What’s Happened To Kwanzaa? Cast Of “The Best Man Holiday” Answers [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]


In 1966 Dr Maulana Karenga created an Afro-American holiday designed to honor African heritage and tradition called Kwanzaa. The week long celebration is observed between December 26th and January 1st and incorporates seven principles called the Nguzo saba. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, “meaning first fruits of the harvest.”

Kwanzaa has enjoyed a loyal following in the United States and around the world with millions of annual participants, but has not established a foothold in mainstream news and media coverage. Even with the number of Christmas and holiday films starring in and targeted to African-Americans there is little mention of Kwanzaa, even in passing.

Not surprisingly, the discussion around Kwanzaa between the cast of the “The Best Man Holiday” (in theaters this Friday) is as varied as it is in the African-American community. While Director Malcolm Lee says his family does celebrate Kwanzaa, other members of the cast were not very familiar with the celebration at all. Nia Long, whose name is one of the seven principles (meaning purpose) was pragmatic about any possible inclusion of Kwanzaa in this or any holiday film.

“I think ‘Holiday’ is more universal,” she says. “This is a movie and we want to appeal to all audiences. I am of part of Kwanzaa but I’m not gonna say ‘The Best Man,’ Kwanzaa.”

However, her co-star Morris Chestnut didn’t think that was such a bad idea, even in jest. “I’ll talk to Malcolm Lee and maybe we’ll do ‘The Best Man Kwanzaa’ for the third movie.”

Regina Hall’s response may best sum up how many people feel about the celebration, “I’ve never practiced Kwanzaa but I’ve always liked the sound of it…”

To see what the rest of the cast had to say watch the clip below.

What’s Happened To Kwanzaa? Cast Of “The Best Man Holiday” Answers [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] was originally published on theurbandaily.com

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2 thoughts on “What’s Happened To Kwanzaa? Cast Of “The Best Man Holiday” Answers [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

  1. Why does one assume that all black people celebrate Kwanzaa? I’m a Christian, Born Again Believer and I will under no circumstances celebrate Kwanzaa. I’ve never raised my children to believe in Santa. We have always celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ during this season and I will not change that. The majority of my family and friends celebrate the season the same way. Christians do not have to spend all their money on Christmas or use anything to replace it. Although we acknowledge that Jesus was not actually born on December 25, we can still celebrate the real meaning of this season.

  2. Because most black people want to be included in the American Dream (which has always been a nightmare for us) and not connected to anything exclusively black. Which is also why an Interracial relationship was added to the movies story line.

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