It’s FRIDAY!!! I hope you all had a great week! Another work week is under our belts. This is going to be a busy weekend for your girl. On Saturday, I have a barbecue and a birthday party to attend, and on Sunday, I have brunch (unlimited mimosas!), a meeting, AND a conference call! Whew, I’m tired just thinking about it! In any event, let’s get this show on the road. I decided to do a DC highlight of the news this week as a lot has happened, and I’ve had a chance to attend some great events and there has been some tragedies.
First, sadly, another one of our young men has been murdered. Sixteen year old Anthony Barnes was struck by a single bullet early Wednesday morning in Southeast DC. The Maryland teen was visiting his brother, and the two decided to go to a local gas station to get a snack. An older man approached the teen, and as he tried to flee, he was shot. The reason for the attack is still unknown, and no arrests have been made. Anthony was your typical teenager-he liked sports, music, and girls. This death is a mystery to his family, and I’m sure the rest of the community. I hope justice is served swiftly, and I wish his family peace while dealing with this tragedy.
On Tuesday, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the DC Mayoral Forum at the NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) Building. As I was heavily involved with the political process when I lived in Florida, I was very happy to have this opportunity to attend this forum. This will be my first time voting in the Nation’s capital, and I want to make sure I vote for the man who I think will do the best job. First, Mayor Adrian Fenty. He spoke about what he has done in his current administration, which is a lot, but I wish he would have spoken more on what he plans to do if re-elected. Next, Council Chairman Vince Gray. He had an answer for everything. He had some great ideas as they pertained to Education and HIV/AIDS, but the thing that concerned me was he didn’t stand behind his vote for current DC Attorney General Peter Nickles. Even if someone made a “bad” decision, you should stand behind it, because if you make “bad” decisions, are you going to apologize for them in the future??? Lastly, we have former newscaster Leo Alexander. This man should be a comedian, seriously. He made the audience laugh, and of course made shots at his two opponents. He had some wonderful ideas; my only concern is are they realistic? When I left on Tuesday, I said that I had made a decision-now I’m not sure. I will definitely continue to do my research on all three candidates.
Last night, Anthony David came back to DC. The opening act was a band called Ndelible. They were really good, and the lead singer sounds very much like John Legend, whom I absolutely LOVE! After about an hour, Anthony FINALLY made his way to the stage. (You may have seen my tweets of aggravation.) Needless to say, my linesister and I, and probably everyone else, were tired and slightly agitated. Turns out the drummer was late. (My linesister found out after talking to someone at the bar.) I almost left, but I really wanted to see him, so we persevered and stayed. And I’m glad we did. The show was great, even though I didn’t get the opportunity to talk to him afterwards. It was almost midnight, and I do have a job…The one thing I didn’t like is that there was no official announcement made regarding the delay of the show-the host didn’t say anything, nor the club personnel. So if anyone from Liv comes across this post, or you know someone from Liv, please pass the message along-If there is an unforeseen delay in a performance, it’s customary practice to let the audience know what’s going on. Thanks!)
So, that’s this week in news, DC edition! What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re in the DMV, I’m sure you’ll be at FedEx Field for the Beltway Battle (Redskins vs. Ravens). What are some things that happened in your city this week? And feel free to comment on any topic that I’ve discussed. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Anthony David is an AMAZING artist, and he’s coming back to DC on August 19. I’ve already planned on going, and luckily, a friend who will be in town for a conference is coming with me! Mr. David’s smooth, melodic voice has captivated many audiences around the globe. At the suggestion of some of my friends via Twitter last summer, I bought a ticket to his show. As I wasn’t that familiar with him, I went to his site and listened to some of his music. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he sang one of my favorite songs, “Words” with India.Arie. After hearing that, I KNEW I had to go to this show. I even communicated with him via Twitter before the show and asked for a shout-out, which I was told I would get, no problem! (And might I add that I appreciate the fact that Mr. David responded to fans unlike other artists/celebrities who didn’t.) His performance was phenomenal! And after the show, he was more than willing to talk and take pictures with his fans, yours truly included! (He even recognized me from Twitter, and I called him out for forgetting to give me my shout-out! :))
Based on my previous experience, I’m very excited about going to see him in two weeks! If you’re in the DMV, I strongly suggest you attend as well. I’ve also added a little song for your listening pleasure, in case you’re not familiar with him. He really is a talented artist, and I can’t wait for his next album “As Above, So Below”, which is set to be released October 5. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!