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You are Already Living with the Love of Your Life

Hello Beautiful People.

So ThatKellieGirl has been reading this wonderful book entitled “All the Joy You Can Stand” by Debrena Jackson Gandy, and it’s been making me stop and say “Hhhhmmmmm.”  :-)  

I’ve had this book for a while, but never got to it.  So while re-organizing books and records, literally, this book popped out.   And it has been right on time for me.  

Check out this short excerpt from “All the Joy You Can Stand”.  You might even want to pick the book up for yourself. 

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show

This weekend, ThatKellieGirl attended the media reception for the Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show, an interactive lifestyle expo that celebrates expecting moms.

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Precious Author, Sapphire Releases The Kid

Earlier this week, Sapphire released her second book, The Kid.  If anyone has read Push, then you know this story is very provocative and powerful.  So I will admit, I will have to gear up to read this book.  It is actually much more graphic than Push.  However, I am quite intrigued to learn the back story of how this family’s cycle of abuse came to be.

Check out this GREAT interview with Sapphire from NPR’s Michele Martin on the show “Tell Me More“.

Freedom Friday: The Caribbean Edition

Hey Good People,

I missed you guys while I was out on my mini-vacation.  However, I am back and I have a full line-up of weekend events! I hope this will make up for my time away. ;-)

The DC Caribbean Carnival Festival is already in full swing.  Today (6/24), two events to check out are Hookie Day Fete and Pool Party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St SW) starting at noon and a free Reggae Night at the Carter Barron featuring Archives (with Lenny Kurlou), Passion Reggae Band and Carl Malcolm & Positive Vibrations Band.

On Saturday, the Caribbean Parade begins on  at Kansas Avenue at 11:00 a.m. and ends at the international marketplace at “DE SAVANNAH” – Howard Center Lot (Georgia Avenue & Bryant Street). “DE SAVANNAH ”  will be from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m featuring food, craft and local and international entertainment.  Click here for the full schedule. Ya’ll I still have to do the mud truck one year! :-)

The weekend closes out with Earth, Wind and Fire at Wolf Trap and Mike Philips at Blues Alley.

Get out the house and have some fun. Peace!

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Freedom Friday: The Global Citizen Edition

Hello Good People!

UPDATE:  I am glad to hear that Beyonce donated the payment to perform for the Gadhafi family to Haiti relief efforts last year.  I hope the other artists will follow her lead.  Here and here.  Now she needs to do something about those pictures.

So I know you have heard about Beyonce in black face in honor of Fela Kuti and her African roots in a Paris fashion magazine. *smh*  It also has come out that Beyonce was paid by the Gadhafi family for private performances.  I believe that these incidents are indications of a lack understanding/ knowledge of our history.

As the adage says, if you don’t know your history, you are doomed to repeat it.  This is why we still see blackface images in the 21st century.  The Boo, who is African, felt that the image perpetuates the stereotype that all Africans are dark skinned.  She could have well-represented her African roots in her own skin color.  I believe the best thing she could do to honor Fela Kuti and her African heritage is to learn about the topics.  Pick up a book or even watch a documentary.  Or at least have an assistant do the research and give you a debrief. SHEESH!  Is it art? Is it offensive? Depending on who you ask, it is one or the other.   I just feel this could have been a great opportunity to bridge and represent the African diaspora in a more powerful and positive way to the world.  Beyonce should have declined the black face.

Now I was taken aback about her performance for Gadhafi’s son.  It is well documented that Gadhafi and his family flaunt their wealth while ruling Libya under a dictatorship.   Now, I will give Beyonce some credit.  Maybe she performed when Libya’s good standing was restored under President Bush, and then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became the first Secretary of State to visited Libya since 1953.  And there are others who have applauded Gadhafi as a African leader who promotes pan-Africanism.  So as you see, this isn’t a black or white situation, which is why I believe Beyonce was just ill-advised.

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Freedom Friday: The Oprah Edition

Happy Friday People….

This week, I crossed an item off of my “bucket list”.  The past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show!  I will be quite honest with you, I really wasn’t certain if this was ever going to happen, especially with this being her last season.  However, I am so glad that it did. :-)

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Freedom Friday: Get Out of the House a.k.a. The Soul Sista Edition

Hey Good People!

