Celebrate Kwanzaa 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History. This year’s annual family-friendly Kwanzaa event features rapper and beatboxer Doug E. Fresh performing hip-hop classics, and teaching his signature dance moves to the audience.
The theme of Kwanzaa 2015 at AMNH is Energize, Recognize! It’s on Sunday, Dec. 27th, with performances at noon and 3pm. There’s also a Kwanzaa Marketplace of handmade African-American crafts from noon to 4pm, and a screening The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, at 4:30 pm.
Admission to all the Kwanzaa events is included in museum admission.
The first famed “human beatbox” in the rap world, Doug E. Fresh is known to use his virtuosic voice to speak out against racism, illiteracy, brutality, and homelessness in communities around the world. He will perform hip-hop classics, and teach the audience his signature dance moves, which are the inspiration behind the hit song “Teach Me How to Dougie.”
Additionally, Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Linda Humes guides visitors through the joyous holiday that celebrates the African roots of the African-American community, drawing on seven universal principles of Kwanzaa.
The program begins with a performance of “Spirit of Resistance,” a new piece created by the Harlem School of the Arts Legacy Ensemble, specifically for AMNH Kwanzaa festival. The performance highlights West African dancing and drumming traditions and celebrates the wisdom of those who have come before us, as well as the survival and victory over the tragic forces of slavery.
Wrapping up the festival, award-winning filmmaker MK Asante will introduce his landmark movie, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration in Kaufmann Theater, 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.