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May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
With dreadlocks down to below her hips, the first Rastafarian to win the Miss Jamaica title is out to break the stereotype that Rastas are interested only in reggae and marijuana. Zahra Redwood, 25, will represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. The country's minority Rastafarians worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a god they call "Jah." "Not all Rastafarians smoke" marijuana, said Redwood, who holds a degree in biotechnology and zoology.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Snoop Dogg has been called many things over the course of his two-decade career -- Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bigg Snoop Dogg and Snoop D-O Double G are just a few of the monikers. When the multi-platinum rapper announced last summer that he'd been reborn as Snoop Lion and would trade in the menacing gangster rap that made him a superstar for rasta patois and issue a disc soaked in reggae rhythms , reaction was mixed, with a few critics writing it off as a gimmick. The rapper-turned-Rastafarian has announced his new album, Snoop Lion's debut, “Reincarnated,” will arrive on April 23. RELATED: Snoop Lion: 'La La La' and a rapper's transition into reggae Executive produced by Diplo and his Major Lazer production team (who even gave Beyoncé a sampling of their dancehall influences)
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NEWS
October 17, 1996 | Reuters
Jamaica's Rastafarians won the support of doctors, lawyers and even an English lord Wednesday in a bid to decriminalize marijuana. The Rastafarians, who worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, launched the Legalize Ganja Campaign because they regularly use marijuana in their rituals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The tax-fighting saga of Joseph Diliberti ? Vietnam veteran, Rastafarian, flutist and joyful iconoclast ? is heading to a showdown: His hilly, brushy three-acre spread deep in the backcountry is set to be sold for back taxes and penalties. But like so much of the Diliberti story, there are few, if any, historical or legal precedents to suggest what will happen next. Audio slideshow: Former Marine does it his way What started out in 2004 as a $27,000 bill for weed abatement has ballooned ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Smoky incense sticks burned over the door. Reggae gospel boomed over speakers Monday into the gritty Los Angeles street. The bloody shoot-'em-up film "Marked for Death," in which a white hero does battle with a criminal gang of black men in dreadlocks, had inspired a protest in Hyde Park, Jamaican-style.
NEWS
January 7, 2001 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was in a cave near the Soufriere volcano at the heart of this Caribbean island that Kim John says he first heard the voice of God. It was Haile Selassie, the late Ethiopian emperor worshiped by Rastafarians worldwide, who spoke to him sometime last year, John told police inspectors last week. The voice anointed the 20-year-old as "the chosen one" and commanded him to free his people from bondage and destroy the "system of Babylon," John said.
NEWS
January 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men who allegedly attacked worshipers in a cathedral on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, setting them ablaze and killing an Irish nun, reportedly told police they were sent by God to combat corruption in the Roman Catholic Church. The suspects--20-year-old Kim John and 34-year-old Francis Phillip--identified themselves as Rastafarians, police Inspector Gregory Montoute said. Police spokesman Albert Fregis said Rastafarian leaders had denounced Sunday's attack.
MAGAZINE
November 29, 1998 | Emory Holmes II
"I don't think I'm truly obsessed," actor-collector Roger Steffens insists. "If I were, I wouldn't do anything but reggae." Indeed, his euphonious baritone is recognizable, in recorded voice-over, as a narrator at the Museum of Tolerance. And, yes, he is an actor, writer-lecturer and a founding editor of the reggae/world music bimonthly magazine The Beat. But there is evidence, on the bottom floor of his Echo Park house, that Steffens is, quite obviously, a born and driven collector.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Dehesa, Calif. For three decades, former Marine-turned-Rastafarian Joseph Diliberti has lived on his three acres of paradise deep in rural eastern San Diego County: building clay dwellings, playing his flute, reading Thoreau ("I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately") and radiating peace and harmony. But six years ago when the local fire district sent him a bill for $27,552 for cutting down what firefighters characterized as fire-prone weeds on his property, he declined to pay, just as Thoreau refused to pay his delinquent poll taxes.
