Freedom Friday: The Labor Day Edition

My People, My People, My People!

How is everyone doing out there?  I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for this long weekend.   🙂

This Labor Day weekend has more meaning to me this year.  I am so grateful to be counted as one of the employed.  Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest numbers revealing unemployment is still on the rise, and that  550,000 jobless people joined or re-joined the search for employment in August.

With those stats, if you are employed, consider celebrating Labor Day by:

1. First, giving thanks.  Light a candle, say a prayer, meditate, etc.  Somehow show your gratitude.

2. Being a resource.  For those who are unemployed or looking for a better job, edit their resume to give them a better chance a getting an interview.  Email  job leads to friends and family.  Be a professional reference to a qualified colleague or friend.

3. Volunteering at a youth program.  This is great opportunity to sign-up to tutor and/or mentor a young person after work.  So many youth unfortunately do not have a work ethic. There are few role models to talk to them about taking pride in work and learning a new skill or craft.  Folks are either looking for a way to “get over” or get out of doing work all together.    When you talk to a young person, tell them about the benefits of work (internal and external) such as providing for your family,  maintaining a lifestyle, sharpening your mind, gaining confidence, overcoming unexpected challenges, etc.

4. Learning a new skill.  Too often, we become complacent in our positions.  Challenge yourself to learn  some new software or to become the resident expert on a subject.  It will increase your value at the job and spark creative ideas on how to make improvements within the office.

5. Managing you money better.  Each year, I review my finances to determine where  to “cut the fat”.  I don’t believe in stressing to pay bills.  So after I prioritize and determine my financial goals for the year (i.e. saving $1,500 for the year or purchasing a new car), I revise my budget.  Besides, you never know when something unexpected comes up and you will be glad to have your stash.

6. Pursuing your passion!  To me, this is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  If you are working in a unfullfilling job, begin to take steps to pursue your passion.  The passion can be a hobby or, even better, lead to a career change.  Whatever it is, begin to take small steps towards doing what you love.  I believe that if you begin to walk in your purpose, the doors will open and things will fall into place.  However, you have to want it bad enough to work for it.

7. Finally, you can also celebrate Labor Day by checking out these events! 🙂

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The @ttic, DC’s premiere poetry event held every 1st Friday, is the perfect club alternative event to mix and mingle, network, and enjoy an interactive environment that incorporates monthly themes and charitable giving. Hosted by Komplex, while DJ Huck Fin spins the best of old school Hip Hop and R&B.

Friday, September 3

Busboys & Poets

1025 5th Street NW

9PM

Tickets are $15 ($10 in advance)

*ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE*

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Hosted by Ne’a Posey, “LIVE!” is an open mic for all performers, not just poets! Whether you’re a musician, comedian, dancer, actor/actress, magician, or any other type of performer – we want to see what you’ve got! Come showcase your talent.

Friday, September 3

Busboys & Poets

2021 14th St NW

11PM

$5 Cover

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I just want to let everyone know I am so GEEKED to see “The Wiz”, one of my favorite movies, for the first time, on a movie screen!  This summer, the Atlas Performing Arts Center has been screening a 70s Film Series.  It concludes the series with “The Wiz”.

Saturday, September 4

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE

5PM

$1

Click here to purchase tickets

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If you don’t know, you better find out.  Come out to party to some Afro, Latin, Brazil, etc.  Stylus, Meistro and Deep Sang will be on deck with special guest, Lil Dave from Philly’s IllVibe Collective.

Saturday, September 4

Dahlak

1771 U St. NW

Free before 11Pm, $5 after

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Akua Allrich will trace her voice and styling from such singers as Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn at an intimate music showcase and interview series called “Breakfast Klub presents Afternoon Acoustics at Liv Night Club”.  Allrich new debut album Peace of Mine is a storytelling journey through sounds of reggae, jazz and Rhythm & Blues. Opening for Allrich is Brian Christopher.

Sunday, September 5

LIV

11th & U St. NW

4PM-6PM

Free

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All the hits by the Prince camp vs the hits of The Neptunes camp.  Prince, Shelia E., The Time, Vanity, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Justin
Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Kelis & More.  DJ Dredd is on the wheels of steels.

Sunday, September 5

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW

9PM

Tickets- $15 ($13 in advance)

Get tickets here.

 

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For all you house heads, go check out the annual Collective Minds 2010 Festival.  There will be food, vendors and children’s activities.

Sunday, September 5

Druid Hill Park

Noon to 7PM

Free

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That’s it.  Have fun and be safe out there. 🙂

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