Beenie Man Celebrates Kwanzaa
Beenie Man skips Christmas & Celebrates Kwanzaa
Beenie Man, his spouse, his daughter Ikyra Davis and son Mosiah Davis announced to the world, that they skipped Christmas for Kwanzaa. How do we know that, a post of this nature was not shared on Christmas Day. See their post below:
🌺Happy Kwanzaa🌺 🤗🤗 This morning we lit the #Umoja (Unity) Candle to signal the beginning of our 7 day celebration of the African family, culture, ethos and heritage. The children are curious and @ikyra_davis is doing a deep dive into #NguzoSaba principles. —— Today we recognize the principle and practice of Umoja to affirm a sense of unity in our home, the black community and the diaspora. #OurCulture #OurLegacy #Kwanzaa #AfricanFamily
#Kujichagulia – Self Determination. For too long the black nation (and diaspora) has allowed itself to be defined and framed by negative ethos and cultural lies of savagery, poverty, illiteracy, broken families and subjugation. Our people must begin to deliberately #DefineCreateSpeak ourselves into our history. Do not let their story of us be the only story we hear. #HappyKwanzaa #JoyousKwanzaa —————————————————Day 2 of #Kwanzaa with these #WokeChildren. Them nearly jump me when they came and saw the candle lit. They thought I betrayed them. It wasn’t me!! Is @king_jovi13 sneak in here and light it this morning 😩! NB: the Red Candles rest to the left of the black candle when facing us (which is the correct placement) but to the right facing the viewer.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles starting with the UNITY principle!
It was created by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966–67.
Maulana Karenga,originator of Kwanzaa,in Los Angeles, CA.
As Africans become #Woke (a term used predominantly on social media to describe cultural awareness), western traditions are being analyzed and questioned. What they mean for Africans at home and those in the diaspora. Christmas has been widely practiced among this group for centuries, largely with no real understanding of Why! For most, it’s just tradition but for some it became near and dear to our hearts through brain wash education and the Christianization of Africans by force.
It truly is a breath of fresh air to see people think and apply critical analysis to the social norms we subscribed to. Jamaica, though heavily populated with Christians and those empathetic to colonial practices, also produces some of the most courageous and brilliant minds such as Marcus Garvey, Louise Bennett, Harry Belafonte and Peter Tosh a to name a few.