HAPPY KWANZAA, Blackademics! To celebrate this holiday season, I highly recommend that everyone take a look at the new documentary from MK Asante, Jr. entitled, The Black Candle. It’s the first feature film on Kwanzaa. The Black Candle is vibrant exploration, celebration and history of the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film also features everyone from the founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, to Chuck D, Dead Prez, and Sunni Patterson. If you didn’t catch Asante in Jet Magazine this week, take a look at this clip from CBS’ The Early Show:
Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, The Black Candle is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today… The Black Candle traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants. - TheBlackCandle.com
You can purchase the film here. Check it out, and share it with your community!