July 23, 2017

Quasquicentennial of Kedāmāwī Haile Sellassie!

 

Today, July 23, 2017, marks the quasquicentennial of the Negus Negast (King of Kings), Girmāwī Kedāmāwī Haile Sellassie. On this day 125 years ago His Majesty's given name at birth was, Lij Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael in a mud hut in Ejersa Gora in the Harar province.

Lij translates to "child", and serves to indicate that a youth is of noble blood. His given name, Tafari, means "one who is respected or feared". On the third day after his birth, he was baptized, and his baptismal name was Halie Selassie, which later became his throne name in November 2, 1930.

HIM Haile Sellassie 1st is known by many names, including Arko, Janhoy, Talaqu Meri, and Abba Tekel. The Great RasTafari Nation employs many of these appellations, also referring to the Emperor as Jah, Jah RasTafari, and HIM (the abbreviation of "His Imperial Majesty").

Lij Tafari is the son of Woizero ("Lady") Yeshimebet Ali Abba Jifar, daughter of the renowned Oromo ruler of Wollo province Dejazmach Ali Abba Jifar. and Ras Makonnen Woldemikael Gudessa, the governor of Harar who was a cousin and close friend of Emperor Menilek II.

Girmāwī Kedāmāwī Haile Sellassie 1st ascended the imperial throne through his paternal grandmother, Woizero Tenagnework Sahle Selassie, who was an aunt of Emperor Menelik II and daughter of Negus Sahle Selassie of Shewa. As such, Emperor Haile Sellassie 1st claimed direct descent from Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and King Solomon of ancient Israel.

HIM Haile Sellassie 1st spent his youth at the imperial court (court of the Emperor) of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Surrounded by constant political plots, he learned much about the wielding of power. Emperor Menilek II no doubt recognized Tafari's capacity for hard work, his excellent memory, and his mastery of detail. Emperor Menilek II rewarded the youth's intellectual and personal capabilities by appointing him the governor of Gara Muleta in the province of Harar and dejazmatch (commander) of the extensive province of Sidamo.

To all the Subjects of Selfless Service, Unlimited Love and Itinual Inity DARC hereby extends a most healthy and prosperous 125th Earthlight Commemorations.

 

December 27, 2016

Happy Kwanza!

Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, as the first specifically African-American holiday, According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest", although a more conventional translation would simply be "first fruits". The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s, although most of the Atlantic slave trade that brought African people to America originated in West Africa.
Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the "seven principles of African Heritage" which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy". For Karenga, a major figure in the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the creation of such holidays also underscored an essential premise that "you must have a cultural revolution before the violent revolution. The cultural revolution gives identity, purpose and direction."
During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an "oppositional alternative" to Christmas, However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, "Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday."
Many African Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa do so in addition to observing Christmas.

Principles and symbols

Seven candles in a candelabra symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili word meaning "common". Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa celebratory symbols include a mat (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed: a Kinara (candle holder), Mishumaa Saba (seven candles) mazao (crops), Muhindi (corn), a Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup) for commemorating and giving shukrani (thanks) to African Ancestors, and Zawadi (gifts). Supplemental representations include a Nguzo Saba poster, the black, red, and green bendera (flag), and African books and artworks - all to represent values and concepts reflective of African culture and contribution to community building and reinforcement.[10] With corn being the primary symbol for both decoration and celebratory dinning.

September 22, 2016

Better Late Than Never! Happy Birthday To Winnie Mandela!


September the 19th was the 80th birthday anniversary of the greatest pan African Woman of our generation, Winnie Mandela!

DARC loves your fortitude, your reliance, your commitment to human rights, equality and justice. Many talk the talk but, Queen Mother you also walked the walk.

Your sense of humor and your commitment to African liberation has not waivered one bit, as reflected with your tongue and cheek speech a few days ago in Johannesburg, South Africa. On behalf of DARC and eh Great RasTafari Nation a splendid earthlight. Long Live Winnie Mandela! Stay Black!

DARC presents the ageless beauty Queen Mother Winnie Mandela!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IE58EIK5Lc

September 11, 2016

Ethnic Cleansing Ethiopian Style

Ethiopians ushered the New Year 2009 on Sunday September 11th, however all isn’t well in the land of Civilization’s genesis, as many Ethiopian singers and players of instruments have decided to boycott Ethiopia’s New Year’s celebration. This is because of the brutal treatment being imposed upon the Ethiopian people by it’s Government forces.

