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DuttyBookMan Tour. AUG 3-4 Rastafari Reasoning and Art Show. NM

The New Mexico Rastafari Collective is proud to present  Brother Dutty BookMan, Jamaican Rastafari, activist, teacher, author and DJ. His books include:

“FATIDIC” Selected Duttyisms  and

TRIED & TRUE : Revelations of a Rebellious Youth (2011)

He has worked close with the Marley family and foundation, and founded his own Arts and Culture foundation “Manifesto Jamaica” based in Toronto which is a youth empowerment non profit leadership organization . DuttyBookman will be in New Mexico for several days, making a stop in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. We will be proud to have him at “The Sector” in 122 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 From 6-8pm. InI and Ras Zakariah will be showing Our art and will enjoy the reasoning with our big brother. Expect a High Vibe of Social and Rastafari Livity Culture. Clearly from His Name, honoring the ancestors thru Our Purpose and works to be channeled for our nation. The Event is free, any donations will be welcome so we can also contribute to the Youth programs sponsored by DuttyBookMan. He will be in Las Vegas NM Aug. 3 at New Moon Fashion back yard. 5-9pm.

AFTER THE REASONING ON AUG. 4TH we will be going DOWNTOWN to join The Hip Hop Community and we will be at 4th and Central at the Cypher that is held on the First Friday of every month. It LIVE and FREE, with DuttyBookMan spinning and live art and dancing…if you have been there you already know. If you haven’t its real, check it. 20120817_1554044271334461_1659429975_n

You can learn about DuttyBookMan and check his books and works at: http://duttyism.com

and here is a great reasoning: https://youtu.be/dHrthWCNVJE



Thank you Ras Zakarias for all the hard work and organizing. Thank You every one at the Sector for helping the community with Culture and Art to uplift the community, likewise thank you New Moon Fashion for Itinual support! Big Up to Cyrus for bringing Hip Hop back to the streets.  Las Vegas, Albuquerque, lets get together and feel alright. Its going to be a revolutionary Sabbath. Please share and tell a friend. Roots and Culture time.

Jah Bless, One Perfect Love.

Ras Elijah Tafari.

7 Kingsibles of what makes Rastafari unique.


There are many differences in traditions and houses of Rastafari and as we look through out the existence of the Movement  from 1930 onward, we can see a basic outline that separates the Rastafari Movement from other faiths. Without trying  to divide but to show the specifics and uniqueness of the movement, study our strengths in the identity of Rastafari as a people. These are 7 Kingsiples of what makes Rastafari, Rastafari.

First and foremost that Haile Selassie I is the Almighty in Flesh, Supreme Head Creator. Some will use the term “God” while others prefer not to use the term due to its western influence and conditioned notions. Others see HIM as “Christ” returned, such as 12 Tribes of Israel, and His Divinity is based on individual theology of who Christ is. If ones believe Christ is God, then Haile Selassie I is seen as both. Because of these different views we have several branches or Houses, that have lessons that speak on this subject specifically.

Second, We as Rastafari research and have independent thoughts concerning The Bible and Scriptures. We study many books, including those linked to the Bible such as the The Book of Thomas and the Book of Enoch. We stress the ability to read and study in a balanced and historical manner, as well as with openness to the variations and bias that has been made in renderings and translation. We are also open to prophetic revelations that can appear to anyone thru the Scriptures and shed light on the future, recent past or current times. We promote study of secular and spiritual education with a clear conscious confident that with head and heart aligned we will choose the right, and stand by it.

