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Meet our CEO, Cristel !

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I was raised in the Paris area in France. I have a scientific background. After I graduated, I went to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, where I come from.

My daughter was born 8 years ago, that’s when I’ve noticed that French children’s literature does not integrate black models. So I decided to explore the anglophone market, as there are more representations, and to propose translations of books for black children into French. In order to distribute these books in the French area, I chose to create my own publishing house.

Welcome to ROOTS EDITIONS.

My mission is to help our children (and their parants !) gain self-esteem, self-confidence, learn about their history, recognize their infinite capabilities. AND TO MAKE THEM READ AGAIN.

My love for reading, my desire for change and my appreciation for my value and my roots made me start my business. A combination of passion and faith, despite of my introversion and some life challenges, such as a disease and single parenting.

Gratefulness allows me to keep pursuing my mission.

I really hope my journey will inspire at least one person 😉

Photo Credit : XAVIBES www.xavibes.com

Illustrations : Sweet V Design www.sweetv97design.com

Logo Roots Editions  : Laury Lambert peex-ll.com

The Golden ratio

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The Golden ratio is known since antiquity.

Our ancestors used it in order to build the Great Pyramid 4 500 years ago !

Its geometrical calculation :

Its algebraic calculation :

It is used to determine the proportion of a/b.

It gives the number : 1,61803398875

You can find it in nature like, for instance, in the sunflower leaves, in the nautilus shell, even in some galaxies, etc.

Everyday items use its proportions, as for the credit card.

Some brand logos identify the characteristics of the Golden ratio as well.

It is frequently used in art…

Despite all the researches, the mystery about it still remains.

In our culture, it symbolizes beauty and harmony.

Egyptian calendar

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HAPPY NEW YEAR PEOPLE !

Last day of Kwanzaa

Mais saviez-vous qu’il existe d’autres calendriers pour repérer les dates en fonction du temps ?

Le calendrier grégorien, celui qu’on utilise actuellement et depuis 1582, s’est progressivement étendu à l’ensemble du monde depuis le début du XX° siècle.

Il est le plus utilisé dans la majeure du monde pour les usages civils.

Mais de nombreux autres calendriers sont utilisés pour les usages religieux ou traditionnels.

Le plus ancien calendrier de l’humanité est celui de nos ancêtres égyptiens.

Il était axé sur les fluctuations annuelles du Nil et avait comme but premier, la régulation des travaux agricoles au cours de l’année.

Nos ancêtres définissaient d’ailleurs l’année comme « le temps nécessaire pour une récolte » et le hiéroglyphe qui la désigne est une jeune pousse avec un bourgeon.

Ce calendrier est basé sur les cycles solaires et la récurrence annuelle du lever de l’étoile Sirius.

Il se compose de 365 jours répartis en douze mois avec trois saisons comprenant quatre mois de 30 jours chacun.

Les cinq jours restants étaient appelés « jours épamogènes » ou additionnels. Ils étaient ajoutés à la fin du calendrier.

Si nous nous basons sur notre calendrier ancestral, nous sommes en 6254 !

L’année commençant courant juillet, nous vous donnons rendez-vous dans quelques mois pour fêter le Nouvel An Kamite !

Let’s celebrate Kwanzaa

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Greetings everyone. We are going to learn about KWANZAA which starts today, like every year, December the 26th.

Kwanzaa means « first fruits » in Swahili, the most spoken language in Afrika. It is celebrated for more than fifty years. It is based on our African ancestors celebrations at harvest time.

This is the opportunity to gather together as family and friends in order to honor our ancestors and to celebrate the nature and our values.

Kwanzaa lasts 7 days, till January 1st. There is a principle and a candle for each day.

There are three colors for the candles :

  • 3 red candles
  • 1 black candle
  • 3 green candles

These are Pan-African colors.

Symbolically, the youngest family member lights the first candle.

Day one is for Unity, « Umoja » in Swahili.  When we are united we are stronger !

Day two allows us to check on our personal determination, « Kujichagulia », in order to serve the community

Day three is for collective work, « Ujima », and responsibility. We need to work together in solidarity !

« Ujamaa » (economic cooperation) is celebrated during day four. We have to build and grow our own companies, our own businesses, for each community member to live decently.

Day five is for our purpose, « Nia » in Swahili. We can ask ourselves how much we value our lives, what are their meaning and their purpose ?

Day six encourages us to think about our individual talent, our imagination and our creativity, « Kuumba ». How to use them for the sake of our community ?

Finally, last day of Kwanzaa : « Imani », Faith ! This principle reminds us that we need to have self confidence,  to trust ourselves, to trust our ancestors, our families and our community in order to face life challenges and difficulties.

At the end of the week of Kwanzaa, we can give presents to each other to enclose these days of reflexion, sharing and solidarity.

 

 

Have a great week celebrating Kwanzaa !!

Article by Babatunde Diagne.

Illustration by Alain Kojele.