Saturday, August 29, 2009

Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul Sells Over 100 Copies Online & Independently

Liberated Muse Productions is proud to learn that online and event sold copies of Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul have now passed 100-copies-sold since the book's release date in mid-June 2009.

Plan to attend our celebration of the book at our Sept. 11 event in Washington DC as part of our book promotional tour.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sexy New Soap Opera with All Black Cast Takes Place in DC's Historic Anacostia District

During this upcoming Labor Day weekend, on Sept. 3, the web series Anacostia will debut online. The show, set in the historic Anacostia neighborhood in southeast DC, features a ensemble cast which includes Wil "Onix" Lash from the VH-1 reality show "I Love New York" and R & B singer Tia Dae. Produced by DC native Anthony Anderson, the series is set to rival prime-time soap operas Gossip Girl and Melrose Place in its presentation of sexy mayhem and mischief . Read More Here...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Attend the International Soul Music Summit with Liberated Muse!

The 4th International Soul Music Summit
September 24th - 27th 2009 Atlanta, GA

Click HERE to pay TODAY!

All 2009 ISMS registrants receive:

All Access laminate badge for all 4 Nights and 3 Days for all
official summit and showcase events. registrants receive a copy of the
ISMS Directory, the ISMS Compilation CD and the ISMS Bag full of
promotional items and creative ISMS inserts. you’ll have access to all
panels, workshops, networking parties, keynotes,artist
showcases,exhibitors,sponsors and select restaurants during the

The ISMS is the most affordable and musician friendly event of it's
kind in the country. You, your band or music industry related business
need to be represented at this event. Networking at this music summit
will provide you with the tools and contacts to take your music
business skills to the next level; but you must register to attend and
receive the ISMS laminate.

Join Liberated Muse Productions in September for the International Soul Music Summit. Enjoy the two for one deal above and hop on Travelocity to take care of your flight and hotel costs. The registration deal for the summit above is an EXCLUSIVE we are able to offer our members.

We are not going to travel down by car as earlier mentioned, but there are plenty of travel options by air.
We found this deal today: CLICK HERE.
We will hook up as a group once we get down to Atlanta. The hotel info is as follows:

590 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308 USA
Phone: 1-404-881-6000
Fax: 1-404-815-5010
Sales: 1-404-815-5011
ISMS Hotel Rate Special Code: imsimsa

The International Soul Music Summit
September 24th - 27th 2009 Atlanta, GA

Visit the International Soul Music Summit site for more details on the summit's activities.

Check the photos out below of Liberated Muse Productions at the 2008 International Soul Music Summit in Atlanta, GA

(Photos by Liberated Muse Productions, All Rights Reserved)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Summer is Ending & School Begins: Opportunity for Creative Folk Working as Educators

The Mosaic Literary Conference (formerly the Re:Verse Literary Conference & Festival) presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity. This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.

Early Registration: $30
Regular Registration: $50

Registration includes gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year subscription to MosaicConference Date: November 7, 2009
Location: Hostos Community College 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., Bronx, NY
If you are a creative person who educates and has a workshop to present on how to bring literacy to the forefront, respond to the RFP:
Highlights from last year:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kindred, the Family Soul Come to Southeast DC for Park Concert Series

Last year, on the hush, word circulated among those of us connected to the east of the river area that soul singer Raheem Devaughn was coming to southeast DC to perform in an impromptu concert. Last year was a re-election year for many of the city's councilmembers, so we looked at this as a re-election gimmick for the sponsoring councilmembers Kwame Brown and Yvette Alexander who were putting on the concert.

Those of us who attended the concert didn't really care though if it was a gimmick. We were so happy to have a high-quality act like Devaughn to be performing in the area for FREE that we lapped it up happily. The concert last year, which took place in Fort Dupont Park, off of Minnesota Ave., SE, was actually part of the summer concert series National Park Services puts on each summer.

However, the concert last year was the last of the series and actually different because the appearance of Raheem Devaughn was a deviation from the acts that typically are part of the Fort Dupont summer concert series. Most of the acts who appear at Fort Dupont are older acts that appeal to an older demographic between the ages of 45 and up. Raheem Devaughn, with his Marvin Gaye-esque vocal style has fans as young as the teens to the 40-somethings.

