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Freedom Friday: The Inauguration Edition aka National Day of Service


Hello Good People!

Happy New Year to each of you. ThatKellieGirl apologizes for being MIA, but I’ve been in #weddingworld! :-) Ever since January 1st, I have been in overdrive planning for my upcoming nuptials. I’ve had some challenges with vendors, deleting names off the guest list, and thinking about how much we are going to spend! But deep inside, I feel like everything is falling into place, and that it will be a life-changing event. And to see family and close friends step up to show their love and support has meant so much to me. Words can’t express the love and endearment I have for each of these folks. I am totally excited about this next phase in my life. :-)

So if you were like me, I was very disappointed about the Inauguration ticket snafu. I was ready to purchase my tickets on the designated release date. So I was dismayed that the tickets were released a day before. Even with an early release, I would purchased tickets if I wouldn’t have been on an airplane returning from Ohio!!! Then when I received an invitation to purchase parade tickets, originally sold for $25 now $250, that just added insult to injury. *smh* Even though ThatKellieGirl might not be at an official Inaugural Ball, there are still some great and affordable events in order to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. So check out these events below.

And for those who want to dress-up, star gaze or ball out, check out these lists of Inaugural Balls here and here and here.

And remember, in honor of MLK Day, sign-up for the National Day of Service. There are service events all weekend.

Peace, Love & Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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The African American Experience Fund

Who is this masked woman?

Hello Good People!

Recently, ThatKellieGirl was invited to the first annual Masquerade Ball to benefit the African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks.  The event was hosted by lifestyle guru, restaurateur, B. Smith and her husband and business partner, Dan Gasby (President of B. Smith Enterprises) at their B. Smith’s Union Station Restaurant. (The masked couple in the above picture. :-) ) B. Smith was recently named the national spokesperson of the AAEF.   

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The Boo Bash 2011…Party with a Purpose!

Hey Good People!

ThatKellieGirl is personally inviting you to the The Boo Bash Costume Party!  The Boo Bash is in its 4th year, and this year, we will be partying with a purpose.  The Boo Bash will also be a fundraiser for Words Beats & Life, Inc.  A portion of the proceeds will go towards WBL’s Scholarship Fund.

B-boys will be in the house from ToysaReUs, and we have costume prizes for the best male, female, couple and overall costume. It is going to be a great time with great people!

Check out this video to learn more about the great things WBL is doing in the community!

I ♥ WBL from Words Beats & Life on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 29

Goethe Institut

 812 7th St. N.W.

Chinatown/ Gallery Place

10PM to 1AM

Enter to win a Halloween Hip Hop Gift Pack if you save yourself time at the door and pay online by this Friday, 10/28 at 5pm to be entered into the drawing. 

$20= a drink ticket and food
$60=a WBL tshirt and all of the above
$80=a WBL journal and all of the above
$100=free admission to a 2012 WBL teach-in and all of the above
$500=a scholarship in your name and all of the above!
Get your ticket here!

Freedom Friday: The Block is Hot Edition

Hello Good Folks!

TGIF! :-)

Summer is right around the corner, but things are already in full gear– high temperatures and power outages.  Hopefully, your lights are back on.   With all of this, I am ready for the weekend to cool out and relax.

You can start by chilling out at the Annual Capital Jazz Festival  starting tonight with legends Herbie Hancock, David Sanburn and George Duke!  The whole weekend has a great line-up.  You can still get tickets at the door, at least for lawn seating . 

For those who want to support a great cause and get some excercise, on Saturday, the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure begins at 8AM at the National Mall.  If you still want to run, you can do late registration until 6PM today (6/3) at the Hyatt (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW ).

The temperature seems to have evened out, so check out some events.

