Kwanzaa Celebration (2018)


(audience chatter) – Good evening. – [Audience] Good evening. – How you guys doing tonight? – [Audience] Good. – Good. My name is Kevin McEwen. I am a part of the faculty at the Queensborough Community
College Dance Program in the department of Health,
Physical Education, and Dance. Welcome. – [Audience Member] Thank you. – You’re welcome. This is something new we’re doing here. We’re trying to start a new tradition in having this Kwanzaa Celebration. Welcome to our first Kwanzaa
celebration here at QCC. (audience cheering and applauding) And in me wanting to do this presentation and bring this to you all, what we wanted to do is
just start something new. And what it is that we’re
trying to start new here is about community and
it’s about celebrating the end of the year,
celebrating the harvest at the end of the year. And we just wanna show you how
we’re trying to do it here. Now, because of the fact
that I’m a professor in the Dance Program, one of the things that
we are about is dance. That’s part of what we do. And so what we’ve got tonight is a number of our Dance Program majors as well as some people who
are not Dance Program majors. But we also have people from
our extended dance community that are here to perform
for you all as well, too. So, without further ado, I will say (speaks in foreign language), thank you very much for coming. And coming to the stage is a young woman who is a part of our
extended dance community, Imani Ayana, and she’s gonna tell you guys a little about Kwanzaa
before we go further. So thank you very much, and I’ll see you once it’s all over. (audience applauding) – Hello everyone. – [Audience] Hello. – So as Kevin said, my name is Imani Ayana and I’m gonna read to you about what Kwanzaa is about. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a celebration of community,
family, and culture. It is celebrated on
December 26th to January 1st and is of the Swahili language. The seven principles of Kwanzaa, also known as the Nguzo Saba, are Umoja, Unity. Kujichagulia, Self-Determination, Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility, Ujamaa, Cooperative
Economics, Nia, Purpose, Kuumba, Creativity, and Imani, Faith. Thank you. (audience applauding) (upbeat traditional drums) (singing in foreign language) (rhythmic drums) (singing in foreign language) (upbeat traditional drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (singing in foreign language) (fast paced drums) – [Woman] Go down! Hey! Put it down! Ha! Ha! (audience cheering and applauding) (fast paced drums) (upbeat traditional drums) (fast paced drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (rhythmic drums) (audience applauding) (clapping rhythmically) (rhythmic drums) (audience applauding) (rhythmic drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (fast paced drums) (audience applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (rhythmic drums) (clapping rhythmically) (upbeat traditional drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (clapping rhythmically) (audience cheering and applauding) (fast paced drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (upbeat traditional drums) ♪ Yeah yeah yeah yeah ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) (speaking foreign language) – [Girl] First fruits, she said! – Time and time again,
we return to celebration of the first fruits! – A good harvest! – A sign of better things to come. – [Both] Something we did together and could never do alone! – It takes a village. – Let us always be grateful. Giving thanks for what we
had, have, and hope to have. Let us always remember that. – We are that. – [All] Ooh! (stomping and clapping rhythmically) Bring the beat back! (stomping and clapping rhythmically) (audience cheering and applauding) – [Boy] Lose your mind! – An idea created to give light and love to a people who have only seen turned backs and closed doors. (stomping and clapping rhythmically) (audience cheering and applauding) – A reminder that we’re
are more than ourselves and must keep our heads held high to look toward the future only we can create. – Think of, give thanks! (speaking foreign language) (stomping and clapping rhythmically) – [Woman] Hold it. – [Man] Hold it. (audience clamoring) Hold it! (audience cheering and applauding) (stomping and clapping rhythmically) (audience cheering) (audience cheering and applauding) ♪ I be moving this thing
is so hot that’s right ♪ ♪ Whenever the beat could drop ♪ – [Woman] Yeah, yeah, alright girls! Come on, come on, come on,
come on, come on, come on. Okay. ♪ Whenever the beat could drop ♪ – [Woman] Let’s go! ♪ Drop drop drop drop
drop drop drop drop ♪ ♪ Super super drop drop drop
drop drop drop drop drop ♪ – [Woman] Turn it up now! ♪ Go, go ♪ ♪ Go, go ♪ ♪ I be moving this thing
is so hot that’s right ♪ ♪ Whenever the beat could drop ♪ ♪ I be moving this thing
