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Day 2 of Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

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Today (December 27) is the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle we focus on is Kujichagulia (koo-gee-chah-goo-lee-ah) or self-determination.

 

Greeting: Habari gani! 

Response: Kujichagulia!  

 

On the second day of Kwanzaa the black candle, the center candle, is again lit in the kinara (candle holder) and then the red candle that is next to the black candle on the left. The red candle represents the second of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia which means self-determination. We affirm our determination to create, name and define our lives for ourselves, instead of allowing others to do this for us.

The person who lights the candle makes a statement about the principle and its meaning. Sometimes a passage or poem is read relating to what the principle means and how it relates to their life.

Then the kikombe cha umoja (kee-comb-bay-chah-oo-MOH-jah) or unity cup might be filled with fruit juice and shared among those gathered. Each person is supposed to drink from the cup and pass it to the next person. For sanitary reasons some families simply pass the cup from one person to the next. Other families prefer to use a Unity cup for each member, or the cup can just be left in the center of the Kwanzaa table.

After the sharing of the Unity cup the candles are extinguished till the next day. 

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“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” - Coco Chanel

 

Another way to light the Kwanzaa candles:

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On the second day the black candle is again lit, as well as the farthest red candle on the left.

 

 


Elevating the dialogue on Kwanzaa with Cheryl Mizell of Community Voices on 99Jamz

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Left to right, Cheryl Mizell; Dininzulu Gene Tinnie and Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr.
Cheryl Mizell, host of #CommunityVoices on 99 JAMZ this past week discussed #KwanzaaMiami. Her guests were Dinizulu Gene Tinnie with Kuumba Artists Collective of South Florida and Chief Nathaniel B. Styles Jr. , Executive Director at Osun's Village Miami & the African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor. By the way, Chief Styles will be officiating the Kwanzaa celebration presented by the Famu-Miami Dade Chapter's National Alumni Association. Its the "24th Annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration" which takes place TOMORROW, December 28th, 4pm at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami. For more info, call 305.761.8952 or email [email protected].

 


The First Day of Kwanzaa

Today (December 26) is the first day of Kwanzaa.



Greeting: Habari gani!

Response: Umoja! (oo-MOH-jah)



On the first day of Kwanzaa the black candle, the center candle, is lit in the Kinara (candle holder). The black candle represents the first of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Umoja which means Unity.



The person who lights the candle makes a statement about the principle and its meaning. Sometimes a passage or poem is read relating to what the principle means and how it relates to their life.



Then the kikombe cha umoja (unity cup) might be filled with fruit juice and shared among those gathered. Each person is supposed to drink from the cup and pass it to the next person.



For sanitary reasons some families simply pass the cup from one person to the next. Other families prefer to use a Unity cup for each member, or the cup can just be left in the center of the Kwanzaa table.



After the sharing of the Unity cup the candles are extinguished till the next day.

 


Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day! Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations.

The Bahamas celebrate Boxing Day with a street parade and festival called Junkanoo, in which traditional rhythmic dancers called gombeys fill the streets with their elaborate costumes and headdresses.




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Merry Christmas from Blogging Black Miami!

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Merry Christmas to all Blogging Black Miami subscribers, readers, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, etc. May Your day be filled with Joy, Peace and Love. Thank you for reading this blog and for sharing its content with your family and friends. As we bring this year to a close and welcome 2014, let's continue to expand the outreach of this blog and its mission of community connection and uplift. 

Smooches...

~Va-Va

 

 


Celebrate unity and excellence at the 24th Annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration in Miami on Saturday, December 28

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Miami, FL__ In the spirit of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the South Florida community is invited to unite for the 24th Annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration presented by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association and Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation on Saturday, December 28, 2013, 4PM-7PM at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. The event, including a feast of ethnic foods, is free and open to the public.

Entertainment will include special performances by Osundara Yoruba Dance Theatre featuring Osun’s Village & African Caribbean Corridor International Artist-in-Residence, Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele and the Girls Choir of Miami. “It is an honor, privilege and our cultural responsibility to continue our fruitful partnership in this magnificent community event. We welcome the opportunity to introduce and reinforce the principles of Kwanzaa and the culture of the Motherland,” said Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr., Executive Director at Osun's Village Miami & African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor.

 

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Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele

 

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Girls Choir of Miami


For parents, students, educators and others interested in academic achievement, Charles W. Cherry II, JD, MBA, publisher of Florida’s first statewide African-American weekly newspaper, the Florida Courier; speaker; writer; radio broadcaster and practicing attorney will share practical and insightful information from the new edition of his classic book, Excellence Without Excuse: The Black Student’s Guide to Academic Excellence. Cherry says, “Black students must understand that the days of ‘White guilt’ are over, and that being a so-called ‘disadvantaged minority’ is no excuse for academic failure.”

 

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Charles W. Cherry II

 

Cute little 7 year-old Zoe Terry of Zoe's Dolls, a non-profit organization, will continue to fufill her mission of making sure that all beautiful little brown girls have a beautiful little brown doll. She will distribute her dolls to all of the little girls in attendance.