Lastly, shout out to all my fellow Geminis.  Let’s get it in! :-)


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Freedom Friday: The King Edition

Hello Everyone,

TGIF!  I am so ready for the weekend.  I intend to blow off some steam, so ya’ll know I am heading straight to the dance floor! :-)  Anyhoo…

We all know that this coming Monday is MLK Day and most of us will be off of work.   So I was talking to my sister about her plans, and she told me she was attending a MLK program.  Now, to most people, this would be an acceptable answer.  However, I am not like most folks. :-) I said why are you going to sit in someone’s pew to tell you something you already know?!  I learned faith without works is dead.  The best way you can honor and commemorate MLK is through your service.  So for all of you who want to attend a program or a teach-in, make sure there is a community service component.  How many times do we have to hear MLK speeches before we become inspired to do something positive in our community? And this is a big problem in the black community. You can see the work we need to on any MLK street, avenue or boulevard which was recently documented in the “MLK Streets Project”.   A friend of mine and volunteer extraordinaire (Thanks Broderick!) forwarded a great article about “Where are Black Humanitarians?” 

If you need a place to volunteer on MLK Day, check out this list.

Finally, if ya’ll didn’t hear president Obama speak at the memorial service in Tuscon, you missed a heartfelt and inspirational speech.  I even shed a couple of tears.  Regardless of what the pundits say, I still support President Obama.

In the meantime, enjoy this flash back…oh! and check out some events too!  Peace and love everyone! :-)

This weekend, Eatonville is doing all things Zora.  Zora’s birthday was January 7th, so Eatonville is celebrating all month!

Friday, January 14 – Happy Hour 6-8PM

Saturday, January 15 – Zora’s Craft Hour 12-1PM and Zora’s Movie Time 1-5PM

Sunday, January 23 – Zora in the City w/ guest speaker Lucy Ann Hurston, Zora’s niece 6:30PM


14th & V Sts. NW


Cheeky Sasso Entertainment Presents: Pretty Girl Rock Celebrating 103 years of Pink & Green.  There will also be a special Live Performance by Dwele.

Friday, January 14

The Park

920 14th St NW

Performance at 7PM


Join one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Cornel West, for a wide-ranging conversation with broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley, on African-American history and culture. This event is presented as a preview to the exhibition America I AM: The African-American Imprint, which opens February 2 at National Geographic Museum.

Friday, January 14

National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St NW


20 bucks

Get tickets here.


The Anacostia Museum is hosting the 26th Annual MLK Program.  Political analyst for Fox Television, Juan Williams will be the keynote speaker.  Williams’ remarks addressing the topic “King Alive: His Dream Lives on Today” will be followed by dialogue with Essence magazine’s Washington correspondent Cynthia Gordy.  The event includes a performance by Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a pan-African performance group based in Washington. Two of Williams’ books will be available for sale and signing.

Friday, January 14

National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW


Free but seating is limited.

RSVP at or call (202) 633-4875


Ya’ll I got my dancing shoes ready for this! Masterminded by DJ Jahsonic, this party will channel all the music and good times you remember from the glory days of Late 75′-mid 85′. Champagne Soul and Jheri Curl Funk is the vibe.  Also adding to the mix are DC favourites Rhome “DJ Stylus” Anderson and Adrian Loving.

Saturday, January 15


11th & U Sts. NW

9PM -3AM



If you love the music of Prince you must attend this party! It’s the 10-year anniversary of Dredd’s Prince dance parties in Washington, DC, and this one will feature a marathon DJ set by Dredd featuring all the hits, b–sides and rarities of Prince and related artists all night. Hosted by Grap Luva.

Sunday, January 16

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW


$10 advance/$12 day of show


Come celebrate the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr with Afrika Bambaataa on the dance floor as we FUNK 4 THE DREAM!!

Sunday, January 16

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW


10 bucks

Get tickts here.


It’s going down this Sunday for MLK Day weekend. Come out every Sunday for the best in classic R&B dance, soul, house, funk, early hip hop, you name it.  Other “DAYLIGHT” highlights include drink specials between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a free daylight buffet catered by Nichelle Johnson.

Sunday, January 16


11th & U St NW

7PM – 2AM

10 bucks


The Washington Informer Newspaper, along with over 25 community based organizations will host the 5th Annual MLK PEACE WALK to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event ends with a community service project at 12pm at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ at 3845 South Capitol Street SW.  This event is also a kick-off to the MLK Parade of 2012.

Monday, January 17

MLK Day Peace Walk

2500  Martin Luther King Ave SE



Subculture presents Eric Roberson with Black Alley and Levi Stephenson.  “Sunday Best” winner Y’Anna Crawley will be the special guest host. 