I am almost there!  I think I am 95% close to full recovery.  The doctor said I had an upper respiratory infection (isn’t that just a fancy way of saying I have a cold?).  My mom swore I might have walking pneumonia because I was coughing so much.  I do believe these virus’  have an aggressive strain because this thing wouldn’t let me lose!  I was out of the office for a week.  And when I came back (because I was running low on sick leave and still sick), I felt so bad for coughing, hacking and snotting on the train, on the bus, in the office…plain ole EVERYWHERE!  Anyhoo…I am feeling back to my old self, so you might catch me at one of these events.

(I just noticed most of these events are celebrating women!  Let’s support this wonderful events.)

Actor and writer Victoria Rowell discusses and signs her new novel:  Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva.  Many fans of The Young & The Restless know Victoria Rowell as Drucilla Winters. Victoria’s has penned a book based on her former soap actress life. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Friday, June 11

Busboys & Poets

1390 V Street NW

6:30PM

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Can a Sister Rock A Mic? Festival (CASRAM) kicked off this Wednesday with a phenomenal performances by Dionne Farris & Leah Smith at LIV.  Each day gets better and better.  Tonight, check out LADY X, an all female live artistry of graphic design, projections, paint, fashion, singing, DJs and much more! Featured Artists: Courtney Savoy, Antwanyce Richardson, Rasheeda Johnson with live performances from Megan Livingston (Baltimore) and Carolyn Malachi (DC/Baltimore), projection art by Shantell Martin, graphic design by Dian Horton & Ganesha Varinia, music by DJ Fusion (FuseBoxRadio), DJ C Breeze and DJ Saucee rockin’ the best in hip-hop, house, and more…

CASRAM is Washington DC’s music and arts festival dedicated to amplifying the voice of women in music and beyond. In its 5th year, CASRAM showcases some of the nation’s most talented women emerging in music and the arts.

June 11-12

CASRAM

Click here for the full line-up.

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Not a “Soul-Sista” event per se, but I know we can benefit from this… The Digital Capital Week (DCWEEK) is a 10 day festival in Washington DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital.  The mission of Digital Capital Week is to strengthen the capital region’s digital economy through events focused on creativity, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, content creation, and innovation.

June 11- 20

Digital Capital Week

Click here for the schedule.

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As you all know, I just finished reading Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.  Big-ups to my boy Will for letting me know she will be speaking tomorrow at the Chevy Chase Library (Don’t sleep on the DC Library events.) Can’t wait to get my book autographed! :-)

Saturday, June 12

Chevy Chase Library

5626 Conneticut Ave. NW

Noon

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A non-”Soul Sista” event….This Saturday DEKKA is hosting Popmatic – the first solo exhibition of mixed-media mastermind, Gregg Deal. After launching a successful custom-artwork enterprise, Modern Bird Studios, Gregg is debuting a private collection featuring new, experimental media. Meet the artist at this Saturday’s opening reception.
Saturday, June 12th
Popmatic Opening Reception
1338 U St NW, 2nd floor

7-10pm
RSVP here
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A yard sale and bake sale to benefit the Capitol Hip Hop Soulfest take places tomorrow.  Come out to see what goodies you can pick up to help a worthwhile cause.
Saturday, June 12
Riverside Center in Marvin Gaye Park
5200 Fotte St. NE
10AM to 4PM
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I am quite excited to attend Out to Launch, during the Food & Wine Festival at National HarborSmart Chicks, Inc. & Biribelle Clothing is hosting an evening of music, fashion and art.
Saturday, June 12
Amber Tree Art Gallery
122 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Pam Grier will sign and discuss Foxy..My Life in Three Acts.  The boo is real interested in attending this event (*gives side-eye*). In this sexy, often shocking, memoir, you will get to know the real Pam Grier in all her battles and triumphs, her disappointments and her victories. This book is broken down into Three Parts: The Early Years, ‘Fros and Freaks, and Finding the Balance.  Pam Grier started her career in the early 1970s, starring in a string of moderately successful women-in-prison films and blaxploitation films, and has generally remained in the public eye, starring in movies such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Jackie Brown.
Sunday, June 13th

Busboys & Poets

1390 V Street NW

6PM

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Don’t forget to check out the World Cup!  Click here and here for some spots where you can catch some games.

