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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

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
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Freedom Friday

Hey Beautiful People!

TGIF. :)

This weekend is jam-packed with some wonderful events.  And since the temperature is now at a comfortable level, you can enjoy the rest of the summer.

Kicking off the weekend is comedian Paul Mooney performing on Friday at the Howard Theater,  and Afro Bluewill be in concert at the Strathmore on Saturday.  Yo can also catch an outdoor movie tonight and tomorrow (7/13 & 7/14) at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival featuring Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and We Bought a Zoo.

Check out the rest of the event below.  And I will see you on the other side.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :)

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Freedom Friday: The Juneteenth aka ThatKellieGirl’s Birthday Edition

Hey Good People!

If you haven’t figured it out, ThatKellieGirl’s Birthday is the weekend– specifically on Saturday.  And as I get older, I find that I am enjoying this journey more and more.  Each year, I feel more confident, joyous and passionate for living on purpose. It is an empowering and liberating thing when you know who you are and begin to live life on your terms.  Quite honestly, this blog has been a part of my process.  And I thank you for tuning in to this journey.  By sharing my thoughts, experiences, music and pictures, I hope to offer some inspiration to live life to the fullest everyday.  I want people to realize that it’s all about constantly shifting the scale between working and living.   We have to rearrange, add, subtract and multiply certain actions, people and things to ensure we are growing and becoming the person we were meant to be.  And celebrating my birthday affirms that I am on the right path.

Enjoy this glorious weekend.  I sure am! :-)

And shout out to my beautiful younger sister celebrating her birthday today!

P.S.  This is an abbreviated listing (hey it’s my birthday weekend! :-) ), but I will be posting events on my Facebook page.  So please check there for more weekend happenings.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Malvin Gray Johnson (American, 1896-1934). Negro Soldier, 1934. Oil on canvas, 38 x 30 in. (96.5 x 76.2 cm). Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art & Artifacts Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Hey Good People!

Happy Freedom Friday. :-)

We all know that this is the long weekend for Memorial Day.  I know we like to party, but it really is about honoring the soldiers who currently serve or have served in the military.  As I was looking for information on Memorial Day, I found this wonderful Black History photo album that has a set focusing on black male and female soldiers throughout the years.  Unfortunately, this is a part of black history rarely talked about in our community.  But it is an important aspect of our history that should not be forgotten.  We must remember and pass our history to the younger generation so they know where they came from and who they are.  I couldn’t believe it when I found out several of my uncles and my grandfather served in the military.  I heard a story that my grandfather was mistakenly placed in the barracks with the white soldiers, so he informed his superiors he was “colored” so he could serve with his fellow black soldiers.

The African American Civil War Memorial will host a memorial on Sunday.   There also is the National WWII Memorial , Vietnam Veterans Memorial  and many other military memorials hosting events.

For the rest of the weekend…

On Friday, Amel Larrieux will be performing at the Howard TheaterLalah Hathaway also will be at the Howard Theater on Saturday.  Then she joins Avery Sunshine at Soundstage in Baltimore on Sunday.

And I know folks are gearing up for the annual Linganore Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday.  This is such a fun event.  You have to attend at least once.

Please be safe out this weekend, have fun.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Anacostia River and Jazz Festival

ThatKellieGirl and Marcus Johnson at the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival

So for the last two weeks, ThatKellieGirl has had some computer issues.  :-(  I’ve had some trouble uploading all the fabulous pictures I want to share with you!   I think the issue is temporarily fixed, so look for some posts about events that have occurred in the last week or so.

One of the fabulous events I wanted to share with you was the Anacostia River and Jazz Festival.  The weather was a little cool, but attendees’ spirits were warm and festive.  It was well-organized with great activities for everyone.  The festival really has the potential to become a signature East of the River event.

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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: Emancipation Day Weekend

Hey Good People!

How is everything going?

I must admit, I have had a great week.  And it all started out at the White House!  I had the honor and privilege to volunteer at the White House Easter Egg Roll.  We worked really hard and it was truly worth it.

