Saturday, August 28, 2010

Blogging for Newbies


Come join blogger Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman for an interactive how-to on blogging for newbies. This workshop is for you if:

  • You are interested in joining the micro-blogging world of Twitter or are already on Twitter and have no idea what is going on 
  • You want to learn how to blog to attract folks to your business
  • You want to start a personal blog and need tips on how to begin
  • You have questions about blogging that you never asked before!
This workshop is JUST $10 and is part of a $10 Wonder Workshops Series helping busy people learn how to use social media on the web.

About the Workshop Presenter: Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman is a media consultant, performance artist and writer. She has been featured as a speaker at the national blogging conference BlogHer in NYC, as well as the International Soul Music Summit, speaking on how to buid an online presence. She has appeared on WPFW 89.3 and Fox News and is contributing editor to the music blog She manages five blogs, blogging for fun and profit. Follow her

Register for Blogging Workshop for Newbies in Clinton, MD  on Eventbrite

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Fridge DC is Calling Artists for 2011 Season

Special thanks to singer @TeishaMarie for passing this on to us...
The Fridge is pleased to announce an OPEN CALL for our 2011 season, which will include a variety of group and solo shows, featuring all forms of art. If you are an artist who has always wished to showcase your work in a setting where your vision comes first, then we want to hear from you. We seek professional quality work from people with a genuine passion to create. Please submit your resume, artist’s statement, and up to 10 digital images of the work you would like to be considered. No greater than 10 MB total, please. If your project is still conceptual, submit up to 10 digital images of your most recent work, and a vision statement for your proposed project. The Fridge does not offer funding for the completion of projects. Please include your full name (LastFirst) at the beginning of your images and in the subject and body of your e-mail. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010: 


Album Review: New CD by Adult Contemporary Artist Kem is a Lesson on 'Intimacy'

What I have never been able to put my finger on is a brief description on how to describe singer Kem vocally, mainly because he has a varied vocal style that sounds like different people if you are not familiar with its range. I was only aware of two of his vocal personalities before listening to this new CD-- Kem singing in his upper register sometimes alternating between sounding like a less-nasally Akon (on a good day) and a scatting Al Jarreau. Yet, a third vocal personality was introduced more thoroughly on this new CD-- an almost silky whisper that I enjoyed immensely. In this voice range, Kem has this inexplicable ability to sing in this gentle, El Debarge-ish not-yet falsetto tone that is beguiling and so tempestuous that I fumbled to read liner notes and see if this was the same person as the song "When I'm Loving You" played.

Read more of this review on

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Artists Transforming Places Into Art Space: Meet Ally Way

In an intimate location in the Columbia Height's neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, a mixed group of  twenty-somethings gathered to appreciate unpolished jewels. BloomBars, located at 3222 11th Street NW, held its weekly event, "Sunday Seeds" featuring Ally Way.

Way, who's birth-name is Allison Way, is a 23 year old DC resident who's been singing and performing in musicals her whole life. With the support of her choir director and instrumentalist parents, Way is pursuing her music career in addition to working as a sells associate for Lexus Silver Spring.

Way graduated from University of Maryland in May of 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Education. After she establishes her place in the music industry she plans to use these degrees to produce other artists and open a school to encourage children who are much like her in their passion for arts and literature.

Ally Way began work on her second EP on August 16. She believes she's grown from the first one, Way Shower, released in 2006 by improving her vocal agility and infusing more of a jazz influence. The theme of the upcoming project is "striving to be emotionally free.” She describes this state as "You know? Wanting to call this guy [who isn't exactly right for you,] but knowing you want better."

Way sometimes fears she's too influenced by other artists' energy. "If everyone around me is performing great, it helps bring out the best in me; but if everyone stinks, I always mess up." She said when she notices she sounds too much like one of her favorite artists-- Sarah Mclachlan or CeCe Winans, she'll remind herself, "sing the way you sing when you're in the car by yourself." This in mind she's had the opportunity to perform on stages across the world. DC's Busboys and Poets was instrumental in her growth as a performer; she's also graced the stages of Yoshi's in San Fransisco, Bluenote in New York, different festivals in Bermuda and Costa Rica, and Ronnie Scott's in London.

