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IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..

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IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 27, 2006 09:22PM
IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..

6th Feb 1945 - 11th May 1981.

By BARBARA MAKEDA BLAKE HANNAH


Each year as February rolls around, so does the annual celebration of the birth of Jamaica’s unofficial National Hero, Bob Marley. Falling as it conveniently does in Black History Month, Bob’s birthday and the events hosted by his siblings in Bob Marley Week, give reasons for a serious look at the Rastafari movement in both a national and global context. This is in view of the fact that – of all the Rastafari who have ever existed – Marley is the most famous and the one whose life has had the most far-reaching global effect.

Marley internationalized reggae music as a vehicle of Black protest and revolution in the early 70’s. Echoing the feelings of the youthful urban poor with the angry anthems "Small Axe" "Three O’Clock Road Block" and "Johnny Was a Good Boy", Bob Marley and the Wailers were the original ghetto rude boys who dared to confront "the shitstem" with musical verse, expressing their outrage at the inequality and injustices which pervaded Jamaican life at the bottom of the social ladder.

MARLEY’S MUSICAL MESSAGES

At the same time as creating his musical revolution in the 70s, Marley activated the twin half of his life work, namely the internationalization of the Rastafari movement, religion and lifestyle. Marley sang the songs which explained Rastafari beliefs in the divinity of Emperor Haile Selassie I, in Repatriation to Africa, and in the victory of Good over Evil. "Three Little Birds", "Exodus", "Rastaman Chant" and the rare "Haile Selassie is the Chapel" were some of the most powerful of Bob’s religious messages. As the power of Rastafari swelled out of the countryside Nyabinghi tabernacles and the inner-city Kingston ghettoes, Bob Marley put a handsome, media-friendly face on the controversial movement and not only took Rastafari ‘uptown’ but overseas across the globe.

In the process, Bob became world famous, equaling and in many ways surpassing the global effect of other famous musicians such as The Beatles, Elvis or Michael Jackson, for Bob’s fame encompassed a religious philosophy which filled the yearning of the world’s oppressed peoples. His fame not only remained so following his passing 20 years ago, but increases in fame as the years increase.

My link with Bob Marley goes back to 1972, when I decided to return to live in Jamaica after spending 8 years in England. My last job has been as PR Officer for the international launch of THE HARDER THEY COME -- Jamaica’s first feature film which first exposed reggae and Rastafari to the world. Before I left England, the film’s backer Chris Blackwell asked me on my return to host some foreign journalists he had invited to Jamaica to check out the music scene then just bursting into reggae-rich creativity and meet a new group. The group he introduced me to was The Wailers, whose leader Bob became a friend of mine for the remainder of his life.

Looking back at Bob Marley in his life, it is interesting to speculate on what Bob would have thought about the Rastafari world that exists today, 20 years after his death.

THE JESUS CHRIST CONTROVERSY

I wonder what Bob would have thought about the two new Rastafari viewpoints that have emerged regarding that controversial historical figure -- Jesus Christ. In Bob’s time Rastafari viewed Emperor Haile Selassie as Christ reborn, a 20th Century MAN-ifestation of God living again on earth in human form. This belief formed the most controversial of all the Rastafari philosophical and spiritual principles, and caused orthodox Christians to regard Rastafari as heretics and fools. Yet, it was the foundation of most of his songs. Bob’s song "JAH LIVE!", created after the word spread that the Emperor had allegedly been assassinated, showed that Rastafari philosophy was not in any way altered by the news.

Today, 20 years later, Rastafari views on Jesus Christ have developed into two main streams. Leading one stream is the philosophy of the multi-racial Twelve Tribes of Israel, which states that Emperor Haile Selassie was not Christ but a man, that the Emperor is dead and that the the rightful occupant of the throne of Ethiopia whom Rastafari should honour and help restore to the monarchy, is the exiled Crown Prince Zara Jacob.

