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38th KwanZaa Gwaride Opens the 49th Year of KwanZaa
By RW Akile, Contributing Writer
Published December 26, 2014

The Gwaride weaves the traditional and the contemporary reality of life in Los Angeles    

One of the many Kwanzaa celebrations taking place locally will be the 38th Annual Kwanzaa Gwaride, which seeks to weave the traditional and the contemporary reality of life in Los Angeles. (Courtesy photo)   

The 38th Annual KwanZaa Gwaride opens the 49th Year of the KwanZaa Era (KE), the Year of Imani (Faith) on December 26, 2014 beginning at 11:15 AM from the corner of Adams and Crenshaw where it will precede s/b on Crenshaw ending in Leimert Park with a “Black Lives Matter” Rally.  “Perfect YOUR Temple” the theme of this year’s Gwaride is a call to arms in our constant and ongoing efforts to “perfect” our lives.  “Temple” in this case refers to our bodies and since we are social creatures our “collective temple” is our community.

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Each one of us has a personal responsibility to do the best that we can to maintain good thoughts and good actions.  Our good thoughts and good actions in an ideal sense will carry over into our relationship with others.  Thus, “Perfect YOUR Temple” reminds us that BLACK LIVES do MATTER and an I CAN’T BREATH moment can happen to any one of us. 

The Gwaride weaves the traditional and the contemporary reality of life in Los Angeles.  Maskers and drill teams will march, signs and banners will be carried and the community will focus our attention on issues such as Police Brutality, Families losing their homes to BIG Banks, Judicial Corruption, Transparency in Government, Political Prisoners, Environmental Racism are but some of the issues that will be aired in the procession.   Come out, represent and support those issues you deem important.  Remember, “Perfect your Temple” because “Black Lives Matter.”

Our Oba and Iyaba of the 38th Annual KwanZaa Gwaride are Pastor K.W. Tulloss and Jasmyne Cannick respectively.   Activists in their own right, these two individuals have been involved in the current wave of demonstrations against Police Brutality in Ferguson, New York, and Los Angeles.  

Oba Pastor K.W. Tulloss is the Senior Pastor of “The Historical” Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church located in the Downtown, Boyle Heights region of Los Angeles. He also serves as the Los Angeles President and Western Regional Director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s local Civil Rights group National Action Network. Pastor Tulloss has been at the forefront of many of our nations most talked about demonstrations. He’s a 21st century drum major for social justice and is a nationally respected Pastor and Civil rights leader/Activist.  Pastor Tulloss is known for his skills around organizing and mobilizing communities, which has effectively created change and held community elects accountable to their communities.

Iyaba Jasmyne Cannick has been selected as one of ESSENCE Magazine’s 25 Women Shaping the World and one of the Most Influential African-Americans in Los Angeles Under 40, Jasmyne Cannick is a social commentator on politics and race who has cultivated a national following for addressing the issues most important to African-Americans from an unapologetic Black point of view.  As a social commentator and opinion writer, Jasmyne has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Ebony Magazine to name a few and her syndicated column appears in African-American newspapers from coast to coast. No stranger to radio, she is the past co-anchor of the evening news on Los Angeles Pacifica radio station 90.7FM KPFK and has served as a segment producer on KJLH-FM’s Front Page show, Southern California’s premiere news and current affairs show focused on the African-American community.

For more information please call /323\ 799.8409 or visit us on Facebook @ Kwanzaa in Los Angeles, RW Akile, and Kwanzaa Ndaba. This is a KwanZaa People of Color “Keeping Culture Alive” sponsored event.

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Hapi KwanZaa! One and All.

May the Year of Imani Bring the best to you and yours.

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