“Your guide should therefore be the postolic saying; study and examine

all but choose and follow the good.  Our forefathers have succeeded in passing down a free and independent people determined to safeguard its liberty by shedding its blood.  Ethiopia is the country in Africa which has kept Ge’ez and Amharic with an alphabet of its own.  We have also laid a firm foundation for the freedom, prestige and happiness of the present generation in the fields of education and development in accordance with the conditions now existing.Those who will be serving the people in future should follow this same path in endeavouring to develop their country and maintain her freedom.  This is one of the main responsibilities of teachers.” Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Third, Rastafari as a people who are called by His Name should know everything they can about Emperor Haile Selassie I. It is the revelation that is happening to this day with direct messages from the Most High. From photos to speeches, His Imperial Majesty has multi layered teachings that if allowed can present a ruling perspective of Self, African Identity, Education, Spirituality and more. When a Man takes on the study of HIM they take on the vision of HIM. With that sight ones can look from a Kingly perspective and reason on the tangible reality of the words and solutions presented by The King of Kings. He is a Living Man, and can relate and teach in this modern day with a keen awareness of what we face in these times. Books and photos, speeches and documents are still surfacing, and the collection of these Holy testimonies are part of our duty. Restoration and preservation.


Fourth, Rastafari adherents should have a historical understanding of Ethiopia. This cannot be stressed enough, this movement is based on the Crowning of the King of Kings of Ethiopia in Addis Abba, and knowledge of what lead to and followed the Sacred Emperor is relevant and crucial to knowing what and when Haile Selassie I did, who He is and why He is worthy to be praised. A constant desire to return to Ethiopia, both physically and spiritually is more than a point for pilgrimage, it is the Home of God.

Fifth, That at the Heart of this movement is Black Liberation. That importance of African Redemption and Liberation is the approach we look at everything.  How does cultural perseverance build identity with African Spiritual present and future leaders? Within Black Liberation Theology is the study and deep connection to the legacy and impacts of slavery and the paths to attain Freedom for Africa and African People. In perfect accordance, Emperor Haile Selassie I message proclaims Global Liberation from colonial forces and International Citizenship. He made the bridge for ones that are from all cultures to the call of Human Rights and that is the brother of any Liberation theology. Within this pretext, African Sovereignty and Self Determination should be the model set by Africans to inspire the World in cooperation. When we see the Red Gold and Green across the Earth stand for Justice, we as Africans should be proud that the Banner can be waved for both national and international progress. It is a duty for those who wear the red gold and green to know the reason Ethiopia is a beacon to the World, and why that is a spiritual sign from the Most High about allegiance to our collective origins as well to Judah, Head of the House of Israel. Do not be confused with present occupied territories with the Conquering Lion of Judah’s Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia.

Sixth is Nyabinghi Order. Though this is an International Free Salvation Mission, there are precepts set by elders of the Faith. Many Elders and leaders of the movement have been Jamaican and the importance of Jamaica in this collective awakening is divine and chosen. Elders have laid foundations and houses that should be respected and familiar to Rastafari tenants. The most crucial of which are Groundations ( Gatherings) in which we recite Psalms and Chants that have been handed down through decades and fire side reasonings. Knowledge/ experience of how to play the drum in a heart beat method is mediation time needed to grow in the movement. The Heart Beat being the Song of Life, of Collective Unity, Memorization of songs and hours of chanting renews the heart and allows the collective to humbly learn and pray to the Most High. It is a central place for Us as Rastafari to remember and pray for Right over wrong and Life over death, Good over evil. Rooted in the celebration and remembrance of the Uganda Queen Nyabinghi, the heart beat itself makes it so WHO she is passed through to Who We Are, Living Nyabinghi is to be the Living Drum. The different pace of the heart beat is accompanied by thunder drums known as pope smashers, and it is universally understood to be a ritual to Kill all Black and White downpression, thru Word Sound and Power in Prayer. It is more important to know Nyabinghi Order than to know reggae songs and artists. It has held the movement together and reveals work needed to be done in the spiritual cleansing. They are passed down, and taught word to mouth, rich in old African-Carribean- American connections.

