Freedom Friday: The Cherry Blossom Edition

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Hello Good People!


I hope the dip in temperatures doesn’t keep you in the house.  It is action-packed this weekend. 

My weekend kicks off as soon as I leave the J-O-B!  My Honey surprised me with tickets to see Naturally 7 this evening at the Strathmore.  I was impressed and enjoyed their BET Honor’s performance in honor of Herbie Hancock.  These brothers are bad!  So I am quite excited to see their live performance.

Tomorrow, The National Cherry Blossoms Festival officially kicks off (March 26-April 10).  Each year, the festival celebrates spring in the District, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.  And Japan needs our friendship, support and prayers more than ever with the recent disaster. Check out the festival over the next 2 weeks.

And for all you runners out there, The National Marathon takes place on Saturday. There are still a limited number of bibs available for the marathon and half marathon. So get there before the 7AM start.

I also would like to send out a “Happy Black Marriage Day” to my parents this Sunday.  My parents truly provided a marriage model for me.  Not that they are perfect, but they taught and showed faith in God and each other, unconditional love, respect and hope.  So it is befitting that a day of love coincides with the cherry blossoms which represents good fortune and an emblem of love and affection.

So go out and show some love!  🙂 And check out these ThatKellieGirl approved events.

Peace and Blessings.


Experience an intimate performance at the city’s incomparable, soul-infused event, The Park Unplugged. This month Philly-bred soul and R&B vocalist, Jaguar Wright, joins the cadre of artists to perform live at D.C.’s lauded Unplugged series. Wright, who is currently working on her third album, is a member of the Okayplayer collective and has performed with The Roots, Jay-Z and Blackalicious.

Friday, March 25

The Park

940 14th St NW

Show starts at 7pm (3rd Floor)

RSVP  here (list closes at 3pm Fri March 25th)


For one-night-only – The Laurel Fund for the performing arts presents the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, headed by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson. This is their first appearance in  the Nation’s Capital since June 2004.

Friday, March 25

Lincoln Theater

1215 U St NW


Get tickets here.


The Red Tent Symposium for Women is a day and a half exchange centered on the needs of women.  Based on the novel The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, the red tent symbolizes a sacred and safe space where women can exchange ideas and insights. This short, information-packed symposium will feature panels that are designed to deal with the pressing and sometimes unpleasant issues faced by many women of the modern age. For the spring session, the theme is “Problem Solving Outside of the Framework”.  The presentations will tackle the “framework”; that is, the societal traditions which seek to restrict expressions of our womanhood. Hosted by Lil So So Productions.

March 25 & 26

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

4th Floor Hearing Room


Register here.


Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of South Africa in a special Family Day at the African Art Museum.  Throughout the day, Lesole Dance Project performs a variety of South African dances, including the gumboots, which originated in the gold mines of South Africa; the fast paced and colorful pantsula; and the indlamu, known as “the warrior dance.” Create a design, inspired by the colorful wall paintings found among the homesteads and houses of the South African Ndebele people. Enjoy storyteller and performance artist Lucretia Anderson as she weaves old and new tales from South Africa.

Saturday, March 26

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Avenue, SW




Join women from all across the country and RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey for this dynamic and powerful one day women’s conference.  This amazing day will provide real solutions to the challenges women are facing – in their finances, career, relationships, and life balance.   Fitness Guru,  Jillian Michaels and  Comedian/ Actress Niecy Nash are featured the speakers.  Local artist, Dionne will be opening the conference with a performance.  

Saturday, March 26

Renaissance Washington Hotel

999 Ninth St NW


When you register, you will receive a FREE General Registration For a Friend!

Register here.


Join the discussion about the link between hip hop and incarceration.  Sponsored by The Kwame Ture Society for Africana studies, a student organization on the campus of Howard University that seeks to create, develop, and enhance the Africana studies discipline as well as build institutions that convene Black space and facilitate African intellectual thought.

Saturday, March 26

Howard University

Founders Library

600 West St NW



RSVP here.


SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber, the brainchild of Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones, is a specialty mixtape project that has 2-Tone artfully blending the acapellas of rappers from the Wu-Tang Clan with hand-picked jazz instrumentals.

Saturday, March 24

Palace 5ive

2216 14th St NW



RSVP here.


Join DJ Stylus, DJ Jahsonic and DJ Adrian Loving for another sweaty, grooving night of synthed out Reagan era dance classics. Check out this FUNKY mix by DJ Jahsonic for SoulBounce.

Saturday, March 26


2001 11th St NW




Rex Riddem, a Washington DC based DJ, producer, and percussionist known for his ability to traverse local and time through his eclectic tastes in music, will be headlining at ESL this Saturday.  Cone check it out.

Saturday, March 26


1212 18th St NW



With unprecedented access, “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry” tells the continuing saga of this despised, beloved and resilient politician. It’s the potent story of race, power, sex and drugs; the tale of a complex and contradictory man who is the star of one of the most fascinating and bizarre chapters of American politics.  Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community is a Busboys and Poets film series devoted to screening important films by local, national, and international filmmakers. Each segment offers a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, and community value. Sunday, March 27

Busboys and Poets

1025 5th St NW




Once again, DJ Underdog & i:Wah the BeatPriest takeover sound-system at PattyBoomBoom for another adventure into the Universe of AfroFuturisticGlobalSoultronicJungleBoogielicious Dance Music. We got the HOTTEST AFRO-House & AFRO-Tronic Dance Experience in the DMV. Trust! Come Get it in!

Sunday, March 27

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U St NW




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