So, how happy we were to find out at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest that just passed on July 25 that Kindred, the Family Soul was the surprise guest for the final day of the Fort Dupont Summer Concert series. Councilmember Yvette Alexander of Ward 7 let the cat of the bag happily and we spread the word immediately on Facebook. Kindred, the wife and husband music duo are a perfect end to a summer of soul! Make sure you bring your lawn chairs, blankets and plenty of H20 because this one is sure to be packed! Listen to some of their music HERE and Get details for today's event HERE.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Songwriters' Showcase at the Smithsonian

(In photo: Lamont Dozier (far right) with Michael Jackson, Barry Gordy and the Holland Brothers at luncheon honoring Michael Jackson in 1990)

Songwriters Showcase at the Smithsonian

with Guest Artist, Lamont Dozier

Submission deadline is September 18th

No cost for submission.

For entry rules and to submit go to:

The Smithsonian Associates in collaboration with the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) and BMI is producing a showcase for Washington area songwriters on October 27, 2009.

Send in your best original song for a chance to be one of 12 composers and lyricists who will be selected to perform live at The Smithsonian Baird Auditorium . (You may have your song performed by someone else if it is chosen.)

Lamont Dozier will be the special guest artist for the evening - the legendary songwriter for the biggest Motown superstars, including The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Martha and the Vandellas, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

DC based veteran drummer and vocalist Keith Kilgo will be the Master of Ceremonies. Genres include pop, adult contemporary, jazz vocals, and R&B.

Area high school and college students will compete to be included in the line-up.

One adult and one young artist performer will be voted on as the "People's Choice" favorite by the audience.

Mustock Festival This Weekend, Featuring Hot DC Acts

This Saturday, the MuStock Festival will take place, promising live music from some of DC's hottest acts. The roster of acts include all-girl rock funk band noon:30 and GODISHEUS headed by Head-Roc. Head-Roc has been heavily promoting the event on Facebook and calls this festival "the hottest festival with DC Indie Acts..."
Now, we are biased, because we like to think the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest is the HOTTEST festival with soul and hip-hop acts from the DMV *smile*, but we will happily spread the word on the MuStock Festival which seems to take the spirit of Woodstock (outdoors massive area with camping allowed) one step further.
Get the full roster of acts by visiting the event's Facebook page HERE
Head-Roc encourags folks to drive down to the festival site tonite and stay overnight or stay overnight until Sunday. The event page on Facebook has more details.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Liberated Muse Members featured in New Exhibit & On Cover of Port of Harlem

For the third year running, Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC's southeast Anacostia neighborhood is featuring artists rooted in Wards 7 and 8 in their East of the River exhibition. This year’s collection includes installation, photography, painting and digital prints that are the artists interpretation of the theme, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Featured artists include Liberated Muse members Terence Nicholson (, and James Terrell (

This exhibit runs through Friday, September 25 at Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington D.C. Admission is free. You can read more in the latest Port of Harlem issue where member, photographer Camille Pasley-Mosley is on the cover.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Authentic Art Consulting Curates Upcoming Liberated Muse Exhibit


In celebration of the new publication Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul, Liberated Muse Productions is accepting visual art submissions to be displayed in a two month-long exhibition upon the walls of a beloved Washington DC spot, the Potter's House. The Potter's House is home to monthly art events and is a restaurant and bookstore that has a loyal and large patronage. Liberated Muse is seeking works of art (painting, photography, mixed media/collage, works on paper, prints (including giclee, lithographs and limited/open editions) to be exhibited at The Potter's House from September 11, 2009-December 1, 2009 and available for sale.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (There are no submission fees).


This opportunity is open to artists who are members of and reside in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, including Baltimore and its surrounding surburbs.

Artists working in the following disciplines are invited to participate: painting, photography, mixed media/collage, works on paper, prints (giclees, lithographs, etc.) and textile. All works must be creations made by the artist within the last 2 years.

Sales/Commission: All work will be for sale. Proceeds from the work sold: 70% to the artist and 30% to The Potter's House. The Potter's House will handle all sales for the artist. It is highly recommended that artwork be priced under $500 for this venue.

Insurance and Liability: The Potter's House will insure artwork exhibited at the premises.(More information on contract of understanding that accepted artists will be expected to sign).

Delivery of Artwork: All artwork should be hand delivered to The Potter's House on Friday, September 11, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Liberated Muse will not be responsible for delivery of artwork to the venue.

