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December 4, 1994
Storyteller Ellaraino will give a pre-Kwanzaa performance today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Museum of African American Art, located on the second floor of the Robinsons-May store at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The event is free. Kwanzaa is the seven-day post-Christmas holiday in which African Americans celebrate positive values such as self-determination, unity, creativity, cooperative economics and faith. Information: (213) 294-7071.
November 21, 2010
SUNDAY Overload! Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kid Rock and just about any other pop act you can think of are among the performers slated for the "2010 American Music Awards. " (ABC, 8 p.m.) In the gospel according to "Futurama," Christmas is simply "Xmas," Hanukkah has become "Robanakah," and Kwanzaa is, well, still Kwanzaa. The animated sci-fi comedy celebrates all three with a special holiday episode. (Comedy Central, 10 and 11 p.m.)
For many African Americans, Kwanzaa, the weeklong holiday of renewal created in 1966 by Maulana (Ron) Karenga, Cal State Long Beach chairman of black studies, is still a new tradition. But Akosua Asantewa, a middle school math and science teacher, has celebrated Kwanzaa for more than 20 years. "Kwanzaa is very important to me," Asantewa says. "It's a commitment to who I am and to my people, a cultural connection to our roots. It's something that is our very own."
December 12, 2009 | Patt Morrison
'No God? No problem!" That's one sign of the season. The American Humanist Assn. is pasting it all over Southern California buses to make the point that you don't have to be godly to be good. Atheists United, headed by Bobbie Kirkhart, had a different holiday sign for last Christmas. It read, "Reason's Greetings," and it was accompanied by one of those stylized Darwin fish, this one wearing a jaunty Santa Claus cap. It went on display, legally, in a Westside park, outnumbered by creches -- and someone stole it. Kirkhart's not surprised.
November 29, 2013 | By Daniel Fink
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year. A potlatch was a festival of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest during which the host distributed property and gifts as a way to demonstrate wealth, generosity and social standing. Guests would reciprocate at a later time with items that matched or exceeded the value of the original gifts, or risk being humiliated. Although births and marriages were sometimes acknowledged at a potlatch, the main purpose was the reciprocal redistribution of wealth.
Four dancers, scarves waving, undulate to the beat of Nigerian chants. Adding life to the desolate stretch of Pico-Midtown where they are temporarily based, the members of Lula Washington Dance Theatre take their cues from guest instructor Tamara Mobley, seven months pregnant, who more than keeps up with the rest. "Afunga," an African dance of welcome, is part of "Gospel Christmas," a new production created by choreographer Washington that will be performed at Cal State L.A.'
December 13, 1996
The now-infamous Texaco executives were caught on tape deriding Kwanzaa, the seven-day African American harvest celebration that occurs just after Christmas. In fact, many people, including some blacks, are not sure what the holiday is all about. This weekend in Pasadena, there will be an effort to educate people of all races about Kwanzaa (the Swahili words means "first fruits").
December 19, 1991 | ERIC V. COPAGE
If you want to adhere strictly to the Kwanzaa program as Maulana (Ron) Karenga, chairman of black studies at Cal State Long Beach, conceived it, here is what you need. 1. Mazao : Fruits and vegetables, which stand for the product of unified effort. 2. Mkeka : A straw place mat, which represents the reverence for tradition. 3. Vivunzi : An ear of corn for each child in the family. 4.
December 28, 1995 | MAYI BRADY and LAURIE OCHOA
Kwanzaa celebrations are in full swing, but the best day is yet to come. For it's the sixth day, Dec. 31, of the seven-day holiday, when the Karamu, or feast, is held. "In addition to food," writes Eric Copage in his cookbook, "Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking" (Morrow), "the Karamu is an opportunity for a confetti storm of cultural expression: dance and music, readings, remembrances."
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