is so hot that’s right ♪ ♪ Whenever the beat could drop ♪ ♪ Go, go ♪ ♪ Go ♪ ♪ Give me the beat drop ♪ (singing in foreign language) ♪ Oh sista and I’ll be a ridah ♪ ♪ Ridah ridah ridah ♪ ♪ Give me onc chance let me be a fighta ♪ (singing in foreign language) – [Girl] Hey, let’s go! (singing in foreign language) ♪ Just come out come out come out ♪ ♪ And celebrate ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ She come to fete, we come to fete ♪ ♪ All ah we up inside ah
de fete ready to party ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ It’s time to fete, with no regret ♪ ♪ Everybody put up yuh
hand in de air and say ♪ ♪ Let de pumping ♪ ♪ Start start start
start start start start ♪ ♪ We’re running like ♪ ♪ Hey hey ♪ ♪ Start ♪ ♪ Yo ♪ ♪ This the new dub mix ♪ ♪ Let de pumping start ♪ ♪ Let de pumping start ♪ ♪ Let de pumping start ♪ ♪ Let de drinking start ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Let de pumping ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Let de pumping ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ De stupidness ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Like flowers blossom in spring ♪ ♪ Carnival it sweet fuh days ♪ ♪ Oh Lord is joy and love ♪ ♪ The warmth of the season brings it ♪ ♪ Carnival it sweet fuh days ♪ ♪ Wining like ah animal ♪ ♪ Oh Lord is Bacchanal ♪ ♪ I could never be the same ♪ ♪ Sipping on strong chemical ♪ ♪ Have meh feeling so special ♪ ♪ ‘Cause ah come out, ah
come out, ah come out ♪ ♪ Tuh make meh name ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ She come to fete, we come to fete ♪ ♪ All ah we up inside ah
de fete ready to party ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ It’s time to fete, with no regret ♪ ♪ Everybody put up yuh
hand in de air and say ♪ ♪ Let de pumping start ♪ ♪ Lift up your skirt ♪ ♪ Start ♪ ♪ Lift up your skirt ♪ ♪ Start ♪ ♪ You’re ready ♪ ♪ Start, to ♪ ♪ Everybody across the stage ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Let de drinking ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Let de wining ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ De stupidness ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Masqueraders blooming again ♪ ♪ Carnival it sweet fuh days ♪ ♪ Is 100 to one doh stand
up like mannequin yes ♪ ♪ Carnival it sweet fuh days ♪ – [Woman] Go, go, go, go! ♪ On de road with all meh friends ♪ ♪ Doh want dis ting to end ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) ♪ Liquor does ignite de flame ♪ ♪ If yuh have any problem,
dis is what I recommend ♪ ♪ Just come out come out
come out and celebrate ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ She come to fete, we come to fete ♪ ♪ All ah we up inside ah
de fete ready to party ♪ ♪ If you come to fete, I come to fete ♪ ♪ It’s time to fete, with no regret ♪ ♪ Everybody put up yuh
hand in de air and say ♪ ♪ Let the pumping start ♪ ♪ Start start start start start start ♪ ♪ Get up, jump up and say ♪ ♪ Start ♪ ♪ Everyone jump and say ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) ♪ Ah ha ♪ ♪ Ah ha ♪ ♪ Ho ooh ♪ ♪ Ah ♪ ♪ Ah ooh ♪ ♪ Pray God you can cope ♪ ♪ I’ll stand outside ♪ ♪ This woman’s work ♪ ♪ This woman’s world ♪ ♪ Ooh it’s hard on a man ♪ ♪ Now his part is over ♪ ♪ Now starts the craft of the Father ♪ ♪ I know you’ve got a
little life in you left ♪ ♪ I know you’ve got a
lot of strength left ♪ ♪ I know you’ve got a
little life in you yet ♪ ♪ And I know you’ve got
a lot of strength left ♪ ♪ I should be crying but
I just can’t let it show ♪ ♪ I should be hoping but
I can’t stop thinking ♪ ♪ Of all the things we should’ve
said that we never said ♪ ♪ And all the things we should
have done that we never did ♪ ♪ All the things we should
have given but I didn’t ♪ ♪ Oh darling make it go ♪ ♪ Make it go away ♪ ♪ Give me these moments ♪ ♪ Give them ♪ ♪ Back to me ♪ ♪ Give me that little kiss ♪ ♪ Give me your ♪ ♪ I know you have a little life left ♪ ♪ Give me your hand baby ♪ ♪ I know you have a lot of strength left ♪ ♪ Give me that pretty hand ♪ ♪ I know you have a
little life in you yet ♪ ♪ Ooh sure sure do have
a lot of strength ♪ ♪ I know you have a lot of strength left ♪ ♪ My love child ♪ ♪ I know you have a
little life in you yet ♪ ♪ Whatever you need baby ♪ ♪ I know you have a lot of strength left ♪ ♪ Give me your hand ♪ ♪ I know you have a
little life in you yet ♪ ♪ Give me your hand ♪ ♪ And I know you have a
lot of strength left ♪ ♪ Oh I should be crying but
I just can’t let it go ♪ ♪ I should be hoping but I can’t stop ♪ ♪ Thinking and thinking and thinking ♪ ♪ For all the things we should’ve
said that we never said ♪ ♪ And all the things we should
have done that we never did ♪ ♪ All the things that you wanted from me ♪ ♪ All the things that you needed from me ♪ ♪ All the things I should
have given but I didn’t ♪ ♪ Oh darling ♪ ♪ Make it go ♪ ♪ Just make it go away ♪ (audience cheering and applauding) – [Woman] My entire life I’ve
