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Music Mix: Sazeracs & Sleigh Rides

As long as I can remember, my Christmas mornings typically began at my parents’ house.  My younger sister, Megan, would jump in my bed and wake me up at some ungodly hour because she wanted to open her gifts.  (It was 8 AM, but don’t judge me; I’m an adult now.)  When I finally got…

Ten Gifts for the Music Junkie in Your Life

Christmas Day is drawing near and most of us are online shopping or actually in line (like I am right now) to find the perfect gifts for those special people in our lives.  Unfortunately, we often find ourselves in the position of not knowing what to get.  As a music junkie myself, I would like…

Dope Aural: Holiday Edition

The Christmas holiday is upon us, and the smells of mistletoe and balsam are in the air.  Over the next few weeks, if you are out and about shopping, you will encounter tons of holiday music everywhere you go. It’s time to get in all of your holiday grooves now before December 25th, when all of…

Seven Reasons to Overcome All Objections to Celebrating Kwanzaa

Habari gani? That’s a Kiswahili phrase meaning “what’s the news?” It is a common greeting used during Kwanzaa, the seven-day, African-American festival created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (born Ron Everett), who is also the founder of US (United Slaves), a cultural organization based in Los Angeles. When someone says habari gani, you respond by…

Surviving the Holidays When You’re “A Lil Different”

Are you the vegetarian in a family of omnivores? Do you believe Western holidays are pagan/the white man’s lies/unbiblical, etc.? You want to babywear and breastfeed instead of giving your infant pecan pie and letting every distant relative hold her? Maybe you’re in a nontraditional relationship, or in some other way, you’re “a lil different”…