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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.