Sunday, December 31, 2017

Kwanzaa: Creativity | Faith



Slowly, New Year is reach the whole world and for last day I will try to cover Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). The Day of Meditation 
(Siku ya Taamuli) is done the last day to bring into the assessment of things done and what will be needed to be done.  Self-reflection on this day is a recommitment to values. It's a time to sober and humble oneself about who they are and who they will become. This day is also known as the "Frist Fruits" celebration of the Akan People. "The idea on this (day) is to maintain a quiet, humble and calm attitude with regard to oneself and towards one's neighbors."

Meditation
K'a má fi kánjú j'aiyé.
K'a má fi wàrà-wàrà n'okùn orò.
Ohun à bâ if s'àgbà,
K'a má if se'binu.
Bi a bá de'bi t'o tútù,
K'a simi-simi,
K'a wò'wajú ojo lo titi;
K'a tun bò wá r'èhìn oràn wo;
Nitori àti sùn ara eni ni. 
Let us not engage the world hurriedly.
Let us not grasp at the rope of wealth impatiently.
That which should be treated with mature judgment,
Let us not deal with in a state of anger.
When we arrive at a cool place,
Let us rest fully;
Let us give continuous attention to the future;
and let us give deep consideration to the consequences of things.
And this because of our (eventual) passing.

                               Eji Ogbe
                           The Odu Ifa

Kuumba 

(koo-OOM-bah) 
Creativity

"To do always as much as we can in the way that we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it."

The Sixth Principle is Kuumba and logically follows from and is required by the Principle of Nia.It is a commitment to being creative within the context of the national community vocation of restoring our people to their traditional greatness and thus leaving our community more beneficial and beautiful than we, i.e., each generation, inherited it.

Day of Meditation

Imani 

(ee-MAH-nee) 
Faith

"To believe, with all our heart, in our Creator, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle."

The Seventh Principle is faith, the belief in and commitment to all that is of value to us as a family, community, people, and culture.
Faith in ourselves is key.

HARAMBE!
Let's Pull Together!

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~ 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kwanzaa: Collective Economics | Purpose

Ujamaa 

(oo-jah-MAH): 
Collective economics
To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.


"To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness."

Ujamaa is about building a strengthening and controlling of the economics of our community. Sharing the wealth is another form of Ujamma. Respecting the wealth is appreciated and valued rather than exploiting and engaging in the should be rejected for the good of the community.

Nia 

(NEE-ah) 
Purpose
To restore African American people to their traditional greatness. 

To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (our ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (our descendants).

All people who are concerned with reaffirming family, community, and culture is essentially the purpose of human life is bring good into the world. It is identity is what overall matters. "Nia suggests that personal and social purpose are not only non-antagonistic but complementary in the true communitarian sense of the word." Commitment to the purpose not only benefits the collective as a whole gives meaning to individuals and isolates the pursuits. "Thus, [W.E.B.] Du Bois' stress on education for social contribution and rejection of vulgar careerism rooted in the lone and passionate pursuit of money is especially relevant."

Today's Symbol term to go with this Principle is: 

Kinara 
The Candle Holder
This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans.

Zawadi 
The Gifts
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Underrated K-pop Artists I'm Excited About



Merry Christmas,

I'm really tired after eating dinner. But I wanted to highlight this artist before the year is up. Some debuted this year or couple years back, however, I think this year was their best year. Some have been called very underrated to the point of disbandment while others are doing okay. What I mean by doing okay for some it 's 100,000 views but I think by today's standards if you can reach 500,000, even a 1M you're doing good on each comeback M/V. If you like anything on this list then share it so others can see these amazing artists. Also, some have been on those popular group shows trying to get their shine on which can be a double edge sword (cough...cough DIA). In addition, please check out the 'honorable mentions' because I couldn't find gifs to showcase some of the groups/ artists on the list. Can you guys guess which group on this list has under 5,000 views? Well, I hope you guys enjoy the rest of Christmas. Enjoy! (BTW some of the songs I actually love and did pretty well on the charts.)

