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Freedom Friday

Courtesy of WaPo

Courtesy of WaPo

Hello Beautiful People

As we wait for Congress to compromise on the budget or shut the government down on Monday (which is btw ridiculous), enjoy some great festivals and events in the area.  Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


Constantly performing and recording since the 1960″”s, he is the most well-known jazz vibraphonists. He has produced some of the most loved modern soul-jazz records of all time. Classics beyond genre such as, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, most influential afro-jazz with musician Fela Kuti, “Africa – Centre Of The World”, and the most seminal jazz-funk, such as “Running Away”.

September 26-29

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

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Freedom Friday


Hello Good Folks,

The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference is in full swing.  I know many people either love or hate the event due to all the “suited and booted” politicos, staffers and emerging leaders that descend upon the area.  Some people comment on the pretentiousness, bougieness or partying without a purpose.

For may years, I attended the CBC and I loved it.  Not necessarily for the parties, but for the actual conference.  I loved the panel discussions and the meeting of like minds who were passionate about making a difference in their community.  I really encourage anyone who really wants have the full CBC experience to attend the conference.   The discussion of ideas, information and resources is very inspiring and motivating to someone who wants to improve their community.

Now I am not a total square. I do believe their is nothing wrong with having a good time and connecting with colleagues and friends.  And let’s be honest, the happy hour, golf course and fundraiser is a part of “Business 101.”  But sometimes when you are dealing with the all too often sad state of the world, you need to “relax, relate and release.”  And you need to celebrate the accomplishment and milestones too.  In 2008, I had a great time celebrating in anticipation of President Obama’s election.  So before you hit the town, there is one day left to check out some panel discussions.  You can click here for the schedule.

Enjoy the weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, along with Ford Motor Company & the Michigan CBC Host Committee, requests the honor of your presence at its’ signature events during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2013 Legislative Conference. Live performance by Morris Day & The Time.

Friday, September 20

Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square

801 K Street, NW

Motown Live Afterglow -10:30 PM – 2:00 AM

Tiixs: $25-$100.00

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The H Street Festival is an annual street festival designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant Washington, DC community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The 2013 festival is bigger and better than ever featuring more than 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages plus an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations.

Saturday, September 21

Between 4th & 14th Streets, NE

Noon to 7PM




The National Book Festival, an annual event held each September on the National Mall , is a celebration of the joy of books and reading is sponsored by the Library of Congress and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. National Book Festival Pavilions are set up for Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Children & Teens, Poetry, Home & Family, Urban Fiction and Graphic Novels.

September 21-22

National Mall, between 9th streets and 14th Sts.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.




Two left feet? No problem. With sample dance classes and performances by resident companies, there are plenty of ways to find your groove.

Dance Place

3225 8th St. NE



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dc flea

The District Flea is very excited to announce its opening this fall in the U Street Corridor. A collaboration between local vendors and the people that started the Brooklyn Flea, our market will feature antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by artisans from in and around DC, New York, Baltimore, and Philly. And of course, delicious fresh food!

September 14th – October 19th

At 945 Florida Avenue, NW

10AM -5PM




Celebrate the towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston at this annual event. Enjoy music, food, entertainment and much more!

Saturday, September 21

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Noon to 7PM




The Green Festival is a consumer show in Washington DC focusing on sustainability education and green products and services. Two days of activities, workshops and special presentations educate the public on healthy lifestyle choices, including The Green Kids Zone, where youngsters can enjoy recycled crafts and educational exhibits, culinary workshops featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine, a robust schedule of yoga classes, an organic food court and beer and wine garden. The 2013 event includes keynote speakers such as Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), political activist Ralph Nader, author John Perkins (“Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man”), Wenonah Hauter (author of “Foodopoly”) and other leading environmental, healthy lifestyle and social justice advocates.

September 21-22

Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place NW

Saturday 10AM-6PM

Sunday 11AM-5PM

$10 when purchased online

$15 at the door

Free admission for anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the Clif Bar bike valet, youth under eighteen, union members, volunteers and Green America and Global Exchange members.


DC Shorts Festival_2013_0

The DC Shorts Film Festival is the Washington, DC area’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festival includes 150 films from 22 countries. Six theatres from across the Washington DC area – from Rockville to Fairfax and Anacostia to downtown DC will be hosting the festival this year. The screenwriting competition returns this year – watch a script read live by local actors and actresses. The winner of the competition will have their film shown at the 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival.

September 19-29

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It’s Politics as Usual…. Something cool. Something laid back. Something that don’t cost $50 and require you to dress like you’re gong to work on Monday.

Saturday, September 21


465 K Street NW


10 bucks



California CBC Delegation cordially invites you to the 16th annual International Ball, VIP Reception, and California Party! There will be music, dancing, entertainment, fashion extravaganza, Golden Crown Awards, and more!