The other stream, led by Rastafari’s most outstanding folk philosopher Mutabaruka, dismisses the name "Jesus Christ", replacing it with the Hebrew "Yeshua" – claimed to be the correct name of the man of Nazareth who lived 2000 years ago. Refuting many Biblical stories and claims, the Bible is rejected as ‘a book of Christian myths" reworking immemorial truths. The Divinity of Emperor Haile Selassie I is not regarded as in any way linked to, or the result of, a previous existence as Jesus of Nazareth who attained the title of "Christ". Selassie I’s divinity stands on its own in the eyes of this Rastafari philosophical development.

What would Bob say about all this?

REPATRIATION AND REPARATIONS

30 years after "Exodus" became an anthem of the Repatriation movement, would Bob be disappointed at how little progress has been made? Would he be surprised that the original Rasta cry: "NO REPATRIATION WITHOUT REPARATIONS!" has been forgotten, and that some have set out on their own to repatriate to Africa and start a new life?

Looking down on the pioneering efforts of Rastas in Africa, would Bob have reminded them of the wisdom of the Elders, who realized that without massive funding, Repatriation would not be successful? Would Bob have urged I&I to make greater efforts to receive reparations for the unpaid labour of our ancestors, the exploitation of our Continent and Diaspora, and the impoverishment of our peoples?

WHITE RASTAS

The dynamism and growth of Rastafari philosophy, has also led to other changes which Bob would never have envisaged. I remember being at 56 Hope Road one day when Bob, Skill Cole and Seeko were speaking angrily to a blonde American teenager, telling her to leave the premises and go back home to America. The girl said she had come to Jamaica and to Bob Marley because she wanted ‘to become a Rasta’. Bob and his associates were telling her in strong terms that it was not possible for her to become a Rasta – it was a ‘movement of Black people, FOR Black people."

What would Bob think of the proliferation of "white Rastas" who have grown up since the global spread of Rasta reggae music in the 70s? Just as there is no country in which one cannot meet a traditional African-race Rasta, Rastafari has believers in practically every single race on earth. There are Rastafari White Americans, Jews, Europeans and South Africans, North and South Amerindians, Aboriginee tribes of New Zealand and Australia, Polynesians of Hawaii and the Phillipines, Japanese, Indians and Chinese Rastafari, carrying the message of Rastafari in multi-racial voices.

Many ask if non-Africans whose genes and family histories do not store memories of centuries of suffering and oppression of an entire race, can really become Rastas. Non-Black Rastas are asked if they feel the deep emotions that cause people of African descent to become Rastafari in order to educate, explore and develop their Black racial and spiritual consciousness. The growth of "white Rastas" seems peculiar, because the Rastafari philosophy is so directly aimed at Black people, so it is strange to hear non-Africans state with assurance the basic Rastafari belief that an African man is the Deity of their faith. What would Bob say, if he was to see the thousands of white people eager to identify with Rastafari – whether Rastafari like it or not.

Would Bob be surprised by the fact that, as a result of the proliferation of "white Rastas", some of them have reached important ‘heights’ of Rastafari life, hosting Rastafari seminars, Rastafari radio programmes, and Rastafari Internet websites that present Rastafari to the world? What would Bob think of the fact that Rastafari is now being taught as a graduate subject in white universities to white students by non-Rastafari professors? What would Bob think of the fact that Rastafari is now authenticated by an ‘academic dictatorship’ which has become an ‘authority’ over the movement, publishing books and presenting international academic papers which claim to accurately define Rastafari expression, but which always fall short of full accuracy because they are prepared by those who proudly remain ‘outsiders’ of the movement?

RED, GOLD AND GREEN COMMERCIALISATION

Would Bob be pleased to see how many non-Rastas make money selling Red, Gold and Green books, clothing, food, drink, art, craft and souvenirs? What would he think about the "Reggae Rum" or the "Lion of Judah Overproof White Rum" with Rasta emblems on their labels, created and sold by non-Rasta Jamaicans, with no protest whatsoever from the Rasta community?

