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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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You are Already Living with the Love of Your Life

Hello Beautiful People.

So ThatKellieGirl has been reading this wonderful book entitled “All the Joy You Can Stand” by Debrena Jackson Gandy, and it’s been making me stop and say “Hhhhmmmmm.”  :-)  

I’ve had this book for a while, but never got to it.  So while re-organizing books and records, literally, this book popped out.   And it has been right on time for me.  

Check out this short excerpt from “All the Joy You Can Stand”.  You might even want to pick the book up for yourself. 

Peace and 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: On Vacation

Hey Good Folks,

I am on a mini-vacation, so come back next week.

Smooches, ThatKellieGirl

Freedom Friday: The Heat Wave Edition

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Hello People!

I hope you are staying safe by keeping cool.  With this weather, the “night time is the right time“! :-)

The AfroBrazilian Fest closes out this weekend.  Tonight is an AfroFusion Party at Fur with LIVE Samba music, dancers and some great DJs.  

Capital Pride is also this weekend with numerouse activities including a parade and festival.

And DC Jazz Festival is closing out, so check out some performance before it ends.

Just remember to keep cool!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Cherry Blossom Edition

Hello Good People!

TGIF! :-)

I hope the dip in temperatures doesn’t keep you in the house.  It is action-packed this weekend. 

My weekend kicks off as soon as I leave the J-O-B!  My Honey surprised me with tickets to see Naturally 7 this evening at the Strathmore.  I was impressed and enjoyed their BET Honor’s performance in honor of Herbie Hancock.  These brothers are bad!  So I am quite excited to see their live performance.

Tomorrow, The National Cherry Blossoms Festival officially kicks off (March 26-April 10).  Each year, the festival celebrates spring in the District, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.  And Japan needs our friendship, support and prayers more than ever with the recent disaster. Check out the festival over the next 2 weeks.

And for all you runners out there, The National Marathon takes place on Saturday. There are still a limited number of bibs available for the marathon and half marathon. So get there before the 7AM start.

I also would like to send out a “Happy Black Marriage Day” to my parents this Sunday.  My parents truly provided a marriage model for me.  Not that they are perfect, but they taught and showed faith in God and each other, unconditional love, respect and hope.  So it is befitting that a day of love coincides with the cherry blossoms which represents good fortune and an emblem of love and affection.

So go out and show some love!  :-) And check out these ThatKellieGirl approved events.

Peace and Blessings.

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Shelia Johnson debuts film about AIDS epidemic in DC

Sheila Johnson, the former co-founder of BET and the first Black female billionaire, debuts her second cause-related film,  “The Other City”, a poignant and must-see documentary about the impact of HIV/AIDS in our nation’s capital that will air on Showtime.   Check out her interview with Black Voices.

View the trailer for “The Other City”  airing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Showtime.

World Aids Day 2010 in DC

December 1st marks World Aids Day.  The theme this year is “How are you facing AIDS?”  In the U.S., there is an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV.  However, 1 out of 5 don’t know it.  When you begin to look at people of color, the numbers are alarming.

The CDC reports that African-Americans face the most severe burden of HIV and AIDS in the nation.

  • While blacks represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for almost half (46%) of people living with HIV in the US, as well as nearly half (45%) of new infections each year. HIV infections among blacks overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s.
  • At some point in their life, approximately one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV, as will one in 30 black women.
  • The rate of new HIV infections for black men is about six times as high as that of white men, nearly three times that of Hispanic/Latino men, and more than twice that of black women.
  • The HIV incidence rate for black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of white women, and nearly four times that of Hispanic/Latino women.

Hispanics/Latinos are also disproportionately impacted.

  • Hispanics/Latinos represent 15% of the population but account for an estimated 17% of people living with HIV and 17% of new infections. HIV infections among Hispanics/Latinos overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s.
  • The rate of new HIV infections among Hispanic/Latino men is more than double that of white men and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women is nearly four times that of white women.

So what can you do?  FACE IT!

First off, GET TESTED.  DC has among the highest rate of infection of HIV, and has been on the forefront of addressing the issue.  The best thing you can do for your partner is to know you status.  Today, several places will be providing free testing.