Seventh Is Food and Basic Conduct. This is a sensitive subject, though the universally agreed food “Livity” suggests eating as healthy as possible. Not eating chemicals and processed foods, nor bleached foods. Most will not eat pork or bottom feeders, though Vegetarian “diet” has been more encouraged over the decades. Many are militant vegetarians and vegans, while others eat fish and so on. It really isn’t a line in the sand, those most will not accept a man calling himself Ras if he is a drunk or pork eater. If ones take up the Nazarite Vow of Numbers 6 then alcohol, grapes, vinegar, and meat eating is forbidden for as long as the vow is adhered to. The conduct of a Ras is based in humility, therefore gluttony, and sloth are not qualities of a spiritual being a vessel of liberation. In humility in honor of Our Creator and Ancient Heritage, many of us cover our heads. Though it is not mandated, like most faiths of the world, those who are devout or women will often have a turban of some sort. Women are encouraged to wear dresses because it is our culture as well as Biblical Law, while pants is a western wear on women. Pants on women is seen as a European Governmental disrespect pushed on all women during the industrial revolution due to men being in World War 2, forcing them to wear pants in factories. Both men and women are encouraged to dress in clothes from Africa, Robes, and if anything have a neat appearance.  Many Prophets in the scriptures were not “neat” and lived in rags, this is not forgotten, and poverty should never be a reason to discriminate. With that said, personnel hygiene and awareness of creating a good impression on behalf of Rastafari, is important. We are not hippies, and discipline is character. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

InI hope that these Seven Kingsiples will help others understand more about Rastafari, and will encourage those who love Rastafari to absorb the culture and Itinue its legacy in Righteousness sake. InI did not mention Ganja because so many understand that plants are a gift from Jah. That suppression of medicine is criminal, not matter what kind it is. It is in no way necessary to use Ganja to adhere to Rastafari as a trod, though its history and the movement are interlinked. Defense of herbs as medicine is universal, and as a human, obvious. Our collective sacrifice can not be overstated in the fight for Cannabis legalization and has also brought us together with many.  InI look forward to building with the community and hearing thoughts and questions. With Love in the Heart we walk together, May the Most High Guide Us.

In The Name of Jah the Father, Jah the Son, Jah the Holy Spirit,  ONE JAH. Rastafari Haile Selassie I.

Royal Son of Africa.

Ras Elijah Tafari.




Work to be done:Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Rastafari Movement.


Many ask why we are different than the Ethiopian Orthodox Church or why we do or don’t join the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Here are some crucial points. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was given freedom from The Egyptian Orthodox Coptic Church By His Imperial Majesty and Alexandria in 1959. Both previous and later, The Ethiopian Orthodox Church worked against His Imperial Majesty on several matters, that the Church though very old is still in an infancy when it comes to self governance in accord to their Ethiopian Patriarch, The King of Kings. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has created turmoil during and after The Emperor, and participated in the “DERG coup” by the issuing a pre-cursor of excluding the Emperor from daily prayers in 1974, for this sin, the Church lead the people to the God-less Red-Terror that would starve and humiliate Ethiopia and Her historical greatness. This is a major reason why the Rastafari movement has made the call that remission of sin of the Church is to return to their set mandate that Haile Selassie I is the God Head, and that songs and prayers should be continued to The Conquering Lion of Judah and the fulfilling of Ethiopians divine legacy. From the 80′s and after, we saw the infiltration of gentile christian faiths that started to change the ancient relationship of Man to God by integrating thoughts and paintings of a Gentile Jesus and a White Mother Mary. This is another massive sin. In the historical context of an unconquered people, the oldest Christian Kingdom, and House of Israel, The thought that it would allow Roman white-washed images with a foreign language to express the spirituality of African People is absurd. Further to defend any picture that depicts anyone from the Scriptures as being from Europe is treason. Why? Because the Scriptures is about Africans when ones realize that there is no middle east, that this is Africa, full of Africans as it has been for Hundreds of thousands of years. Anyone that would do this is selling out Africa. People choose their Faiths, but we didn’t choose to be African. God made it that way, for a reason. He made us as people from Her, for us to ever make her achievements that of outsiders or some romantic rendition is selling out our ancestors. We are African First, that is our State, Our Faith is personal and should not trespass against Our African foundations for collective progress. The Scriptures known as the Bible are reactions or active African historical perspectives and parables. To look to Rome for interpretations or images, is idol worship. When there is no longer a White-Jesus and Mary in a Church, then they would not be starting service by insulting ALL African People. The truth cannot be insulted and be revered at once. It is our Duty as Rastafari to visit and reason with the Orthodox Church, in order so that they may grow in their loyalty to God, Emperor and Africa. We have much to learn from each other, let us sit in true reverence of the Creator with out idols and foreign gods. May Our daily lives reflect the Oneness with Jah, and Our Words be in-tuned With Earth’s Rightful Ruler, Emperor Haile Selassie I. Jah Rastafari.


