What hap­pens when you merge Kwan­zaa and the Buy Black move­ment? You get Brooklyn’s Kwan­zaa Crawl, the brain­child of come­di­an and writer Ker­ry Cod­dett. In an inter­view with the New York Dai­ly News, she says the event, in its first year, is a way to turn pro-black words into action;

“We’re always look­ing to bring the com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er and inspire peo­ple to take an active role in the things that hap­pen in their com­mu­ni­ty… So this is just anoth­er one of our ini­tia­tives. We think it’s impor­tant that we sup­port the small black-owned busi­ness­es that sup­port us, that hire us.. We’re tired of being shot. We’re tired of police bru­tal­i­ty. We’re tired of com­plain­ing, and we’re tired of protest­ing. This event is one of those things that encour­ages peo­ple to be mobile and do some­thing and learn who their con­gress­men and city coun­cil mem­bers are. They’re all out here sup­port­ing this.” 

On Decem­ber 26, the first day of Kwan­zaa, atten­dees trav­eled to 17 black-owned bars and restau­rants through­out Brook­lyn. And the turnout was incred­i­ble with more than 1600 peo­ple com­ing out.

Atten­dees gath­er in Restora­tion Plaza for Kwan­zaa Crawl
Cred­it: New York Dai­ly News
Atten­dees get wrist­bands for Kwan­zaa Crawl
Cred­it: New York Dai­ly News


Go to New York Dai­ly News for more pho­tos from the event and Kwanzaacrawl.com for more infor­ma­tion about Kwan­zaa Crawl.

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Sabrina black

I love this uni­ty. It just proves we are sup­port­ive?


Wish I was there!


Me too!


This is BEAUTIFUL!!! We so need to do more stuff like this. Wish I was still in NY to par­tic­i­pate.