Christmas season brings Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa starts the day after Christmas and the festivities have already begun. This is the second year that 3rd Ward Houston at Almeda puts on a Tree Lighting Kwanzaa Celebration. A few blocks of the street on Almeda and Southmore are blocked off for family and neighbors to share and enjoy the holidays with fun, food, music, activities, and fashions. It’s really cool because the neighborhood children had opportunities to enjoy ice skating, rock climbing, train rides, and of course, Black Santa Clause, which they might not have experienced before. The street festival included multiple food truck selections, small Black owned businesses, African dancers, musical performances from J. Paul’s Zydeco band, and the Texas Southern Choir. I especially loved the fashion show presented by Melodrama Boutique. Melodrama is known for their fierce looks that you don’t have to go to the mall to get; and you support a Black business in the community.


As you know, I love African prints mixed with modern design; you can display Black pride in a fashionably trendy way.  Be bold, mix patterns and colors, add head wraps, make your statement that people will remember.



I give huge accolades to the designer of the fashion show, and Jackie, owner of Melodrama for 13 years who continues to bring beautiful clothes to our community, and exposure for local designers.

The night ended with the tree lighting and an electrifying fireworks display. Happy Kwanzaa!20151212_193521