experienced sexual harassment. Even in junior high school,
high school I remember boys that I didn’t even communicate with smacking my butt. And just like walking past
me and just smacking my butt and laughing about it,
it was a thing to do. And not even just in school but
also in the area I lived in. So it was very common
for me to be harassed, I was always being talked
about because of my butt. People were always
talking about my mother, guys are the wrong way
because of her butt. And just disrespected. And then even in my home just seeing my mom not
being respected by my dad. I would see my mom silence herself a lot with him. And it really, really bothers me. And I feel like there’s
so many different things happening in society to us woman where we’re constantly being oppressed, and put down, and hurt, we’re not uplifted and acknowledged like we should be. And it effects us. (singing in foreign language) In my career life as a
professional dancer and a model I have been sexualized. In friendships I have been sexualized. Just walking down the street
I have been sexualized and it’s something that
happens all too commonly. And a lot of times you don’t
even know what to do with it. (dramatic music) (speaking foreign language) (upbeat dance music) (singing in foreign language) ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ I am ♪ ♪ A world wide citizen ♪ ♪ And I’m beautiful ♪ ♪ I’m beautiful ♪ ♪ You are ♪ ♪ A universal citizen ♪ ♪ And you’re beautiful ♪ ♪ I’m beautiful ♪ (speaking foreign language) ♪ Your slant is soaked in lifeline ♪ ♪ Your heart beats as fast as mine ♪ ♪ So what makes the
difference between us ♪ ♪ We’re the same ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ My courage shades of blue ♪ ♪ Like the sky we’ll share me and you ♪ ♪ You are ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ I am ♪ ♪ A world wide citizen ♪ ♪ And I’m beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ You are ♪ ♪ A universal citizen ♪ ♪ And you’re beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful you ♪ ♪ Beautiful you are ♪ ♪ Beautiful you ♪ ♪ Beautiful beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful you ♪ ♪ Beautiful you are ♪ ♪ You are beautiful you ♪ ♪ You are beautiful you ♪ ♪ A world wide citizen you are beautiful ♪ ♪ Beautiful ♪ ♪ You are beautiful you ♪ ♪ I’m beautiful ♪ ♪ A universal citizen ♪ ♪ You’re such a beautiful ♪ ♪ Universe ♪ ♪ Beautiful you ♪ ♪ A world wide citizen ♪ ♪ Do it do do it ♪ ♪ Do it do do it ♪ ♪ Do it do do it ♪ ♪ You’re a beautiful human ♪ ♪ Beautiful human ♪ (singing in foreign language) (stomping rhythmically) – [Woman] We are warriors,
and we stand strong. Guided and protected by our
ancestors, spirit guides, and angels, we are powerful,
we are love, we are abundant, we are beautiful, we are
goddesses, we are queens, and together we rise. (singing in foreign language) (audience cheering and applauding) (rhythmic drums) (upbeat traditional drums) (audience cheering) (fast paced drums) (audience cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (clapping rhythmically) (clapping rhythmically) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (rhythmic drums) (clapping rhythmically) (rhythmic drums) (fast paced drums) (cheering) (rhythmic drums) (fast paced drums) (cheering) (fast paced drums) (cheering) (rhythmic drums) (cheering) (fast paced drums) (rhythmic drums) (fast paced drums) (cheering) (upbeat traditional drums) (clapping rhythmically) (cheering) (cheering) (cheering) (clapping rhythmically) (cheering) (audience cheering and applauding) (rhythmic drums) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) – [All] Kevin, Kevin,
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, Kevin! Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, Kevin! (audience cheering and applauding) (audience cheering and applauding) – Okay. (audience cheering and applauding) Woo! (audience cheering and applauding) – [Audience Member] Kevin! (audience cheering and applauding) – Give ’em a round of
applause ladies and gentlemen! (everyone applauding) But listen one thing I have
to say in the African culture, in Western culture you
will come up with a dance and then you’ll come up
with a dance and then you’ll get the music, but in our culture the music starts first. So give it to our drummers one more time. (audience cheering and applauding) (fast paced drums) Thank you to everyone on the stage, man. We did it y’all, we did it. (cheering and applauding) Today I got to tell
y’all a couple stories. I work individually,
separately, six degrees away from almost everybody on
the stage, and I love y’all. – [All] Love you! – [Kevin] And I’m a tell y’all – [Woman] Love you! – These people have been
a difference in my life coming back here to New York. And from my first times
being back in New York, ’cause I lived in D.C.