Saturday, September 21

Grand Hyatt Hotel

1000 H Street, NW



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fiesta dc

The Latino Festival in Washington DC, also known as Fiesta DC, is an annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. The free festival is huge and takes over the neighborhood bringing together dozens of non-profit organizations, community leaders, and members of the corporate and private sector. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15).

Sunday, September 22

Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th and 14th Sts. NW


Freedom Friday

Hello Good People!

Check out some great events and weather this weekend!  Be safe and see yo on the other side.  Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


Storytellers, musicians and dancers take us on a rhythmic journey with true tales of go-go’s past and present. Bring your cowbell and your dancing shoes, and get ready to crank and groove to go-go’s distinct blend of funk, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, and live percussion. Featuring some of the DC’s finest “go-go griots” and artists.

September 13-14

Atlas Theater

1333 H St NE

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Freedom Friday

Hello Lovelies!

The weather has been gorgeous the past two days, and I hope it continues into the weekend. Fall is quickly approaching, so enjoy the rest of the summer while it is here with these event. Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)


You are invited to the Heineken Mural Project VIP LAUNCH EVENT! Four renowned, bicultural street artists have been tasked with the mission to interpret Heineken’s Open Your World message throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Meet the Heineken Artists, get an exclusive preview of the G40 Art Summit, and step inside the new Blind Whino SW Arts Club for the first time as we unveil the official home of the Heineken Mural Project.

Friday, September 7

SW Arts Club

700 Delaware Avenue SW



RSVP here

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MidWeek Mixx


Hello Beautiful People,

We are going to start the day off with a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time with Gregory Porter.  You all know Porter is one of my all time fav jazz/soul singers, so I was excited to hear about his new album, “Liquid Spirit.” The album is out now across Europe and is #1 on iTunes Jazz in France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium & Ukraine.  The album is set for US release this month.

The 14-track album features 10 originals which showcase Porter’s gift of writing heartfelt songs based upon personal experiences . Also included is a stirring rendition of the jazz standard “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” as well as covers of Abbey Lincoln’s “Lonesome Lover” and Ramsey Lewis’ hit “The ‘In’ Crowd.”

Get your morning started right with some “Liquid Spirit” from Gregory Porter!

Freedom Friday


The civil rights leader Martin Luther KI

Hello Beautiful People!

Are you ready to make history, again?

This Saturday, August 24, the 50th Anniversary on the March on Washington will be honored and celebrated with a commemorative march and rally along the historic 1963 route.

Before the march, a rally will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from 8 a.m. to 12:30PM including speakers and entertainment. Step-off for the march begins at 1PM. The march route begins at the Lincoln Memorial, proceeds south to travel along Independence Avenue, with a stop at the Martin Luther King Memorial and then proceeding on to the Washington Monument.

Following the march, attendees can head to the Global Freedom Festival kicking off today on the National Mall. The festival will include four days of education, entertainment and activities that focus on advancing freedom throughout the world.

Before the march, a DC Statehood Rally and March also will take place at the DC War Memorial, 900 Independence Avenue, SW at 8:30AM. Rally participants will attend a short program before marching as a group to the Lincoln Memorial for the national program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

I hope that the march will inspire many attendees to get active in their community. For me, there is still hope that we can change our communities for the better. You don’t have to march or rally, but you do have to commit to a cause. Now honestly, all this is easier said than done. And I am not sure what will motivate people to volunteer, lobby, or give to a person in need. For me, I just think about the countless people who poured into my life through their words, time and knowledge, and my gratitude compels me to pay it forward. I actually believe that if more of us took the time to appreciate and give thanks, we wouldn’t take so many things for granted and would be more willing to lend a helping hand. There but for the grace of God go I.

As the summer comes to an end, there are some good shows and events worth checking out. Check for more info after the jump.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good People, TGIF! Enjoy the weekend.  Blessings to you and yours, ThatKellieGirl


LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good People!

Happy Friday!  Sorry about the delay, but this week has been quite hectic for ThatKellieGirl.  From coordinating a Camp, hosting a teenager, completing work assignments and keeping a happy home, I really wonder how I am still standing! LOL :-)  This isn’t new for me. I’ve always been a busy bee. Through it all, I try to stay healthy, get some quite time,  and always remember what’s REALLY important/ priority in life.

Even with all that, I am hoping to hit up some of the events below!

Whatever you do, relax, relate and enjoy!

Peace and Blessings,



A pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance.  From potent rhythms of tribal music to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, journey through the jazz of Sophiatown to the inspirational joy of Gospel and the powerful pounding energy of Kwaito.

August 8-14

Warner Theater

1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Friday!  The temperature is perfect and there are some great events this weekend.  Check them out below.

Enjoy!  ThatKellieGirl :-)


We welcome you to a warm, deep blend of music to tantalize all your senses. Cafe Con Leche is a mixture of Afro Latin sounds, soulful rhythms rich with deep house. This innovative formula fused from different cultures incorporated with many aspects of jazz, soul, and funk promises to touch your very essence.

