Freedom Friday: The Oprah Farewell Editon aka Memorial Day Weekend Edition

 

Image via Reuters/HARPO

Hey Folks!

TGIF!

I know everyone and their Mama has been talking about Oprah’s departure from network TV.  I will admit, I am not a die-hard Oprah fan like many others.  However, I have always had massive respect for her. As her show was coming to an end, it has made me even more appreciative of the opportunity to attend her show this last season.  And as I walked through the doors of Harpo to this present day, I can’t help but marvel at her journey from a poor Mississippi girl to a media mogul.   However, what I have loved the most is Oprah’s desire to offer “soul” food to her viewers.  In a society that promotes a “me” philosophy, Oprah could have produced meaningless, yet entertaining shows that tv viewers seem to really love.  However, she decided to produce shows to help people WAKE UP to live their life to the fullest.   Oprah not only talked about, but showed us, how to pay it forward.  And I always respected Oprah for being successful, but not at someone else’s expense.  Oprah’s passion to serve others has touched millions.  She proves that one person can make a difference.  You might not reach millions, but you can reach those around you.  The biggest lessons I learned from Oprah: be present;  be responsible for your actions, love and serve others, and find your purpose, or as the old folks say, your calling. 🙂

We all know that it’s Memorial Day Weekend.  Let’s remember to honor the women and men who have died serving our country.

Peace and Blessings!

The 7th Annual Movement and Wellness Expo kicks off this weekend.  I will be learning some basic belly dancing moves tomorrow. I am quite excited!   The Bellydancers of Color Association (BOCA) was formed by Dr. Sunyatta Amen in an effort  to celebrate the sister/brotherhood, strength and beauty of people of color in relation to belly dance and other traditional forms of dance.

May 27- May 30

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Silver Spring, MD

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Tonight, the Park Unplugged features Faith Evans.

Friday, May 27

The Park

920 14th St NW

RSVP at vsmithent@gmail.com

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The Annual Caribbean Wine Festival at Linganore Winecellars kicks out this weekend for the summer.

May 28-29

Linganore Caribbean Wine Festival

13601 Glissans Mill Road Mt. Airy, MD

11AM-6PM

21 and up- 20 Bucks

18-20- 15 bucks

Under 18 w/ adult- FREE

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Axel #5 returns to fonktify your holiday weekend. Now with Lazer Boogie and MORE ACTIVATOR THAN EVER BEFORE.  DJ JAHSONIC and ADRIAN LOVING will be enjoying some well-earned travel time, so we tapped our League of Extraordinary DJs to find another suitable co-pilot. DJ KEENAN ORR knows his jams and how to create a freakshow on the dancefloor. This special guest will be joining resident DJ STYLUS, so make him feel welcome!

Saturday, May 28

LIV

2001 11th St NW

10PM-3AM

FREE before midnight, 5 Bucks after

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© Capital Concerts

PBS sponsors a FREE National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, May 29

 West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

E. Capitol St. and First St. NW

Gates open at 5PM

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The Liberal Party presents a special holiday bash with the man behind Club Shelter music, DJ Adam Rios. Adam is one half of the world-famous Club Shelter music along with Timmy Regisford.  Come through and experience Memorial Weekend with Liberal Party resident Derrick “D-Train” Coleman.

Sunday, May 29

Level X Lounge

1934 9th St NW

8PM

10 Bucks

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DJ Dredd spins all the music you know and love by Prince and all related artists–Hits, B-Sides, Rarities & Video.  The Time, Shelia E., Vanity 6, Madhouse, The Family.

Sunday May 29

Black Cat

9PM-1:30AM

10 Bucks/ 12 Bucks at the door

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Daylight 5 Year Anniversary Party Hosted By Tone Source  and a lavish buffet including seafood by Executive Chef Jarobi Murray.  The best in classic music . . . R & B Dance Classics,Soul, Old school House, Funk, 80’s,90’s Rare Grooves, Originals, Early Hip Hop,and more.

Sunday, May 29

Liv (Upstairs)

2001 11th Nw

8PM-2AM

Discounted tickets here

20 Bucks at the door
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The Ultra White Party celebrates contemporary Africa like no other. Come party with over 1,000 afro-chic guests, African music by some of the hottest African DJs on 3 dance floors. All white dress code fully enforced; Colored accessories permitted.  Presented by IDOA Entertainment & BCBG Productions

Sunday, May 29

Love

1350 Okie St NE

9PM-3AM

General Admin- 20 Bucks

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Come dressed to sweat!

Sunday, May 29

ESL

1212 18th St NW

9:30PM- 3AM

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© Chris Graham

The National Memorial Day Parade includes Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states. The parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and helium-filled balloons.  The parade will be preceded by musical performances and ceremonies at the reviewing stand at 1 p.m. at the National Archives, at the corner of 7th St. and Constitution Avenue.

Monday, May 30

The National Memorial Day Parade begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

2PM

Click here for the parade route.

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