It was brought up to me that blaming the Church is unfair when it is leaders and clergy are the ones that have lead the flock. To this I agree, that the guilt is on the leadership,  sadly all of the World suffers for their decisions. Like any army or school, it is only as good as its teachers.  When describing the Church I purposely didn’t write EOTC, because it is an Orthodox Christian issue at heart. Also it is important to note, that this not an attack on Christianity, it is a call for Restoration of Divine Order. If it doesn’t happen in Ethiopia first then the rest the Abrahamic Faiths will not follow.  Thank you for reading, and for sharing your thoughts. One Jah. R.7.



Greetings and what a joy to celebrate the 86 anniversary of His and Her Imperial Majesties Crowning as King and Queen of Kings. We are excited to share an exclusive art show featuring  Ras Zakarias and InI.  Reasonings will be hosted by Prophet Justus of the EABIC and InI, about Rastafari as a movement and Ethiopia as Zion. All ages Evening celebrations with Selectors Big Toes HIFI and Dub Inna Valley, as well as Creation Sound Selector Ras Issac. There will be Vegan Food.

Everyone is welcome, and the doors open at 6. The Art will be on display all night the Reasonings are until 9. After 9 there will be a 5 dollar cover. This Sound system coming in is worth it!

InI look forward to hearing others touch the mic more than once. Sing Praises unto Rastafari, Sing to Him a New Song, Bless His Name and Proclaim His Deliverance from day today..


In the Mist of the People a King is Crowned to Mark a New Age.


In the splendor of His Imperial Majesty , The Lion Awakes. Haile Selassie I marks the pivotal moment when He would take the Throne of Zion and usher in the end of colonialism and Human Rights to be the pinnacle of Spiritual entrance. He showed the World what it meant to be an Ethiopian Christian who would and does embody the Name and Power of the Father. His Name being given to us and to be called by, Is that of the Trinity. More so, the Virtue of the Trinity, The Power it creates. The Great actions and words spoken and shown, brought hope to Millions of Africans and humanity by revealing that Justice and Peace is worthy of aspiring and living for. That we have from the Highest Himself a completion of Prophecy, a completion of Man and Head of State, to be Love in Flesh, The Creator Manifest, and the Father of Humanity. It is written in every holy book that He would come, and that some would call HIM Prince of Peace, Some would call HIM Almighty God, Some would call HIM a wonderful counselor, He would be called Immanuel, that Jah is with is,  and it is self evident that the Government rests on His Shoulders. His and Her Imperial Majesty are the faces of Africa’s Great wisdom that we would be fools to not know and love. Lion Time. Hola Emmanuel I, King Selassie I, Jah Rastafari.DSCN2003

This piece is available, and the image open for ones who may be interested. prints available as well, for 20.00

Rastafari Reflections: what WE can do.

