This Saturday, July 23rd, marks the 124th birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Reggae Roots and Culture hosts Papa WaBe and Ichelle Cole will be in the studio with two long time Rastamen and educators, Ras Wayne and Baba Ras Marcus. Wake up and tune into Reggae Roots and Culture from 10am to 2pm for this very special show.
Wayne A. Rose (Ras Wayne) is a native of Kingston, Jamaica and Baltimore, Maryland. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Africana Studies and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is currently completing his Ph.D. in History at Morgan State University.
Ras Wayne is also a research collaborator at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History, a board member of the Iniversal Development of Rastafari Inc. (IDOR) He is trained in business management, public and oral history creations and presentations and works closely with indigenous communities in Ethiopia, Jamaica, the USA, Kenya and Ghana. He currently teaches Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is an instructor in history at Baltimore City Community and Howard County Community Colleges.
Ras Marcus is a Jamaican-born, respected and outspoken Rasta elder of the Rastafari Movement. He grew up with Emmanuel Charles Edward (Prince Emmanuel), founder of the Bobo Shanti sub-section of Rastafari which emerged in the 1950s, and Dr. Vernon Carrington (Prophet Gad), founder of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafari Movement which emerged in 1968. Ras Marcus has made a tremendous contribution to the Rastafari Movement over the years and still continues to do so as an elder. His internet writings on the movement have exposed readers to perspectives and first hand experiences that encourage a deeper understanding of the Rastafari movement and its African essence.