Monday, March 29, 2010

$50 Vending Special for the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest-- MEMBERS ONLY

For this week only, Liberated Muse members will enjoy a $50 vending fee to vend in the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. Interested? Email us at to receive a link to pay this discounted rate and recive your vending application. You must send us your user name on to redeem this special.

To enjoy this discounted rate, visit the http://www.liberated/ network and join today!
Check out the vid above from MTV blogger EricaAmerica who came out to our 2008 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest-- the first year of the fest.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Perform in the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest is an all-day outdoors music festival held in Marvin Gaye Park in northeast Washington, DC. The festival features soul music and hip-hop music acts from the Washington DC and surrounding areas. Past acts have included Christylez, Substantial, Afi Soul, Teisha Marie, Godsilla, Rogiers, Marcel and the Truth, and other emerging artists.

If you would like to be considered as a performer in the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, be sure to send in your electronic press kit to You can visit the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest online at and on Facebook by clicking HERE.

The 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 11am-6pm.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Taking Care of Our Health-Thursday, March 25 @ Busboys & Poets

This Thursday, Liberated Muse members Head-Roc, Mikuak Rai and Princess of Controversy will be the featured acts at the One Common Unity concert at Busboys & Poets at 8pm. The theme is "Taking Care of Our Health" and follows today's historic passage of Obama's Health Care Reform Act.

Come out and enjoy this concert and participate in the dialogue regarding health care in our country.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist

Paul Robeson
The period known as "McCarthyism" in this country rarely brings to mind names of prominent Black performers, athletes, academics and politicians. The documentary Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist gives us another angle of history and takes a look at the confluence of McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and stage. It begins in Harlem, measures the impact of Paul Robeson and the campaign to bring him down, looks at the role of HUAC, J. Edgar Hoover and of journalists such as Ed Sullivan, and ends with a tribute to African-American actor Canada Lee. Throughout are interviews with men and women who were there, including Dick Campbell of the Rose McLendon Players and Fredrick O'Neal of the American Negro Theatre. In the 1940s and 1950s, anti-Communism was one more tool to maintain Jim Crow and to keep African-Americans in roles that were inhumane, stereotypical and demeaning.

For today's performers, this documentary is a must-see. It gives context to the current images we see on television and provides an example as to how a movement was begun and quickly thwarted when Black artists unified and spoke out against the hypocrisy of justice for all. What is particularly disarming is the political fire that many of the prominent artists we know of and adore had burning within. For instance, Paul Robeson was not only an amazing actor and singer, but was also a charismatic political figure that spoke out for the rights of Black US citizens.

A must-see for today's artists interested in using their art to make change.
Hazel Scott
Canada Lee

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Play RUNNING:AMOK Will Debut in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest

Running: AMOK is a comedic, dramatic and musical stage play about one of the most life-changing experiences many women face. Three women who meet unexpectantly in the doctor’s waiting room share laughs, sadness and ambition as they learn from a wacky fellow out-patient how their competing roles as mother, lover, breadwinner and artist can peacefully coexist despite evidence to contrary.

Running: AMOK will debut this summer in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest and is written by Liberated Muse's co-founder Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman. Music composed by musician Gary Young.


This past few weeks, casting for the play has been taken place and the actors for the play have been selected. The cast is phenomenal joining of some of the hottest talent in the Washington DC/Baltimore area.

Quineice will be playing the character "LESHELL" in Running: AMOK. This petite powerhouse has vocal stylings that blur musical genres. She began her career as a session vocalist and has traveled as far as Japan to lend her background support vocals to artists such as house sensation Crystal Waters. In the early 2000's, Quineice began her foray into musical theater, starring in classic theater pieces produced in Baltimore, MD-- including such hits as Little Shop of Horrors, Dreamgirls and The Wiz, in which she portrayed the main character, Dorothy. Quineice has used her art to champion many causes, most recently touring as a motivational force in the area of domestic abuse. She is often asked to share her own personal story through song with her original song “Mr. Crazy” which details how she escaped the grasp of an abusive relationship. Quineice is working on her debut CD which is slated for a Winter 2010 release.