Way says she's leaving this upcoming EP in the hands of her gods because they will take her beyond her expectations and they look out for her best interest.
                                                                                -Lauren M. Williams

About Lauren M. Williams- "I'm Lauren M. Williams-- a 22 year old freelance journalist interested in covering music, visual art, fashion and entertainment living in Washington, DC. But, don't put me in a box, I like to think of myself as a utility player with the ability to cover any topic or event assigned. Visit my blog at"
If you'd like to guest blog for Transforming Places Into Art Spaces, email us at today!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


September 25 · 3:30pm - 5:00pm
You have a music, theater, dance, or visual project.

You want to present it to a large, appreciative audience.

You want to present it within a multi-disciplinary event that may be one day long, or two days or a week-long...who knows...
Come help plan it. All who participate will have their work featured. It's that simple.

Don't wait to have someone "accept" your work. Create the venue, and they will come. Let's do this!

Participation will require a commitment to help plan, attend agreed upon meetings and bring a positive attitude.

Attendees MUST RSVP to
 There is limited seating, so only those who RSVP FIRST will be permitted to attend.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Auditions for Running: AMOK are Oct. 2

Running: AMOK is a spirited stage play written by performance artist Khadijah Ali-Coleman about one of the most life-changing experiences a woman may face– sometimes willingly, sometimes while screaming and kicking, and always without a user-friendly manual. Featuring original music and honest dialogue, Running: AMOK will leave you laughing, singing-along and contemplating the miracle of sychronicity, for sometimes it just takes one person to enter your life and change your whole perspective on things.
The show Running:AMOK appeared in the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival  in Washington DC.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Thanks For Hanging With Us On Ning!

Today is August 20, the last day of the Liberated Muse artist community on the Ning network. Make sure you leave a message in our Guestbook before the site closes! We've had fun. Stay tuned for news on our next move. For now, stay up on Liberated Muse here on Blogger and on Twitter and Facebook. Wanna write for our blog? Shoot us an email at Thanks for hanging with us! Here are some of our past and present members who have been with us on and off-line! Stay connected...

Liberated Muse co-founder Maceo Thomas with Jessica Solomon, founder of the Saartjie Project
Singer Anonamas who has been a member since 2008 and part of the 2010 Running: AMOK cast

International soul singer Kuku was one of our first members in 2008

noon:30 joined us in 2009 and its been awesome seeing them blow up on the music scene

Chaquis Maliq joined the community in 2008 and was an active member, keeping us updated on her successful emerging music career

Head-Roc's band GODISHEUS created a Liberated Muse profile in 2009. Head-Roc was one of the hosts for the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, our best attended festival to date

Phenomenal singer Dee Stone joined the network in 2008, performed in the first Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and helped us kick off our tour promoting our book in 2009

Musician Gary Young and Quineice joined us in 2009. Gary produced the soundtrack for our play Running: AMOK and Quineice was a featured actress in the play. The two were also a significant part of all of our events in 2009.

Writer Deidre Gantt joined the network in 2008 and has always been a great supporter of Lib Muse events. She hosted our poetry tent at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest in 2008

LOVEthePoet joined the network in 2009 and hosted the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest w/ Head-Roc and Bassey Ikpi

Writer Ananda Leeke was a great supporter of the network from 2008-2009. She wrote the Foreword to our anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul

Singer Teisha Marie joined us in 2009 and performed in the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. She was also a featured actress in the play Running:AMOK

James Terrell is a musician and visual artist. He participated in our book celebration of Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul and his art was featured in our art exhibit "Celebration of Freedom" at the Potter's House that ran from Sept-Dec 2009

Stephan Cox was one of the first five members of Liberated Muse. He has been a great support of Lib Muse and the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. His artwork was part of our 2009 Celebration of Freedom art exhibit

Visual artist CHOKE joined us in 2009 and was an integral part of the community. She participated offline in many of our events as a live artist. Her work was featured in our Celebration of Freedom exhibit

Hook of (left) has been a member since 2008. He designed our logos for the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, including our popular Hip Hop Barack graphic

Singer Dionne performed in our To Haiti With Love concert and 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. She was one of the stars of the play Running: AMOK

Member Enoch 7th Prophet has been a member and partner of Liberated Muse, having us on his radio show Mental Salvation Radio to promote the To Haiti with Love concert he also participated in. Enoch performed in our 2009 and 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Singer Harmony Muzik Compiles Listing of All Music From DC Artists This Year

Work by Turtel Onli

I will always promote the good works of creatives out there who are supporting their fellow artist. We have a lot in our midst on the Liberated Muse network-- from rapper Enoch 7th Prophet and singer Mahoganee in DC to visual artist Turtel Onli in Chicago to lyricist Spoken Word in Virginia. All of these artists not only grind relentlessly as artists of their craft, they also do substantial work in the community creating venues for other artists, providing opportunity for others to shine with them.

