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Passionately human and deliciously creative, DC-born Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is a modern-day renaissance woman. 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.
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a professional creative who has built an expansive career as a playwright, educator, journalist and performer. Khadijah is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group which began as a digital community and production house of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest in 2008 (under the auspices of the now defunct Liberated Muse Productions). Since then, she has transitioned Liberated Muse into an interdisciplinary creative company specializing in performance entertainment. 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 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.
Savvy both behind-the-scenes and in the limelight, Khadijah is noted for her strong support of the independent arts scene through her work as an independent writer who has written for both commercial and non-commercial media. Khadijah’s bylines as an arts and news writer can be found on Ebony.com, SoulTrain.com, ForHarriet.com and other digital and print spaces.
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 CD, Song of a Space Cadet in 2016, performing songs from the CD in a one-woman show that debuted at the ARTSCAPE festival in Baltimore, MD. She is listed in the Maryland Arts Council Artist Registry and Poets & Writers Registry.
Khadijah’s work is far-reaching. As an educator and speaker she has shared her expertise in digital media, communication studies, gender equity, African-American issues and the arts for notable brands such as BlogHer, Ignite DC, DC Commission on the Arts, Capital Fringe and more. She was listed on the 2016 Walker’s Legacy #Power50 List and is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Award for Non-Classical Music Solo Performance by the Maryland State Arts Council. She was recognized in 2012 as one of the Top Forty Under 40 in the Arts & Humanities by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. In 2014, she was appointed to the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board by County Executive Rushern Baker where she served until 2015.
She currently teaches communication studies and fine & performing arts courses at area colleges and is a doctoral student at Morgan State University. Learn more at KhadijahAli-Coleman.com
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Places You May Have Seen/Heard Me and/or My Work
• WTTG Fox 5 Morning Show
• WAMU 88.5 FM “Metro Connection” (NPR)
• WHUR 96.3 FM “Joe’s Café” and “The Michael Baisden Show” (Howard University)
• WPFW 89.3 FM “Live at 5” and “Midday Jazz with Keanna Faircloth” (Pacifica Radio)
• Showtime at the Apollo
• Carter Barron Amphitheatre (Washington, DC)
• Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC)
– Anacostia Community Museum
– National Folklife Festival
• Busboys & Poets (Washington, DC)
• United States Peace Corps Headquarters (Washington, DC)
• Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC)
• Mr. Henry’s (Washington, DC)
• Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC)
• Mellow Mushroom (Washington, DC)
• Black Fox Lounge (Washington, DC)
• The Black Squirrel (Washington, DC)
• The Potter’s House (Washington, DC)
• DC Public Library System (Washington, DC)
• Annie’s Art Gallery (Camp Springs, MD)
• ArtSpring (Silver Spring, MD)
• The Bonifant Theatre (Silver Spring, MD)
• The Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, MD)
• Vicino’s (Silver Spring, MD)
• Germano’s (Baltimore, MD)
• Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)
• Baltimore Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD)
• Alexandria Public Library System (Alexandria, VA)
• Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, VA)
• Little Black Pearl (Chicago, IL)
• Light City Balitmore (2016)
• DC Poetry Festival (2015)
• Art Sanctuary’s Black Writing Festival (2015)
• Artscape (2015, 2014)
• Baltimore Book Festival (2015, 2014)
• Art All Night DC (2014)
• Humanities, Art and Technology Festival (2013)
• Adams Morgan Day Festival (2013)
• Figment DC (2012)
• Black Age of Comics (2010)
• BlogHer ‘10
• Artomatic (2009, 2012)
• Capital Fringe Festival (2009, 2010)
• Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference (2009)
• The Green Festival (2009)