Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR
December 28, 201212:00 PM ET  – Heard on Tell Me More
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we’d like to talk about Kwanzaa. Wednesday marked the start of the seven-day celebration of African-American culture and heritage. And if you’ve been around a while, then you probably remember that in the 1980s and 1990s, Kwanzaa was one of the trifecta of winter holidays – along with Christmas and Hanukkah, of course – that got a lot of attention from the media; from retail establishments, including the big department stores; and artists. Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass released a song “Happy Kwanzaa” on his 1998 album “This Christmas I’d Rather Have Love.” Let’s listen.

SONG, “HAPPY KWANZAA” – TEDDY PENDERGRASS

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: (Singing) That it got no black or white. We all know it’s all right. It’s a celebration that should last throughout the year. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy Kwanzaa. Together, there’s much that we can do. All right. Happy Kwanzaa. Together there is so much we can do. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy Kwanzaa…

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/28/168202864/is-kwanzaa-still-a-thing

LORD KITCHENER – JANUARY GIRLS (1956)

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