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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 Birds of a Feather Edition

Hello Good People!

At one point in your life, someone has said the following: “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”.  Usually when I heard these proverbs, the person was trying to warn me of the company I was keeping.  Most recently, I heard a new spin on the adage from Jim Rohn,  “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.     Hearing it this way really resonated with me.  I started thinking about the people around me especially those I consider members of my support circle.  I know that everyone is on a different life journey, but there should be something about each of these persons that you admire and add to your life. 
At one point in my life, I used to “fall” into relationships.  I actually would just invite everyone in.  The more the merrier, right?  Well yes,but not in your inner circle.  You have to carefully consider if the people who surround you are a reflection of the person you want to become…mentally, spiritually, financially, etc.   We must be thoughtful and purposeful in the selection of friends, business partners, clients, employers and especially spouses.  I believe the best way to do this is to talk to God who should be one of the five people you spend the most time with anyways! :-)  If you start there, then you will be led by your spirit about the relationships in your life.
So who are the people you spend the most time with?
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
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For Colored Boys

The other day, I was thinking about all the commentary surrounding “For Colored Girls” concerning the negative images of black men in film.     The last film I saw that was a poignant depiction of black men and their struggles was “Nothing But A Man” (supposedly Malcolm X’s favorite film).  Even though it was made by two Jewish men, it was still honest and very touching .  Check it out.  I do hope to see a film in the 21st Century about the struggle, resilience and healing of black men. 

In my own little way, I wanted to show some love to my brothers.   I have been so blessed to be surrounded by some wonderful black men in my life from my grandfather, uncles, male friends, my father and my current Boo.   These are my top 10 songs of female artists paying homage to loving, strong and committed black men.   Feel free to show some love to the positive men in your life by sharing this post.  Enjoy! :-)

1.) Orange Moon- Erykah Badu (Honorable Mentions: Solider & Other Side of the Game)

2.) Fact Is (I Need You) – Jill Scott (Honorable Mention: He Loves Me)

3.) Giving You the Best That I Got-Anita Baker

4.) No One Else- Amel Larrieux

5.) Natural Woman- Aretha Franklin

6.) I Found My Everything- Mary J. Blige

7.) Love Letters (He Wants Me To Win)-Nakia Henry (Thanks Phil for the heads up! :-) )

Listen here.

8.) Love Is You- Chrisette Michelle

9.) The Truth- India Arie (Honorable Mention: Good Man)

10.) Love Me Still- Chaka Khan

Not in MY top ten, but how could I be remiss for not mentioning “Brotha” by Angie Stone.  Enjoy! :-)

Effortless Chic in the DMV

Hosted by Glamourholics, fashionistas attended The 2nd Annual Go Glam & Get Gorgeous event.

DMV fashionistas gathered to network, share their knowledge about the fashion industry, and of course shop at the 2nd Annual Go Glam & Get Gorgeous.  The two-day event, hosted by the Glamourholics, kicked off at the National Harbor’s Ketchup with a VIP Insider Industry Chat with fashion expert, Daisy Lewellyn.  A Howard graduate, Daisy Lewellyn has worked at top fashion publications such as Glamour, InStyle and as the accessories editor at Essence.  Dubbed the “Queen of Effortless Chic”, Daisy spoke to attendees about how to break into the fashion industry and succeed.    She also talked about how every woman should reach the pinnacle of their own personal style.  She has written about her style philosophy in her book, “Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less, Look Your Best Ever“.   The event continued on Saturday with a Holiday Shopping Soiree at ALoft Hotel.  Guests were pampered, shopped and had a style session with Daisy.  

VIP Insider Industry Chat with Daisy Lewellyn, The Queen of Effortless Chic. Courtesy of Glamourholics


ThatKellieGirl with Glamourholic Founder and President, Myss Stephens.

Founded by Myss Stephens, GlamourHolics is a company that hosts fun and  informative beauty and fashion events centered around women’s social interest.   GlamourHolics hosts shopping soirees that bring together some of Maryland, DC and Virginia’s hottest, hand-picked retailers, offering one-of-a-kind items.   A portion of Glamourholic’s proceeds have benefitted BeautyRoxxDC an organization established to empower young women to overcome academic, social, and emotional difficulties so that they can reach their full potential.

Freedom Friday: The Halloween Edition

Hey Good People!