I wonder what Bob would think about his song "One Love" becoming a Jamaican tourism anthem, and Rasta colours used to advertise Jamaica by its official agencies -- especially when there are no Rastas visible in the Jamaican tourism industry – neither at the top level management, not employed within the official industry, nor even by the national tourism agencies. I think Bob would have been horrified to see his song being stripped of its revolutionary conception and watered down to the mundane level of a "Yellow Bird". But I know Bob would be pleased to see that the Red, Gold and Green banner has become an ‘unofficial’ Jamaica flag, and that everybody – not just Rastas – are smoking ganja anywhere and everywhere.

ONE LOVE

Most of all, I wonder what Bob Marley would have thought of Jamaica today – burdened by a political divisiveness which has few solutions. Bob knows that Rastafari long ago offered a political solution based on the objective of uniting all I&I as Jamaicans in the "One Love" about which he sang.

"One Love, one heart; let’s get together and feel alright" was not written to invite tourists to enjoy hedonistic pleasures, but to invite Jamaicans, Black people, the world to come together in loving I-nity to bring peace and harmony for all mankind.

This is what has drawn people of all races to Rastafari. The revolutionary content of much of Bob’s work has been lost under the glossy packaging of record company’s boxed sets, while the coffee table books on Bob and reggae by non-Rastas have translated and re-presented Rastafari in a format more acceptable to a potentially racist white audience.

In the process, controversial but important aspects of Rastafari principles as Garveyism, Afro-centricity, Egyptology, repatriation, reparations and legalization of the ganja sacrament are hidden, while Marley’s half-white racial background and non-confrontational songs are promoted -- to the constant tinkle of an ever-flowing cash register. If it is true, as one report indicates, that the Bob Marley estate earns US$1 million PER DAY in revenues from the proliferation of Marley music and memorabilia, then it is clear that sales would decrease dramatically if Marley was to become identified with a form of Rasta that was too militant. Peter Tosh – with his unrepentant militant Rasta stance – suffered in life and death from what Bob’s musical handlers have been careful to avoid. Yet Bob was I&I original Rebel.

MARLEY’S POLITICAL LEGACY UNFULFILLED

Bob Marley left a political legacy which I&I, his brothers and sisters still in flesh, are yet to inherit – not just in Jamaica. Dreadlocks have become a fashion hairstyle for Blacks everywhere and even some whites, but do dreadlocks unite more Black people to join together to achieve political and economic goals as seriously as – say – Jews?

And what of Bob’s other ‘political heirs’ – the Rasta men and women of reggae who tour the world sharing Rasta philosophy in music and reaping economic rewards far beyond their expectations? Have they contributed financially to the much-needed development of the wider Rastafari community? Where are the Rasta banks, co-operative farms, schools and educational foundations, chains of Red, Gold and Green shops and ital restaurants, the media outlets to deliver Rastafari messages, music, films and more?

Where is the united Rasta political lobby which can force a government to act on Rastafari demands, because its large number speaks with one voice and is backed by other Rastafari power groups around the globe? Would Bob be depressed to find that these foundations which should have been well-established by now, are instead invested in personal real estate, luxury material goods and exclusive lifestyles?

And would Bob be surprised to discover that, despite the international population of Rastafari, there is no I-nity of prayer, no powerful global gathering together at regular pre-announced times to ‘chant down the walls of Babylon’?

What would Bob Marley think of all this, were he alive today?

ONE LOVE
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 27, 2006 10:49PM
does anyone know what is the source of this article?'

and btw who is By BARBARA MAKEDA BLAKE HANNAH?
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 27, 2006 11:42PM
ps -

please tell where is the unity in what country on this earth?
( why pinpoint jamaica? )

bob would be still lamenting...SO MUCH TROUBLE ( in the world )
funk them all
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 12:26AM
what would bob think of sizzla?
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 04:00AM
"Dreadlocks have become a fashion hairstyle for Blacks everywhere and even some whites".