There is a lot of work to be done, and many have brought some great ideas to the table. In this moment I would like to send out an invitation to collaborate as well as nurture the Rastafari Movement thru art. Rather than goes off about how important art is, let us reflect on how important We are. That we make our own soundtracks, grow our own food and build our homes physically as well as spiritually with the teachings of the King of Kings in Mind.  We have a duty to feed the community, and many artists have been doing this for years. Ras Zacharias, Mike 360, Ras Terms, Natty Rebel, and so many more have brought the Holy Powers of Ethiopia to the streets thru art. Making t-shirts as well as meditations. This is a movement, and it is about Education.

Selassie and Son on bomb

As a Movement we are still very young and each of us has the ability to be there as it unfolds, hand in hand with the restoration and upliftment of our collective history. This is a Mighty African renewal and we are in the process of getting free, in this process many have contributed and shared, fought and bled for Ethiopian/ Human Redemption from all corners of the Earth. Likewise, Ethiopia and Africans have fought and built up people and nations across the Earth. We have shown and keep showing that we can maintain Our culture while respecting the dignity and history of all people. We are rooted un-apologetically in Africa, and Our acceptance and Love of Africa has revealed the Scriptures as well as History in a very different and deep manner. Together, here and now we are deep in the trenches together whether we know it/ like it or not.  As His Imperial Majesty once quoted Benjamin Franklin, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”, it is something to realize, “when the rain pours it dont rain on one mans house”…its raining now, and we must hang together, sacrifice and be bold together.


Some simple things we can do is Support Rastafari Elders, ( and Elders period) Take care of the Children and Families that have lost a parent, Help support Orphanages, and get involved with the community. Help Adonijah’s Family in EthiopiaRastafari Elder and Incient Fund, Yahwenta Childrens Center in Shashamene, http://rootspeople.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/englishleaflet.pdfhttp://

In a time where frustration and mis-leaders are lending its hand to division and bigotry,  I pray that we remember that we are the Children of Jah, Mighty and Blessed to be called by His Name and be Made in His Image and Likeness. Be Love and be True. There is plan for us all, and it includes Justice. Go get it, get it for all, and may common sense be the GPS and right governance be and the destination.


Every decision nearly could use a voice of the King, Rastafari as a movement does not like politics, make it more, make it about being a Leader and showing true leadership. We have been pushed aside and discounted for too long, now is the time to step up and speak out. No matter how dire it may look, never forget Africa, and work unceasingly to finish the last lap so that we can actually emerge free and strong. Be bigger than opposition could ever be, Show them The Fatherly and Motherly Powers of Jah. In the Name of The Trinity. Haile Selassie I. One Jah.




Topics for the 50th Anniversary of Emperor’s Arrival in Jamaica

A fellow Ras, has noted some very important questions that those of us seasoned in the Rastafari faith need to look at and address. This is a personal and mystic trod, we have a duty to be heartfelt and honest in what we can do for the progress of Righteousness, The Earth, Africa and Christianity, thru reasoning and planning and action. Because some of these questions are faith based they will be answered by experience and may differ from others due to experiences. I thank Gebre Medhim Samuel for his care and attention in these spiritual matters.


Topics for discussion amongst all Rastafari in light of the forthcoming 50th Anniversary celebrations of His Imperial Majesty visit to the Caribbean in April 1966:

1. Is Atse Haile Selassie descended from the union of Solomon and Sheba as presented in the Kebra Negast in light of the questions raised in many academic circles – see Chant Down Babylon” ?

Ras Elijah Tafari: Yes, His Imperial Majesty is descended in Flesh thru the union of King Solomon and Queen Mekada of Sheba. His family Tree which goes back to King Ori is clear and complete. I have that list on this cite of that linage and it is widely available.

2. How does one address the contradictions between what His Imperial Majesty says concerning himself and Christ and what main stream (Nyabinghi, Boboshanti and Twelve Tribes) says concerning the ascribed divinity credited to him.

