body of water. The myth says that while he creating human beings, he brewed his own palm wine from the palm seed he planted before making humans, got drunk and created human beings with flaws. As a consequence for his actions he swore a vow of sobriety, in fact, when ones offer to Obatala you should never offer alcohol for it would be offensive. When Obatala made this vow, he began to wear the white cloth to represent purity, to be an Orisha of good character and integrity. Obatala created all the Orishas because his gift is his creativity, yet the Orishas still have their own identity. The Awo (mysteries/esoteric meanings) of Obatala’s white cloth is the representation of the universe coming together. The weaving of the cloth represents creation being formed first from thought, or the light shown on the cloth bringing potential form into existence (Fatunmbi, pg. 6) What I find even more interesting about Obatala is his symbolism when compared to other religious systems, his role and responsibility is very much in line or similar to Jesus Christ, for Obatala is the creator of earth and all of its inhabitants. AlsoObatala is an androgynous being meaning that Obatala can be male or female, so this Orisha can also be viewed as Lady Mary of Zion, Yeshua’s mother. Reading this information brought joy to me because my own spiritual journey has kept me in line with the Messiah. Briefly, I will share with you that when I was in my early twenties, I walked into my grandmothers church and one of her sisters, who has transitioned, prayed for me. Her prayer was powerful, for when I closed my eyes and listened to her words, I felt the room shake, it sounded like marching and thunder, it was very loud in my ears. It made my knees buckle and when I was about to fall, I opened my eyes and saw everything was back to normal. The noise stopped but when I closed my eyes, the thunder and the weakness in my knees continued. It was very bizarre but not abnormal for me, I always felt a very strong connection with the Most High. After this experience in the church, I became a student of Christianity, studying the bible and joining a church with my soon to be wife, got married in the church and had children. Everything that we did was based off of that experience, I hold the spirit of Yeshua to be true, self-evident but a calling and I’m not ashamed of it. As time moved on, around 7 years later I received another vision on March 22, 2011. Haile Selassie I came to my dream, HE bent over grabbed my neck and instantly I began speaking in tongues. The Holy Spirit radiated throughout my whole body and lifted me up off of the floor as I laid their on my back, an experience I shall never forget, that I became open to seeing Rastafari as the evolution of Christianity. I boldly declare that we are in the time of Revelations. I am a Rasta man to the bone, Haile Selassie is my guide. As I wrote above about the Speech HE gave to Chart a Course, HE speaks of the Spiritual Domination that the ancestors has experienced and how these ancestors will be <strong>remembered and revered</strong> whenever Afrikans meet. These profound words from the Christian Emperor really opened me up to the Spirituality of the Ancestors. That 7 years from my vision of HIM, I would be initiated into Ifa and Obatala the Chief of the White cloth as my Ori/Head. I am an unofficial Priest to the world but ordained Priest by the Most High, my compassion and creativity for people is from up above and I am honored that I am being used for this work. In Rastafari, we always say <strong>Know thyself! </strong>I am overjoyed that I have gone deeper knowing who I am, and my purpose. I pray that I can help you find yours.
Receiving my marks
One of the hardest things that I ever done in my life, this test represented the will and fight for freedom, my ancestors fought their way during slavery, pulling themselves over obstacles only meant for the determined. This is a test the Egbe took in South Carolina, we had to move through the Bog, attain a reed and bring it back to shore. The mud was the perfect home for Oysters, these organisms were stacked all through the out the mud and were razor sharp. Trying to make it shore, I was cut a few times but the adrenaline and determination to survive and make it ashore was my only focus. I truly felt the ancestors with me, A Dupe!
Lastly I was given a name, for being Omo Obatala (Child of Obatala) my name is Oladiípò which means Honor becomes many.
Here are a few things that speak of the characteristic of Obatala:
When I read this, I saw a lot of things in common with myself.
Areas of Influence:Knowledge, leadership, fatherhood, justice and the legal system, geology, people with special needs, the military
Entities associated with:Our Lady of Mercy
Symbols:Mountains, snail shells, short whip made with white horsehair and cowrie shells, quartz crystals, white rocks, frogs, white animals
Offerings:White bland food (either the meat or the milk of a coconut, potatoes, eggs, rice, mushrooms, milk, water, etc), crushed up egg shells, cotton, snail shells, frankincense, myrrh or sandalwood incense, tobacco
The children of Obatala are intellectual, methodical organizers. They like to think their decisions through. They have strong ideas of what is right and wrong. They hold themselves to high standards. They can also be neurotic clean freaks. Many times, children of Obatala are impetuous and hot-headed when younger and then grow up to be cool, calm adults. They can suffer from frequent headaches or sinus problems and do not hold their liquor well. Many times they will be drawn to legal, military or careers involving geology and/or engineering. They like to get outdoors. Normally, their relationships (romantic and otherwise) will be very long-term. They are slow to anger but watch out when they do, it’s going to get ugly!
Peace and love, Jah Rastafari blessings
For today is April 3rd but the 2nd was the anniversary of Haile Selassie being named Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930.
Fatunmbi, F. (1993). Obatala: Ifa and the Spirit of the Chief of the White Cloth. New York: Original Publications.