In that same vein, I was pleased to come across the blog of singer Harmony Muzik through Twitter who is compiling a list of all releases from artists in the DC metro area this year. What an audacious feat, but she's on it and seems to be adding to the list every day. Make sure you bookmark it to stay up on who is releasing new music and who is in your area performing. You can check it out here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

We Say Good-Bye to Ning on Aug. 20: Let's Continue Our Relationship

We Say Good-bye to our Ning Network on Aug. 20
On Jan. 25, 2008, Liberated Muse started with only 13 members it's first week. Those early members included some of my personal friends and students from a university I worked at at the time. Soon, some of the folks I met on the online network joined me on, including Kelli Anderson, Sojournals' founder and the tech inspiration who inspired me to start Liberated Muse.

Soon after, my college buddy Maceo Thomas pitched the idea for the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and we agreed to use Liberated Muse as a way to attract potential acts for the festival. But, somehow, the site grew beyond that initial focus, embracing members who were from all disciplines of the arts, including those who are patrons of the arts.

After our first Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest in 2008, we began producing arts events and even published a book containing the literary and visual art of our members. Some of those included were published for the first time through our anthology. Then, we proudly had numerous benefit events that raised funds for organizations including The Saartjie Project, Southeast Ministry, DC College Success Foundation and

Finally, because of you, we had a fantastic debut in the Capital Fringe Fest with the first Liberated Muse produced stage play, Running: AMOK,  featuring five Liberated Muse members as actors and one as composer. Another arts collaboration at work.

We Are a Success Because of You
The Liberated Muse network has been a success because of those of you actively participated, whether you attended our events, participated as a featured act in our events, volunteered, helped us spread the word about our events, shared your art on the website and/or fellowshipped with others, making new friends in the process. I feel very successful knowing that the site contributed to the collaboration between many of you on your own projects.

While we leave the Ning network, know that the idea of Liberated Muse continues as I focus now on maintaining the blog, Twitter and Facebook pages in ways similar to how this Ning network was run. I am still accepting arts news to post on the blog, and will still be producing events, though, I will be focusing on my own specific arts projects in the coming year.

How You Can Stay Connected
Here's how you can stay connected to the Liberated Muse network:

  1. Follow our Facebook, and Twitter pages with one click. If you have a Gmail account or Twitter account, you can also follow us on Blogger with a click of mouse. Our blog Transforming Places into Art Spaces has been around about as long as our Ning site and has archived information that has appeared on our Ning site.
  2. Become a guest blogger. If you have news to share and want to blog about, shoot us an email to join our blogging team (all content subject to editing).
  3. Plan a Liberated Muse meet-up. Plan a meet-up for Liberated Muse members in your area and we'll help with promoting it online.
  4. Continue to do your art and share it with us. Email us updates on what you are up to, and we may add it on our blog or Facebook page (which is linked to Twitter).
  5. Attend and Participate in Our Events. Maceo will still serve as the festival director of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and we will still be producing smaller scale events for you to participate in and attend. Stay tuned.
  6. Contribute to our upcoming anthology. The call for submissions will take place in the Fall.
  7. Hire Us
It's been a pleasure meeting you and I thank you for being a part of Liberated Muse!


Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Upcoming Festivals, Expos & Conferences for Artists & Art Lovers

Liberated Muse member Kevin Sabio compiles a listing of festivals, expos and conferences and distributes among his members of his Universal African Literary Arts Movement. Check out his list below and be sure to join his group on Facebook HERE.

OnyxCon 2
August 13-14, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Maryland African American Authors Expo
August 14, 2010
Columbia, MD

Taste of Jamaica Festival
August 15, 2010
Baltimore, MD

Africa World Festival
August 20-22, 2010
Detroit, MI

Los Angeles Black Book Expo
August 21, 2010
LAX Sheraton Gateway
Los Angeles, CA

Alien Encounters: Atlanta Sci Fi for Authors of Color
September 2-5, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Fall Into Books Literary Conference
September 17-19, 2010
Kansas City, MO

Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival
September 18, 2010
Towson, MD

Black Luv Festival
September 19, 2010
Washington, DC

Latino Book & Family Festival-Houston
September 18-19, 2010
Houston, TX

Baltimore Book Festival
September 24-26, 2010
Baltimore, MD

Que Pasa Festival
September 25, 2010
Richmond, VA

La Plaza Hispana @ Fells Point Fun Festival
October 2-3, 2010
Baltimore, MD,

Latino Book & Family Festival-Los Angeles
October 9-10, 2010
California State University-LA
Los Angeles, CA

Black Age of Comics Convention (Black Age XIII)
October 16, 2010
Chicago, IL

Mosaic Literary Conference
November 5-6, 2010
Bronx, NY

2nd Annual Authors Literary Festival
November 13, 2010
Hotel Sierra @ Short Pump Mall
Glenn Allen, VA

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Advocacy for Artists with Mental Illness

Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr.

