4 Best Kwanzaa-Themed TV Shows and Movies, Ranked

Get your kinara out!

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2 min readDec 28, 2020


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4. ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ (Season 3, Episode 10)

There are lots of reasons some folks might ditch Christmas and embrace celebrating Kwanzaa — heritage, the associated principles, taking part in a candle-lighting counterpart to Hanukkah — but for Julius (played by Terry Crews), it’s all about being frugal.

3. ‘The Black Candle’

Wanna get lit while learning the history and customs behind Kwanzaa? This Maya Angelou-narrated documentary is the perfect starter kit.

2. ‘Rugrats’ (Season 7, Episode 13)

Now, this is how you power past tokenism. Susie, the Black toddler of the Rugrats crew (voiced by Cree Summer), takes center stage in this episode about cultural discovery and self-esteem that earned an NAACP Image Award.

1. ‘The Proud Family’ (Season 1, Episode 11)

The crème de la crème of Kwanzaa specials, this heartwarming episode finds the Proud family taking in a…