Freedom Friday: The Sisterhood Edition


Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are having a beautiful day. 🙂

The Centennial Celebration of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. has begun in DC. And since yesterday’s “takeover”, I’ve thought a lot about sisterhood. Like many women, I did not join a sorority. Even though I had my heart set on it in undergrad. But unfortunately, the sorority I was interested in was on probation. So my sorority dreams were crushed. I toyed with the option of “going grad”, but I never seemed to have the time or the passion as an adult for the membership process. Eventually, I came to accept that being a part of a sorority wasn’t a part of my life journey. And I am quite happy with “Mi Phi Mi”. 🙂

But seeing these sorority sisters makes me proud to be a part of the sorority of black sisterhood. These beautiful black women are coming together to celebrate and honor 100 years of “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood and Service”. Black women are a true force to be reckoned with! We are intelligent, fearless, industrious, compassionate, beautiful, loyal, committed, creative, lovable, purposeful, spiritual, just the name a few. But unfortunately, the world thinks differently based upon the images of black women in the media. This is why I am so happy that there are thousands of black women who have come to DC to show the world, and most importantly, our daughters and sons what is true womanhood.

Even though I might not have pledged a sorority, I still see these women as my sisters. We are black women who are striving to make this world better for our communities and future generations. Happy 100th Anniversary to the Distinguished Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

For this weekend, the DC Hip Hop Theater Festival is closing out this weekend while the Capital Fringe Fest is gearing up.

Be safe out there, and I will see you on the other side of the weekend.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂


In “Chocolate City Rest in Peace,” photographer Steven M. Cummings documents the many changes that Washington, DC has experienced since 1991. After living here for 22 years, he has come to realize the city is chocolate no more. The final curtain is beginning to draw on the black majority. This exhibit puts forth a small selection of the scenes he has captured. The included images attest to the special relationship he has formed with the city. Concurrently, “Mynd Up” by BK ADAMS•I AM ART will open downstairs at Honfleur Gallery.

July 12- August 30

Vivid Solutions DC
1241 Good Hope Road, SE
Akua Allrich as apart of their Friday Night Jazz Series! A great family concert and outing.
Friday, July 12
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I St SW
$5 — Children under 16 are FREE
Apart of the DC Hip Hop Theater Festival, Jack ya Body will feature some of the Nation’s most daring and creative Hip Hop Dance Theater artists from around the country. Long-time member of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Philadelphia breaking legend,Raphael Xavier, shares the stage with the animatronic transformations of Brooklyn’s premiere “street dancer,” Storyboard P.
July 12-13
Dance Place
3225 8th St NE
20 bucks
Get tickets here
A soulful night with Levi Stephens and Friends.
Friday, July 12
The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314
20 bucks
Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
DC’s very own The Sol Power All-Stars will close down the night with a special extended set playing their special blend Afro.Latin.Brazilian.House.Disco.Funk.
Friday, July 12
Rock N’ Roll Hotel
1353 H Street, NE
10 bucks in advance
12 bucks at the door
Get tickets here
FREE at Midnight with a set by The Sol Power All-Stars
Party on Two Levels! Groove to the sounds of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as we host The Hottest DAY Party of The Year! Music by DJ ONE LUV. Where else can you find a FREE Party during Centennial Weekend? NOWHERE!
Saturday, July 13
2001 11th St NW
The DC Caribbean Carnival will be combined with Baltimore’s celebration. The Baltimore/DC Caribbean Carnival is annual Caribbean style parade and festival designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the Baltimore-Washington, DC Metropolitan Areas community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. For more than 20 years, the parade has been a popular summer event featuring 30 participating groups representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora in colorful costumes portraying different themes, dancing to the sound of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin and Steel band music.
July 12-13
900 E 33rd Street & Alameda, Baltimore, MD (Parade)
Lake Clifton Park, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD (Festival)
10 bucks – Festival

The Lake Arbor Jazz Festival is bigger and better in 2013! From a youth jazz ensemble, to traditional jazz vocalists, to contemporary jazz favorites, we’re bringing it all in 2013! Artists: Eric Darius (sax), Bob Baldwin (keyboards), Deborah Bond (R&B vocals), Shelby Brown (sax), Collaboration, Alan King, Secret Society and a surprise national recording artist (soon to be announced)!

Saturday, July 13
Lake Arbor Community Center Grounds
10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD 20721
Noon – 9PM
10 bucks in advance
15 bucks at the door
Celebrate Bastille Day at L’Enfant’s Adams Morgan block party. There will be a French maid race, in which 40 men and women in black-and-white outfits race to fill a champagne glass with soup spoons of water. The night features can-can dancing, burlesque dancers, and DJs. The night ends with an outdoor masquerade ball; masks will be distributed after “Marie Antoinette” arrives about 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 13
L’Enfant Cafe
2000 18th St NW
6 bucks
Get tickets here
code red
Come join us for our unique twist on the Red Light Special. DJ Jimmy Phingaz & DJ Blakk Steel will be providing the soundscape
Saturday, July 13
The Tap & Parlour at Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th St, NW
WHUR 96.3FM – INNER CAUCUS – SoulStew Entertainment
Cordially Invite You To our Annual SUMMER WHITE SOIREE (Centennial Edition)
Saturday, July 13
L’Enfant Plaza
470-490 & 955 L’Enfant Plaza, SW,
Click here for tickets
Join us for Vinyl + Vino DC, a monthly listening session created to build community around good music, good drinks, and vinyl culture.
Sunday, July 14
1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE

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