Freedom Friday: The Shutdown Edition

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Hello Folks,

All I can say is that it is hectic right now with this government shutdown.   You can cut the  tension with a knife.  Everyone is holding their breathe….

To be quite candid with you, I am really angry about this situation.  Due to ideological differences and political posturing, Americans will now have to muddle through this situation.  And it only breads more contempt for the government, political parties and the political process.  The effect is bigger than not getting a pay check.  

However, instead of getting upset and worrying about the situation, we must to take a “victor”  rather than “victim” attitude.  If anything, this situation makes it more real to me that we have to have faith in ourselves and begin to strengthen our families and communities.  Our livelihoods are too dependent upon other people who do not know us and have little in common with us.  We must begin to build strong, community networks so that in times of famine, we are able to sustain ourselves.  In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, we first have to have faith that everything is going to be alright.  Second, courage to believe that we have everything within ourselves to provide for ourselves and our communities.  And lastly, more than ever, we must show our humanity towards each other.  

One last thing, turn off the radio and the TV!  Hearing too much of this mess only heightens our fears and anxiety.  Instead, get out and enjoy the weekend.

This year, Filmfest DC celebrates its 25th anniversary.  There is an extraordinary array of films from Scandinavia to South Korea and from Italy to Iran. They all tell stories that perplex us with life’s riddles, dazzle us with color and song, and inspire us with quiet dignity, grace and beauty.

April 8- 17

Throughout the District

Click here for the schedule and tickets.


Come out to shop a great selection of art, African artifacts, unique clothing, jewelry and accessories, decor, books and black memorabilia from here and around the world.  Hosted by BZB International.  

April 8-10

Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

2806 Bruce Place SE



Experience an intimate performance at the city’s incomparable, soul-infused event, The Park Unplugged. This week Bronx native, singer and songwriter, Rahsaan Patterson joins the Unplugged roster and brings to the stage his unique sense of melody and lyrical artistry. Considered apart of the “neo-soul elite,” Patterson’s writing skills likened to that of Stevie Wonder’s and his voice often compared to Chaka Khan, will blow you away!

Friday, April 8

The Park

920 14th St




Come view and take home commissioned pieces by J’Nell Jordan tailored to the Raising Expectations motto, “RE-Educate, RE-Unify, and RE-Connect through the Arts!”   Proceeds from the art sales will help match a 2011 Hip-Hop Community Arts grant project awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the National Endowment of the Arts. Bring your CHECKBOOKS!

Friday, April 8

The Library Lounge

3514 12th St, NE


FREE EVENT!! Suggested donation: $10+

Light refreshments will be served.


Friday and Saturday, Smirnoff’s 2010 Master of the Mix winner, DJ Scratch, will be in DC.  On Friday, DJ Scratch will be at Layla Lounge hanging out before the main event on Saturday at . Come out and meet the winner of the first-ever DJ reality series, sponsored by Smirnoff. Limited edition posters signed by Scratch will be given away along w/complimentary Smirnoff. Hosted by Lil SoSo Productions.

Friday, April 8                                                                 Saturday, April 8

Layla Lounge                                                                    The Warehouse

501 Morse St NE                                                              411 New York Avenue NE

10PM-2AM                                                                         10PM-2AM

Free                                                                                        Free


Attend one of Washington’s most exciting springtime traditions − the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday.  Lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers burst down the historic avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Saturday, April 9

The Parade will run along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 14th Streets NW

The Parade is simulcast live, in its entirety, on WJLA−ABC7 and TBD TV.


Rain or Shine


Following the Cherry Blossom Parade is the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.  It is the biggest Japanese street party in the nation. The festival stretches six blocks and includes Japanese performances on five stages, 20 Japanese and Asian restaurants, 30 interactive cultural exhibits and 35 vendors selling Japanese products.

Saturday, April 9

12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, stretching east to west on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 9th to 14th Streets


5 bucks for entry


Washington Sound Museum is a monthly musical showcase that introduces audiences to diverse genres of music and the idea of mixing them together in collaboration. The event features Grammy nominated progressive hip-hop artist, CHRISTYLEZ BACON, with his hip-hop orchestra, as well as an opening act THE SWEATER SET. Throughout the evening, both acts collaborate, mixing musical traditions.

Saturday, April 9


3222 11th St NW


Suggested Donation: $15


Every Saturday night we host the city’s most ambitious house/dance djs. Don’t forget about the live artistic stylings of Mason Jones our in-house Graff Artist Royale.  Present by One Love Massive.

Saturday, April 9

Mie N Yu

3125 M St NW




This year’s celebration of DC Emancipation Day marks the 149th year that enslaved people of the nation’s capital became the “first freed.”  Featured poets, writers and speakers will share the works of Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and others about the struggle for freedom, justice, equality and liberty in America.  Learn how spoken word from those who have struggled lifted their heads, told their stories, and gave them courage and strength to persevere in a hostile land against insurmountable odds.

Busboys & Poets

5th & K St NW




Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.

Sunday, April 10

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW


Get tickets here.


All I can say is come dressed to sweat!

Sunday, April 10

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U St NW



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