If you saw the 2009 movie The Soloist with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., then you watched a movie inspired by the true story  of National Anthony Ayers, Jr., a gifted musician who wound up homeless and suffering from schizophrenia. The film story showed the power of the arts on the human spirit. From the success of the movie, Nathaniel Anthony Ayers started a foundation to bring awareness and build aid for artists suffering from mental illness.

The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation serves as a voice for people affected by mental illness. The foundation collects, documents and shares the experiences and journeys of individuals and families impacted by mental illness. The foundation also advocates on behalf of public policy initiatives that ensure parity in health care coverage for the mental ill; increase funding for national issues; improve services in local communities through county funding from the state; and ensure due process for social service. Be sure to visit the website for more information. Click here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Pro-Seeds Project 8/25/10 Event Features Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest Artists

August 25th , 2010 at Lounge Of Three (1013 Ust, NW DC), rapper/radio host/blogger and perennial host Enoch 7th Prophet will be presentingTHE PRO-SEEDs PROJECT & VIDEO RELEASE PARTY Benefit Show for Prostate Cancer. The show is presented by the radio show he hosts-- Mental Salvation radio and will feature the MC Emperess, and singers Gogo Michelle, Teisha Marie, Mahoganee the Diva, Princess of Controversy, Anonamas, and Chaquis Maliq w/ DJ Earth 1ne on decks.

Liberated Muse supports this event which features several singers who are part of the Liberated Muse network. Almost all of the acts are past featured acts in our Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and are phenomenal talents. Make sure you support this great cause. 

Gods'illa Featured in Source Magazine

The three brothers-- Acem, Powerful and Truth Hall who make up the hip-hop group Gods'illa have been on the scene for a while. Hailing from the DC metro area-- PG County to be specific--the brothers have always been dominant on whatever scene they are in-- whether its their early stomping grounds at Suitland High School (a performing arts high school in Maryland) or their college alma mater Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD--the brothers have always been about real hip-hop music that is about a stellar flow that also has an element of conscious lyricism injected. These brothers are all about community, whether it's their annual Up and Up summer cook-out that attracts hundreds each year or their weekly open mic on the historic U street corridor at Liv Nightclub, these brothers use their music to attract an audience under the auspices of upliftment. Imagine that. Artists using their power of music to positively contribute to the community. It's a beautiful thing, and here's hoping their burgeoning popularity doesn't change that. 

The brothers are being featured on this month's Source magazine. They have already received great reviews for their new CD that they dropped this year. The online magazine DMV Spectrum called their CD Up and Up Presents Gods'Illa: The Album "straightforward and enjoyable." The Washington Post writes, "When it comes to hip-hop, no album ever truly offers something for everybody, but Gods’Illa has impressively created something that should appeal to almost anyone."

We at Liberated Muse are particularly happy for Gods'illa who have performed at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest for the past three years. We are thrilled to be able to say, "We knew them when..." 

Keep on moving, don't stop! Gods'illa is on the rise.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Liberate Your Booty with Binahkaye Joy

Liberated Muse member Binahkaye Joy is an extraordinary artist. Based in DC, Binah is a world traveler who activates spaces with her dancing and movement. Founder of the mobile dance class Joyism, Binah is also gaining attention for her writing.

Binah recently won a Larry Neal Writing Award for her short story that is featured in the book a Woman's Work: The Short Stories. You can listen to WPFW 89.3 on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 11:00 am to hear Binah talk about her short story and participation in the writing project. You can stream it at

Binah and her company Joyism will be hosting a FREE "Liberated Booty" dance workshop for the Dance DC Festival, Saturday, August 21 @ 2:30pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, WDC 20002. The Dance DC Festival is FREE and open to the public, Aug 20-22, sponsored by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanitie

DC's 'Stars' Make a Song & Perform it Live All in the Same Day

Luckily, the DC Commission on the Arts is pumping up the coverage of music artists in the Nation's Capital, providing grant money and opportunity for said artists to promote their talent. One of those outlets is Art(202) TV, which showcases the diverse talents of the Washington DC art scene. Recently, Art(202) TV tasked two DC-based talents--rapper Tabi Bonney and Grammy-nominated producer/emcee/singer Kokayi--to create a song and perform it in one day at an event at Liv nightclub located along the popular U street corridor. The process was captured on video with Tabi on the rhymes, Kokayi providing the hook and production, along with a vocal assist from singer Alison Carney. The song, "Higher Stars" was born.