Initially, I was assigned to the Press Team, but when my shift started, the First Family had already made their appearance, so the press was pretty much gone.  So I was promptly moved to the Jump Team.  And let me tell you, that is exactly what we did! :-)  Wherever we were needed, we jumped to it.  We looked for kids separated from parents to manning activities to being a human barricade during concert performances.  However, my favorite assignment was detail to Malia and Sasha Obama.  The First Daughters and their guests made an afternoon  appearance to see Janelle Monae perform.  Glad to see the First Daughters  and I have some similar musical tastes. :-)  My group had to stand between the First Daughters and the crowd.  I was right there with them!  It was cool to see them laughing, having fun and enjoying Janelle Monae’s performance.  If anything, it made me realize that they are just like the rest of us except that their father is the leader of the Free World. :-)

Next, the Jump Team followed the First Daughters and their friends to the obstacle course for some friendly competition.  Again. It was nice to see how well-adjusted they are to people gawking at them.  Malia was very friendly and gracious ny waving at attendees who said “hi” to her.

We also had an opportunity to see some celebrities– from Etan Thomas, Stephen A. Smith, Dougie Fresh, Forest Whitaker and The Harlem Globetrotters.  Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures while I was volunteering. :-(

I met a lot of dedicated volunteers at the event.  Some of them have volunteered for over 20 years!  They talked about how this event means so much to attendees.  People come from across the country to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll, and will remember this event for the rest of their lives.  It also was interesting to find out that the Obama administration truly has opened this event to more people.  At one point, the event was more exclusive for Congressional members, staff and friends.  Now, the White House Easter Egg Roll hosts up to 3o,000 people starting at 7:30am and ending at 7:30PM.  And there were several activities: an egg hunt,  egg dying, arts and crafts, story time, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, yoga, and the egg roll.  And the White House staff did a great job at hosting an amazing and memorable event.  Shout out to our leader, Tess! I would encourage every parent to submit their name into the lottery to attend this event because it is truly worth it.

So from the Easter Egg Roll to Emancipation wDay weekend, there are so many great events going on just in time for a very warm weekend.

Also, be on the look out for the next ThatKellieGirl webisode!  It’s guaranteed to get the body moving. :-)  Have fun and be safe out there.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Easter Edition

Easter Sunday in Harlem by Wegee © International Center of Photography

Happy Good Friday Everyone!

So you know ThatKellieGirl is getting her Easter bonnet ready for Resurrection Sunday! :-) 

Coming from a long line of women who have donned Easter hats, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I became hooked on Easter hats last year ! :-)  It was the first time I wore an Easter hat so I wore the traditional Easter hat with the glamorous big brim.  However this year, I want a more subdued, but fun look.  So I checked out a couple of vintage clothing stores and ended up at “Rock it Again“.  The good folks there have a wonderful selection of vintage clothing and accessories.  You can find unique, one of a kind pieces to take your ensemble to the next level.  And if you need some tips on how to “rock it”,  the owner Clint offers superb styling advice.  The best thing about it– the prices definitely beat the department stores.  So I am almost ready for Sunday, so the Honey Fiancé and I will be ready for the Easter parade! :-)

And if you aren’t joining the Easter parade, make sure to get outside to enjoy the weekend festivities from the Cherry Blossoms to several Easter egg hunts for the kids. 

Have a great weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday

Hello Everyone!

Things are really progressing for ThatKellieGirl.  And that only means more of that good stuff for you! :-)

In the meantime, I will be in the woods playing paintball with a bunch of friends this weekend.  Ya’ll pray for me because I really don’t like pain.  And everyone keeps telling me as soon as you get shot, it’s going to hurt really bad. :(  So I googled “paint ball”, and a picture pops up of this guy with whelps from being hit by paint balls!  Did I just sign-up the for “Hunger Games” and nobody told me?    Well, I am willing to try (almost) anything once.  Who knows?  I might come back as the paintball champion. *shrugs*  Let’s see what happens folks.

I hope you have an adventurous weekend scheduled also.  If not, check out some adventures below.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

For one night only, check out the Reminisce Over You exhibit.  Our generation is heavily influenced by the artistic expressions of the 80’s and early 90’s – what better way to celebrate than by displaying artwork commemorating such a colorful moment of time? Back in the day when sunflower seeds were ten cents and hip hop landed in our childhood neighborhoods, we were ushered into new realms of discovery. These experiences became an active part of our collective memory. View a group of artists channelling these shared memories into a series of new works.

Friday, March 30

The Fridge

516 1/2 8th Street SE



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