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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

learning-centered educator, scholar, curator & multi-disciplinary artist

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Biography

 

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. is a community organizer, nationally recognized speaker and writer. She is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group, StudentMediaOnline.com and co-founder of the Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES). Through her brand The Creative Midwife, she offers healing arts services and creativity coaching. She is an accomplished performance artist, educator and scholar who recently earned her doctorate in 2020 following an extensive career in higher education and community-based work. Dr. Ali-Coleman studied Higher Education through the Community College Leadership Program at the historically Black university, Morgan State University. Her research includes study of African American homeschooled students who are dual-enrolled in community college, creative placemaking as a tool for community building and high impact learning practices. Her dissertation studied the perceptions of preparedness for college through interviews with eight African-American dual-enrolled teens who attended community college in Virginia, Texas, and Maryland while being homeschooled for high school. You can read her dissertation here. She was invited to publish her dissertation study through Information Age Publishing (IAP) and, instead, opted to edit a volume on Black homeschooling in America. She invited Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith to co-edit the book that will be released in 2021. 

 

Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship and Artistic Work

Dr. Ali-Coleman is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of the arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group. Liberated Muse was founded in 2008 as a digital community that soon established a production group, Liberated Muse Productions, that began producing the Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival in Marvin Gaye Park in Washington DC from 2008 to 2010. Liberated Muse Productions dissolved, but Liberated Muse continued as a performance troupe and publishing group that has published three literary volumes of poetry and short stories. The performance troupe has performed at schools, museums, theaters and performance centers, presenting theater, music and spoken word that centers the life experiences of people of the African diaspora.  

A playwright, she has had more than a dozen of her plays presented publicly in venues throughout the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsTheater Alliance, and Baltimore Theater Project. She was selected as a Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright in 2019, working on a commissioned play that was presented as a film by Theater Alliance in 2021. She is also a singer/songwriter. Her most memorable performance was at the renowned Apollo Theatre in New York where she appeared on the television show, Showtime at the Apollo after winning a monetary award during the venue's weekly Amateur Night showcase. She is a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist awardee with music recordings found on major music seller sites.

Dr. Ali-Coleman served as the 2020 Scholar-in-Residence at Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) where she also served as a teaching artist. She curated and presented her family history and that of four other families through the exhibit Flying Towards Freedom during her time at PGAAMCC. The exhibit ran from January 2020 to March 2020 at the Prince George's County Memorial Library's Oxon Hill Branch in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 

Journalist and Educator

In addition to her creative work, Dr. Ali-Coleman is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar who spent five weeks in Colombia, South America to study issues related to history, culture and society.The specific focus was peacebuilding, reconciliation, and national identity. Special attention was devoted to the African Colombian community and the effects of armed conflict on this community. As a participant, Dr. Ali-Coleman designed a special curriculum for her Introduction to Fine and Performance Arts class at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), where she engaged her students in creating a class exhibit showcasing the history, culture and society of Colombia and Latin America in general. 

Dr. Ali-Coleman has enjoyed a dimensional career history working as a freelance multi-media journalist, a teaching artist and college instructor which allowed her the opportunity to homeschool her daughter off and on for thirteen years. She has taught Communication studies and Fine and Performing Arts at numerous institutions including Morgan State University, Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Prince George's Community College (PGCC), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and Montgomery College. While at PGCC, she served as the faculty advisor for student publications and was awarded a 2016 Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant used to create the Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference which led to her founding the organization Student Media Online. Through Student Media Online, she offers courses for homeschooled students and workshops for parents homeschooling for the first time.As an educator, she has created and led educational out-of-school time and summer bridge programs for over 20 years at numerous organizations, including Covenant House Washington, One Common Unity, Morgan State University, the Choice Program, and the Alliance for Concerned Men. She currently serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Montgomery Community Media (MCM).

In addition to holding a doctorate from Morgan State University, Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman received her MA in Mass Communication/Media Studies at Towson University and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) with a minor in Writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher and is a certified facilitator in Advancing Youth Development theory. She lives in Maryland with her life partner, Ben and their daughter, Khari who is currently an undergraduate student at the University of San Francisco.

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The Positive Impact of Homeschooling Black Children

 

 

Read the Baltimore Times article here.

Dr. Ali-Coleman has been homeschooling her own daughter off and on for 13 years in addition to being a researcher on homeschooling in the Black community. She crafted this short film above for a recent appearance in the 5th annual Black Sustainability Summit that was virtual in 2020.

 

BLACK FAMILY HOMESCHOOL EDUCATORS & SCHOLARS

Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES), LLC was started in April 2020 by Black homeschool researchers Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith and Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman. BFHES is a pioneering educational research group that integrates research and community practice through the publication of scholarly work and engagement of homeschool practitioners.

In summer 2020, Dr. Ali-Coleman and Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith implemented the inaugural BFHES Virtual Teach-In, featuring over 20 speakers and attracting over 200 participants for a seven day event. In tandem with this event, BFHES coordinated a call for submissions for the forthcoming book, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture. Twelve authors were selected to contribute a compelling chapter for this publication which will be released in spring 2021. In September 2020, the BFHES co-founders became the editorial team managing the Information Age Publishing series, Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling. The book, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture, will be the first book published in the series.

