It’s 2017 and we’re still at a point where we have to explain what the hashtag #Blacklivesmatter means, fear being pulled over by a cop, or bothered at the racial subliminal comments made under a viral video of black girl magic. We are flustered over the fact that our culture is being manipulated and stolen. But yet we still follow traditions that weren’t made for us. Now, I’m not going to sit here and go deep or come down on other people’s thoughts and beliefs. But sometimes traditions aren’t always a good thing. Some traditions need to be adjusted or removed altogether. So we’re going to stay positive and just bring up a holiday that was made for us by us and should be our new tradition.
I’m talking about Kwanzaa.Established in 1966 by the Great Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa intent is to reconnect black Americans to their African roots and know their struggles as a people by building community.Only 13% of African-American celebrate this holiday. ( I am not in school , so I don’t have to cite my shit)Most Black people you ask what Kwanzaa is and they have no idea. I think it’s because Jayz and Beyonce haven’t made it popular or relevant yet, just joking. But seriously why haven’t we looked into this holiday? I thought with all this Trump, blacklivesmatter, Kaepernick boycott and racism becoming socially acceptable.Oh and we can’t forget about the media making Jamal a thug and Chad mentally ill. “Oh the manipulation of criminals”! Okay now back to my point , why don’t we celebrate a holiday that’s is a celebration of honoring African heritage within African American culture…
Thank God Blackish made a episode about celebrating Juntheen, becuase God knows no one knew what that was before that show. Yes, I’m being sarcastic, don’t take it personal, sometimes I’m just a smartass. People Kwanzaa is so dope, it even has real meaning to it .
I started celebrating Kwanzaa at my two-bedroom apartment about 5 years ago. My family has alway celebrated it, well the elders of the family, but we never had anything big. So, I decided to start having parties every year. Most of my family members have different religious/ spiritual beliefs. So celebrating Kwanzaa was perfect because we could all celebrate it. My first one was my favorite, all my family came to my house, dressed in African print and was proud. I’m blessed with a huge kitchen , so I had everyone bring uncooked food. We cooked the food together, with laughter, love and music. As we cooked we taught one another how to make different dishes. The children were making handmade decorations. My house was lit with so many lights. I had a person come in honor of my late grandmother (Gwendolyn Smith) and he played the drums. While he played he told a story and spoke highly of my grandmother. We all joined in and it was amazing. Everyone just ate, talked and had such a great time. Some family members brought handmade gifts, which had meaning to them. Now, how can you tell me Kwanzaa ain’t LIT?
Something that is about remembrance of your ancestors, the present and the future of our people is something to celebrate and be so very proud of.
Get on your phone, Google Kwanzaa and start your own tradiction. Try to attend an event, celebration , dinner or any Kwanzaa gathering to get the hang of what’s it all about. I’m sure that you will leave a little more woke and happy that you attending such an event. Trust me when I say, my friends can’t wait to attend my next Kwanzaa stravaganza!
Three Red candles representing struggle, three green candles, representing the future and one black candle in the center, representing the people!!!!
Oh and “Habari gani,” which is Swahili for “what’s the news” . The greeting is following by someone responding with the principle of the day. Hey you learn something new everyday.
Signing off ,
Black Young American Queen