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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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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 Merry Christmas Edition

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Merry Christmas Beautiful People! :-)

I know some people were waiting to see if the world was going to end, but it didn’t so ThatKellieGirl is very happy to get back to the holidays.

This weekend is the last opportunity to do your last-minute shopping. I will be picking up a small few items for the little kids, but that’s it. I don’t do well with the mayhem of Christmas shopping.  I usually stay far, far way from it. So I will be making an early morning run to avoid any foolishness. Other than that, this weekend is shaping up very nicely.  There are some great events to check out .

You can start with Amel Larrieux at that Howard Theater and Syleena Johnson at Blue’s Alley today (12/21).   And StepAfrika! closes out this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater.

Catch some other events below!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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MidWeek Mixx

Hello Good Folks!

I hope you are beating this 100 degrees weather.

To help you cool out, check out the MidWeek Mixx, “Summer in the City” from DJ Stylus.  He is on that slow jam tip. :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Soul Conversations Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is looking forward to this weekend.  And I am so excited to start it out on the radio!  YUP!  That’s right, ThatKellieGirl will be “talking about it” on WPFW’s Soul Conversations.  I will be letting you know about new music and musical happenings in the DMV.

And if you aren’t hip to WPFW’s Soul Conversations with Kimberly Washington and DJ YZO, you’ve been missing out!  I feel so honored to be in their company.  So check us out TONIGHT on 89.3 FM WPFW, 11PM-1AM (EST) on Friday Nights Soul Conversations Radio Show.  If you are out of the DMV area, you can stream the show on-line.

And now you can check out the happenings below!  :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Earth Day Edition

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday.

This weekend is shaping up rather nicely.  There will be beautiful weather and lots of fun things to do.  In the spirit of Earth Day, ThatKellieGirl will be volunteering at the White House Garden Tours.  I love flowers and the White House Kitchen Garden is a great model on how to and what to grow in your home garden.  Afterwards, I am attending a tea with my God Daughter and her Mother.  As you know, I always am excited to don a hat and a pair of gloves! :-)

There also are several festivals either kicking off or closing out this weekend.  Whatever you do don’t miss them.

Starting us off is The Water Street Project which is an 11 day-long  temporary arts exhibition in a vacant building underneath Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown.  The project’s grand opening is tonight at 8PM.

The U.S. National Parks Service celebrates National Park Week with activities and promoting people to visit their local national park.

Activist Van Jones will discuss and sign his new book, Rebuild the Dream at Busboys and Poets (14th & V Sts NW) at 6:30PM.

The Earth Day Rally will take place on the National Mall as well as a “Float In” with Ralph Nader marking the 40th anniversary of The Clean Water Act and to say no to dirty, polluted water.  Here is a list of Earth Day activities and events in the area.

And Filmfest DC is closing out this weekend, so try to find time to see some provocative, exciting, and often brave stories from varying perspectives and showcasing important voices.

Whatever you do, stay safe, have fun and keep the faith. :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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MidWeek Mixx

Members of the Soulquarians include the following members: Questlove (Philadelphia), Bilal (Philadelphia), Common (Chicago, Erykah Badu (Dallas), D'Angelo (Richmond), James Poyser (Philadelphia), Mos Def (New York City), Q-Tip (New York City), Talib Kweli (New York City), Pino Palladino (Cardiff), Dead Prez (New York City, Tallahassee) and, J Dilla (Detroit)

Hey Folks!

Words, Beats and Life is celebrating their 10 year anniversary of putting in WORK!  Founded in 2002, WBL transforms individuals and whole communities by using the core elements of hip-hop culture– emceeing, djing, b-boying and graffiti writing.  To celebrate, WBL is hosting Philanthrobeat: The Soulquarians Edition, tomorrow (1/12) at Liv.  The event will feature The Diamond Cutter DJs (DJs RBI & 2-Tone Jones) & the Soul Controllers (DJs Book, Jahsonic, & Bush Head Ed).  A $10 donations is all you need. Your donation will allow WBL to continue to apply our creative approaches to working with youth in addition to preserving and presenting the arts.  ThatKellieGirl has worked with WBL, so they are a great organization helping out the community. 

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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

 
Happy Friday Everyone!  I pray your day will be great today and an even better weekend. :-)
 
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 
 
 
The National Gallery of Art ice-skating rink in the Sculpture Garden opens this weekend and remains open through mid-March, weather permitting. The ice rink, a popular recreational destination in Washington, attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each season.
 
Saturday, November 19
 
Sculpture Garden
 
7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
 
Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
7 bucks
 
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