Lucy - B-Day


A.C.E - Callin | Catus 


Yuseol - Ocean View


S.O.C (Seven O' Clock) - Echo


Gate9 - Chemical


AlphaBat - Get Your Luv


Marmello - Can't Stop | Puppet


Snuper - Back:Hug


Yaeji - Drink I'm Sippin On | Last Breath | Therapy  | RainGurl | New York 93


VAV - Flower | She's Mine



CLC - Where are YouSUMMER KISS | I like It


MVP - Take It


Moon Hyuna - Cricket Remedy Take 2



S2- Honeya


Blanc7 - YEAH


Subin (of Dalshabet) - StrawberryCircle's Dream


Black6ix - Like a Flower


Baba - Funky Music | Catch Me


Eyedi - Best Mistake | Type


IN2IT - Amazing


Hash Tag - ㅇㅇ


Hotshot - Jelly


Cherry Coke -  Like I Do


ELRIS - Pow Pow


IMPACT - Feel So Good | Please Be My First Love | Lollipop


Hoody - Hangang


DMEANOR - Don't Hold Me


Uhm Jung Hwa - Ending Credit


VARSITY - U r my only one


MiSO - Pink Lady


 TopSecret - She


PPL - SHOOT U


ONF - On/Off 


ICiA - Sad heel 



P.O.P - Catch You


Sophiya - Therapy | For The Record


Honorable Mentions
FAVORITE - PARTY TIME
Blah Blah - Good Job
A.De - Laputa
TREI - UP | X
VERMUDA - Dream girl
YunB - Ritalin (Feat. YonYon)
 Koh Nayoung -  Clumsy 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Kwanzaa: Work & Responsibility

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Sorry for the late post I had to work, so needed to take a minute before I could continue this series on Kwanzaa. I think I will be releasing the last couple of Principles in one blog post in the coming days. I wanted to really focus on the first three then I think for the last one I'm going to do a special post for that one since it has a lot more things I can talk about. The word for the third day of Kwanzaa is called:

Ujima

(oo-JEE-mah)
Collective Work & Responsibility

To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

According to the US government's copyright laws, the term “collective work” refers to a submission in which a number of contributions are assembled into a collective whole. This principle means to help take care of the community by buy, selling, and promoting black-owned business. Also, take care of and keep the community safe, educated, and always seeking opportunities for betterment. And Responsibility is "the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone." Together these two terms can be interpretative as collective guilt in certain situations, the black community is very hard to each other when a person misrepresents us through a medium (or media) frame. The term "collective guilt" is seen here as the individuals are responsible for other people's actions by tolerating, ignoring, or harboring them, without actively collaborating in these actions.

Today's Symbol term to go with this Principle is: 

Mazao

(The Crops)

These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.

"The first-fruits celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration..." read the rest here.

African Crops

Green beans
Carrots
Sweet potatoes
Beetroot
Squash
Lettuce
Tomatoes

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Kwanzaa: Self Determination

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Habari gani? (What the News?): For day two of Kwanzaa is especially important because from Unity I think you can gain a sense of willpower.  The word for the second day of Kwanzaa is called:

Kujichagulia

(koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah)


Demands a practice of self-determination in both the cultural and economic sense. It stresses the moral obligation of Africans to define themselves, speak for themselves, build for themselves, and make their own unique contribution to the forward flow of human history. Thus this principle prohibits collaboration in one's own oppression, the allowance of others to define African people or culture and turning to others for Kwanzaa items which the community itself has conceived of and has historically and rightfully made.


To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

Dr. Karenga says, "You should not mix the Kwanzaa holiday or its symbols, values, and practice with any other culture. This would violate the principles of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) and thus violate the integrity of the holiday." Self Determination is not defined based on "Freedom to live as one chooses or to act or decide without consulting another or others. It is more associated with the communal definition "Determining by the people of the form their government shall have, without reference to the wishes of any other nation, especially by people of a territory or former colony." We must all take part in expressing ourselves culturally and philosophical of which it does not permit outside forces to change those core values.


