Freedom Friday

this week

Hello Good People.

This week has been the week for news…from the Voting Rights Act and DOMA to the Trayvon Martin Trial to Paula Deen.  America is going through some changes to say the least.  However, I believe each of these events have revealed our need for compassion each other.  And to get straight to the point, we need to think before we speak.   And I am not innocent.   I truly think that if we take one minute to think about what we’re about to  speak, text, post or email,  we might consider an edit or just need to delete it.   But ultimately, what you say speaks volumes about  you rather than the person or thing you are speaking about. #tbt  As the old folks used to say…if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself!

Hopefully, we can finish the week on a higher note.

The DC Black Theater Festival and the  Source Festival closes out this weekend as well as the The A T & T National Golf Tournament

Enjoy and be safe!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl 🙂


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicked off this week.  The festival is a special annual event sponsored each June-July by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage celebrating cultural traditions around the world. The Folklife Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of the 2013 program will be: Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival; One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage and Will to Adorn: African-American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress.

June 26–30 and July 3–7

National Mall

Between 7th and 14th St NW

11 AM to 5:30 PM;  Evening events begin at 5:30PM



Martin Luther King in Washington DC.

Opening today, the one-room exhibition spotlights the icon in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  Photos and memorabilia chart King’s society-altering actions and influence.

June 28, 2013-June 1, 2014

National Portrait Gallery

Eighth and F Sts NW




Come join DJ Esikmo and some friends over at Chez Billy this Friday for another night of Looking for the Perfect Beat!

Friday, June 28

Chez Billy

3815 Georgia Avenue NW





Spinning the Best in Soca and Reggae. Text ‘Caribbean Fridays’ to 240-606-5268 for your RSVP text.

Friday, June 28

JIN Lounge

2017 14th St NW


10 bucks ALL NIGHT w/RSVP



Free Summer Saturday at the Corcoran Museum.  The museum opens its doors, waives its admission fee and offers tours, workshops and activities Saturdays through Labor Day.

May 25- August 1

Corocoran Museum

500 17th St. NW




A seven-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer and record producer, Joe Thomas (known to many simply as “Joe”) burst onto the scene with his 1997 Platinum album All That I Am. The disc reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart and No. 4 on the R&B chart, featuring “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do” and “Don’t Wanna Be a Player.”

Saturday June 29

Howard Theater

620 T St NW


$36.50 advance, $40 day of show

Get tickets here



1958 is the the year that the superheroes of pop music– Prince, Madonna & Michael Jackson were born.

Saturday, June 29

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW


15 bucks



Miss Africa USA Pageant 2013 The Grand Finals and Coronation Ceremony 25 contestants from 25 African countries will compete for the coveted crown.

Saturday, June 29

The Fillmore Silver Spring

8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD


35 in advance; 50 bucks at the door

Click here for tickets



The 7-7-7 Project supports philanthropic community cause charity organizations. This year in DC we will be supporting Fashion For the Cure an annual event, which raises awareness and funds for DC-area breast cancer initiatives through fashion and art. “Fashion for the Cure” is the signature program for the non-profit organization, Cause and Affect, Inc.

Saturday, June 29

Italian Embassy

3000 Whitehaven St NW


General Adm- $55

VIP- $85

Get tickets here



Washington, DC’s ONLY Record Fair, the quarterly DC Record Fair is brought to you by Som Records, DC Soul Recordings, and The Vinyl District.  Cocktails, food, and DJs!!!!

Sunday, June 30

Penn Social

801 E Street NW


$5 Early bird admission from 11-12, $2 after.


Petworth Jazz Project …. One Saturday evening per month, the community park at the Petworth Recreation Center at Eighth and Taylor streets comes alive with jazz. Neighbors spread blankets on the grassy field and set out picnic spreads while taking in well-known local acts.

Sunday, June 29

Petworth Recreation Center

801 Taylor Street NW





Briggs Management & Enterprises has created an event for the public to enjoy, but with a new partnership with Takoma Station Tavern in the works, its time to bring back great music, quality shows and mature clientele all to the same place.  Starting the last Sunday in June, we will aim to bring you the best the city has to offer in live entertainment. The first event in this series The Return of Real Music, features the prominent return of two of the most soulful, genuine spirits in the independent industry, Gloria Ry’ann & Tamika Love Jones.

Sunday, June 30

Takoma Station Tavern

6914 4th St NW


15 bucks in advance; More at the door



Kes the band’s unique blend of soulful vocals and calypso-inspired melodies, over a fusion of rock riffs and island beats, hints of soca and reggae, can best be described as Caribbean Pop. This style has elevated Kes to stardom, allowing the band to become a household name in Trinidad & Tobago and throughout the Caribbean circuit including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, but also garnering attention from the mainstream market, where they consistently win over audiences with their electric and high-energy performances!

Sunday, June 30

Howard Theater

620 T St NW


$30 in advance ; $35 at the door

Get tickets here

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