20 Ways to Survive Trump’s America

The words below have been circulating, attributed to Yale historian and Holocaust expert Timothy Snyder. Read the original post here. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies…

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The Love and Not-so-much Love I Have for Luke Cage

In October, Netflix debuted its newest Marvel superhero incarnation with the presentation of the bulletproof Luke Cage. It has taken me practically three months to process my thoughts about the show, indicating I would probably suck as a tv show reviewer required to shoot out next day reviews. But, I started this review the day…

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We Are Who We Have Been Waiting For

I am inviting you to this event HERE. You can  read below if you want background info. If you have been following me for a while, you know that community organizing is at the root of what I do and who I am. My creative work as a performer, writer and educator always involved energy…

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The New Smithsonian African-American Museum– Is There a Problem?

Unless you’ve been living in a sound-proof room with no television, internet or other people to converse with, you have heard that the new Smithsonian African-American museum is now open to the public. Last month, the president and a whole host of famous people attended the opening, welcoming the new museum to the fold of…

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The Responsibility of Black People Regarding Police Brutality

I am very frustrated reading and listening to arguments that suggest Black people are responsible for curbing police brutality. I am of the mindset that eradicating police brutality is not something that will, can or should happen by the hands of Black people. There is nothing Black people need to do or can do that…

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Register for the 1st Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts and Communication Conference

I will be speaker in the upcoming Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts & Communication Conference taking place this month. The inaugural Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts and Communication Conference (MCMACC) will take place on the campus of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Is Media…

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Footage from Justice or Else Rally on 10.10.15

Did you participate in the Justice or Else rally this past weekend? It was a commemorative event of the Million Man march which took place in 1995. It also was a call to action in response to the epic numbers of police brutality cases against Black people in the past two years alone. What were…

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An Editorial on Identity Before and After Rachel Dolezal

For those who have been following this site since I started it back in 2009, I want to say “thank you”. You have been keeping up with all of the many changes my life has gone through as I’ve expanded my brand to not only include writing services but profiling more and more of my…

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So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA) Is Revived– Writers Wanted

I wear a lot of hats. My role as educator will always be firmly entrenched in my life’s work because it what I began my career doing, what I do at home as a home-schooling parent and what I do through my artistic pursuits. I created the limited liability company So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA)…

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2012 In Review for KhadijahOnline.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get…

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‘Pass the Dutchie’ Turns 30

I say Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance In 1982, I was not yet ten, and loved this song…

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Why Choosing Who Plays Nina Simone Matters

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard the buzz that a new biopic on Nina Simone’s later years is going to production. Zoe Saldana has been cast to portray Nina Simone. When news of the starlet’s casting as the legendary Nina Simone, the web went wild with people upset at…

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Why Lupe’s ‘B*tch’ Is Right On Time

Lupe Fiasco’s latest video Bitch Bad is everything I believe art should be. It challenges the status quo, gives historical context, and serves as a teachable moment. I watched the video with my 8 year-old, calling her into my office to watch it with me because I knew, without even seeing it or reading anything…

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Irene Cara Wishes the New Sparkle the Best

Last year I interviewed singer/actress Irene Cara and asked her about her thoughts about the remake of the movie “Sparkle” that was released yesterday. While she didn’t speak much about what she thought, she did wish new lead Jordin Sparks well. Read the interview here. Have you seen the new “Sparkle”? How was it? Khadijah…

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Turning 30 Series on SoulTrain.com

Be sure to check out my TURNING 30 series this month on SoulTrain.com. TURNING 30 celebrates some of our favorite soul hits that turn 30 this. Read some of the already published ones below: Turning 30: Prince’s “1999” Turning 30: Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” Turning 30: Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” Be sure to read…

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5 Useful Lessons Learned From the Frank Ocean Agenda

This summer, Frank Ocean created an upheaval in the music industry right before the drop of his new album Channel Orange. On a blog post, he gently painted a narrative of his experiences prior to his rise in celebrity, and, it just so happened, that part of his story included a romantic involvement with another…

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Interview with South African Singer Lira

Afro-Soul singer Lira is a South African songstress who is creating a buzz with the recent release of her first North American album, Rise Again. If you think she is just the latest international “It” girl to hit the airwaves, think again. Lira has enjoyed a long-time singing career that has surpassed some of the…

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Esperanza Says It Best

Really enjoyed Esperanza Spalding’s words on what is wrong with the music industry’s emphasis on image over art. Today’s Affirmation: I am more than a hairstyle, physique and dress code. I am a creative being that is multi-dimensional and ever growing. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a writer and editor of several books, including the anthology…

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Latest Posts on SoulTrain.com

Check out my latest posts on SoulTrain.com: ‘ 5 Myths About Soul Music Top 10 Summer Jams Soul Read: Nathan Seven Scott Soul Read: Karen Minors

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Remembering Chuck Brown

Learning about Chuck Brown’s death this past week sent me reeling. I had JUST interviewed Brian Culbertson for SoulTrain.com on Tuesday, and when mention of the song he did with Chuck Brown came up, I was the one to tell him that Chuck was sick and that it had been on hush for a while…

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New Interviews on SoulTrain.com for April 2012

Be sure to check out all of my interviews on SoulTrain.com for this month as we come to the end of the month. My interview with Julie Dexter was one of my favorite of the year, learning a lot as she shared her experiences as a long-term independent music artist, mother and British transplant. Learning…

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New Posts on SoulTrain.com for March 2012

Be sure to check out all of my articles on SoulTrain.com for this month as we wind down. I enjoyed this Q & A with Liv Warfield as well as this insightful interview with indie artist TwinSpirit. A big fan of the band Fertile Ground, I was delighted to interview the band’s leader James Collins….

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SoulTrain.com Articles in December 2011

Happy holidays! Be sure to check out some of the new articles I’ve contributed to SoulTrain.com this month by clicking here. This month was a lot of fun, for I got to write the site’s Year in Review piece as well as interview DC-based entertainer Wes Felton. I first became aware of Wes Felton about…

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SoulTrain.com Interview with Debórah Bond

Check out my latest interview for SoulTrain.com. This interview is with the soul diva Deborah Bond who many current indie artists reference as being their idol in the business. You can read the full interview on SoulTrain.com HERE.

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Check Out Q & A’s with Kenny Wesley & Chuck Brown on SoulTrain.com

Check out two of my interviews this month on SoulTrain.com Click HERE to read my article on SoulTrain.com on the legendary Chuck Brown. Read about how he felt when he was nominated for a GRAMMY, how he enjoyed working with Jill Scott and what advice he has for aspiring artists. Click HERE to read my…

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Useful Creativity Tip: The #1 Pitfall Artists Should Avoid

On the blog Script the other day, I read a post posted earlier this year about protecting your work if you are a screenwriter for television. The blog post had some wonderful advice and things that I thought were helpful, not just for screenwriters, but for literary artists of all genres as well as performance…

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On SoulTrain.com This Month

This month, be sure to read my interviews with and album reviews of work by some of today’s hottest soul music artists. Click on the pictures of Abby Dobson and Maimouna Youssef below to read more and be sure to click “like” after reading!       Want to read more of my articles for…

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Useful Creativity Tip: 5 Effective Ways to Rejuvenate Your Artist Spirit

I’m ready for a vacation. We are six months into 2011 and my artist plate has already included producing a five-day multi-location run of my play Running: AMOK, and facilitating multiple writing workshops while working with three authors as an editor for their books. You may laugh at my opening sentence if you had a…

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Check Out New Interviews on SoulTrain.com

Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie,…

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