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7-Day Festival of Kwanzaa Begins Today
With Hanukkah and Christmas 2009 now behind us, another major December holiday begins today: Kwanzaa.
Created in 1966 by a man named Maulana Karenga, now a CSULB professor, Kwanzaa honors the Seven Principles during its 7 days: "unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith," as explained by an article by the CNS published by abc7.
Celebrants light a candelabrum called a kinara, and some opt to display a three-color flag or fast before the final night's feast. For many, the holiday is an important celebration of black heritage, unity, and expression. As part of the festival today a parade and a celebration was held in Leimert Park.
Learn more about Leimert Park via LAist's Neighborhood Project, then head down there tomorrow for a soulful brunch, or check out one of the spots we checked out in the Leimert Park Eats series: Cafe Soul, Ackee Bamboo, M&M Soul Food, Shabazz Good Foods, or Mama's House.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.