A Cyber Community Grows In Brooklyn

On the fourth night of Kwanzaa in Brooklyn, a storefront gathering of four adults and seven kids breaks the Ramadan fast and lights black, red, and green Kwanzaa candles. Macaroni and chicken wings are on the menu. So are some vital lessons. "What day is this?" queries an adult, Kibibi Oyo, who observes both Ramadan and Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday. She wears the gele turban and kinte-print dress of her Muslim faith and Afro-centric focus. "Ujamaa!" the children call out; it's one of the principles of Kwanzaa. What's it mean? The kids fairly shriek the answer: "Cooperative economics!" Elisheba defines it further: "Working together to earn money!" A boy, Tabari, correctly volunteers a definition for another Kwanzaa principle, kujichagulia, or self-determination.

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