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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: 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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Freedom Friday: The President’s Speech Edition

Courtesy of Kevin Lamarque/Pool/AP Photo

Hello Good Folks!

Whether you agree or not agree with the American Jobs Act, President Obama came with it last night.  He presented a solid plan, but he also let Congress know that he’s not playing nice anymore.  When you are elected President, you have at least four years to work your plan.  And President Obama has accomplished a lot that he isn’t given credit or is flat-out ignored.  Besides, if anyone watched the GOP debates, I think we need to be concerned about their plan for Americans.  Especially when you have a candidate like Rick Perry who calls social security a “Ponzi scheme” and proudly defends the execution of 234 people in Texas, more than any other Governor in modern times.  I guess they haven’t learned the lesson about what happens when we use divise language and untruths to win at all costs.  I don’t believe in bully politics, but I do believe in being assertive.  And I believe President Obama finally got the memo. 

And as a group of my friends watched President Obama finish his speech, we all wished Obama could have dropped the mic Randy Watson style

Earthquakes, hurricanes, now floods….it’s coming to an end.  Summer that is. :-)    So this weekend, the outdoor festivals are winding up.  Check out the Virgin Music Festival is at the Merriweather Post Pavillion on Saturday.  And Bilal will be at the Birchmere on Sunday.  And on Sunday, check out the National Triathlon benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Enjoy your weekend.  And be safe out there as we commemorate 9-11.

Peace and blessings, ThatKellieGirl

The Washington National Cathedral will be conducting weekend events for A Call to Compassion in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11th. As we remember the tragedy and losses suffered on that fateful day ten years ago, the Washington National Cathedral is honored to bring the nation together once again in a spirit of compassion and healing.
 
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Various locations throughout the District
 
Click here for the full schedule
 
All events except those on the morning of Sunday, September 11, are ticketed events. To reserve your tickets, click here . All events will be webcast live.

Freedom Friday: The Independence Day Edition

Hello Good People!

TGIF!

If you’re like me, I know you are ready for the long weekend!  I did so much celebrating for my birthday this month, I think I am going to take it easy (NOT!).   No seriously, I hope to relax this weekend at the beach and attend someone’s BBQ.  That’s not too bad. :-)   

There are some great concerts going on this weekend.  If you can, check out Eric Roberson at the Birchmere, Kid Cudi at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and the one and only R. Kelly at the Verizon Center.

BTW…I know we  have different views and opinions about the state of America.  However, this weekend, let’s focus on the positive.  We have to acknowledge the freedom and liberties afforded to us that we take for granted.  When we focus on what’s right with our country, it can motivate each of us to help make our country better.  You don’t have to run for Mayor or the PTA.  You can start right in your home and local community by getting involved.  As Margaret Mead once said, “Never underestimate the power of a few committed individuals to change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  This whole country was founded by seven passionate men that motivated others to fight for their independence.   When you are passionate and committed, you can fight and achieve a litter free street, safe schools, a healthy lifestyle, whatever!  As a teacher said to me once, “I achieved not because I was the smartest, the fastest, the prettiest or had connections.  I achieved because I had perseverance.  I stuck to it.”  If you are passionate and committed, you can make any change –physically, mentally, spiritually or in your community.  You can be the change you want to see.  

Happy Independence Day!

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

 

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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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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.

Freedom Friday: The Friday the 13th Edition

Hello Good People!

I know today is Friday the 13th, but I am not too superstitious.  And I haven’t met a Friday I haven’t  liked.  :-) So make sure to enjoy this weekend—food and wine festivals are kicking off and Passport DC’s Embassy tours are on Saturday.  Enjoy! Peace and Blessings. :-)

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