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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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Are you a “People Pleaser”?

Are you ready for your morning dose of funk? 

Well, this is what you get from artist, Andy Allo with her newest release, “People Pleaser” off of her forthcoming album, “Superconductor”.

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MidWeek Mixx

Darryl Reeves and Saunders Sermons join forces on “Doves”

ThatKellieGirl wants you to know that what you are about to hear is “FRESH FIRE”.  Well, when a friend put me on that is how she described it to me (thanks Makeda!).  And it is true. 

Darryl Reeves and Saunders Sermons set out to do the unthinkable.  They covered Prince’s iconic “When Doves Cry“.  And their cover, entitled “Doves”,  totally delivers.  Reeves and Sermons reimagined and rearranged the song into a very funky and fresh sound.    

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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: Columbus Day Edition

Hello Beautiful People!

TGIF.

I am so ready for the long Columbus Day weekend.   And we are supposed to get some good weather.  I will take it!  Check out some awesome events, and I will see you on the other side.  Peace, ThatKellieGirl!

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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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© Capital Concerts

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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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.

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