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Inauguration 2009 January 22, 2009

Posted by Wheneva Whateva in Black History, Black Is Beautiful, I Heart Music, Politics, Recap.
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We Are One

This inauguration has been about connecting-connecting with family, fellow Obama supporters, and complete strangers.  I kicked off my inauguration week by attending the “We Are One” concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.  I arrived at the memorial shortly after 8am, and made my way as far to the front as possible.  Unfortunately I neglected to bring a blanket or something to sit on.  The ground was freezing, but in the spirit of truly becoming one a group of Georgetown students offered me a space on their blanket.We Are One Concert

There I met Jeff, a Georgetown freshman from California.  He was the most vocal of the group and mainly came to see Bruce Springsteen.  Jeff took every opportunity to yell “Bruce” throughout the day.  I also meet another Georgetown student, Rob, who I discovered was from New Orleans and born in the same hospital as me.  Will, an older gentleman, once lived in the same city as I do now.  He called his cousin, Sarah, was visiting from New York to come to the concert.  Sarah was able to join us just in time for the start.

The Bidens walked down the steps of the memorial to thunderous applause.  Next came Michelle & Barack, and the crowd went crazy.  Some of the highlight performances include Mary J. Blige singing “Lean on Me,” and U2’s “In the Name of Love.” The most memorable performance was Grath Brooks’ rendition of “American Pie” and “Shout,” where the entire crowd participated.

A Day OnFeeding American concert

On Monday I spent the morning in downtown DC at the Martin Luther King Library helping with the We Feed Our People event.  This is the twenty-second year the organization has held an outdoor soup kitchen to feed the homeless.  Here I met Beverly, who was from Atlanta.  She got right to work and jumped in wherever there was a need.  After setting up the food for the serving line we were treated to a concert sponsored by Feeding America.  The concert was hosted by David Arquette, and featured speeches by Ben Affleck and Martin Luther King III.  The performers were Josh Groban joined by Herbie Hancock on a jazzy rendition of “Imagine.”

During the concert I met Crystal, who is originally from Philly, but she currently lives in Boston.  I lived in Cambridge, MA for seven years so I was pretty excited.  We talked about what it meant to be in the city for inauguration, our HBCU college experience, and what the future of the country would be with a new administration.  Later on I met Kathleen, who is from New Orleans and currently lives in North Carolina.  It was amazing just meeting people who traveled to be here for this historic event.

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Mr. President January 20, 2009

Posted by Wheneva Whateva in Black History, Black Is Beautiful, Politics.
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Congratulations to
Barack Obama
44th President of the United States

David Katz/Obama for America

Photo credit: David Katz/Obama for America

2009 Plan of action January 5, 2009

Posted by Wheneva Whateva in All About Me.
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Normally I don’t make a new year’s resolution list, but this year I have decided to officially write down the things I would like to accomplish for the year.  You know what they say, “If you put it in writing you’re more likely to make it happen.”

  1. Reduce credit card debt – It’s at the top of list because it completely effects most things I will do this year or things I hope to accomplish on my 3-5 year plan.  My new motto is “If I don’t have the cash in the bank I won’t buy it.”  I know that’s easier said than done, but I want to be free of owing anyone money.
  2. Vacation in places other than family hometowns – It’s always nice to go home.  I consider myself extremely blessed that I have that option because I know there are people who don’t.  That being said…My ultimate vacation destinations are Hawaii and the Caribbean.  And, even if I don’t get there this year I plan to take mini vacations to places I’ve never been before.  I already have a trip planned for March.
  3. Visit museums & other cultural enriching experiences – I currently live in a metropolitan area that offers a wide range of art & history museums that are free (’cause a sista is on a budget)!!!   It would really be a shame to not take advantage of all my area has to offer.  My hope is to visit at least one museum each month.
  4. Continue developing my art & hobbies – I absolutely love photography and design.  I’ve been saying for the last few months that I want to get back into photography.  I love the digital camera for it’s convince, but there is nothing like a 35mm camera, especially black & white.
  5. Grow my web/graphic design company – Last year was a great year for me and my business.  Just through small talk I got a contract to design a website for my friend’s travel magazine.  That led to me actual designing the magazine.  Based on feedback her vendors and clients like my work.  This year I’m trying to take it to the next level.  Stay tuned!
  6. Community service & volunteerism – There’s no matter feeling than giving back.  It’s just that simple.
  7. Blog – Honestly, I’ve never been much of a writer.  My talent has been in the visual arts (video/film, web & graphic design).  I’m looking forward to this experience!!

I’m sure I’ll develop more items as the year goes on, but this is a good start for now.  No doubt that some of my adventures will turn into posts.