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Music Monday (on Tuesday)


Good Morning Good Folks!

For those of you who missed the 121212 Concert, you missed a stunning performance from Alicia Keys.  America’s Darling gave a heartfelt performance of “Brand New Me” and “No One”.  For ThatKellieGirl, it was truly the stand out performance of the concert.  So on the heels of the 121212 Concert, Alicia has released the video for “Brand New Me.”  This is an empowering song for anyone trying to move forward.



And DC’s Darling, Carolyn Malachi released her new video “Free Your Mind” in her efforts to to fund the education of students in developing countries.  For every view of the “Free Your Mind” music video and download of the song via GooglePlay, one hour of class time will be donated to students in East Africa, courtesy of The School Fund’s corporate sponsors. The goal is to provide 10,000 class hours per month for six months.  So let’s get to downloading to help a child.

The Beautiful Dreamer

 Tonight come out to support the Beautiful Dreamer, Carolyn Malachi as she raises school fees for secondary students in 13 developing countries through her “I AM” campaign.  The Grammy nominated singer announced the campaign along with the release of her new single, “Free Your Mind” to garner support.  Carolyn didn’t want to wait for someone else to make a difference when she could do it herself.  And you shouldn’t wait either!  Join Carolyn and other artists tonight in this worthy cause to help our youth.  Learn more here at The School Fund.  And check out her single “Free Your Mind”! 

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Freedom Friday

Hello Everyone!

It is poppin’ this weekend with several events and activities.  There is just too much going on!  Africa Underground, as always, is sold out.  However, Queen MakedaZeba Bar and U Street Music Hall will be jumpin’ this weekend.  Just make sure you get out the house.

Peace, ThatKellieGirl


This event includes an interactive museum of youth who pose as still figures and, when a button is pushed, come alive to speak about the life and achievements of the figure they are representing.  It culminates with a vignette which is based in part on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In preparation to portray these historic figures, youth complete background research and prepare to teach visitors about the life and work of the figures they are representing.  The performance will also take place at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, March 3 at 5PM.

Friday, February 24

SE Tennis and Learning Center

701 Mississippi Ave SE



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Freedom Friday: The Code Red Edition

Courtesy of Tina Fineberg / AP

TGIF Everyone!

It is HAWT out there folks.  It is a “Code Red” alert making it very unhealthy and unsafe to be outside. (In my Frankie voice, “Code 10, Man Down! *lol*)  If you don’t have to go outside, DON’T!  At least, wait until this evening.

For this weekend, the incomparable Charlies Wilson and EnVogue will be at Constitution Hall Saturday (7/23) and Wiz Khalifa is out at Merriweather Post Pavillion on Sunday (7/24).

And check out the other happenings this weekend.


ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Eye of the Storm Edition

Hey Good People!

I hope ya’ll have made it through the rain/storms this week.  This week was sort of “stormy” for me, but I am learning it is all about how you choose to experience it.   I took a page out of my Aunt’s playbook.  Whenever it would storm, she would get a chair, sit out on the porch and wait it out.  As she sat still, she would “let God do His work.”  When it was alll over, she was peaceful and relaxed and ready to go.  At times, we have to know when to sit still.  In the eye of the storm, there is peace and calm.  If we are like the “eye”, we gain clarity, direction and lessons in any situation.  Storms are natural occurences in nature, so why fret over something that you can not control.  We all know the only thing you can control is yourself!  This weekend, the clouds are clearing.   Were you like the “eye” and able to keep your peace and learn the lesson?  Or is everything in disarray?    

There are some great events going.  Check them out below!

Tomorrow, you can get your yoga on near the National Mall.  Flow in an hour-long yoga practice happening simultaneously across America. lululemon athletica is hosting the event.  Leave early and take the metro to Federal Triangle.  Bring your own mat and grab some water. The event is free and open to all levels.

Saturday, August 7

White House Ellipse

 810 Vermont Avenue N.W.

9AM -10AM


Tomorrow is the last day Smith Farm Center hosts the “Through Their Eyes” exhibits which includes Maggie Steber’s photojournalist works and the work of artists and children currently living in Haiti and actively using the arts to heal.  The exhibit features over 100 photographs and handcrafts produced by Haitian children, and traditional Vodou flags hand-sequined by seasoned artisans.

Saturday, August 7

Smith Farm Center

1632 U St N.W.




The 2nd Annual Green & Gorgeous Fashion Show Featuring an Evening of Pink Sensation takes place on Saturday.   With this fashion show, green and pink are the featured colors (Did an AKA plan this event? :) ).  This show is a Charity Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.  All ticket sales and private donations will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Circle of Promise. Guests will enjoy a plethora of treats for the senses including cocktails, music, art and fashion.  Green and pink cocktail attire please. :) 

Saturday, August 7

Navy Memorial and the Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW


Get tickets here.

The  Capitol Skyline Hotel pool seems to be the place to see and be seen! Bright Young Thing’s Summer Camp Pool Party is on EVERY SATURDAY till the end of summer at the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. This Saturday’s theme will be COLD WAR CAMP, featuring Reagan era music (with emphasis on 80s).

Spike’d Sundays is the weekly pool party at Capitol Skyline Hotel, hosted by Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn.  For 15 bucks at  the door includes use of pool, change rooms, and a free burger/veggie burger.

Saturday, August 7 (Every Saturday)– BYT’s Summer Camp Pool Party

Noon to 8PM

Sunday, August 8 (Every Sunday)– Spike’d Sundays

10AM to 6PM

Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 I Street Southwest


Come meet & greet indie artist Carolyn Malachi as she is joined by acoustic violin and guitar with live on stage interview and intimate performance. She will be signing copies of her new release, “Lions, Fires & Squares.”

