Monthly Archives: December 2014

Habari Ghani? Nia – Purpose

When thinking about purpose I always call on my ancestors to remind me of where my DNA has been. Today I was looking for info on my maternal great-grandfather, a blues singer and musician in the early 20th century, and found … Continue reading

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Habari Ghani? Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics

In my mind, this is the “Think Globally, Act Locally” principle of Kwanzaa.  It ties in with the gift-giving aspect of this celebration.  To me, it builds even more community by encouraging us to directly support small businesses and entrepreneurs.  It’s … Continue reading

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Habari Ghani? Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility

When I was younger, I didn’t like Ujima. My parents were always telling me to be responsible. I hated responsibility. I just wanted to sit in the corner and get lost in my books. So what if my room wasn’t … Continue reading

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Habari Ghani? Kujichagulia: Self-Determination

This morning I told my children never to let anyone else tell them who to be or how to be it.  As my son enters his tween years, I feel like I have to reinforce this message again and again.  Identity has … Continue reading

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Habari Ghani? Umoja: Unity

During Kwanzaa, ever since I was young, my father always puts on the Kawaida album by Mtume, Herbie Hancock, et al. (link after the jump).  We sit around the fireplace with the requisite Kwanzaa items: kinara (candle holder); mkeka (straw mat); vibunzi (ears … Continue reading

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Kwanzaa For All

In most of the U.S., secular and religious Christians are opening presents near a decorated evergreen tree and feasting. They sit in appreciation of family and friends.  For some, this is one of the holiest days in the year, celebrating … Continue reading

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