14 November 2010

African Fashion 101

Reggae Golden Age Conscious Fashion.

Jimmy Cliff [rockin' the Steve Biko Tee] and Peter Tosh [firm in his warrior attire]


Taken from Blogue US

11 November 2010

FREE BUJU!

I am not the only one who has grown up to Buju Banton's music and I am not the only one who feels the impact of his resent confrontation with Babylon. Banton was granted bail on on Wednesday, December 10th and walked out of the Tampa, Bay jail that he has resided since December 2009. A jury of 12 members was unable to make a unanimous decision in September and he will be retried in February of 2012.

It is a pity that we have to see one of our own like this, but as Africans, we know that war is not an option and that battle is a constant reality.  There have been several 'Free Buju' campaigns created worldwide, and unlike some other artists who fall into legal trouble in the U.S. Buju has a sincere following, with artists like Spragga Benz taking donations for Banton's legal fees, and Stephen Marley, who put up his $300,000 house as collateral. Fashion has also assited in fundraising, with the very popular FREE BUJU t-shirts circulating.With that being said, I always appreciate African people coming together in the name of justice.





photo courtesy deadlydragonsounds
To purchase a FREE BUJU t-shirt CLICK HERE!

The Buju Defense Fund:
[Defense Fund For Buju Banton]
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More News:
Jamaica Observer: "Buju Banton out on bail"
Topix: Buju Banton News
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08 November 2010

Kenyan Hip Hop: Real, Royal, and Revolutionary!

Music is universal, and for Africans, we use music as a form of communication to the rest of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Kenyan Hip Hop is no different. Bringing Reggae and Hip Hop styles back to the origin, artists like Ukoo Flani Mau Mau and Nazizi have become international Blackstars with their music [spoken in a mixture of Kiswahili, local slang Sheng, and English]. You could easily believe that these videos were shot in totally different locations in the world, just change the language.

 What I find inspirational about these artists is also there strong sense of identity. Heavily influenced by the revolutionary history of Kenya, Pan-Africanism and Rastafari these artists are doing what many Africans worldwide are afraid to do, and that is continuing the legacy of our ancestors. Real, Royal,  and Revolutionary!




MUSIC!


New Release by Nazizi!!!

   
FASHION
JAMHURI WEAR


African Urban Fashion Line created by Kenya's own Jeffery Kimathi


Visit the Jamhuri Wear Website for More!


FILM
HIP HOP COLONY [2006]
A documentary by Michael Wanguhu about the influencial Hip Hop culture in Africa, specifically Kenya.
 

Learn more about the film Hip Hop Colony here!

02 November 2010

Only Rasta Can Liberate the People...

On November 2nd we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the coronation of 
H.I.M. Haile Selassie I and Empress H.I.H. Menen Asfaw.

27 October 2010

Op-Ed: Keep the People Ignorant and Happy

Youth and the Media

My research usually focuses on the portrayal of African people on a global scale, and since Africans on the continent and the Diaspora are continuing to suffer economically, politically, spirtually, and socially we must realize this re-defined idea of "One Love" cannot be established until we understand the importance of "One Black Love". African people everywhere have suffered from identity issues that we are oftentimes afraid to admit, or are totally ignorant to. African women and men throughout the world are subconsciously reminded of their subordinate positions in society and in the height of what we like to call a "globalized world".Those of African descent who claim not to have these issues oftentimes belong to a higher social class, or have had little to no interaction with the "other" in their communities. We like to pretend that everything is okay, so we do not have to deal with the pain, but the pain will never go away, only take new formations [i.e. skin bleaching, hair relaxers, colored contacts, rhinoplasty, etc.].


The commercial uses strong sexuality in order to create ethnic and social tolerance among young people. Sexuality is often used as a catalyst for social change, and the change usually ends there with the result being multiracial children and no solid proof of social unification. It seems as though the youth of today are much more 'tolerant' of one another, but I would definitely argue that this new trend created by mainstream media forces people in the western world to believe that they have in some way healed themselves from the effects of hundreds of years of deliberate segregation and European male domination. This commercial for the DJHero 2 video game is no exception.

