Month

December 2018
Kuumba | Creativity by Reagan Harvey The Kwanzaa principle of Kuumba means creativity and is celebrated on the sixth day. Kuumba teaches us to commit ourselves to make contributions to the world that leaves it safer, more beautiful and more compassionate than we inherited. This principle insists we nurture our gifts and honor the teachings...
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Nia | Purpose by Maya Miller I recall my first existential crisis, sitting in my English class, 15 years old, staring at a slip of paper that had been through the photocopier one too many times. In faded gray ink were the words: “NAME. CAREER. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER?” I had written “neonatologist”...
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Ujamaa | Cooperative Economics by Natalie A. Collier In the economic symphony conducted by American capitalists, Ujamaa is about as dissonant to this country’s dog-eat-dog financial ideology as the milly rock to Tchaikovky’s “1812 Overture.” It just doesn’t work. But it probably could. Here’s the thing for those of you who have concerns: Cooperative economics...
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Ujima | Collective Work and Responsibility by Melishia Brooks Ujima is day three of Kwanzaa, and the principle means collective work and responsibility. In theory and practice, I work to stay true to this principle by remembering that I am a part of a community of Black girls and women. I remain conscious of our...
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Kujichagulia | Self-Determination by Joecephus Martin Steve Biko’s quote, “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed,” has resonated with me deeply for a long time. I realized the key to most things would be defining me, especially in a place where everything exists to tell me...
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Umoja | Unity by Jelisa Harvey Habari Gani! The first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, celebrates togetherness. Umoja represents family, friends and community. During Kwanzaa, unity is first demonstrated by the families and community coming together to ignite the black candle that symbolizes togetherness.  Umoja is a union of two or more people to create or...
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Sing this with me— but only if can relate to paying all of these bills, too. I’m in my 20s. I’ve found it to be a season of life where I’m sort of floating and figuring things out as I go. One of those things, in particular, is finances. Growing up in a Black household,...
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Umoja | Unity by Jelisa Harvey Habari Gani! The first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, celebrates togetherness. Umoja represents family, friends and community. During Kwanzaa, unity is first demonstrated by the families and community coming together to ignite the black candle that symbolizes togetherness.  Umoja is a union of two or more people to create or...
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I love gift-giving so much my friends and family call me when they have to buy gifts for others and ask me what to buy for people. Said people can be perfect strangers to me, it doesn’t matter. “Tell me a little about her,” and we get started. The best gifts are a combination of...
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If I ever for real, real believed in Santa Claus, I don’t recall, because I don’t remember realizing I’d been lied to. I do remember we were forced to write letters to the guy in elementary school and he never wrote back. Also that some folks who deserved coal, like Ms. Askew, never got it,...
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