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Groundation: The Rastafari delegates that brought the Emperor

Apr 19, 2019 by Shamou - 0 Comments

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

 

Meaning of Tafari

Apr 08, 2019 by Shamou - 2 Comments

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

My fatherly experience leading up to our home birth

Feb 23, 2019 by Shamou - 0 Comments
The Almighty has blessed my family with a new child, and my wife and I decided to not use the hospital services and do a natural water birth. My experience was amazing and would like to share with you.
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To Be a Rastaman today Episode. 1

Jan 28, 2019 by Shamou - 0 Comments
To Be a Rastaman Today, this will be an ongoing series

Rastafari Reasoning with Ras Wayne of IDOR Episode 2

Jan 23, 2019 by Shamou - 0 Comments
During this Podcast, we discuss briefly the beginnings and commonalities of ones calling to Rastafari, family life and duties and the Marley Message Event in Baltimore Feb 9th. 2019

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I used to be mad at Jesus

Jan 06, 2019 by Shamou - 0 Comments
Alafia, Greetings and Peace in the name of the Ivine King of kings, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First and His chosen Queen Empress Menen Asfaw. I also greet you in the true spirit of our creator who is known by many names and is the inspiration of great testimony. I, Ras Shamou Oladiípo will like to share with you a testimony of mines and maybe it can help you if need be. The title of this letter is a work in progress for many reasons, but lets start at my beginning in the this age of HIM (His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie). Before I decided to bow before His Majesty, I grew up as a youth who was sent to church to develop a connection to the creator. The name that I learned the creator name through was Jesus. Everything that I did, when I gave thanks was to that name and that name alone. Even though in my earlier years, I was not as interested in church, disliked how much time it took up on Sundays 10 – 3pm (time of church, I used to attend), I couldn’t understand or relate to what was being taught and developed a level of anxiety and fear whenever someone caught the Holy Spirit and began shaking uncontrollably. There was still a beauty in it. For example, I remember when I made a vow to stop lying and I made that vow in that particular church, when I was in the 3rd grade. Also in that very same church, I played Jesus in a church play and sung on the choir. All these things I enjoyed and appreciated, for it was the beauty of my time at that church. My love for Jesus Christ grew extremely well through out the years since I was 8. My perception of spirituality was based off of my divine inheritance as a human being along with my adolescent characteristic of imagination and magic, and it grew with a progressive level of confidence. From what I remember, I was too scared to even question God and felt protected that there is a something greater than what I can physically see or behold and is watching over us. I remember staring out my window, focusing on the street light, which was the only light that illuminated the portion of the dark street my building was on and talking to God through it. It was also from these talks that I grew in my connection with the creator. It wasn’t until I graduated college that my conviction to return to God was needed. I had some fun in college, that other believers have taught me that God would not have approved of. I knew that what I was doing wrong but I wanted to live my life and have fun. I didn’t get too wild, for my love for God was stronger than my will to fulfill my sin. It was extremely strong, that when I walked down the altar to give my life to Christ, I cried in shame for running from HIM for so long. At this time in my life, I am in a different state and church from when I was 8. I was a student of the bible and read, read, and read. Then something happened, I began to see the failure in man but even more the failure in man that wear the cloth. The people who are preachers and servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. I began to see the shaming and traits of cult like behavior that Pastors were doing to people and I was victim to this. Some families were already struggling financially and were torn between paying rent and tithing because it was embedded in them, how can a man rob God? I saw people giving their last to fit the description of a good and faithful servant but was being mislead by the Shepherd, the speaker of the house. It was a crazy time, where people feared God more than they loved him and because of what I was witnessing, I began to back off from church because I began to see a common trend between the many churches that I attended or was a member of. The thing they had in common was dogma that brainwashed you into practicing faith but not in real-time, in others words living in imagination instead of reality.
Iyah Man!!
