Freedom Friday: The Get Over It Edition

President Obama's Birth Certificate-- Are you happy now? Probably Not.

Hello Good Folks,

TGIF! 

Now this is going to be my kind of weekend.  Great weather and full of things to do.  However, before I get into all the wonderful happenings, I wanted to speak my peace about these “birthers”.  I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but there has been some poignant commentary about the treatment of President Obama.  If you haven’t viewed it, please watch the commentary from The Grio’s Contributor Goldie Taylor about the history of African-American “showing their papers”.  

Lastly, I read a great quote from WaPo’s Eugene Robinson that sums it up for me: 

“Look, I’m not surprised that the first black president faces unprecedented scrutiny about his origins, and I hope Obama’s not surprised, either. This sort of thing comes with being a historic “first,” and there’s no way around it. To those deniers who can’t come to terms with the fact of the Obama presidency, I have nothing to offer but this: Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it.”

Get over it. 

What else is there to say?  You will have your say in the voting booth next year.  However, until then, let’s work on keeping the government running, stabilizing the economy and other more important issues instead of wasting our time and distracting people.  In the meantime, stop watching Trump’s “The Apprentice” and patronizing his businesses. He needs to know that we do not believe in people who stir up chaos and confusion.

Okay!  Now with that out of the way….

Just in time for the beautiful weather, today is Arbor Day.  Remember that holiday?  Each year, I celebrated Arbor in elementary school by planting a tree.  Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April.  In honor of Arbor Day and the opening of their new headquarters, Casey Trees is hosting an open house with  family friendly activities, demonstrations, building tours and neighborhood tree walks. 

With the warm weather, you might be inclined to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on Saturday(4/30) and Sunday (5/1), or Race for Hope 5K on Sunday (5/1) to promote their mission to fight brain tumors.

Here are some other fabulous events, so get out the house and have some fun! 🙂

Peace and Blessings.

The Park Unplugged has been bringing in some good acts every Friday.  Jon B. is the feature tonight (4/29).

Friday, April 29

The Park

920 14th St NW

RSVP here by 3PM

Show starts at 7PM

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Vol. 1 of the Spring Soul Session features Choklate, a Seattle, WA based songstress, who writes her own music, has already taken the breath away from many listeners around the world. Choklate infuses her sultry alto voice with hard, progressive beats and very real lyrics—sparking many different kinds of emotions.  The event will also feature Eva Kennedy and Snuhgie Stocks.

Friday, April 30

Twelve Restaurant and Lounge

1123 H Street NE

Show starts at 8PM

20 bucks in advance (30 bucks at the door)

For tickets, click here .

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V-Day Fashion Empowering Women 2011 Presents a Benefit Production of “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”  with….. 2011 Grammy Award Nominee Carolyn Malachi, Ana Lopez van Balen-Executive Director of Community Bridges, April Watts, Producer/Host WHW Rocks, Christine Brooks-Cropper, President of GWFCC, Crystal Bass-Author, Delegate Joseline Pena Melnyk-Maryland House of Delegates District 21 (D), Denise J. Hart-Founder/Executive Director of …The Performing Arts Training Studio, Desiree Samira-CEO Desiree Samira Entertainment Inc, Edwina Lebbie-HALO Trust, Jamila Garrett-Literacy Cultivator/Author, Kamilla Collier Mullin-Ms. Black America DC, Kristina Glaude Smith-Life Coach/Marriage Master, LaTalya Palmer Lewis-Life Coach/Empowerment Trainer, Lindsey Mask-Founder of Ladies DC, Markette Smith-Host of DC on Heels, CW50 and Guest Emcee Jeannie Jones, Radio Personality 93.9 WKYS
 
April 29 and 30
 
Montgomery College Performing Arts Center
 
7995 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD

7-11PM

For tickets, click here.

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For the best in art, African artifacts, clothing, jewelry, ethnic home decor and more!

April 29 and May 1

Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

2806 Bruce Pl. SE

11AM-7PM

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Hip Hop Cinema Cafe presents Broken Records, a documentary on the rise of Arab Hip-Hop, directed and produced by Rana Khaled, Shannon Farhoud and Ashlene Ramadan. The documentary is about Arab Artists and their cultivation of western art into modern Arab culture. It’s about hip-hop and western culture influencing and creating a new Arab culture. After the film there will be a panel discussion around the film with DC’s Hip Hop Community and the Directors of the film.

 Saturday, April 30

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

801 K Street, NW ( Mount Vernon Square)
 
2PM-5PM
 
Free
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Axel F #4: The People’s Party… The Illest In Jheri Curl Funk and Champagne Soul 1977-1987
 Saturday, April 30
 
LIV
 
2001 11th St NW
 
10PM-3AM
 
Free before Midnight, 5 bucks after
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Urbane DC Presents “Art, Fashion & Party Life” on Saturday. Welcome in the  Spring & Summer fashion trendsetters, socialites, and party people. All guest will come in high fashion and fashion forward in their best Spring/Summer collection. DC’s favorite party DJ, DJ Quicksilva, will kick-off the night. Jay-Z’s DJ ‘Young Guru’ will brings us home.

Saturday, April 30

Cafe Asia

1720 I Street NW

10PM-3AM

RSVP here.

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This family and dog-friendly monthly event will bring together, culture, music , food and art in one place under the sun. 
 
Sunday, May 1
 
The Yards
 
10 Water St SE
 
11AM-6PM
 
Free
 
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 On Sunday join the all new First Sundays.  Enjoy LIVE Gospel and a delightful buffet. Hosted by Dion “Baby Bishop” Davis! Performing LIVE! Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas & Elements of Praise, The First Sundays House Band, Chris Holmes, James Daniels, and CandT Connection.

Sunday, May 1

 Half Note Lounge & Restaurant

4881 Glendale Rd. Bowie, MD

4-7PM

Cover: 10 bucks

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