Social Policy

Kwanzaa Day 6, Kuumba is in our Blood, Creativity is our Breath

Kuumba means Creativity Creativity is in our blood, we create as naturally as we breath. From music to clothing, businesses, inventions, hair styles, instruments and more; creativity is a part of our culture. During this sixth day of Kwanzaa I challenge each of us to tap into our creative spaces. Practicing our creativity clears the mind and the heart in…

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Social Policy

Kwanzaa’s Fifth Day Celebrates Nia, Purpose

Nia means Purpose On the fifth day we think about the principal of purpose which is popularly defined as, “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”Our traditional greatness is dependent on each of our individual greatness. In order to unlock each of our individual greatness we…

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Social Policy

Kwanzaa’s Day 4 Principal of Ujamma: Cooperative Economics

Ujamaa means Cooperative Economics As we move further into the celebration of Kwanzaa we can see how each principal builds upon the next. Cooperative Economics calls for each of the characteristics we’ve learned, unity in our thinking as a community, the motivation of self-determination and the ability to responsibly work collectively. Ujamaa or cooperative economics is popularly defined as, “To…

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Social Policy

Recognizing Ujima, Celebrating Kwanzaa at Kuzzo’s

Ujima means Collective Work and Responsibility In thinking about Unity and Self-Determination an important aspect in order for both of these to function are collective work and responsibility. Collective work and responsibility spread the burden of obligation over multiple parties instead of them all falling onto an individual. Ujima is popularly described as, “To build and maintain our community together…

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Kujichagulia is the Main Ingredient, Kwanzaa Day 2 at River Bistro in Detroit

Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah) or Self- Determination This article is a special one for me because when we see family members accomplishing their dreams, it bring us closer to our own. It gives validity to those fantasies that we sometimes feel are too far away. I’ve never walked into a restaurant owned by a family member, in Seattle it’s even more difficult…

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Social Policy

Umoja the Day 1 Celebration of Unity

Kwanzaa Why not extend the holiday season with some uplifting cultural attention? The first day of Kwanzaa, December 26th, begins the day after Christmas. For years I thought of Kwanzaa as the ‘Black’ Christmas, an either or type of thing. I thought to myself as a child, I want the regular Christmas, the one you see on TV, the one…

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Events, Shows and Musical Productions

206 Zulu Gala 2017

The First Annual 206 Zulu Gala On Saturday November 5th, 206 Zulu is an organization that caught my eye when I first visited Pongo’s office in the historic Washington Hall building on 14th Ave. 206 Zulu works to empower local communities ranging from youth, low income and people of color in the Seattle region by providing free access to creative…

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Events, Marches and Demonstration, Social Policy

17 year old Innocent Black Boy killed in King County #ChanceMakesChange

Now There are NO Mistakes at this Genocidal Rate Chance Gittens was 17 years old, one of his last Facebook posts read, “An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside of you”.  On Tuesday January 27,…

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