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Freedom Friday

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Hello Good People!

I want to take this moment to say “Happy Birthday” to my wonderful husband.  He doesn’t like much fanfare and the spotlight, so I will keep it sweet and short.  I just want to let him know that he means the world to me, and I am so happy to celebrate this special day with him, especially as his wife! :-)

So happy birthday to my hubby and here’s to a great weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Hello Good People!

Memorial Day weekend is starting off a little shaky with this cold weather!  But it looks like the weather will warm up throughout the weekend, I hope!  :-)

Regardless, Memorial Day gives Americans an opportunity to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.  And recently, Professor David Blight has revealed that African Americans actually founded Memorial Day “in a ritual of remembrance and consecration” for Civil War soldiers.  Read this fascinating article here.

Memorial Day is typically known for as a long, holiday weekend of partying and relaxation.  But as a child growing up in Ohio, Memorial Day was a family gathering with food, fellowship and remembrance of loved ones who passed.  We would acknowledge all family members who had died with a prayer and calling out their names.  I believe we all should take the time to remember, honor and give thanks to those who have gone before us, and laid the foundation for our families and communities.  Through “remembrance rituals”, families can say goodbye, and begin to move towards healing.  

“The Remembrance Process” website lists six reasons why remembrance is important:

  1. To acknowledge the reality of death.
  2. To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.
  3. To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.
  4. To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.
  5. To ponder and search for new meaning in life.
  6. To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.

Whatever you do, I hope each of you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. But take an opportunity to say “I love you” to those that are still here, and to remember those who have passed away.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Guess Who’s Bizzack?

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Hello Beautiful People!

It is good to be back on the scene.

As you know, I had to go on hiatus to get married!  And it was one of the best days of my life.  As a friend said to me, you are now “ThatMarriedKellieGirl”! :-)   I am truly happy and still on cloud 9.  I will definitely have to give you guys a recap with some photos and my suggestions on planning a wedding.  I will admit, after a while, I was just ready to get married because our lives were consumed by the wedding.  And the closer the big day approached, the more hectic things were…either something  falls through or someone cancels.  However, my biggest challenge was my guest list and the seating arrangement. You try to accommodate as many family requests as possible, but the reality is that everyone can’t come.   Weddings are very personal affairs.  So I wanted to be surrounded by people who I know love  and support us.  Marriage isn’t a game or to be entered into lightly.  You are entering a covenant with person before God and the whole community of family and friends.  So when I said my vows, I became very emotional because I took those words to heart.  When I look at my family and my husband’s family, we are standing on the shoulders of collectively 80 years of marriage.  And I know neither have perfect marriages, but I admire their commitment to each other and their families.  I believe we have a great foundation to build upon, and just as important, accountability.

So me and my boo and have now upgraded to husband and wife status, and we are excited to step out! :-)   Hopefully, we will see you out there.  And you might see us at one the fabulous events below. 

Love ya’ll! :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Inauguration Edition aka National Day of Service

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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

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Hello Everyone!

ThatKellieGirl can’t believe it is the last Friday of 2012.  Time sure does fly, but I am so happy to move forward into the new year.  New possibilities, renewed purpose and another chance…for that I am very grateful. 

And right before the new year, check out these events below.

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Freedom Friday: The Merry Christmas Edition

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Merry Christmas Beautiful People! :-)

I know some people were waiting to see if the world was going to end, but it didn’t so ThatKellieGirl is very happy to get back to the holidays.

This weekend is the last opportunity to do your last-minute shopping. I will be picking up a small few items for the little kids, but that’s it. I don’t do well with the mayhem of Christmas shopping.  I usually stay far, far way from it. So I will be making an early morning run to avoid any foolishness. Other than that, this weekend is shaping up very nicely.  There are some great events to check out .

You can start with Amel Larrieux at that Howard Theater and Syleena Johnson at Blue’s Alley today (12/21).   And StepAfrika! closes out this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater.

Catch some other events below!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Celebrating 7 Years of Black President’s Day

ThatKellieGirl at the Black President’s Day 7 Year Celebration

ThatKellieGirl was on the scene for the Black President’s Day on Thursday.  This is one of my favorite annual events.  Produced by Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, founder of Lil SoSo Production, Black President’s Day serves as the official DC tribute to Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

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Freedom Friday: Labor Day Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl tries to stay abreast of the political happenings in our country.  However, I have noticed my zeal and excitement has somewhat waned.  I am a little tired of the political posturing and media soundbites to instigate or to mislead the public.  I tuned in to the Republican National Convention (and plan to do the same for the Democratic National Convention), and to me,  it was a long infomercial.  I really wanted to hear what Romney had to offer to the American people, but there wasn’t any substance to me.  Just a lot of romanticizing of yesteryear and no real plan to move the country forward.  You promise 12 million jobs, but how do you plan to do this?  At this point, I am waiting to hear from my President to see what is his counteroffer to America.  And I can’t wait to view the Presidential debates to have an opportunity to compare each of their positions.   

If there is anything I have faith in though, it is God, my work ethic, and commitment to make my community better.  The reality is that we don’t have to wait for a President to be elected to make a difference in our society.  I know that there is at least one issue that is important to you…your child’s education, the environment, affordable housing, economic development, etc.  I say get involved to bring about the positive change you want to see in your community.  And you don’t do this by being divisive or not willing to compromise (looking at you Republican Congress).  We must work together to ensure that every American has the right and opportunity to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Whatever your cause, Let’s Build it!          

Happy Labor Day Weekend.   Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good People!

I am looking forward to this weekend– celebrating at a bridal shower/party and hitting up the MJB/ D’Angelo concert! :-)   I know you are ready too, so check out these great events below.

Happy Friday! :-)

Nas will be at The Park tonight.  Come join the party.
 
Friday, August 24
 
The Park
 
920 14th NW
 
5PM
 
FREE
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Freedom Friday: Golden Gabby

Hello Good People!

I am still beaming over the amazing performance of Gold Medalist Gymnast, Gabby Douglass in the Olympics yesterday. It was truly inspirational and heart-warming to see this beautiful young lady achieve her dream. To me, she is an example of sacrifice. And her accomplishment made me ponder the question, am I willing to sacrifice –to fight– for my dreams? Gabby turned her world upside down in order to pursue her dream. She left her family, her friends and what was familiar to her in order become the best in her field. These videos of Natalie Hawkins, mother of Gabby Douglas, talks about the sacrifices made to help her child become an Olympian.

How many of us are willing to totally shake up our world to pursue our passion? I believe that each of us can be great. The only difference between the “ordinary” and the “extraordinary” person is the word “extra”. The “extra” signifies one’s willingness to go above and beyond in their actions to fulfill their dream. Let’s continue to be inspired by Gabby to make those extra efforts to realize our dreams.

Get the weekend started with the incomparable Millie Jackson performing at the Howard Theater on Friday, and catch The Summer Soul Festival with Erykah Badu on Saturday. Check out some more events below.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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