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Black History Month Program

Friday night, we attended a Black History Month program at Masjid Al-Islam and it was great!  The program included short talks by several members in the community, including Thaxton Abshalom Watersan artist who’s recently opened an Art Lifestyle Lounge & Gallery, and Edward Kendall – a local lawyer and long-term school board member who’s written a book about historic Jefferson Street.

I wish the pictures I took came out better, but here is a group photo of all the speakers and several people officially recognized during the program.

Kaleya and her classmates put on a play based on the life of Malcolm X.  Kaleya had two roles – one as “Shorty” and one as Narrator at the end of the play. We are so proud of her and all her school mates.  :-)

 

Celebrating a Birthday

Yesterday, Kaleya and Q and I took a trip over to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka Dragon Park b/c there is a big dragon sculpture on the playground to play on) to celebrate the 7th birthday of a family friend. We are a single car family and since Kalonji had to report for reserve duty this weekend, we took the bus. I had not realized it, but this was Kaleya’s first time riding the bus – she was so excited about it!  We had a fun day!

the bday girl opens presents

lining up at for the egg race

the finish line is ready for them

the bday celebration crew

Q in the mouth of the dragon sculpture

Kaleya in the mouth of the dragon

more play on the dragon sculpture

I also captured a video of Q rolling down a hill – loved hearing his giggle as he came down. :-)

A Childhood Dream Realized

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of my favorite rap groups. When Thugggish Ruggish Bone came out, I bought the EP and listened to that song over and over and over again in my college dorm room for 3 hours straight. Good times :-)  Along the way in my fandom, I passed the love onto my sister and she too is an avid Bone fan. Last night, she was able to go see two of the members, Krayzie & Wish, perform in downtown Nashville at 12th & Porter.  Kelli was SO excited and had a great time!

Krazyie, Kelli & Wish

BTNH T-Shirt w/ Krazyie & Wish signatures

To hear Kelli tell it, it was great music and great fun! I sent a Tweet to Krayzie to let him know she’d enjoyed it, and then Krazyie tweeted me back! How cool is that???

and he tweeted me back :-)

Maybe next time they come through I’ll be able to go. :-)

Live Blog: Here Come the Tornadoes?

5:40pm – home now. seems the storms are passed for good. gonna stop the live blog now :-)  Here is a puddle we saw leaving campus.

4:43pm - 1st round gone, but 2nd wave coming.

4:33pm – back upstairs from the basement. Shuttles were all parked in the circle at work.

4:05 pm — the weather Was right on top of us. Am in the basement at work.

3:50pm – well, here’s a bright spot to my afternoon – Kaleya’s monkey from a school project.  Still waiting to go to the basement at work. Sirens going off at work.

3:38pm – the job just announced we are in “Standby” for the tornado.

3:30pm.  – This movie is part of the reason why I am scared of tornadoes.

3:15 pm

3pm – Okay – so, I am a bit freaked out right now. We have tornado activity (or very possible tornado activity) headed towards Nashville right now. Thought I would live blog it as I am tracking all that is going on.

  • cells on the other side of Memphis are what is coming our way; activity southwest of us in Lincoln County has hook echoes and at least one report of a funnel touchdown
  • The Weather Channel has reporters in town now prepping for the coverage. Not cool. Check out their spot - they can see downtown Nashville.
  • Kelli says this reminders her of the earthquakes
  • oh! brand new tornado warning to the west of Nashville – storms travelling 70mph

Social Media – FTW with the East Coast Earthquake

Was online earlier today and saw two Facebook comments about an earthquake on the East Coast. Where did I go first for the news?? Twitter of course.  After reading some info there, then I went to CNN and was most dismayed that I had no ability to connect to any live video.

