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Orisa in the Ghetto: The Black Divine | Short Doc

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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

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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

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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

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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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NZingha Ra’in clears out the old energy to welcome in the new for Winter Solstice | The Light Series

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For NZingha, it is important to remove and detach from emotions and things that weigh her down during the winter solstice. Her meditations and other traditions have been key as a mother who does not celebrate Christmas, but wants her daughter to carry on a healthy and wholistic customs.

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When a social worker and barber team up to empower foster children in L.A. they began to find angels | The Light Series

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When social worker Courtney Henderson and barber, Eric Dafney, joined forces, a one-time event, spear-headed an organization that gives African American foster children a powerful lesson in radical self-care.

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Therese Nelson builds Black culinary network to give Black chefs agency and access to a rich history | The Light Series

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Georgina Bailey of Teas by G builds cannabis drinking company one teabag at a time | The Light Series

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It has been a busy year for Georgina Bailey who launched CDB beverage company in Harlem. The mompreneur and creative keeps her grind going one teabag at a time. Now as Ark Republic’s first small business partner, we hope you enjoy her beverages as much as we do.

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