Krystal Tomlinson, who is the spouse Jamaican Artist “Beenie Man”, updated her Instagram page today with a photo of the family gathered around their Dining table that highlights a Kwanzaa Focus!
With bright smiles Beenie Man, his spouse, his daughter Ikyra Davis and son Mosiah Davis announced to the world, that they skipped Christmas for Kwanzaa. How do we know that, a post of this nature was not shared on Christmas Day. See their post below:
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles starting with the UNITY principle!
It was created by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966–67.
As Africans become #Woke (a term used predominantly on social media to describe cultural awareness), western traditions are being analyzed and questioned. What they mean for Africans at home and those in the diaspora. Christmas has been widely practiced among this group for centuries, largely with no real understanding of Why? For most, it’s just tradition but for some it became near and dear to hearts through brainwashed education and the Christianization of Africans by force.
It truly is a breath of fresh air to see people think and apply critical analysis to the social norms we subscribed to. Jamaica, though heavily populated with christians and those apathetic to colonial practices, also produces some of the most courageous and brilliant minds such as Marcus Garvey, Louise Bennett, Harry Belafonte and Peter Tosh to name a few.