Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS KWANZAA CRAWL?

Kwanzaa Crawl 2018 is the first day of Kwanzaa, Wednesday, December 26, 2018.


ISN’T KWANZAA A MADE UP HOLIDAY?

Yes. All holidays are made up. Even though Kwanzaa has only been in existence for 50 years, the literal translation, “first fruits of harvest,” is a tradition that is present in many religions. The principles and foundation of Kwanzaa were adapted from African principles, traditions and culture, and there's nothing new about coming together to celebrate the people you love in your community.


WHAT DOES KWANZAA HAVE TO DO WITH THIS BAR CRAWL?

This crawl embodies all 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing people in the community together, or Umoja, which means (Unity).

A team of Black and brown creatives used the resources available to them in order to make an event of this scale happen. That’s both Kujichagulia (Self Determination) and Ujima (collective work and responsibility).

Kwanzaa Crawl creates an opportunity for black people to harness their buying power, and that’s Ujamaa (cooperative economics).

The planning, marketing, writing, and designing demonstrated Kuumba (creativity).

Creating an event which focuses on investing in your community to improve your quality of life is Nia (purpose).

Getting the owners of over 25 bars to open up for business on the day after Christmas, with the hope that the community will show up is Imani (faith).


WHY A KWANZAA CRAWL?

It’s an extension of Operation Mobilize’s mission to harness black buying power and establish "best practices” for supporting the black local economy. They are committed to highlighting how those practices can be implemented through our everyday actions.

Given the spending of black consumers and Kwanzaa’s emphasis on supporting black culture, and taking into consideration that many Black people don’t know much about Kwanzaa, this crawl is an opportunity to educate people and make Kwanzaa cool again.


WHO ARE THE FOUNDERS OF KWANZAA CRAWL?

Kwanzaa Crawl is created by sisters Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark.

Kerry Coddett

Kerry Coddett [Cah-dit] is a New York- based stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. Touted as “inimitable” by The Huffington Post and as “a rising star” by the Interrobang, she has also been featured in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Mic.com, Elite Daily, Splitsider, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, and Salon.

Kerry just wrapped as a staff writer on Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, which is produced by John Oliver and debuted on HBO this Spring. Kerry has also appeared on season 2 of HBO’s Crashing, TruTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, and has made appearances on BET's The Rundown with Robin Thede and performed stand up on 50 Central. She was the most frequent guest panelist on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a reoccurring cast member on MTV’s Joking Off  and she’s also appeared on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout,  Huffington Post Live, and Essence Live.

Kerry often uses her comedic platform to bring awareness to the issues that concern her. She wrote the first historical account of SNL’s lack of diversity that helped serve as the impetus for the show’s hiring of three new black comediennes; to challenge racial biases perpetuated by the media, Kerry penned an article for the Huffington Post called “White on White Crime” that has gone viral; and, she organized a series of comedy shows at New York City homeless shelters to share the gift of laughter during the holiday season.

Visit www.Kerry Coddett.com for more information.

Krystal Stark

Krystal Stark is the owner of Stark White Entertainment, a talent management company based in New York City. Krystal specializes in developing comedic talent for film, TV, commercial and new media, and proactively works with her clients to create opportunities by producing content for TV and new media. Her most recent production is a stand-up tv special co-executive produced by Bill Burr and Pete Davidson. She also produces lives shows including industry and comedy festival showcases.  Krystal’s clients have appeared on networks including Comedy Central, BET, MTV, HBO, FOX, Bravo, VH1, and truTV. Additionally, her clients have been featured in publications including Entertainment Weekly, Time Out NY, The New York Times, Splitsider, Huffington Post, ELLE.com, BuzzFeed and more.

Krystal is the co-president of the Ladies of Comedy Association (LOCA), a professional organization dedicated to advancing the careers and positions of women on the business side of comedy. She also proudly serves on the board of the Associates division of Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS), a networking organization dedicated to the ongoing success of the television business and Women In Comedy, and organization that provides free and low cost events, resources, and education to women and girls seeking paid careers in comedy.

Prior to embarking on a career in artist management, Krystal worked as a marketing executive for more than 10 years. She developed marketing strategies and executed major advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including American Express, HSBC, Verizon and Pfizer.

Visit www.StarkWhiteEntertainment.com for more information.