I am very excited about this blog post. I am always excited when I happen upon an event, a restaurant, or a performance completely ignorant and with no expectations and it turns out to be truly phenomenal. That is exactly what happened when I realized I was going to be home with Luc one day and I wanted to find something to do with him that would be very engaging and bonding. I looked up the story times at the various PG County Public Libraries and saw something titled “Black History Month Celebration with The Culture Queen”. The time was right and it wasn’t too far from the house and he wasn’t going down for a nap anyway so we hopped in the car and made our way. Boy let me tell you this was the most pleasant surprise ever. Never have I attended a performance where every child, from the ages of 1 to 10, was engaged for the entire 60 minutes. First of all, The Culture Queen is this strikingly tall and beautiful black woman with a beautiful vibrant dress in ankora pattern. The Culture Queen taught them songs that were very easy to catch on to. “I like What I See I am Who I’m Supposed to Be” and “I’m a Tower of Royal Power” are two of our favorites. The songs were motivational, educational, and inspirational all the while being fun. She played fun games to get them physically involved and read stories. The children really loved the story about Queen Nzinga. Luc was one of the younger kids and literally I had to pull him off the stage a few times. He wanted to be front and center to participate. Now we listen to the cd we purchased every morning en route to school and at bath time.
Since attending this performance I have been on a quest to get the Culture Queen to perform at every school I have a relationship with and I am considering hiring her for no celebration in particular, but just so others can experience her show. I always look for free events to take Luc to but I would have happily paid a fee to see this show. Goodness knows I pay to take him to Bloombars, Bollywood, and Salsa for kids so to be able to take him to hear about his own ancestors and culture would be fine with me. I must admit I was very proud while grocery shopping one day and he blurted out “I’m a tower of royal power!” Yes you are baby boy, yes you are indeed.
Thank you Culture Queen
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Mar 14, 2016
Rise & Rhyme w/ Culture Queen @Busboys & Poets Takoma Park (Women’s History)
235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012 Admission: $5
Mar 18, 2017
4 PM- 9 PM
10th Annual Date With Dad: A Wonder Filled Dance In the Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA. 23228| Admission: $60 per father-daughter couple|$25 per additional daughter|”Tea on Me” featuring Culture Queen (additional $20) |Suggested for fathers and daughters ages 9 & under
Mar 20, 2017
Women’s History Live w/ Culture Queen @ Broadneck Community Library
1275 Green Holly Dr, Annapolis, MD 21409|Admission: Free!
Mar 28, 2017
Rise & Rhyme w/Culture Queen @ Busboys & Poets Shirlington (Women’s History Theme)
4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206| Admission: $5