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Freedom Friday

Hello Good People!

Happy Friday!  Sorry about the delay, but this week has been quite hectic for ThatKellieGirl.  From coordinating a Camp, hosting a teenager, completing work assignments and keeping a happy home, I really wonder how I am still standing! LOL :-)  This isn’t new for me. I’ve always been a busy bee. Through it all, I try to stay healthy, get some quite time,  and always remember what’s REALLY important/ priority in life.

Even with all that, I am hoping to hit up some of the events below!

Whatever you do, relax, relate and enjoy!

Peace and Blessings,



A pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance.  From potent rhythms of tribal music to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, journey through the jazz of Sophiatown to the inspirational joy of Gospel and the powerful pounding energy of Kwaito.

August 8-14

Warner Theater

1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Friday!  The temperature is perfect and there are some great events this weekend.  Check them out below.

Enjoy!  ThatKellieGirl :-)


We welcome you to a warm, deep blend of music to tantalize all your senses. Cafe Con Leche is a mixture of Afro Latin sounds, soulful rhythms rich with deep house. This innovative formula fused from different cultures incorporated with many aspects of jazz, soul, and funk promises to touch your very essence.

Friday, July 26


2001 14th St


5 bucks



Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, which wasn’t a huge pop hit, but did score R&B chart action, and the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single “I Love Your Smile”. Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton’s 1974 hit “Loving You”. This and other songs like “Fly Away” helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent.

July 26-27

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Two Shows Nightly: 8pm and 10pm Sets Friday & Saturday and Sunday

35 bucks

Get tixs here



The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s East is a free festival series showcasing the history, culture and community of Ward 8 in Washington, DC.  The kick-off event features an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will be at the for an opening ceremony beginning at 1PM.  The DMV Food Truck Association’s ‘Curbside Cook Off’ will also happen alongside this fun-filled day for area families. Tons of tasty treats available for purchase starting at 12pm!

Saturday July 27

St Elizabeth’s East Campus

1100 Alabama Avenue, SE





It’s Sharkl Weekend at the National Aquarium. Enjoy interactive activities, visit Sherman’s Lagoon, based on the popular nationally syndicated cartoon series by Jim Toomey, and meet “Sherman” himself, brought to life as a costumed character exclusively for the National Aquarium.

July 27-28, 2013

National Aquarium

14th Street and Constitution Avenue


Click here for tickets



The Kennedy Center, in association with Dizzy Feet Foundation and in conjunction with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, invites everyone to celebrate the art of dance as it hosts the East Coast installment of National Dance Day. This free event features outdoor dance performances, interactive dance routines and lessons, live music, and “Dancing Under the Stars,” with Jeannie “Kitty of the City” Jones as MC and performances by Dizzy Feet Foundation, hip-hop troupe Culture Shock professional and youth companies, celebrated dance/tap duo the Manzari BrothersArturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra,percussionist Tito Rodriguez Jr., and many others.

Saturday, July 227

Kennedy Center

2700 F St NW



Click here for schedule



Closing out the Capital Fringe Fest is Four Women.  When singer Nina Simone created “Four Women” she probably didn’t imagine it portrayed through movement, storytelling and laughter, but we did! Four Women goes beyond the lyrics, exploring black womanhood and its many dimensions. Not a performance, a journey.

Saturday July 27

Studio Theatre – Stage 4
1501 14th Street NW
17 bucks
Get tickets here



Let’s talk natural hair! Ward 8 Film Maker Lawrence Green will screen a rough copy of his film, ‘Kinks,Locs and Love’ a documentary about African American woman and natural hair in DC!   Join us for a review of the rough cut and discussion on this exciting topic!

Saturday July 27

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE





Great music with fantastic atmosphere which includes one Senbeb Cafe After Dark menu item!! Closing out the series is Tamika Love Jones. She performs music with jazz, gospel and hip hop influences. She has performed around New York and DC and with other artists such as Amel Larrieux, Yahzarah, Black Indian, Marsha Ambrosius, W Ellington Felton and more.

Saturday, July 27

Seneb Cafe

6224 3rd Street, NW


15 bucks



Well it’s time to satiate your taste buds of funk! It’s time to get yo back up off the wall! Leave your perm, 6inch heels and stank attitudes at home! Cause we got what you need.

Saturday, July 27

Black Whiskey
1410 14th St. NW



DJ Jimmy Phingaz & DJ Blakk Steel will be providing the soundscape.  No Cover, No Dress Codes, No Egos

Saturday, July 27

Tap N’ Parlour

2001 11th st NW





New Jersey-based gospel singer, songwriter, choir director, and multi-instrumentalist Tye Tribbett is in concert at the Howard Theater.

