Freedom Friday: The Heat Wave Edition

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Hello People!

I hope you are staying safe by keeping cool.  With this weather, the “night time is the right time“! 🙂

The AfroBrazilian Fest closes out this weekend.  Tonight is an AfroFusion Party at Fur with LIVE Samba music, dancers and some great DJs.  

Capital Pride is also this weekend with numerouse activities including a parade and festival.

And DC Jazz Festival is closing out, so check out some performance before it ends.

Just remember to keep cool!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

While taking a break from playing arena concerts across the world as the newest member of Maroon 5, PJ Morton hits the road pushing his solo efforts with his Independently Major Tour. Check out PJ Morton’s church funk and soul when he performs at Liv on tonight. His new mixtape is available as a free download here.

Friday, June 10


2001 11th St NW


15 bucks


Canadian-bred chart-topper, Melanie Fiona, joins The Park Unplugged Series with her soulful vocal charms on June 10th. On the verge of releasing her latest album, “The MF Life,” Fiona invokes hip hop, soul, and reggae styles that have been a staple at the city’s intimate concert venue. With hits “Give It To Me Right”, ” It Kills Me,” and “Gone And Never Coming Back,” the Unplugged audience will surely beg for an encore.

Friday, June 10

The Park

925 14th St NW

Show starts at 7PM

RSVP here– List closes at 3PM today


It’s “All White Everything” this Friday night at The Cosmopolitan: a new entertainment event for professionals in the Washington, DC area. Featuring a live performance from Marcus Johnson and special guests Brain Lenair and Wayne Bruce of Spur of the Moment, the evening plans to have members of the most prestigious African-American business and social organizations in attendance. Don’t miss Marcus Johnson and this incredible new event, this Friday at the Embassy Suites in Washington, DC.

Friday, June 10

Embassy Suites

900 10th St NW


Get tickets here


AFROCUBA! DMV Edition with DJ Asho and Live Yoruba Drums Performing by Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Oscar Rousseaux Pons and his group ALAFIA!!!  DMV Area monthly party with all the AfroCuban vibes & beyond. Every 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday, June 10


2001 11th St NW




Wind down your week on the river, listening to live music, enjoying food and drinks, and relaxing on the boardwalk! This riverfront park provides green space to enjoy the outdoors along the river. It includes open grassy areas, a waterfall and fountains, a terraced lawn performance venue and more!

Friday, June 10

The Yards

10 Water St SE




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This Saturday, the Thursday Network will host “Get Fit” as part of the National Urban League Young Professionals’ (NULYP) 8th Annual National Day of Service, and TN’s annual Young Blacks Give Back community service campaign.   Join them for not one, but TWO “Get Empowered, Get Fit” Flash Mobs at Tivoli Square in the heart of Columbia Heights. After each dance session, we will invite the community to walk with us to the Greater Washington Urban League headquarters at 2901 14th Street, NW and enjoy an afternoon of Zumba, Pilates, and other group fitness activities. Get your “Get Fit” passport fully stamped for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from nearby retailers every hour on the hour from 3PM – 6PM.Saturday, June 11
Tivoli Square
 Intersection of 14th and Park Streets NW
3PM- The Cupid Shuffle.
5PM- Beyonce’s hit, Move Your Body 

The Source Theater Festival See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include eighteen 10-Minute Plays, four one act plays, eight “Mash-Ups,” Project 24/7, three staged readings and a one-of-a-kind opening night event.

June 10-July 3

Source Theatre

1835 14th Street, NW

Click here for the schedule and tickets


Saturday is the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) encouraging healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. American families will experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.

Saturday, June 11

Klingman Island

575 Oklahoma Avenue NE



J & J Entertainment Group presents….Ocean Drive Fridays at Jordan’s 8.  DJ Deuce Juan & DJ Battle on the 1 and 2’s and hosted by BenStyles.  Two Levels + Rooftop Deck, Premium Drink Specials, Fly & Sexy Decor, Multiple Plasma TVs on both levels, Great Dinner Menu.  Late night menu till 1:00am

Friday, June 10

Jordan’s 8

523 8th St SE




“DOCUMENTS: alternative guide to dc underground” is a collaborative project between Ayodamola Okunseinde and Yulia Graham investigating subjects of identity through photographic and physically interactive portraits. Based on the likenesses of artists from the DC metro area, the objective of this project is to chronicle connections between artists, their environment, personalities and work through portraiture. The pieces in DOCUMENT range from black & white digital prints to installations where the audience in directed to play a part in the presentation of the portraits. The collective works of the project also serves as a selected educational archive of the dc underground art scene in the recent years.

June 10-July 22

Vivid Solutions

2208 Martin Luther King Avenue SE


Come enjoy a celebration of all things cycling including food, drink, and dessert.. There’s something for everyone at BikeFest; carnival-cycle games, a silent auction and raffle, sideshow performances, live music and dancing as well as bicycle art, palm readings, photo booth and much more!  The highlight of the evening will be a showcase of WABA’s first-ever BikeBuild Contest. Three regional bike shops are going head to head to create custom bicycles with only 3 rules – builders can’t spend over $250, may use recycled parts, and MUST be as creative as possible.  All proceeds from the evening will benefit WABA’s advocacy, safety and education programs. WABA is the region’s leading voice promoting cycling in two local governments, in the classroom and on the streets.

Saturday June 11

Crystal City Shops at 1750

1608 Crystal Drive

 Arlington, VA 22202


Get tickets here


The season for Carter Barron kicks off this Saturday with Mint Condition and Calvin Richardson.

Saturday June 11

Carter Barron

4850 Colorado Avenue, NW

near the intersection 16th Street and Colorado Avenue

7:30 PM

Cover: $24.50

Advance tickets here

Carter Barron Box Office open the day of performance from Noon to 8PM


 Dj Underdog & Dj i:Wah spinning AfroBeat, World Music, and Soulful House!

Sunday, June 12

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U Street NW




Eatonville’s monthly dinner series, Food & Folklore, highlights “Caribbean Connections” with a special prix fixe menu prepared and introduced by guest chef, Culinary Artist Chef Oji Ashebre Jaja, of Kingston, Jamaica .  “Caribbean Connections” Food & Folklore is part of Eatonville’s culinary celebration for Caribbean Heritage Month.

June 12-June 17


2121 14th Street NW

Click here for tickets

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