Singer Teisha Marie will be playing the role of "NINA" in Running: AMOK. This England-born/Maryland-raised singer-songwriter, is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and poet. She's also one who's not afraid to take risks. A graduate of Spelman College, Teisha enjoys a professional singing career that has led her across the country, promoting her latest CD Addicted to Life. She is pleased to be part of the Running: AMOK cast because the play addresses the complexities of life and exposes some often unspoken truths. Teisha Marie is looking forward to changing people's perceptions of the "superwoman". "Acting is just an extension of who I am as an artist. I want to elevate people's lives however I can," Teisha says. You can visit her website at

Lyn Artope will be playing the role of "BENNY" in the play "Running: AMOK". Lyn is originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two sons. Running: AMOK is Lyn's acting debut. Her background in psychology, human resources and youth development contribute to her understanding of the subject matter that the play addresses. Lyn was drawn to this project because she identified with the plight of a "do it all" mother and understands the societal challenges women experience once becoming parents. She wanted to be a part of bringing this play to life.

"My interest in Running: AMOK was piqued by the play's description," says actress Deedee Kirby. "As an aspiring mother, I've often thought about what I'll feel when I have my first child. I watch other artists who are already there and admire those who continue following their passion actively inspiring their child(ren) to do the same. However, I know it's different for every woman." Deedee Kirby will be playing the role of "MAMA BELLE" in the play Running: AMOK. Deedee's covered a lot of ground as a solo artist. As a vocalist, she has performed at the Sugar Bar in NYC, the renowned Wolf Trap stage, and in national festivals throughout the country, including the annual Green Fest. Deedee, a native of Texas, is a classically trained graduate of the Arts Magnet School in Dallas which has cultivated famous talents like Kirk Whalum, Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. Visit her website at

Newcomer Sudani Scott will be playing the role of "CAMILLE" in Running: AMOK. Sudani is a writer and singer from the DC metro area.


We are currently seeking crew members for the show Running:AMOK. We are in need of volunteer crew members interested in helping us with stage management during our participation in the Capital Fringe Fest which is July 8-25 in Washington, DC. Perks include a free ticket to all showings of Running: AMOK and discounted tickets to see other shows in the Capital Fringe Fest. Running: AMOK has a simple set with very limited stage props and scenery, but help with transition between scenes is needed. This is a great opp for any theater lover, aspiring theater pro, or fan of what Running: AMOK is about. Email us today if you’re down to be down!

Visit the play's website for contact information and more details!

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Weekend, Lots to Do in DC

There is so much to do this weekend in the DC metro area. You can visit our site at to see some of the events our members have posted. Here are some of the things we are going to try and check out this weekend.

We told you about the new play Breakthrough earlier this week. Be the first to check out this new play by Liberated Muse member Princess of Controversy (PoC) at the Capital Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC. Issues such as racism, classism, separatism, sexism, religion & spiritual divide rear their head in this production written and produced by PoC and her art company ArtSperts. Tickets start at $12. Read here for more info.

If you listen to the Michael Baisden show, you may have heard of Dr. Baruch Ben-Yehudah. Dr. Baruch began his tenure as a featured health expert on the ABC syndicated Michael Baisden show with his "Your Body is Your Temple" which reaches 13 million plus people on a daily basis and today he remains a constant "force" on the show. A dynamic motivational speaker with a focus on health and well being, a health consultant and advisor to many people in the business industry, churches and government, author of pamphlets and books, relationship counselor, a TV and radio personality and the Health Committee Chairman of several community action organizations including the NAACP, Dr. Baruch is a self-professed master in his field.

On Saturday, Dr. Baruch will be in Capitol Heights, Maryland at the Everlasting Life restaurant and holistic store to talk about how African-Americans are fast-becoming the most unhealthy group of people because of diet choices. Visit HERE for details. Tickets $20.

(In photo: Singer Ne'a Posey portrays singer Bessie Smith at the 2009 When Harlem Came to Paris event. This year, she portrays Ma Rainey. Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

The When Harlem Came to Paris Saturday Brunch is this weekend, and boy, we can't wait. We raved about this event HERE and are excited about it's preface to the official When Harlem Came to Paris event which will follow. WHCTP is a whirlwind affair where you attend an evening event dressed in 20's fashions enjoying the company of some of the more notable and not so known characters of the legendary Harlem Renaissance. The event takes place at L'Alliance de Francaise which is located at Embassy Row in Washington DC and creates an experience of being among the staple artists of the Harlem Renaissance while on vacation in Paris.