It is that time of year again when all the ghost, ghouls and goblins come out as well as Howard University students and alums celebrating homecoming, party-goers in Georgetown, runners for the Marine Corp Marathon and folks attending the Rally to Restore Sanity. WHEW!!!   With Halloween falling on the weekend, everyone is hosting an event.  Even my friends and I will be throwing a costume party on Saturday.  I am quite excited!  :-) It is a throwback party so I hope to see some high top fads, neon colors and bamboo earrings.  There is an event out here for everyone, so peep the list below.

Please be safe everyone!  Take care.

Kick Off your Howard Homecoming Weekend with LivSuite! Vol. 1 of the Autumn Soul Session features Conya Doss- her dynamically explosive yet sensual voice is the heart and soul of her music.  The Cleveland native (Ohio represent!)  has the innate and intriguing ability to blend melodic love ballads, soulful R&B and genre-bending grooves.  Also performing is Jesse Boykins III and Eva Kennedy.  Teresa Jenee will be the Special Guest Host for the night. This is soulful event that you won’t want to miss!

Friday, October 29


11th & U Streets


Tickets in advance: $15; $25 at the door


Join us for our adult Halloween bash! Wear your best costume while enjoying the National Zoo by moonlight. Experience bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. A full line of hauntingly delicious craft-brewed Magic Hat elixirs will be available.

Friday, October 29

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave, NW

8PM to Midnight

Click here for more info.


Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Lamont Hill will be at Busboys and Poets for in support of Haki Madhubuti’s Third World Press. The uplifting and insightful evening of conversation will be moderated by WPFW radio host Shani Jamila. Third World Press provides quality literature that primarily focuses on issues, themes, and critique related to an African American public. There will be a donation fee for admittance.

Friday, October 29

Busboys & Poets

14& V Sts



I had the pleasure of witnessing Casey Bejamin play with the Robert Glasper Experiment, and he is truly a stand-out.  He is marvelous on the saxophone and dangerous on the vocoder.  One half on the funk pop new wave duo Heavy,  Casey Benjamin currently plays with rapper Q-Tip, Mos Def, Stefon Harris and The RCDC Experiment. Hailing from Jamaica, Queens, NY Casey Benjamin has established himself as a noteworthy saxophonist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter. His vast repertoire of collaborations suggests an effortless versatility.

Benjamin will be joined by the revered bass guitarist Victor Bailey is a former member of seminal jazz super group Weather Report. He has toured and recorded with Steps Ahead, The Zawinul Syndicate, Madonna,Omar Hakim, Sonny Rollins, Miriam Makeba, Larry Coryell,LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Sting, Hamiet Bluiet, Kevin Eubanks, and Tommy Campbell, among many others.Fender has released a Victor Bailey Signature acoustic bass guitar, as well as the Victor Bailey Jazz Bass.

October 29 & 30

Bohemian Caverns

11th & U Streets

8:30PM & 10:30PM sets

Get tickets here.


Check out the hot NEW FALL 2010 look from
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Saturday, October 30


914 Ellsworth Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20910

12PM – 6PM

RSVP here.


Fine-art craftsmanship will be showcased as Dana Ayanna Greaves presents her work in an exquisite gallery setting. DC-based designer Dana Ayanna Greaves celebrates the opening of her new private studio – ARTAYA.  Enjoy music from DJ TJ (Wild North), passed giveaways, complimentary drinks and two artistic presentations featuring the ARTAYA collection.   Co-hosted by Industry Gallery in conjunction with Conner Contemporary Art.  Special performance by Carolyn Malachi.

Saturday, October 30

Industry Gallery

1358 Florida Avenue, NE, upstairs loft
This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP here or email

Have a great weekend!

Stop Playing

So, I am watching the Lifetime movie starring Jill Scott, and the normal commercial break interrupts.  And I can’t believe what I am seeing.  A product called Latisse developed to make your eyelashes grow longer and fuller.  It seems that “hypotrichosis of eyelashes” (inadequate or not enough eye lashes) is a serious condition for millions of women.  I just don’t understand why women are willing to endure the potential side effects for longer and fuller lashes. Vanity perhaps?  Now, if I had some incurable disease, I would seriously think about taking some medicine with potential side effects in order to save my life.  But to have longer and fuller lashes?  Stop playing.


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