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At Chanukah, Rededication to Our Values

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 01.08.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

In the darkest time of the year, in many traditions throughout the world, we light flames to proclaim the power of the spirit to shine and reunite us ...

Divorced Parents: A Child or Teen's Letter to Santa

Risa Garon | Posted 01.08.2017 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Many children this time of year are writing to Santa and asking for their favorite toys. Working with many teens and listening to the pain they feel e...

Kwanzaa Celebrates Unity, Faith And African Roots

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 through January 1st. HistoryEstablished by Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is a holiday that honors Africa...

5 Ways Parents Can Hone Their Holiday Superpowers

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 12.13.2016 | Parents
Jodi Meltzer

It's the most wonderful time of the year if you're a parent. Trust me on this. Yes, you're hemorrhaging money. The long lines suck. Locating the el...

The Shepherd Boy and the Little Lamb

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Elaine Ambrose

We live in a time where political correctness has diminished the authentic joy of the Christmas season.

Outspeak Presents Holidays With Perspective

Outspeak | Posted 12.05.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

'Tis the season, as they say, but this year Outspeak wants to take a different approach to celebrating the holidays in order to give everyone a little more perspective on the world we live in.

Artist Synthia Saint James And The U.S. Postal Service Release New Kwanzaa Stamp

Valerie Wardlaw | Posted 11.30.2016 | Black Voices
Valerie Wardlaw

Renowned artist Synthia Saint James has created a new Kwanzaa stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. The new Kwanzaa stamp issued on October 1, 2016 is called "Abundance," and is currently available online and at local post offices.

The Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - Technology Edition

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.15.2016 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

It's hard to believe that Black Friday and the 2016 holiday shopping season are almost here. The good news for those of us shopping for personal consu...

Black Twitter Isn't Happy With Hillary's Kwanzaa-Themed Logo

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.29.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Kwanzaa kicked off this past Saturday, and in honor of the festivities, Hillary Clinton's Twitter avatar was revamped to resemble a kinara, the candle...

This Is What Happens When Black People Are Asked What Kwanzaa Means

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices

Although Kwanzaa is a celebration to honor African heritage within African American culture, many black people don't know what it means. In a new Buzz...

Merry Freaking Christmas

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
Kristen Hotham Carroll

I love Christmas, and I love Jesus. Even though Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, I still enjoy having a day to reflect on his birth, and a reminder before I enter every new year, that I want to live a life like Jesus did. If I'm honest, I also like the presents.

Winter Holidays: A Transitional Experience

Hope Schmid | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Hope Schmid

This holiday season, let us acknowledge our similarities, celebrate our diversity, and encourage each other to look forward to the longer days and the hope of spring to come as well as the hope for a better world.

Meatless Monday: Doing Dessert for a Sweet Solstice

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Howdy and happy winter solstice. Winter officially begins tonight and we continue speeding towards Christmas, Kwanzaa and the finish line of 2015. As usual, I am not ready. In fact, I'm still mulling over something from October.

Multicultural Holiday Gift Guide

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 12.17.2016 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

There is a demographic shift happening in the U.S. We are more diverse than ever. As a biracial mom of four, this is an exciting time. As one of the fastest growing populations, gone are the days where we have to choose one box or identify with one culture. We are more fluid and free to self-identify

Visions of Christmas Trees Past

Paola K Amaras | Posted 12.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

I'm always excited when the Christmas tree goes up. Just the simple act of plugging in the lights and determining which ornaments to use gives me an a...

7 Ways To Stay Merry During Family Festivities

Margie Warrell | Posted 12.11.2016 | Women
Margie Warrell

While there's no easy secret recipe to handling difficult rel's (besides never seeing them), I've developed a few strategies over the years that have helped carry me through family gatherings without losing my "merry."

Politically Correct: Holidays Edition

Michelle Satterfield | Posted 12.03.2016 | Religion
Michelle Satterfield

The true spirit of the holidays does not lie in maintaining the precious feelings of the over-privileged, or trying to put ourselves at the center of everyone else's world, but rather in spreading happiness to places it's seldom found.

45 Black-Owned Etsy Stores Everyone Should Support

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.30.2016 | Black Voices

The holiday season is here and what better place to shop for unique gifts for your family and friends than a black-owned business. The best part is th...

Holiday or Vacay: Trading Seasonal Traditions for Travel

Cheapflights | Posted 11.18.2016 | Travel

Think it's not possible to afford a weekend (or even a whole week) away during the holidays? Think again. There are numerous hidden costs to the holidays, from obvious expenses like gifts and food, to little essentials like gift wrap and cards, which can really add up.

How to Be With a Loved One With Dementia During the Holidays

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"I am so sad. I want to see my son." I found her sitting in her wheelchair crying out for her one most beloved person in the whole world. Her son had ...

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.14.2016 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.

The Easter Dilemma

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Natalie Kalin

In fact, months in advance to Easter, any supermarket I walk into has great displays of chocolate and plastic eggs at their entrances, or entire aisles dedicated to Easter baskets and rows of candy.

Daily Meditation: Light The Candle For Kwanzaa

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Kwanzaa 2014

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Black lives matter. All lives do. I don't celebrate Christmas. It's not an either or proposition, but I will celebrate Kwanzaa this year as I have for the last 25 years.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.