Visit the website HERE for time and details.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Princess of Controversy Debuts New Play This Week

BreakThrough, the soul-hop musical by DC native artivist, Princess of Controversy (PoC), strikes a chord amongst the easily offended, heavily devout, & non-confrontational. BreakThrough takes a deeper look into the socio-economic issues within the performance arts/entertainment industry & the communities they serve. Issues such as racism, classism, separatism, sexism, religion & spiritual divide rear their head in this production written and produced by PoC and her art company ArtSperts.

PoC is a member of the Liberated Muse community with her husband DJ Monty who recently donated some of his new single releases to Liberated Muse's most recent event To Haiti, With Love. Check out his work HERE on his BandCamp page. This duo are hard-working examples of the rich artist presence in the Washington DC area.

PoC's play debuts this Friday. Here are the details:

Dates:March 12th at 7PM & March 13th at 2PM & 7PM
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE WDC (1 block from Eastern Market Metro)
Price: Tickets prices range from $8-15.

For tickets & more info visit or call ARTSPERTS Creative Arts Staffing Agency 240-582-0090.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

When Harlem Came to Paris-- THIS MONTH (A Lil SoSo Production)

(In Photo: Maceo an Moon of Liberated Muse Productions at the 2009 event When Harlem Came to Paris at L'Alliance de Francaise in Washington DC, created and produced by Lil So So Productions)

Saturday, March 20, 2010
"When Harlem Came to Paris"
Alliance Francaise de Washington
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW-WDC

$55 for Alliance Members, $65 for Non-members (Must be 21)
Tickets available until March 19th 4PM at: 202.234.7911

Set in 1926 this event features portrayals of real -life writers and musical artists from the famed Harlem Renaissance era, food, drinks, live music and performances. 1920's style evening attired is suggested, but not mandatory.

For more information:

This month, one of the most anticipated events of the year is taking place, When Harlem Comes to Paris (WHCTP). WHCTP is a whirlwind affair where you attend an evening event dressed in 20's fashions enjoying the company of some of the more notable and not so known characters of the legendary Harlem Renaissance. The event takes place at L'Alliance de Francaise which is located at Embassy Row in Washington DC and creates an experience of being among the staple artists of the Harlem Renaissance while on vacation in Paris.

(In Photo: DC-based singer Ne'a Posey portrays the legendary Bessie Smith)

Liberated Muse was up in the house for the event last year and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Fabulous food, superb jazz music and an atmosphere of divine spirit are trademarks of this event which is intergenerational, multi-cultural, classy and fun.

(In photo: Maceo with poet Bassey Ikpi who portrayed one of the writers from Harlem Renaissance)

Liberated Muse member, curator Sharon Burton curated the art gallery last year that was featured at the event and she is back again, curating the art of this year's sole featured artist, Liberated Muse member James Terrell. Terrell's rich paintings will be the focal art of the event.

(In photo: Actress Holly Bass portrays the great Josephine Baker)

Unlike last year where there was one evening of fun, this year there will be a preceding brunch that will take place on March 13. Make sure you visit the website HERE to purchase your tickets and read more about this wonderful event. We can't wait to attend again!

Saturday, March 13, 2010
"The Gang's All Here" : Arrival Brunch
Napoleon Bistro
1847 Columbia Road, NW-WDC


Reservations should be made at: 202.299.9630

Catch the "When Harlem Came to Paris" cast in action with this Parisian brunch set in 1926. The newly arrived artists from Harlem will be on board to mix and mingle as they begin their tour of Paris and meet new friends. Come dressed in your best 1920's day look and be part of the fun.
For more information contact:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Liberated Muse Advocates for DC Artists

(In photo: Moon brought her daughter along to council member Yvette Alexander's office to make the point of how arts impacts postive youth development.)

(In photo: DC Advocates for the Arts met today at the John A. Wilson Building in DC to meet with DC Council members about the importance of arts funding that has already been cut more than half than the previous year.)

