“Habari gani?” In other news, “What’s the news?” Well, have we got news for you! The American Museum of Natural History is going to hold its 37th annual Kwanzaa celebration.
The event is slated to feature singing and dancing, a film screening, and even an international marketplace. The event will kick off with a ballet piece called the “Spirit of Resistance,” which will combine African dancing with drumming. There will also be a piece explaining the history of the holiday called “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.” Award-winning filmmaker MK Asante is going to introduce his film The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, that will also be followed by a musical tribute to the film’s narrator, Dr. Maya Angelou.
“To me, [Kwanzaa] is about the spirit of giving, and each day represents another level of giving in different ways,” said Doug E. Fresh, a performer set to perform to 30-minute shows for the event. “We’re going to take it to the next level,” he said. “We’re going to see if we can get the dinosaurs to do it.” Mr Fresh’s involvement shows that the event will combine elements of African traditions and modern American culture.
The event is free for museum members and otherwise free to patrons paying the entrance fee. For those interested, the event will take place on December 27, which is the second day of the holiday.