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The Black Candle is a documentary film about Kwanzaa directed by M. K. Asante and narrated by Maya Angelou.[1] The film premiered on cable television on Starz on November, 2012.

The Black Candle
Directed byM. K. Asante
Produced byM. K. Asante
Ben Haaz
Kenny Gamble
Walter Lomax
Written byM. K. Asante
Maya Angelou (poetry)
StarringMaya Angelou
Chuck D
Dead Prez
Kiri Davis
Ursula Rucker
Jim Brown
Haki Madhubuti
Narrated byMaya Angelou
Music byNnenna Freelon, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Chris Dave
Release date
  • November 2008 (2008-11)
Running time
71 minutes


The Black Candle uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience.

Narrated by the poet Maya Angelou and directed by author and filmmaker M. K. Asante, The Black Candle is about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture.

The documentary traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality.

The movie won the Africa World Documentary Film Festival 2009 award for best full-length documentary.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Dr. Maya Angelou on Kwanzaa".

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