Wednesday, December 15, 2010

YOUTH NIGHT 2010 Information

All photography by Eddie Keeling Jr.
WHAT: Youth Night 2010
WHEN: Monday, December 27, 2010, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Historic Douglass Theatre
WHO: YOU!!!!

So you're out for the holidays, it's after Christmas, and you're chillin' at home looking for something to do. You want something fun, but you don't want to spend money 'cause you're tapped out from all the shopping you did last week. Then you start seeing all these videos, facebook messages, tweets, and texts about something called YOUTH NIGHT 2010 . Don't know what I'm talking about? Click on the video below:

So your problem is solved! Not only is it one of the hottest events of the year, but it's also FREE!!! So now that you've decided you're going to go. You want to tell other people about it, but realize you're just crunk 'cause you saw the promo and liked the beat, but don't really know what YOUTH NIGHT 2010 is really about. It's all good. Everything you need to know about YOUTH NIGHT 2010 is right here:

Youth Night is an annual event that takes place in Macon, GA (aka the Mactown) at the Historic Douglass Theatre (aka the Douglass) on the second night of Kwanzaa which celebrates Kujichagulia (a long Swahili word that means Self-Determination).
Now contrary to popular belief, Kwanzaa is not a Black Christmas, a substitute for Christmas, or an African Hanukkah (You'd be surprised what people come up with). Kwanzaa is not religious or exclusive to one race which means anyone can celebrate it. Kwanzaa means "first fruits" and is based off of the harvest festivals of West Africa. It was created by Maulana Karenga in 1965 to celebrate our African heritage ('cause everybody has African roots regardless of race), pay tribute to our ancestors, and reflect on principles of community development.

The principle for Youth Night is Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) which means to Define ourselves, name ourselves, and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, and spoken for by others. This is important especially to us as youth because so many of our peers try to define others as LAME if we don't compromise our values to fit in. Young girls and women are often called a HO or B**** by people around them instead of their names. We call ourselves N***** as a trend whether we know the word's history or not instead of finding something better to call each other. Most of the things we do as youth are geared towards acceptance which comes at the cost of us losing who we are. It is one of the hardest things to be different but it is crucial because you can only fulfill your purpose in the world by being ourselves (which means being different).

Youth Night is produced, promoted, and hosted entirely by youth primarily between the ages of 9 and 25 under the direction of the Kwanzaa Cultural Access Center. This gives us a chance to learn to lead and be recognized for doing something positive, and it also makes the event relevant to youth because we choose issues that are relevant to us to focus on. This year's focus will be on "Valuing Yourself" which is about recognizing and embracing what makes you special and why it is important to be yourself, and "Stopping the Violence" which is about looking at the cause of violence in the community and finding practical ways to bring it to an end.

Step up to the Mic!
One of my favorite parts of Youth Night is the Talent showcase where
We are calling all singers, dancers, rappers, step teams, bands, etc. The open mic is open to the community. Not sure if you want to perform? No pressure. You can decide when you get there as long as time permits. Here are the performance guidelines:

-Performances must be 3-5 min. and we would appreciate if they are good (we won't boo, but you don't want to tempt people)
-Performances should be POSITIVE
-No cussin or vulgar/sexual language in any part of performance
-No revealing clothes
-No sexual or suggestive dance moves
In other words, KEEP IT CLEAN (cause your mic can be cut off)!

Seriously though, we just want to show people that you can have a good time doing something positive 'cause believe me, at Youth Night...IT GOES DOWN!!!!

If you are interested in performing please call 478-361-2880, email, or just come that night ready to do your thing with a LABELED cd if you need music.

So now that you know, don't be selfish. SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Thanks. God-willing, I'll see you there.

Keep it Positive
Your Host,

Vinson Muhammad
aka Allah's Apprentice

YOUTH NIGHT 2010 Kwanzaa Celebration and Talent Showcase