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Kwanzaa Crawl unites young black people in support of black-owned bars in New York City 

December 28th, 2017 - On the first day of Kwanzaa, I joined more than a thousand revelers for the second annual Kwanzaa Crawl in New York City. On a chilly Tuesday afternoon, participants made their way to 25 black-owned bars in Brooklyn and Harlem for an occasion symbolizing economic empowerment, unity and the celebration of black culture within New York City.


Stay Woke: 5 Things Every Black Person Need to Know About Kwanzaa

December 26th 2017 - A New York-based comedienne is hoping to make Kwanzaa cool again.  Kerry Coddett tells Atlanta Black Star that Black folks have become woke in recent years. And the same newness should be afforded to the annual celebration of family, community and culture.


The three things you need to know today in New York: Tue December 26

December 26th, 2017 - 1. Spend the first day of Kwanzaa at the second-annual Kwanzaa crawl. It celebrates black-owned businesses throughout Brooklyn and Harlem.



December 26th, 2017 - New Yorkers walked and raised glasses to celebrate Kwanzaa on Tuesday, supporting black-owned businesses along the way. "Celebrating in this way will get young people's attention, because it's not as popular as it could and should and could be," one woman said. Hundreds of New Yorkers marked the first day of Kwanzaa by taking part in the second annual Kwanzaa bar crawl.

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'Kwanzaa Crawl' Is Driving Economic Support To Black-Owned Businesses In NY

December 24th, 2017 - For the second year in a row, the black bar crawl brings unity, fellowship and fun to NYC.

The bar or pub crawl is a social gathering designed to bring people together under the promise of good drinks and good fun. For decades, communities across the globe (more popularly in Europe, N. America, and certain parts of Asia) have participated in crawls to much success and growing popularity. They also serve the function of putting newer bars on the map. While in some areas like the UK, crawls are known for spontaneity in terms of its destination hopping, places like the US offer structure and sometimes even a detailed, mapped-out plan of where "crawlers" are expected to be and when.


Where to celebrate Kwanzaa around the city

December 22nd, 2017 - As one of the biggest Pan-African holidays of the year approaches, various cultural institutions and organizations citywide are celebrating Kwanzaa. The seven day holiday created in the sixties to promote black pride and unity, honors African heritage, community, and family values.


A Bar Crawl Supporting Black-Owned Businesses Expands to Harlem

December 21st, 2017 - What does black economic power look like? It’s a question comedian Kerry Coddett asked her sister one day while coordinating a bar crawl for people of the African diaspora to unite in supporting black-owned businesses in their neighborhood. The idea became Kwanzaa Crawl, which launched in Brooklyn in 2016.

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2nd Annual Kwanzaa Crawl Returns to Take Over Central Brooklyn Bars

December 20th, 2017 - Kwanzaa Crawl, a Kwanzaa-celebrating bar crawl, returns for its second year of revelry, education and support for black-owned businesses, on Tuesday, December 26. This year, crawlers can celebrate a day of unity, fun and fellowship by choosing from over 20 bars in Central Brooklyn.

Launched in 2016, the Kwanzaa Crawl takes place on the first day of the week-long holiday and celebrates “Umoja” (unity) by highlighting the social aspect of community building and economic empowerment. The one-day event joins people of the African diaspora to support the Black-owned bars in their neighborhoods.

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‘Kwanzaa, Actually’ comedy web series tackles criticisms to freshen up the holiday

December 20th, 2017 - One Bed-Stuy resident is aiming to help people get “woke” about Kwanzaa.

Comedian Kerry Coddett, the producer of the Kwanzaa Crawl and a writer for a forthcoming late-night comedic docuseries on HBO produced by John Oliver, created a web series to clear up some misconceptions about Kwanzaa, including the allegation that it’s a “made up holiday.”

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Black Tuesday: Kwanzaa Crawl visits black-owned bars

December 20th, 2017 - She’s trying to make Kwanzaa hip!

A Bedford-Stuyvesant comedian will lead a day-drinking expedition to black-owned bars across Brooklyn for the second annual Kwanzaa Crawl on Dec. 26. The event not only supports black-owned businesses, but is a way to get young people involved with the African-American holiday, said its creator.


Kwanzaa Crawl 2017 Is Happening Next Week & The Outfits Look Amazing

December 19th, 2017 - What is Kwanzaa? Growing up, I always imagined it as a sort of black Christmas and I always felt cheated by the fact that my family didn’t celebrate it. I felt like I was the only black person who didn’t know what Kwanzaa meant, but as comedian and actress Kerry Coddett highlights in her web series “Kwanzaa Actually,” a lot of people don’t know much about the holiday. Kwanzaa is celebrated around the same time as Christmas, taking place for a week between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, and this year, Kwanza Crawl returns in Brooklyn and Harlem.Kwanzaa Crawl is a pub crawl that seeks to celebrate black-owned bars, à la the popular Santa Con festivities. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothing that celebrates their culture, history, and makes them feel unapologetically black. 


