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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

RoyAyers

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

Click here for tickets and times

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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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SUPAFRIK

ThatKellieGirl was in the house for the international debut of SUPAFRIK at GALLERY O on H in DC.  It was a beautiful evening and backdrop for this fabulous event.  The brainchild of Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam of the clothing label Chinedesign, SUPAFRIK is curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana” and showcases artwork and design that re-contextualize African aesthetics and traditions within a modern framework.

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Freedom Friday: The Juneteenth aka ThatKellieGirl’s Birthday Edition

Hey Good People!

If you haven’t figured it out, ThatKellieGirl’s Birthday is the weekend– specifically on Saturday.  And as I get older, I find that I am enjoying this journey more and more.  Each year, I feel more confident, joyous and passionate for living on purpose. It is an empowering and liberating thing when you know who you are and begin to live life on your terms.  Quite honestly, this blog has been a part of my process.  And I thank you for tuning in to this journey.  By sharing my thoughts, experiences, music and pictures, I hope to offer some inspiration to live life to the fullest everyday.  I want people to realize that it’s all about constantly shifting the scale between working and living.   We have to rearrange, add, subtract and multiply certain actions, people and things to ensure we are growing and becoming the person we were meant to be.  And celebrating my birthday affirms that I am on the right path.

Enjoy this glorious weekend.  I sure am! :-)

And shout out to my beautiful younger sister celebrating her birthday today!

P.S.  This is an abbreviated listing (hey it’s my birthday weekend! :-) ), but I will be posting events on my Facebook page.  So please check there for more weekend happenings.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday

There’s nothing like a beautiful day in DC! DC Skyline, late summer 2011 by Margaret Huddy

Hello Good Folks,

I am still on a high from “Bike to Work Day” this morning, but I am just getting started for the weekend. The weather is beautiful and the temperature is just right.  So I will be taking advantage of it.  I hope you do too by checking out some great events.

On Saturday, Bilal is at the Howard Theater , and Rahsaan Patterson with special guest YahZarah will be in Baltimore at Soundstage .  Also in Baltimore, check out Felabration.

Please be safe out there, and I will see you on the other side of the weekend.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

Tonight, Artomatic 2012 kicks off its month-long art festival that is “by artists, for everyone.” This year’s event is in a former office building that’s slated for demolition. It features 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists: Visual art, music, performance, film, fashion, and more. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events.

All of May

1851 S. Bell St.

Crystal City, VA

A block from the metro

Opening night, May 18 doors open at 6pm

Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 pm

Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am

Sundays: noon – 5 pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

FREE

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Freedom Friday: The Earth Day Edition

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday.

This weekend is shaping up rather nicely.  There will be beautiful weather and lots of fun things to do.  In the spirit of Earth Day, ThatKellieGirl will be volunteering at the White House Garden Tours.  I love flowers and the White House Kitchen Garden is a great model on how to and what to grow in your home garden.  Afterwards, I am attending a tea with my God Daughter and her Mother.  As you know, I always am excited to don a hat and a pair of gloves! :-)

There also are several festivals either kicking off or closing out this weekend.  Whatever you do don’t miss them.

Starting us off is The Water Street Project which is an 11 day-long  temporary arts exhibition in a vacant building underneath Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown.  The project’s grand opening is tonight at 8PM.

The U.S. National Parks Service celebrates National Park Week with activities and promoting people to visit their local national park.

Activist Van Jones will discuss and sign his new book, Rebuild the Dream at Busboys and Poets (14th & V Sts NW) at 6:30PM.

The Earth Day Rally will take place on the National Mall as well as a “Float In” with Ralph Nader marking the 40th anniversary of The Clean Water Act and to say no to dirty, polluted water.  Here is a list of Earth Day activities and events in the area.

And Filmfest DC is closing out this weekend, so try to find time to see some provocative, exciting, and often brave stories from varying perspectives and showcasing important voices.

Whatever you do, stay safe, have fun and keep the faith. :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Lumen8 Anacostia

ThatKellieGirl having fun at Lumen8 Anacostia

Hello Everyone!

This past weekend, the Fiancé and I headed out to Lumen8 Anacostia.  And we were truly amazed to see vacant and underutilized store fronts and empty lots be transformed into an artist showcase with art and light installations, marketplaces and pop-up art galleries. 

It was a great opportunity for the rest of the world to see what is usually overlooked by the media and overshadowed by negative reports and perceptions—the sense of community, the beautiful views of the District, and the urban artistry. 

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Freedom Friday: Spring Forward

Good Morning Good Folks!

It’s time to welcome spring weather this weekend with the start of daylight savings time.  I am not too excited about losing the hour of sleep, but I am willing to trade it in for more daylight.  I find it funny that daylight savings time was proposed by a New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson who valued after-hours daylight to collect insects.   His idea was initially ridiculed, but in 1927, with political support, it was successfully adopted.  Like Hudson, I also enjoy after-hours daylight. I feel like I haven’t lost the whole day to job when I walk outside and the sun is still shining.  I still have some of the day to enjoy.  So KUDOS to Hudson who believed we should have more daylight to enjoy our after work activities.  :-)   And you can get started this weekend!

Also remember when you change your clocks to change the batteries in your smoke detector also! :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Flu Bug Edition

Hey Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl has the flu bug! :-(

I’ve been trying to fight it off all week, but it finally shut me down.  That’s ok though.  I just need to relax to get better.

I am shut down this weekend, but I hope you aren’t.  So go catch the 30 Americans exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery before it closes this weekend.

Other than that, I am out! :-)

Peace, Love and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl

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Get Familiar

Gregory Porter and ThatKellieGirl

Hello Good Folks!

So for those of you who follow ThatKellieGirl, you know that last year I developed a HUGE musical crush on Gregory Porter.  So when I found out that he was performing at the Kennedy Center, I was ecstatic.  And  let me tell you his performance did not disappoint.

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