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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: The Fall Edition

Hey Good Folks!

TGIF. :-)

Today is the official first day of fall!  As much as I love summer, I am not sad to see the hot and humid temperatures leave.  I am looking forward to the cool temperatures, the warm clothing, the hats, the scarves, the boots (I love my boots!), the beautiful colored leaves, the pumpkins patches and hay rides.  I guess my midwest sensibilities are showing! :-)  So the season is just right for all of the fabulous festivals that are kicking off this weekend.  There are some great events for everyone.  You can start off  with some political networking and socializing at the 2011 Annual Legislative Caucus for the Congress Black Caucus at the Washington Convention Center.  If you can’t make it down there, you can watch parts of the conference on their webcast.  You also can visit the free showcase exhibits to check out job opportunities, businesses and the author’s pavilion.  There are also various receptions and parties throughout the city. 

If you prefer to shed the suit and tie for the weekend, Kindred will be performing at the Birchmere on Sunday.

Make sure to stay safe out there. Enjoy!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Living Beneath Your Means Edition

Hey Good People,

Happy Friday!

If you have been following the news, you have heard about the feud over the debt ceiling.  In order for the U.S. to meet all its obligations, entitlements, discretionary spending and everything else required to run our government, we need to borrow to stay afloat.  So if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, the government could default on its debt, which has never happened in U.S. history.  U.S. Treasury bonds are held around the world, so a U.S. default would create economic chaos.  This is pretty scary stuff folks (at least to me).  

I believe that unfortunately we have to raise the debt ceiling.  However, afterwards, we have to change our spending habits and focus on debt reduction. What a novel idea! 

Seriously, we all need to take personal inventory of our individual debt ceiling.  As I learned growing up (and still mastering), learn to live beneath your means.  So you might have to cut off that cable for a while and grab a book….hop on the bus or your bike to get around town….. cook dinner at home, then  eat those left-overs for lunch….instead of going out to dinner, have a cook-out in the park with friends.  Hmmm….Doesn’t sound too bad to me! :-)   

One way to save when hanging out is to check out the Fort DuPont Park Concerts .  It is a FREE event and kicks off this Saturday.  And if you have enough in your budget,  you can get a ticket for the Carter Barron’s Summer Concert Series.  It is still going strong with Lakeside, Brick and the BT Express on Saturday. 

Keep maintaining out there.  Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Caribbean Edition

Hey Good People,

I missed you guys while I was out on my mini-vacation.  However, I am back and I have a full line-up of weekend events! I hope this will make up for my time away. ;-)

The DC Caribbean Carnival Festival is already in full swing.  Today (6/24), two events to check out are Hookie Day Fete and Pool Party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St SW) starting at noon and a free Reggae Night at the Carter Barron featuring Archives (with Lenny Kurlou), Passion Reggae Band and Carl Malcolm & Positive Vibrations Band.

On Saturday, the Caribbean Parade begins on  at Kansas Avenue at 11:00 a.m. and ends at the international marketplace at “DE SAVANNAH” – Howard Center Lot (Georgia Avenue & Bryant Street). “DE SAVANNAH ”  will be from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m featuring food, craft and local and international entertainment.  Click here for the full schedule. Ya’ll I still have to do the mud truck one year! :-)

The weekend closes out with Earth, Wind and Fire at Wolf Trap and Mike Philips at Blues Alley.

Get out the house and have some fun. Peace!

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The Common Controversy

Hey Good People,

I really didn’t want to comment on this whole issue with Common performing at the White House.   Overall,  I think it is a cheap shot by FOX and other right wingers trying to find ANYTHING to discredit President Obama.  What’s new right?!

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FYI…The County Coroner

Hey Good Folks!

It was a PBS kind of night for me yesterday. :-)

After I checked out Black In Latin America, I watched a segment onFRONTLINE about death investigations conducted by coroners entitled Post Mortem.  I know this isn’t the sexiest topic, but it was VERY intriguing and fascinating.

FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR  collaborated to find  a dysfunctional system in which there are no national standards, little oversight and the mistakes are literally buried.  It is very unlike the CSI that  people know and love.  In state after state, reporters found autopsies conducted by doctors who lacked certification and training.   Many coroners are elected and do not have medical backgrounds. 

Post Mortem shows that errors by coroners and forensic pathologists have allowed potentially guilty perpetrators to go free and the innocent to be accused of crimes they did not commit.

Check out this snippet from the segment.  This is an amazing story about the autopsy of a famous person’s father.  You can watch the full episode here.

Apathy or Intentional Exclusion

So what do you think? 

Do people just don’t care or do “the-powers-that-be” make it challenging for people to engage?

Freedom Friday: The Shutdown Edition

 

 

Hello Folks,

All I can say is that it is hectic right now with this government shutdown.   You can cut the  tension with a knife.  Everyone is holding their breathe….

To be quite candid with you, I am really angry about this situation.  Due to ideological differences and political posturing, Americans will now have to muddle through this situation.  And it only breads more contempt for the government, political parties and the political process.  The effect is bigger than not getting a pay check.  

However, instead of getting upset and worrying about the situation, we must to take a “victor”  rather than “victim” attitude.  If anything, this situation makes it more real to me that we have to have faith in ourselves and begin to strengthen our families and communities.  Our livelihoods are too dependent upon other people who do not know us and have little in common with us.  We must begin to build strong, community networks so that in times of famine, we are able to sustain ourselves.  In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, we first have to have faith that everything is going to be alright.  Second, courage to believe that we have everything within ourselves to provide for ourselves and our communities.  And lastly, more than ever, we must show our humanity towards each other.  

One last thing, turn off the radio and the TV!  Hearing too much of this mess only heightens our fears and anxiety.  Instead, get out and enjoy the weekend.

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Freedom Friday: Ready for the Weekend Edition

Hello Family,

The sun finally came out for a little bit today.  I hope you were able to get some rays.  This week flew by for me, but I am ready for the weekend.  There are so many great events this weekend so make sure to get out of the house.

Remember to send out prayers to Japan for being hit by an earthquake and tsunami today.

Peace and Blessings!

Back to the Caverns by popular demand!!! Last year I saw the Rober Glasper Experiment, and all I can say is that they are the truth. Hailed by listeners and critics alike, Grammy nominated artist Robert Glasper is considered to be the consummate jazz pianist of his generation. A native of Houston, Texas, Glasper has performed with neo-soul singer Bilal, Mos Def,Q-Tip,Erykah Badu and Meshell Ndegeocello, among many others. With three widely popular albums released on the Blue Note label, Glasper melds modern genres while preserving the jazz tradition. Seeing is believing.

March 11& 12

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW

8:30Pm & 10:30PM

Get tickets here.

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Act Fast! Tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll

2010 Souvenir White House Easter Eggs

 

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition which dates back to 1878. The event has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House Lawn to a national event filled with live entertainment, sports, interactive cooking demonstrations and of course the traditional rolling of Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll will promote healthy and active living and is designed for children 12 years of age and under in conjunction with First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25. 

Originally young children in Washington, D.C. would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn. Today, the Easter Egg Roll is the largest public event held at the White House.

As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free of charge.  The lottery will open for entries on Thursday, March 10th at 12:01 a.m. EST, and will close on Sunday, March 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Tickets are free of charge and are non transferable.

Click here to enter the lottery!

For a souvenir White House Easter Egg, click here.

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