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Hello Good People!

Even though it is crazy hot outside, I woke up knowing it was going to be a beautiful day today…an so far so good!  And it only gets better with a fun-loving and hilarious video,  “Count To Five” featuring Gwen Bunn and Phonte from the new album, “ManMade” from Zo!.       Reminiscent of Sesame Streets in the 70’s, it is sure to put a smile on your face as well as get you moving.  :-)

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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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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 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 “I Wish You” Edition

Hello Everyone! 

2012 is only two days away.  Can you believe it? 

I am happy to say that I had a solid year.  And I am truly grateful.  Who knows what life will bring next year, but I am ready for the next phase in my journey.  And I would like to thank each of you for sharing bits and pieces of the journey with me. 

So from me to you, I wish you…

Love….that is abundant, unselfish and loyal

Peace…that is comforting and guards your heart and mind at all times

Joy…that is overflowing 

Kindness…to have generosity, patience and understanding in your interactions with other

Courage…to speak up for yourself and others who cannot and the endurance to follow-through to the end

Good Health…habits that favorably affect the mind, body and spirit

Dreams…that you don’t give up on and keep pursuing

Happy New Year, ThatKellieGirl

Check out some  (lower cost) New Year’s Eve events after the jump.  And enjoy this beautiful song from Janelle Monae, from me to you. :-)

 

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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 Festival Edition

Hello Friends,

Happy Friday!

Fall is starting off great!  There are a lot of art and cultural festivals going on this weekend you should check out.  On Saturday, there is the Taste of Bethesda , Fall for Fairfax Festival, and on Sunday, the Turkish Festival and the Russian Bazaar.  The Maryland Renaissance Festival is going on until October 23.  Also, there are two Andy Warhol exhibits in DC.  Check out some more events below!

Peace, ThatKellieGirl

Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June thru October at the corner of showcasing food trucks from the DMV.

Saturday, September 30

Half St. and M St., SE (across from the Navy Yard)

 11AM-11PM

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