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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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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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Freedom Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!  I pray your day will be great today and an even better weekend. :-)
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 
The National Gallery of Art ice-skating rink in the Sculpture Garden opens this weekend and remains open through mid-March, weather permitting. The ice rink, a popular recreational destination in Washington, attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each season.
Saturday, November 19
Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
7 bucks

Freedom Friday: The Boo Bash Edition

Hello Trick or Treaters,

Do you want to have a good time this weekend? 

Then I suggest you come out to The Boo Bash Costume Party this Saturday.  And your first drink is on us!  There will be food, dancing and prizes for best male, female, couple and overall costumes.   We have put in a lot of time and hard work to bring you a great event.  However, I am most excited about raising money for the Words, Beats and Life Scholarship Fund to be awarded to graduating seniors who will attend college.   So I truly hope you can join us.

There are a  lot of events going on this weekend, so please be safe.  If you need to get home, take metro or click here for a FREE RIDE HOME.

Peace, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Earth Day Edition

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Earth Day! 

In honor of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is campaigning towards “A Billion Acts of Green“.  Everyone is asked to do one green act to show their commitment to the earth.   It can be as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teeth to coordinating a community clean-up. 

I remember as a kid how I was so excited to participate in Earth Day.  In class, we talked about the importance of taking care of “Mother Earth” and we drew pictures of the earth and nature.  However, the experience that made the most impact on me as a kid was my girl scout troop being honored by our Mayor for picking up the most trash.  To this day, I do not litter and I hate to see trash on the ground especially in residential neighborhoods. 

Many of us as kids were more sensitive and caring of the world around us.  If it was a pet or being mesmerized by ladybugs and fireflies, we had a natural “soft-spot” for nature.  So where does it go afterwhile?  What makes us throw trash out the window or waste energy by leaving lights on throughout the house?  How do we return to that natural affinity to nature and the earth? 

One person that is out front making a difference in the environment is activist Majora Carter.  Here is a news segment about her.  She is inspiring and very creative when it comes to activism.

Peace and Blessings!

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Freedom Friday: Emancipation Day Edition

Celebrate our rich heritage, Celebrate Emancipation Day (Courtesy of

Hello Good People,

April showers bring May flowers!  Remember that? :-)

I hope everyone had a good week, and I know you are ready for the weekend.

In honor of the of the emancipation of slaves of African origin, Emancipation Day is tomorrow (4/16).  Check here and here for Emancipation Day events. Take this opportunity to pass on our rich history to young people.

Filmfest DC ends this weekend.  I checked out a movie last Sunday called Transfer.  I love sci-fi so I was quite excited to view this movie.  It was about  a rich old couple from Germany who decides to buy the bodies of two black Africans.  The German couple regain their youth while the Africans ensures that their families get money. However, four hours every night, the Africans regain control over their bodies.  After a while, the African hosts and the German guests begin to communicate with each other.  As the story progresses, the “Transfer” isn’t as simple as advertised.  Sci-fi Blogger, Martin Wikner  reviews Transfer as revealing “the relation between the rich and the poor in the world. In this movie we see how Europeans exploit Africans to the degree that “we” take over their bodies. This makes it sci-fi, but is a good metaphor for how we make others give up their life for our well-being, without really knowing or considering the costs. The African couple do sign their contracts by free will, but the question is how free the choice really is.”  A stand-out performance from actor BJ Britt.  

The Annual Servathon event sponsored by Greater DC Cares is tomorrow (4/16).  It is a great opportunity to give back to the community.  It’s not too late to sign up.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace and Blessings. :-)

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Freedom Friday: April Fool’s Edition

Hello Good Folks!

This weekend is bananas!  There is almost too much going on.  The Boo always tells me I can’t attend everything.  Decisions, decisions! 

One option is some old school music.  You can check out Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly tonight at Constitution Hall.  I love me some Frankie! :-) When you go to their concerts,  all age groups are represented.  In my college days, you knew the party had ended when you heard  “Before I Let Go“.  I am actually curious how that tradition started.  I can ‘t believe that this group has yet to be honored, but they are still selling out venues and keeping the crowd moving.

This Saturday, there are a couple of community events taking place. 

The 32nd Annual MLK Parade kicks off at noon at  Ballou Senior High School  and ends at the corner of Good Hope Road and MLK Jr. Avenue, S.E.

Also in honor of MLK and National Poetry Month, The Publick Playhouse is hosting a free,  poetry event which captures the essence of the 1960’s era protests and sit-ins through which Dr. King’s message of non-violence and civic engagement was often presented.  A great event for the whole family.

