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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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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 Merry Christmas Edition

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Merry Christmas Beautiful People! :-)

I know some people were waiting to see if the world was going to end, but it didn’t so ThatKellieGirl is very happy to get back to the holidays.

This weekend is the last opportunity to do your last-minute shopping. I will be picking up a small few items for the little kids, but that’s it. I don’t do well with the mayhem of Christmas shopping.  I usually stay far, far way from it. So I will be making an early morning run to avoid any foolishness. Other than that, this weekend is shaping up very nicely.  There are some great events to check out .

You can start with Amel Larrieux at that Howard Theater and Syleena Johnson at Blue’s Alley today (12/21).   And StepAfrika! closes out this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater.

Catch some other events below!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Champion Edition

Hey Good Folks.  Happy Friday! :-)

First off, congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the NBA Championship last night.  ThatKellieGirl admits to not watching the entire series.  And when I did, I actually was rooting for the Boston Celtics!   Even though ThatKellieGirl and LeBron hail from the same state, I’m really not a LeBron fan.  I admire him as a great player, but I just haven’t really followed him.  Well, not until he decided to leave Ohio for Miami.

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MidWeek Mixx

Hello Good Folks!

I hope you are beating this 100 degrees weather.

To help you cool out, check out the MidWeek Mixx, “Summer in the City” from DJ Stylus.  He is on that slow jam tip. :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Soul Conversations Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is looking forward to this weekend.  And I am so excited to start it out on the radio!  YUP!  That’s right, ThatKellieGirl will be “talking about it” on WPFW’s Soul Conversations.  I will be letting you know about new music and musical happenings in the DMV.

And if you aren’t hip to WPFW’s Soul Conversations with Kimberly Washington and DJ YZO, you’ve been missing out!  I feel so honored to be in their company.  So check us out TONIGHT on 89.3 FM WPFW, 11PM-1AM (EST) on Friday Nights Soul Conversations Radio Show.  If you are out of the DMV area, you can stream the show on-line.

And now you can check out the happenings below!  :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Happy Chinese New Year

Hello Lovelies!

This Monday, millions of people began ringing in the Lunar New Year.  In DC, the new year will be celebrated on Sunday in Chinatown. 2012 is the year of the dragon. The year of the dragon is considered to be the luckiest of the Chinese lunar years.  ThatKellieGirl was born in the year of the dragon, so we will see what is in store for the rest of the year.

In the meantime, enjoy this unseasonably warm weather by heading out to some great events this weekend.

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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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Freedom Friday: The Homecoming Edition

Happy Friday!

When I was in college, the two events you HAD to attend were the defunct Freaknik in Atlanta and Howard’s Homecoming in D.C.  These were mandatory events as a black college student.   I’d been hearing about both of these events since I was a senior in high school.    These were like the meccas for black college students.  I must admit, I never made it to Freaknik, but I have taken part in Howard’s Homecoming celebrations.  Now for the record, I did not attend Howard or any HBCU.  So I had ” homecoming envy” because the events were so much fun.  I mean, how could you not beam with pride when your school received a shot out from the Notorious B.I.G., the biggest rapper during my college years!   :-)

I love homecoming for the excitement, joyous energy and pride.  However, to me, homecoming ultimately means honoring my humble beginnings.  The opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments, challenges and lessons that helped mold me into the person I am today.   To come home to reconcile or “to make right” with family, friends or myself in order to start fresh and embrace the future.  Homecoming means being proud, and never ashamed, of who you are and where you come from.  So always take time to honor and celebrate your past.  You can do this at  homecomings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries.  Or simply light a candle, hang a picture or journal.  Just live a life to be remembered by your family and friends.

And for those who want to join the HU celebration, here is a list of events.

Also, be on the look out for ThatKellieGirl tonight on Soul Conversations on WPFW, 89.3FM.  I  am partnering with Words, Beat and Life to host the Boo Bash Costume Party on October 29th to raise money for their scholarship fund. So we will be talking about our efforts.  Please check me out tonight on Soul Conversations at 11PM.

Have a great weekend!

Peace and 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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