Another weekend is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. Tonight is all about watching one of my favorite movies, Love Jones, for me. Tomorrow we are all going up to annapolis as Johanna’s dada does some sort of watersport while Johanna and I have a picnic nearby and enjoy. Sunday we shall relax, relate and release after church…annnnd probably do some laundry and cooking too. I hope you have a fun one!
Mouse on the Move Imagination Station
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD When: Time slots from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Admission: $12
The Mouse on the Move tells the story of two adventurous mice who go on an adventure to explore the world around them, including the moon which of course is made of cheese!
National Day of Dance The Kennedy Center
2700 F. Street, NW
Washington, DC When: Various Times between 1:00–11:30pm Admission: Free
The Kennedy Center, Dizzy Feet Foundation and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton bring you the National Dance Day! There will be dance performances, interactive dance lessons, live music and more. If you’re a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, you’ll love this event. You can find an event schedule here.
Mini Golf National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC When: Various Times Admission: $5
The National Building Museum just got a little more exciting. Come out and enjoy the indoor miniature golf course with its colorful 18 holes. See what the team of designers did to make it a feast for your eyes.
Melon Out Weekend Ticonderoga Farms
26469 Ticonderoga Road
Chantilly, VA When: 10am-5pm Admission: $8.95, 2 and under free (free slice of watermelon with admission)
Bring your family out for a summertime favorite – WATERMELONS! While you’re there competing in the watermelon eating contest, take a hayride, jump on the large jumping pillows, or dare to cross Virginia’s longest swinging bridge.
I know that it’s been some time since I’ve been here. I’m way overdue for a post. I simply couldn’t write. My heart has been so heavy and I just wasn’t ready to put my thoughts out into the universe just yet. I still don’t think I’m ready, but something in me won’t allow me to write about all the fun things I want to like new hairstyles and funny things Johanna comes up with, before writing about the event that took place on July 13th. So, here goes. If you’re exhausted from hearing about it, I won’t be hurt if you skip this entry.
Saturday July 13, 2013 I was on edge. The jury was still out discussing George Zimmerman’s fate and I was at home going back and forth between being hopeful and nervous. I was actually supposed to come back on here and finish my entry for Kidriffic weekends, but I could NOT pull myself away from the tv. I wanted to be present when the jury came back in. That Saturday was also apart of a big week of events. The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta were in town celebrating their centennial. The energy in the city was awesome, and after cancelling on friends Friday night I couldn’t wait to finally get into the city and have some fun. Mingle with folks, have fun with old friends, meet new ones. As the day wore on I got dressed, and did my makeup, all with my eyes on the tv. Nothing. They didn’t have a verdict by the time I left the house.
That night I went to dinner with a friend. We ate great sushi, and I only checked my phone a hundred times for the verdict. While waiting for her to come back from the ladies room someone text me that the verdict was in. Yikes! I was in a restaurant that didn’t have a tv and we didn’t even have our checks yet. I rushed to get the check and pay it, then I grabbed our belongings so that we could run a couple of doors down to catch the verdict. As we approached Matchbox restaurant I saw grim looks on the faces of the people there. Surely they were just looking that way because they were anxious to hear the verdict. As I walked in my heart dropped. I saw the words Verdict: Not Guilty on the screen below Zimmerman’s face and I stood there stunned. I remember saying Wha…what? WHAT??? I felt like was I being bamboozled. WTF were they talking about? Not Guilty of what? Maybe there were multiple charges and he wasn’t found guilty of one of them, but surely he was guilty of manslaughter. When I realized that they meant he was free to go there was a wailing that took place inside of me that eventually made it pass my throat and I ended up bended over sobbing. My friend grabbed me and walked me outside telling me that she understood my pain. I was in shock. My heart was broken. I know that this country has gone through a lot with race, but for the first time in my life I felt like America broke my heart. It felt like a really bad breakup that I didn’t see coming. How is it possible that this happened?
