My Long Bio
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group which began as a digital community and production house of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest (2008-2012). Since then, she has transitioned Liberated Muse into an interdisciplinary creative company, Liberated Muse Arts Group, specializing in performance as entertainment, activism and education.
Khadijah’s plays and services, produced through Liberated Muse Arts Group, have been commissioned by the Smithsonian Museum, United States Peace Corps headquarters, DC Public Library System, Artscape Festival, Baltimore Book Festival and other venues catering to diverse populations. Liberated Muse, also a publication entity, has published two book anthologies edited by Khadijah, Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (2012) that are available on Amazon.com and other online book sellers. Through Liberated Muse Publications, she published her own poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010 in limited release.
Khadijah is a multi-talented performer. Khadijah has a appeared on numerous stages as a performer, including the famous Apollo Theatre in New York when she appeared on the television show Showtime at the Apollo after wins during the weekly Amateur Night at the Apollo off-screen. As singer Khadijah Moon, she released her first single “Unbound” in 2013 with an anticipated follow-up LP to be released in 2016. Her music, including her latest singles "hunger", "Free Falling" and "Unbound", is available on iTunes and most online sellers. Khadijah was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in Non-Classical Solo Performance and was recognized in 2012 as a Top Forty UNDER 40 in the Arts & Humanities from the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund.
A community organizer and brand initiator, Khadijah is also founder of So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA) which started in 2005 as a consultancy for youth-serving nonprofits and educational institutions. She later began in 2012 the Capital Area Performing Arts Association (CAPAA) which is still in its infancy as it seeks to unify artists in the Nation's capital by initiating unified effort to establish pay and professional standards among working artists in the Washington DC area.
Finally, in 2015, after a 15 year-long career as a journalist and arts writer for brands such as Capital Community News, Ebony.com, The Washington Informer, The Baltimore Times, Soulbounce.com, SoulTrain.com and more, she started the National College Media Arts and Communication Association (CMACA) which is the co-sponsoring organization for the inaugural 2016 Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts and Communication Conference. She was awarded a 2015 PGCC Foundation Impact Grant to create and execute the conference.
Khadijah holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she minored in Writing and studied under the mentorship of scholar Dr. Acklyn Lynch and playwright Alonzo D. Lamont. She's studied the Meisner technique with Robert Epstein's Acting Studio and musical theatre with Alisa Belflower.
A founding member of the (defunct) theatre company The Saartjie Project, Khadijah currently serves as faculty member at Prince George’s Community College and is The Creative Midwife, a creativity consultant for aspiring writers and performers. She tours with Liberated Muse Arts Group as a performer, performs as a solo artist regularly as singer and poet, Khadijah Moon, and hosts 5th Tuesdays open mic at the popular Busboys & Poets located on 14th and V Streets, NW in Washington, DC.
A Washington DC native, Khadijah lives in Maryland with her family.
My Short Bio
Passionately human and deliciously creative, DC-born Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is The Creative Midwife, a creativity coach and modern renaissance woman. She helps creatives give birth to their creative dreams. A playwright, poet, singer & emerging filmmaker, Moon is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group, the brand she brought to life in 2008 as an online digital community for artists. Since then, she has produced book anthologies, music & theatrical shows through Liberated Muse, including her production In Her Words which, since 2012, has been commissioned for performances at the Smithsonian, United States Peace Corps, DC Public Library System and other venues. She is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Award for Non-Classical Music Solo Performance by the Maryland State Arts Council.