So far, all my family and friends are okay so that’s good.  And, I am tickled by how pervasive social media has been during this.  Some of my social media faves…

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RT @MalindaFrevert: Congrats Libya, you just got Kanye-ed by the #Earthquake in DC
Aug 23 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

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This cartoon explains how tweets travel faster than seismic waves http://t.co/1y6IjxX#earthquake #@
Aug 23 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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Only in #NY do you feel an #earthquake and instead of evacuating you check into foursquare.
Aug 23 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

earthquake devastation:

snapshot of FourSquare Check-ins

 

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TRB staff are okay after the earthquake. Now, the books in the TRB library…that’s another story: http://t.co/r2sCCk5
Aug 23 via CoTweetFavoriteRetweetReply

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Knew we were going to be fine when 15 minutes passed and a hoodie-clad @andersoncooper still hadn’t materialized #earthquake
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BREAKING: LoonBat Bachmann demands to see earthquake’s magma-encrusted birth certificate.
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I heard the comedian Earthquake just got a deal.
Aug 23 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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Slavery & Christianity

This week, Kalonji, the kids and I, stopped by the Harambe House for a book signing by Rev. Dr. Marlene L. Garland-Hill.  It was such a pleasure to meet her- she is a very warm and nurturing person. Her book. Slavery & Christianity, is the result of research she conducted in Ghana and other places overseas about the role that Christianity played in the slave trade.  She has traced her ancestral origins back to Ghana, and is professionally involved and connected with business and organizations there.  She spoke at some length about her drive to enable people (especially children), to experience a trip to Ghana and has ongoing efforts to facilitate trips there for the Pan African Festival, or PANAFEST.

Jihad & Kaleya w/ Dr. Rev. Marlene L. Garland-Hill.

Dr. Garland-Hill signed her book for the kids and it was a very inspired inscription.   Visit her website to learn more about her and her efforts.  While we can’t make it away for a trip to Ghana this year, I do believe it on Kalonji’s wish list for one day!

 

All About Town

This weekend has been a fairly quiet one for us.  It did not start off very well for me – I either caught a stomach virus or had a case of food poisoning on Friday and as a result spent ALL DAY in bed.  I felt really horrible and was very glad to see Saturday morning come and my vigor return.   I even felt well enough to keep to our plans for the day – a birthday party and a Nashville RollerGirls game.

The birthday party was held at Centennial Park and was for one of Kaleya’s good friends who turned 7 this week. Unfortunately, I did not take many pictures at all of the party itself,  just one of most of the group.

birthday party gathering in the park

Since we were in the park, I did wish to take the kids to go see the Athena statue in the Parthenon. My last visit was years ago, well before she was gilded in gold, so I too wanted to see it.  Jihad was able to tell me all the details about Athena for he’d been studying Greek Mythology in school – I was duly impressed. :-)

kids in front of the statue of Athena in the Parthenon

After the party we came home and I spent about an hour or so tidying the house – then we had to get ready for the Nashville RollerGirls (NRG) season operner  game.  We are fans and I did a great post last year related to a game we went to for Jihad’s birthday.  This weekend, they played Kansas City and KC was no joke! Unfortunately, NRG lost but it was still a great game.

Here’s a video clip of a jam by Rambo Sambo

and one of part of the halftime show by the JeerLeaders; this is great b/c you see one of the fans really getting into the performance (about 14 seconds in).  I am hoping maybe someone else got an even better video of this!

Had a great day overall.  Today we rested, doing much of nothing.  I was honestly a little wiped out from having been out most of the day yesterday.  This upcoming week is going to be extremely busy so a girl needs her rest.

 

Attending an Art Show

Last night we, the kids, and a family friend, visited the HA Factory, a new art gallery downtown.  A friend, Elisheba Israel,  was participating in an art exhibit as part of Nashville’s monthly Downtown Art Crawl and their show was titled “The Rebirth of Black.”  The gallery is next to the Arcade downtown.

The art there was beautiful! I didn’t catch the names of all the pieces, but here are a few of the pieces we saw.

afro-blue impressions

tree of life

father & daughter

bill cosby

sidney poitier

We purchased art prints by Elisheba and another artist, Michael “Ol Skool” Mucker.

Jihad & friend with Elisheba Israel

Jihad & friend with Michael Mucker

Thanks to the artists & the HA Factory for an enjoyable evening!