At least 17 singers have backed out of gigs to be held in various venues in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities. Oromo singer Abush Zeleke was among those who announced their decision on their official Facebook and Twitter pages. Demonstrations began in the Oromo region last November in opposition to the annexing of their territory by the Tigrean. This situation escalated when Tigrean annexed the Amahiea territory. Over the weekend at least 80 inmates died in a fire at a prison where anti-government protesters were reportedly being held. Anding insult to injury, an outspoken Ras Tari bredren  home was invaded and he was brutally murdered in Sashamane. Finally all classes that were scheduled to reopen after the new year has been postponed for at least one month.

Some Ethiopian singers who live abroad are following suit. For example, US-based singer, Abby Lakew, announced she had cancelled all shows in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Las Vegas: and issued the following statement: “I do not want to perform on any stage as of right now while my people are dying!!! I will pray for peace and I believe in one love!!! All people should be treated equally, with the same rights, dignity and human rights.”

 

Stay tuned as the situation unfolds.

darclight reporting...

 

September 10, 2016

DARC Says, "Walk Good Prince Buster."

Prince Buster aka Cecil Bustamente Campbell hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street – now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. He went to Bed on September 8th and never wakes up. Melancholic though it may be, his transition was pain free. Prince Buster was one of Jamaica’s musical Heroes. His Sound System Prince Buster the Voice of the People used to play hits after hits on Waltham Park Road 28a Dance Hall.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and the “greatest” boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami. In 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single “Al Capone”. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song “Whine and Grine”, which was used in a Levi's advert.

That's where we heard all of the Prince Buster new releases, tunes like “Time longer than Rope”; “They got to come”; “They Got to Go”; “Wash Wash”; “Judge Dread”; “Madness”; “Fowl Thief”; “Shaking up Orange Street”; “Enjoy yourself”; “Hard man fe Dead”; “Rough Rider”; And the list goes on. How can we ever forget the first ever-musical feud between The Prince and Derrick Morgan when he did “Blackhead China Man”? Prince Buster you touch countless people’s life and left a Legacy of music for Generations to come. Travel Good Prince.

 

August 12, 2016

Dr Sabi's Transition

November 26, 1933 – August 6, 2016
 

DARC recently learned of the transition of the Great Dr. Sebi but refused to comment until we were 100% certain as to the facts surrounding his demise. After having speaking personally with his immediate family DARC has decided to post the following.

Below is a link to the most complete information to date. We will provide additional information as we receive them.

DARC and the Great RasTafari Nation publicly extends to the Family and Friends of Dr. Sebi our deepest condolences and wishes the good Dr. a safe and progressive journey within the realm of ancestry.

Walk Good Beloved!!!

http://secretenergy.com/news/the-official-story-of-dr-sebis-death/

August 10, 2016

WHERE IT'S AT?

Reggae Legend Peter Tosh’s Grammy award is currently sitting in LBC Boutique & Loan Pawn Shop, which is located in Somerville Massachusetts USA. According to the shop assistant manager Merion Yohannes it became the store’s property when a relative pawned it along with another piece of music history in March but was unable to repay the agreed upon loan.

Yohannes says that his shop had kept the Grammy in storage until recently. They finally decided to put it on display once TMZ discovered that the have it. He further stated “this I can tell you is the most interesting piece in the shop’s collection which includes Super Bowl rings, Whitey Bulger collectibles along with Tosh’s guitar.” 

The guitar is now on sale for as much as $20,000. But the Grammy is not. According to rules from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, selling the Grammy is strictly prohibited.

August 28, 2015

Summer 2015 Edition of the Darclight Zine!

As citizens in the Great RasTafari Nation, we the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is honored to present to you the Summer 2015 Edition of the Darclight Zine! 

For Pre-Orders please click here to request: http://shop.darcfoundation.org/pages/contact

http://www.joomag.com/magazine/darclight-zine/0818702001439751828?short

 

July 08, 2015

DARC Banquet; The 85th Anniversary of the Great Coronation

DARC celebrates the 85th Anniversary of the Great Coronation

 

On Sunday November 8th, 2015 At the Golden Terrace 120-23 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Contact (855) 723-2722

 Every year during the time of the Great Coronation, the RasTafari nation commemorates the occasion with a variety of celebrations. This year the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress presents a regal Ethiophile Banquet and Awards ceremony. This event not only pays homage to African Zion Divine Negus Negas but also commemorates the birth of the Great RasTafari nation as well as the revelation of the Sirius star system to the Western World. During the event we recognize the works of our peers within the global Pan – African community, and congregate in a united and exemplary manor that befits the moral integrity of Royal Ethiopian subjects. The 2015 Inaugural Ethiophile Banquet commemorates the 85th Anniversary of the aforementioned.

 

January 08, 2015

DARCLIGHT Zine; Winter Solstice 2014 edition

As citizens on the Great RasTafari Nation, we the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is honored to present to you the Winter Solstice 2014/15 Edition of the darclight Zine!


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