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Freedom Friday: The Inauguration Edition aka National Day of Service


Hello Good People!

Happy New Year to each of you. ThatKellieGirl apologizes for being MIA, but I’ve been in #weddingworld! :-) Ever since January 1st, I have been in overdrive planning for my upcoming nuptials. I’ve had some challenges with vendors, deleting names off the guest list, and thinking about how much we are going to spend! But deep inside, I feel like everything is falling into place, and that it will be a life-changing event. And to see family and close friends step up to show their love and support has meant so much to me. Words can’t express the love and endearment I have for each of these folks. I am totally excited about this next phase in my life. :-)

So if you were like me, I was very disappointed about the Inauguration ticket snafu. I was ready to purchase my tickets on the designated release date. So I was dismayed that the tickets were released a day before. Even with an early release, I would purchased tickets if I wouldn’t have been on an airplane returning from Ohio!!! Then when I received an invitation to purchase parade tickets, originally sold for $25 now $250, that just added insult to injury. *smh* Even though ThatKellieGirl might not be at an official Inaugural Ball, there are still some great and affordable events in order to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. So check out these events below.

And for those who want to dress-up, star gaze or ball out, check out these lists of Inaugural Balls here and here and here.

And remember, in honor of MLK Day, sign-up for the National Day of Service. There are service events all weekend.

Peace, Love & Blessings, ThatKellieGirl :-)

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MidWeek Mixx

Celebration of the Re-election of President Obama on U St

Hello Everyone,

ThatKellieGirl was in the streets celebrating the re-election of President Obama! People poured out onto U Street and throughout the Distirct to rejoice over his win.  It was truly an inspiring (and at times entertaining) sight.

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Act Fast! Tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll

2010 Souvenir White House Easter Eggs


The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition which dates back to 1878. The event has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House Lawn to a national event filled with live entertainment, sports, interactive cooking demonstrations and of course the traditional rolling of Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll will promote healthy and active living and is designed for children 12 years of age and under in conjunction with First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25. 

Originally young children in Washington, D.C. would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn. Today, the Easter Egg Roll is the largest public event held at the White House.

As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free of charge.  The lottery will open for entries on Thursday, March 10th at 12:01 a.m. EST, and will close on Sunday, March 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Tickets are free of charge and are non transferable.

Click here to enter the lottery!

For a souvenir White House Easter Egg, click here.

Let’s Get Real

Former CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather was  speaking  about President’s Obama’s failed attempts to garner support and leadership for healthcare legislation, and how Republicans will use it against President Obama.  Rather said that the Republicans would describe President Obama as “a nice person … very articulate” but an ineffective leader who “couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”

Did I hear him correctly?

This is just on the heels of the CEO of Tennessee Hospitality Association emailing to the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several members of the press pictures of  First Lady Michelle Obama, and comparing her to Tarzan’s chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta.  *smh*

Let’s get real.

The fight for justice and equality did not end when President Obama was elected.  Believe it or not, I am glad these incidents are happening, and I hope these people continue to behave in this manner.  Why do I say this?  Because they are exposing who they truly are and how they think about the world.  For years, Dan Rather sat in the head post of CBS News providing us with the news, and shaping millions of people’s thoughts and views about the world.  I now wonder how many times did we accept his biased views for “news”.  And we have the CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association and the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau that wields influence over businesses, contracts and how the people of that state are marketed to the rest of the world.  How many African-American businesses and tourist attractions in Tennessee are represented and have benefitted by working with these organizations? 

We have fallen asleep. Yes, we are able to buy big homes, cars, take vacations and live a successful lifestyle.  However, this false sense of security has lulled us into complacency.  The election of President Obama has awakened many racial fears, so it is time for those who believe in justice and equality to awaken also.  

So what are we going to do about it?  Do we react like Chris Matthews and brush over it?  (I am pretty sure he was taken off guard, but he usually steps in to chastise his guests.  Why not now?)  Or do we begin to hold these people accountable?  Write letters to Chris Matthews so that Dan Rather isn’t invited onto another major news network due to his racial undertones and insensitivity.  However, let’s take it further, let’s organize and mobilize to assist the underrepresented in Tennessee.  This incident is probably indicative of the racial relations and issues occurring in Tennessee.  What is the unemployment rate of African-Americans in Tennessee?  What is the high school drop-out rate?  How is economic development within the black community in Tennessee? 

It is time to expose people and situations for who and what they really are.


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