 The Whitman-Walker Clinic will be sponsoring free HIV testing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., NW), and from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Max Robinson Center (2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE).

The Women’s Collective (1333 Rhode Island Ave., NE) will be hosting free testing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Student Union Building I at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus will be offering free testing from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. tomorrow, and from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday. Ten panels from the AIDS Quilt will also be on view.

The Washington Hospital Center will be offering free HIV testing in front of the Washington Cancer Institute (110 Irving St., NW) today from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For other sites offering testing year round, click here.

Second, if you don’t practice abstinence, practice SAFE SEX.  The Fenty Administration recently launched the “Rubber Revolution DC,” a new campaign to promote condom use.  The Pope even tolerates condom use (at least in certain circumstances).

Lastly, GET INVOLVED.

Wednesday, December 1st

International Conference on Stigma- The Attitude that spreads HIV.  Howard University Georgia Avenue, NW Cramton Auditorium. 8:30am-5:00 pm. Please join Miss America, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, doctors, nurses and other health care workers, elected officials, HIV/AIDS workers and activists and others from across the globe as they work together to seek strategies to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV . For more information, click here.

Identifying HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Needs of Women of Color.  Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room 45 Independence Avenue, SW 10:00 am-11:00 am. Join the National Minority AIDS Council, Positive Women’s Network and National Women’s AIDS Collective as they lead the discussion of gender specific needs of women of color in HIV/AIDS prevention and care.  This event is being held in cooperation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). For more information, click here.

Cocktails for a Cure at the Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar 2121 P st. NW 6:00 pm-8:30 pm.  Support the Whitman-Walker Clinic while having a mid-week happy hour.  The evening will be hosted by Paul Wharton, co-star of the Real Houswives of DC. Hors d’oeuvres, $5 signature drinks, and a silent auction will highlight the evening. Admission is $10.  For more information, click here.  

Deten El SIDA. Maten La Promisa 2831 15th St. NW 5:00 pm. A ceremony and march to remember those who were lost to AIDS.  This event is sponsored by La Clinca del Pueblo and Mpoderate!

“I Am” Prayer and Candlelight Vigil 2200 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m. In addition to prayers, hot beverages, and light fare, all will be ministered to through poems, the Unity Fellowship Drum Ministry, and other expressions of hope and love in memory of the millions who have died of AIDS.  Dress warmly.

Thursday, December 2nd

The Golden Ticket Party for Prevention 1301 K st. NW 5:00 pm.  Metro TeenAIDS will bring young people from all over DC together to take a stand against AIDS and proclaim their desire to create an AIDS-free generation. DJ Quicksilva from WKYS will provide music, youth from SMYAL, Women’s Collective and MTA will perform, ‘The Other Side of Me’ film produced by MTA and City at Peace will be premiered. Marteniz Brown from the Greater Than AIDS campaign will speak and Axiom, the hip hop poetry duo, will perform as well. You could also win ‘golden’ tickets to see Usher and Trey Songz in concert later this month. For more information, click here.

Status Update – A Code Red Affair, Eden Lounge Rooftop, 1716 I Street, NW 7PM-11Pm
A fundraising event to promote HIV/AIDS Awareness in the DC Area.  All money raised will be donated to The AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Give-a-ways, Guest Speakers, and music by DJ Mixxed and DC’s own “Black Alley” performing live. For more information, click here or call Astewaye Yigzaw (240) 304-5070.
 
Friday, December 3rd
 
 World AIDS Week Open Mic Night The DC Center, 1318 U Street, NW Doors open at 7:30 pm
A night of queer poetry and spoken word, focusing on HIV/AIDS issues. Everyone is welcome!
For more event information, click here or contact Mike Brazell at soulinteraction@gmail.com
 
Saturday, December 4th

Second Annual World AIDS Day Concert Roadside Cafe 2101 Benning Road NE 8 pm-10 pm. Join Al Sura Inc. as they raise money to benefit Damien Ministries and Inner Light Ministries.  Entertainment featuring Tamika Jones, Rayshunn Lamar, Septimus TheGreat, and Dymez Dennis.  Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

Peace and Blessings!

