Freedom Friday: The Champion Edition

Hey Good Folks.  Happy Friday! 🙂

First off, congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the NBA Championship last night.  ThatKellieGirl admits to not watching the entire series.  And when I did, I actually was rooting for the Boston Celtics!   Even though ThatKellieGirl and LeBron hail from the same state, I’m really not a LeBron fan.  I admire him as a great player, but I just haven’t really followed him.  Well, not until he decided to leave Ohio for Miami.

LeBron came under a lot of scrutiny and hate because he decided to pursue his goal of winning a NBA championship. Personally, I don’t think he did anything wrong when Lebron decided to televise his announcement to leave the Cavs.  What was overboard…the way that the Cavs’ owner and fans responded– a spiteful public letter and burning LeBron’s jersey.  If this was any indication of the type of environment he’d been dealing with, it definitely was time for him to go.  I believe that LeBron knew there was nothing else to gain in Cleveland.   And even when he left for Miami, redemption didn’t come swiftly.  He had to work for two years to be prepared for this moment.

So for me, as LeBron has grown, I have grown to like him.  To see his perseverance, work ethic,  and to do what is unpopular to achieve his goal, my hat goes off to Mr. James.  At times in life, we have to do what is unpopular to make the dream a reality.  By following his heart and his conviction, he made it happen.  So congratulations LeBron and to the entire Miami Heat team.  I am quite excited to see what the future has in store for LeBron– on and off the court.

Now that basketball season is over, you can leave the TV for a while to check out these events. 🙂  This weekend, you can catch soul singer Angela Winbush at Blues Alley or comedian LaVelle Crawford at the DC Improv.  And Artmoatic ends this Saturday.   Keep cool and enjoy the weekend! 🙂

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents REGGAE NIGHT featuring the Image Band, John Stone Reggae Band, and Akua Benjamin with Ilahvibez.

Friday, June 22

Carter Barron

4850 Colorado Avenue, NW

7:30PM

FREE

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Count out to a jam session with Maimouna and friends!

Saturday, June 22

Sankofa Bookstore

2714 Georgia Ave NW

7PM

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Step Afrika!, DC’s renowned dance company and its first and only Cultural Ambassador, returns to DC for its annual Home Performance Series with the world premiere of nxt/step: an all-new production that remixes the power and international influence of stepping with hip hop, multimedia and rhythm.

June 22-July 1

Atlas Performing Arts Theater

1333 H St NE

Click here for schedule and tickets

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Brightest Young Things and National Geographic invite you to a special after-hours event! Part of our ongoing BYT Local Tourist Series! Exclusive tourist-free access to the entire museum including: Titanic: 100 Year Obsession, Samurai: The Warrior Transformed, Wicked Weather & Big Cats!  Martial Arts demonstrations with Glow Sticks, DJ Jahsonic of Axel F and more!

Friday, June 23

National Geographic Society

1600 M St NW

8PM-1AM

Get tickets here

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To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Afro-American newspaper, the second longest running black periodical in the United States, this pictorial exhibition features 120 images from the Afro’s archive collections that demonstrate the vital role young people played in African American history. This exhibition is curated by the Afro- American newspaper staff, in coordination with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Until Dec. 30, 2012

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

830 E. Pratt St, Balitmore, MD

10AM-5PM

Gen Adm- 8 bucks

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The goal of the Shine On Summer Reading Book Fair is the shine a light on the importance of summer reading for Washington DC- area children and families. Most U.S. students go to school for 180 days during the year and enjoy more than two months of time off every summer. Research shows that many students experience learning loss when they do not engage in academic enrichment activities over the summer. Reading achievement loss can be significant, and when students start school in the fall they often struggle to catch up.

