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Reggae: More Than Just Beach Vibes and Bob Marley (Although We Love Those Too)

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Let's face it, most of us first encountered reggae through a hazy image of a palm tree swaying on a postcard, with Bob Marley serenading us about island life. But reggae, my friends, is so much more than just soundtrack for burnt noses and fruity cocktails. It's a vibrant tapestry woven from social commentary, spiritual yearning, and some seriously funky beats. The Roots Run Deep (and Skunky): Reggae's story starts in the 1960s in Jamaica, a place simmering with the aftereffects of colonialism and the rise of the Rastafari movement. This religious movement, with its emphasis on living a natural life and celebrating African heritage, became the soul of reggae. Rastafarian beliefs fueled lyrics about social justice, repatriation to Africa (cue Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"), and of course, praising Jah (their term for God). The Skank Stops for No One: But reggae isn't just about righteous messages. It's about feeling the groove! The signature sound com

One Love: Unveiling the Heart of Rastafari Culture

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Rastafari, often mistaken for just dreadlocks and reggae, pulsates with a rich history, vibrant belief system, and unique practices that extend far beyond the shores of Jamaica. Born from the struggles of the African diaspora, Rastafari offers a powerful message of liberation, respect for Africa, and a call for unity. This blog post delves into the heart of Rastafari culture, exploring its core beliefs, practices, and customs that resonate from Jamaica to Ethiopia. Rooted in Faith: A Reinterpreted Bible Central to Rastafari is a distinct interpretation of the Bible. Rastas believe in one God, Jah, who they see as a manifestation of the divine within each person. They draw heavily from the Old Testament, particularly the story of the Israelites' captivity in Babylon. This resonates with the Rastafarian experience of oppression under European colonialism, which they view as metaphorical Babylon. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, crowned in 1930, holds immense significance. Many R

Plantations 4 Reparations

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P4R Plantations 4 Reparations Its been almost a year since the Fed. Govt. stopped protecting the renters of America, and people are not fairing well. This is why Colored Only Cafe and Plantations for Reparations Founder and CEO Courtney Omega has a solution that is controversial, but just might solve the problem. Think of it, a 5 family house (yea you heard me. Family, not rooms.) Each family with their own wing to raise their own how they see fit. Agricultural prospects and ideas that would feed the world. Rent free,  Debt Free, Tax free housing. This former elected Official of South Florida breaks you into the world of Plantations. I know what you thinking. That's the place our ancestors were enslaved, tortured, maimed, and murdered at. But, you don't think for at least one second of their lives the roles were reversed. That, for one moment the lived in the big house and the Slave Owners lived in the OutHouse. Well this is an opportunity that Mrs. Omega is well versed with. S