Ark Republic + Black Farmers Index Winter Mini Concert featuring Leah Jenea, Lynda Starr and Ja-Tun Thomas

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Ark Republic and Black Farmers Index Winter Concert is about celebrating life, love, creativity and being grateful that we are still here to reshape the world to be a better place. The winter concert streamed from December 25 to 27.

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When a real queen holds court: Tracey Cosby says being a judge was fulfilling, but most of her work is off of the bench | The Light Series

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In every crease and fold of the judicial robe worn by Tracey Cosby, there are complex stories showing a robust journey to judgeship. From an organizational leader to a US veteran, she continues to work towards giving voice to those who are silenced.

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2020 + Illuminate | The Light Series

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Welcome to The Light Series, Ark Republic’s annual initiative to illuminate beneficent people and inspiring news with good vibes. 

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Who shined the light in our darkest hour? Ark Republic accepts submissions for “The Light Series”

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2020 went low, but we’re finishing it by going high with our only major collaborative project of the year.

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Orisa in the Ghetto: The Black Divine | Short Doc

Ending, The Light Series, and beginning the new year with a creative spark, the first installment of docu-series by Kaia Shivers titled, “Pulling Heaven From the Sky,” is a short visual exploring Blackness and divinity.

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Harambee! 8 Cities to check out Kwanzaa celebrations

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Started in 1966 by women members of the US Organization to teach children, Kwanzaa has spread into a winter holiday throughout the US African diaspora.

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Artist Margie ‘Mia X’ Johnson carries on Kwanzaa traditions passed on by her family’s matriarch

Burn a little sage, commune with the family, its a vibe. Mia X, one of Newark’s most prolific poets, keeps Kwanzaa traditions fresh and powerful as she now becomes the keeper of the African-centered custom carried on during the winter holidays.

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Oh Holy Night: The power of Christmas and winter rituals that gave me a spiritual foundation | The Light Series

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This is my time of the year.  December, being the month in which I was born, is also the Christmas holiday, a celebration of the birth of the holy child by the name of Jesus. Also during this time, winter solstice takes place. As a result, my life has always been surrounded by winter rituals.

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20 hot drink recipes for holiday nights and early mornings

Christmas in the northern part of the hemisphere welcomes time-honored traditions and foods. Yet and still, gatherings would not be fulfilled without hot beverages that keep the bones warm and sit at the heart of cuddle season. From Kingston to the Netherlands, these warm drinks usher in a wonderful holiday.

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Christmas and winter traditions change as the US shifts in demographics | The Light Series

The growing diversity in the US contributes to new and revised traditions during Christmas time. Unbeknownst to a southern pastor, his simple question sparked a conversation on the changing landscape.

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