 

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Zoe Terry of Zoe's Dolls


 


The legendary B.. King at the Arsht Center on January 5

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Multi-Grammy Award winning “King of Blues”  B.B. King will perform at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org

 

Photo: George Lange

 


Poetry Groove: when will it stop by terry fernando newton

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Another drive by shooting another youth that will not to live a life
that is so full dreams-another mother in tears a community living in
fears--another drive by shooting another young life taken--when will
it stop when will the blood of the youth be planted into hope and a
better life--school is cool pick up a book and uplift your mind you
dont have to die by a nine another drive by shooting another mother in
tears a community living in fears when will it stop someone tell them
they can live a life of dreams they can fly high in the sky like
winston scott of cocount grove he even walk in space and played his
trumpet in the spaceship to show pick up a book make school cool
uplift your mind drop the nine--pictures of youth on tee shrits that
have had their life taken by another drive by shooting when will it
stop

 

...poet terry fernando newton

 

 


ICYMI: House of Mandela Wines Highlights South Africa As Major Player in the Global Wine Industry During Their US Press Tour

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Dr. Makaziwe and Tukwini Mandela Presented With A Proclamation by Miami-Dade County-Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.


Miami, FL-Dr. Makaziwe Mandela (Maki) and Tukwini Mandela, the daughter and granddaughter of global icon and former South African President, Nelson Mandela culminated their US press tour at an intimate, private House of Mandela(HoM) wine tasting event that was held at Multitudes Gallery in South Florida. Representatives from the media, wine connoisseurs and some key South Florida lifestyle influencers had the opportunity to meet the two women who are committed to building a brand that will make a positive and passionate contribution to the world through their HoM wine brand. HoM was hosted by WPBT’s ArtLoft Host Kalyn James. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson (District 3) presented HoM with a Proclamation from Miami -Dade County. Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, created by Rakkasan Chef, that were paired with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines from HoM’s Thembu collection.. Music was powered by Steelaway steel drum performer. Delou Africa Ensemble closed out the event with a festive African drum and dance performance.
 
Maki and Tukwini are two South African powerhouse businesswomen who are playing a major role in positioning South African wines as a leader in the wine industry.  The Mandela’s started their US Press Tour in New York City, where they presented their House of Mandela wines at the New York City Wine and Food Festival.  In Brooklyn, Maki and Tukwini were honored with the World Humanitarian Award on behalf of their father Nelson Mandela, at the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation.  Brooklyn-based wine shop Bed-Vyne Wine also hosted a HoM tasting that included a meet and greet with the Mandela women and a bottle signing for consumers.  In Washington DC, Heritage Link Brands, HoM’s exclusive importer in the US, hosted a formal dinner with the Mandelas for consumers at the City Club of DC, while South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool hosted a reception for Tukwini and Maki to celebrate the HoM wines entry into the US market.
 
HoM is committed to making a positive and passionate contribution to society. The wines are produced in the world’s most beautiful, bio-diverse winelands, in an environmentally sensitive and ethically responsible manner. Maki and Tukwini hope that the HoM wines will inspire people to come together, share stories, lessons and the spirity of unity.
 
For more information on House of Mandela wines, visit www.houseofmandela.com. To order or find retailers that currently carry House of Mandela wines in the United States, visit www.heritagelinkbrands.com
 
 

 


Delou Africa, Inc. and Community Builders HDC present 1st annual community Kwanzaa program and concert, 12/29/2013

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Miami, FL__ Delou Africa Inc. is continuing to build on its mission of “Bridging Cultural Gaps” by expanding their annual community Kwanzaa program by partnering with a number of local organizations.  The 2013 program will include a traditional ceremony centered on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, followed by a variety of youth and adult performances, a keynote address, a community cultural reception (including light music, food and a Kwanzaa book giveaway) and a food drive (which will run for the entire month of December). Establishing community partnerships is key to expanding the cultural arts community in Little Haiti and beyond.
 
One such community partner is High Chief Styles director of the Osundara Yoruba Dance Theater and co-founder of Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation who will co-lead the Kwanzaa ceremony and states, “Our Culture is Our Business! Celebrations such as this provide a unique opportunity to educate the broader audience on the importance of preserving the cultural activities of our forefathers, and the impact these ancient cross-cultural traditions have on modern day religion, arts and culture.  I am extremely humbled to be part of such a powerful platform, as we continue our efforts to unite the Diaspora and introduce future generations to their African roots.”        
 
Donations for the Kwanzaa community food drive can be left at the Little Haiti Cultural center during the month of December.  All food donations will be distributed on January 1st at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.  
 
An inspirational message on Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics will be given by Keynote Speaker Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard-39th District. "I'm thrilled to take part in this year's Kwanzaa event," Senator Bullard stated.  He goes on to say, "This is an excellent time for our community to come together and celebrate in a festival that truly embraces the best of our culture and heritage."
 
The Kwanzaa concert will include: Urgent Inc’s Youth Production Group; Delou’s Youth Program; Chief Styles and the Orsundara Yoruba Dance Theater; Delou Africa Dance Ensemble; Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele; Ibrahima Dioubate; Nantambu Abdul-Ahota; Shandella Johnson; The Power of Color; Shamele Jenkins; and special invited guest artists.    
 
The Kwanzaa artistic designs of Ms. C. Moore's 2nd Grade Class at Broadmoor Elementary School will also be on display during the program.