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NJ PBS Announces New Kwanzaa Special, Karamu, Feast for the 7th Day

originally published: 12/16/2022

NJ PBS Announces New Kwanzaa Special, Karamu, Feast for the 7th Day

(FAIR HAVEN, NJ) -- NJ PBS announced that a new local Kwanzaa special, Karamu, Feast for the 7th Day, will premiere Wednesday, December 28 at 8:30pm on NJ PBS, with several encores including Thursday, December 29 at 10:30pm (check local listings). Stream it on the website after the broadcast. 

Hosted by New Jersey resident and lifestyle expert Sira Williams, Karamu, Feast for the 7th Day explores the tradition of Kwanzaa and demonstrates how to prepare a traditional feast for Karamu, the 7th-day celebration. The half-hour special, recorded in Fair Haven, N.J., seeks to educate about the history, principles and symbols of Kwanzaa and celebrate some of the culinary traditions of West Africa, featuring dishes and providing information about the recipes’ cultural origins.

“Our mission at NJ PBS is to represent and showcase New Jersey’s diverse communities,” said NJ PBS General Manager Joe Lee. “This holiday season we’re doing just that by shining a light on the unique, and delicious, tradition of Kwanzaa.”

You can see a trailer here.

lthough Kwanzaa was established to connect the Black Diaspora, including the Caribbean, to its African roots, the recipes selected originate from West African countries Mali, Ghana and Nigeria. In the program, Williams prepares TiIgatigé, Jollof Rice, Red Red and Fufu as she welcomes family and friends to enjoy the Karamu feast. She also shares her personal story as a child born in Mali, West Africa to her American mother and Malian father.

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Visit for more information and recipes from the show.

Karamu, Feast for the 7th Day is a production of NJ PBS. Lisa Cureton is the Executive Producer; Joe Lee is the Executive in Charge.

NJ PBS, New Jersey's public television network, brings quality arts, education, and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in the state. Headquartered at the Agnes Varis NJ PBS Studio in Newark, the network offers diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, Chat Box with David Cruz, NJ Business Beat with Rhonda Schaffler, Here's the Story, Drive By History, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, State of the Arts and Treasures of New Jersey and PBS favorites such as Nature, NOVA, Amanpour and Company and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Its award-winning newsroom, NJ Spotlight News, provides multiplatform reporting from across the Garden State on its weeknight newscast, NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, and digitally via, plus live news specials, community engagement events and daily newsletters. It recently launched its first podcast, Hazard NJ, investigating the effect of climate change on NJ Superfund sites. The network website offers streaming programs and free digital resources for educators via PBS LearningMedia New Jersey. NJ PBS is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of The WNET Group, the parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21.



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