Saturday, December 16, 2006

it's beginning to look a lot like kwanzaa...

Last year, I wrote a whole series of posts on the seven principles of kwanzaa (the nguzo saba) and on the holiday as a whole. And in the course of doing that series, I started to look around and see that a lot of other Black bloggers were also reflecting on the principles daily and it occured to me that it might be productive/ deep/ interesting/ beneficial if there was a blogring/ carnival out there to bring together all the kwanzaa bloggers. At the moment, I'm honestly not certain of the best way to implement it so the main purpose of the current post is to encourage someone out there with more web knowledge and initiative to pick up the torch. What I have in mind is some sort of easy-to-join, easy-to-read, easy-to-link-to forum where bloggers can share their thoughts on the Nguzo Saba. It doesn't have to be some kind of cultural-nationalist-Karenga-fan-club (some of my posts were definitely critical of certain aspects of Karenga's ideology) but I would hope the participants would take the principles seriously and wrestle with their significance to our lives today.

Last year's Kwanzaa series:
tawhid (umoja cont')
ujima continued
julius nyerere and ujamaa
why i like it, why i don't
even a stopped clock
kwanzaa gains momentum among caribbean blacks


Elenamary said...

do you ever think kwanzaa is bs? i mean, like the corn argument for example...

Abdul-Halim V. said...

I think that the corn issue would be a reasonable critique of one of the practices but it isn't sufficient to invalidate the whole holiday....

especially if you stop to think about all the extraneous and incorrect elements which get attached to christmas, easter, st. patrick's day, st. valentine's etc.... look at it all in perspective.