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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

| learning-centered educator, media innovator and artist

Biography

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a multi-media strategist and professional creative who has built an expansive interdisciplinary career as a professional in higher education, media, student development and the arts. 

Her work is far-reaching. For more than five years, she has served as teaching faculty  at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George's Community College and Morgan State University. An early adopter of digital streaming and companion video for print news and feature stories, she has enjoyed a successful freelance journalist career working with a range of news companies, including Capital Community News, Ebony.com and The Washington Informer.  An advocate of independent and community media, she has worked as a news reporter for Pacifica radio's Washington DC affiliate WPFW 89.3 FM and has created several independent media blogs to reach niche audiences, including FamilyFunDC, Liberated Muse's blog Transforming Spaces Into Art Places, and So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA). She served as co-host of the Living Unbound segment on 88.9 FM WEAA during the show First Edition with Sean Yoes in 2017.

As an educator and speaker she has shared her expertise in digital media, communication studies, gender equity, African-American issues, college first-year experience and the arts. She has also worked as a facilitator with notable brands such as BlogHer, Ignite DC, DC Commission on the Arts, Capital Fringe, the National Urban League's Haysbert Entrepreneurial Center and more. In 2015 she created the brands The Creative Midwife™ and BirthYourCreativity.com to formalize her consultant and coaching work with professional and emerging literary and performance artists.  As faculty advisor for student publications at Prince George's Community College (PGCC), she received an Impact Grant Award in 2015 from  PGCC to produce the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference (#MACMACCon) which she produces through her organization Student Media Online (formerly College Media Arts and Communication Association.) The inaugural conference attracted over 100 students in 2015 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD.

She has worked with students in all stages of development-- K-12, post-secondary and continuing education. Certified in Advancing Youth Development (AYD) theory, she has worked within Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland and served in administrative capacities leading educational initiatives for various nonprofits including Covenant House Washington, One Common Unity, Inc., and the Alliance of Concerned Men. She serves as a programming consultant through the consultancy So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA), offering training, programming and organizational expertise to youth-serving agencies.

Finally, she is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group which began as a membership-driven digital community in 2008 and now serves as a performance arts company that produces stage productions, books and educational workshops. Khadijah's work through Liberated Muse has 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.  She has edited two book anthology collections, 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. The third anthology, Creases Expelled from the Fold (2017) was published on LiberatedMuse.com as a digital anthology that can be viewed for free.  

Adding to her long resume, she has fashioned a career as a singer/songwriter and is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Award for Non-Classical Music Solo Performance by the Maryland State Arts Council.  To commemorate her work, 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 for her work as both a writer and performer.  Most recently, she was listed on the 2016 Walker’s Legacy #Power50 List after 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 hopes to translate her work in the arts and media into innovative creative placemaking initiatives within higher education as ways to foster inclusion on campuses.

Khadijah holds an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies & Mass Media) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Morgan State University in Community College Leadership. While completing her studies at Morgan, she teaches communication studies at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and serves as a graduate assistant in the School of Education and Urban Studies.  She also serves as a founding member of the editorial board for the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP).

 

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On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Khadijah's first short film BRACELET was screened at Landmark's E Street Cinema as part of the 48 Hour Film Project (pictured: Khadijah Ali-Coleman being interviewed after the screening)

PHOTO BY BEN DAWSON, JR.

Khadijah (4th from left) served as coordinator of the 2015 UMBC McNair Scholar Undergraduate Research Conference. She is in this photo with the staff of the UMBC McNair Scholar staff, including the former Assistant Provost and Director of the McNair Scholars program, Ms. Cynthia Hill (in green).

PHOTO BY GARY YOUNG

Khadijah founded the arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group in 2008 and serves as Creative Director. She also is a performance troupe member. (pictured: Khadijah Ali-Coleman on djembe with other members of Liberated Muse Arts Group)

PHOTO BY GARY YOUNG

Fall 2015 the Prince George's Community College Student Publications office hosted a panel discussion bringing together community activists to discuss ways to combat police brutality and build community resources. Faculty advisor, Khadijah Ali-Coleman moderated the panel.