Dreadlocks are not necessarily a'fashion hairstyle', then are a NATURAL hairstyle and have been in existence far far longer than the Rastafari movement.
SeekJah1st
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 05:19AM
Duets with elvis in vegas
papa ray
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 09:32AM
Well, one thing fo' sure, if Bob was around today Rita wouldn't have
NEARLY as much $$$$$.
matt
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 10:13AM
who cares what bob would think if he were alive today. he's dead! this thread should read what i think today by barbara makeda blake hannah what bob would think is all a projection of what the person writing thinks.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 10:33AM
bob would be singing much more about the
" babylon system" and would make 1000 s much more aware of it in their lives
as individuals and communities and nations...
SeekJah1st
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 11:13AM
Ras Adam Simeon,what about vivian jackson-jesus dread,his music was just as powerfull as marley,muta,12 tribes?
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 11:23AM
don't kill the messenger!
i didn't write that one. a
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 11:44AM
and how does the messenger think about the message?
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 12:04PM
i think some of it is shots are aimed at me, a white rasta with online selassie archives, and a member of the TTOI. Malcolm had to go to mecca to get "deblinded" as ras howard sez, i'm sure bob had some antiwhite sentiments in his day, but hearing many tales of his later years i dont believe he would have contempt for non black rastafarians today. the sincere ones anyway. a
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 03:53PM
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the map is never the terrain. relax - enjoy yourselves - just be good to each other and everything will be revealed in time.

Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 06:21PM
Why dont they ask...winston rodney, bunny or the countless other artists that had/have a huge effect on reggae and speading the message of rastafari????? those questions.
All men evolve in their political and spiritual stands in life, So we have NO idea what he would have thought now.
Bob lived a short but charismatic life and they say even in the last days BOB was babized in to church.
Bob loved white women
Bob did lots of things many rasta would not agree with......
a mam is just a man

There are many good points in the artical all that aside.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 07:07PM
so ras a,
i am very interested in knowing...maybe others are too?
who is barbara makeda blake hannah?
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 07:30PM
Freddy C says
"Dreadlocks are not necessarily a'fashion hairstyle', then are a NATURAL hairstyle and have been in existence far far longer than the Rastafari movement."

Not so...Rastafari Movement is from creation.
Abraham and Moses were Rastaman, seen.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 28, 2006 08:42PM
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 29, 2006 06:10AM
I have never been a big fan of people who write what about what someone else thinks especially after that person has passed away. Her articles have always come across as her personal projections to me.

What I have heard with my own ears from elder Rastafarians is the concern that the 'history' and roots of the Rastafari movement based on black liberation causes is often lost or diluted as it evolves in the hands of people from other cultures. The one love concept is not the original basis of the Rastafarian movement. Rastafarians spoke out with a plan and plea for repatriation and other black causes. Although, Haile Selassie is the main figure in Rasta theology, Marcus Garvey teachings were critical, as well. Marcus Garvey was a black nationalist and Rastafarians rallied (rally) around his message. His message certainly could not be interpreted as 'one love' With that said, if you look at the context of Haile Selassie's speech to the UN, it could also be said that his words were specifically in reaction to the oppression of white oppressors (Italy) in his country. Although, the message is that 'until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance...' it was directed specifically at the idea that black people needed justice and equality. I am not totally convinced it was specifically a plea for 'one love' in the same sense it is now represented.

Either way, in this modern age, I believe that Rasta has become internationalized and that is probably a good thing overall. Many elder Rastas probably would not care as much as long as the original message of black liberation and the history that comes with it is not lost. The degree of acceptance concerning the fact that many people from various races and cultures are following Rastafari is across the board. Some accept it and promote it, others do not. Each one has to decide for themself what their purpose is in sighting up Rastafari and if it is done with a clean heart, I don't know that it really matters what others think.

