Freedom Friday: The Red Tails Edition

Happy Friday Everyone!

If you are looking forward to catching Red Tails this weekend, I recommend buying your ticket last week! 🙂 It looks like theaters will be packed with enthusiastic movie-goers.  I am glad that this overlooked part of black history, American history is coming to the forefront again.  How many WWII films and documentaries were made with no mention of African-American soldiers and their accomplishments?    Some folks have pointed out that this isn’t the first time the history of The Tuskegee Airmen was turned into a movie.  And I think that’s great.  Our stories must be re-told consistently to ensure that we don’t forget our history.  I also hope we continue to stay enthusiastic about black history.  We have such a rich history that has never been fully told, and we shouldn’t wait until someone makes a movie to learn about it.  We can  read a book, an article or watch a documentary.  Or here’s a novel idea, talk to members of our family! 🙂  More than likely, we have uncles, aunts, or older cousins who can talk to us about our history in a real way, not just to be entertained, then forget about it.  Movies are a very powerful and impactful platform, but that is just a starting point.  Let’s use this as an opportunity to connect and inspire one another to accomplish even greater things in the future.

 There are several “watch” parties for Red Tails this Saturday, here, here and here.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl   

In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis in the play Necessary Sacrifices. As Lincoln searches for a way to end slavery in the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass’s rhetoric and conviction challenges the president to envision a post-emancipation world. Together, the men imagine not only a unified nation but a society that brings truth to the Declaration of Independence assertion that “all men are created equal.”

January 20-February 18

Ford Theater

511 Tenth St. NW

Get the schedule and tickets here.


Capital Canvases for a Cause is a 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.  Featured artist is Keagoe and Kris Stith. Featured non-profit is Words, Beats and Life.

Friday, January 20

Long & Foster on Capitol Hill

721 D St SE

6pm to 8pm



Actor/Director/Producer Bill Duke and Writer/Producer/Director D. Channsin Berry join forces to bring a thought-provoking piece on “Colorism” within the Black Community an issue very much alive today. Dark Girls is a film that delves into how women of a darker hue perceive themselves as well as the public perception of beauty and the emotional toll this bias has on those individuals. Anyone who has been made to feel less than, because of color, race, gender or class will be touch by this emotionally charged film with an underlining message of “Healing”.  A Q & A session will immediately follow the screening with Producers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, an opportunity for the attendees to ask questions creating dialogue.

Friday, January 20

Warner Theater

513 13th St NW


Get tickets here.


LIVE! from Busboys is hosted by Y’Anna Crawley, winner of BET’s Sunday’s Best and 2012 Stellar Award winner for New Artist, and backed by her live band. “LIVE!” takes place on the third Friday of every month and offers a platform for ALL PERFORMERS, not just poets. Whether you are a musician, comedian, dancer, actor/actress, magician, or any other type of performer, we want to see what you’ve got. Come showcase your talent!  The sign-up list to perform opens at 9:30 PM

Friday, January 20

Busboys and Poets

5331 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville, MD


Wristbands will be sold online ( and at the Art Under Pressure Store starting at 10 AM until sold out. Limit 4 per person.

5 bucks


Spinning Hip Hop, Underground and Soulful House

Friday. January 20

Republic Gardens

1355 U St NW


Free b4 10:30pm, $5 until 11pm, $10 after


Ella Rue is hosting a MOVING SALE this weekend Jan 21st-22nd, and next weekend Jan 28th-29th.  Everything in the store is marked 40-70%!  This is a fantastic chance to find designers like Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Nanette Lepore, Shoshanna, and Milly for a great value.

January 21-22, 28-29

Ella Rue

3136 P St NW

Jan 21st 10:00AM-5:00 PM

Jan 22nd Noon-5:00 PM

Jan 28th 10:00AM-5:00 PM

Jan 29th Noon- 5:00 PM


Black Women Bike: DC with support from BicycleSPACE invite you to “Cycle Chic! A Bicycle Fashion Affair”.  Simply put, style should never hold you back from being active, being active should never hold you back from being stylish! Join us for wine and light fare as our models show off the latest in cycle style during the fashion show.  Hosted by Black Women Bike DC.

Saturday, January 21


459 Eye St NW


5 bucks

RSVP here


Come party the night away to a glorious fusion music and dance from Brazil and the African World.  Featured guests include FARAFINA KAN with live African drumming from the electrifying djembe orchestra, LIVE AFRO-BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE lead by the Legendary DJ Berto, and DJ UNDERDOG spinning a glorious blend of Brazilian sounds and African rhythms.

Saturday, January 21

Axum Level X Lounge

1934 9th St NW


10 bucks

FREE Ethiopian Food Buffet from 8pm – 10pm
FREE Afro-Brazilian Dance Class @ 9pm


Your friendly neighborhood DJ 2-Tone Jones is back with another Stone Soul Saturday at the finest Public House in the Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park area of DC. On the menu will be a hearty serving of the finest funk, soul and feel-good grooves all night!

Saturday, January 21

Boundary Stone

116 Rhode Island NW

10AM – 2PM



Tropical Punch!

Saturday, January 21

Warehouse Loft

411 New York Ave NW


Adv- 8 bucks; At the door- 10 bucks


Four years and a hundred sweaty dancefloors in the making, it’s The Fatback 4th Anniversary! Upstairs at Liv, defy the laws of gravity and common decency with THE FATBACK FUNK ODYSSEY. Deep cuts in deep space, y’all. Then, ease on down to the ground floor for the FATBACK FAMILY CIRCUS, featuring a second sound system, a third bar, and a menagerie of props and costume pieces to set the mood. Keep your eyes peeled for special guests, surprise performances, and that sudden, overwhelming realization that this must be the place.

Saturday, January 21


2001 11th St NW


5 bucks


Planet Maud Vintage & Co. is the freshest lifestyle and shopping experience to orbit the globe.  We feature out of this world vintage, pre-loved and indie designed clothing and accessories from around the world.  All wares are ethically sourced, recycled, free trade, reasonable priced and 100% fresh.  DJ Jahsonic will be on deck spinning the freshness.  Proceeds will benefit local non-profit Teaching for Change.

Sunday, January 21


2007 14th St NW


RSVP here


Traveling through four continents and six countries, The Furious Force of Rhymes is a fascinating look at Hip-Hop as trans-national protest music. Over the course of the eighty-four-minute voyage, the viewer encounters characters as diverse as Israeli Jews, marginalized French Arabs, East German skinhead punks and West African feminists, all of whom share a common musical language. Originating from the ghettos of New York, Rap has found adherents in every country in the world.  There will be a discussion about featuring panelists Jerome Baker III, Waterflow, Nonchalant, and Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi.

Sunday, January 22

Busboys & Poets

14th & V Sts. NW



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