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Traveling to Cuba this Year with Alice Walker

One of the amazing highlights of the year was meeting literary icon Alice Walker while participating in the Busboys & Poets Tribe Travel to Cuba for the unveiling of a statue of Langston Hughes to commemorate his birthday and his unique relationship with Cuban Poet Laureate Nicolas Guillien and the people of Cuba

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman with Dr. Alice Walker in Cuba (January 2024)


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NEW BOOK!

THE SUMMONING OF BLACK JOY 

by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, Liberated Muse Arts Group performed poems from this book at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the presentation, "Voices of Freedom and Resistance," written and directed by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. The show featured her original songs and poetry and songs and poetry by Bob Marley, Erykah Badu, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday.

In this captivating poetry collection by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, released during the Juneteenth 2023 weekend, the power of words becomes a force to reckon with. Through poignant verses written both before and during the COVID-19 global health pandemic, Ali-Coleman weaves a tapestry of emotions that delve into the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Black people in America.

In a world that too often tries to silence voices, Ali-Coleman's poetry resounds with unyielding power, demanding to be heard. This poetry collection is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and a celebration of the indomitable joy that can rise even in the face of adversity. It is a book that will leave an indelible mark on its readers, reminding us all of the importance of recognizing and amplifying the stories of the Black experience.


About Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

LEARNING-CENTERED EDUCATOR, SCHOLAR, CURATOR & MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
(photo credit: Ben Dawson, Jr.)

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a visionary cultural curator with over two decades of experience transforming spaces into vibrant centers of artistic and educational engagement.  As the founding director of Liberated Muse Arts Group and Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice  (BWPSJ), Dr. Ali-Coleman leads the charge in providing transformative artistic presentations for diverse audiences and engaging learning experiences for writers dedicated to advancing principles of peace and social justice through their work. Her commitment to empowering voices on the margins is evident in her multifaceted career as an award-winning performance artist, educator, multi-genre writer, playwright, and podcaster. 

She is the current Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, Maryland.


Thank you for joining me for 2024 National Poetry Month Festivities in Prince George's County, MD!

Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice (BWPSJ) was founded in 2024 to publish work by Black writers, provide skill-building learning experiences for Black writers and offer administrative training and services for literary organizations intent on creating a writing and public engagement practice founded in tenets of peace and social justice. Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is the founding Chief Executive Officer of BWPSJ.

2023 Prince George's County, MD Poet Laureate Installation


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HOMESCHOOLING BLACK CHILDREN IN THE US

 


In 2020,  Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman had just finished defending her doctoral dissertation on dual enrolled African American homeschooled students and their perceptions of preparedness for community college. The COVID-19 global pandemic and quarantine had just gone into effect. She was offered an opportunity to publish her dissertation into a book. She opted to edit an anthology of voices on Black homeschooling instead. During her own research study, she had seen the lack of Black voices in the research on Black homeschooling families. As a homeschooling mother and researcher, she wanted to expand the research literature and offer an opportunity for other homeschooling parents and researchers to share their experiences and research. And, that is what this book is. Released January 2022, it is on sale today.
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media work as a producer, host and director

Podcasts, Radio & Film Work

COMING IN AUGUST 2024


Welcome to blck creatives in liminal spaces, where the host, Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman, dives deep into the intersectional worlds crafted by Black visionaries. This podcast is a vibrant tapestry weaving together the arts, science, education, technology, and beyond.

Join us for enlightening conversations that uncover the innovative ideas and unique perspectives of Black creatives who are not just dreaming but actively reshaping our world. Ready to peek behind the curtain and explore the minds of those at the cutting edge of creativity?

Tune in and get inspired!

Presented by Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice 

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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Towson University and has produced multi-media content for over 20 years.

Some of her credits include:


PODCASTS
Contemporary Perspectives in Black Homeschooling (2020-Present) Host, Writer, Producer, Director
The Black Writer's Studio Podcast (2022-2024) Host, Writer, Producer, Director

VIRTUAL EVENTS
Black Writers Lighting the Way: Getting Word Virtual Kick-Off (2023) Writer, Producer, Director
Legacy Awards hosted by Karyn Parsons (2022) Producer, Writer, Director

RADIO SEGMENTS
The Creative Midwife on First Edition on 88.9 FM WEAA

SHORT FILMS
Allergic (2021)
The Positive Impact of Homeschooling Black Children (2020)
BUNT (2018)
BRACELET (2017)


 


Be Who You Are (Official Video) by Khadijah Moon


Using the stage name, Khadijah Moon, Khadijah Ali-Coleman has appeared on numerous stages showcasing her talents as a versatile singer with incredible depth and musical instinct. She has appeared on renowned stages such as the Apollo Theater in New York and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with her arts collective, Liberated Muse and as a solo artist.  As a spoken word artist, she was featured for two years as a poetry host at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC and has edited three volumes of the Liberated Muse anthology series featuring writers and visual artists from around the world. As a poet, singer and playwright, she has served as the Creative Director of the arts collective Liberated Muse Arts Group which she founded in 2008.

In 2016, Khadijah compiled her music into a one-woman show called Song of a Space Cadet, presented by Artscape, the nation's second largest arts festival. The production featured music, poetry and monologues to share her memoir of how she rebounded from personal and national tragedy to create powerful art.
Soon after, she released a CD of the music from the show titled Song of a Space Cadet

 

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Theatre Reviews

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 Arts, Theater 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.

"The songs [in Running:AMOK] are slow-burning little gems: some smoky, some bluesy, some sparkly."- DC Theatre Scene