BFHES continues to engage with the Black homeschooling community through monthly “tea talks” and maintaining a burgeoning community of homeschool educators via Facebook. As of this writing, the group has surpassed 1,100 members since its start in July 2020. The BFHES mission is to provide ongoing community engagement regarding black homeschooling through (1) the publication of scholarly and trade work on the topic, and (2) the production of community events targeting black homeschool familites and entrepreneurs engaged in the practice of black homeschooling. BFHES is the first US-based research and education group dedicated specifically to the topic of black family homeschooling.

A playwright, Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman has had more than a dozen of her plays presented publicly in venues throughout the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsTheater Alliance, and Baltimore Theater Project. She was selected as a Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright in 2019, working on a commissioned play that was presented as a film by Theater Alliance in 2021

Teaching Artist, Speaker and Facilitator

From 2019-2020, Dr. Ali-Coleman worked with the Prince George's County African-American Museum and Cultural Center as a teaching artist and Scholar-In-Residence fellow. As a teaching artist, she worked with students at Annapolis Road Academy Alternative High School. Annapolis Road Academy is one of two alternative academy programs in Prince George's County, MD with a primary focus on students in grades 9 through 10 who are experiencing behavioral and attendance concerns in the regular classroom setting. Dr. Ali-Coleman used a multi-disciplinary approach with the students, teaching the history of the Piscataway native people of Maryland and the Guinea people of Africa and their early existence in Maryland during colonial times. Using the drum as a centerpiece for learning and arts creation, she led the children in activities centered on identity, culture and communication, executed through designing drums and crafting spoken word pieces. She also facilitated a tribal drum workshop for families in the museum during the Kwanzaa season.

Curator and Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Ali-Coleman has produced, lead curated or co-curated over three dozen exhibits, festivals, and multi-disciplinary events since 2001.

Highlights include:

  • The exhibit Flying Towards Freedom: Migration Stories of Maryland Families which was presented by the museum and installed at the Prince George's County Memorial Library System's Oxon Hill branch. The exhibit ran from February 2020 to the end of March 2020. The exhibit, inspired by the book Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, featured the historical journey of Black families who migrated to Maryland, including her own family.
  • The visual arts exhibit unboxed/unbroken: A Celebration of Black Resilience for the 2018 Kwanzaa in August festival that took place at the Anacostia Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C. This exhibit featured work by Patrick Smith, ZO, Malandela Zulu, Hook E. Free and more. 
  • The monthly forum titled, Sunday Scholar Salon held at the Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center during her tenure as Scholar-in-Residence. The topics drew from her educational and professional expertise in education, arts, African-American history and culture.
  • The film festival unboxed/unbroken for the 2018 Kwanzaa in August festival that took place at the Anacostia Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C. This film festival featured work by Pamela Woolford, Kia Reed, and Cynthia Dorsey.
  • The Read, a showcase of short plays for the 2018 Kwanzaa in August festival that took place at the Anacostia Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C. This play readings featured work by Ebony Rosemond and Deirdre Gantt.
  • The Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival (curated the performace stages and served as operations manager 2008-2010) featuring over three dozen performers over three summers, including Kenny Wesley, Tamika Love Jones, Deja Belle, Christylez Bacon, Substantial, Mello D and the Rados, Godiseus, The 5th L, Teisha Marie, Cool Cee Brown, and more.
  • Creative Creatives Creating (C3) Performance Series that was staged at the Red Lion Hotel (Baltimore, MD), Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society (Washington, DC) and virtually (curated performance stage 2016-2020) featuring performances by over a dozen artists including Dior Ashley Brown, Olu Butterfly, The Bangladesh Project, Madeline Farrington, Too Much Damn Theatre, Terry Borderline, Enoch 7th Prophet, Quinton Randall, and more.
  • The GRIND film festival (2018) at Morgan State University, presented by the MSU Graduate Student Association

ask Dr. Ali-Coleman for help!

Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman offers homeschooling parents tips through an online series on YouTube that can be viewed here.

For private consultation, email her directly at info@liberatedmuse.com

 

Liberated Muse Arts Group

 

Liberated Muse Arts Group is a multi-disciplinary professional arts organization founded in 2008 by Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman. Liberated Muse began as an online digital community and existed in that form for four year before becoming a touring troupe and production house for music, books, film and theater. Liberated Muse has presented festivals, signature community events and artist meet-ups including the Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival, the Kwanzaa in August Festival, #theSPILL and Creative Creatives Creating (C3) Open Mic and Performance Series. Dr. Ali-Coleman has edited three volumes of literary and visual art through Liberated Muse, including How I Freed My Soul, Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face, and Creases Expelled from the Fold.

Liberated Muse's performance troupe has been featured at The John F. Kennedy Center, Baltimore Book Festival, Artscape Festival, ARTOMATIC festival, DC Public Library System, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, United States Peace Corps, Light City Festival and other libraries, museums and educational institutions.

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