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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ThatKellieGirl was in the house for the international debut of SUPAFRIK at GALLERY O on H in DC. It was a beautiful evening and backdrop for this fabulous event. The brainchild of Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam of the clothing label Chinedesign, SUPAFRIK is curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana” and showcases artwork and design that re-contextualize African aesthetics and traditions within a modern framework.
Greetings Good People!
This week, my faith has definitely been tested.
When you have a dream or a goal, the only way it will come to pass is when you just step out there. Whenever I have an idea, I have to make a conscious decision to make it happen. And I find when I begin to move, or make that “leap of faith”, things begin to happen. However, taking the jump is the first and easiest part for me. What do you do when you are in mid-air, and the net hasn’t appeared yet? This is really where my faith is tested.
How am I going to find the money? How am I going to get along with these people? How am I going to do all this work? How am I going to make it work? This is doubt, fear or uncertainty that plagues all of us. However, we have to remember that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). I will admit, at times, I get a little nervous and have some sleepless nights. However, eventually, my faith activates, and my will and determination rises up in me and says “You are going to do this.” Instead of feeling beaten or discouraged, the challenges motivate me to overcome them. And even when things don’t turn out the way I pictured, I find that it still is a blessing because I tend to learn more about myself and how to become better. So I guess you can say it is a win-win situation.
And when I overcome my challenges eventually, I always am in awe to see “a way made out of no way” and wonder why I had doubt in the first place. God hasn’t failed me yet. And the more we activate our faith, I believe, we are linking ourselves to God, the universe, the Light, that greater and better part of ourselves. So it is so important to stay connected. And when more of us are connected, we are more unified and more powerful to make a positive difference in the world.
So how do you connect? Prayer, meditation, yoga, sitting in silence, singing, reading sacred texts. Just do it! And the more you do it, the more each of us can jump with purpose, with confidence and in love.
Have a great weekend!
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
Check out the pictures from the opening night of Fela! at the Sidney Harmon Theater (Shakespeare Theater).
Check out this new video from Nakia Henry called “Transition”. I first heard of Nakia Henry when a friend of mine sent me her song “Love Letter (He Wants Me to Win)”, which is an amazing song. (Get free download here.) So, I had no doubt in my mind that she was going to come strong. “Transition” has a powerful message of self-love, forgiveness and restoration and the video creatively emphasizes it. Enjoy!
The much-anticipated Fela! show opens this week at the The Shakespeare Theatre. I saw the show TWICE when it was on Broadway, and it was fantastic. The music, the dancing, the story of Fela Kuti are mesmerizing. You will not be disappointed!
September 13- October 9
Sidney Harmon Hall
610 F St NW
Get Tickets Here.
Hello Good Folks!
Happy Earth Day!
In honor of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is campaigning towards “A Billion Acts of Green“. Everyone is asked to do one green act to show their commitment to the earth. It can be as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teeth to coordinating a community clean-up.
I remember as a kid how I was so excited to participate in Earth Day. In class, we talked about the importance of taking care of “Mother Earth” and we drew pictures of the earth and nature. However, the experience that made the most impact on me as a kid was my girl scout troop being honored by our Mayor for picking up the most trash. To this day, I do not litter and I hate to see trash on the ground especially in residential neighborhoods.
Many of us as kids were more sensitive and caring of the world around us. If it was a pet or being mesmerized by ladybugs and fireflies, we had a natural “soft-spot” for nature. So where does it go afterwhile? What makes us throw trash out the window or waste energy by leaving lights on throughout the house? How do we return to that natural affinity to nature and the earth?
One person that is out front making a difference in the environment is activist Majora Carter. Here is a news segment about her. She is inspiring and very creative when it comes to activism.
Peace and Blessings!
Hello Good People!
UPDATE: I am glad to hear that Beyonce donated the payment to perform for the Gadhafi family to Haiti relief efforts last year. I hope the other artists will follow her lead. Here and here. Now she needs to do something about those pictures.
So I know you have heard about Beyonce in black face in honor of Fela Kuti and her African roots in a Paris fashion magazine. *smh* It also has come out that Beyonce was paid by the Gadhafi family for private performances. I believe that these incidents are indications of a lack understanding/ knowledge of our history.
As the adage says, if you don’t know your history, you are doomed to repeat it. This is why we still see blackface images in the 21st century. The Boo, who is African, felt that the image perpetuates the stereotype that all Africans are dark skinned. She could have well-represented her African roots in her own skin color. I believe the best thing she could do to honor Fela Kuti and her African heritage is to learn about the topics. Pick up a book or even watch a documentary. Or at least have an assistant do the research and give you a debrief. SHEESH! Is it art? Is it offensive? Depending on who you ask, it is one or the other. I just feel this could have been a great opportunity to bridge and represent the African diaspora in a more powerful and positive way to the world. Beyonce should have declined the black face.
Now I was taken aback about her performance for Gadhafi’s son. It is well documented that Gadhafi and his family flaunt their wealth while ruling Libya under a dictatorship. Now, I will give Beyonce some credit. Maybe she performed when Libya’s good standing was restored under President Bush, and then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became the first Secretary of State to visited Libya since 1953. And there are others who have applauded Gadhafi as a African leader who promotes pan-Africanism. So as you see, this isn’t a black or white situation, which is why I believe Beyonce was just ill-advised.