The Creative Midwife™ Tip: Be Still

Happy Wednesday! Today’s Morning Message is Quietly Important. Be Still. I’ve been quiet about the new brand I’ve been building for a few months now. I’m slowly launching with bits here and there. Watch the Morning Message from my new brand The Creative Midwife™ by clicking HERE Passionately human and deliciously creative, Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman…

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3 Ways to Know Your Art is Relevant

“An honest beauty is to reflect the times,” Nina Simone said in the interview in the video above. “How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That, to me, is the very definition of an artist.” What on earth would Ms. Simone say about today’s art scene today if she were alive?…

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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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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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Have Your Indie Artist Bio Profile Written For Press Kits, Websites & More

For the past nine years, I’ve written articles and conducted countless interviews with mainstream and indie singers for publications and digital spaces including SoulBounce.com and SoulTrain.com. Read some of my articles and interviews here. I am now offering writing services for performers and writers who want a professional bio or interview conducted for their website….

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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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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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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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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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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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Useful Creativity Tip: Your Journey to Self-Publishing (STEP ONE)

Last Wednesday, I debuted by Self-Publishing workshop at Oxon Hill Public Library in Oxon Hill, MD to a room of about 30 emerging writers interested in self-publishing. I was joined by a panel of wonderful writers– Karen Minors, Stafford Battle, Diane Williams and K. Lowery Moore who also lent some insight into the journey toward…

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Happy New Year: Take Your Artistry to the Next Level in 2012

Happy New Year! It’s 2012, and it’s time to re-focus on your goals ahead. Did you accomplish everything that you wanted to get done in 2011? In case you missed my tips series last year, here are some articles I recommend catching up on to help you re-focus in 2012: Creativity Tip: 3 Types of…

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Useful Creativity Tip: 3 Best Types of Friends an Artist Must Have

I have been blessed to have people in my corner who support my work as a writer, performer and arts producer. Many of them are showcased in the photos above. Some of them are people I’ve worked with before and later become clients. One picture is of my little girl. She may joke about me…

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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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Useful Creativity Tip: Three Most Popular Myths About Being Creative

When  I conceived the idea for the book anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul in 2008, I had been ruminating over the question of what “freedom” is and what exactly is one’s soul. I always connect freedom with being creative and being able to do what makes me happy and fulfilled….

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Self-Publishing 101: 3 Quick Steps to Promoting Your Book

When you self-publish, you are often putting up quite a bit of money to get your book from its initial state as an idea in your head to a finished product worthy of purchase. Because you are responsible for everything– from hiring the editor and proofreaders who will work with you on your manuscript to…

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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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The Effective Art of Facilitating: Lesson #1-No Fudging!

This past week, I had the privilege of presenting my workshop “Moving Many More: How to Facilitate” to staff members at the nonprofit Byte Back located in Washington DC. Byte Back does amazing work with older adults– teaching necessary computer skills in course and workshop format– and has won numerous awards and recognition for preparing…

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Useful Creativity Tip: Appreciate Your Audience

It’s natural to want everyone to like you. As a performer or literary artist, I believe wholeheartedly that that want is even stronger than in the average person. We want every single person to like us, to really really like us. But, most don’t. And, everyone won’t. Seriously, we need to understand that and move on….

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Useful Creativity Tip: Effectively Choosing the Artist Stage Name

After reading this excellent post by blogger Alan King about the pros and cons of using your real name when blogging, I started to think about how the name game has impacted my own work as a writer and a performance artist. Let’s be clear. Being named Khadijah Ali-Coleman has been no easy sled ride….

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3 Popular Creatives Exemplify the Best Way to Disappear and Come Back Stronger

We aren’t all Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen created an absolute phenomenon in our culture by endlessly  flaunting his drug-induced mental illness with a tour and a social platform borne through Twitter. Creating more celebrity for himself through his vocalized hatred toward his former employer more so than his acting on his former show Two and…

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Artists of Substance in a Reality TV World

You hear it all the time usually about recording artists– the blaming and uproar against the music labels about why the market is flooded with music that is always explicitly created to brag about sexual exploits, fast money and what-not. The sentiment of some is that there is no audience for music that is outside…

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Stay In Your Lane

Anyone who knows me knows that I value the idea of having many irons in the fire. When I first heard that phrase from a Teena Marie song, I brain-marked it for later use in any subsequent bios I would write about myself. I knew that whoever reinforced the notion that you should find one…

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Thanks for Reading

Every now and again, when writing in this crazy space we call cyberspace, you wonder who is reading your words and taking what you say to heart. Just wanted to say thank you to those who have reached out since I started this website blog in ’09 and remarked about how something I’ve shared online…

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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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Creativity Tip: 5 Tips to Becoming a Producing Artist

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog space! It’s been a busy Spring season and I’m thankfully anticipating all of the goodness Summer has to offer while I attempt to stick a summer vacation somewhere into the mix. I appreciate each and every one of you that supported the Spring season run of my…

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5 Tips to Finding the”Why” of Your Blog

Last night I was honored to engage with about twenty writers for my writing workshop “Writing Your Life Story: Intro to Journal, Blog and Memoir Writing” at Oxon Hill Public Library in Oxon Hill, MD.  On this gray and chilly evening, we gathered for this workshop as strangers, with many leaving as new writing acquaintances….

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Designing Your Future

On Saturday, Feb. 12, I facilitated, through my consultant brand So Our Youth Aspire (S.O.Y.A.),  a three-hour self-awareness activity with young ladies in the Daughters of Destiny program, a youth program under the auspices of the women’s organization Sisters4Sisters, Inc., led by Executive Director Carolyn White-Washington. The girls ranged in age from 8 to 16…

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Defining Your Value

“When meeting people they ask what is it I do, so they can decide if I hold any value…” -from the song “Economics”, Teisha Marie In today’s economy, being a creative who is sustained financially can seem more challenging than ever before. In 2008, I started a discussion on LiberatedMuse.com–How Much Should You Charge for…

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Receiving Constructive Criticism

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website.  Today, I want to share with you a tip about receiving constructive criticism. In just about any field, feedback is essential in growing at your craft. In writing, the arts and product development, constructive criticism is something you automatically expect to be given. Whether you are part…

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Living A Writerly Life

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. In March, I want to pull you into my world and share with you why I believe that writing is one of life’s best tools to grow, express, heal and learn. I live a writerly life, and I believe that it is a divine plan toward self-awareness…

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