I am a whirlwind of energy- always circling, expanding and absorbing, even while still. My life experiences have had such an impact on my consciousness that I’ve found that writing has allowed me the opportunity to process my often strong feelings through sharing and artistic use of words. Poetry, then, became my therapy, play writing became my podium and essays became my study hall as I mastered ways to engage audiences. I am still expanding. Yet, my moments of stillness, when my work becomes a part of someone else’s whirlwind, I am most appreciative. For then, I believe, my art has begun to live. From performing to writing and teaching, I thrive off of opportunities to share ideas and incite dialogue through the use of art.
A performance artist who sings, creates performance poetry, and acts, Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman has performed nationally for over fifteen years.
As young as 8 years-old, Moon has captivated audiences with her words that paint stories of hope, reality and love. A writer first and foremost, Moon uses music and poetry to share the words first borne on paper. She has performed in various venues, festivals and events, including the Green Festival and Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, and the 2009 Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed conference held in Minnesota. At these venues, she’s performed original work including her searing track “My Tragedy”, revolutionary poem “Wee Women” and ode to self-identity “All of Me”. In 2010, she was one of eight winners to perform in One Common Unity’s first two concerts in their 2010 “Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement” series, performing her pieces “Blame Game” and “Sleep” at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.
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Early in her career, Moon was a prize winner at Amateur Night at the Apollo theater in New York City in 1999 and later appeared on the television show Showtime At the Apollo” in 2001. In 2002, she was co-lead of the band Phreaknahdo where she worked with artists Quineice, Kuku and Jimi’s Best and penned tracks like “My Tragedy”, “All of Me”, “I’m High”, “River of My Mind”, and other songs. In 2003, after leaving the band and working on solo projects, she penned her Kwanzaa classic “Kwanzaa Time” which she performs annually at holiday events across the country. Khadijah has shared her music across the country and enjoys performing in venues of all sizes. Her music is inspired by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Fertile Ground and Michael Jackson to Billie Holiday, Amel Larrieux and Luther Vandross. Whether singing acoustically, a capella or with a full band, Khadijah engages and entertains her audience.
Click HERE to listen to music & spoken word by Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman
Khadijah Ali-Coleman has performed nationally as a vocalist and theater actress for over fifteen years and debuts her second play, “Running: AMOK” in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest. Her performance credits include roles in The Vagina Monologues, The Medea Myth, The Life, and other contemporary plays. She has also written works for the stage, including her play Shades of Black: a thought in progress which debuted on stage in Baltimore, MD in 2008.
She performed from 2008-2009 with the artist collective The Saartjie Project, writing dramatic theater pieces and original songs inspired by the life of the South African woman Saartjie “Sara” Baartman, known as the Hottentot Venus. With The Saartjie Project, she performed in national festivals and venues, including the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conference in Minnesota in 2009.
Running: AMOK is a spirited stage play written by performance artist Khadijah Ali-Coleman about one of the most life-changing experiences a woman may face– sometimes willingly, sometimes while screaming and kicking, and always without a user-friendly manual. Featuring original music and honest dialogue, Running: AMOK will leave you laughing, singing-along and contemplating the miracle of sychronicity, for sometimes it just takes one person to enter your life and change your whole perspective on things. The show Running:AMOK appeared in the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival held annually in Washington DC and ran Spring 2011 for a week-long tour in May, featured at The Corner Store in Washington DC, Germano’s Traittoria in Baltimore, MD and The Bonifant Theater in Silver Spring, MD.
Khadijah is currently available for studio work, music and spoken word performances and collaborations.
To contact Khadijah for voice-over work, acting work, or a musical appearance, click HERE
(In photos above, l to r: (left) Moon performs in the Celebration of Freedom book tour promoting the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul, (center) Moon performs with The Saartjie Project, (right) Moon performs at The Artomatic.)