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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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Lord You’ve Been So Good

Hey Everyone!

Sunday Best winner, Amber Bullock drops a new video “Lord You’ve Been So Good” featuring PJ Morton.  This is the first single off her debut Album “So In Love” and I’m loving it! Check it out. :-)

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Freedom Friday

A quite excited ThatKellieGirl and her musical crush, Gregory Porter after his awesome performance at the Howard Theatre on Wednesday.

Hello Good Folks!

So ThatKellieGirl is still on cloud 9 after the Gregory Porter concert this week at the Howard Theater.  It was such a beautiful spirit of creativity and love in the house.  I literally thought I was in a scene from Mo’ Betta Blues! :-)  It also helped that I had a fabulous group of people to enjoy this concert with. 

Everyone knows that I love me some Gregory Porter.  I have been singing his praises since last year.  This was my second time seeing him and it just seems like he gets better with time.  He was truly in the zone—high energy (loved his karate kick), (as always) superb vocals and great songs.  And we had an added treat of Ayanna Gregory as the opening act.  She was warm and gracious with songs of strength and liberation.  It was just  one of those perfect nights.  

Enjoy this weekend with Anthony Hamilton with special guest Estelle taking the stage for the “Back to Love Tour” on Friday at the Pier 6 Pavilion and on Saturday at Constitution Hall.  Also, check out The DC Shorts Film Festival before it closes out this weekend.

Also, it is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Check out this line-up of events in the area!

Peace and Love, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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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

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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Seersucker Bike Ride

ThatKellieGirl and the Fiancé posing at The Seersucker Bike Ride and Social on June 9, 2012.

Hello Good Folks!

If this weekend is any indication of my summer, then ThatKellieGirl is going to have a blast! :-)  On Saturday, I took to the streets with my seersucker suit and bike to attend the 2012 Seersucker Bike Ride and Social.  The annual event is Jazz Age inspired,  fashionable bicycle ride through DC.  The year, the ride began at Fort Reno Park and ended at the beautiful Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden.  The day was gorgeous as well as the beautiful upper northwest neigborhoods we rode through on our way to Hillwood.  

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Freedom Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! :-)

It is going to be HOT this weekend, so make certain while you are out to stay cool.  And check out these weekend events below.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

Join LOIDE  as she cruises through the District this summer to bring you the super sonic gift of MUSIC! A part of the DC Jazzfest

Friday, June 8

National Portrait Gallery

Kogod Courtyard

8th and F Streets, NW

6-7:30PM

FREE

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Freedom Friday

There’s nothing like a beautiful day in DC! DC Skyline, late summer 2011 by Margaret Huddy

Hello Good Folks,

I am still on a high from “Bike to Work Day” this morning, but I am just getting started for the weekend. The weather is beautiful and the temperature is just right.  So I will be taking advantage of it.  I hope you do too by checking out some great events.

On Saturday, Bilal is at the Howard Theater , and Rahsaan Patterson with special guest YahZarah will be in Baltimore at Soundstage .  Also in Baltimore, check out Felabration.

Please be safe out there, and I will see you on the other side of the weekend.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

Tonight, Artomatic 2012 kicks off its month-long art festival that is “by artists, for everyone.” This year’s event is in a former office building that’s slated for demolition. It features 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists: Visual art, music, performance, film, fashion, and more. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events.

All of May

1851 S. Bell St.

Crystal City, VA

A block from the metro

Opening night, May 18 doors open at 6pm

Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 pm

Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am

Sundays: noon – 5 pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

FREE

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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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