Monday, January 17

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW


20 bucks

Get tickets here.

Have a great weekend! :-)

Freedom Friday: Snow Flurries Edition

Hey Good People,

Did ya’ll see those snow flurries today?  Winter is officially here!  I will be getting ready for another snowmaggeddon.  I just want to be on the safe side. 

It still amazes me that folks here still do not know how to drive in the snow. *smh*  Growing up in the midwest, we were  prepared.  And if not, we knew how to sit still and let God do his work. :-)  And after the snowing  and shoveling, we had snow ball fights, built snowmen, went sled riding and finished it all with a cup of hot chocolate.  YUM!!!!  I guess I am looking forward to winter.  I am also looking forward to the weekend.  :-)  Check it out!

Side note: Why Marion Barry got a reality tv show? *lol*  Only in D.C.

Come out for a night of great music with Grammy nominated N’dambi and special guest Zo! performing and Phonte of The Foreign Exchange hosting!

Friday, December 10

Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW

Show: 10PM

Tickets: $10 Adv/ $18 Door

Get tickets here.


The third annual Cheap Art Sale will host artists from across the city who will show and sell original works of art, and donate half or more of all the proceeds to the nonprofit Girls Rock! DC.  All art will be priced at $50 or less.  The Cheap Art Sale is an opportunity for shoppers to purchase unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind items.  Participating artists include Leslie Andrus, Lely Constantinople, Mike Ferguson, Sha Grogan-Brown, Floyd Knight, Tom LeGro, Gina Matchitt, Les Telusan, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Frank Turner and others.  Artwork sold will include paintings, screen printed goods, lots of photography and more.

Saturday, December 11

La Casa

3166 Mt Pleasant St NW



Iyanla Vanzant will be speaking about her most recent book, Peace from Broken Pieces.”  The book  recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned—from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.

Saturday, December 11                                                      Saturday, December 18th

Hosted by BZB                                                                        Hosted by Sister Space

Shiloh Baptist Church                                                          Plymouth Congregational Church

1510 9th St NW                                                                       5301 North Capitol St NE

1-3PM                                                                                          3-6PM



Shine On Me and HipHopLivs presents Erick and Parrish Making Dollars (EPMD).  This is a show you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, December 11


2001 11th Street NW


Get tickets here.


Learn about the “TextUAlive” campaign objectives, commit to safe driving, and experience LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES by Hidden Beach recording artist Jeff Bradshaw, Strathmore resident artist, the Green Violinist, and Grammy nominated, urban-alternative/Soul artist, Carolyn Malachi. “TextUAlive” is a grassroots campaign to end distracted driving using the arts and social media. The campaign illuminates the dangers of distracted driving, reinforces proper driving habits, and obtains safe-driving commitments from American motorists. Redeem your commitment to safe driving for discounted admission to the 2011 CASRAM Festival opening night. Cosponsored by 89.3 FM WPFW, Smart Chicks, Inc and CASRAM.

Sunday, December 12

Busboys and Poets

5th & K Sts NW


$10 cover

World Aids Day 2010 in DC

December 1st marks World Aids Day.  The theme this year is “How are you facing AIDS?”  In the U.S., there is an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV.  However, 1 out of 5 don’t know it.  When you begin to look at people of color, the numbers are alarming.

The CDC reports that African-Americans face the most severe burden of HIV and AIDS in the nation.

  • While blacks represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for almost half (46%) of people living with HIV in the US, as well as nearly half (45%) of new infections each year. HIV infections among blacks overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s.
  • At some point in their life, approximately one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV, as will one in 30 black women.
  • The rate of new HIV infections for black men is about six times as high as that of white men, nearly three times that of Hispanic/Latino men, and more than twice that of black women.
  • The HIV incidence rate for black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of white women, and nearly four times that of Hispanic/Latino women.

Hispanics/Latinos are also disproportionately impacted.

  • Hispanics/Latinos represent 15% of the population but account for an estimated 17% of people living with HIV and 17% of new infections. HIV infections among Hispanics/Latinos overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s.
  • The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men is more than double that of white men and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women is nearly four times that of white women.

So what can you do?  FACE IT!