It was around this time that I began to sight Rastafari because it was a balance of faith and reality. Rastafari is what Iyesus Kristos say, “true worship in Spirit and Truth.” For in Spirit we have the Root of us all, God and the Truth in an actual descendant of King David which is the Spirit and Human connection of who Jah will choose to manifest in. As it is written in the Book of Psalms chapter 89. My spiritual connection with HIM and this truth has me convinced. As my activity in Rastafari increased, I began to wake up and see who I used to be in Christ and who I am in Christ now. My perception of God also began to change as well. It was through this transformation that I began to dislike the name of Jesus Christ but at the same time stay in Christ because Haile Selassie has a devout love for Christ. This exposed me to the name Iyesus Kristos, Jesus from an Ethiopian kulture. With the help of Haile Selassie I, I began to see that my romanticism of Jesus Christ, blinded I extremely and that so many people are blind as well. Caption says, “Women who don’t need nobody but Jesus” Big form of Romanticism I won’t delve so much into detail of what I mean but people are so wrapped up in the name that they miss the trick that is being done on them. Under its spell, I discriminated on people who didn’t accept Christ or didnt practice Christianity, even if it was family and used the scripture to affirm why I should. In my situation, the more people who were in Christ the more tithes the speaker of the house took to satisfy his sin. I began to think of my ancestors, which I have done since a child and read more and more history books and saw that at this name as well, many people died. I used to ask this million dollar question, “Why didn’t Jesus save us during the slave trade, and why did he allowed it to go on for 400+ years?” and “When is he gonna punish those that mistreat us?” I realize that my answer would only come in silence, leaving me to think more realistically. The more I changed my mindset, the more stuck I saw people. The trick of laziness, procrastination, bigotry, headiness all played them well while they spoke in tongues and called an imaginary figure their savior. I couldn’t find the right words to tell them to wake up and say, “he aint coming!!” or that, “Jesus isn’t physically gonna save you, and that you have to work and apply yourself” but because they were so under its spell, I couldn’t reach them. I began to dislike this name more and more. Then I learned something, my issue isn’t with the name Jesus but with the interpretation that I and so many others were given. For in actuality, I love Jesus, for the Jesus in the bible was a revolutionary and an awesome role model for anyone who wants to follow righteousness can learn from. For one, his own Father did not save him from death, and ideally we do what our parents taught us, so why would he save us from public humiliation and a crucifixion. God will remain silent on these matters, we ask for strength on how to solve our own issues, realizing that God is not going to come out the sky and beat every devil that did us wrong. Things like this used to fuel my anger but in actuality they need the Great Physician The Jesus that was given to us from certain Pastors who should not be leading a flock, these workers of evil, brainwash their congregation, molest and do all manners of wrong to them. These figures hold us back and they have too much control on the masses. Some of these Pastors deliver such an unrealistic opinion to a matter that is very much real, causing you to make the wrong decision can bring major consequences. The instilling of such a false sense of hope, that people filled with desperation and vulnerability have no other resource to give but their value in this hope, can be gold in the eyes of wolf. I pray that those who, like me, were taken advantage of. Our lack of knowledge of self to build our healthy self-esteem which leads us to the creator within, was preyed upon. There is a God, for the power that allowed me to see will allow someone else to see as well, and if they recieve it, they too will be transformed by the renewing of their mind. And because of this revelation, I’m not mad at Jesus anymore RasTafari love! We are all little Christ’s, always helping others, while others try to destroy us KNOW THYSELF!!!

My Rites of Passage

Apr 03, 2018 by Shamou - 0 Comments
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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.

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This book speaks of the Laws in Jamaica that were passed outlawing the home religion.

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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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Moving on:

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. Also Obatala 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.

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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.

White

Number: 8

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

Feast Day: September 24th

Astrology: Libra

Tarot: Justice, the Emperor

Chakra: Crown Chakra

obatala’s children

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.

