Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and “the human beat box” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh, with reggae rapper Vicious, DJs Barry B, and Chill Will, rings in the new year at the Museum’s 37th annual Kwanzaa spectacular. Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Linda Humes, with master drummers Sanga of the Valleyand LeeAnet Noble, following a special opening by the Harlem School of the Arts Legacy Ensemble, guides us through a joyous holiday that celebrates the African roots of the African-American community, drawing on seven universal principles. Award-winning filmmaker MK Asante introduces his landmark movie The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, followed by a musical tribute to the film’s narrator, Dr. Maya Angelou. Q&A to follow with Asante and Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor of EBONY Magazine.
Support for Celebrate Culture programs is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation, the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt, and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.
Kwanzaa 2015: Energize Recognize is co-presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group. The Kwanzaa marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.
Photo credit: Sterling Photography