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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

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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Black November

ThatKellieGirl attends the Black November screening at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 8, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Hello Good People!

I hope each of you are having a wonderful day so far.  I am still beaming after attending the screening of the film, Black November at the Kennedy Center yesterday evening.  It was truly a red carpet affair! :-)

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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 March Madness Edition

Hello Good Folks!

TGIF!

So tonight, my alma mater, Ohio University will be dancing in St. Louis. I am so proud and excited for our team. My home state of Ohio has been showing off with four Ohio teams making it to the Sweet Sixteen–Ohio University, Ohio State University, Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. However, I am rooting solely for my Bobcats to make it to the Final Four. Let’s see what happens! :-)

In the meantime, there are many festivals going on this weekend. Celebrating 100 years, The Cherry Blossom Festival kicked of this week as well as the Split This Rock Festival. On Saturday, for one day only, the Washington National Cathedral opens for a tower climb for visitors to climb 333 stairs to the top for a breathtaking view of the District. And the DC Environmental Film Festival closes out on Sunday.

Be safe and enjoy the weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: Spring Forward

Good Morning Good Folks!

It’s time to welcome spring weather this weekend with the start of daylight savings time.  I am not too excited about losing the hour of sleep, but I am willing to trade it in for more daylight.  I find it funny that daylight savings time was proposed by a New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson who valued after-hours daylight to collect insects.   His idea was initially ridiculed, but in 1927, with political support, it was successfully adopted.  Like Hudson, I also enjoy after-hours daylight. I feel like I haven’t lost the whole day to job when I walk outside and the sun is still shining.  I still have some of the day to enjoy.  So KUDOS to Hudson who believed we should have more daylight to enjoy our after work activities.  :-)   And you can get started this weekend!

Also remember when you change your clocks to change the batteries in your smoke detector also! :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Get Some Culture

Hello Good Folks!

Black History Month is starting off strong with some fabulous events kicking off today.

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Freedom Friday: The Red Tails Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!

If you are looking forward to catching Red Tails this weekend, I recommend buying your ticket last week! :-) It looks like theaters will be packed with enthusiastic movie-goers.  I am glad that this overlooked part of black history, American history is coming to the forefront again.  How many WWII films and documentaries were made with no mention of African-American soldiers and their accomplishments?    Some folks have pointed out that this isn’t the first time the history of The Tuskegee Airmen was turned into a movie.  And I think that’s great.  Our stories must be re-told consistently to ensure that we don’t forget our history.  I also hope we continue to stay enthusiastic about black history.  We have such a rich history that has never been fully told, and we shouldn’t wait until someone makes a movie to learn about it.  We can  read a book, an article or watch a documentary.  Or here’s a novel idea, talk to members of our family! :-)  More than likely, we have uncles, aunts, or older cousins who can talk to us about our history in a real way, not just to be entertained, then forget about it.  Movies are a very powerful and impactful platform, but that is just a starting point.  Let’s use this as an opportunity to connect and inspire one another to accomplish even greater things in the future.

 There are several “watch” parties for Red Tails this Saturday, here, here and here.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl   

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