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Groundation: The Rastafari delegates that brought the Emperor

In the late 1920s, a new spiritual vibration began to spread, to the descendants of Afrikan Prisoners of War that was carried beyond (Caribbean) onto the island of Jamaica. Tired of the colonial way, an individual, named Leonard Howell carried a news paper clipping of the Ethiopian Monarch Negus (King) Ras Tafari who in 1930 was crowned with the biblical accolades and titles King of Kings, Prevailing Lion of Judah, and the Elect of God. His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First, stood bright for the world to see as one of the most decorative and significant coronations that the world through the medium of the media has ever seen.

           The Jamaican people who were taught from a Negro Slave bible, that excluded the book of Revelations or any verse that would incite rebellion or revolution of the European enterprise were placed in chains mentally and physically and began to see redemption through Haile Selassie I. A collective of people who have mixed their indigenous spirituality with Christianity, through the veneration of the ancestors, opposing the colonial laws placed on the island, got hold of the full bible, studied and would read that the revelatory verse that the Messiah’s hair was like wool and feet like burned brass, fed their spirit. Rastafari began to threaten the Catholicism structure and the political operation of the island that many early Rastafari known as Howelites faced major persecution.

The leader of the Howelites, Leonard Howell who successfully built a community and developed their own version of Black Wallstreet from Oklahoma, USA village was burned down by the police through orders of the Jamaican government. Eventually, Leonard Howell was given the judgement of spending time in a mental asylum because of his idea of a black messiah, through the person of Haile Selassie I and was considered a lunatic. Nevertheless, Rastafari began to spread along with the abuse of its people by the orders of the Jamaican government increased.

            In 1961, a few brave men from the Jamaican Rastafarian community, Douglas Mack, Mortimo Planno and Philomore Alvaranga, sponsored by the new Jamaican Prime Minister, Norman Manley, made an official visit to Ethiopia. The mission was to inquire about the Rastafarian community repatriating to Ethiopia through the land grant that Haile Selassie I has offered after the successful defeat in 1941 of the Italian occupation in Ethiopia.  

On Friday April 21st, Haile Selassie was ecstatic to meet the delegation, that after the formal meeting, the Emperor conducted an informal discussion in English with them. Brother Douglas Mack records in his book, “From Babylon to Rastafari” that Haile Selassie shared that the Jamaicans and Ethiopians are blood brothers, providing confirmation towards their innate identify as being Ethiopian.

After the trip the delegates took a tour to a few Afrikan countries like Nigeria and Ghana. In Enugu, Nigeria Dr. Michael Okpara apologized to the delegation for his ancestors of the Ibo people who used to sell their brothers in slavery to the west and mentioned that in Ibo law, if anyone traces their lineage back to the tribe, would be received and pray that all is forgiven. In Ghana, Nii Amoo Nakwah II, the Obtobulum Mensah, 90 years old at the time, remembered when slaves were leaving Ghana through agreements made between the Ghanaian chiefs, the Portuguese and the Dutch. In 1955 Ghana made provision to issue free land for immigrants and members of the Jamaican Back to Africa delegation with President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

As they embarked back to Jamaica, they returned to the harsh reality of the persecution of Rastafarians on the island. After a tragic event where Rastafari people where blamed, the government issued a statement, “BRING IN ALL RASTA DEAD OR ALIVE”. This would spark the event at Coral Gardens known as Bad Friday, which happened on the Christian Holiday, Good Friday, in 1963.

In November of 1964, the Rastafari delegates earnestly returned to Ethiopia for a follow up meeting about repatriating. Haile Selassie I hosted them with an extended stay in Ethiopia to see what life is like in Ethiopia. The delegates asked if HE can visit Jamaica, and with excitement said yes.

In April of 1966, 3 years after the Coral Garden incident, Haile Selassie I came to Jamaica, and was met with a large crowd of people to welcome HIM. He also defended the Rastafarian belief by refusing the Jamaican parliament offer to correct their belief, he instead offered Jamaica the opportunity to be part of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) but unfortunately could not be part of it. His visit was known as the day of Groundation, a Rastafarian Holiday, which wouldn’t have been possible if not for the Rastafari Sages, known as Douglas Mack, Mortimo Planno, Philmore Alvaranga and Brother Samuel Clayton due diligence in requesting the Emperors presence.

