December 30, 1992 |
Christmas and Hanukkah observances have ended. However, some Americans are still buying ceremonial candles, ordering food for special feasts, acquiring seasonal clothing and purchasing special gifts for loved ones. And that's good news for entrepreneurs who sell or make products used in the observance of Kwanzaa, a year-end celebration that evokes African culture for Americans of African descent.
October 13, 2005 |
The throng at the Conga Room on L.A.'s Miracle Mile is just a dozen or so shy of a level that brings a frown to fire marshals. Elegantly dressed women occupy most of the seats, and the men jammed into the area near the bar have left the baggy club gear at home in favor of more fashionable garb. But despite the singles-night-out vibe, this evening is not about the hook-up. A few women sip Cosmopolitans, but the bar is doing only moderate business. Cellphones have been holstered and silenced.