With God’s help I will build and maintain our own community and make my brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together. With the third night of Kwanzaa, Ujima which means collective work and responsibility, represented by the first green candle (green for the land), again, I have moved into the realm of […]Read more "Kwanzaa Reflection IV: Ujima-Collective Work and Responsibility"
For quite sometime my mother has had the title of this post on the message blackboard in the kitchen. And that saying resonated with me as I saw this Nightline special that aired last week. Here check it out. In case ABC comes and pulls the above clip, in short, Nightline decided to talk about […]Read more "Black Men Are Good Enough"
With God’s help I will participate in the defining of ourselves, naming of ourselves and speaking for ourselves instead of being defined and spoken for by others. Personally, I hold Kujichagulia, self-determination and the first red candle (red representing the blood shed of our ancestors) to the right, in high personal regards. For me this is […]Read more "Kwanzaa Reflections III: Kujichagulia-Self Determination"
Umoja (unity) — With God’s help, I will strive for and maintain unity in the family community, nation and race. Umoja is the first principle of Kwanzaa,and represented by the black candle (black for the people) and attempts to address the impossible. Generally, when we think of unity, or that which is united, we, as modern-day Black […]Read more "Kwanzaa Reflections II: Umoja-Unity"
Editor’s note: I had long since promised to do a blog per day for Kwanzaa to highlight each of the seven principals of the African American cultural holiday, perhaps this year I’ll at least get some of them done. And actually, if I were to post a new blog for seven days straight, that would […]Read more "Kwanzaa Reflections I: Getting Ready For Kwanzaa"
Hopefully you’re Christmas is going better than mine. My laptop is in the shop and you know that’s my first love, I’m broke, Chicago is in the middle of an ice storm and soon to be snowstorm and who knows what the family is going to be on tomorrow when and if they show up. […]Read more "Happy Christmas"
So, I’ve been gone for a good lonnnnnnnng time. Since my last post I’ve moved a mere 14 credits away from receiving my dual masters degrees on May 8th of the upcoming year and I’ve travelled back home for the Christmas holidays. But, in the midst of all of that a few other noteworthy news […]Read more "UNN News Briefs — Sounding Off!"