Resources:

Fatunmbi, F. (1993). Obatala: Ifa and the Spirit of the Chief of the White Cloth. New York: Original Publications.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9817068
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obatala
http://www.aboutsanteria.com/obatalaacute.html
http://tribeofthesun.com/deities/obatala/
http://chassdance.blogspot.com/2009/05/obatala.html?m=1

A Rastafarian father connects Math through Music

Mar 04, 2018 by Shamou - 4 Comments

I, Shamou Pusey, Phallu Ras a 33 year old father, husband and special educator in Baltimore city Public Schools has blended my musical talent with education, by creating Super Mathematicals: Skip Counting

As an unorthodox style of teacher, I have learned that the best education to provide anyone is an education that your students can connect with, in a culture that supports their individuality. Many times we conform our youths to fit an already set Europrean style of education where expression is discouraged, limiting the beauty of creativity.

For the 9 years that I have been teaching, I have come across so many youths that have been diagnosed with special needs and end up barely graduating school with a High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion and still has not gained a solid foundation of life skills, like counting for a multiple of reasons.

The percentage of these individuals in special ed that perform poorly compared to other students with special needs can be from 10 – to up to 50%. An amount that can drastically affect their independence and possible freedoms. With programs out like DORS and Assistive Living to help establish some stability with these youths, the problems still remains that these individuals are lacking the necessary skills to monitor a bank account, count their correct change or use basic multiplication.

I have not given up on these youths and would hate for them to be taken advantage of because they are limited. So I created a learning tool to help change these deficits. Music is such a universal language that it is a medium to communicate, it surpasses IQ levels and provides learning through song, that I have created a multiplication compilation using modern day elements like trap music, Soca, reggae and hip hop.

Super Mathematicals is also a great avenue to promote early learning in this current generation of youths that are in early elementary education. Playing this music over and over again will have 4 year olds learning how to skip count before they reach 2nd or 3rd grade when multiplication is being taught. In theory, The evolution in the advancement of the child’s mind will soar to new levels.

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May the Most High continue to lead and guide you.

Rastafari Unites the Races: I dare you to read this

Sep 01, 2016 by Shamou - 0 Comments

Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First, It brings me great joy to serve HIM in all Spirit and Truth. I rather die for righteousness and truth than murder my brother. Hell fire to all phony and thieving people worldwide, that continue to steal the mediations without applying the proper credit to its creator. Same way we hail Jah for giving us the power and strength to be great, we bun out the one that think that it is them that make these things possible, or take credit for themself FYAH.

With all humility, give each man their due credit. Now back to the topic. Rastafari unites the races and the proof is in the face. As a Rastaman growing up in the words of HIM. I have observed and learned that there is still racism or its cousin bigotry lingering in the movement, despite what the Almighty has said there are matters that need to be addressed. In particular, the acceptance of the white man in Rastafari and I will be honest with you, being a black man, growing up in black dominated societies and listening to black infused music and messages, I myself look at the white Rastaman as an odd picture. Very similar to the Asian viewing the blackman in their society. Alarms flare up, caution, observation takes place. For the sake that what we have is like a diamond, and any threat from outside the village must be watched carefully. But as time moves on, and you assess the heart of the individual, and you see that this individual is a kinsmen.

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Now, I want to alert you, probably the most popular Rastaman in the movement was Bob Marley, some may say Peter Tosh or any other great musical priest but it is Bob that sold the most records, and received probably the most spins. I mean who doesn’t know the lyrics to his songs, almost everyone whether they are a Ras or not.. But have you actually seen him. Bob Marley is mixed, his father is a white man, and his mother a black woman. The acceptance of him and his message carries the weight of both races. His white DNA, enables all white people to relate to him and his cause, which is Haile Selassie’s cause. Just like the blackman, the true white man see the injustice and folly in society and will burn it down as well.

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I remember watching Sa Neter on his topic, White Rasta Imposter and he was asking the White Bobo Priest questions that was geared to make the Priest look foolish, but the Priest stayed true. Wasn’t phased and answered his questions in humility, stating what we all know that the black is the origination of mankind. In my opinion Sa Neter’s mission was a bust and Haile Selassie the First Conquered once again. Remember HE is the conquering Lion, the “ing” means it never stop doing it but is continually doing.

Another example, is the Almighty himself, Haile Selassie the First, his skin complexion looks as if HE is also mixed with white DNA, or is Arab. HE doesn’t look full Bantu or Oromo. His hair isn’t kinky like mines, HE has loosescurls like a child of a mixed heritage but yet we ignore what we see. The evidence is in his face, look at HIM, the blood of all races are in HIM!!!!