The share of foundation and corporate funding being directed to the arts in DC is in an unmistakable decline. Between 1998 and 2007, the percentage of foundation funding directed to the arts decreased from 14.8 to 10.6 percent. The corporate giving share to the arts decreased from 10.3 to 4.6 percent during the same period. With our changing economic landscape, how can we make a change for the better regarding arts funding in the District?

The best advocate for the arts is YOU. All members of the arts community- staff, volunteer leaders, artists and audiences- have the expertise needed to make the case for
good arts policy. Your first-hand knowledge of the arts and their impact on your life is one of the most important components of any advocacy campaign seeking the support of legislators. Maceo Thomas and Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman, co-founders of Liberated Muse, joined the DC Advocates for the Arts today, March 3, to speak with Ward 7 council member Yvette Alexander to talk about how the arts transforms communities.

( In photo: Maceo Thomas, co-founder of Liberated Muse Productions, looks over his fact sheet before meeting with council member Yvette Alexander's chief of staff)
In Washington DC, the arts creates 11,205 Full Time Jobs and $355 million in income paid to
residents. $62 million in direct local government revenue is also generated because of the arts. In 2005, 4 billion dollars in government funding for the arts -including national, state,
and local - resulted in 29.6 billion dollars in government revenue. What it's important to know is that the arts are not in competition with other kinds of non-profit govt spending.
Spending in the arts = tax revenue and jobs, not just red carpets and services for residents. As long as governmenet leaders look at investment in the arts as a luxury expense and not an asset to the community, everyone loses out. The arts lose when we try to compete with simple, non-investment spending.

As an artist or art lover (whether that art be visual, literary or performance art), it is up to you advocate for continued funding for the arts. Visit for more information on how you can get involved.

Raheem Devaughn Creates a "MasterPiece"

(In photo: Raheem Devaughn on the cover for his single "Bulletproof" which features the rapper Ludacris. Raheen released his new CD The Love and War MasterPeace yesterday admidst excellent critic reviews)

DC home-grown artist Raheem Devaughn is one of the most talented folks to be from the area, following in the footsteps of one of his vocal idols, Marvin Gaye. Yesterday, he released a new CD that has upped the game in an increasingly more creatively stagnant mainstream market. Raheem Devaughn's new CD The Love and War Masterpeace is superior and yet another great CD starting off 2010 right. It's worth copping today!

With a resounding introduction speech from none other than Dr. Cornel West, Raheem Devaughn’s new CD begins with an exclamation point that doesn’t end, even after the last song. “…we talkin about revitalization…”

Dr. West says about this CD and that is what this CD does—it revitalizes the game, taking it next level. Raheem does what Marvin Gaye did so effortlessly it seemed—speak of political and social issues within a musical landscape that never lacks in rich soul melodies and grit. Raheem’s sound is heavily marked by Marvin Gaye’s influence on this CD, particularly on the endlessly beautiful “Garden of Love” and this new project would make the legend proud. Where other Marvin imitators like Chico Debarge and Robin Thicke have borrowed only from his sound, Raheem has used Marvin’s sound as a springboard to create a contemporary fusion of old and new. With Ludacris on the first track “Bulletproof”, Raheem brings us the next chapter in the book that Marvin’s “What’s Going On” began about our lives “…here, overseas and across the waters…”

Raheem is evidently in a mood of collaboration (as we saw with his recent video feature on Tabi Bonney’s “Fever”) and this CD is heavy with featured guests on songs besides Ludacris, including Wale on the head-nodder “Greatness”, Damian Marley on the socially critical “Revelations 2010” and Malik Yusef on the very sexy ballad “Fragile”. Every single one of these collabos work. Wale adds the necessary lyrical flow “Greatness” without taking the focus away from Raheem while Marley on “Revelations 2010” adds the funk to this already soul-blazed song about the social and political war on Black men.

The best collaboration on the CD, however is “Nobody Wins a War” which is 100 times better than any tribute song we’ve heard with a heavy set of celebrity vocalists on the mic. This song features Raheem on lead with verse and chorus sung by the likes of Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Algebra, Chrisette Michele, Shelby Johnson, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Dwele, Chico DeBarge and Rudy Currence. Pure beauty.

Listen to this song on by clicking HERE