Name of the book: Rastafari
in The 21st Century: What Life Has Taught I&I Volume One: Tribute To The
Priest Douglas Smith and I. Jabulani Tafari (I&I)
Copyright © 2021 Douglas Smith & I. Jabulani Tafari
What's the book about?
Volume One of "Rastafari In The 21st
Century: What Life Has Taught I&I" contains the previously unwritten
history of the First Generation of Rastafari Elders. Today, many of that First
Generation of Rastafari Elders are transitioning on to become Ancestors, and as
they do so, their colorful and important life stories are already starting to
fade from the collective memory of the people of Jamaica and the world. This
thought-provoking volume was written by authors Priest Douglas Smith and Ras I.
Jabulani Tafari as a literary tribute, lest the world forget to highlight and
honor those Rastafari Elders who sacrificed everything and endured so much with
so little in order to establish a new Cultural Tradition and Way of Life.
The graphic and colorful biographies of the
individual Rastafari Patriarchs and Matriarchs included in this
well-illustrated literary Tribute to the Elders provide a panoramic,
comprehensive, and illuminating insight into the cultural mindset and political
worldview of the original Rastafari disciples. The unique and revealing
biographies of the selected Rastafari Elders also provide mind-boggling and
eye-opening accounts of the harrowing and dangerous life experiences of the
once publicly despised, collectively ostracized, and socially rejected
Why am I reading this book?
Rastafari's African-centered way of life,
their spiritual grounding in the history and culture of Jamaica and Africa, and
their unrelenting calls for social justice, including the exoneration of Marcus
Mosiah Garvey, have made them the conscience of Jamaica.
Quote from the Book:
"From its genesis in Jamaica, Rastafari
has been both a Resistance Movement with an African (Black) Liberation
Ideology, as well as a Spiritual (Religious) Movement with a Black Liberation
Theology. The colorful individual biographies of the fifteen Rastafari
Patriarchs and seven Matriarchs highlighted in this Tribute to the Elders have
provided a comprehensive insight into the political worldview and cultural
mindset of the foundation Rastafari pioneers."
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About the Authors:
(L.R. Priest Douglas Smith, I. Jabulani Tafari)
Courtesy Gail Zucker Photography
Priest Douglas Smith was
born in and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Currently, he is a leading Priest and
a founding member of the Miami, Florida branch of the Ethiopia Africa Black
International Congress. In addition, he is the President of the Rootz
Foundation Inc., a Florida-based non-profit organization. Priest Douggie is
also the author of the book The Philosophy & Opinions of the High Priest, a
literary tribute to Bobo Ashanti founder King Emmanuel Charles Edwards.
I. Jabulani Tafari is
a multimedia journalist, graphic artist, and managing editor of the Rootz
Reggae & Kulcha Magazine. Tafari's cultural approach to multimedia communications
has earned him many accolades and awards over the years. He received the Ranny
Williams Prize for Cultural Interest in 1981, becoming the first Rastafarian
Journalist ever to win a national award from the Press Association of Jamaica.
In addition, Tafari was named 'Reggae Journalist of the Year' (1984) by Rockers
Magazine for his outstanding use of the broadcast and print media to promote
Reggae music during the early 1980s.