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Is D.L. Hughley Disrespecting Kwanzaa?
By Niele Anderson
Published December 18, 2008

D.L. Hughley has branded himself as the "Political/News Comedian with his new show "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" on CNN. The show includes interviews with newsmakers and reporters along with comedy bits.

Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S stated, "When you watch as much news as our audience does, there comes a time you just want to stop and laugh — and that time will be Saturday nights at 10 on CNN."

The show debuted October 25th with a boost from the 2008 presidential election. The show has received mixed reviews from the African American Community because of D.L.'s promotion of black stereotypes and his bonfone sidekick. On the other hand the African American Community is proud to see a news show on CNN given from the black prospective but on December 13th D.L. might have taken his Kwanza segment too far.  What started out as a funny way to begin conversation about the meaning of Kwanzaa, turned into what some would call a mischaracterization of the purpose and meaning of Kwanzaa.

While the segment started out light hearted and funny with people from the NYC streets changing Christmas songs to Kwanzaa songs and having them share there impressions or lack of knowledge for Kwanzaa. When the show went back to the studio and it was time to "break the news" D.L. took another route, more mis-education. He gave knowledge of how two of the most traditional Christmas songs "White Christmas being one, were written by Jewish composers. He then went on and had Jewish composer Jeff Marx create a new Kwanzaa song titled, 'White Kwanzaa'. With lyrics stating "it's a time to drink and reflect".

After that D.L. moved on to another segment missing the opportunity to share the real meaning and seven principles which include Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). More so, he missed an opportunity to have the creator of Kwanza Dr. Maulana Karenga discuss how the principles can help all races in their everyday lives and why he created the Holiday in 1966.

This is not the first D.L. has created controversy in 2007 while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, D.L. called the Rutgers women's basketball team "some of the ugliest he's seen in his life" and said some indeed had "nappy hair."

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