Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Politics, Cooperative Economics and Cookies

A few weeks ago, I was involved in a Twitter conversation about supporting Black businesses. As a result, I wrote a blog post compiling a list of Black-owned beauty brands. … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables

By Chrystal Baker of The Duo Dishes and Any and Everywhere. Ujamaa, cooperative economics, is the topic of the day, and it’s a big one in light of the holiday season. A … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Taste of Arts and Culture

By Adrienne Cole of ARTisan Cafe Four has always been my favorite number. Forever and a day. Before I could count, I imagine that the visual of four always commanded … Continue reading

December 15, 2014

Therapy Wine Bar’s Top 5 African-American Owned Wines

By Angela Terry, Co-Owner of Therapy Wine Bar Therapy Wine Bar opened its door in Bedford-Stuyvesant in September 2009. Since then we have been providing our customers with an eclectic … Continue reading

December 12, 2014

A Monthly Subscription Service Making Buying Black Easy

By Ebony Costain, Founder/Owner of Ujamaa Box Do you find yourself wanting to spend more money with Black businesses but days, weeks, months go by and you still haven’t spent a … Continue reading

December 5, 2014

African Jewel Rooibos Tea Cake

The principle of Ujamaa-Cooperative economics, to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and profit from them together, is one that has been ever present in my … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

In Closing: Make Kwanzaa a Family Affair

The celebration of Kwanzaa has been an important tradition in my family for several years. In this article, I will discuss its historical development in my own family and why … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ujamaa: Caterers for Your Next Special Event

Hiring a community focus caterer is within the principle of Ujamaa. The following are a few caterers to call for your next special event.

December 29, 2011

Ujamaa: Majani Catering’s Soulful Community Connection

As fellow Kwanzaa Culinarians, we raise our forks in agreement that there’s more to food than meets the stomach. Good food solidifies bonds, starts businesses and builds community. When we … Continue reading

December 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Luna’s Kitchen Magic” Celebrates Ujamaa

Seletta “Luna” Raven lives in Oakland, California. She is the woman and spirit behind Luna’s Kitchen Magic. In her own space, Luna shares the foods that resonate with herself and … Continue reading

December 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

In Spirit of Kuumba, Shelley Shares her Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

My most fond memories of Kwanzaa is Karamu or the feast. My mother made Kwanzaa a tradition in our house when I was in elementary school. Every year people would … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.