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Posts tagged “Africa

Do People Still Celebrate Kwanzaa?

dsc_5817It’s probably the least known of the trifecta of celebrated holidays during the month of December. It’s reminiscent of Hanukkah with its colorful candles with a fusion of African roots and Christmas flair. Although the holiday is often thought of an alternative to Christmas, Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday that can be celebrated by people of any faith.

Kwanzaa has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with peacefully coming together to share traditions with friends and families during the holiday season. A college professor, Maulana Karenga, created the seven-day celebration, which lasts from December 26 to January 1, as a way of uniting and empowering the African-African community in the aftermath of the deadly Watts riots. However, according to Karenga, non-blacks can also enjoy Kwanzaa (History.com). (more…)


Invisible Children and #KONY2012

(Just as a reminder, if you’re going to read this post then you should make sure that you read it all the way to the end. Also, I encourage you to do your own research before you do anything further regarding this issues. Okay, continue with the article.)

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about this viral short 30 minute film asking it’s viewers to sign a petition and share the video. According to the film and campaign by Invisible Children, Kony 2012, aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. But I’ve also been hearing a lot about how sharing this video wouldn’t do anything to help the child soldiers in Africa, and that the majority of the proceeds don’t even go to the cause that Invisible Children is trying to help. In fact, only a little over 30% may be reaching the children. (more…)