Saturday, June 23

Shiloh Baptist Church

1510 9th St NW

10AM-2PM

FREE

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Back by popular demand, the Sankofa Street Festival brings you best of urban culture, inspired by African c…onsciousness, and live musical and spoken word performances. Featuring the youth of HABESHA – Baltimore, this one-day event in the cultural capital on DC on Georgia Ave will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with youth and elders, artists and activists, the African and the Diaporan community.

Saturday, June 23

Sankofa Bookstore

2714 Gerogia Ave NW

Noon-7PM

FREE

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DC Carnival will be held July 14 & 15 in Baltimore.  However, this Saturday, DC Carnival is hosting a pre-festival Pan Jam featuring local Steel bands and the Dimanche Gras.  There will be judging of costumes and live entertainment.

Saturday, June 23

Crossroads

4103 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD

3-5PM

Admission: $15.00/adult, children 12 years and under $5.00

Singer Beres Hammond will be in concert on Sunday, June 24.

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DC’s first ever Black Theatre Festival! A week-long festival celebrating extraordinary stories told by people of African descent. This event has a menu of more than 125 provocative and groundbreaking theatrical performances by local and national artists, writers, producers, and theatre companies. This is the first festival of its kind to recognize the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.

Saturday, June 23

Throughout DMV

Click here for schedule

Kick-off Party on Friday, June 22

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Axel F is a party celebrating the best in jheri curl funk, champagne soul and lazer boogie from past and present. Our philosophy is the funkier, synth-ier and crazier, the better.  This Saturday, it’s about the Rooller Boogie.  Come Bounce.Rock.Skate.Roll with us.

Saturday, June 23

Liv Nightclub

2011 11th St NW

10PM – 3AM

$5 before 10pm / $10 after

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The 20th Aniversary of the Safeway BBQ Battle is this weekend. This two-day festival includes delicious barbecue of all kinds from top vendors, plus music by national and local acts, interactive exhibits, all benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Washington.  From Memphis ribs and Texas brisket to North Carolina pork BBQ and even Florida ‘gator ribs, everything is on the fire at the annual Barbecue Battle. The event also features cooking demonstrations, the “sampling pavilion” and a tented entertainment stage.  Featured artists 2012: ConFunkShun, Chuck Brown Tribute Band featuring Sugar Bear, Bela Dona, Trouble Funk and more, plus Suttle Thoughts, Black Alley, Phaze II, FrameWerk, and Jah Works.

June 23 & 24

Pennsylvania Avenue Between 9th & 14th Streets, NW

Noon-7:30PM

Get tickets here

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This Sunday, celebrate the beginning of summer with Sihnuu Hetep’s Sol Yoga Brunch! This time she guides us through yoga while overlooking the skyline of DC. Vegan Chef, “YESHI” will prepare a refreshing brunch followed by mimosas and fresh wine punch.  Please bring mat and towel.

Sunday, June 24

Sari’s Rooftop

1620 29th Street SE  #401

1:30PM-3:30PM

10 bucks- CASH, CREDIT, ONLINE & CHECKS ACCEPTED

Click here to RSVP

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Four Women – This season’s theatre project explores a kaleidoscope of womanhood – with Nina Simone’s poignant song kepping tempo and the “Aunt Sarah”, “Peaches”, “Saffronia” and “Sweet Thing” in all of us along for the journey.

Sunday, June 24

Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center

7995 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD

5-7PM

Get tickets here

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Come out to support TamiCakes as a contestant on Cupcake Wars airing on the Food Network. Its the season finale! If you’re in DC come out to the watch party.  FREE Cupcakes and Swag Bags!!!

Sunday, June 24

Tap & Parlour

2001 11th St NW

7PM

FREE

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SILVERDOCS is celebrating 10 years.  SILVERDOCS is a film festival in Silver Spring, MD that was created through a unique alliance between the American Film Institute (AFI) and Discovery Channel to showcase, honor and expand the audience for independent documentaries. SILVERDOCS brings the best new documentaries to DC area audiences for seven days.

June 18-24

AFI Silver Theater

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD

Click here for schedule and tickets.

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