We here at Liberated Muse are big fans of Kokayi who inspired us to come up with the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest after seeing his phenomenal live performance. Here is the vid for "Higher Stars". Tell us what you think.

Fatso ft/Maimouna Youssef Gives Us Good Wear in 'These Jeans'

I'm becoming incredibly impressed with the quality of music videos from indie artists compared to some of those by their mainstream counterparts whose videos are wack out the wazoo. This particular video for "These Jeans" starring and directed by hip-hop soul's Fatso is so enjoyable to watch that I've played it repeatedly since coming across it. The vibe is so positive and it's a joy to watch. I get a good feeling watching it and I think you'll dig it, too. Check out cameos from two artists who have performed in past Liberated Muse events-- C. Love and Tamika Jones. You can read my full write up on by clicking here.

DC's Akua Allrich Gives Us 'A Peace of Mind' With New CD

Singer Akua Allrich is defining the title "fusion artist" with her debut disc A Peace of Mine, which features songs from every genre of soul music you can fathom. Akua could have created two full albums out of this brimming CD, yet fans should be thrilled that they receive so many tunes at once. This 14-track collection gives reggae lovers their fill with songs "Gypsy Lover" and "Sweet" and she pulls a little ska swirled with acid jazz with the song "I'm Not Crazy," which is one of my favorites off of the album. Those who need some pop-flavored R&B thrown into their music mix won't disappointed either with two of her tunes "Just Wait" and "Too Hard" that quickly remind us of Alicia Keys on a good day. Read the full review on where you can check out her new video.

Call for Actresses for 2010-2011 Season

Running: AMOK is a spirited stage play written by performance artist Khadijah Ali-Coleman about one of the most life-changing experiences a woman may face– sometimes willingly, sometimes while screaming and kicking, and always without a user-friendly manual. Featuring original music and honest dialogue, Running: AMOK will leave you laughing, singing-along and contemplating the miracle of sychronicity, for sometimes it just takes one person to enter your life and change your whole perspective on things.
The show Running:AMOK appeared in the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival  in Washington DC.The debut cast for our run in the Capital Fringe Fest were a phenomenal cast of women, including singers Quineice, Dionne, Teisha Marie and Angela "Anonamas" Ballard. We are looking for new cast members and understudy actresses as we prepare for a run in 2011.

Are you interested in being in an upcoming production of Running: AMOK? If so, email your headshot and theater/perfomance resume to If you have links to video of you acting or singing, ahh, the better.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Remembering the Good Times: Liberated Muse Flashback Video

Check out the video above of this month's Member of the Month Dionne at our To Haiti, With Love event held this past Feb. where we raised about $400 for (2010)

Quineice joined the Gary Young for this uptempo version of her hit "Mr. Crazy" which was one of the highlights of this event which raised money for The Saartjie Project and promoted the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. (2009)

Margaux Delotte-Bennett performed at this event promoting the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. Margaux was a contributor to the book.

Colie Williams was a highlight of this event "A Celebration of Freedom" on Sept. 11, 2009.

This June event was the kick-off event celebrating the book release of the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul.

The book trailer for the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul

This trailer promoted the site using footage from our wonderful run at the 2009 Artomatic.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Open Call for Visual Artists, Singers, Poets & Musicians for BusBoys and Poets Show

Common Folk:
The Voices of A Movement
Open Call for Submissions!

Part 3: Terrorizing Immigrants
Your voice is needed to expand the body of art and music surrounding the issue of
immigration and terrorism.

This is an open call to ALL song writers, poets, visual artists, and musicians from around the world to
compose/create new original pieces that deal specifically with the topic
Immigration and Terrorism.  We will
be accepting submissions from August 1st until midnight September 1st.
You will be notified by September 3rd as to whether or not your
submission was chosen as one of the pieces to be shared at the main
event. Even
if you do not live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we will
still be
able to share your submission by way of the multimedia capabilities at
event space. If your piece is selected, you will be given the
opportunity to
perform/present to a live audience on:

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Bus Boys and Poets
1025 5th St., NW Washington, DC
Cullen Room
8:30 - 10:30pm


Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement
is a 3 part concert series exploring & creating a new conversation on
the topics of Health, Environment, and Immigration.  

