December 23, 2005

Community Events:

WorldBeat Cultural Center Presents Kwanzaa

A Cultural Holiday Celebration Of Song, Dance & Drum

Annually the WorldBeat Cultural Center emphasizes the second principle of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia; which means self-determination in Swahili. Dr. Maulana Karenga created the only indigenous Afro-American cultural holiday in the 1960’s, modeling Africa’s first fruits harvest celebration. All families and races are invited to join the celebration with WorldBeat Center’s African Drum & Dance Troupe. The celebration also includes speakers on the principles of Kwanzaa, the festive lighting of the candles, and delicious healthy African Ameri-can cuisine. Festivities are open for participation and/or observation. Come one, come all to Celebrate!!

Venue: WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park

Address:  2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

Date:  December 27, 2005

Time:  7:30pm

Cost:  Free!

The Creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga To Speak On:

“Kwanzaa: A Season of Celebration, Meditation and Recommitment”

Children Having Children, Inc., a teen pregnancy prevention organization, in conjunction with the Pan-African Associations of America (PAAA), will sponsor a lecture and community Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday, December 30th at the Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center located at 5148 Market Street. Dr. Karenga is a professor of Black Studies, California State University, Long Beach; chair or the Organization Us, the creator of Kwanzaa, as well as the author of the most definitive text on the holiday, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

The Kwanzaa event will feature African cultural performances, wellness activities, authentic African Cuisine and a book signing by Dr. Karenga. Additionally, there will also be a candle-lighting ceremony performed by the children of the community (youth form the B.E.G.I.N., preparatory school), and a performance by the Teye Sa Thionsanne African Drum and Dance Company. This year’s celebration is being co-sponsored by the PAAA, which for the past (15) fifteen years has hosted an Umoja Day Celebration in the county of San Diego (Kwanzaa is a seven-day long celebration, which begins December 26th and ends January 1st).

Dr. Karenga has stated that “Kwanzaa is a celebration of the Good, the good of life, community and culture, friendship, the bountifulness of the earth, the wonder of the universe, the elders, the young, the human person in general, our history, our struggle for liberation and ever higher levels of human life.”

The event will take place at the Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Theater, located at 5148 Market Street, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Other sponsors include, the California Black Health Network; Paradise Valley Hospital; the California Endowment, and the Jacobs Family Foundation.

The event is free of charge, but due to limited seating, those persons interested in attending call should call (619) 262-2022 for further information.

KUSI News Special to Review Year in San Diego

Paul Bloom and Kimberly Hunt will anchor a prime time KUSI NEWS special, ”2005: The Year in Review,” focusing on news that made headlines here in San Diego, Thursday, December 28th at 9pm.  KUSI NEWS reporters Steve Bosh, Doug Curlee, Sasha Foo, Ed Lenderman, Steve Quis and John Soderman will cover stories ranging from the mayoral race and pension crisis to sports, housing issues and a focus on the area’s military complex.  The special will also be simulcast on the radio on 1170 AM KCBQ. KUSI NEWS continues to be the news leader in San Diego, with more newscasts and more news specials than any other station.

A Chunky Sanchez Documentary

Paul Espinosa of Espinosa Productions and Mark R. Day of Day Productions are completing an hour-long documentary on San Diego’s local hero, Ramon Chunky Sanchez. We welcome any input from the community in terms of photos, videos, remembrances, funny stories, and acts of compassion and solidarity Chunky has shown in the past three decades while entertaining and educating the people of San Diego and beyond.

Please contact us at:
Paul Espinosa
Espinosa Productions
P.O. Box 1925
Scottsdale, AZ 85252
(480) 965-3635
(480) 965-3421

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