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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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