Sunday, August 8


11th & U St N.W.



The first ever DC Black Theatre Festival  is wrapping up this weekend.  This week-long festival celebrates the extraordinary stories told by people of African descent. This inaugural event has a menu of more than 60 provocative and groundbreaking theatrical performances by local and national artists, writers, producers, and theatre companies. This is the first festival of its kind to recognize the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.

August 1-8

DC Black Theater Festival

Throughout DC

Get tickets here.


And unless you have been under rock, you know tomorrow is the 5th Annual Summer Spirit Festival. I have been going to this festival for the last two years, and I always have a great time.  This year’s line-up is sure to please…E.Badu, J. Monae, Chuck Brown, The Roots & Common.  

Saturday, August 7

Merriweather Post Pavillion

10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD


Get tickets here.


Check my girl’s newest video “Cold War”.  Her creativity and artistry will not be denied!

Have a great weekend!

Freedom Friday: Get Out of the House a.k.a. The Soul Sista Edition

Hey Good People!

I am almost there!  I think I am 95% close to full recovery.  The doctor said I had an upper respiratory infection (isn’t that just a fancy way of saying I have a cold?).  My mom swore I might have walking pneumonia because I was coughing so much.  I do believe these virus’  have an aggressive strain because this thing wouldn’t let me lose!  I was out of the office for a week.  And when I came back (because I was running low on sick leave and still sick), I felt so bad for coughing, hacking and snotting on the train, on the bus, in the office…plain ole EVERYWHERE!  Anyhoo…I am feeling back to my old self, so you might catch me at one of these events.

(I just noticed most of these events are celebrating women!  Let’s support this wonderful events.)

Actor and writer Victoria Rowell discusses and signs her new novel:  Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva.  Many fans of The Young & The Restless know Victoria Rowell as Drucilla Winters. Victoria’s has penned a book based on her former soap actress life. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Friday, June 11

Busboys & Poets

1390 V Street NW



Can a Sister Rock A Mic? Festival (CASRAM) kicked off this Wednesday with a phenomenal performances by Dionne Farris & Leah Smith at LIV.  Each day gets better and better.  Tonight, check out LADY X, an all female live artistry of graphic design, projections, paint, fashion, singing, DJs and much more! Featured Artists: Courtney Savoy, Antwanyce Richardson, Rasheeda Johnson with live performances from Megan Livingston (Baltimore) and Carolyn Malachi (DC/Baltimore), projection art by Shantell Martin, graphic design by Dian Horton & Ganesha Varinia, music by DJ Fusion (FuseBoxRadio), DJ C Breeze and DJ Saucee rockin’ the best in hip-hop, house, and more…

CASRAM is Washington DC’s music and arts festival dedicated to amplifying the voice of women in music and beyond. In its 5th year, CASRAM showcases some of the nation’s most talented women emerging in music and the arts.

June 11-12


Click here for the full line-up.


Not a “Soul-Sista” event per se, but I know we can benefit from this… The Digital Capital Week (DCWEEK) is a 10 day festival in Washington DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital.  The mission of Digital Capital Week is to strengthen the capital region’s digital economy through events focused on creativity, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, content creation, and innovation.

June 11- 20

Digital Capital Week

Click here for the schedule.


As you all know, I just finished reading Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.  Big-ups to my boy Will for letting me know she will be speaking tomorrow at the Chevy Chase Library (Don’t sleep on the DC Library events.) Can’t wait to get my book autographed! :-)

Saturday, June 12

Chevy Chase Library

5626 Conneticut Ave. NW



A non-“Soul Sista” event….This Saturday DEKKA is hosting Popmatic – the first solo exhibition of mixed-media mastermind, Gregg Deal. After launching a successful custom-artwork enterprise, Modern Bird Studios, Gregg is debuting a private collection featuring new, experimental media. Meet the artist at this Saturday’s opening reception.
Saturday, June 12th
Popmatic Opening Reception
1338 U St NW, 2nd floor

RSVP here
A yard sale and bake sale to benefit the Capitol Hip Hop Soulfest take places tomorrow.  Come out to see what goodies you can pick up to help a worthwhile cause.
Saturday, June 12
Riverside Center in Marvin Gaye Park
5200 Fotte St. NE
10AM to 4PM
I am quite excited to attend Out to Launch, during the Food & Wine Festival at National HarborSmart Chicks, Inc. & Biribelle Clothing is hosting an evening of music, fashion and art.
Saturday, June 12
Amber Tree Art Gallery
122 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Pam Grier will sign and discuss Foxy..My Life in Three Acts.  The boo is real interested in attending this event (*gives side-eye*). In this sexy, often shocking, memoir, you will get to know the real Pam Grier in all her battles and triumphs, her disappointments and her victories. This book is broken down into Three Parts: The Early Years, ‘Fros and Freaks, and Finding the Balance.  Pam Grier started her career in the early 1970s, starring in a string of moderately successful women-in-prison films and blaxploitation films, and has generally remained in the public eye, starring in movies such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Jackie Brown.
Sunday, June 13th

Busboys & Poets

1390 V Street NW



Don’t forget to check out the World Cup!  Click here and here for some spots where you can catch some games.


WHEW!  This is a lot to get in to this weekend.  You have no excuse to be sitting in the house. Get on outta here!

Enjoy this ode to the soul sistas!  Peace. :-)


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