(I do remember an early interview with Ziggy where he definitively announced white people cannot be Rasta. I wonder if he still feels that way? Interesting comment since his father was half white. Atho, it is true that in the context of his daily life, Bob was a black man.



Post Edited (01-29-06 06:59)

"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Wolete
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 12:05AM
Barbera Hannah Blake is supposed to be an Orthodox Christian maybe Rasta, she does have locks. She lives in Jamaica and is an elitist herself. I find it interesting that she writes nothing about her being Orthodox, or Bob being Orthodox, or the importance of Orthodoxy in Rasta livity and the relationship to His Majesty. Or the other Rasta man who are Orthodox, and the political fight the church has taken on from governments to Rasta people themselves.

My husband attempted to work with her, as we are moving back to Jamaica. This would have been professional work, we are both educated professionals, he was not begging her work... her comment was who are you, what do you want from me and don't bother me again. Incidentally, my husband knows this woman from church.... so watch out for the wolves.

PS the comment on sellout Ziggy, he is not called Ziggy anylonger, at least by his multimillion dollar Israel Jewish wife, who calls him David.
I don't think that he can fight white people any longer, well... if they are rich and trust funded babies like himself, he wont fight you.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 12:21AM
I wonder what Ras Roger and The Man think of some of this.



fourtwentyplenty
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 02:12AM
ISLAND LIFE:
Sticking with Reggae music, do you think that a return to "conscious" lyrics amongst some of reggae's more popular DJs reflect a resurgence in the faith among Jamaica's youth?

BARBARA BLAKE HANNAH:
DEFINITELY! AT LAST! This resurgence is the upswing which follows the downward trend the music took after Bob's passing. It seemed to me like a special effort was made to counteract the positives of reggae, by introducing the slackness of DanceHall which -- by the way-- does not have a reggae beat at all, but a pocomania beat... check it!

"This resurgence is the upswing which follows the downward trend the music took after Bob's passing" .... I am sooooo tired of reading this fallacy.
BOB=POSITIVE
BOB'S DEATH+CONSPIRACY AGAINST CONSCIOUSNESS=DANCEHALL(BAD/SLACK)

This is precisely the same ignorance that has been perpetuated by so many ignorant western journalists since Marley's death.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 05:34AM
There have always been cycles of consciousness and slackness in the dancehall. Even when Bob was alive. After the serious dip dancehall music took in the eighties, Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk in the early nineties played a significant role in turning it around to a focus on consciousness. Slackness pervaded again and now once again the music is moving back towards a roots and cultural trend once again.

Although there are many young dj artists chanting about positive livity, there is still an intense fire of violence amongst the youth, especially in Kingston. And it is not as centralized as in the past. The violence is spreading across the island probably due to the increased mobilization. In some cases, some of the violence has been tracked back to some dj artists and their 'crews.' This is not a very good situation for influencing the youth. To get on stage and chant Rastafari and to become overly egotistical and run in gangs is not a change in mentality. Unfortunately, the movement in the music, does not necessarily reflect the real mentality on the streets. I agree that there are many new young dj's pushing roots and culture in their lyrics but there is also a hard edge to some of the lyrics.



"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 05:44AM
It sounds like she has forgotten that there have always been swings in dancehall music from conscious to slack and around again. Certainly Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk in the early nineties have been credited long before now with changing the direction of what is generally referred to as dancehall.

As far the resurgence of consciousness for the youth, there are certanly more young dj artists dealing with roots and culture in their music but if you read the paper or talk to people like Tony Rebel or Luciano, the youth as a whole continue to spiral in a well of violence. In some cases, reggae artists and or their 'crews' are directly linked to the same violence.

