Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Malvin Gray Johnson (American, 1896-1934). Negro Soldier, 1934. Oil on canvas, 38 x 30 in. (96.5 x 76.2 cm). Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art & Artifacts Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Hey Good People!

Happy Freedom Friday. 🙂

We all know that this is the long weekend for Memorial Day.  I know we like to party, but it really is about honoring the soldiers who currently serve or have served in the military.  As I was looking for information on Memorial Day, I found this wonderful Black History photo album that has a set focusing on black male and female soldiers throughout the years.  Unfortunately, this is a part of black history rarely talked about in our community.  But it is an important aspect of our history that should not be forgotten.  We must remember and pass our history to the younger generation so they know where they came from and who they are.  I couldn’t believe it when I found out several of my uncles and my grandfather served in the military.  I heard a story that my grandfather was mistakenly placed in the barracks with the white soldiers, so he informed his superiors he was “colored” so he could serve with his fellow black soldiers.

The African American Civil War Memorial will host a memorial on Sunday.   There also is the National WWII Memorial , Vietnam Veterans Memorial  and many other military memorials hosting events.

For the rest of the weekend…

On Friday, Amel Larrieux will be performing at the Howard TheaterLalah Hathaway also will be at the Howard Theater on Saturday.  Then she joins Avery Sunshine at Soundstage in Baltimore on Sunday.

And I know folks are gearing up for the annual Linganore Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday.  This is such a fun event.  You have to attend at least once.

Please be safe out this weekend, have fun.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

Party the night away to a glorious fusion of music and dance from Brazil and the African continent.  Come celebrate the beauty of the African Diaspora under the stars!

Friday, May 25


1336 U St NW



This Friday night we’re celebrating Sam “The Man” Burns’ birthday with MIGUEL MIGS, live vocals from Lisa Shaw and sets from Sam Burns and Soul Sway!

Friday, May 25

U St Music Hall

1115 U St NW


10 bucks


DC Black Pride is considered one of the preeminent Black Pride celebrations in the world for or lesbians, gays and transgender people of African descent. The Black Pride Festival features activities for the entire family including performances from national recording artists, 200 exhibition booths, book signings from noted writers, a writer’s forum, the DC Black Pride Film Festival, several different workshops, a poetry slam, and the Soul Train Dance Party. On the final day, Sunday, there’s a DC Black Pride Health & Wellness Expo.

May 24-27

Throughout the District

Click here for schedule


She’Baltimore is a piece centered on domestic violence within the LGBT community. Set in Baltimore, MD, the play addresses the American social system and it’s relationship with communities that are often abstracted from proper care due to orientation, socioeconomic circumstances, and at times, discrimination. The play seeks to ignite conversation about an issue often ignored by society, and especially the LGBT community.

May 25 & 27

The Warehouse Theater

1021 7th Street, NW


10 bucks


This weekend is the annual The Bellydancers of Color Association (BOCA) Movement and Wellness Expo.  Formed by Dr. Sunyatta Amen, BOCA celebrates the sister/brotherhood, strength and beauty of people of color in relation to bellydance and other traditional forms of dance. There are classes for beginners, vendors and a night of performances.

May 25-28

4H Conference Center

7100 Conneticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, MD

Click here for the schedule and passes


Mahogany Books hosts the incomparable, legendary award-winning Author Walter Mosley, as he signs his latest book, The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion!

Saturday, May 26

Oxon Hill Library

6200 Oxon Hill Rd

Oxon Hill, MD 20745



Register here


Pearl White “Heaven On The Water Front” an Exclusive All White Day Party featuring “Grammy Award Winner” Chrisette Michele along with Be’la Dona, Suttle Thoughts and Black Alley.  There will be a special white dove presentation to the children of the “God Father” Chuck Brown.

Saturday, May 26

The Yards Park

10 Water Street, SE


A dozen white doves released at 7:15PM



Have a night out at the country club with a performance from Carmen Rodgers.

Saturday, May 26

Patuxent Greens Golf Club

14415 Greenview Drive Laurel, MD20708
You’ll get an evening of all the usual Axel F goodies, plus nice, hefty blocks of music from the discographies of two beloved icons who left us too suddenly this month.
Saturday, May 26
2001 11th St NW
5 bucks before 11PM, 10 bucks after
National Memorial Day Concert will feature a mix of dramatic readings, documentary footage and live musical performances, along with an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists. The concert will be broadcast live from 8-9:30 p.m. ET on PBS and will encore immediately from 9:30-11 p.m. ET.
Sunday, May 27
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, First St. NW
Gates open at 5PM
Best in classic music: r&b dance, soul, house, rarities, golden hip hop with  lavish buffet by executive chef jarobi murray…RIP donna summer, chuck brown & robin gibb
Sunday, May 27
2001 11th St NW
Get tickets here
True School presents Memorial Day Weekend SNEAKER FREE SUNDAY.  Wear your freshest sneakers & come ready to dance, but sneakers not required for entry.  True School DJ’s Marc Nfinit x Face Spinning all of your favorite jams.
Sunday, May 27
3287 M. St. NW
 Celebrate two Taurus Titans of Soul for the 4th year in a row…James Brown and Stevie Wonder.  This time, it will be a little different: something for the purists, something for the revisionists, something for EVERYONE. Featuring DJs Adrian Loving, Eskimo, Jahsonic, 2-Tone Jones and Lance Reynolds.  Come early, stay late, leave happy.
Sunday, May 27
2005 14th St NW
9 bucks
ADVANCE ticket sales only online, no sales at door.
Get tickets here
All registered guests will receive a secret code for a bonus mix from the party.

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