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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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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.

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ThatKellieGirl Talks About…Afrobeat

Good Morning Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is excited to release the next webisode.  This time, ThatKellieGirl is on the scene celebrating Lunchbox Theory’s 3 year anniversary of Afrobeat for your Soul!

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Freedom Friday: The Stay Connected Edition

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

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Say Yeah, Yeah to Fela!

ThatKellieGirl with Sahr Ngaujah who portrays Fela in the musical.

Check out the pictures from the opening night of Fela! at the Sidney Harmon Theater (Shakespeare Theater). 

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Music Monday

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!

Happy Monday. :-)

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    

The Shakespeare Theatre

Sidney Harmon Hall

610 F St NW

Get Tickets Here.

Freedom Friday: The Earth Day Edition

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!

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