Today's Symbol term to go with this Principle is: 

Mkeka
(The Mat)

This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kwanzaa: Unity

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I wanted to continue from my last post with a theme for each day of Kwanzaa. These words are apart from seven principles of Kwanzaa.Today's word I think is especially important for what is going with people who feel left out during the holiday season or feel hurt. The word for the first day of Kwanzaa is called:

Umoja
(oo-MOH-jah)

Success starts with Unity of Family, community, nation, and race.

This word means: the state of being united or joined as a whole.

In other words, "A time of ingathering of the people to reaffirm the bonds between them."

A symbol to go along with this principle is:

Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)

This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.

I think it is giving a gift that can help someone feel whole either it be via mind, body, and soul. I think meditation like yoga would be great gift idea. Another would be giving back to the community or taking it upon yourself to help a family or friend need are what I think what counts. I also think is it important to also ask for help from others so that wheel of unity can keep people in each other in our hearts and minds. Last year my mom's cup broke and it had a very meaningful message on it, so I went out and brought her another cup with a message to somehow make her whole. I hope everyone can gain something from this principle that you can adopt into your life.

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Do You Know About Kwanzaa?


Every time I turn on the radio these during the holiday I hear Christmas music and the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas and 8 days of Hanukkah especially with all news surrounding the Meditteranean sea these days. However, there are many religious and cultural beliefs that celebrated around December into January. Most involve lighting candles to celebrate each day, gift giving, and a festive dinner made with the autumn/winter harvest for the last day of celebration. If you had any DNA testing than you'll probably be interested in celebrating or having a tradition based on your ancestry.

When I was a child everyone talked about celebrating Kwanzaa which is a fairly new celebration in the western hemisphere but this year it is turning 51 years old.  Most African-Americans descents come from the Akan-Bantu people, Senegal all the way down into Namibia. The tradition was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga on the bases of Seven Principles and Symbols, also known as, "Nguzo Saba." Kwanza is Swahili and means "first fruits'' which is center around the last harvest of the year. The seven-day festival starts the day after Christmas and ends on New Year's day. In Africa, there is a festival called "Pongal" or "Yam Festival" which marks the end of an abundant food-producing harvest. It is also celebrated by Indians and South East Asian. "In Ghana, the Yam Festival (Homowo) lasts three days. The festival begins with a cleansing ceremony to honor family members who have died. Farmers give thanks to the gods who ensure a good harvest. Twins and triplets are honored during this time as a special gift from God"-Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India. In addition, African Yams are actually on the more starchy side similar to actually Yuca-root (Cassava) than our American counterparts the Sweet Potatoe which commonly called Yams when the sweet potatoes have been (stovetop) cooked or canned.

The colors of Kwanzaa are movement representing “unity” for peoples of African descent: Black for the people, red for the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry, and green for the rich land of Africa. These colors are based on Hon. Marcus Garvey as national colors for African people throughout the world. In the coming days, I will be releasing the Seven Principles of the Kawaza leading up the celebration.

~ Heri za Kwanzaa ~

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My 2017 Favorite Podcasts

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The last six months of I've started listening to podcast thanks to Amy Lee of Vagabond Youth from YouTube. I've mostly got into listening to podcast about music and have ventured out to other cultural-media podcasts. Another major reason why I started listening podcast was that my job has the worst internet even for the public and I found an app that I use that allows me to download podcasts. Some of these podcasts have received numerous rewards and or on the top of the charts so hopefully, you can enjoy them as much as I do. I'm really thankful for that because it gets really quiet and boring because of the current situations with L.A. fires the internet is even worse than usual. I'm praying for everyone who are trying to survive these fires especially my friend who lives out there by Creek Fire.


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