Since the visit, Rastafari has grown a million plus strong ushering a strong appreciation for the Afrikan identity, that even Rastafari communities have been developed from the span of Ghana, South Africa up to Ethiopia. There are even Rastafari adehrents in Europe, Mexico, South America, North America and Asia. Through the works of the Rastafari Sages and the world renown musician Bob Marley, Groundation is observed every year on April 21st.

-Ras Shamou Oladiipo

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Meaning of Tafari

Greetings one and all in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. I pray that this reaches you in good spirits. In the world, there are groups of parents that are very spiritually driven, they name their children with names that is noble and has a great meaning, the bible declares in Proverbs 22:1 that “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

This article will be a multi-part series to the names of His Majesty and with that being said I would like to share what Tafari means. Tafari is the given first name to the man the world knows as Haile Selassie I. A name that was given to the child with the Government on his shoulder is of greatness. It is an Amharic name and it means “To be reverenced, feared, respected, and inspires awe.” Proverbs 4:4, 9:10, Psalms 33:8, Psalms 119:16, Hebrews 12:28 and quite a few more, speaks about being in awe and godly fear.

 The Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines Awe as

1. (n.) Dread; great fear mingled with respect.

2. (n.) The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.

3. (v. t.) To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.

We see that even the Amharic name, Tafari was prophetic in the symbolism of the locs that InI as Rastafari grow that some also call dreads. For many of I has grew our locs or dreads to represent the fear of the Most High and the coming Judgement upon Babylon. (Exodus 15:16)

I pray that the words that I typed, and the iditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord Jah Ras Tafari Haile Selassie I, my strength and my redeemer. Shalom, Selamta, Ase

-Ras Shamou

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*good book for the children to read

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Ras Shamou Oladiipo: Tribute to Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle Tribute Recording
The name of your album is very fitting, for anyone to take a Victory Lap, means that through competition and being victorious over the odds stacked against you overcame, and won!!! By the tile alone, this album is the music and message you gave us while taking your last lap for all to see and hear. It's quite prophetic if you think about it.
Ermias Joseph Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019)


I greet you all in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie!
In the Age of HIM
This assassination has took a toll on my emotional being but raised my spiritual outlook, to be greater. I never met Nip but can only imagine how great of a pain people are feeling who were extremely close to him. It inspires one, the fantasy of one wish that you would like to be granted with the opportunity to bring him back to life, but as reality sets in more, you REAL-EYES just how much a positive force this enlightened being was. At the age of the 33, he set the example of what an entertainer should do for his community. He never left where he was from, knowing that there are haters all around him, feeding off of jealousy and envy. In the midst of danger, he chose activism and his choice is what makes you appreciate him and hold Nipsey Hussle in such a high regard. I spoke on my Podcast that Nipsey drank that Messiah juice, which according to the testimony of Iyesus Kristos, is not a desirable cup to sip from but it most necessary to affect change amongst your equals and community.
I pray for his family and his comrades to heal and to be able to spread his message not only though their zipcode but nationally and globally. Together we stand, divided we fall. I’m going to miss hearing new material from you but in a greater light, there is nothing more left for you to say, you done said it all, and didn’t need multiple albums to do it.
Your message in raising your vibration while respecting where you come from is exemplary, you should of won the Grammy for best Hip Hop but we all know Babylon will choose slackness over righteousness. I remember telling my co-worker about Victory Lap, and looked at it as a masterpiece, a classic. It is the best piece of work, that I haven’t heard in a long time. The name of your album is very fitting, for anyone to take a Victory Lap, means that through competition and being victorious over the odds stacked against you overcame, and won!!! By the tile alone, this album is the music and message you gave us while taking your last lap for all to see and hear. It’s quite prophetic if you think about it.
RIP Nipsey Hussle
We shall see and hear from you again!
One Ras Tafari love


I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Psalms 82:6 KJV