The artform of DJing was created by people of African descent and has been enjoyed by youth of various ethnicities, religions, and social classes worldwide. I always seem to find it interesting that African music, the music of oppression and redemption, is always the soundtrack to major social movements [good or bad]. Until the historical context of these aspects of media are understood, no true change can be accomplished.

25 October 2010

Omega Divine's Picks: Cinnamon and Ginger

Cinnamon and ginger go beyond being natural sweetners. Combined they have hundreds of medical benefits. I take pride in using natural medical treatments, so these three ingredients not only taste good, they are essential for daily health.

CINNAMON

Benefits:
  • Great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices
  • Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory
  • Relief in arthritis pain
  • Anti-clotting effect on the blood
  • Reduces the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
  • Lowers blood sugar [especially beneficial fr people with Type 2 diabetes]
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Helps to treat diarrhea
  • Helps cure the common cold
  • Treats toothaches
  • Eliminates bad breath.
  • Cures headaches and migraine pain

GINGER

Benefits:
  • Can be used for Colon Cancer Prevention
  • Treats Morning Sickness
  • Remedies Motion Sickness
  • Reduces Pain and Inflammation
  • Heartburn Relief
  • Prevents and treats the Cold and Flu
  • Treats Migraines
  • Relieves Menstrual Cramp
  • Prevents of Diabetic Nephropathy [kidney damage]
  • Freshens breath
  • Relieves stress

The Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs

15 July 1951 – 25 October 2010

Today we celebrate [not mourn] the life of a reggae legend. Many of us were raised on his music and cherish the distinct vocals of Mr. Isaacs. Even with a lifetime of trials and tribulations, Gregory Isaacs is unmistakably one of the Kings of Reggae music. There is no better way to celebrate his life than to continue to enjoy his music.



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Issacs in Film: A quintessential film of the social and economic struggles of Rastas during the 1970s in Jamaica, I love the scene where Isaacs confronts the ever relevant relationship between struggling Jamaicans and ungrateful tourists. His perfomance of "Slave Master" is also one of my favorites.


06 October 2010

Omega Divine's Picks: Word, Power, Sound.

This music runs through my veins, and these three groups are must haves in your collection of music. These men paved the way for many artists, from Garnett Silk to KRS-One to even Drake [yea, I said it]! 
PLEASE RESPECT THE ELDERS!!!
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THE MELODIANS
THE WAILERS


RAS MICHAEL AND THE SONS OF NEGUS
   Rebel Music by omegadivine

16 September 2010

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

A short but sweet film about the celebration of African beauty.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO OFFICIAL FILM SITE!
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country `famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.
[taken from documentario.com/ebonygoddess]
 


Three young women search for identity and self-esteem as they compete for the title of Ebony Goddess in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the largest black city outside of Africa.

Gyptian- Bad Minded People

...a classic sound...

11 September 2010

The World is a Ghetto

Hidden behind the zinc fences of your favorite tourist destinations...

 Manila, Philippines
Soweto, South Africa


 
Kingston, Jamaica 


Dharavi slum, Mumbai


 
São Paulo, Brazil 

Caracas, Venezuela

 
Lima, Peru


Kenya


Jakarta, Indonesia

01 September 2010

Unda Mi Sleng Teng

The most recycled riddim in reggae history...


If you listen to reggae, you've had to hear the sleng teng riddim sampled by artists young and old... Had a good time with these mixes this morning :)

16 August 2010

Rockers...It's Dangerous



One of my favorites... If you like The Harder They Come, you will love Rockers... A great collection of Jamaican actors and artists caught on film including Gregory Isaacs, Inner Circle, Burning Spear, the Maytones, Jacob Miller, Big Youth and many other legends...