The Great Day of Service organized by the North Columbia Heights Civic Association is an event promoting volunteerism in the community.  There will be a community clean-up as well as service fair to learn where you can get involved.  Local bands also will be performing.  

Lastly, Cherry Blast III is popping off Saturday night.   Back for the third year, and always a sell-out, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance for this multi-media Festival party with cutting-edge DJs, visual and performance artists, and ever-cool sensory experiences.

Check out some other ThatKellieGirl approved events!


In coordination with the National Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) 2011 – the 10th Anniversary – examines the legacies of jazz women, and their advocates, who helped transform race, gender and social relations in the U.S. in the quest to build a more just and equitable nation.

Month of April

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

1400 Constitution Ave NW

Click here for the schedule.

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The World Is Yours

Hey Family,  

One thing that  I love to do is TRAVEL especially outside of the States.  I have a couple of stamps in my passport, but I plan to change that soon.  Traveling has truly opened my mind to the world.  I felt limitless when I finally got my passport.  I felt like the whole world just opened up to me.   I truly became a global citizen.  Unfortunately, many people of color, especially students, are not taking advantage of traveling abroad.  We aren’t even traveling within the US.  Oprah just did a show to encourage more black folks to visit national parks

This is why ThatKellieGirl is partnering with some fabulous organizations, The DC Hive , Public Allies, Shea Yeleen and River East Emerging Leaders, to make people aware of travel abroad opportunities through the Peace Corps.  This event also is in honor of the Peace Corps’ 50th AnniversaryReturned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) want to get the word out about the benefits of volunteering with the Peace Corps.  And a special shout out to Maceo Thomas for having the vision to coordinate this event. 

So join us this Thursday (3/10) to learn about how you could be volunteering in Senegal or Italy or Haiti next year.  The World is Yours! 

Peace and Blessings! :-)

Freedom Friday: The President’s Day Edition

Hey Good People,

Let’s get real!  Many of you will NOT be going to Africa Underground this evening.  And it’s OK.  Instead folks are trying to get tickets or get on the VIP list or even crash the party.  *giving someone the side eye* You really don’t have to go through all these motions.  Check out these wonderful alternatives.  Also, if you can get some rays, please do.  I have had some serious cabin fever so I am really taking advantage of the break in weather. Be safe and enjoy the weekend.

Come out to support a local cause and local artists with Capital Canvases for a Cause.  There will be refreshments and drinks.   All proceeds are split 50/50 with the artist and non-profit.

Friday, February 18

Long & Foster on Capitol Hill

721 D St SE



Friday Night Eclectic hosted by Strathmore spotlights Incwell this evening. Just like the hip party you would host-if you lived in a mansion with an art gallery, a cool band and a bartender. This genre-busting DC hip hop artist pushes the limits with such far-flung influences as Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Janis Joplin.

Friday, February 18


5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852


Get tickets here.


DC’s only party dedicated to Hip Hop music & culture goes down every 3rd Friday of the month. Hosted by the one and only Grap Luva.  Pull out your dopest throwback Hip Hop gear and come out and celebrate the golden era of Hip Hop.

Friday, February 18

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW


7 bucks


Brought to you by Kimathi Industries, this is an All Blak Produktion with muzikal artists who are leaping onto the scene and taking Blak Muzik back to what it used to be!!! Featured artists are Ms. Colie Williams, J Pierre, Brotha Keepa and Brian Lenair.

Saturday, February 19


1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE


Get tickets here.


The inaugural Umoja on U – Black History Celebration hosted by Juanita Busy Bee Britton and EZ Street.  Special performances by the Black Notes, Farafina Kan, Maimouna Youssef, Gods’illa and the Ballou High School Choir.

Sunday, February 20

Lincoln Theater

1215 U St NW


Get tickets from $10-$20 here.


King RJ x Diamond Cuttas presents the 6th Annual DC Loves DILLA.  There will be all Dilla,  all night in his honor.  On the decks: 2-Tone Jonea, Roddy Rod, Supa Qool DJ Quartermaine, RBI, Stylus (The Vibe Conductor) and special guests.  Hosted by Grap Luva and a live art installation by Aniekan Udofia.

Sunday, February 20


2321 18th St NW


5 bucks


Sunday, February 20

Choice Lounge

2022 Florida Avenue


5 Bucks


Sunday, February 20

Cafe Asia

1710 St NW

Free before 6PM

Coming after 6PM, get tickets here for $15

At door, $20


LoveSexyDC‘s theme is all music by Prince. Period. Check it out.

Sunday, February 20

Chief Ike’s

1725 Columbia Rd NW


No cover

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! :-)


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