Ras Elijah Tafari:   Since each Tribe of Rastafari see’s The Christ differently we can only cite what His Imperial Majesty has shown. He worked and lived with those of many faiths, whose differences about the doctrine of Christ varied drastically,  The Emperor’s focus was on the Love of the One Creator, that Our Unity is crucial. When He convened the first meeting of the Eastern Orthodox Churches since the Counsel of Nicaea, many Orthodox Churches did not attend. There was no malice, only a feast that some had missed. His Imperial Majesty Loves Christ and is a Christian. He also wanted people to know the Gospels. We know seeing Italy war on Ethiopia that Christians can vary to the point where they can kill each other without true reflection of what Christ taught. Because faith and knowledge builds thru years and choosing  The Scriptures and Christ, we are never done learning as long as it is where we give attention. In my opinion, no two people believe the exact same thing, we are different in growth and by what we are Blessed to have revealed. Our views are as unique as our fingerprints and this is something that should be embraced. Argument of doctrine as thousands of years has demonstrated, will not free the people nor be the works of the King.  Research and humbly sharing would be the best for education and preservation for generations to choose the Right. Through Living the Teachings we ascend theologians. We are based on African Liberation for which our faith is the fuel for the works to be fulfilled. It is International Morality which we want to see attained and then preserved.

3. Has the Ethiopian Church abandoned the Royal Family of Ethiopia or does the Synod in Exile continue to recognize HIM and his achievements in the Church?

Ras Elijah Tafari:  Each Ethiopian Church ( perhaps each Ethiopian ) has its own relationship the Rastafari faith and its own views on the Emperor. Many of Us in the Rastafari Movement have met those within and outside Ethiopia, clergy in the Orthodox Church, that have a deep love for Atse Haile Selassie I. The Royal Family has watched for years a Church divided within itself, some Churches have stayed focused while others bicker and blame. Nothing new, but for Ethiopian it is. The Importance we place of The Conquering Lion of Judah as the Almighty is Capitol Moment. The ability to see the Name Haile Selassie I, Power of Trinity shouted in four corners of the Earth is tremendous. For Word Sound and Power and for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Churches would be wise to mark His Achievements as we celebrate in theirs as Ours in the longevity of the Emperor’s legacy. They would also be Blessed to help support the Royal Family, as a symbol of humility in cooperation with Ethiopian Understanding and Virtue, Knowing that it would be a Holy Service. Some of Us are closer to the Monarchy than others and for many in the faith, the concern of the Monarchy, is based on the people’s own development in multipal areas. The Monarchy is authentically concerned for the well being of Africa and Ethiopia, so they have not pushed their divine right, but encouraged us all to unite with each other on that which we agree. That now is the time to lead Ourselves. As for the Synod, only he can speak for himself.

4. Should Rastafari accept the Ethiopian Crown Council, as represented by HRH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Haile Selassie, as the legitimate voice of the Royal Family and if so can he speak to Rastafari with authority and would Rastafari respect and consider his advice?

Ras Elijah Tafari:  Yes. The Ethiopian Crown Council is a Mystic Revelation for Us to meditate too and listen to there counsel and guidance. The Legitimate Voice of The Royal Family, HRH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Haile Selassie is a Blessing to the Earth and His Clarity and careful choice of Words are Enlightened and Holy. He is someone whose authority should be heeded and we would be wise to do more than consider his advice. It is up to us as a community to share what he has already said and reason on the importance and role of the Monarchy in this time.
4. Should Haile Selassie be given his rightful place of reverence in the Ethiopian Church as was other Kings before him and should he be canonnised?

Ras Elijah Tafari: Great Question, As a Ras, right at first InI have to say, how can you canonize Jah?  Here is the thing, if some want to measure divinity that is on them, InI know that He is Holy, and that making it official doesn’t validate that. On the realms of the Church and Protocol, I would go as far to say, that because there is no body of the Emperor, that The Ethiopian Orthodox Church should commence with Prayers that where offered to the Emperor and repent for turning their back on the King. That He is the embodiment of The Trinity, and that there fathers have betrayed the Trinity.  That the pain of Ethiopia and the problems in the Church are 100 percent because they turned from the complete observance of the King of Kings. If they canonize HIM and dont heed His Words then it is for naught, if it is being done to make room for Rastafari to be more accepted then is it real? There is a lot of room for reasoning on this topic and it would be Blessed to one day have the wisdom of the Ethiopian Priests as well as the Rastafari Elders on the exploration of His Imperial Majesties Divine Attributes, if canonizing HIM makes this more able then it could be helpful to the general public and as a simple introduction.

