December 28, 2021

The tradition often involves symbolic items like a candle holder (Kinara), unity cup (Kikombe cha Umoja), placemat (Mkeka), crops (Mazao), corn (Muhindi) and gifts (Zawadi).

Local woman educates others on meaning behind Kwanzaa

By Breana Albizu Sunday marks the start of Kwanzaa and one local woman is turning to education to celebrate the special tradition. It’s a seven-day, non-religious holiday observed in the United States. Kwanzaa is meant to honor African Americans’ ancestral roots. “It’s so important to convey this tradition because it’s ancient. It’s not new, it’s


Xavier Professor has artworks featured in Prospect.5 New Orleans exhibit at Newcomb Museum, installation featuring Tonia Nekkia McClodden opens at Xavier

By Xavier University Newsroom, Ron Bechet, Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Performance Studies at Xavier, is one of the artists with featured works in the “Yesterday we said Tomorrow” Prospect.5 New Orleans exhibit. The only one of its kind in the United States, “Prospect” is a triennial exhibition that has placements across the


The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center Publishes Final Report of ‘Engaging College Students in 21st Century Law Enforcement’

Written by the Howard University Newsroom, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center published their final report studying police-community relations using college students to help drive the discussion on diversity and inclusion and how best to transform recruitment strategies for law enforcement agencies in the 21st century. This project was supported by a cooperative agreement


Biden grapples with a Covid-19 testing failure that could have been foreseen

By Stephen Collinson, President Joe Biden and his team repeatedly promised more Covid-19 testing, including at-home kits that deliver rapid results, but they are now admitting a virus that is more adaptable than the politicians who fight it has outpaced them again. For many Americans, this holiday season may be remembered for hours spent in long testing lines, or fruitlessly searching

FILE - National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. A quote from Gorman's poem made a list of noteworthy quotes assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the Yale Law library. He said he picks quotes that are important or revealing of the spirit of the times, not because they are necessarily eloquent or admirable. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File)

The cultural moments that defined 2021

By Marianna Cerini, Year two of the pandemic was, in many ways, just as challenging and weird as the first. That said, in-person events made a tentative comeback, as did socializing outside our homes — albeit with masks on our faces and hand sanitizer in our pockets. More so than in 2020, we adapted to living with


Howard University Announces Faculty and Staff Pay Raises in the New Year 

Written by Howard University Newsroom, Howard University today announced it will spend an additional $17 million in 2022 to increase compensation for faculty and staff. Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said the raises represent a continued focus on supporting Howard’s exceptional employees amid challenging circumstances. During the pandemic, Howard took the necessary steps to avoid group layoffs and furloughs of any of its staff members, and moved $80 million from the endowment in order to fully fund the employee pension plan. Howard also remains committed


Travel nightmare continues: Another 2,200 flights canceled Tuesday

By Chris Liakos and Sonnet Swire, Thousands of flights have been canceled over the past several days as Covid cases surge across the globe. On Tuesday, another 2,200 flights have been canceled, with nearly 700 of them within, into or out of the United States, according to tracking website FlightAware. More than 2,000 flights have been