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Hello Good People! 

It is the 11th day out from Christmas, and the pipers are piping  “ThatKellieGirl put up your tree!” :-)  Yes, I have slowly moved into the holiday spirit.  But that’s ok.  I plan to accomplish putting up the tree as well as start making…yes I said it…start making my holiday gifts.  I decided that I wanted to give something unique and directly from me.  Besides, my wedding budget doesn’t have room for holiday gifts!  No seriously though, I want to do something special for my loved one, but I better move fast before the partridge in a pear tree arrives…sheesh! :-) 

To get in the holiday spirit, check out the events below.

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)  

And God bless the families recently affected by the mass shootings in Connecticut and Oregon.

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“FLY” with the Tuskegee Airmen

ThatKellieGirl was invited to a viewing of “Fly” closing out this weekend at the Ford Theater.  Based upon the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, “Fly” is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II.

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Right to Remain

Meshaun Labrone, as Tupac Shakur while touring Right to Remain Off West End in London. Photo by: Diva Photos Studio.

This week, the 7th Annual Capital Fringe Festival kicks off.  And ThatKellieGirl is excited that the festival is featuring the one-man show, Right to Remain…The Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur.   

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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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Freedom Friday

Hello Good Folks!

TGIF! 

ThatKellieGirl has a great weekend lined up with family and friends.  Can’t wait to relax and catch up with everyone. Shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Flowe for making it official last week.  We will celebrate tomorrow! :-) Peace and Blessings to everyone out there.  Let’s make it a great weekend.

Love ya! ThatKellieGirl

Spinning Underground Soulful House & Club Classics with DJ’s Derrick “D-Train” Coleman and 1SmoothDj Marv.

 Friday, March 2

Red Lounge

2013 14th Street, NW

 9pm – 3am

Free b4 Midnight, $5 after

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Freedom Friday: The Ground Hog Edition

Hello Lovelies!

Believe it or not, I want it to snow right now.  I understand folks are enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, but it just doesn’t sit right with me.  We need some snow!  Something just doesn’t feel right in the world if there aren’t any snowmen, snowball fights or snow angels.  So, I am glad that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday.  Now, will there actually be six more weeks of winter?  We will see, but I welcome it.

So before the snow hits, enjoy the weather.  There are some great events going on this weekend.  For Black History Month events, click here for a whole list of events at the Smithsonian.

Enjoy the weekend!

Peace, Love and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl

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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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Freedom Friday: The Happy Holidays Edition

Happy Holidays Good Folks!

Let the holiday parties begin! :-) 

I am sooo looking forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities.  Now, I don’t get into holiday shopping.  I actually try to avoid it by purchasing earlier in the year or on-line. However, if I need to buy a gift, I totally avoid the mall and head to local small businesses.   However, for me, the holiday season is about connecting and reconnecting with friends and loved ones.  I usually try to “set things right” before entering into the New Year.  I also take the time to give thanks and to celebrate my accomplishments for the year.    So whatever you do, don’t allow the holidays to become stressful or overwhelming for you. Figure out how you are going to live in the moment in order to fully enjoy the holiday season.     

Sending a shout out to the Alphas for their 105th Founder’s Day.  There are celebrations going on Saturday at Mood Lounge and Teatro

Othello closes out this weekend at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

And the holidays would not be complete without these classic Christmas plays.  The Washington Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater from December 1-24 and  A Christmas Carol is playing at the Ford’s Theater until December 31.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Fall Back Edition

Hello Good People!

It’s that time again….to fall back.  By setting the clock back, evening will descend upon us earlier.  I used to hate “falling back” because I disliked being in the office all day, then to be greeted by darkness when leaving the office.  I am a bona fide summer baby so I love light and warmth.  It totally energizes me.  However, someone said “you probably need to power down.”  :-)  And that is what I intend to do.  I intend to fall back into relaxing, reflecting and re-building for the spring and summer months.  “Good use of fall-back time helps us spring forward later.”   So when I leave the office,  I am looking forward to coming home to a warm house and snuggling under blankets to either read, write or come up with my next brilliant plan.  How do you plan to take advantage of “falling back”?      

Check out some great and FREE events this weekend.  Enjoy! :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble Edition

Good Morning Folks!  TGIF.

I have a fun-filled weekend composed of arts, culture and good people!  This evening, the Honey and I will be attending the Fela! Opening Night performance.  I know this is my third time seeing it, but I truly enjoy this play.  I want to see if Fela! can loosen up the D.C. crowd.  Not to give anything away, but this play involves crowd participation!  I also will be checking out the play “Trouble in Mind” at Arena Stage.  Lastly, I will be celebrating my Honey’s sister’s birthday and celebrating a friends departure to work in Ethiopia for a year.  And I am hoping to catch the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight. Yes, ThatKellieGirl is a boxing fan! :-) 

I grew up watching boxing matches because my Dad was a big boxing fan.  Our house was the designated place for family and friends to watch boxing matches.  At that time, everyone didn’t have “premium” cable channels so our house was the spot.  So I grew up watching Larry Holmes, Marvin “Marvelous” Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Micheal Spinks, Leon Spinks and eventually my favorite, Mike Tyson.  We were having fight parties before they were called “fight parties.”  They were cherished events for my older sister and me because we were able to stay up past our bedtime.  And my sister and I relished in the anticipation of waiting and watching our Uncle Junior fall asleep in his designated chair.  This never failed! :-)  I actually can remember watching Buster Douglas knock out Mike Tyson.  My heart sank watching this fight.  I didn’t realize at that time it was the beginning of Tyson’s end. 

Watching boxing actually inspired me to join the boxing club in college (at my father’s dismay).  The coach said I would be good boxer because I had long arms for good reach.  So I worked out and trained.  That club whipped me into the best shape ever.  However,  after taking my first punch, my career was over! *I know ya’ll would have loved to have seen that!*   

So I have a long history with boxing.  I don’t keep up with the sport anymore, but I am always ready TO WATCH a good boxing match.

Here are some other great events…

The DC Short Films Festival closes out this weekend.  On Friday (9/16), Lupe Fiasco and friends will be at the Merriweather Post Pavillion. Rahsaan Patterson will be at the Birchmere (9/17) and Rams Head (9/18).  On Saturday (9/17), Kem will be  at the Pier Six Pavillion.  

And the Filmore Silver Spring is debuting with a strong line-up.  They kicked off Thursday with Mary J. Blige.  For the weekend, John Legend is performing on Saturday (9/17) and Black Star on Sunday (9/17).

Have a great weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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