Here I am walking down Georgia Ave in Ward 4 enjoying this beautiful day and I see a tent with a sound system being set up.¬†Immediately my block party lovin-caribbean blood began to raise up and I had to go check it out.
I was greeted by this sign “Pep Rally for Peace In The Streets”¬†¬† I said to myself that’s wassup!¬† I love positive community events like this one.¬† Apparently I came upon the¬†Back to School Stop the Violence Rally Block Party on 1100 Allison St NW.¬† The music kicked in, the food and facepainting was¬†set up, the host opened the event with a prayer and it¬†has been on and poppin.¬† At the time of this writing, Divas on the Move stepped up to the stage and led a Zumba workout! Go Divas!
These two young rappers¬†Chi Chi Monet¬† ROCKED the mic like pros.¬† They spit lyrics like “You gotta move everyday, move everyday, move everyday, like Michelle Obama say”¬† – They went on to rap about vitamins, smoothies, and staying fit.¬†It was quite impressive.¬†Then they blessed¬†the mike with another rap about who they can be when they grow up.¬†I loved it when they said “I could be a lawyer and give them litigation…or I can be a nurse and take care of my patients”¬† I ate them up!!! They sang with conviction, swagga, stage presence and well written rhymes. The DJ and I looked at each other and were like Whoa — they are no joke! Go Chi Chi! Check out their website (www.chichimonet.com)
Ok I’ll be tweeting from the event (@iamnikkistrong) just ’cause I want everyone to be here at least in spirit.¬† What a pleasant suprise on a Friday afternoon.¬† For more info on the Georgia Ave Family Support Collaborative, you can go to www.gafsc-dc.org.
I’m headed back to enjoy the show and party for a cause with¬†our community.
I also know there is another back to school drive/drop off¬†happening tonight at¬†¬†644 H. St, NE Washington, DC. 5p-8p
And tomorrow at Hebron Harbor Elementary 7660 Ridge Chapel Road in Hanover, MD 10a-2p
Today’s block party goes until 7pm tonight. Perhaps I will see u here!