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How To Celebrate Kwanzaa, According To Another Round

We cannot be held responsible for your friends abandoning you because you tried to make Sandra Lee's Kwanzaa cake.

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Wondering how you should celebrate Kwanzaa this year or even how to celebrate at all? Let the ladies of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast guide you through this festive season.

Sylvie Rosokoff

We threw a pair of live shows in New York—Heben & Tracy's Kwanzaa Spectacular—with special guests, Kwanzaa cake, live music and more. They were recorded at the Jerome L. Greene Space on Dec. 2, 2015, and the Bell House on Dec. 5, 2015.

You can listen to the LIVE episode here:

You can watch the full Another Round Kwanzaa Spectacular here:

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Recorded at the Jerome L. Greene Space in New York on Dec. 2, 2015.


Here are a few tips for your own festivities:

1. Make Sandra Lee's iconic Kwanzaa cake for your celebrations.

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Step 1. Get incredibly drunk because that's the only way this cake makes sense.

(If you have been blessed with having never seen this infamous video, here is the cake in question.)

2. Get a Kwanzaa menorah for your candle lighting ceremony. (Also learn that the Kwanzaa menorah is actually called a "kinara" so you should probably stop calling it that.)


6. Don't forget about some of the lesser known Kwanzaa principals! Friend of the podcast Gene Demby shares this overlooked history here:

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7. Listen to some Kwanzaa songs or make up your own because that's actually not a thing.

9. If Steve Harvey randomly crashes your Kwanzaa spectacular, just roll with it!

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10. But most importantly, spend quality time with your friends and loved ones! And drink!

Sylvie Rosokoff

Kwanzaa is all about celebrating and building community so the only thing that really matters is you celebrate with that in your heart. Happy Kwanzaa, everyone! Habari Gani and hotep to you all.

You can find all the gorgeous photos from Another Round's Kwanzaa Spectacular here:

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This episode features music from Donwill (follow him on Twitter) and Jean Grae!

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