Today, Radhiya lights a red candle to symbolize our efforts to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others.
Habari Gani?Today's principle is Kujichagulia which means self-determination. This is one of my fav principles of Kwanzaa. I would dedicate Lupe's "Dumb it Down" to this principle because that song is all about Lu rebelling against the typical stigma that most hip hop lyricist tend to have i.e degrading women, glorifying ignorance etc. He clearly chooses to create music that will cultivate the minds of people rather than rot it. So when you light your red candle today remember to never allow anyone to define who YOU are.
"This ain't a pen, this a paintbrush and I tend to rearrange how they paint us"-Lupe