Freedom Friday: The Homecoming Edition

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Happy Friday!

When I was in college, the two events you HAD to attend were the defunct Freaknik in Atlanta and Howard’s Homecoming in D.C.  These were mandatory events as a black college student.   I’d been hearing about both of these events since I was a senior in high school.    These were like the meccas for black college students.  I must admit, I never made it to Freaknik, but I have taken part in Howard’s Homecoming celebrations.  Now for the record, I did not attend Howard or any HBCU.  So I had ” homecoming envy” because the events were so much fun.  I mean, how could you not beam with pride when your school received a shot out from the Notorious B.I.G., the biggest rapper during my college years!   🙂

I love homecoming for the excitement, joyous energy and pride.  However, to me, homecoming ultimately means honoring my humble beginnings.  The opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments, challenges and lessons that helped mold me into the person I am today.   To come home to reconcile or “to make right” with family, friends or myself in order to start fresh and embrace the future.  Homecoming means being proud, and never ashamed, of who you are and where you come from.  So always take time to honor and celebrate your past.  You can do this at  homecomings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries.  Or simply light a candle, hang a picture or journal.  Just live a life to be remembered by your family and friends.

And for those who want to join the HU celebration, here is a list of events.

Also, be on the look out for ThatKellieGirl tonight on Soul Conversations on WPFW, 89.3FM.  I  am partnering with Words, Beat and Life to host the Boo Bash Costume Party on October 29th to raise money for their scholarship fund. So we will be talking about our efforts.  Please check me out tonight on Soul Conversations at 11PM.

Have a great weekend!

Peace and Blessings,  ThatKellieGirl

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Come do some corporate networking to the sounds of Marcus Johnson….

Friday, October 21

Buddha Bar

455 Massachusetts Ave NW

4:30PM-9:30PM

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DC’s only party dedicated to Hip Hop music & culture goes down every 3rd Friday of the month. Hosted by the one and only Grap Luva.  Pull out your dopest throwback Hip Hop gear and come out and celebrate the golden era of Hip Hop.

Friday, October 21

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW

Doors open at 9PM

7 bucks

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Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba. And Ledisi‘s voice does both of these things. Her jazz influenced vocals are powerful, passionate and soulful.  Check her out this Friday at the Warner.

Friday, October 21

Warner Theater

513 13th St NW

$61.50

Get tickets here

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MESSIAH AND FRIENDS Howard Homecoming edition will be a night to remember. THIS MONTH OUR HEADLINERS ARE: former Bision Quadir Lateef aka Q BOOGIE THE POET and vocalist Drea D’Nur.

Friday, October 21

G2 Lounge

2632 Georgia Avenue

6-9PM

10 bucks

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October 21-23

Anacostia Art Gallery

2806 Bruce Place SE

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This multimedia event will draw on Andy Warhol’s HEADLINES art (currently on view at the National Gallery of Art) to explore the manipulation of the mainstream media and the role of artistic interpretation. The event is centered around Warhol’s “Electric Newspaper,” an audio collage of news clips, live music and beat poetry that reveals the absurdity of the mainstream media. With our modern reinterpretation of the “Electric Newspaper” we create a similar experience with a performance-driven event focused on today’s news headlines: TROY DAVIS   ::   DC & PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD   ::   OCCUPY WALL STREET

Saturday, October 22

Busboys and Poets

14th and V Sts NW

7PM

10 bucks in advance; 15 bucks at the door

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Sweet Honey in the Rock….The Grammy Award-winning ensemble introduces a new program–fresh from its debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center–celebrating the music of legendary songstresses Nina Simone, Odetta, and Miriam Makeba. Backed by a jazz trio, the ladies of Sweet Honey In The Rock perform such standards as “Feelin’ Good,” “Come Ye,” “Pata Pata,” “Glory, Glory,” a salute to the late Abbey Lincoln, and much more in a stirring, soul-filled evening of song.

Saturday, October 22

Warner Theater

8PM

Get tickets here

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Axel F….It’s post-disco and before the Golden Age of hip-hop. It’s music that inspires body rolls. It’s what happened when the artists of the disco, R&B and soul eras were faced with new electronic instruments and technology and had to let the afros go. It’s what happened before sampling became standard practice in popular black music. It’s a Reagan era soundtrack for block parties and skating rinks. It’s all of the ’80s songs that you never hear at ’80s parties, until now.

Saturday, October 22

Liv

2001 11th St NW

10PM-3AM

Free before midnight, 5 bucks after

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October, 2011 marks JUMP N FUNK’s 10th Anniversary, and we are proud to announce that we have tour dates in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia to celebrate with our extended Afrobeat Family nationwide.  JUMP N FUNK, America’s Original Afrobeat Party, was born of the collective vision and efforts of Rich MedinaDebbie Sealy and Trevor Schoonmaker in late-summer, 2001.

Saturday, October 22

ESL

1212 18th St SE

10PM-2:30AM

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Mobb Deep will be in DC this Saturday to help celebrate the Howard Homecoming festivities.

Saturday, October 22

Liv

2001 11th St NW

8PM

Get tickets here

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Performing Live! Reggae Superstar GYPTIAN and Soca Star KES…

Saturday, October 22

DC Star Nightclub

2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE

9PM

35 bucks

Get tickets here

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The best in world music with DJ Underdog and DJ i:Wah…..

Sunday, October 23

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U St NW

9PM

FREE

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