Kwanzaa is the annual celebration of culture and community, founded on the belief that recognition of the 7 principles of Unity, Self-Determinaton, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith will lead to progress.
I’ve been celebrating Kwanzaa since I was a young person, first celebrating it when I briefly attended Nation House Watoto Shule in Washington DC and later producing my own celebrations while working at a community nonprofit for almost six years. I realized that there is no reason why I can’t continue to celebrate this significant occasion as I now head my own organization, Liberated Muse Arts Group, which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary next year.
Liberated Muse Arts Group– a manifestation of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa– wants you to join us for a two-hour celebration with music, storytelling and spoken word performed by some of our talented members who have been seen in many of productions throughout our past four years, including Anisha “Mama Moon” Newbill, D. Marq and Nia Simmons. I will be hosting and will be celebrating my birthday at this event.
This event was cancelled on Dec. 8 after the death of my dear friend and collaborator Derrick “D. Marq” Smith on Dec. 7. Derrick was the band leader for the event and was also scheduled to perform. I apologize for any inconvience this may have caused. His funeral was on Dec. 15. I didn’t have the thought to update my own blog regarding the cancellation prior to the scheduled date.