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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 Folks.

I am still blown away by the Homegoing Service of Whitney Houston. It was intimate and heartfelt experience to glimpse into Whitney’s church roots and to see the people that she touched with her gift. 

Now, I am a person that believes that everything happens for a reason, but I kept feeling that Whitney’s death was premature and it just shouldn’t have happened.  

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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 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 Labor Day Edition

Hello Good People!

Happy Labor Day to all those folks who work hard for the money.  This weekend is jam-packed with some TKG approved events! :-)  We get a chance to catch up after Storm Irene kept us inside last weekend.  Whatever you decide to do, just remember to be thankful for your job.  And if you don’t like it, change your attitude or change your job (#justsaying).  There will always be challenges on the job, but it’s about how you deal with it.  I believe it’s ultimately about doing what you love.  And if you aren’t fortunate to do it from 9 to 5, then make sure you do it after 5.  You never know what doors might open.

Peace and blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Celebrate the official one year anniversary of MESSIAH AND FRIENDS #DC!!! This event brings some of the nation’s best talent and elite artistry on the first Fridays monthly! This event began as an organic grassroots production and has blossomed into something monumental! This renaissance approach unites live art and body paint with poets/vocalists, musicians comedians, jazz band and new gallery exhibit each month!! In celebration of our first year, this Friday we reunite some of our previous features along with the new!

Friday, September 2

Lamont Bishop Gallery

1314 9th St. NW

7PM

Suggested donation 10 bucks

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Freedom Friday: The Hurricane Irene Edition

Satellite image of Hurricane Irene Courtesy of http://www.ctpost.com

Hello Good People!

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Hurricane Irene.  I got my flashlights, a lantern, water, food, my books and some board games. :-)

You already know that the King Memorial Dedication has been postponed.  However, you can visit the King Memorial today (8/26) and Saturday (8/27).  So before we go on lock down, there are still a couple of events you can check out tonight and Saturday.

In the meantime, catch some Ladies of Soul! N’Dambi today(8/26) at Noon performing at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at noon.  And on Saturday (8/26), Conya Doss will be performing at Blues Alley  and Ayana Gregory will be performing at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St NW).

Please monitor the events in case of last minute cancellations.

Peace and Blessings. :-)

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MidWeek Mix

Hey Good People! 

 Check out this beautiful jazz mix from Adam “Rock” Moses of Jazz Re:Freshed.  I had the pleasure of meeting Adam when I visited London two years ago.  My friends and I went to one of Jazz Re:Freshed showcases at the Mau Mau Bar in Notting Hill. (I feel so subversive when I say I went to the Mau Mau Bar!)  Anyhoo… The brainchild of Adam and co-founder Justin “Top Rock” Mckenzie, Jazz Re:Freshed is a music/arts movement and record label covering the whole spectrum of jazz and jazz influenced music.   You will truly enjoy this mix! :-)

jazz re:freshed podcast: Lady Juice Mix by Adam Rock

Tonight (8/24) and every Wednesday (until September 7th), DJ Stylus & DJ Phaze join forces to take you on a tour of the varied soundscapes from the African diaspora.

Tap n’ Parlour

1101 U St NW

8PM to midnight

FREE

Freedom Friday: The Omegageddon Edition

Hey My People,

If you don’t know, you will know by the end of the weekend that the “Ques” are in town!  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. return to their birthplace– the campus of Howard University to celebrate their 100th year anniversary.  I think it is wonderful to have an organization of African-American men promoting brotherhood, leadership and service within the community.  

If you want to party with the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi, there is plenty of opportunities!  Shaq and Tom Joyner are hosting the Celebrity Omega Men Bash at Ibiza tonight.   You can also keep up to date on all the events here.  You also can follow the bruhs on Twitter and on Facebook to know what’s going on.

If you are trying to avoid the crowds, check out these other alternatives below.

Peace and Blessings family! :-) 

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Freedom Friday: The Oprah Farewell Editon aka Memorial Day Weekend Edition

 

Image via Reuters/HARPO

Hey Folks!

TGIF!

