Freedom Friday: Golden Gabby

Hello Good People!

I am still beaming over the amazing performance of Gold Medalist Gymnast, Gabby Douglass in the Olympics yesterday. It was truly inspirational and heart-warming to see this beautiful young lady achieve her dream. To me, she is an example of sacrifice. And her accomplishment made me ponder the question, am I willing to sacrifice –to fight– for my dreams? Gabby turned her world upside down in order to pursue her dream. She left her family, her friends and what was familiar to her in order become the best in her field. These videos of Natalie Hawkins, mother of Gabby Douglas, talks about the sacrifices made to help her child become an Olympian.

How many of us are willing to totally shake up our world to pursue our passion? I believe that each of us can be great. The only difference between the “ordinary” and the “extraordinary” person is the word “extra”. The “extra” signifies one’s willingness to go above and beyond in their actions to fulfill their dream. Let’s continue to be inspired by Gabby to make those extra efforts to realize our dreams.

Get the weekend started with the incomparable Millie Jackson performing at the Howard Theater on Friday, and catch The Summer Soul Festival with Erykah Badu on Saturday. Check out some more events below.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂


The Full Moon will be out this week and we are excited to announce another Full Moon Outing–one of a series of rides and picnics we have been hosting this summer. And this time, the torches are lit, the theme is set… and we’re having a luau you won’t soon forget! Dress code is Tacky Tourist (go ahead, show us your worst!) Put on your craziest Hawaiian shirts and shades or otherwise colorful get-ups and join us for a “Lei’d Back ” Luau Ride and Party!

Friday August 3


1019 7th Street NW


RSVP here


This Friday Messiah and Friends features the following artists who all possess great talent and respect in their specified genres; GODSILLA(Hip Hop); NIA JACKSON aka PURPOSE (songstress/poet), JABARI EXUM (drummer/hip-hop theatre), RALLO BOYKINS (comedian) and CHELSEY GREEN(Violinist)!!! Come ready to have a great time as there will be an after party at the venue immediately after the show!!! Live spins by DJ Jav and paintings by The Artist Bam!!!

Friday, August 3

The Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio
3804 34th St.
Mt. Rainier, MD


Miami Night under the Stars – Embassy Row Rooftop Latin Dance Soiree with Live Band. Miami is synonymous with vibrant color, fashion, and stylish nights under the stars reminiscent of a scene from Miami Vice! Dress in your best Miami chic cocktail attire and join us for our Miami Night under the Stars international dance soiree at the rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel featuring dancing to a live Latin band. Celebrate summer with us at the Embassy Row Hotel rooftop with an evening of dancing under the stars amidst the Washington skyline with illuminated monuments at a distance. Come on your own or invite your friends to join us! Our rooftop jazz and dance soiree under the stars is a great way to unwind as you network and socialize with other ICDC members.

Friday, August 3

Embassy Row Hilton Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Admission is only $8 with online RSVP

Click here for tickets


Largest rooftop happy hour hosted by WHUR!

Friday, August 3

Twelve Restaurant and Lounge

1123 H St NW



Classic 70s, 80s, and 90s R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House, Reggae, and more. All classics, all night. Featuring some of the nation’s top DJs. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to sweat!

Friday August 3

Fever Bar and Lounge

816 H Street NE


Free before 10PM, 5 bucks after


Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the defining groups of the 1970s, offering an invigorating mix of funk, soul, disco and rock. Acts including the Graingers, WaWa LaGrande, Gene McBride and more will pay tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group.

Saturday, August 4

Fort DuPont Park

Randle Circle and Fort Dupont Drive SE




For the month of August the Motions Family welcomes our very special guest Tee Solomon, performing his dance floor hit “Ah Star Is Being Born” and more. House, Deep House, Neo Soul, Afro Latin vibes

Saturday, August 4

Fasil Restaurant

1608 7th St. NW

8 bucks in advance; 15 bucks at the door

Get tickets here


Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is hosting its inaugural “The Lion Ride” biking event in honor of civil rights advocate and former Anacostia resident Frederick Douglass. The event is in partnership with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Capital Bikeshare, and Bike & Roll. The ride will be a part of the Fifth Annual Frederick Douglass Family Festival sponsored by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Attendees can expect free ice cream, music, games, crafts, bicycle portraits, historic house tours, Massachusetts 54th re-enactors, and a Frederick Douglass impersonator. No bike, no problem. Bike and helmets will be loaned out on a first come, first served basis.

Sunday, August 5

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street SE

Festival: 1 to 4PM

The Lion Ride: 3 to 4PM


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