5. Is it too late for the Rastafari to make use of the gifts (EWF Constitutions, Landgrant, EOTC and access to the AU) given to them by His Majesty?

Ras Elijah Tafari: No, it is not too late. What is needed is someone who can support themselves and is educated and socially capable to work internationally for the progress of Africans in the Diaspora and in the Homeland to unite and have representation. With the help of the Almighty, ones will arise and find that the time for self reliance and sustainability is at hand. Internationally, with careful partners, Rastafari can have a voice and land to build on.

6. Can and should Rastafari benefit from the legalization of Marijuana? What institutions do we have to deal effectively with it?

Ras Elijah Tafari:  Another Great Question,. Yes Rastafari should benefit from the legalization of Marijuana, one of the biggest benefits will be to able to reason without fear and attack. Ganja has been what has isolated us from the public often, and from the youth. We will benefit in more ways than making money. We will benefit by being teachers and professionals that have enough social acceptance not to be ostracized from the general public. We will be able to teach from the Scriptures in the parks and streets without being chased and beaten. The faith will spread thru people calming done, and music being played more, and sick people being able to be tended to easily and in diverse ways. People will drink less, and get off other drugs, both pharmaceutical and other wise. All of this will build the Unity of People and therefore the Unity of Rastafari.

I know that the question is aimed towards institutions capitalizing on Herb sales. With thought and precision, time and change, Rastafari will find room for business and trade. What would be wise would be to look toward protection and establishment of small farms and local growing co-ops for food security in general and public awareness and health in Agriculture. Force on a new wave of perma-culture and organic farming. Herb is only the beginning, we need to create schools where holistic farming and medicine are the focus. Without a doubt an Herb Co-op as a Rastafari Initiative is crucial.

7. Should Rastafari promote Marijuana as a sacramental herbs? How will the government implement the new law? Does all Rastafari Mansions accept that it is or should be a sacramental herb?

Ras Elijah Tafari:  Question 1: We already do, however it would be wise to note that Marijuana is not for everyone to smoke. Question 2:  It is self evident. Question 3:  As far as InI know, that every mansion does accept Ganja as a sacramental herb.
8. What measures should be taken to promote entrepreneurship, education and meaningful resettlement of those desiring to return to the Motherland?

Ras Elijah Tafari: Great Question again, There needs to be an active dialogue that is ongoing between the Caribbean/ African Americans through out North and South America, where there are local representatives of the Rastafari movement that can report to one embassy or a few. That Embassy duty is to make relations with all African Nations and share ways for development and partnerships. There are a lot of Ambassadors of African Countries, making long term relationships and sharing ideas will be the start of understanding where to be useful and needed, it would likewise would be in our interest to do the same with every University as far as exploration of potential. Our greatest weapon is the Oneness we share as Africans.

9. How can Rastafari organize and speak with one voice to African Governments in order to secure favorable immigration and other benefits for those desiring to return to the motherland.

Ras Elijah Tafari: Each country will vary, and what each one of us needs to think about is whether we want to move to somewhere that may have worse conditions than where we are from. Governments are the same all over really, so what needs to be looked at is how to reform the government we are presently in so that as a nation we can address the issues on a national and international platform. The changes that are needed all over are drastic and to migrate to areas in which proxy wars are being waged is both courageous and dangerous. Plans and alliances need to studied and ones need to see and note progressive governments in Africa and work with them. That would be the quickest and safest way.

