Freedom Friday: The King Edition

Hello Everyone,

TGIF!  I am so ready for the weekend.  I intend to blow off some steam, so ya’ll know I am heading straight to the dance floor! 🙂  Anyhoo…

We all know that this coming Monday is MLK Day and most of us will be off of work.   So I was talking to my sister about her plans, and she told me she was attending a MLK program.  Now, to most people, this would be an acceptable answer.  However, I am not like most folks. 🙂 I said why are you going to sit in someone’s pew to tell you something you already know?!  I learned faith without works is dead.  The best way you can honor and commemorate MLK is through your service.  So for all of you who want to attend a program or a teach-in, make sure there is a community service component.  How many times do we have to hear MLK speeches before we become inspired to do something positive in our community? And this is a big problem in the black community. You can see the work we need to on any MLK street, avenue or boulevard which was recently documented in the “MLK Streets Project”.   A friend of mine and volunteer extraordinaire (Thanks Broderick!) forwarded a great article about “Where are Black Humanitarians?” 

If you need a place to volunteer on MLK Day, check out this list.

Finally, if ya’ll didn’t hear president Obama speak at the memorial service in Tuscon, you missed a heartfelt and inspirational speech.  I even shed a couple of tears.  Regardless of what the pundits say, I still support President Obama.

In the meantime, enjoy this flash back…oh! and check out some events too!  Peace and love everyone! 🙂

This weekend, Eatonville is doing all things Zora.  Zora’s birthday was January 7th, so Eatonville is celebrating all month!

Friday, January 14 – Happy Hour 6-8PM

Saturday, January 15 – Zora’s Craft Hour 12-1PM and Zora’s Movie Time 1-5PM

Sunday, January 23 – Zora in the City w/ guest speaker Lucy Ann Hurston, Zora’s niece 6:30PM

Eatonville

14th & V Sts. NW

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Cheeky Sasso Entertainment Presents: Pretty Girl Rock Celebrating 103 years of Pink & Green.  There will also be a special Live Performance by Dwele.

Friday, January 14

The Park

920 14th St NW

Performance at 7PM

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Join one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Cornel West, for a wide-ranging conversation with broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley, on African-American history and culture. This event is presented as a preview to the exhibition America I AM: The African-American Imprint, which opens February 2 at National Geographic Museum.

Friday, January 14

National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St NW

7:30PM

20 bucks

Get tickets here.

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The Anacostia Museum is hosting the 26th Annual MLK Program.  Political analyst for Fox Television, Juan Williams will be the keynote speaker.  Williams’ remarks addressing the topic “King Alive: His Dream Lives on Today” will be followed by dialogue with Essence magazine’s Washington correspondent Cynthia Gordy.  The event includes a performance by Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a pan-African performance group based in Washington. Two of Williams’ books will be available for sale and signing.

Friday, January 14

National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

7PM

Free but seating is limited.

RSVP at acmrsvp@si.edu or call (202) 633-4875

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Ya’ll I got my dancing shoes ready for this! Masterminded by DJ Jahsonic, this party will channel all the music and good times you remember from the glory days of Late 75′-mid 85′. Champagne Soul and Jheri Curl Funk is the vibe.  Also adding to the mix are DC favourites Rhome “DJ Stylus” Anderson and Adrian Loving.

Saturday, January 15

Liv

11th & U Sts. NW

9PM -3AM

Free

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If you love the music of Prince you must attend this party! It’s the 10-year anniversary of Dredd’s Prince dance parties in Washington, DC, and this one will feature a marathon DJ set by Dredd featuring all the hits, b–sides and rarities of Prince and related artists all night. Hosted by Grap Luva.

Sunday, January 16

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW

9PM-3AM

$10 advance/$12 day of show

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Come celebrate the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr with Afrika Bambaataa on the dance floor as we FUNK 4 THE DREAM!!

Sunday, January 16

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW

9PM-1AM

10 bucks

Get tickts here.

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It’s going down this Sunday for MLK Day weekend. Come out every Sunday for the best in classic R&B dance, soul, house, funk, early hip hop, you name it.  Other “DAYLIGHT” highlights include drink specials between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a free daylight buffet catered by Nichelle Johnson.

Sunday, January 16

Liv

11th & U St NW

7PM – 2AM

10 bucks

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The Washington Informer Newspaper, along with over 25 community based organizations will host the 5th Annual MLK PEACE WALK to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event ends with a community service project at 12pm at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ at 3845 South Capitol Street SW.  This event is also a kick-off to the MLK Parade of 2012.

Monday, January 17

MLK Day Peace Walk

2500  Martin Luther King Ave SE

9:30AM

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Subculture presents Eric Roberson with Black Alley and Levi Stephenson.  “Sunday Best” winner Y’Anna Crawley will be the special guest host. 

Monday, January 17

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St NW

8PM-1AM

20 bucks

Get tickets here.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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