Sunday July 28

Howard Theater

620 T St NW



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Freedom Friday

love hate

Hello Beautiful Ones,

To say the least, it has been a trying week with the verdict of the Zimmerman Trial. I feel like I’m in a scene of a Spike Lee movie, particularly the movie “Do the Right Thing”. In the middle of a heat wave, I am grappling with my “love” and “hate” of the U.S. legal system, the media depictions of African-American, and the value (or lack of) placed on the lives of black and brown people, especially our boys and men.

This situation doesn’t make me lash out at the system. I do believe we need people to lobby and fight to get laws like “Stand Your Ground” changed, and I will support it. For me, it means I must teach, strengthen and value my family and community in order to survive and thrive in this society. It means going back to the basics—faith, love, care and respect for ourselves, our families, and community.

I believe the murder of Trayvon Martin is a wake up call for many black people. For too long, we’ve been drinking “kool aid”… becoming self-absorbed and believing our own hype. With so many black people achieving heights we have never seen before, and our ability to become rich or famous overnight, we’ve become blind to what is going on around us. Maybe we are starting to wake up. More than ever, it is time to volunteer, mentor, lobby, boycott, march, protest, and help to shape our community, our block.

I’m still grappling and trying to make sense of all this, but I still have faith and hope for our future.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Sisterhood Edition


Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are having a beautiful day. :-)

The Centennial Celebration of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. has begun in DC. And since yesterday’s “takeover”, I’ve thought a lot about sisterhood. Like many women, I did not join a sorority. Even though I had my heart set on it in undergrad. But unfortunately, the sorority I was interested in was on probation. So my sorority dreams were crushed. I toyed with the option of “going grad”, but I never seemed to have the time or the passion as an adult for the membership process. Eventually, I came to accept that being a part of a sorority wasn’t a part of my life journey. And I am quite happy with “Mi Phi Mi”. :-)

But seeing these sorority sisters makes me proud to be a part of the sorority of black sisterhood. These beautiful black women are coming together to celebrate and honor 100 years of “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood and Service”. Black women are a true force to be reckoned with! We are intelligent, fearless, industrious, compassionate, beautiful, loyal, committed, creative, lovable, purposeful, spiritual, just the name a few. But unfortunately, the world thinks differently based upon the images of black women in the media. This is why I am so happy that there are thousands of black women who have come to DC to show the world, and most importantly, our daughters and sons what is true womanhood.

Even though I might not have pledged a sorority, I still see these women as my sisters. We are black women who are striving to make this world better for our communities and future generations. Happy 100th Anniversary to the Distinguished Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

For this weekend, the DC Hip Hop Theater Festival is closing out this weekend while the Capital Fringe Fest is gearing up.

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

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday

Hello Wonderful Folks,

I hope you enjoyed your Fourth.  You are either recuperating from food overload, or like me, wondering why you didn’t request leave for today! :-)  The weekend is here so I don’t feel too bad.

Check out some cool events below.

Love Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)


Tonight Ernest “C3″  Coleman and Friends are featured at Jazz in the Gardens.  This free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles–including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk–every Friday evening.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

401 Constitution Ave NW

5:00- 8:30PM


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Fourth of July Fun


Artist Kerry Marshall

Hey Good People!

Happy Fourth of July!  My BBQ invitations started rolling in yesterday, so I am quite excited to see some good people and eat some good food today.  That’s like the perfect combination for me!  If you don’t have to go to work tomorrow (unlike me :-( ), you can hang out late and check out some cool events.  My night will probably end with a firework display from the neighborhood kids (LOL), but you can check out the professionals here in MD and here in VA.

Be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend.

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday

this week

Hello Good People.

This week has been the week for news…from the Voting Rights Act and DOMA to the Trayvon Martin Trial to Paula Deen.  America is going through some changes to say the least.  However, I believe each of these events have revealed our need for compassion each other.  And to get straight to the point, we need to think before we speak.   And I am not innocent.   I truly think that if we take one minute to think about what we’re about to  speak, text, post or email,  we might consider an edit or just need to delete it.   But ultimately, what you say speaks volumes about  you rather than the person or thing you are speaking about. #tbt  As the old folks used to say…if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself!

Hopefully, we can finish the week on a higher note.

The DC Black Theater Festival and the  Source Festival closes out this weekend as well as the The A T & T National Golf Tournament

Enjoy and be safe!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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