How is it that a teenage boy coming home from the store after buying skittles and tea could be shot dead and his killer walked away. How? Some say he was the aggressor. Well let me make you a promise. If you GET OUT OF YOUR CAR TO PURSUE ME, I guarantee you I’m going to knuckle up and fight for my life. Think about it people. What do you tell your kids all the time? Don’t talk to strangers. If you feel like someone is following you, get to a safe place. You tell your kids this because anyone that is following them IS the aggressor and is up to no good. Trayvon Martin could be alive right now if Zimmerman would have done what the authorities told him to do. They told him that they did not need for him to follow Trayvon. But he did. And then he didn’t take the time to say hi, I’m apart of the neighborhood watch and I’ve never seen you before, etc. etc. Nope, he didn’t do that. That could’ve made Trayvon feel a little more comfortable. But instead he pursued him and now Trayvon is dead. The fact that a killer got off for this murder broke my heart. The fact that this was a black boy threw me into despair.
This is the message that came across – The lives of African American boys in this country mean nothing. They are disposable. It’s okay to profile black folk. A CHILD wearing a hoodie is obviously up to no good. My God, do you know how many times I wore hoodies in college walking around at night??? That somehow made me a threat???? The idea is ludicrous. Just plain dumb. And this law, this stand your ground law? It’s dangerous. It gives people the ability to kill someone just because. I mean honestly, who is going to refute their story? Surely not the other person in the case because, well, they’re dead!
I’m not going to get into how unfair this case was since Zimmerman got to testify via video without being cross examined. I’m not going to talk about how Don West tried to tear Raychel Jeantile down, a young lady who was the very last person to speak to Trayvon one minute before he was killed and how she obviously has PTSD. I’m not going to get into how the prosecutors didn’t act like they cared until way later in the proceedings when it was almost closing arguments time. Maybe it was because of how evidence was gathered against Trayvon from the very beginning instead of against Trayvon and Zimmerman making it a little more fair, or maybe they just really didn’t give any damns. Who knows. All I know is that when I got home that Saturday night I went in the room and kissed Johanna on the head, praising God that I didn’t give birth to a little black boy. I also officially closed up my uterus in my mind. No more kids for me. I’m too afraid that I’m going to give birth to a black male child and that is just too much for me to bear. I already have to fight for Johanna’s self-esteem being a dark girl in a color obsessed world, but the lessons that moms and dads of black males have to teach their children? I can’t. I mean really, what do you tell your son to do based off of this case? Don’t walk while Black? I mean seriously, Trayvon wasn’t bothering anyone. How do you tell your kids that minding their own business isn’t enough?
I’m going to leave it there. This is a subject I can talk about forever. At the end of the day it makes me incredibly sad. I’ve cried off an on since the verdict. I’ve cried for Trayvon’s family, for this country that seems to be going backwards when it comes to race relations, and for every Black child that is alive. So many think racism is dead. No, it’s not. Pay attention. Look for the stories that main stream media refuses to tell you because it doesn’t bring them extra viewership or more money. Step out of your box, your comfort zone, and see what’s really going on. And get involved! I mean get involved in government on the local level. Know what is going on in your community and what bills and laws your state is trying to pass. Do something! Don’t just stand there and watch your life. Be an active participant for you and future generations.
You have probably noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet lately. I didn’t even come back last weekend to finish my events post. That’s because the Zimmerman trial had me biting my nails, and afterwards had me sick to my stomach. I’ll have a post on that later, but today’s event is dedicated to Trayvon Martin.
There well be a vigil held outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse on Constitution Avenue NW at noon. Be there, if possible, with your Skittles, hoodies and tea.
That’s it. If you do something with your family this weekend, go to that rally. Fruitvale Station is also playing at E Street Theatre in DC. Very fitting, no? Have a great weekend. Take time to reflect on race in this country and how to have that discussion with your children.
Ack! I am in the middle of doing 10000 things at once, so for now I am posting Friday events. This evening I will finish up the post with Saturday and Sunday events. Stay tuned!
Peter Pan and Wendy
4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, Maryland When: Friday – Sunday 10:30am/11:00am/1:30pm/4:00/pm Admission: $12+
Take the kids on an adventure with Peter Pan and Wendy as they battle Captain Hook and decide if growing up is a bad thing.
