Embracing Kwanzaa: Why It’s More Important Now Than Ever To Celebrate Blackness

Via Essence.com
A life-long celebrant of the holiday, creative SékouWrites explains why it's important to recognize the principles of Kwanzaa, especially in the volatile climate of today's social, racial and political worlds. 

The celebration, which was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, always begins on Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days until Jan. 1 of the New Year. For those who are unfamiliar, the name of the week-long celebration is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which means "first fruits" in Swahili—the most widely spoken African language.


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Shades Of Black: African Americans With African Names

Director Nzingha Sterwart at the 17th Annual Image Awards
By Erickka Sy Savané

 “For the longest time, when I would show up places people would expect to see an Asian woman, not a black man,” says my friend Sekou, one day in conversation. It's been argued for years that the ancient Japanese migrated from Africa, so why not? Now I'm thinking about African Americans with African names, and how their experience must differ from the rest of us. I do a Google search to read up on the topic and there's nada. Guess I gotta research it myself...


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