I know everyone and their Mama has been talking about Oprah’s departure from network TV.  I will admit, I am not a die-hard Oprah fan like many others.  However, I have always had massive respect for her. As her show was coming to an end, it has made me even more appreciative of the opportunity to attend her show this last season.  And as I walked through the doors of Harpo to this present day, I can’t help but marvel at her journey from a poor Mississippi girl to a media mogul.   However, what I have loved the most is Oprah’s desire to offer “soul” food to her viewers.  In a society that promotes a “me” philosophy, Oprah could have produced meaningless, yet entertaining shows that tv viewers seem to really love.  However, she decided to produce shows to help people WAKE UP to live their life to the fullest.   Oprah not only talked about, but showed us, how to pay it forward.  And I always respected Oprah for being successful, but not at someone else’s expense.  Oprah’s passion to serve others has touched millions.  She proves that one person can make a difference.  You might not reach millions, but you can reach those around you.  The biggest lessons I learned from Oprah: be present;  be responsible for your actions, love and serve others, and find your purpose, or as the old folks say, your calling. :-)

We all know that it’s Memorial Day Weekend.  Let’s remember to honor the women and men who have died serving our country.

Peace and Blessings!

The 7th Annual Movement and Wellness Expo kicks off this weekend.  I will be learning some basic belly dancing moves tomorrow. I am quite excited!   The Bellydancers of Color Association (BOCA) was formed by Dr. Sunyatta Amen in an effort  to celebrate the sister/brotherhood, strength and beauty of people of color in relation to belly dance and other traditional forms of dance.

May 27- May 30

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Silver Spring, MD

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Tonight, the Park Unplugged features Faith Evans.

Friday, May 27

The Park

920 14th St NW

RSVP at vsmithent@gmail.com

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The Annual Caribbean Wine Festival at Linganore Winecellars kicks out this weekend for the summer.

May 28-29

Linganore Caribbean Wine Festival

13601 Glissans Mill Road Mt. Airy, MD

11AM-6PM

21 and up- 20 Bucks

18-20- 15 bucks

Under 18 w/ adult- FREE

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Axel #5 returns to fonktify your holiday weekend. Now with Lazer Boogie and MORE ACTIVATOR THAN EVER BEFORE.  DJ JAHSONIC and ADRIAN LOVING will be enjoying some well-earned travel time, so we tapped our League of Extraordinary DJs to find another suitable co-pilot. DJ KEENAN ORR knows his jams and how to create a freakshow on the dancefloor. This special guest will be joining resident DJ STYLUS, so make him feel welcome!

Saturday, May 28

LIV

2001 11th St NW

10PM-3AM

FREE before midnight, 5 Bucks after

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© Capital Concerts

PBS sponsors a FREE National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, May 29

 West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

E. Capitol St. and First St. NW

Gates open at 5PM

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The Liberal Party presents a special holiday bash with the man behind Club Shelter music, DJ Adam Rios. Adam is one half of the world-famous Club Shelter music along with Timmy Regisford.  Come through and experience Memorial Weekend with Liberal Party resident Derrick “D-Train” Coleman.

Sunday, May 29

Level X Lounge

1934 9th St NW

8PM

10 Bucks

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DJ Dredd spins all the music you know and love by Prince and all related artists–Hits, B-Sides, Rarities & Video.  The Time, Shelia E., Vanity 6, Madhouse, The Family.

Sunday May 29

Black Cat

9PM-1:30AM

10 Bucks/ 12 Bucks at the door

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Daylight 5 Year Anniversary Party Hosted By Tone Source  and a lavish buffet including seafood by Executive Chef Jarobi Murray.  The best in classic music . . . R & B Dance Classics,Soul, Old school House, Funk, 80′s,90′s Rare Grooves, Originals, Early Hip Hop,and more.

Sunday, May 29

Liv (Upstairs)

2001 11th Nw

8PM-2AM

Discounted tickets here

20 Bucks at the door
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The Ultra White Party celebrates contemporary Africa like no other. Come party with over 1,000 afro-chic guests, African music by some of the hottest African DJs on 3 dance floors. All white dress code fully enforced; Colored accessories permitted.  Presented by IDOA Entertainment & BCBG Productions

Sunday, May 29

Love

1350 Okie St NE

9PM-3AM

General Admin- 20 Bucks

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Come dressed to sweat!

Sunday, May 29

ESL

1212 18th St NW

9:30PM- 3AM

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© Chris Graham

The National Memorial Day Parade includes Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states. The parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.  The parade will be preceded by musical performances and ceremonies at the reviewing stand at 1 p.m. at the National Archives, at the corner of 7th St. and Constitution Avenue.

Monday, May 30

The National Memorial Day Parade begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

2PM

Click here for the parade route.

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