By James L. Stroud, Jr.
On December 14 the We Win Institute held its annual Kwanzaa celebration. This year it was observed at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. The celebration included live entertainment by the We Win Institute students and others, as well as a special treat for those who love storytellers. Nothando Zulu, who has been performing for children and adults in Minnesota for more than 20 years and nationally for more than 15 years, entertained the audience with a little help from the children. What is Kwanzaa? Continue Reading →
By Dwight Hobbes
There aren’t a great many opportunities to do anything for Kwanzaa. It’s not nearly as obscure a practice as it was as recently as 10 years ago; still, even in this area, where a premium is placed on cultural diversity, multiculturalism and other such buzz words, you simply don’t see the kind of pronounced presence of, say Kwanzaa-themed theater shows or concerts as you do in celebration of Christmas. However, if there are Twin Cities observers of Kwanzaa who don’t have a good time, it won’t for lack of presentations on the part of Ebony Phoenix Projects (EPP). EPP’s 2011 activity calendar will promote events in Minneapolis and in St. Paul to commemorate the principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kuumba (creativity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose) and Imani (faith). Continue Reading →