Friday, July 26


2001 14th St


5 bucks



Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, which wasn’t a huge pop hit, but did score R&B chart action, and the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single “I Love Your Smile”. Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton’s 1974 hit “Loving You”. This and other songs like “Fly Away” helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent.

July 26-27

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Two Shows Nightly: 8pm and 10pm Sets Friday & Saturday and Sunday

35 bucks

Get tixs here



The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s East is a free festival series showcasing the history, culture and community of Ward 8 in Washington, DC.  The kick-off event features an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will be at the for an opening ceremony beginning at 1PM.  The DMV Food Truck Association’s ‘Curbside Cook Off’ will also happen alongside this fun-filled day for area families. Tons of tasty treats available for purchase starting at 12pm!

Saturday July 27

St Elizabeth’s East Campus

1100 Alabama Avenue, SE





It’s Sharkl Weekend at the National Aquarium. Enjoy interactive activities, visit Sherman’s Lagoon, based on the popular nationally syndicated cartoon series by Jim Toomey, and meet “Sherman” himself, brought to life as a costumed character exclusively for the National Aquarium.

July 27-28, 2013

National Aquarium

14th Street and Constitution Avenue


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The Kennedy Center, in association with Dizzy Feet Foundation and in conjunction with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, invites everyone to celebrate the art of dance as it hosts the East Coast installment of National Dance Day. This free event features outdoor dance performances, interactive dance routines and lessons, live music, and “Dancing Under the Stars,” with Jeannie “Kitty of the City” Jones as MC and performances by Dizzy Feet Foundation, hip-hop troupe Culture Shock professional and youth companies, celebrated dance/tap duo the Manzari BrothersArturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra,percussionist Tito Rodriguez Jr., and many others.

Saturday, July 227

Kennedy Center

2700 F St NW



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Closing out the Capital Fringe Fest is Four Women.  When singer Nina Simone created “Four Women” she probably didn’t imagine it portrayed through movement, storytelling and laughter, but we did! Four Women goes beyond the lyrics, exploring black womanhood and its many dimensions. Not a performance, a journey.

Saturday July 27

Studio Theatre – Stage 4
1501 14th Street NW
17 bucks
Get tickets here



Let’s talk natural hair! Ward 8 Film Maker Lawrence Green will screen a rough copy of his film, ‘Kinks,Locs and Love’ a documentary about African American woman and natural hair in DC!   Join us for a review of the rough cut and discussion on this exciting topic!

Saturday July 27

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE





Great music with fantastic atmosphere which includes one Senbeb Cafe After Dark menu item!! Closing out the series is Tamika Love Jones. She performs music with jazz, gospel and hip hop influences. She has performed around New York and DC and with other artists such as Amel Larrieux, Yahzarah, Black Indian, Marsha Ambrosius, W Ellington Felton and more.

Saturday, July 27

Seneb Cafe

6224 3rd Street, NW


15 bucks



Well it’s time to satiate your taste buds of funk! It’s time to get yo back up off the wall! Leave your perm, 6inch heels and stank attitudes at home! Cause we got what you need.

Saturday, July 27

Black Whiskey
1410 14th St. NW



DJ Jimmy Phingaz & DJ Blakk Steel will be providing the soundscape.  No Cover, No Dress Codes, No Egos

Saturday, July 27

Tap N’ Parlour

2001 11th st NW





New Jersey-based gospel singer, songwriter, choir director, and multi-instrumentalist Tye Tribbett is in concert at the Howard Theater.

Sunday July 28

Howard Theater

620 T St NW



Get tickets here

Freedom Friday

love hate

Hello Beautiful Ones,

To say the least, it has been a trying week with the verdict of the Zimmerman Trial. I feel like I’m in a scene of a Spike Lee movie, particularly the movie “Do the Right Thing”. In the middle of a heat wave, I am grappling with my “love” and “hate” of the U.S. legal system, the media depictions of African-American, and the value (or lack of) placed on the lives of black and brown people, especially our boys and men.

This situation doesn’t make me lash out at the system. I do believe we need people to lobby and fight to get laws like “Stand Your Ground” changed, and I will support it. For me, it means I must teach, strengthen and value my family and community in order to survive and thrive in this society. It means going back to the basics—faith, love, care and respect for ourselves, our families, and community.

I believe the murder of Trayvon Martin is a wake up call for many black people. For too long, we’ve been drinking “kool aid”… becoming self-absorbed and believing our own hype. With so many black people achieving heights we have never seen before, and our ability to become rich or famous overnight, we’ve become blind to what is going on around us. Maybe we are starting to wake up. More than ever, it is time to volunteer, mentor, lobby, boycott, march, protest, and help to shape our community, our block.

I’m still grappling and trying to make sense of all this, but I still have faith and hope for our future.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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