The problem i have with these kinds of articles is it reminds me of the way the Bible has been interpreted and reinterpreted to fit personal agendas.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 06:08AM
are not 2 of the important perecpts in rastafari ---

dealing with the evil of Babylon? ( thinking; society; country; way of living: etc )
and
repatriation to mother africa?
jb welda
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 09:13AM
>the movement in the music, does not necessarily reflect the real mentality on
>the streets.

i think this is the way its always been: the positivity of the music (when it exists) is not a mirror of society but a reaction to it. all the peace and love lyrics were reactions to the very real conditions of murder, political and otherwise, crime and f*ckery that was prevalent on the streets, in the "real world".

and my belief in the meaning of "one love" has never been that it meant to love everyone or everything, that would be the california hippie dippie translation of it. it meant that love was centered on haile i selassie i, jah rastafari, a love for the father, and people would ideally be united in that love.

one love
jah bill
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 10:09AM
True JB, from the early days of the music, they sang "peace and love in the ghetto" because all around them was 'tribal' war and hatred. The violence may not be so directly political nowadays, but is even more pervasive in the JA society than it ever was.
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 04:48PM
Great points jah bill and stamina.

One last thought. Barbara Hannah's view is what Bob would think today if her were alive. If he were alive, he would have had an additional thirty years life and none of know what Bob would be thinking by now. He might even be living in Hollywood and acting in movies. We just don't know. He would have changed in some fashion just due to his international status as one of the best known people in our lifetime. To view life today through Bob's eyes yesterday does not assure us that he would have the same exact values as he did then. It is just plain foolish.

And lastly, as much as I love and respect Bob Marley, does it or should it really matter what he would think?



"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
jb welda
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 05:12PM
yes sista irie i agree with your last thought there...essentially what we are dealing with is a contrived reason to write an article (or, heaven forbid, a book). writers gotta write about something so i suppose assuming the world moved on but one person was frozen in time and suddenly looked around and thought aloud about the state of the world is one subject to write on.

personally thats what i find so grating about a lot of stuff written by "academics"...its a lot of babble couched in "new age" concepts that the person in question may well have just scoffed at if s/he were still here or somehow materialized out of nowhere.

and like you mention, *if* bob marley were still here that means he would have witnessed or gone through all the changes we have all witnessed or gone through since 1980...and those things changed all of us. its just not reasonable to think someone would have been frozen in time like the article imagines.

what would have been interesting is *if* bob marley somehow showed up now, just how hard would he b*tch slap his (then ex-) widow for her transgressions since he left?

might just end up resembling that photo of the ocean liner lying on its side!

:-)

one love
jah bill
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 30, 2006 07:46PM
I don't know how you even understood what I wrote. I just read it and realized I should never do two things at once. Words left out, thoughts not well connected. I am sorry for that but thankfully you got what I was trying to say. I make the mistake of reading and writing in short snippets during a fast paced work day. Thanks for not pointing out how illiterate I am. You said what I was trying to say much more eloquently.



Post Edited (01-31-06 06:50)

"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 31, 2006 10:32AM
If I am thirsty and you offer me water, will I not drink?
If I am spiritually malnourished and you offer me guidance am I wrong for accepting it?
If I am oppressed by the doings of my society and reggae music eases my pain am I wrong for supporting this music?
If my own religion releases me to chart my own course am I wrong that I flounder and let my heart guide through the maze of teachings?
I don't want to exploit other people's culture while we create one here. I do owe respect for my borrowings.
Perhaps, more interesting to focus on our differences but more strength will come from developing our common-unity.

When asked if his performances focused on gimmicks, Hendrix replied it is all nothing but a gimmick. So what if Barbara Blake Hannah's article is based on a gimmick? It grabbed our attention and got us thinking.

In googling "one love" the first page includes the rainbow family's site that has Roger's statement on Bob and one love. My apologies for my inability to hyperlink the reference...

[www.onelovefamily.org]

one love, one heart, one destiny

jb welda
Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 31, 2006 11:11AM
[www.onelovefamily.org]

one love
jah bill

Re: IF BOB MARLEY WAS STILL HERE…..
January 31, 2006 11:14AM
yes iyah, malcolm,
strength will grow from common-unity that is ommunity,
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