RECIPE ROUNDUP: Joyous Kwanzaa!

By Heeseung Kim | December 26, 2013

(Photo by soulchristmas)
kwanzaa collage
Kwanzaa began in the United States in 1966. During this time, there was a great movement toward equality for African-Americans, and Kwanzaa was created for African-Americans to celebrate African heritages and cultures. Kwanzaa is modeled on traditional African harvest festivals, and takes place from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa culminates in a feast on the sixth day called karamu, and the foods served during karamu honor African cuisines. Kwanzaa is all about celebrating family, community, and culture, making it the perfect time to host a feast—here are some suggestions to help you host your own Kwanzaa feast.
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Kwanzaa Principles Can Turn Our Nation’s Food Problems Around

By admin | December 26, 2011

Photo: soulchristmas

Photo: soulchristmas

By: Michele Wolfson

Guess who observes Kwanzaa? The amazing chef, cookbook author, and food activist Bryant Terry! In a recent interview, Terry stated that he started celebrating Kwanzaa in college and continued to do so a few years after graduating. Although he has not celebrated the holiday in recent years, last week in preparation for a talk celebrating Kwanzaa at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he has done a substantial amount of research on the holiday. Since then, it has become a frequent topic of discussion in his home. Read More


Kwanzaa Celebrations at The Studio Museum

By admin | December 20, 2011

Photo: The Confluence

Photo: The Confluence

Want to participate in some community activities for Kwanzaa this year? Harlem’s Studio Museum is hosting a Kwanzaa day on December 29th, in the spirit of the 6th principle of Kwanzaa, Kuumba, which stands for creativity. On Thursday, the 29th the Studio Museum will be hosting a series of fun and creative activities including scavenger hunts in the Museum galleries, button making, and collage workshops.  The Studio Museum will also offer various giveaways! All of these activities will surely help your creative juices flow to fully emerge in the celebration of Kwanzaa. The Kwanzaa celebration begins at the Studio Museum from 1:00pm-3:00pm. 

Another custom that touches back to African roots, is the tradition of quilting. Going back through generations among African families and African American families (especially during the times of slavery), quilts have had a significant role in representing families, communities, and often times routes towards freedom. Because of this strong connection to African descent, the Studio Museum is also hosting this day in honor of Kwanzaa, a community quilting workshop. Join the quilt and fiber artist Ife Felix in conversation with Faith Ringgold as they explore the history and significance of quilting as a collaborative activity. The quilting workshop will take place after the Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday, December 29th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Read More


Heri Za Kwanzaa from Red Rooster Harlem!

By admin | December 2, 2011


In the spirit of Unity (one of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa), Red Rooster Harlem is celebrating Kwanzaa and our neighborhood’s African heritage with a unique prix fixe menu, offered from December 26th- January 1st, excluding New Year’s Eve.

The Kwanzaa menu will commemorate this special holiday with dishes that epitomize the spirit and flavors of Kwanzaa, including Peanut Soup, Ceebu Jen (Shrimp, Fried Fish, and Jasmine Rice), Yassa Hen (Onion Stew, Tomato, and Collards), and Coconut Rice Pudding. Read More


Top 5 Holiday Events

By mahir | December 3, 2010

Lucia Krona Photo: Nicho Sodling/Swedish Institute


With so much going on this Holiday season in New York, I thought I’d share my top 5 must-do Holiday events for 2010. Read More


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