First off, GET TESTED.  DC has among the highest rate of infection of HIV, and has been on the forefront of addressing the issue.  The best thing you can do for your partner is to know you status.  Today, several places will be providing free testing.

 The Whitman-Walker Clinic will be sponsoring free HIV testing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., NW), and from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Max Robinson Center (2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE).

The Women’s Collective (1333 Rhode Island Ave., NE) will be hosting free testing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Student Union Building I at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus will be offering free testing from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. tomorrow, and from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday. Ten panels from the AIDS Quilt will also be on view.

The Washington Hospital Center will be offering free HIV testing in front of the Washington Cancer Institute (110 Irving St., NW) today from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For other sites offering testing year round, click here.

Second, if you don’t practice abstinence, practice SAFE SEX.  The Fenty Administration recently launched the “Rubber Revolution DC,” a new campaign to promote condom use.  The Pope even tolerates condom use (at least in certain circumstances).


Wednesday, December 1st

International Conference on Stigma- The Attitude that spreads HIV.  Howard University Georgia Avenue, NW Cramton Auditorium. 8:30am-5:00 pm. Please join Miss America, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, doctors, nurses and other health care workers, elected officials, HIV/AIDS workers and activists and others from across the globe as they work together to seek strategies to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV . For more information, click here.

Identifying HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Needs of Women of Color.  Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room 45 Independence Avenue, SW 10:00 am-11:00 am. Join the National Minority AIDS Council, Positive Women’s Network and National Women’s AIDS Collective as they lead the discussion of gender specific needs of women of color in HIV/AIDS prevention and care.  This event is being held in cooperation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). For more information, click here.

Cocktails for a Cure at the Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar 2121 P st. NW 6:00 pm-8:30 pm.  Support the Whitman-Walker Clinic while having a mid-week happy hour.  The evening will be hosted by Paul Wharton, co-star of the Real Houswives of DC. Hors d’oeuvres, $5 signature drinks, and a silent auction will highlight the evening. Admission is $10.  For more information, click here.  

Deten El SIDA. Maten La Promisa 2831 15th St. NW 5:00 pm. A ceremony and march to remember those who were lost to AIDS.  This event is sponsored by La Clinca del Pueblo and Mpoderate!

“I Am” Prayer and Candlelight Vigil 2200 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m. In addition to prayers, hot beverages, and light fare, all will be ministered to through poems, the Unity Fellowship Drum Ministry, and other expressions of hope and love in memory of the millions who have died of AIDS.  Dress warmly.

Thursday, December 2nd

The Golden Ticket Party for Prevention 1301 K st. NW 5:00 pm.  Metro TeenAIDS will bring young people from all over DC together to take a stand against AIDS and proclaim their desire to create an AIDS-free generation. DJ Quicksilva from WKYS will provide music, youth from SMYAL, Women’s Collective and MTA will perform, ‘The Other Side of Me’ film produced by MTA and City at Peace will be premiered. Marteniz Brown from the Greater Than AIDS campaign will speak and Axiom, the hip hop poetry duo, will perform as well. You could also win ‘golden’ tickets to see Usher and Trey Songz in concert later this month. For more information, click here.

Status Update – A Code Red Affair, Eden Lounge Rooftop, 1716 I Street, NW 7PM-11Pm
A fundraising event to promote HIV/AIDS Awareness in the DC Area.  All money raised will be donated to The AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Give-a-ways, Guest Speakers, and music by DJ Mixxed and DC’s own “Black Alley” performing live. For more information, click here or call Astewaye Yigzaw (240) 304-5070.
Friday, December 3rd
 World AIDS Week Open Mic Night The DC Center, 1318 U Street, NW Doors open at 7:30 pm
A night of queer poetry and spoken word, focusing on HIV/AIDS issues. Everyone is welcome!
For more event information, click here or contact Mike Brazell at
Saturday, December 4th

Second Annual World AIDS Day Concert Roadside Cafe 2101 Benning Road NE 8 pm-10 pm. Join Al Sura Inc. as they raise money to benefit Damien Ministries and Inner Light Ministries.  Entertainment featuring Tamika Jones, Rayshunn Lamar, Septimus TheGreat, and Dymez Dennis.  Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

Peace and Blessings!


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