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WHEW!  This is a lot to get in to this weekend.  You have no excuse to be sitting in the house. Get on outta here!

Enjoy this ode to the soul sistas!  Peace. :-)

Get Some Culture

Hello Everyone!  My body has spoken.  I have to get some well-deserved rest.  I have been hitting it hard!  From attending my sister’s graduation, hitting NYC for the FELA play and Wonder-FULL party, reconnecting with college friends at my alumni reunion, visiting family in North Carolina and coordinating and celebrating the boo’s birthday during the Memorial Day weekend…WHEW! I have four days to get it right for the weekend.  So plenty of fluids, fruits, veggies and a Zumba class! :-)  You can’t keep “ThatKellieGirl” down for too long.  So here is the line-up.

The DC Jazz Festival begins today for its 6th year.  It is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. Originally named the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the 13-day festival promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.  The festival also features the return of the highly popular Jazz in the ‘Hoods which includes performances at more than 30 restaurants,clubs, hotels and art galleries across the city.

June 1-13

DC Jazz Festival

Throughout the District

Click here for the schedule.

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On Saturday, Roots Market, an organic grocery store,  is hosting The Vegetarian Flavor Fest to offer healthy and delicious tastings of vegetarian and vegan fare.

Saturday, June 5

Roots Market

Both Locations:

5805 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, MD 21029

16800 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 20832

from 11AM to 3PM

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Come to ride and show your pride at The 2nd Annual R.B.G. Ride this Saturday.  Check out last year’s ride at the blog, Well and Good.  After having my bike stolen :-(, this might be the motivation I need to buy a new bike.

Sunday, June 6

Malcolm X Park

16th St N.W. & Euclid St N.W.

Noon

Sign up at truskool2006@gmail.com and get a special gift!

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Now, I have to finish my book, Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez for the book club.  I guess there is no rest for the weary.  However, I wouldn’t have it any other way! :-)

Have  great week people!

Get Some Culture…

This week, Busboys & Poets has a great line-up of speakers.

Service is the rent we pay for living” says preeminent children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman and this is the motto by which Malaak Compton Rock, dedicated humanitarian and wife of comedian Chris Rock, lives her life.   This evening, April 13th, Malaack will speak about her part memoir and part practical guide, If It Takes a Village, Build One.  It  offers readers insightful advice on everything from how to find just the right volunteer opportunity, how to get kids involved in a life of service, how to research charities, and even how to start a nonprofit, as Malaak did several years ago. 

All of this practical wisdom is grounded in inspirational anecdotes about her own experience with service, including her work with Katrina rebuilding and her recent brainchild, Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program for at-risk kids from Bushwick, Brooklyn, which takes teens on a two week service mission  to South Africa to volunteer and experience the world.
The event starts at 6PM.

 

In 2006 Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip.  Her testimony is this book, Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel.  You can hear about it tomorrow, April 14th at Busboys & Poets at 6:30PM

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Alice Walker is the author of more than thirty books including The Color Purple and Sent by Earth. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages. From her essays concerning the civil rights movement to cries for intervention on the Gaza Strip, Walker continually and eloquently calls attention to ignored injustices around the world.

@Busboys & Poets

2021 14th St NW

Free!

Highly Recommended…Book Discussion with Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill will discuss race in American politics and her best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Ifill’s book profiles and critiques politicians such as Vernon Jordan, Colin Powell, Deval Patrick and Barack Obama. Based on her interviews, Ifill argues that America is at a pivotal moment where the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a new generation of leadership.

Gwen Ifill is the managing editor and moderator for PBS’ “Washington Week.”  She is also the senior correspondent for the PBS “NewsHour.”

Monday, February 22, 2010
7PM
@ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Metro Center and Gallery Place subway stations

A book sale and signing will follow the program.

FREE!
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