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December 7 -- Kwanzaa and the African Tradition & T-Shirts From EsJay

Update: And the winners are...

 

Alexander from Russia!

Stephen from Germany!

Amy -- Comment #11!

 

Thanks to EsJay for the shirts - and don't forget to read the next blog post

 

 

Today we are giving away three custom t-shirts from EsJay Designs' Classic Kingdom collection. Joe is the visual artist behind the designing duo, who started out as high school sweethearts and now run the company together. The Kingdom line of t-shirts was inspired by -- you guessed it -- the animal kingdom. If you look closely at the shirts pictured below, you'll see a moody king of the jungle and a hungry shark, not to mention a pouty 'king of beasts' without his crown.

 

The other half of EsJay Designs is Sandra, who handles everything that is not drawing. If you take a look at their website, I'm sure you'll agree that Sandra has considerable artistic talent of her own. The site looks great! Sandra and Joe operate out of Harlem, so if you ever do that New York trip you have been planning, you might look them up and ask them to show you the new collection. For now, though, all the animals live in virtual cages - check out their site to see the whole Kingdom line and lots of other hoodies, tees and more.

 

Although it is a bit early in the month, today's post is about another December tradition, Kwanzaa. Not a Christmas tradition by any means, Kwanzaa actually begins on December 26 and lasts until the start of the new year in January. Each of the seven days is dedicated to one of the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles.


Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition, meaning it started as a movement by Blacks in the United States. It strives to be international and pan-African in focus, however. At the root of Kwanzaa (and Pan-Africanism for that matter) is the belief in Africa as a united continent and an alternative source of traditions from the prevalent (white European) holiday tradition.

 

There is a lot more to write about Kwanzaa, especially since this is a relatively new holiday tradition that many people may not know much about. For now, though, we'll start with a video from The Black Candle, a film about Kwanzaa -- and are looking forward to all your comments!

 

 

Remember: here's how to win:

 

  • Comment on this blog post below - don't forget to include your real name so we can find you!

or

 

Thanks to Sandra and Joe from EsJay Designs for sponsoring today's contest, and good luck to everyone!

 

Comments: 12 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    Stephen Roche (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:44)

    I thought the lion was king of the beasts. Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
    Anyway, really nice stuff and great images.

    Also, thanks for the kwanzaa info. I'd never heard of it, but it sounds like a great idea.

  • #2

    Tiffany Chaplin (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:04)

    Those are cool shirts

  • #3

    kiwichendeluxe (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:09)

    It makes me really sad to watch this film :/
    But i'm glad to see how simply things in life can make them happy ;)
    I hope i will winn one of these cool shirts

  • #4

    n3rdfreak (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:11)

    I'm not black but i think these shirts will lokk nice everwhere ;)

  • JimdoPro
    #5

    cannes-festival-apartment (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:35)

    Cool! Shark attacks ...

  • JimdoBusiness
    #6

    Lucas Millheim (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 18:37)

    Hey kiwichendeluxe,
    What's sad about people celebrating their heritage? I'm not sad when I see people from Cologne partying through the night during Karneval...
    Glad you like the shirts.

  • JimdoPro
    #7

    Matthias (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 18:56)

    The next summer is comng for sure.

  • #8

    Vena Jensen Blitsch (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 20:30)

    My stepkids and I celebrate Kwanzaa every year. It's important to honor and appreciate their African American heritage. We especially enjoy the community celebrations! We also enjoy extending the holidays - we start with Solstice and end with Kwanzaa!

  • #9

    Vena Jensen Blitsch (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:09)

    My stepkids and I celebrate Kwanzaa every year. It's important to honor and appreciate their African American heritage. We especially enjoy the community celebrations! We also enjoy extending the holidays - we start with Solstice and end with Kwanzaa!

  • JimdoPro
    #10

    David Hanscom (Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:20)

    This again is GREAT stuff!!!

  • #11

    Amy (Thursday, 08 December 2011 03:24)

    Lovin' those shirts!

  • JimdoPro
    #12

    Команда LMI.Time (Thursday, 08 December 2011 04:09)

    It looks great.

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