Kwanzaa at the Mike

Cafe Nuba, the eighteen-and-up open-mike amalgamation of spoken word, performance art, political prose, indie film and tight beats that occurs the last Friday of every month at the Roxy Theater, 2549 Welton Street, is always a crowd-pleaser. But tonight’s 8 p.m. showcase ups the festivity ante with Nuba’s eighth annual Kwanzaa Cele-bration.

Sure, there are still the nationally recognized poets such as Rodzilla the Blackademic, Mannie the Defiant Sun, SuziQ and Darian Dauchan. But this evening’s program fea-tures West African drumming and a raffle whose proceeds go to the organization Stop Genocide Now, and it focuses on the seven principles of the week-long Pan-African festival: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. “This is probably one of most racially diverse Kwanzaa events in the city,” says Pan African Arts Society executive director Ashara Ekundayo, who will co-emcee the event. “The ideas of Kwanzaa are universal. It doesn’t matter what relig-ion you are. It is about your place in the community.” Plus, she promises, a good time will be had by all: “We like to be funky.”

Tickets cost $10, or $5 with donations of black hair-care products. For more information, go to
Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m., 2007

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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