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Kwanzaa movie

 It's the holiday season and the big two, Christmas and Hanukkah, are once again benefiting from decades of masterful marketing, catchy songs and tear-jerking movies starring Jimmy Stewart and, uh, Adam Sandler. But what about Kwanzaa, our youngest holiday? 



By Lawrence Ross, Director, Consumer Strategist Iconoculture , African American

It's only 40 years old, and even though the African-inspired celebration has grown exponentially throughout the United States, it still lags behind in the all-important area of marketing. Where's its movie? Well, fortunately, you don't have long to wait.
M.K. Asante Jr., an award-winning filmmaker and son of Dr. Molefi Asante, the Temple University professor who created the theory of Afrocentricity, is now in postproduction with the first documentary ever produced about Kwanzaa. A recent graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, the 24-year-old has already directed an award-winning film on the African diaspora, 500 Years Later, and is an associate professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Asante's Kwanzaa project includes Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and is narrated by author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou. Looking to finish postproduction and gain distribution in 2007, Asante hopes that Kwanzaa will make the seven principles of this new holiday as ubiquitous as a Christmas tree or a menorah. Maybe then, little Kwanzaa can gain a little bit more market share in a crowded holiday environment.

Afrocentricity Afrocentricity
Author: Molefi Kete Asante;

MuzikJunky (NYC)Afrocentricity remains as one of the newest and least understood of philosophical branches. Originating in the late 19th Century through the work of W.E.B. DuBois and his contemporaries, Asante provides a brilliant stepping-stone, just scraping the surface for the uninitiated beginner, into this compelling branch of thought. Particularly interesting are his arguements on human nature and of universality. Afrocentricity is NOT Black nationalist propaganda, it is a legitimate point-of-view and a basis of serious scholarship. Essential reading for any philosophy student.

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500 Years Later500 Years Later (click on the image to see the 500 years later clip)
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Plot Synopsis: Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African decent globally - Why? 500 years later from the onset of Slavery and subsequent Colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom-Why? Filmed in five continents, and over twenty countries, 500 Years Later engages the authentic retrospective voice, told from the African vantage-point of those whom history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland. 500 Years Later is a timeless compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation that chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right - freedom.


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