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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 30, 2018. 12 comments

Dispatches From The Kwanzaa Kid: How the Grinch Stole Ujamaa

Dispatches From The Kwanzaa Kid: How the Grinch Stole Ujamaa

Here’s a lie you often hear:

“I grew up in the hood. And because I was smart, all the cool kids and the gangstas bullied me and beat me up.”

If you talk to anyone who ever knew me, none of them would describe me as cool. Even though I was the least intimidating person you would meet, I didn’t encounter much trouble because I didn’t live in “the hood.”

No one lives in “the hood” or the...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 30, 2018. 1 comments

Kwanzaa Shout: Richelieu Dennis, the ‘Essence’ of Cooperative Economics

Kwanzaa Shout: Richelieu Dennis, the ‘Essence’ of Cooperative Economics

Today—Dec. 29—the Kwanzaa principle celebrated is Ujamaa, or “cooperative economics,” and there was very little debate as to who personified the “essence” of this concept, simply defined as such: To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Richelieu Dennis, founder of the and CEO of Sun­dial Brands, which includes Shea Moisture and Nubian...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Jan 02, 2018. 1 comments

Habari Gani?! Imani! The Black Women of Alabama Embodied Faith in 2017

Habari Gani?! Imani! The Black Women of Alabama Embodied Faith in 2017

Faith. George Michael crooned about it; black people in America somehow maintain it—even if it’s the size of a mustard seed—time and time again.

Faith, or Imani, is the last principle of Kwanzaa, the weeklong black cultural holiday started more than half a century ago.

This entire week, for each day of Kwanzaa, The Root shone the spotlight on one person from the community who exemplified the...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 29, 2017.

Habari Gani?! Ujamaa! Chance the Rapper Embodied Cooperative Economics in 2017

Habari Gani?! Ujamaa! Chance the Rapper Embodied Cooperative Economics in 2017

This year, for each day of Kwanzaa, The Root is highlighting one person from the community who exemplifies the principle of the day.

On the fourth day of Kwanzaa, Dec. 29, the principle is Ujamaa, or “cooperative economics.” To practice Ujamaa is to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

The person who we felt best exemplified cooperative...

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