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DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA

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Messenger: albert_tempie Sent: 11/17/2010 2:47:14 AM
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Greetings Idren and Sistren
Blessed Love

I man just want to inform Ones and Ones of a publication that the I is writing on the Istory of Rastafari In Dominica.

COMING SOON, DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA, THE DEFINITIVE REPORT ON THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT IN DOMINICA.
WRITTEN BY RASTAFARIAN POET, JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR, RAS ALBERT WILLIAMS.

HE TRACES THE 'BIRTH BY FIRE' OF THE MOVEMENT IN THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF DOMINICA IN THE SEVENTIES WHEN THE DRACONIAN LEGISLATION: THE PROHIBITIVE AND UNLAWFL SOCIETIES ACT COMMONLY CALLED THE DREAD ACT OF 1974 ENACTED WITH THE INTENTION TO OSTRACIZE AND DESTROY THE BRETHREN, THRUST THE DOMINICA BRETHREN INTO THE SPOLIGHT AND BECAME KNOWN AS "DREADS"

THE BOOK TITLE WHICH WAS FIRST PUBLISHED AS A THREE PART- ARTICLE IN THE CHRONICLE, TRACKS DOWN THE LEADING FIGURES OF THE DAY; IT ANALYSES, THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE DREAD ACT ON THE BRETHREN FROM THOSE DARK DAYS RIGHT UP TO THE REPEAL OF THE ACT IN 1981 WHICH WAS REPLACED BY THE TERRORISM ACT.

COMPLETE WITH PHOTOGRAPHS, TIMELINES AND TRANSCRIPST, ' DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA' IS AN ATTEMPT TO ENGLIGHTEN, EDUCATE AND TO PUT CLOSURE TO THE RIFT THAT WAS CREATED NEARLY FOUR DECADES AGO.

RAS ALBERT WILLIAMS HAS WRITTEN ON RASTAFARIAN THEMES SINCE THE EARLY EIGHTIES FIRST AS A FREELANCE, AND THEN AS A FULL TIME REPORTER WITH THE CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER FROM 1981 TO 2004. HIS WORK HAS APPEARED IN ALL THE LOCAL PAPERS IN DOMINICA, AND HE HAS PUBLISHED THREE BOOKS OF POETRY: HONOURABLE NATTY DREAD 1982, ONE DOMINICA: ODES FOR I BELOVED - 1985; AND THROUGH THE FAR EYE-1993.

IN 2005 HE PUBLISHED HIS FIRST BOOK OF SHORT STORIES: HAUNTED HERITAGE AND OTHER STORIES. RAS WILLIAMS IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ETHIOPIAN WORLD FEDERATION INC, THE FRONTLINE BOOK STORE AND THE DOMINICA WRITERS GUILD AND HAS SERVED AS THIER SECREATARY FROM TIME TO TIME.

IF YOU HAVE ANY RELECTIONS, MEMORIABILIA, PAST NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, OLD FILMS ETC THAT YOU FEEL COULD BE UTLIZED BY THE AUTHOR, DO NOT HESITIATE TO GET IN CONTACT

albert_tempie@yahoo.co.uk or 01293402517 or 07859846168



DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA The definitive historical report of the beginning and the rise of the RastafarI movement in the Commonwealth of Dominica

As the title of this book suggests, it documents the development of the RastafarI movement in Dominica from its dramatic inception in the 1970’s to the present day. It’s author, poet, and author Ras Ras Albert Williams , as a child was swept up in the waves of black power sentiments and inward introspection of the times that was to prepare the backdrop of the formation of RastafarI today.

The methods used to prepare this book included extensive research in past issues of Dominica’s oldest newspaper, The Chronicle; I perused publications by fellow Dominican authors that have broached the subject, albeit in less words than it deserves. I interviewed notable characters whose living memory of the dramatic events of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s speak volumes, more than any research from books could disclose.

DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA The definitive historical report of the beginning and the rise of the RastafarI movement in the Commonwealth of Dominica is part autobiographical and part fictional and definitely documentary. The author has chosen a writing style that is both informative and entertaining and seeks to throw new light on such epic chapters in Dominica’s history as the passage of the notorious Prohibited and Unlawful Societies and Associations Act 1974(The Dread Act)
by the Patrick John administration in 1974. The act was intended to disgrace, and eliminate the Dreads, but what it did, was to give them a legitimacy that distinguished the brothers from their Rastafarian counterparts in Jamaica. Still, it is ironic that eloquent as he was ,on the jargon used by the ‘Dreads’ , and by the very definition the then Premier John summarised the meaning of ‘Dread‘, as terrorist , that less than seven years later he would found guilty of treason and branded a terrorist himself.

The book also revisit’s the historic trial of black activist, and thinker, Desmond Trotter and his subsequent death sentence for the killing of an American, John Jirasek which was deemed by activist worldwide as a conspiracy to silence the leading organiser of the dreads and compares this to the killing of the father of, Lenox Honychurch Dominica’s historian and author, during a altercations between the brethren and the police in the hills above Roseau, and we speak with Eric Joseph, who was released from prison after 27 years for the murder. Again, no one until now, has been brave enough to ‘sit in the dust with the brethren’ and ‘reason’ with the brethren to go beyond the stereo-type and systemic propaganda published by the John administration’s radio station, and sympathetic weeklies.

DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA The definitive historical report of the beginning and the rise of the RastafarI movement in the Commonwealth of Dominica is a candid and sincere account from the mouths and hearts of those whose side of the story has not until now been told. It is an in-depth-exposition that is destined to leave an indelible mark in Dominica’s publishing history. The informative text comes replete with archival photographs and illustrations; profiles of distinguished Rastafarians, both living and dead who stories deserve to be recorded within the scope of this book; a glossary of words peculiar to the dread era and an index for easy search and find of topical subjects. DREAD, RASTAFARI AND ETHIOPIA The definitive historical report of the beginning and the rise of the RastafarI movement in the Commonwealth of Dominica, will serve as a platform for future academics and researchers to further argue who are the Dreads, and who are the Rastafarians in Dominica.



Messenger: Nazarite I Sent: 11/17/2010 6:16:10 AM
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Iman have read a little about the 'dread act' and the tribulations Rastafari people went through in Dominica but nothing from the Idren who experienced it. Bless the I for getting that out there. When the book is relesed Iman will try to get hold of a copy.

Blessed love.


Messenger: Eleazar Sent: 11/17/2010 9:56:02 PM
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Give Thanks for preserving I and I History.


Messenger: RasAlbertandEmpressTempie Sent: 11/28/2010 1:46:25 AM
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Hail Eleazer:

One love for the I comment.

You can read more extracts on the publication onthese links:

http://www.diablotintelevision.org/albertandtempiewilliams/id18.html

http://www.openzine.com/aspx/PublisherZine.aspx?ID=6731&IssueID=3783

I and also look forward to completing this work so that the truth can be known and preserved.

Haile I Rastafar I

Ras Albert and Empress Tempie


Messenger: Nazarite I Sent: 11/28/2010 7:58:44 AM
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Give thanks for the extra information.


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