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The Black Candle
Directed by M.K. Asante, Jr.
Produced by M.K. Asante, Jr.
Ben Haaz
Kenny Gamble
Walter Lomax
Written by M.K. Asante, Jr.
Maya Angelou (poetry)
Narrated by Maya Angelou
Starring Chuck D
Maulana Karenga
Dead Prez
Kiri Davis
Amiri Baraka
Ursula Rucker
Jim Brown
Haki Madhubuti
Molefi Kete Asante
Music by Nnenna Freelon, Derrick Hodge
Release date(s) November, 2008
Language English

The Black Candle is a documentary film about Kwanzaa directed by M.K. Asante, Jr. and narrated by Maya Angelou.


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 the author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., 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.


  • 2009 Winner, Best Documentary, Africa World Documentary Film Festival

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