Freedom Friday: The No Pictures Please Edition

Best picture I could get with my BB due to U Street Music Hall's "no photos" policy

Hey Good People!


ThatKellieGirl has been hitting the streets hard this week–from concerts to receptions to book signings.  Friday is becoming my day of rest for the week! 🙂

And just for the record, U Street Music Hall has been killing me with their  “no photography” policy.  I was trying to get some pics of the Crossrhodes Reunion Show. This was the second time I went to an event there, and the bodyguard was on anyone with a camera  HARD about taking pictures.  At times,  I felt he was down right rude, but I guess it was a frustrating job.  And he wasn’t paid to be nice.  It was sort of funny though.  We saw the bodyguard lurking and peeping us from the corners, then from the stage, then BAM! he was in our faces.  It’s crazy!  For the record, you can take pics with your cell, but unless you are the official event photog, you gets no camera love.  I sneaked a few shots, but nothing worthy.  If I am able to find some pics, I will share them with you. 🙂

Overall though, the show was great.  Incwell opened up the show.  I love this guy’s voice and he has some good lyrics.  And, his band was the truth…dj, horn section, congas, a fierce sista on the drums and good background singers.  They got a good synergy.  And the main event didn’t disappoint…great stage presence and audience interaction.  As much as I enjoyed hearing the old songs, I was more excited to hear that there will be new stuff on their upcoming “Don’t Bring Sand to the Beach”.  A shout out to the Urban Ave 31 fan group.  They represented hard!!!!

Here are some events for the weekend.

Sending love and blessings to everyone! 🙂

The Park Unplugged features Leela James tonight.

Friday, May 20

The Park

920 14th St NW

Doors open at 5PM



Capital Canvases for a Cause is a FREE monthly community event to support local artists and community-based organization with wine, hors d’oeuvre and networking. All art sales are split 50/50 between artist and non-profit.  Donations gladly welcomed! Featuring artist Aniekan Udofia and non-profit The Posse Foundation .

Friday, May 20

Long and Foster

721 D Street, SE




Just on the heals of The Common Controversy, there will be a screening of the “Black August: A Hip Hop Benefit Concert” directed by dream hampton, renown Hip Hop writer, activist and founding member of the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement (MXGRM).  The documentary highlighted the work put in by the non-profit organization and the power of Hip Hop as a galvanizing force in bringing awareness of the plight of US political prisoners and garnering support through MXGM’s annual ‘Black August’ concert.

Riveting interviews with exiled, imprisoned and liberated activists, such as Assata Shakur, Nahanda Abiodun, Kathleen Cleaver, Mutulu Shakur, and more former Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army members, share their continued struggle for human rights and their fight against the prison industrial complex. The documentary is a call to bridge the gap between the young and the old to collectively confront the different challenges from the radical past to the present using Hip Hop as a vehicle in creating global social change.

Friday, May 20

Frederick Douglas Museum

1411 W St SE


Accepting Donations


The Victorious Living for Moms book, Letters to a Mother’s Heart – Chapter “But God, Has the Final Say” Book Signing and Reading.   Authors Darnice Wright and Kenice Griffin of WrightVision Foundation.   ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BOOKS SALES SUPPORT A “BEAUTIFICATION SUMMER CAMP” FOR GIRLS

Friday, May 20

Caribou Coffee

1101 17th Street, NW (Corner of 17 & L Street )




Home Is Where The Heart Is” is an original story and contemporary Gospel stage play about the “Anderson” Family and their strength that comes from the love they share for each other and their home. After years of moving away from each other to pursue their careers and own lives, three siblings, Angela, Ayana and Joseph, Jr. reunite when they return home together.

Friday, May 20

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE


Get tickets here


The May edition of Close 2 the Edge featuring all the best in golden-era Hip Hop. Hosted by Grap Luva, music by DJ Dredd. B-Boys/Girls welcome, break dancers welcome. No Dress Code.
Friday, May 20
Black Cat
1811 14th St NW
7 bucks


Designer Trunk Show
featuring  Jewels & Hats by
 Adrienne Lockett Suzette Hallman 

May 21 and 22

Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

2806 Bruce Place SE




Children nationwide will take part in a grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks through play on Saturday, May 21, as they participate in the National Park Trust’s first annual National Kids to Parks Day. The national kick-off event for Kids to Parks is planned for the National Mall on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Recognizing that young people spend far too much time indoors and far too little time appreciating America’s magnificent national, state and local parks – the National Park Trust is mobilizing kids across the country for a nationwide park play-in.  Already, over 1,600 kids have committed to visit a park on Saturday,by signing up online at the website.

Saturday, May 21

National Parks in the District


The National Asian Heritage Festival -Fiesta Asia is a street fair held in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event showcases Asian art and culture with a wide array of activities including live performances by musicians, vocalists and performance artists, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstration, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities.

Saturday, May 21

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 6th St.

10AM- 7PM



Courtesy of Bong in Virginia Blogspot

There is also the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, an annual event sponsored each May by the Chinese Women’s League of Washington, DC. The two-day festival features competitive dragon boat races on the Potomac River, colorful cultural performances and hands-on activities. Approximately 60 teams from all over the east coast compete in these thrilling races.  The festival takes place near Georgetown between the Thompson Boat Center and the Kennedy Center.

May 21 & 22

Thompson Boat Center

2900 Virginia Avenue, NW




Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

This weekend is the Joint Services Open House and Air Show.  See USAF Thunderbirds pilots demonstrate their flight skills with aerial maneuvers.

May 21-22

Andrews Air Force Base

8AM- 5PM


Shuttles to the Andrews Air Show will run from the Branch Ave Metro Station. Guests also can park at FedExField where shuttle buses will provide transportation to Andrews.  In-bound buses to the event will stop running at 1PM on Sat and Sun.


Washington Sound Museum is a cross-cultural collaborative music experience, a monthly intimate celebration of music and beverage, in partnership with Christylez Bacon & BloomBars. The purpose of the event is to introduce audiences to a variety of musical genres while bringing them together each month through collaboration. This month, we’re featuring Hindustani Classical Violinist, Nistha Raj.  This is going to be a great event.

Saturday, May 21


3222 11th St NW
15 bucks


Community Service 8th Installment: w/ Special Guest DJ: Nyko Skiie. The Music is an uplifting torrent of new “House”, mixed in with a more than generous serving of Soulful House, Afrobeat, Electronic Dance, Coupe Decale, Samba, Zouk, Disco, Fete, JuJu, Fania, Afro Drumming and much more.

Sunday, May 22

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U Street  NW

Be safe out there! 🙂

One comment

  1. On behalf of Incwell’s management and marketing team, I would like to thank you for the positive reviews! What is your email address? I would like to keep you in the loop about the upcoming shows and events. We are also looking to build more relationships with bloggers like yourself. Looking forward to hearing from you!


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