10. How should the Government of Ethiopia be addressed on this issue considering the state of Shashamane settlement and the increasing numbers of stateless children born there?

Ras Elijah Tafari: If they are born in Ethiopia they should be given Ethiopian Citizenship. If they have parents from another country then dual citizenship. It should be easier to apply for Ethiopian Citizenship than it is and representatives need to work toward preparing for more African’s in the diaspora who wish to return to Africa as free equal beings. Shashamane should be secure for the future and all original hectors respected as gifts of the Emperor. There is no legitimate reason to take anothers gift away, especially one that is symbolic of the Redemption of the Black Nations in that there true spiritual home is Ethiopia, Mt. Zion. 12191001_10154337686369148_6250282622297712459_n

* InI would like to thank all those who care about the future of the Movement and the Legacy of the Light of World, Emperor Haile Selassie I. I pray we advance in truth and rights, Love and Life. * Negus I, Jah, Rastafari. *My Lord. R. 7.*


From Negroes to Africans in America.

Food for thought, His Imperial Majesty spoke of how the terms black and white should not be used to describe people, true, however this was in 1963 before Martian Luther King Jr was murdered. The people named them selves Black after the assassination to clarify who was willing to defend themselves. The Negro became one who was only a few steps from his abuser, The Black man is a reaction in the Struggle. It would be the Black movements that would renew our African-ness and would lead the realization for Africans in America that they are, were and will be Africans. The Term African American quickly replaced its negro title, and a middle class ideology came about as some sort of compromise. The term American basically means white, because it is not hyphenated, like native-american, -chinese-american- italian-american, ect… if it wasnt so, Natives would simply be called “Americans.” Black is an reaction and a source of power. One day we will refer to ourselves as Africans in America, knowing that this country doesn’t want Global Unity of Africans nor for us to make a simple common root- we still must strive. We must keep defining and redefining ourselves, all people. Until we have become that new race that can hold an alliance to humanity rather than nationalities.

Mystic River © 2014 Ras Elijah Tafari. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Africa Unity is Our Strongest Tool.

Ask yourself, if Tribal Warfare was the problem in Africa and is, then why no one says European Unite!? I mean all of Europe.. There is constant fighting and attacking of Europeans at home and abroad than any nations by Europeans. They have brought there Tribal War-fare throughout the world and fight with each other on lands thousands of miles away. Is that not Tribal warfare. What about the Germans attacking the French, and the Russians. We are in the midst of European Tribal War fare every day. That is why there is not one song still that glorifies all of Europe as United, nor to Unite. That is why no one has a necklace of Europe around their neck, contrast that to Africa. NOW, Name one African Leader who says he is against African Unity… Not One. Even the most corrupt that do not want it, still will not say it. That is because THE PEOPLE have countless songs and cries for Africa to Unite, that we created all languages and they are tools for us to listen and learn to each other. Not to divide. Something to think about, Out of Many We know we are ONE.


The Real Revolution for Africa.

We cannot be revolutionary nor in a revolution of awareness, if we do not know this is not where we started. The Revolution is to take us back to where we were not were we are. We were in Africa, We were not using traditions that were not our own, nor desired to follow outsiders in their methods. We have our own systems of Education, Government, and Faith. We need to have the same self determination, knowing the history of Our people and the contributions to the Earth. Anyone who knows World History is a witness to the contributions of Africa. We cannot know history and not be humbled by Africa’s Wisdom. We must know that wisdom and draw it out of ourselves. Not desiring to build nations that have been spawned by injustice, that is not justice. The Black Man’s Burden shouldn’t be to tear down the illusions of White Supremacy, but to build Up Our own land and techniques without concern for another nations approval that lies and cheats for living. We must complete the circle, by returning to the land of Our Ancestors. Mentally Spiritually and Physically. Return your Mind to Africa, and you will see your soul is already that. That is Power. That unbreakable and undivided, righteous people, who can lead by example, ending the cycle of dependence on other nations and people that have no respect for decency.