  

Freedom Friday: The Black Friday Edition

Hey Good People!  I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I was able to spend some quality time with the family, eat my favorite dishes that only my Mom can make, and to count my blessings.  

For those of you who braved the crowds of Black Friday, I hope you found what you were looking for for a great price.  I decided not to participate in Black Friday this year.  This is probably at least my 4th or 5th year not participating.  I must admit though that I was quite tickled yesterday when the Boo and I went to a late night movie.  We drove by Old Navy, Best Buy and WalMart and folks were standing in line IN THE COLD RAIN waiting for the doors to open.  Some folks had even pitched a tent!  I was very amused.  I guess folks will do anything for a bargain discount.  Anyhoo…

  In the meantime, you can check out some events.  Be safe out there! ;-) 

National Harbor will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the night sky with fireworks and a 60 ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. With hot chocolate and roasted nuts to keep visitors warm, the tree lighting will include story-telling and an ornament-making workshop from the National Children’s Museum as well as performances by Abbey Miller, Rashida Jolley, and the cast from Spirit of Christmas! The evening’s finale will be a spectacular light show featuring the lighting of the National Harbor Christmas Tree and fireworks.

Friday, November 26

National Harbor

Waterfront Plaza

145 National Plaza

National Harbor, MD 20745

5PM

Other Holidays Lightings and Exhibits:

U.S. Botanical Gardens

ZooLights

Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park

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This Saturday, indulge your Thanksgiving cravings for celebration with soul sensation, Bilal, and special guest Yahzarah, performing live at The Black Cat in Washington, DC. Bilal’s debut recording, “1st Born Second,” helped create a sonic identity for the new millenium with instant classics like, “Soul Sista,” “Sometimes,” and “Fastlane.” Almost a decade later, Bilal continues to trailblaze with this year’s “Airtight’s Revenge” — keeping it funky with “Cake & Eat It Too,” romantic with “Restart,” and sentimental with “Think It Over.” Before Bilal takes the stage, DC’s own Yahzarah will kick off the night with fashion and vocal flares, showing the seasoned showmanship she gained from becoming a singer in church, recording two solo albums, and touring with Erykah Badu and The Foreign Exchange.

Saturday, November 27

Black Cat

14th & S Sts. NW

9AM-11PM

Cover: $22 Adv./ $25 Door

Click here for tickets. 

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Want to work off that turkey!  Takeyah of Core Connection Lifestyle will be offering Urban Cleanse, a 1/2-day detox seminar on Sunday.
The detoxification and cleansing seminar will include:

- Information on types of cleanses
- Discussion on the benefits of detox
- A detoxing yoga class
- Resources and tips on healthy living
- Delicious juices and smoothies
- Complimentary follow-up session
- 25% off Get Clean: 7-Day Post-Holiday Cleanse

Sunday, November 28
Center for Green Urbanism
NE
10AM-1PM

The investment for this event is $85. However, the first 6 people to invest can register for $60. Just use the code ‘detox112810′ at checkout.

Register here.

Win a Detox Seminar: Relax, Relate & Release with ThatKellieGirl

UPDATE!!!

Rescheduled for Sunday, December 5th from 10AM to 1PM at the  Center for Green Urbanism, 3938 Benning Road N.E. WDC 20019.

ThatKellieGirl in partnership with Core Connection Lifestyle is offering one lucky winner the opportunity to attend  an “Urban Cleanse” which is a half day detox seminar. 

The seminar will include:

  • Information on types of cleanses
  • Discussion on the benefits of detox
  • A detox yoga class
  • Resources and tips on healthy living
  • Delicious juices and smoothies
  • Complimentary follow-up session
  • 25% off Get Clean: 7-Day Post-Holiday Cleanse

To enter,

  • Leave a comment on this post saying that you want to go to Urban Cleanse: 1/2-Day Detox Seminar OR
  • Tweet the following: I want to win a ticket from @ThatKellieGirl1 to @CoreConnection’s #UrbanCleanse on 11/28.

Contest ends at midnight on November 25th.
The winner must register by 9PM on November 26.  If not, another winner will be chosen.
Travel and hotel are not covered.

ThatKellie hopes to see you on the mat!

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