River Arts Workshop: Imagining Anacostia River
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC When: 10:30am-12:30pm Admission: Free
Visual artist Jay Coleman will take your family on a journey to imagine what the Anacostia River will look like in the year 2032. Preregistration is preferred so please call 202.633.4844.
National Museum of Natural History
1100 Jefferson Dr, SW, Washington, DC When: 7pm-8:45am Admission: $135, ages 8-12
Have fun in the museum at night. Here’s a chance for the kids to have an interactive experience at the museum as well as view the IMAX film Born to be Wild. Limited availability!
Stories in Art
National Gallery of Art
401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC When: Times Vary Admission: Free, ages 4-7
Introduce your kids to art through storytelling and experimentation.
Stories in Art
National Gallery of Art
401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC When: Times Vary Admission: Free, ages 4-7
Introduce your kids to art through storytelling and experimentation
Capital Fringe Festival
Various Locations When: Friday-Sunday Admission: Varies by performance
This year the Capital Fringe Festival has included numerous kids films including shows like The Crayon King and Kids in Space. For more details and scheduling please check the Capital Fringe Festival website: https://www.capitalfringe.org/
Do you love Jill Scott as much as I do? Then you will definitely want to get you a piece of this. The National Museum of African Art presents a discussion with singing artist Jill Scott on Friday, August 9 from 7-8:30pm. Tickets for General admission and VIP tickets are on sale right now! You can buy your tickets here. Hope to see you there! ~JM
Last Sunday (June 30th, yes, I am late lol) The FABBGirls Club had an A-List Shopping Event at Aldo Accessories, Pentagon City Mall. What a time it was! I was in accessories heaven! If you know me, you know that I love accessories. Sunglasses and earrings are my absolute faves! This event did not disappoint. The event offered exclusive discounts, a fun accessory competition (I lost) a drawing for a $25 Aldo gift card (I won!), and more. I had a great time. Thanks to my friend, blogger and one of the fabb girls, Nae for the invitation. Check out her blog I Choose the Sun. It’s full of upcoming event details.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Thank God for a day off (let’s just be honest) and for an opportunity to celebrate the the good ole U.S.A.! I have the mini-me’s outfit ready and even my own owww! My husband is firing up the grill as we speak and he’s right on time because there are few things I love more from a bbq than a burnt hot dog! We’re gonna stick close to home today, celebrating all day in Maryland for the first time ever. If you’re stuck on what to do, check out the events below and perhaps you too can celebrate in your own neighborhood!
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
National Independence Day Parade Constitution Avenue NW, 7th-17th Streets
Join the crowd on Constitution Avenue to watch the annual Independence Day parade! Take in the site sof the floats, marching bands, jumbo balloons and more. You would want to get there early to secure a good spot! And don’t forget to bring your water!
Independence Day Celebration
When: all day (and evening)
Once the parade is over, head on over to the national mall for a day of 4th of July fun. Enjoy the Folklife Festival, picnics and more. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the annual concert will not be held this year. The fireworks begin at 9:10pm.
A Capitol Fourh
West Lawn on the Capitol
When: 8-9:30p. Admissions begins at at 3pm
Orchestra and several pop artists will perform partriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. You can see the fireworks from here, so it’s a great two in one deal! Performances this year include Neil Diamond performing his song again, Darren Criss from Glee, American Idol winner Candice Glover, the National Symphony Orchestra and many more exciting acts. And Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars” is hosting once again.
America’s Pasttime Nationals Park
Admission: Ticket prices vary
They say baseball is America’s game (I disagree, it’s totally FOOTBALL!!!), so why not spend the day at Nats Park? Watch the teams play on the 4th when the Nats don their blue patriotic uniforms as part of the Patriotic Series AND be part of the audience as Neil Diamond debuts his new single that honors Boston Marathon victims. Tickets are available for all of the games.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
When: 10am – 4pm
Celebrate July 4th at the National Archives Building with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. There will also be historical guests and family activities from 11am – 4pm. The full schedule of events is available on the National Archives website.