NEWS
April 2, 1989 | From Reuters
Rastafarian Trevor Dawkins will get compensation after being turned down for a job driving government ministers because of his dreadlocks. An industrial tribunal ruled Friday that 26-year-old Dawkins was the victim of discrimination after refusing at an interview to have a haircut. It said his dreadlocks were part of his ethnic culture. Rastafarianism originated in Jamaica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The mood at the rally before the meeting was California mellow: reggae music, dancing and plenty of backcountry bonhomie. But it grew darker when several dozen supporters of Joseph Diliberti, the former Marine turned Rastafarian and tax-protester, crossed Peaceful Valley Ranch Road to attend Tuesday night's board meeting of the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District. With anger, name-calling and historic analogies, supporters called on the board to back down in its contretemps with Diliberti over a $27,552 unpaid bill for brush clearance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Dehesa, Calif. For three decades, former Marine-turned-Rastafarian Joseph Diliberti has lived on his three acres of paradise deep in rural eastern San Diego County: building clay dwellings, playing his flute, reading Thoreau ("I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately") and radiating peace and harmony. But six years ago when the local fire district sent him a bill for $27,552 for cutting down what firefighters characterized as fire-prone weeds on his property, he declined to pay, just as Thoreau refused to pay his delinquent poll taxes.
WORLD
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
With dreadlocks down to below her hips, the first Rastafarian to win the Miss Jamaica title is out to break the stereotype that Rastas are interested only in reggae and marijuana. Zahra Redwood, 25, will represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. The country's minority Rastafarians worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a god they call "Jah." "Not all Rastafarians smoke" marijuana, said Redwood, who holds a degree in biotechnology and zoology.
WORLD
June 8, 2003 | Davan Maharaj, Times Staff Writer
This was the Promised Land, a place where people stolen from Africa would one day return to reclaim their homeland and their pride. And Gladstone Robinson was one of the early returnees. In the 1960s, the former Mar Vista mail carrier joined throngs of Jamaicans and other West Indians trekking back to live on land granted to them by Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie.
NEWS
January 7, 2001 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was in a cave near the Soufriere volcano at the heart of this Caribbean island that Kim John says he first heard the voice of God. It was Haile Selassie, the late Ethiopian emperor worshiped by Rastafarians worldwide, who spoke to him sometime last year, John told police inspectors last week. The voice anointed the 20-year-old as "the chosen one" and commanded him to free his people from bondage and destroy the "system of Babylon," John said.
NEWS
January 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men who allegedly attacked worshipers in a cathedral on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, setting them ablaze and killing an Irish nun, reportedly told police they were sent by God to combat corruption in the Roman Catholic Church. The suspects--20-year-old Kim John and 34-year-old Francis Phillip--identified themselves as Rastafarians, police Inspector Gregory Montoute said. Police spokesman Albert Fregis said Rastafarian leaders had denounced Sunday's attack.
NEWS
March 15, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Their Bibles are nearly as important as their surfboards, their rock music has been replaced by reggae and their spiritual home is no longer California but the Caribbean island of Jamaica. They wear their hair in matted dreadlocks, pray to the black god Jah and pepper their speech with references to "Babylon," "righteousness" and "One Love." And, for some, the smoking of marijuana has become a sacred ritual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The mood at the rally before the meeting was California mellow: reggae music, dancing and plenty of backcountry bonhomie. But it grew darker when several dozen supporters of Joseph Diliberti, the former Marine turned Rastafarian and tax-protester, crossed Peaceful Valley Ranch Road to attend Tuesday night's board meeting of the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District. With anger, name-calling and historic analogies, supporters called on the board to back down in its contretemps with Diliberti over a $27,552 unpaid bill for brush clearance.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a challenge to Japan's highly restrictive prison system, an American filed a lawsuit Thursday charging that he was forced to spend four years in solitary confinement for refusing a haircut on religious grounds. Attorneys for 39-year-old Johnny Crittenden, who is seeking $860,000 in damages, said their client is a Rastafarian.
MAGAZINE
November 29, 1998 | Emory Holmes II
"I don't think I'm truly obsessed," actor-collector Roger Steffens insists. "If I were, I wouldn't do anything but reggae." Indeed, his euphonious baritone is recognizable, in recorded voice-over, as a narrator at the Museum of Tolerance. And, yes, he is an actor, writer-lecturer and a founding editor of the reggae/world music bimonthly magazine The Beat. But there is evidence, on the bottom floor of his Echo Park house, that Steffens is, quite obviously, a born and driven collector.
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