PAUL BOGLE AND THE “MORANT BAY REBELLION” by Tarik Daley

Paul Bogle achieved his distinction as a National Hero of Jamaica by demonstrating his undaunted and rebellious spirit through his efforts that assisted with the eradication of the unjust system that plagued Jamaica due to its disdain toward the black population in his time. This was the norm in those days as Jamaica was going through a transitional phase and was not far removed from the extirpation of slavery. Though slavery had been a thing of the past there was still some residue present which brought about drastic measures from the Black population in Jamaica. PAUL BOGLE Bogle was born in 1822 in Stony Gut, Morant Bay in St. Thomas. The community consisted of small farmers including Paul Bogle himself who owned 500 acres of land. His formative years coincided with the days of slavery, but he lived to see it abolished in 1834. During the post slavery years the White population still sustained a significant level of power that was a cause for concern amongst Blacks and he saw the need for a rearrangement of the system. One of the few privileges that Black Jamaicans had was electoral voting. However, due to the requirements that included knowing how to read and write and also having to pay a high fee, many people were exempted with the exclusion of Paul Bogle among relatively few who met the criteria. Statistically the blacks outnumbered the whites 32 to 1 but as a result of the requirements only a few could vote. Jamaica went through a rough two year drought in 1863-1864 that left the poorest farmers struggling financially. Rumors also started...

ANSWERS FOR OPRAH by Marlene

OPRAH: What do you think happens when you die? ME: I will relinquish my body and my spirit will merge, as though it was never broken, with the oneness of God. I believe my school of thought and creativity will be archived somewhere in the Superior Consciousness, much like the genius of Mozart, Einstein, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King, Michael Jackson and other extraordinary folk who braved this existence to express God, have their own space. This work could become a resource for some other like me, on the cusp of cosmic consciousness, who seek guidance, instruction or restitution at some point through physical existence. I may even enter another school of preparedness for reincarnation as a means of completing the necessary number of life cycles. OPRAH: What do you know for sure? ME: That God dwells in every facet of nature including creativity, that my presence is symbolic of His presence, that He facilitates the manifestation of all inspiration be it positive or negative and expresses Himself through us all, and that everything that we need to manifest for the purpose of His existence or His experience of Himself, though divinely hidden, is at hand. Eckart Toulle puts this in perspective when he says, “It’s the consciousness in you that creates.” OPRAH: I believe in? ME: A life filled with auditory and chronicled experiences of someone else’s truth, that our “calls” for these “references” resonates cosmically and if we are paying attention, will realize that the answers oftentimes manifest in mysterious ways. It may beckon selective meditation, research and study, and it proves, if nothing else, that changes...