Falls Church 4th of July Celebration George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike When: 7pm Admission: Free
Entertainment begins at 7pm with a live performance by The Apple Core, co-sponsored by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society as a part of this summer’s Concerts in the Park Series. The Falls Church City Concert Band will perform during the concert’s intermission. Fireworks will follow at 9:20pm.
An American Celebration Mount Vernon
When: 8am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adults, $7/ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under
Enjoy daytime fireworks at the home of George Washington. Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.”
Arlington’s Independence Day Party Long Bridge Park, Arlington, VA
When: 8am – 5pm
The Verve Pipe will perform and family-friendly events like face-painting, kickball and lawn games will take place.
Vienne Fireworks Festival Vienna Community Center
127 Center St. S., Vienna, VA
When: 11 a.m.
Events include a pet parade, chili cook-off and arts & crafts. Fireworks start at 9:15.
Bowie 4th of July Celebration
Prince George’s Stadium
4101 Crain Hwy Bowie, MD When: 7pm Admission: Free
The fireworks have moved from Allen Pond Park in Bowie to Baysox Field. Entertainment begins at 7pm, and fireworks will start at 9:15pm.
Rockville 4th of July Celebration
Montgomery College – Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration will include music, entertainment and fireworks.
University of Maryland July 4th Celebration
Lot 1 at University of Maryland When: 5pm Admission: Free
Join the University of Maryland for a free concert and fireworks spectacular. Concessions (hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water) open at 5pm, entertainment by The Rock-n-Roll Relics begins at 7pm, and the fireworks show will start at dusk, about 9pm. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed.
Gaithersburg’s Fourth of July Celebration
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street When: 5pm Admission: Free
A lively concert will open with “Elizabeth Phil & Chris” at 5:30 p.m. and headliner “The Lloyd Dobler Effect” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Strolling entertainers and family-friendly games and activities will delight kids of all ages. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall When: All weekend Admission: Free
The annual Folklife Festival is held on the national mall every summer. You will have the chance to visit special exhibits, performances, demonstrations and more. Make sure to dress for the weather and take water bottles with you.
Summer Fun Deal
The NewseumNational Mall
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW When: Now – Labor Day Admission: Adults – $21.95 + tax, Kids thru age 18 admitted free
Every year the Newseum waives the admissions fee for youth visitors. Up to four kids can get in free with each paid adult admission or Press Pass membership. The Summer fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days. I personally wnat to go to see the 9/11 exhibit. There is an area where kids can go pretend to be a news reporter, take a ride up a glass hydraulic elevator to a balcony that overlooks DC. Great fun for everyone.
American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt
American Girl Store
Tyson’s Corner Center, McLean, VA When: July 5, 1 p.m. Admission: Free
Come learn about the American Girl characters by taking a scavenger hunt through the store and getting a free American Girl poster.
Summer Evening Concert Series
Lubber Run Amphitheater
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50), Arlington, VA When: Now through August 3 at 8 p.m. Admission: Free
bring the whole family to enjoy music, theater and dance concerts under the stars. On July 5 Colleen Shanley and Grand Junction will perform.
Live Animal Show
Clearwater Nature Center
11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, MD When: July 6 10-11 a.m.. Admission: $2 for residents; $3 for non-residents
Come out to meet some of the nature center’s live animals like snakes, turtles, toads, or other live animals. Pre-registration through SMARTLink is strongly encouraged.
Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Rd Great Falls, VA When: July 7 noon-4 p.m. Admission: Free
Bring the kids to meet woodcarders who will help them carve creatures out of a block of wood.
Teddy Bear Picnic Day
Leesylvania State Park
Woodbridge, VA When: July 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free
This is a great event for the family! Pick up some scissors and bring a teddy to make blankets for kids that could use a nice, warm blanket.
ImaginAsia: Children’s Toys
Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC When: July 7, 2 p.m. Admission: Free
Use an activity guide to explore the exhibition “One Man’s Search for Ancient China.” Make your own miniature clay person, animal or object.