Hello Beautiful People!
It is good to be back on the scene.
As you know, I had to go on hiatus to get married! And it was one of the best days of my life. As a friend said to me, you are now “ThatMarriedKellieGirl”! 🙂 I am truly happy and still on cloud 9. I will definitely have to give you guys a recap with some photos and my suggestions on planning a wedding. I will admit, after a while, I was just ready to get married because our lives were consumed by the wedding. And the closer the big day approached, the more hectic things were…either something falls through or someone cancels. However, my biggest challenge was my guest list and the seating arrangement. You try to accommodate as many family requests as possible, but the reality is that everyone can’t come. Weddings are very personal affairs. So I wanted to be surrounded by people who I know love and support us. Marriage isn’t a game or to be entered into lightly. You are entering a covenant with person before God and the whole community of family and friends. So when I said my vows, I became very emotional because I took those words to heart. When I look at my family and my husband’s family, we are standing on the shoulders of collectively 80 years of marriage. And I know neither have perfect marriages, but I admire their commitment to each other and their families. I believe we have a great foundation to build upon, and just as important, accountability.
So me and my boo and have now upgraded to husband and wife status, and we are excited to step out! 🙂 Hopefully, we will see you out there. And you might see us at one the fabulous events below.
Love ya’ll! 🙂
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
VENUS AND SERENA takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but dominating the women’s game for over a decade. The film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top.
West End Cinema
2301 M St NW
Click here for showtimes and tickets
The 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival kicks off this week featuring today’s top jazz artists over three nights. This three-night event is hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater.
May 16-May 18
2700 F St NW
Thursday, May 16–saxophonist Tineke Postma and her Quartet, Pianist Amina Claudine Myers and her Trio, and NEA Jazz Master vocalist Sheila Jordan and vocalist Jay Clayton
Friday, May 17–Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread, pianist Helen Sung and her Quintet, and the vocal trio Tillery featuring Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato, and Becca Stevens
Saturday, May 18–flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana’s Exploration
Click here for the time and tickets
The Sol Power formula is Afro.Latin.Brazilian.House.Disco.Funk. This includes cumbia, afrobeat, coupe decale, samba, soca, afro-house, and much more. The Sol Power All-Stars always extend a warm welcome to top shelf selector Lil’ Dave of Philadelphia’s Ill Vibe Collective.
Friday, May 17
2001 14th St NW
Join Life Coach Tiffany L. Scott for the Sisters Supporting Sisters Walk: Because I am my sister’s keeper. To reach your goals, you must get in MOTION and take ACTION. It is known that we can do more TOGETHER than we can do alone. Just bring your water, your walking shoes and be ready to GET MOVING!
Saturday, May 18
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Free, but must register here
Over 100 art museums across North America will offer free or reduced admission, special programs, or other initiatives as part of their celebrations of Art Museum Day on May 18 in conjunction with International Museum Day, organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums. This day emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides a range of opportunities for audiences to engage with the diverse programs that art museums offer.
Saturday, May 18
Click here for a list of museums offering free or discounted admission
Come enjoy an evening of Jazz and splendor with Akua Allrich at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental! “Akua Allrich is a fresh new voice whose stage presence, vocal chops and joy in performing are gaining notice wherever she performs. She’ll appear with Chris Grasso, piano…”
Saturday, May 18
1330 Maryland Ave SW
There is no cover charge, but there is a $25 per person minimum charge.
All the Jheri Curl Funk, Champagne Soul, Lazer Boogie and SLOW JAM goodness from 1977 – 1987 you expect from us, as well as: playertastic tuxes, corsages, taffeta dresses, Mr. G, the “Picture Man”, and the coronation of the Axel F Prom King & Queen.
Saturday, May 18
2001 11th St NW
Beltsville Day is a celebration of community with performances on two stages, food by local non-profit organization, games and rides for kids, lots of displays by local businesses, demonstrations by the Beltsville VFD and the Prince George’s County Beltsville Police. The event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 19
Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD