The Truth About Thanksgiving

The legend goes that a group of European settlers called Pilgrims landed by ship in an area of Massachusetts and were greeted by the native people already living in that land. The US Census Bureau website identifies the natives as the Wampanoag people who played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had…

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3 Tips to Help You Homeschool Better

A lot of people ask me about homeschooling as I’m still fairly new on this journey with my daughter. But, I can say that it reminds me most of my early months and years as a new mother. Remember that time when you were still trying to figure out what worked and you weren’t caught…

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Audition for My Production IN HER WORDS

I am happy to announce a call for actors to audition for my theatrical production IN HER WORDS. The show tributes the lives of creatives Lena Horne, Zora Neale Hurston, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Lucille Clifton. The show debuted in 2012 and we’ve enjoyed two touring seasons to places ranging from the US Peace…

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Creativity Tip: Finding Your Tribe

In 2008, I was working at a college in Baltimore, MD with plans to return to the Washington DC area to work and live. I had been commuting each weekend before that and the rising cost of gas was making that commute unaffordable. During that time, I had made the decision that I wanted to…

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Homeschooling a Creative

So, I’ve gone back and forth trying to decide whether to start a new blog about my foray into homeschooling. Alas, I thought about the 5+ blogs I am either managing solely or contributing to and I nixed the idea immediately. I am also going to be helping my daughter run her blog that will…

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Performing @ The Adams Morgan Day Festival Sunday, Sept. 8

Join me and the ladies of Liberated Muse on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Adams Morgan Day festival in Washington DC.  The festival will take place on 18th Street, NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road as well as Belmont Road from noon to 7:00pm.  I will be performing on the Marie Reed Court Stage…

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Artist-in-Residency @ La-Ti-Do (@latidodc) at Black Fox Lounge This Month

So, it’s already mid-July, but, I wanted you to know that my organization Liberated Muse Arts Group has been invited to be the artist-in-residence for the month of July at the weekly cabaret series La-Ti-Do at Black Fox Lounge in Washington DC. The residency began July 1st and featured Nia Simmons doing a three-song set…

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IN HER WORDS Ends on a High Note

My production of “In Her Words” ended this past Thursday, and here is a run-down of what took place. I explained to you earlier what everyone involved means to me. But, I would be remiss if I didn’t say, again, THANK YOU! This season was fantastic. Not sure if I’ll be bringing this production back…

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I Fly ‘Unbound’ on New Single Dedicated to D. Marq

Yesterday I dropped my new single “Unbound” that I wrote in dedication to my friend Derrick “D.Marq” who passed away this past December. His death was sudden, unexpected and devastating. Writing this song helped heal me and the beautiful music created by my life partner Hook of MYST Studios was such an inspiration. Hook produced…

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Last Show of “In Her Words” May 9th @ Charles E. Beatley Central Library

Liberated Muse Arts Group and the Alexandria Public Library system presents the third show of our 2013 season of “In Her Words” “In Her Words” is a musical theatrical presentation examining the lives of artists Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton — creative women who used their artistic prowess…

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The 2013 “In Her Words Tour” Kicks Off In Full-Force

This past Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Oxon Hill Public Library in Oxon Hill, MD, my theatrical musical piece “In Her Words“, which debuted last year began its tour for a second time. I directed and produced this piece again through my organization Liberated Muse Arts Group, working with women I’ve collaborated with over the…

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The 2013 Performance Calendar for “In Her Words” Announced

“In Her Words” is a theatrical presentation produced by Liberated Muse productions and directed by me, showcasing the voices and views of Lucille Clifton, Zora Neale Hurston, Lena Horne, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. We debuted last year to great reviews and are coming back this year– next month in fact! Please visit here for…

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Photos from the Liberated Muse 5th Year Anniversary Celebration

This past Friday, we celebrated the past five years of my organization Liberated Muse Arts Group while also performing a special tribute in honor of my dear friend Derrick “D. Marq” Smith who passed this past December at the age of 33. I was humbled as I witnessed the community formed through Liberated Muse over…

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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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Art Blooms In Me

In my growing age, I am always amazed at certain things. Among those things is the cynicism that seems to gain momentum, as years pass, where youth is often equated with creativity and exploration. Many cling to this fierce belief that states that there is a age and place for everything. I don’t agree. Never…

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Help Me Bring My Play ‘In Her Words’ Back in 2013

I debuted my play “In Her Words” earlier this year for a Black History Month tour that included stops at the United States Peace Corps headquarters and the DC Public Library. I have some stops planned for 2013, but, with your help, I can ensure that we are broadening our audience and bringing the best…

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Evening of Awards: Accepting the WOMA 2012 Artist of Distinction Award

I had a wonderful evening last night with my family and friends as I accepted the 2012 WOMA Artist of Distinction Award. The awards dinner took place at the beautiful Eatonville restaurant located off of the famous U Street corridor in Washington DC. Womanifesting (WOMA) is a 501c3, tax exempt organization incorporated in Washington, D.C….

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Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face On Sale for $5

This year has been a busy one in every great way possible. Aside from debuting my theatrical piece “In Her Words” this year, I also had the privilege of editing and releasing the second volume in the Liberated Muse anthology series. This book, Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face includes poetry and…

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Join Me for A Creative’s Conversation on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in DC

Join us for the first CREATIVE’S CONVERSATION on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Washington DC. The topic will be “Living the Artist Life While Parenting” with break-out conversations led by talented multi-tasking mamas making art while raising babies. A conversation forum for ALL CREATIVES who are new parents, soon-to-be parents, planning-to-be parents down the road,…

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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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5 Effective Tips On Supporting Your Child’s Artistic Genius

That is my daughter Khari in the photo above. She is one of the most creative people I know. Art seemed to be an instant fascination for her. At one year-old, when she got hold of crayons, she immediately got to work, artfully using them to add a splash of color to my previously bare…

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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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End-of-Summer Bio Sale!

END-OF-SUMMER SALE: Artist/Speaker Bio $75 (800 word max.) Now is a busy time of performance opportunities, speaking engagements, gallery showings and publishing opportunities. Are you a busy creative who doesn’t have the time to put together the ever-important biography by yourself? If so, hire KhadijahOnline.com to help you by penning a professional biography that you…

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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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Check Out My New Music on Reverbnation

In mid-July I had the privilege of performing in an event that followed the Artscape in Baltimore and my love of performing was renewed. I have returned to the lab to work on some new tracks and wanted to share some scratch vocals on pieces that will be part of a forthcoming EP that has…

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The Capital Area Performing Arts Association (CAPAA)

Last year I had the urge to start an organization for performers from the DC area. Unlike my organization Liberated Muse, this organization would focus on performers and be an opportunity for us to gain professional development and opportunities with venues through meet-up workshops. I didn’t want to be the sole leader of this group…

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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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Useful Creativity Tip: How Art Heals Us

Last fall during the pleas to spare Troy Davis’ life, I felt a panic that I hadn’t felt in a while. As I learned that multitudes of evidence was available, indicating that there was questionable doubt about Troy Davis’ guilt in the slaying of a police officer, a glimmer of hope began to show its…

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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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APRIL 21, 2012: Audre Lorde Documentary & Discussion Moderated By Yours Truly

WOMA in collaboration with the District of Columbia Public Library, invite you to the first in a series of films showcasing women who exemplify womanifesting. A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by filmmaker Ada Gay Griffin and co-director Michelle Parkerson The film viewing will be followed by a reflection on…

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‘I’m Every Woman’ A Success

Special thanks to all those that made yesterday’s “I’m Every Woman: A SWAN Day Event” a success! The house was packed, the artists were phenomenal and the volunteers were doing their thang. We started a bit late which led to me having to cut my songs out of the line-up, but I had a ball…

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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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I Am Every Woman Today & Especially on March 30

This month, I am going to be hosting a phenomenal celebration of Women Artists for Women’s History Month in Washington DC. The event is called “I’m Every Woman” and will feature music from some of my favorite performers who I have had the privilege of collaborating with over the years. Teisha Marie, Quineice and Colie…

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“In Her Words” Theatrical Run a Success

Thank you to all of you who attended the 3-day run of my theatrical musical piece “In Her Words”. I conceived the piece last Fall after hearing a 1960’s interview with the late Lena Horne, and from there developed this tribute piece as an educational look at some of our most celebrated entertainers who were…

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