And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
That was one of Samson’s riddles to the Philistines as told in the original King James Version of the bible. A lion is the eater in the context of Samson’s riddle. The meat and sweetness referred to honey that came from bees that built a hive in the old dead carcass of a lion.
Today the African Heritage Foundation (AHF) puts the answer to Samson’s riddle in the context of their weekly fundraisers. The lion in the riddle refers to the AHF family. The meat represents the collective community development and empowerment visions and initiatives the AHF have and initiate. The strong is the AHF headquarters, which is an old rustic limestone house that has be unoccupied for the greater part of the last two decades.
The coming forth of something sweet refers to the value of the community based initiatives enacted on from this place of strength.
Initiatives such as the AHF Home Directed Learning Service (homeschooling and after school lessons), its youth club, its healthy vegetarian cuisine, its community food security program and of course its weekly fundraising house limes “The Red Light’.
So the answer to Samson’s riddle today is “The Red Light’.
The Red Light is an intimate house lime that is held at the AHF’s headquarters every Saturday night from 9pm to 2am. You are invited to come and hang out with some of the members of the Foundation. Sit, stand or dance to the sounds of reggae music produced from the late 60’s to the present 2000’s. Enjoy reggae music sung by artist from all over the world. Relax to the original sounds of Lovers Rock, Studio One, Rockers and Dancehall. All music played at this lime reflects the original principles of the creators of reggae, Rastafari. As such no slack music is played, no music promoting violence is played and no music that reduces women to a sexual object is played. In fact, one of the highlights of the night is the “Hour of Queens’. Empress Osula, a Rastafari sister, plays one full hour of reggae music sung by female artist from around the world. This takes place from 11pm -12pm, and it is really something to experience.
A Red Light favourite played in the “Hour of Queens”
Vegetarian cuisine, natural juices and locally made natural wines are on the menu each night at the Red Light.
Admission is $10. Your support of this AHF fundraising activity assists the charity with repairs to its HQ, which houses its educational initiatives. Your support of this lime also aids the AHF with the purchasing of books, materials and equipment needed by the charity to grow its educational services capacity. The payment of stipends for volunteering educational facilitators is also done from the AHF’s fundraising initiatives, Red Light included.
If you are not residing in Barbados and would like to make a contribution to the AHF, or live on the island and would like to know more about this charity and its endeavors, please take a look at this video.
International donations can also be made through Western Union or Money Gram. Please send to Paul Rock, African Heritage Foundation, Upper Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados. Please send tracking info to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp 1 246 268 7084
Stop in on the AHF at one of its Red Light limes. Help it grow its capacity to help at risk youth from poor and marginalized communities empower themselves through education, and truly take charge of their destiny in a positive manner.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Paul Rock (Simba)
African Heritage Foundation
Registered Charity #1112