“As families and communities across our country come together today to light the Kinara, our family sends our hopes for a prosperous and healthy new year,” the POTUS said in a statement released by the White House.
December 26 marks the first day of the weeklong celebration of African heritage and African-American culture, which honors seven principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday (rather than a religious one ) that was established by Maulana Karenga in 1966. It is observed through January 1st, with each of the seven days dedicated to one principle.
“Though each principle represents the essence of this holiday, they also represent the shared values that bind us as Americans,” Obama added.
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In addition to being a model and businesswoman, Cynthia Bailey has add doll creator to her title. The beautiful real housewife debuted The Cynthia Bailey Modeling Agency doll with a natural 'fro that's absolutely laaaiiddd. But, Cynthia's isn't the only natural hair doll to hit the scene. Here're a few other natural hair dolls that had us excited this year and a few you can even buy for the holidays!
2. Cynthia Bailey
Cynthia Bailey's new doll is reppin' for The Cynthia Bailey Modeling Agency! Rocking a beautiful afro, glam earrings and a funky faux leather jacket, this doll is sure to add spice and attitude to your baby girl's growing doll collection. (Price: $69.99; http://bit.ly/1hm0vfq)
3. Candice McBride
McBride, who is a member of a black natural hair group, helped make over several Barbies with natural hair before handing them out to young girls at Booker T. Washington apartments in Columbus, GA. (For more info, click here: http://bit.ly/18ziq22)
4. For Real Girl Original: Red Yarn Braids
Rachel is one of the funkiest dolls ever and she has the white faux fur to prove it! Get into those red braids. This doll is perfect for the little girl who loves colorful outfits. (Price: $49.99; http://bit.ly/18ziq22)
5. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Top Hair Bun Doll
These beautiful dolls are perfect to play dress up with if your little one is into more formal, lavish tastes. (Price: $64.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
6. Carolyn of JIL Creations
Doll hairstylist Carolyn of JIL Creations, also known as The Flying Ewe, created a Flikr group featuring this beauty, and many others, that are rocking custom locks and other natural styles that Carolyn rerooted herself. (For more info, click here: http://bit.ly/1c1M0MM)
7. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Kinky-Hair Afro Dolls
Let these big-haired dolls give you life! Karen is selling these beauties with or without the part. (Price: $79.99; http://bit.ly/1cB9JQB)
8. Kristl Smith Tyler
The blog, "Beads, Braids and Beyond," published Tyler's amazingly cute tutorial on how to style natural hair on your little girl's favorite doll. The piece is useful for dolls made with nylon hair. She revealed styles that could be made with pipe cleaners and hot water. (Check out the blog here, http://bit.ly/1fFBICv)
9. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Urban Princess Leia
We all love a good bun moment, but when it's inspired by one of the most iconic characters in movie history, we can't help but smile. (Price: $64.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
10. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Vintage Brandy
It's hard to forget the lovely doll Mattel created for Brandy back in the day. Although the doll hasn't been on shelves in a minute, Byrd has it up for sale. (Price: $52.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
11. Journey Girls: Chavonne
Baby dolls are a great alternative for younger girls. Chavonne will be a cutie on your mantle piece with her curly hair and sweet bow. (Price: $27.99; http://bit.ly/1kVXd2r)
12. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Elegant Updo
This beautiful doll is the embodiment of fierce! Her updo is complete with earrings, heels and a cute dress to match her attitude. (Price: $64.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
13. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Curly Bun Up-do doll
This is for any young girl who has prima ballerina dreams. This beauty has a lovely white ballerina outfit that your little girl will fall in love with. (Price: $64.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
14. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Gorgeous Curly Ponytail
Long chiffon dresses are great, but nothing is quite as memorable as plaid, and when it's in a formal setting? Gorgeous. (Price: $64.99; http://bit.ly/1bdNZsX)
15. Custom Ethnic Dolls By Karen Byrd: Auburn Locs
Not many dolls are out here rocking locs, so we're excited that we found this gem in Karen's collection. (Price: $79.99; http://bit.ly/1cB9JQB)