Freedom Friday: Labor Day Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl tries to stay abreast of the political happenings in our country.  However, I have noticed my zeal and excitement has somewhat waned.  I am a little tired of the political posturing and media soundbites to instigate or to mislead the public.  I tuned in to the Republican National Convention (and plan to do the same for the Democratic National Convention), and to me,  it was a long infomercial.  I really wanted to hear what Romney had to offer to the American people, but there wasn’t any substance to me.  Just a lot of romanticizing of yesteryear and no real plan to move the country forward.  You promise 12 million jobs, but how do you plan to do this?  At this point, I am waiting to hear from my President to see what is his counteroffer to America.  And I can’t wait to view the Presidential debates to have an opportunity to compare each of their positions.   

If there is anything I have faith in though, it is God, my work ethic, and commitment to make my community better.  The reality is that we don’t have to wait for a President to be elected to make a difference in our society.  I know that there is at least one issue that is important to you…your child’s education, the environment, affordable housing, economic development, etc.  I say get involved to bring about the positive change you want to see in your community.  And you don’t do this by being divisive or not willing to compromise (looking at you Republican Congress).  We must work together to ensure that every American has the right and opportunity to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Whatever your cause, Let’s Build it!          

Happy Labor Day Weekend.   Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂

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Cufflinks, Cocktails and Classic Happy Hour and Dinner Party with Vibes and Verbs performed by DJ Jahsonic (Howard University), Adrian Loving (Howard University) and DJ Stereo Faith (Morehouse College).

Friday, August 31

Hudson

2030 M St NW

5:30PM-2AM

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It’s been two years since BicycleSPACE opened and we want to celebrate with you.  We are inviting everyone to join us for another Full Moon Outing as we ride through the city on a pleasant summer night .  After the ride, we are hosting an Anniversary Bash at the NY Ave Beach Bar.  This Blue Moon, we will Bike to the Beach!  

Friday, August 31

BicycleSpace

1019 7th Street NW

8PM

RSVP here

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The Fountain of Youth Beny Blaq’s Official Birthday Party

Firday, August 31

Ozio’s

1813 M St NW

10PM-3AM

RSVP  here for complimentary admission (men until 11pm; women until 12am)

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DJ Dredd presents DC’s biggest Michael Jackson party.  Celebrate the life and music of Michael Joseph Jackson and the Jackson Family. Since MJ’s passing in 2009 Dominic Redd aka DJ Dredd has commemorated MJ’s birthday with DC’s biggest MJ celebration, featuring all the hits, remixes, rare cuts and videos by MJ and the Jackson Family. Joining DJ Dredd this year will be Grap Luva (host) and John Bowen aka Video Killers (video mix).

Friday, August 31

Howard Theater

635 Florida Ave NW

10:30PM-3AM

15 bucks

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AT&T Presents: The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Kickoff Rally with hosts Wendy Raquel Robinson & Fonzworth Bentley. Special appearances by Wale and E.U.

Friday, August 31

9:30 Club

815 V St NW

5PM

Free

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Summer, 2012 was something special. We laughed, cried, learned about ourselves, and worked up a sweat like never before. Let’s put a cherry on top of this thing with a throw down at the 9:30 Club, a tribute to warmer weather that we like to call…HOT PANTS

Friday, August 31

9:30 Club

815 V St NW

9PM

10 bucks

Get tickets here

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KanKouran’s Annual African dance and drum conference offers attendees a chance to experience the sights and sounds of West Africa. Hundreds of participants from across the country will visit DC to partake in three days of intense workshops in traditional African dance and drum, taught by master dancers and drummers from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea.

August 31-September 1

Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Circle, NW

Click here for schedule

Dance Classes – $20/class for adults and $15/class for children 16 and under

Drum Classes – $20/class (Drum classes must be purchased separately)

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The four-day Labor Day Festival is by far the largest annual event in Greenbelt. It started in 1955 and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the city and surrounding communities. There are amusement rides, carnival games, food booths, entertainment, sports activities, art shows, a used book sale, Miss Greenbelt Pageant, and a parade.

August 31-September 1

Roosevelt Center

101 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD

11AM-10PM

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Don’t let your summer get stuck in the rough–combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington area. Play holes inspired by architectural and landscape-oriented themes.

Until September 3

National Building Museum

401 F Street NW

5 bucks for each round

3 bucks w/ museum admission

Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

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The Kennedy Center hosts its eleventh annual Page-to-Stage festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.

September 1-3

Kennedy Center

2700 F Street NW

Saturday, September 1, 12–10 p.m.

Sunday, September 2, 6–7 p.m.

Monday, September 3, 1–10 p.m.

Click here for schedule

Free

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

General admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event

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The Nation’s Football Classic™ is an annual black college football game this year featuring Howard University against Morehouse College. In addition to the much anticipated on-field match up between two historic rivals, events include educational activities, fan experiences and networking opportunities. Organized by Events DC, the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, highlight the unity of African-American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions.

Saturday, September 1

RFK Stadium

2400 East Capitol Street, SE

3:30PM

Get tickets here

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Labor Day weekend join us for a Virgo bash as we celebrate the birthdays of Motions family members Ernest Fountain, Andrew Hogans, and Rhea Jones with special guest DJ’s Duce Martinez and Tee Alford.

Saturday, September 1

Uptown

1608 7th St NW

10PM

8 bucks in advance; 15 bucks at the door

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By popular request, DrumPulse presents “ELATE – The Official Labor Day Weekend International Celebration” featuring DMV’s favorite international DJ(DJ Kweks) and other guest international DJs. Your are specially invited to this ultimate international shindig. Come and socialize and party with some of the best minds in the DMV. Music: Top 40 Hiphop, Top African hits(Azonto, Nigerian Hiphop, Highlife, Coupe Decale, Makossa, Afrobeats, Kwaito, etc), Dancehall Raggae, House & Pop

Saturday, September 1

Bistro Bistro

1727 Connecticut Ave NW

10 bucks in advance; 20 bucks at door

Get tickets here

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DC Flea is a monthly pop-up market for men and women’s vintage clothes and accessories.

Sunday, September 2

Blackbyrd

2005 14th Street, NW

Noon-6PM

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9th Annual Collective Minds celebrating house music

Sunday, September 2

Druid Hill Park ,Chinese Pavillion

2600 Madison Ave  Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Noon-7PM

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The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season.

Sunday, September 2

West Lawn, U.S. Capitol

The closest Metro stations are Union Station and Capitol South

8PM (Gates open at 5Pm)

Free

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THE OLD SCHOOL HANG SUITE – VOLUME V, The White Party featuring DJ Biz Markie.  

Sunday, September 2

L’Enfant Plaza

8:30PM-2:30AM

20 bucks

Get tickets here

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The best in classic music . . .R & B Dance Classics, House, Funk, 80’s 90’s, Rare Grooves, Originals, Old School Hip Hop.

Sunday, September 1

Liv

2001 11th St NW

9PM-2AM

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The Underground Soul Solution featuring Sam “The Man” Burns and Kenny Dope Gonzalez

Sunday, September 1

ESL

1212 18th St NW

5:30PM-3AM

10 bucks

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