METAMORPHOSIS (Sept. 25, 2015)

The Powers of Blackskin Pigmentation

THE POWERS OF BLACKSKIN PIGMENTATION is based upon Intuitive (original) Philosophical, Physiological and Psychological Research initiated (and conducted) by the Author while enrolled at the GRADUATE FACULTY of the NEW SCHOOL for SOCIAL RESEARCH located on Manhattan Island, New York City (1979). THE POWERS OF BLACKSKIN PIGMENTATION is a psycho-philosophical presentation of a LIFE TIME investigation into the nature and function(s) of the PIGMENT CELLS in the Sense Organ known as SKIN.

THE POWERS OF BLACKSKIN PIGMENTATION is the author’s second major work in the discipline of philosophy/psychology, and was officially completed on the I-Land of JAH MEK YA.

The 1987 RURAL ALL – Da COSTA CUP Team CAMP

The ALL D Training Camp was set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at G C Foster College for Sport in St. Catherine. There would be two sessions daily with meals provided three times per day. On arrival at GC, I settled into the designated coaches’ quarters and awaited the arrival of St. Elizabeth Technical football Coach Wendell Downswell and Team manager Mike Ollivierre, also of STETHS.

As time approached to start the first session there was neither Downswell nor Ollivierre in sight. I felt a bit of anxiety and wondered what I had really gotten involved into…after all, the All daCosta team were the Defending Champions. There was ‘something to defend’. I proceeded to get the Camp started with the roughly twenty -odd players who had made themselves available with the value of Psychological AND Physical preparation… for a most significant match to be played one week from the day.

Within the first hour of training I realized that this was the first time in my coaching in Jamaica that I encountered so many players who were technically and tactically advanced. The morning session was brisk and competitive. The lunch break revealed the high quality nutritional input by the College, and as the days progressed, it was the steady supplies of the kitchen that brought calm to the camp. No one could “eat out the kitchen”. The evening session was more combative as my drills and small-sided games brought each player to the top of their game. I looked forward to seeing Downswell and Ollivierre in the morning giving them the benefit of the doubt as it related to travelling. I also looked forward to the morning session as the technical level and motivation of players was infectious.

Sunday morning began with another healthy breakfast and a competitive training session. Still no sight of my assistant or manager. At the lunch break, I got wind that coach Downswell who was still in the player-mode was at the Reno FC match and would appear on Monday morning. I assumed that Ollivierre would also appear. With time seemingly drifting closer to the first and only practice match scheduled against Humble Lions FC of Clarendon on the Wednesday, I could not wait until the arrival of Downswell to introduce a system and style of play to the players.

The Sunday evening training session was keen and exciting as players battled to impose their talents in full – field play leaving me quite pleased with the level of play demonstrated by both teams. I realized that this would be a very difficult team to select but assumed that it should be less difficult with the inputs of coach Downswell and manager Ollivierre. There would be a rather dramatic turn of events come the Monday morning with the arrival of the ‘western contingent’

The texture of the training camp changed dramatically with the arrival of the bulk of the Da Costa Cup champions Ruseas led by the most feared defender in school boy football Marvin ‘Hagler’, the ultra-fit Steve ‘Shorty’ Malcolm , the perceptive Hector Wright (Herbert Morrison), goal keeper Warren Barrett
(Cornwall), and a host of western players. The camp immediately became a “battle-field” – and by the end of the morning session…it was evident that many players who had “impressed” on Saturday and Sunday were put into retreat.

The Russians, led by striker Michael Graham injected a “new level” of energy and aggression that lifted the All-D squad to a real ‘national level’. I always considered the All D squad as representing 12 parishes versus the All Manning who represented 2 parishes. I always felt that I had the best collection of the ‘broader nation’. The number of players had grown to 35, the level of aggression stepped up 110%, and Downswell and Ollivierre made their belated appearance. I was really glad to see some support in this venture as the Media had already picked up the ‘buzz’ that surrounded the annual clash between the top school boy players. I hoped that I was not really being set- up for a ‘major footballing disaster’ that would put a serious dent o my reputation.


Commemorating the 50th Year of Visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to JahMekYa

R .U .H. L. L AFRIKAN LIBERATION STRUGGLE: From the Coronation of RasTafarI to the Visit to JahMekyaof His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie (3rd November 1930 – 21st April 1966)

1848 – Birth of Alexander Bedward

1884 – 1885 Berlin Conference /The Carving up of Africa

1887- August 17th Birth of Marcus Mosiah Garvey

1892- July 23rd Birth of Ras Tafari Makonnen

1894 Birth of Joseph Hibbert

1895- First Italo-Ethiopian War

1898 – Birth of Leonard P. Howell

1900s

Birth of Prince Emmanuel Charles Edwards

1920s Marcus Mosiah Garvey and UNIA

Marcus Garvey deported to Jamaica

The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy – Fitz Ballentine Petersburg

Formation of People’s Political Party (PPP)

Birth of Elder Mortimer Kumi Planno

1928 – Publishing of Holy Pliby by J. Athlyl Rogers

1930 – CORONATION DAY

Ethiopian Italian War

Publishing of the Promised Key by Leonard Howell

1934 – Leonard P. Howell charged with sedition –

1935 – Time Magazine names Haile Selassie as Man of the Year

1938 – Formation of the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF).

EWF Foundation Members- Archibald Dunkley, Robert Hinds, Joseph Hibbert

1940s Establishment of the Community of PINNACLE

1950s – Army and State Destruction of PINNACLE

Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya

Claudius Henry charged for sedition

1960- UWI Mission to Africa

Destruction of DUNG HILL / Back O Wall

1963 – Coral Gardens Massacre

His Imperial Majesty addresses the United Nations – Speech made into international hit song (WAR) performed by Bob Marley.

1963- Assassination of Medgar Evers in USA

1965 – Assassinations of Malcolm X in USA

1966 – VISIT of H.I.M. Haile Selassie to JAHMEKYA

1968- Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in USA

Dr. Walter Rodney expelled from Jamaica; Riotous.

1970- Emperor Haile Selassie sends the Archbishop Laike Mandefro to Jamaica as emissary of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC).

Establishment of RastafarI Mansions and Charters

Nyahbinghi Ethiopian Orthodox Church Twelve Tribes EABIC/BoboShantI

1972- Michael Manley PNP comes to power with ‘Rod of Correction’

1974 – 75- Ethiopian Monarchy toppled; Mengistu comes to power

Bob Marley respond with release of hit song ‘JAH LIVE’

1976- General Elections; Manley declares ‘Democratic Socialism’

1978- Bob Marley shot; Smile Jamaica ONE LOVE Peace Concert

1980- CIVIL WAR in Jamaica; – Fiftieth Anniversary of the “Crowning” of Ras TafarI

1981- Bob Marley dies in USA

1987- Assassination of Peter Tosh and Free I in Jamaica

1990 – Formation of the Rastafari Centralisation Organisation

1992- 100th Anniversary of Birth of Ras TafarI

1997 – Visit of Delegation to Sheshemanie to sign Land Grant

2000 Hosting of Rastafari Global Conference – U.W.I Jamaica

2009 – Formation of the Rastafari Millennium Council

2014 – Granting of Act to form the Church of Haile Selassie I in Jamaica

De-criminal-ization of GanJah in Jamaica

2016- 50 Years Later…