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5 Origins of Dreadlocks in the Rastafari Movement

Mosiyah Tafari  

How did dreadlocks become synonymous with the Rastafari movement? While the temptation may be to offer a simple answer to this question, the truth is more complex than some may realize. The Rastafari practice of wearing dreadlocks as an article of faith is the result of many different influences that converged during the early years of Emperor Haile Selassie's reign...

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What is the Rastafari Coalition?

The Rastafari Coalition is a nondenominational organization which seeks to consolidate the strength of the various Mansions of Rastafari. Our main goal is to put theological differences aside, to "organize and centralize," based on the shared aims and objectives common to all Rastafari.

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The Rastafari Community Must Change Course

Mosiyah Tafari

Despite the slogan "organize and centralize," which has been repeated in our communities for many years, the harsh reality is that we as Rastafarians have done very little to effectively implement the intended meaning of this mantra. While development of spiritual practice has seem to become the sole focus of the movement, our quality of life and our prospects for economic advancement in the real world have been all but forgotten.

The Prophetic Arrival of Haile Selassie I in Jamaica

Mosiyah Tafari

The yearly celebration of Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica on April 21, 1966 has come to be known as "Groundation Day" among Rastafarians.

The Concept and Legacy of International Morality

Amaha Sellassie

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, impacted His generation. Within His Kingdom, He initiated the first Constitution, provided free education...

Haile Selassie I is the Awaited King of Prophecy

Mosiyah Tafari

On November 2nd, 1930, an event which is considered the most sacred occurrence in Rastafari history took place. The event was the Coronation of His ...

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The Speech that Inspired Bob Marley's "War"

Mosiyah Tafari

By the fall of 1975, Bob Marley was entering a new phase of his career. The year before, he released Natty Dread: his first album without the musical support of long-time friends Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The follow-up to Natty Dread, titled Rastaman Vibration, would be his most militant album to date. And while a number of songs on Rastaman Vibration would become Marley classics, none stands out more than the powerful reggae anthem "War."

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Intelligence, Education, Universal Knowledge and How to Get It

by Marcus Garvey

Use every spare minute you have in reading. If you are going on a journey that would take you an hour carry something with you to read for that hour until you have reached the place. If you are sitting down waiting for somebody, have something in your pocket to read until the person comes.