Our first two shows on Health and the Environment, brought in packed venues and a large number of
submissions.  Those shows were headlined by Head Roc, Princess of Controversy, Mikuak Rai, Omekongo, Anu
Yadav and Christeylz Bacon. Liberated Muse's co-founder Khadijah Ali-Coleman performed original pieces in both shows. You can view them Here and Here.

This event will be focused more on the community conscious open mic! 
Headlining will be The Cornel West Theory, as well as  guest speaker
Shahid Buttar, of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.  The event is
being hosted by HawaH.

Email Submissions To:
Acceptable file types are Microsoft Word, PDF, MP3, and JPEG.  Please write "Submission for Common Folk Voices on Health" in the subject line and include your full name and telephone number in the body of the email.

For more information on OCU visit:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Help the Saartjie Project Fund Their Youth Program

Liberated Muse member The Saartjie Project is a theatre collective of Black women writers, visual artists, actresses and singers that performs stage shows inspired by the African woman Saartjie Baartman known as the Hottentot Venus. This summer, they have been working with pre-teens and teen-agers in cooperation with the Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Program, providing cultural enrichment while working with the young women on a theatre project. They need your help to continue funding the program!! They are currently raising funds through KickStarter.
Click HERE
to donate today and learn more about the program.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Support the arts and be part of the first DC Black Theatre Festival

Support the arts and be part of the first DC Black Theatre Festival which features the play "Breakthrough" by Liberated Muse member Princess of Controversy .
Brace yourself as you embark on an incredible journey through Washington DC's first-ever Black Theatre Festival
a week-long festival celebrating extraordinary stories told by people of African decent. 
This inaugural event has an exciting menu of more than 60 provacative and ground breaking theatrical performances, by local and national artists, writers, producers, and the theatre companies, and is the first festival of it's kind to recognize the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.

Added to this magnificent line-up will be a week-long celebration of the Giants in Black Theatre, a series called "Intimate Conversations;
history told through the eyes of those who were there." 

There will also be the first-ever One-Act Battle; a
night one-act competition that concludes at the end of the week with the winner of each night battling for the titled "Best of the Best."

Liberated Muse co-founder Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman-- a successful playwright who recently ended her second play's run in the Capital Fringe Fest last week, will be presenting
a workshop today that you can attend for JUST $10! 
Click here for details.

After the last performance, don't miss the nightly After Party,
featuring live music and entertainment, a cash bar, and a lively
discussion w/ audience members and performers. 
You do not want to miss this change of being among the first to say, 
"I was there when DC Black Theatre Festival changed the way theatre was done!"

Liberated Muse at BlogHer '10 Conference in New York City

Sample Liberated Muse event that took place 

this year
Liberated Muse's Creative Director,  Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman will represent Liberated Muse this weekend in the annual BlogHer '10 conference in New York City. Moon manages the Liberated Muse blog & website and the website for The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. She also is contributing editor for the popular music blog (which is nominated this year for a Black Web Blog Award for Best Music Blog) while managing two blogs for her own businesses and artistic endeavors
She will share how blogging and building a web presence has impacted attendance at Liberated Muse events, and participation in the arts community in the DC metro and online.
Check out the details below:

Event Date: 
August 7, 2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference Day: 
Day 2
We’ll discuss blogging both for and as art. Share strategies to make your blog or MySpace/Facebook page a crucial element of your online presence as an artist. Join us as moderator and photographer Karen Walrond explores examples of artists, such as painter Carol Gillott and performer Khadijah Ali-Coleman, using social media to impact how they develop and share their art, secure gigs, sell products and build audience.

Monday, August 2, 2010 Leaves Ning August 20

Well, we are on the final countdown to our last day as a social network. The last day is August 20. Our time together has been fun and stay connected to us on Facebook and Twitter. Our web address will be our current blogspot blog until we release a new network in 2011 that will be an exclusive artist collective space for invited artists in the literary, performance and visual arts. Interested in joining our collective? Shoot us a letter of interest at We will continue to post opportunities, call for submissions, etc. on our Facebook page that is linked to Twitter.

We would love to end our time as a social network by hearing from you. Did you enjoy your stay with us? If so, post in our guestbook. We'd love to hear from you