Freedom Friday

Hello Everyone!

It is poppin’ this weekend with several events and activities.  There is just too much going on!  Africa Underground, as always, is sold out.  However, Queen MakedaZeba Bar and U Street Music Hall will be jumpin’ this weekend.  Just make sure you get out the house.

Peace, ThatKellieGirl


This event includes an interactive museum of youth who pose as still figures and, when a button is pushed, come alive to speak about the life and achievements of the figure they are representing.  It culminates with a vignette which is based in part on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In preparation to portray these historic figures, youth complete background research and prepare to teach visitors about the life and work of the figures they are representing.  The performance will also take place at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, March 3 at 5PM.

Friday, February 24

SE Tennis and Learning Center

701 Mississippi Ave SE




INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival celebrates art as an inspiration for conversation and connection among artists and audience of all ages, races, cultures and art forms.

February 23- March 11

Atlas Performing Arts Theater

1333 H St NW

Click here for schedule and tickets.


Read: White and Blue Dynamic Hip-hop theater duo, Baye “Straightforward” Harrell and Jabari “Auragin” Exum, offer compelling entertainment in a show that straddles the class divide in the DC Black community.

February 24 & 26

Atlas Performing Arts

1333 H St NE

Click here for times and tickets


Our “Shuffle” is an adventurous musical “recipe”- Start with the laughs and rhythmic vitality of 1920’s black musicals (Shuffle Along), mix with lilting operetta tunes (The Vagabond Kind) and deliciously naughty lyrics (Katinka), add toe-tapping common man blues, sprinkle with jazz and Tin Pan Alley condiments, and bring it to a simmer with our most dynamic DC performers! Take a walk down memory lane with us and explore forgotten song treasures.

February 25- March 4

Atlas Performing Arts

1333 H St NE

Get times and tickets here


The Park Unplugged features Alison Carney this evening.

Friday, February 24

The Park

920 14th St NW



Friday Night Lounging with Friends featuring DJ Scientific.

 Friday, February 24

Lounge 201

201 Massachusetts Ave. NW

9PM to 3AM

10 bucks before 10


Join us as we celebrate Black History Month, take an African Dance Class and stop by for various workshops, performances, storytellers and more! Vendors will be on-site selling a variety of reasonably priced items.

Saturday, February 25

Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex

8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD




The HIVE, Ward 8’s only co-working space, is pleased to announce their February event in an ongoing series of Saturday networking events & workshops geared toward helping entrepreneurs launch (or expand) their side hustle. So whether your side hustle is graphic design, IT, consulting, fashion, writing, etc. come on down and see if you can make a connection or two.

Saturday, February 25

Blank Space SE

1922 Martin Luther King, Jr. SE


You must RSVP.  Send an email to with Name, Email, Phone, and side hustle type or aspiration.



Enjoy a day of fun for the family with arts-and-crafts workshops, Zydeco music, an adornment workshop, storytelling, and other activities. Dress in your best festive attire and be judged on your costume. Costumes will be judged in the following age groups: ages 2 to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 17, 18 to 54, and seniors 55 and older. Winners take home a prize from the Smithsonian and are highlighted in our March e-newsletter.  Those who do not come in festive apparel can participate in the adornment workshop with Januwa Moja to dress up for fun only and take away a personal photo.

Saturday, February 25

Anacostisa Museum

1901 Fort Place SE




Black History Month Family Day Celebration.  Complimentary Light Fare.

Saturday, February 25

Anacostia Art Gallery and Museum

2806 Bruce Place SE




Gov. Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, sign copies of his book A Reason to Believe, following his own journey from a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics.  He also is featured in The Black List exhibit at the gallery running until April 2012.

Saturday, February 25

National Portrait Gallery

800 F Street NW




Is Marriage for White People? explores the lives of the black middle class. African-Americans are the most unmarried group of people in our nation. Black women are more than three times as likely as white women never to marry. And when black women do marry, they are more likely than any other group of women to marry a man who is less educated or earns less than they do. In fact, more than half of college educated black wives have less educated husbands who are not.

While Banks highlights the implications of the black experience for people of all races, he also explores a puzzle particular to African-Americans: Why, amid rising rates of interracial marriage, so few black women wed someone of a different race. Successful black women typically remain unmarried or marry down; they do not marry out.

Saturday, February 25

Busboys and Poets

5th & K Sts NW




Mark your calendars for the Radio One Family Comedy Tour and get your laugh on with family friendly comedians!

Saturday, February 25

Howard University

Cramton Auditorium

2455 6th St NW



As if Saturday night didn’t already hold enough excitement, Kevin Sandbloom is coming back for his second show of the week.  Now added is Grammy nominated vocalist and BloomBars Ambassador Carolyn Malachi AND Atlanta-based singer songwriter/pianist Avery Sunshine to the night’s festivities. It’s going to be one for the ages so please arrive early. Seating is first come.
Saturday, February 25
3222 11th St NW
10 bucks


AxelF brings DC the best set in music from 1978-1988. Feel free to dress the part and make sure you stretch, because Jahsonic, DJ Stylus & Adrian Loving wield the 1s and 2s like master puppeteers. This month we pay tribute to the great Don Cornelius. You will be dancing until the end.

Saturday, February 25


2001 11th St SE


Free before midnight, 5 bucks after


Collectors of African American art and art of the African diaspora and former National Basketball Association players Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker in conversation with Michael D. Harris, associate professor of art history and African American studies, Emory University. East Building Concourse, Auditorium.  There will also be a webcast of the lecture.  Listen to past lectures of The Collecting of African American Art here.

Sunday, February 26

National Gallery of Art

East Building Concourse, Auditorium

4th St NW  



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