Reproduction and Promotion: Liberated Muse reserves the right to photograph and document all works for publicity and internet use. Copyright and artist's name will be applied to all artwork used for these purposes.

Time Line for Exhibition:

Drop Off Work: September 11, 2009
Exhibition Opens: September 11, 2009
Exhibition Closes: December 1, 2009*
Pick up works: (TBA)*

*Subject to change. Artists will be notified within two weeks of the pick up for artwork.

NOTE: It is the Artist's responsibility to pick up unsold artwork at the end of the exhibition. Liberated Muse nor The Potter's House will be responsible for artwork left after the end of the exhibition.


We would like all submissions to be relevant to our theme of "freedom". We would like artists to be aware that the Potter's House is a venue that is often used for religious conference, so the art selected will be respectful of the many uses of the space.

  • Email submissions only.
    The emails should provide: (1) jpeg images of the artworks, (2) current artist's statement, (3) biography and (4) resume.

  • A list which includes the following information must accompany the email: (a) dimensions (indicate whether the sizes are based on framed or unframed artwork), (b) medium, (c) year created, (d) name of the artwork and (e) price of featured works.

  • Artist may submit no more than five (5) artworks for consideration.

  • Prints or Works on Paper must be framed and ready to hang. Unframed canvas works must be wired and ready to hang.

  • Contact information from the artist including name, address, and telephone number where he/she can be reached.

Submission Instructions: Please forward all the above by August 26, 2009 to Sharon Burton (Gemini Visions) at

All artists will be notified of selections by email by September 2, 2009.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Check out Anonamas @ Bloom Bars this Week

Bloom Bars is an eclectic space in DC that marries social justice and the arts. Check the spot out this week as Liberated Muse member Anonamas rocks the stage with her label mates at Infinite Soul Music. See the event info here check out Anonamas in the vid below at the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beat Ya Feet Kings on America's Best Dance Crew on MTV

Ok, we LOVE the Beat Ya Feet Kings! This DC-based dance group, managed by last month's Liberated Muse member of the month, Diallo Sumbry are a group of talented young adults (one lady is part of the group, despite the name) and have been dancing in the area for the past three years. They have wowed audiences while also serving as youth workers who have worked in schools in southeast DC, the area they hail from.

We would like to congratulate them on their upcoming tv performance on America's Best Dance Crew on MTV and want the entire Liberated Muse community to vote for them to stay on the show. Check out the video below Liberated Muse member MYST studios took on the spot when the wonderful dance crew obliged to an impromtu dance at the request of a little girl who is a big fan. Click here to view video on Facebook:

Kicking For Kids Who Can't

This was something that was distributed in a recent newsletter from Kicking it for Kids Who Can't (KFKWC). KFKWC participated in our Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and is a special event that will raise money for children who are adapting to life with limb loss. All money raised goes directly to Limbs for Life, a Non Profit Organization 501(c)3, which helps provide assistace to individuals who have suffered limb loss. Here's what they said:

2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

Saturday, July 25, 2009 brought KFKWC an opportunity to hear music, speak and have fun! From 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, the KFKWC team set out to solicit donations, network and promote our October 11th event on the National Mall. Aside from listening to the music of up and coming artists in the DC area, the event helped us spread the word about our cause and the purpose for our existence. The sun was blazing, but it wasn't enough to stop the KFKWC team. Our hard sweat earned KFKWC $122.32, putting us a small step closer to our $50,000 goal!! Thank you Maceo Thomas (of Liberated Muse) for providing this opportunity and thank you to all who came out to support KFKWC

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Does Art Matter?

Theater producer and youth worke Anu Yadev facilitated the discussion as part of a workshop of the Capital Fringe Fest
Julianne Brienza, Director of the Capital Fringe Fest talks to those who participated in the "Does Art Matter" discussion. She opened Fringe Fest headquarters for the conversation to take place.

Performer Princess of Controversy was one of the artists who participated.

Last week, Liberated Muse was in the house in a discussion held at Fort Fringe in DC that revolved around the question "Does Art Matter".

Visual artists, theater folk, singers and venue owners talked about why and how art matters and shared feelings about how art is integral in the everyday.

Liberated Muse will host an upcoming conversation which will include action items to enhance the arts scene in DC. Interested in taking part? Stay tuned for details...