This is a brainstorming session.. it's about just presenting your ideas.. Every group of people need rituals to commemorate important events and happenings and to communicate important ideas and information to the next generation.. Black folks in america are no different. One of the weaknesses of cultural criticism aimed at black folks is that many suggest that we abstain from participating in traditional american cultural rituals like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, etc.. but they seldom have any suggestions for what to fill the voids created by the proposed abstinence. And also, I happen believe that their are certain pitfalls involved with defining your cultural traditions in terms of what you "don't" do.. ie.. we don't celebrate christmas.. we don't do thanksgiving.. etc... The communication of what you don't do includes the thing you don't do... and so you are spreading the negative ritual along with the positive.. So, in the spirit of postively defining our own cultural rituals under the umbrella of defining our own cultural aspirations, I have a couple of questions.. What American cultural rituals.. major and minor.. should black people replace (ie.. Christmas.. Halloween.. Easter.. BET Awards.. etc.. ).. and what should they replace them with? Because abstaining while the entire society around you is particpating takes a tremendous amount of effort.. and it can lead to a feeling of cultural impoverishment.. where the kids feel like, "man.. we don't get to do nothing"... or "we don't never do nothing".. So.. all that said, what rituals do black people need to create? And when should they be held? And why?