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why reggae? why rasta?

By RootzValley, 2010-03-12

I have been raised up by a musician father. From the moment on that I had my first grip of a drumstick, I knew in my heart that I belong to a certain group where drumming is an integral part of existence. I've been playing different kinds of music but I have grown up to love reggae music for the profoundness of its lyrics, its rhythm, vocalization and its skanky style.

The lyrics may vary from a never ending love story, blatant socio-politcal issues, marijuana legalization
and decriminalization, of course, but what caught my ears most is the spiritual message that lies within that reggae beat. This is where I started to question my faith and as to what lies behind those spiritual realms. I started to dig in deep and overstand how and what reggae music all means, and for that, I am being led to research on its roots. Reggae and Rasta Belief goes well together. With every positive vibrations that I hear through that kind of music, I have come to overstand and accept that Rasta is not about a religion nor it is a religion but it is a Way of Life. A simple kind of life where equality is essential, wombmen's and childrens rights are important and most of all, the love of nature and the love of Jah dwells well together.

I am in so much love and joy to express how I trully feel on the way my life is leading me. Thanks to Jah the most High for enlighten up my mind and my life! Bless InI Irie Highs! :)

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Starting over..

By Kay, 2010-03-11
I've decided that I am starting over on my dreads.. I'm going to find someone that actually knows what they're doing.. My hair is very important and if I'm going to KEEP dreads then I want them to look decent and not like someone threw a dirty mop on my head and called it dreadlocks...
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By LowRyderMan, 2010-03-07
There is but one love of Jah, as there is but one person in the poor, Jah. We take vows of chastity to love Jah with undivided love; to be able to love him with undivided love we take a vow of poverty which frees us from all material possessions, and with that freedom we can love him with undivided love, and from this vow of undivided love we surrender ourselves totally to him in the person who takes his place.
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A Shout-out To My Favorite Dreadheads....

By Leslie Lou, 2010-03-03
Love to you, my favorite dreadheads:

Soaring Eagle
Guitar Mikal
Jody Dale B.
Sneeky McA
Zion- Mystic Roots Band (Marry me?)
Michael Franti
George Clinton
John Butler
Ronon Dex
Elke Robitaille
The Marley Men

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By Acrid Gore, 2010-03-02
Hey, thanks for being so sweet and welcoming! you guys are awsome! Im dying my hair right now again YAY! im going for some new colours this time because ive had blue and purple hurr for a uber long time. I think im gonna do orange?? i dunno, still debating.. my hairs bleaching right now so i have some time.. hopefully i come outta this dye job without breaking any of my dreadies, i have some thin ones and the bleach is hurting my babies!!!

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By hannah bebont, 2010-03-01
and i cant help but smile, laugh, and love! the sun is poking out everyday, just to tell me it's okay! and i can't thank you enough sunshine, because you're the light of my life. literally!
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so strange,

By hannah bebont, 2010-02-25
i've almost completely lost it
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i cant believe it had to come to this...

By Boobie, 2010-02-22

so my mom got married the day before valentine's day and before the wedding she kept nagging and complaining about my hair... then basically shunns me because of the simple fact that she cant get used to my hair. so i got sick of all her drama and cut them. i have decided to grow my hair back out though because i fuckin love dreads and i cant stand having short hair. but this time im going all natural and just throwing the comb away. SE makes too many good points about how growing dreads naturally is way better any way so i cant not do it lol.

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Misconceptions on why I have dreads

By Antony, 2010-02-19
(copied from my blog:
I understand that Dreadlocks are not the most accepted thing in society (except if your black and you got them done so they look too "perfect" and even), but a lot of people take it as a signal that someone is trying to be something they're not. Like today, on a website called formspring where you can be asked questions anonymously, I was told "Dreads are for black people only". I replied with something like "I'm not black, then how did I do it? O_O". Stupid, close-minded questions get dumb answers. Because that what stereotyping is, close-minded assumptions. Hmm, what do I also get. Oh yeah. I always get the stereotype that I'm trying to be Jamaican or Rastafarian. Seriously? Do I look or dress in any way that implies that? To be honest, I look like a Metalhead more than anything even though Metal isn't the only thing I listen to. But still, would you really see a guy who isn't black claim he's Jamaican? That would be the same as me claiming I'm French by wearing a beret or trying to be a Native American by getting tattoos of their deities. It makes no sense. And here's an even worse assumption. This phrase "Yo, you look like Lil Wayne." :| Umm... thank you? I don't even like him or his music. Actually, he's kind of annoying. Is Lil Wayne that popular that he represents the mainstream existence of dreads? Hopefully someone talented like Crystal Bowersox on American Idol ( become famous enough to overshadow Lil Wayne so that there aren't any misconceptions about Dreads in the modern day. As you can see, she's a normal person you would see everyday. It's just that she has Dreads and talent. Real, hardworking talent. Not inorganic propaganda created by MTV or a record company. Dreads are a natural thing, not an attempt to be someone else.It's for everybody of all genders, races, and religions.
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"Songs of the Dead"

By Chell, 2010-02-18
I just read this amazing book by Derrick Jensen and I know everyone should read this book! It violated me right to my core, I wanted to throw it down and stomp on it, rip it apart! I read it almost non-stop in one day. It's one of those books that articulates feelings that are so hard to communicate.There are a lot of important issues he touches within the problems of this patriarchal society. Injustices done to earth and it's people and the mentality surrounding it. There is one part of the book where his lover describes perfectly the objectification of women, I identified with this immediately of course. It was more than just an identification though, it was hope that this issue can be cured. For instance when someone (especially from the opposite sex) "pays me a compliment" (that phrase in itself is questionable) I always felt uncomfortable and would say "don't do that" or "everyone is beautiful" or something along those lines. Allison, Jensen's love, helped me to form the reason why a little clearer.

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