Monday, December 21, 2015

The Watoto Awards Are Back!!

Watoto Achievement Award


Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of “first fruits”. Through the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles, we honor and celebrate the best of what we’ve been given by our Creator and the best of what we’ve created and cultivated.  Our children are always the best of what we’ve cultivated with what our Creator has given us.  They are direct reflections of us.  Children are integral to Kwanzaa.  Watoto is a Swahili word meaning children. 


Take the time to acknowledge an mtoto (singular child) or many watoto for a goal you are proud of them for achieving or for a goal they’ve set for themselves that they’ve reached.  This award is not limited to academic achievement; your mtoto may have just displayed a new level of responsibility and/or maturity in caring for siblings or helping to care for the home.  When we acknowledge the achievements of our watoto they are inclined to continue achieving and setting higher goals for themselves. 


Fill out and email the following by December 25th to  write “Watoto Achievement Award” in the subject heading, PDF available below:
We will recognize all youth at the Kwanzaa Afrikan Heritage Celebration on December 27th, 2015 at Trinity Family Life Center from 2p-7p.  
We look forward to celebrating our youth with you!
Happy Kwanzaa!
The Kwanzaa Kollective
See Below:

Watoto Achievement Award
Name of Mtoto/Watoto ______________________________________________
Achievement to be recognized __________________________________________
Character trait displayed by mtoto/watoto (for example wisdom, kindness, maturity
Age of Mtoto/Watoto  ________________________________________________
Name of Elder submitting mtoto/watoto for recognition ______________________
Relation to mtoto/watoto ______________________________________________


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Unity Without Conformity!

The Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective is committed to preserving the integrity of Kwanzaa and building solidarity amongst Afrikan families, organizations and communities. Since our first Kwanzaa Karamu held December 31, 2005, the Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective has seen this celebration become a community staple. Each year new relationships are formed and we put Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) into practice.

The Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective sought to provide a celebration in line with the traditions of Kwanzaa as outlined by its founder Dr. Maulana Karenga and the US Organization. The Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective focuses on maintaining the Pan-African integrity of the Kwanzaa season and fully dedicated to eliminating the commercialization of Kwanzaa  and emphasizes each participants commitment to its 7 principles (Nguzo Saba) year round!

The Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective works hard to keep its culminating event free to the community and has solicited the participation of at least 500 community members each year! This year is our 11th year anniversary and we want to say thank you to all with an even bigger and more memorable celebration than ever! We are proud of our collective work and want everyone to share in the recognition of this milestone in Richmond’s Pan-Afrikan community! Our African Heritage Celebration is only possible through financial support from within the Afrikan community. Absolutely no corporate sponsorship.  Strictly for the people, by the people.

Unity Without Conformity is a another way of saying we are building solidarity while preserving the integrity of Kwanzaa (Our Mission). Unity without conformity says that we must unify or die. We know we will not all see eye to eye on every issue, or see liberation for our people the same, but we agree that we are all Afrikan people no matter if we say we Are Black, African, Afrakan, Afrikan, African American, kwk

Undoubtedly we are in this struggle together whether it's through reform or revolution we all feel "a change is going to come"

For some the fight is political, social, economic, spiritual, academic, technological, or cultural. Together we are an army. Army is the family. We all don't have to play the same role. If your fight is dealing with the proper education of our children or developing businesses and services, or campaigning better housing for low income families, or the fight against poverty, or campaigning against the mass incarceration of Black males, the point is, we are in this fight together and you don't have to forfeit your movement for another movement. What we do find, after the smoke clears all issues, all movements are interdependent of one another. No cause is an isolated issue.

One doesn’t have to be in a dashiki or wear locs to be down for liberation. You don't have to wear a suit to be a business person to develop opportunities for financial growth for our people. You don't have to be in overalls and boots to push agriculture (the first culture) on our black owned farms, or to participate in urban gardening. We must Rise up together.

We don't have to assimilate or conform to the "dominate culture" to progress our movements. We may compromise our tactics but never our principles.  Everything that we need is in us. Our history has paved the road for our future. We don't have to imitate popular culture or mimic the images portrayed in popular media. We shall be victorious by returning to the models of the traditional Black Family structure developed by our Afrikan ancestors. Our ancestors built the pyramids. Why aren't we building them now? Let's build people, together!

 The Nguzo Saba gives us a strong basis from which to truly achieve a United Front!

· We build a network that truly supports each other

· We provide a concrete example for our watoto (children) that reinforces the work we do in our homes and individual  organizations

· We expand our efforts toward unity to new sectors of the Afrikan community

· We strengthen our commitment to Afrikan culture, tradition and reason

· We come together to laugh with, love and enjoy each other

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Peace & Blessings!

The Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective (RKK) believes in practicing the principle of Ujimaa (Cooperative Economics) all year round. We believe by providing a place in our Kwanzaa program to promote your business it will aid in your future business endeavors. It is important that attendees leave with more information than what they came with, It is our duty to promote Black businesses and services, If we won't who will? The link for the vendor application is below as well as the ad options and pricing for your convenience. By placing an ad in our Kwanzaa program it aids RKK to keep this event free to the community i.e. your future customers.

Ad Application:



The 2015 Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective (RKK) event is fast approaching. Please find attached to this blog the 2015 vendor application. To avoid late fees please submit completed application and vendor fees to the RKK by December, 1, 2015. Feel free to pass this information along to any other Black owned business that may be interested in vending.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Sister Yazu via email or phone 804.269.6845, Sister Naima can also be reached as indicated on the vendor application.

Ankh, Oodja, Seneb (Life, Vitality, Health) to all!

Vendor Application: