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Khadijah Ali-Coleman is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a production house for cultural arts events.

She has an extensive resume in the performing arts, appearing as a performer on numerous stages across the country. As an actor and poet, she has won awards and recognition for her moving work as a performer, producing artist and wordsmith, awarded recognition as a “Woman of Power” from eMedia in 2011, and in 2012 recognized by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Innovation Fund as a “Top Forty UNDER 40″ awardee in the Arts & Humanities.

She edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and released her first poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010.  She has appeared in numerous books, journals and creative writing online sites. Since then, she has worked with emerging writers as a creativity coach and freelance editor. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Prince George’s Community College and Northern Virginia Community College in their departments of Communication Studies and Theater. Two of her original plays have been produced, her second play “Running: AMOK” debuting in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest. Her production “In Her Words”, a musical theatrical production, shorter than a typical play, is currently touring, produced by Liberated Muse.

I’M HONORED TO INTRODUCE TO YOU, POET, SONGSTRESS, AND WRITER, “KHADIJAH MOON ALI-COLEMAN” Tags: Khadijah moon ali coleman featured artist word life production

Khadija “Moon” Ali-Coleman is an educator, writer, and arts communications professional with significant work in theater arts, music, and youth development. She currently balances work as a creativity coach and educators, helping others grow artistically and holistically as communicators into today’s high-tech and often convoluted world. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College in the department of Communication Studies and Theater. Khadijah has performed nationally for over fifteen years. She honed her skills as a performer in Washington DC along the popular U Street corridor, and Adam’s Morgan area growing up, often showcasing her poetry and original music at such popular spots as Mr. Henry’s, Bar Nun, Cada Vez, Chief Ike’s, Mangos, and the Kaffa House. She appeared on the television show Showtime of the Apollo after appearing (and placing) at the weekly Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in New York City and she’s performed as a vocalist at dozens of festivals and events. While in college, she expanded her performance experience in theater. She studied musical theater at Towson University during her graduate studies and was mentored by playwright Alonzo D. Lamont and writer/activist Dr. Acklyn Lynch while in undergraduate studies at UMBC. Her performance credits have included roles in The Vagina Monologues, The Medea Myth, The Life, and other contemporary plays.

 

A playwright, Khadijah has also written works for the stage, including her plays Running: AMOK and Shades of Black: a thought in progress. Production of Shades of Black: a thought in progress sparked her interest in using theater as a tool to reach and educate audiences on how to advocate and create change in their communities. Because of her work, she has been invited as a presenter to numerous national conferences including the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference, the Mosaic Literary Conference, and BlogHer Conference, to name of few. In 2008, she became a founding member of the theater company, The Saartjie Project, and that same year created the online social network Liberated Muse, an online portal for literary, performance, and visual artists.  Liberated Muse produces annual festivals and benefit concerts, including the annual Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. She edited the Liberated Muse book anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) in 2009 and is currently on tour promoting that and her chapbook Revisionist Tale (Liberated Muse Publications, 2010). The second volume in the anthology series, Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face will be released in 2012.

 

Khadijah’s work as a music writer and journalist can be found on on-line sites such as the award-winning SoulBounce.com, the legendary music brand SoulTrain.com, and the AOL-owned Patch.com.  She has worked as a news anchor for Washington DC-based Pacifica radio station WPFW 88.9 and her articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including Honey Magazine, East of the River, The Washington Informer, District Chronicles, The Baltimore Times, The Afro and The Hill Rag. She is editor of the blog Transforming Spaces into Art Places and pens her person blog Moon Mami Writes.

A member of Poets & Writers, PTO, the Washington Area Music Association, and ASCAP, Khadijah has been a member of the leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa for over fifteen years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Towson University with a minor in Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies & Mass Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Moon’s prolific work has positively impacted the exposure of numerous emerging artists through her various roles as a journalist, event producer and educator.  She and her work as a playwright and founder of LiberatedMuse.com have been featured on NPR, Fox 5 News and in numerous print publications.

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