Kwanzaa Crawl 2017: The Black Bar Crawl We’ve All Been Waiting For

December 19th, 2017 - The holiday season is upon us and there’s no shortage of Christmas parties, or ugly sweater parties, or ugly people wearing Christmas sweaters. There is, however, only one Kwanzaa Crawl. On Tuesday, December 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, thousands of black and brown people will come together in support of the Black-owned bars in Brooklyn and Harlem. Dressed in whatever makes them feel unapologetically black, Kwanzaa Crawlers will disperse into over 30 different teams, criss-crossing from bar to bar, walking and singing their favorite black family cookout songs on the way.


New Yorkers Are Freaking Out for the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Pop-Up - Plus, a Kwanzaa bar crawl — and more intel

December 19th, 2017 - To celebrate Kwanzaa and black-owned businesses, a Kwanzaa bar crawl will occur on Tuesday, December 26 at noon in Harlem and Brooklyn. Participating bars include Chocolat Restaurant & Bar, Nabe and  Shrine in Harlem, as well as Peaches, Sugarcane, and BK9 in Brooklyn, each offering drink specials and more. Proceeds will benefit social justice organizations Barbershop Books and the BLK Projek. Last year’s crawl had over 1,600 participants.


Celebrate black-owned businesses at the second annual Kwanzaa Crawl in Brooklyn and Harlem

December 18th, 2017 - But this Kwanzaa, a bar crawl aims to turn that notion on its head. Produced by comedian and writer Kerry Coddett, the Kwanzaa Crawl returns for its second year of revelry, education and support for black-owned businesses. The event made its way across Brooklyn in 2016 and has added a collection of Harlem spots to its ranks this year. In total, more than 25 black-owned businesses are participating, and a portion of the proceeds will go to social justice organizations Barbershop Books and BLK Projek.

Kwanzaa Crawl returns this month to support Black-owned Brooklyn bars

December 14th, 2017 - The bar crawl was not born fratty – frattiness was thrust upon it. Every once in a while, a bar crawl crawls along to redeem the reputation of a bar crawl and the very idea of drinking at multiple bars in the same night with a group, distancing the crawl concept from images of vomiting bros in Santa suits and the dregs of Jersey imbibing in Midtown.

This crawl is most definitely among the redeemers. Kwanzaa Crawl is returning for its second year, inviting people of the African diaspora to come together and support Black-owned bars in Harlem and neighborhoods across Brooklyn...



Kwanzaa Event Attracts Hundreds to Support Black-Owned Businesses

December 27th, 2016 - On the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, hundreds of New York residents poured into local neighborhoods to support Black-owned businesses. A local comedian spurred the effort, purposely held on the first day of the seven-day celebration that bolsters Black culture and values.

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1,600 attend Brooklyn ‘Kwanzaa Crawl’

December 26, 2016 - A group of Brooklyn residents met up Monday to celebrate Kwanzaa and boost local businesses.

Operation Mobilize is billing the event as the "first annual Kwanzaa Crawl." More than 1,600 people gathered to celebrate black community, family and culture. They moved on to black-owned bars and restaurants throughout the day.


Kwanzaa festival draws hundreds to support black-owned businesses in Brooklyn

December 26, 2016 - It’s a pub crawl with a purpose.

Hundreds of holiday revelers went bar-hopping through Brooklyn as part of a post-Christmas, Kwanzaa celebration to promote black businesses.


Brooklyn community celebrates unity as Kwanzaa kicks off

December 26th, 2016 - BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration of principles that are held in high regard in the African American community, including creativity, faith, cooperative economics and unity.

Those are typically not concepts one associates with going to bars and drinking, however, in a unique first for this part of Brooklyn, an organized group traveling among bars and nightclubs on Monday was all about Kwanzaa and its values.


Kwanzaa Crawl looks to support Brooklyn black-owned bars

December 23, 2016 - Move over, SantaCon. Kwanzaa Crawl is coming to town.

The one-day event, to be held on Dec. 26 — the first day of Kwanzaa — invites people to support black-owned businesses throughout several communities in Brooklyn. The crawl also happens to fall on the 50th anniversary of the holiday.


A Kwanzaa Crawl is happening in Bed-Stuy next week

December 19th, 2016 - Kick off Kwanzaa the best way we know how—with a bar crawl, of course. 

The brainchild of Bedford-Stuyvesant comedian Kerry Coddett, the Kwanzaa Crawl aims to support black-owned businesses in Brooklyn with a hop between sixteen bars and restaurants...


Forget SantaCon — Kwanzaa Crawl is Coming to Brooklyn Bars

December 19th, 2016 - SantaCon is finished, now get ready for Kwanzaa Crawl.

Bedford-Stuyvesant resident and comedian Kerry Coddett is launching a Kwanzaa-celebrating bar crawl to support black-owned businesses throughout Brooklyn.