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What's Happened To Kwanzaa? Cast Of "The Best Man Holiday" Answers [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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This photo provided by NBCUniversal shows, from left, Taye Diggs as Harper, Morris Chestnut as Lance, Harold Perrineau as Julian, and Terrence Howard as Quentin, serenading the ladies in the film "The Best Man Holiday." The movie releases in theaters Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Michael Gibson) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

In 1966 Dr Maulana Karenga created an Afro-American holiday designed to honor African heritage and tradition called Kwanzaa. The week long celebration is observed between December 26th and January 1st and incorporates seven principles called the Nguzo saba. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, “meaning first fruits of the harvest.”

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