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Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Hello Good People!

Memorial Day weekend is starting off a little shaky with this cold weather!  But it looks like the weather will warm up throughout the weekend, I hope!  :-)

Regardless, Memorial Day gives Americans an opportunity to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.  And recently, Professor David Blight has revealed that African Americans actually founded Memorial Day “in a ritual of remembrance and consecration” for Civil War soldiers.  Read this fascinating article here.

Memorial Day is typically known for as a long, holiday weekend of partying and relaxation.  But as a child growing up in Ohio, Memorial Day was a family gathering with food, fellowship and remembrance of loved ones who passed.  We would acknowledge all family members who had died with a prayer and calling out their names.  I believe we all should take the time to remember, honor and give thanks to those who have gone before us, and laid the foundation for our families and communities.  Through “remembrance rituals”, families can say goodbye, and begin to move towards healing.  

“The Remembrance Process” website lists six reasons why remembrance is important:

  1. To acknowledge the reality of death.
  2. To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.
  3. To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.
  4. To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.
  5. To ponder and search for new meaning in life.
  6. To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.

Whatever you do, I hope each of you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. But take an opportunity to say “I love you” to those that are still here, and to remember those who have passed away.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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SMART Women Connecting With SMART Technology

ThatKellieGirl and Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One and TV One

ThatKellieGirl and Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One and TV One

ThatKellieGirl was elated to be a part of  the Verizon Wireless Women’s Small Business Empowerment Series featuring Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One and TV One and Sheila Johnson, entrepreneur and philanthropist yesterday at the National Museum of Women.  These women of distinction were interviewed in front of an audience to encourage and empower women about building their businesses and following their passion.

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Freedom Friday

 
Hello My Good people!
 
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Freedom Friday, but ThatKellieGirl is back!  :-)
 
 ThatKellieGirl has been playing catch up since returning from travel.  Then, we all hunkered down to brace for Hurricane Sandy.   But we, well some of us, ended on a high note with the re-election of President Obama! :-)
 
Regardless of what is happening around us or to us, we must remember to count our blessings and not our burdens.  Sometimes, it seems so easy to tell someone what is going wrong in our lives?  I understand that we all have to blow off some steam.  But if you always have a complaint, grudge, or problem, then it’s time to shift your perspective.
 

Celebrating 7 Years of Black President’s Day

ThatKellieGirl at the Black President’s Day 7 Year Celebration

ThatKellieGirl was on the scene for the Black President’s Day on Thursday.  This is one of my favorite annual events.  Produced by Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, founder of Lil SoSo Production, Black President’s Day serves as the official DC tribute to Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

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SUPAFRIK

ThatKellieGirl was in the house for the international debut of SUPAFRIK at GALLERY O on H in DC.  It was a beautiful evening and backdrop for this fabulous event.  The brainchild of Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam of the clothing label Chinedesign, SUPAFRIK is curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana” and showcases artwork and design that re-contextualize African aesthetics and traditions within a modern framework.

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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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OH Baby!

Good Morning Good Folks,

To continue celebrating motherhood, expecting Mothers should check out the Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show this Saturday.   The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show is an interactive lifestyle expo celebrating expecting moms. 

And Actress Tia Mowry of The Game will be signing her first book “OH, BABY!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to the Next“.   Oh, Baby! is a pregnancy guide where Tia leaves no topic off-limits while helping expectant moms stay empowered, pampered, and laughing out loud.

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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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Lunar New Year Celebration

The Two Dragons

ThatKellieGirl celebrated the Chinese New Year in Chinatown yesterday.  There was a parade (ThatKellieGirl loves a parade :) ), a traditional Dragon Dance and Lion Dance as well as an awesome fire cracker display.  There also were DC high school marching bands, beauty queens and elected officials to bring in the New Year.  The Chinese consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), an umbrella organization representing thirty Chinese-American organizations throughout the Greater Washington area, hosted the event.  Check out my pics below.  Enjoy!

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MidWeek Mixx

Hey Good People!

This Saturday, The Axel F Party is celebrating its One Year Anniversary Party.  The brainchild of DJs Jahsonic, Stylus and Adrian Loving, Axel F (named after Eddie Murphy’s character from Beverly Hills Cop) is about the illest jheri curl funk, champagne soul and lazer boogie cuts from 1977 – 1987.  In addition to a killer ’80s setlist, there will be live performances by the Sexual Chocolate Band & Show (think Murphy’s character Randy Watson from Coming to America) featuring Zo!, Deborah Bond, Phonte, Ne’a Posey, and N’digo Rose.  Yeah, it’s going to be like that!

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