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Cedella Marley Shares Her Inspiring Anti-Bullying Message at Miami Book Fair 2019

A Heartfelt Conversation About Family, Empowerment, and Carrying on Bob Marley's Legacy

2019 has been a remarkable year for Check the Vibes Magazine, and the excitement peaked in November when the Miami Book Fair returned to the city with an unforgettable lineup. Among the esteemed guests, we had the privilege of interviewing the radiant Cedella Marley about her new children's book, Get Up, Stand Up, inspired by her father, Bob Marley's, powerful lyrics. His mission to spread love, peace, and truth lives on through his firstborn, who continues to share his message with the world.


The atmosphere at the event was electric as Cedella entered with her family in tow, embodying the Marley family values that emphasize the importance of togetherness. With smiling nieces and nephews proudly by her side, the room was illuminated by their collective presence.


As we sat down to discuss the book's origins and the motivation behind adapting her father's song for a younger audience, Cedella shared her experiences with classism, her thoughts on the modern bullying epidemic, and her commitment to empowering children.


Creating an Inclusive Message for Children

Emphasizing that Get Up, Stand Up is meant for every child, Cedella made sure to say this book was a good read regardless of anyone's background or circumstances. She recounted growing up in a Rastafarian household and experiencing prejudice firsthand. As a mother, she's determined to help children understand that they have a voice and a support system that will listen to them.



Finding the Light Within

Cedella believes that everyone possesses an inner light that can guide them to stand up against injustice. By teaching children to trust their instincts and speak out when something feels wrong, she hopes to empower them to make a difference in the world.


Cedalla Marley with her son, nieces and nephews at the 2019 Miami Book Fair wearing shirts from their Get Up, Stand Up Tuff Gong Shop

Championing Empathy and Compassion

When asked how her book could help LGBTQ+ youth facing heightened levels of bullying, Cedella stressed the importance of teaching children to treat others with compassion and kindness, embracing the differences that make us unique.


Keeping the Marley Legacy Alive

Cedella revealed that her favorite Bob Marley song is Nice Time, which he wrote for her. She hinted at the possibility of turning it into a book, along with her upcoming picture book, Is This Love, set for release in Fall 2022. She also discussed the Marley family's anti-bullying initiatives, including the Ghetto Youths Foundation Limited Edition PIC LOVE Jewelry Collection.


Throughout the interview, Cedella emphasized the importance of having meaningful conversations with children, fostering a sense of empathy, and standing up for what is right. Her partnership with No Bully and her family's commitment to combating bullying through various campaigns is a testament to her dedication to making the world a better place, one child at a time.



 

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