Freedom Friday: Living Beneath Your Means Edition

Hey Good People,

Happy Friday!

If you have been following the news, you have heard about the feud over the debt ceiling.  In order for the U.S. to meet all its obligations, entitlements, discretionary spending and everything else required to run our government, we need to borrow to stay afloat.  So if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, the government could default on its debt, which has never happened in U.S. history.  U.S. Treasury bonds are held around the world, so a U.S. default would create economic chaos.  This is pretty scary stuff folks (at least to me).  

I believe that unfortunately we have to raise the debt ceiling.  However, afterwards, we have to change our spending habits and focus on debt reduction. What a novel idea! 

Seriously, we all need to take personal inventory of our individual debt ceiling.  As I learned growing up (and still mastering), learn to live beneath your means.  So you might have to cut off that cable for a while and grab a book….hop on the bus or your bike to get around town….. cook dinner at home, then  eat those left-overs for lunch….instead of going out to dinner, have a cook-out in the park with friends.  Hmmm….Doesn’t sound too bad to me! 🙂   

One way to save when hanging out is to check out the Fort DuPont Park Concerts .  It is a FREE event and kicks off this Saturday.  And if you have enough in your budget,  you can get a ticket for the Carter Barron’s Summer Concert Series.  It is still going strong with Lakeside, Brick and the BT Express on Saturday. 

Keep maintaining out there.  Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂

The Park Unplugged featuring Goapele.

Friday, July 8

The Park

925 14th St NW

Doors open at 5PM

Please rsvp here by 3PM


The Capital Fringe Festival is an annual performing arts event featuring more than 100 performances in a variety of venues around DC. The Capital Fringe Festival introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more.
July 7- 24
Throughout the District
Click here for tickets and schedule

For colored girls will be presented at the festival this year.  The play illuminates the tales of women in all the shades of life’s experiences. Through poetry and dance, Ntozoke Shange reminds us that women bear a complicated love waiting for a laying on of hands.

Get the schedule and tickets here


Wind down your week on the river this Friday with Jah Works! Each Friday will feature a new band and new music on the boardwalk stage from reggae to r&b to pop. Enjoy food from Devine Foods or Smokin Somethin BBQ and drinks in the beer/sangria garden by Mie N Yu and Stella. Kids can enjoy the Kids Zone by CSX with activities. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Friday, July 8

The Yards

10 Water St SE

DMV Area monthly party with all the AfroCuban vibes & beyond. Every 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday July 8


2001 11th st NW




 The Anacostia Community Museum presents the history of Go-Go music in the nation’s capital.  Charles Stephenson and Kip Lornell, co-authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, DC,  Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot of EU discusses his story and tells how Go-Go led him to the band that was started when he was a teenager. Sweet Cherie of Be’La Dona, a graduate of Howard University, talks about Go-Go music’s influence on other forms of music, including jazz and gospel. Faycez U Know, a popular Go-Go band, concludes the program with a live performance.

Saturday, July 9

Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place SE




The National’s Baseball Family Day…Meet players from the Washington Nationals baseball team! Dress in your favorite Nats gear for photographs and autographs; play baseball-themed games in the courtyard; follow a major-league scavenger hunt through both museums to see all-star artists on view, and enjoy music, prizes, and craft activities.

Saturday, July 9

National Portrait Gallery

750 9th Street

11:30am to 2PM


2011 AfroExposure the Awakening of African Culture is a cultural event that showcases African Culture through its evolution in poetry, music, fashion and dance. Come see artist such as Apexx, Tolumide, Koby Maxwell, poetry of Nollege Wizdumb and dance of Mbuutu and Afro-1 and Les Belles D’Afrique.

Saturday, July 9

Montgomery Community College

7995 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20906


30 bucks

Get tickets here


I am so excited for this event!  New York event brand I’LL HOUSE YOU returns to DC’s Sweet Spot to present a showcase by popular South African artist Black Coffee.  I definitely will be there.

Saturday, July 9

Sweet Spot

1140 19th St NW


10 bucks


The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique hosts “Concert Under the Sun” featuring Howard Hewett and Be’La Dona.  DJ Rico will be providing sounds.

Saturday July 9

The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

2806 Bruce Place SE


25 bucks in advance / 30 bucks at the door


This Sunday at Marcātus, FREE Live Musical Performances by One Love Massive! Parasols and Popsicles Featuring performances by House of Soul, Tim Jackson, The Band Called Future, Batala and Maracatu de Baque Virado.

Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different from any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.

Sunday, July 10

The Yards

10 Water St SE
 This weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival closes out with an evening with Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and tribute to Philadelphia International Records.  If you missed the Soul Train panel and Dance Party, then you don’t want to miss this one. 

Sunday, July 10

National Mall




One of my favorite places to chill and get my dance on…Daylight!  The best in classic music . . . Dance , Soul/R & B, House, Funk, 80’s pop, Rare Grooves, Originals, Early Hip Hop, Electro and more! Free Food catered by Nichelle Johnson.

Sunday, July 10


2001 11th St NW


5 bucks


Enjoy the weekend!

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