for a number of years, Mesha Millington raise your hand please, Mesha, that’s my boss. (audience cheering and applauding) She is the founder and executive director of Gloria Eve School of Performing Arts, in Hempstead, New York. (audience cheering and applauding) She’s had that dance company for 15 years. – [Mesha] 18. – 18, whoa, my bad. I’m sorry. Alright, that’s saying something, alright? Then I used to go to high school up here at Francis Lewis High School. (audience cheering and applauding) Tyra where you at? Where’s Tyra? – [Man] Right here! – Alright. (audience laughing) Yo, your voice is mad deep Tyra. (audience laughing) So Tyra and I used to go
to high school together. We saw the movie School
Daze, and they was stepping in the movie and we was
like yo, yo, that’s hot. But they was like nah, you
got to wait ’til college to do that, and I was like nah,
we gonna start it right here. 23 years later these kids,
23 years later these kids. – [Students] 25! – It’s 25? Yo, I’m getting old man. 25 years later and all that,
these kids is our legacy. Let me give it to our step
squad, Francis Lewis High School, salute. (audience applauding) For those of you that don’t know my father passed away this summer,
and when elders transition I think sometimes they know
that they’re about to go. So when they’re about to go they will set things into play that
you might not know about. Give me an amen if you know
what I’m talking about. – [All] Amen! – Alright, so this past summer my father brought me home back to Brooklyn and I met this dope sister,
she a water sign like me, she a Cancer, I’m a Scorpio, her name is Persephone DaCosta, Persephone. (audience cheering and applauding) Persephone has a little baby
so you know they dancing. Persephone and I was
tasked to bring together 150 dancers from across
the New York City area to perform on Labor Day. So the dancers from Bautinga
Arts as well as the dancers that helped me start my
own company Dofago Dance, I love y’all, I love y’all,
I love y’all, I love y’all. Finally, these kids. (all laughing) Oh geez, outrageous. I’ve been rocking with them since January, we done gone to D.C. and back, anytime I give them an
idea they like let’s go. They crazy. They wild, they got energy for days. Sometimes they don’t
listen, but their heart is in the right place, so
it’s up to us to lead them, and lead by example. QCC dancers, majors and non-majors. (audience cheering and applauding) I got to say thank you, and I
got to say thank you to y’all because not everybody
who started this journey finished the journey. So I got to really speak on that. Y’all really finished
it, and finished it hard. So I just got to thank you again. And I think I’m talking
too long ’cause I’m tired. So there’s some people in
the audience I have to thank. Emily! Where are you at, okay? (audience cheering and applauding) Emily Berry she’s the director
of the Dance Department. Aviva, she is also in
the Dance Department, they have been there every
single step of the way. And I’m a keep it real, you know sometimes you need people that understand. In this world we live in you need allies, I ain’t gonna front. And it’s crucial to make
sure we have that stuff, but at the same time I
appreciate the guidance, and the mentorship that you’ve
given me in this program. And that’s for everybody that’s
mentored me in this program. I think the chair of
the Physical Education, Public Health, and Dance
Program, is she in the audience? I don’t know if she is. – [Man] Yeah. – [Woman] Yeah she is. – Hey! (audience applauding) Thank you for coming. She stopped me in the
hallway, she’s like Kevin I’m excited! I was like I’m excited you’re excited. So we’re trying to do something. And so this is community
y’all, this is community. This is what education is about. Because a education
doesn’t begin and end here. It transcends this space,
but it’s an understanding that this space has a
connection to esoteric knowledge that you can’t find in a book. So thank you very, very much for coming. Thank you again y’all, I love y’all. Let’s go get some food
man, I’m like mad hungry. Also Mercy in the back, where is she? (audience cheering and applauding) Mercy Baez she’s another one of our crew, she came in and helped
out with the lights. Thank you to light crew,
sound, audio, Olivia, our photographer, the
videographer, thank you very much, thank you very much, we
love y’all, come back out. This is the first one,
God willing with funding we will have another, thank you. (audience cheering and applauding) – [All] Awe. – They’re really strong kids. Thank you. (all clamoring) Thank you love y’all. Let the people close
the microphones though. That was cute. Thank you Rebecca.

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  1. This is the first time I heard this song.
    I learned about the values of Kwanzaa recently. I think they are really great.
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