Haile Selassie Profile

Then read his words, that Until the color of mans skin is no more significance than the color of his eyes, there will always be war. And it is true, we are at war now, a serious race war. A vain war, where the wicked man stay in high places, the heavens, running the world. These idiots should have no control nor say over InI, but because we war with each other the real battle is ignored.

I also like to address the white man, that white privilege is real. You must use your privilege to fight for people like myself, held back and oppressed because of the color of skin. This is your mission, this is how you can serve Jah as well, you will not succeed in telling the black man how to live and how to be black, history done messed up that possibility for you. I mean some people may receive you but not as much if you serve our people by speaking against racial injustice. You have the stage to be like a Moses, speak to the Pharaohs and set the people free, from the Prison Pipeline, Man made diseases and its testing on poor income areas where a lot of black and white people live, I mean the injustice goes on and on everywhere. Fight for the victims of the Flint Water Crisis or local crisis. If you have His Majesty’s light then shine like HIM. Put procrastination down and serve. I’m quite sure that your works will be much appreciated by the Blackman who has trouble taking you serious. I’m sorry but you are in a position that you must prove yourself and earn your keep to truly be accepted. White supremacy is a monster and anything that has a form of it, will be criticized. And with that being said respect to Tim Wise, he goes around the world speaking on this injustice before an audience of his peers.

“Death to all white and black oppressors, Life to all white and black freedom fighters”

You know as a Blackman, our heroes in the movement is ones like Marcus Garvey, who said look to the Black king. He was such a high advocate for the black man, though he has received help from whites as he reports in his speech, the Negros greatest enemy. And it is also reported that it was his own people that stabbed him in the back, so why blackman are we fighting so hard for the black people when history has already shown that there are snakes among us? I rather have a loyal white man with me than room full of black haters and gossips. We can’t blame slavery for the poor character that plagues some of our people. Black on Black crime remains an issue no matter how much the pigs shoot us down. Before Chemtrails was sprayed above, the uncle toms turned us in. Garvey has also shared that he doesn’t plan on taking all black people back to Africa because of the poor character that he has seen in some of them.

Haile Selassie the First has shared that there was Ethiopians that molested other Ethiopians during the national crisis, the invasion. In fact, it was other Ethiopians that turned their back on HIM, without the influence of the Italians. We can’t defend all black people, in my opinion some of these traitors should be burned at the stake. We need to identify the spirit and heart of each man and build with him, that is progress and a great way to hail the invisible Jah in his children. Peace and love, we can do this. I learned this past month, that a close person of mine decided to stay with the Black Rastaman, even though her father was a Klan member, they been together for 20 plus years. I was in awe when I heard this, you got to respect these things, and acknowledge that people like this exists. Jah children is all over.

What are you Doing with your Life?

Dec 31, 2015 by Shamou - 0 Comments

Greetings to each eye, mind, heart, and soul that will interact with these words, it is my duty to deliver thoughts that answer the questions that needs expounding, I pray that the Almighty, the good within you that will always conquer is ever more present during this time.
If you have ever pondered of what you are doing with your life, it is possible that you are awakening to a routine that is preventing progress. It could be progress towards some personal expectations that you may have for yourself, that some how the focus that was there has gotten distracted by something a little more shinier or attractive. We all go through these things, but give thanks to your Creator for the sight of identifying it. Welcome to the evolution of man, for some they are waking up out of the matrix and for others it could be the moment that those who love you have waited so long for this to happen to you; nevertherless, give a righteous praise. Grace for grace, Jah will never forsake.


Now time for some action, committ to a schedule that will .ease in the change. For a 21 day period you can mold this focus into a habitual process. This is the work we have been built to do, we are strong, we are the best, appointed person for the job. We will hate to see this window of opportunity to close on you. Be brave and grow, and whatever it is let your morals show. Evil will show face but follow the good is the best you can do. You are the best, you are blessed, you are beautiful.

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