Thursday, September 30, 2010

Musicians, Singers, etc.-->Get In Your Voices of A Movement Audio Submission Today!

This past year, One Common Unity produced three events in the Common Folk: Voices of a Movement concert series.The topics for these shows were Health, the Environment, and Immigration, respectively titled, "Health is A Human Right," "The Disaster of Oil," and "Terrorizing Immigrants."

They are currently compiling a digital/CD compilation that will feature musical and spoken word tracks about these three topics
Read below their Call for Submissions:
This groundbreaking anthology will showcase outstanding conscious talent from around the world. Our hope is to expose selected musicians and poets work to a large, unfamiliar audience.

Submissions will be accepted until November 1st, 2010, and the finished audio compilation will be released on December 4th, 2010, at our 10 year anniversary showcase.

If you are interested, please submit a track related to one of the 2010 concert topics. Your submission should be a high quality MP3 file or WAV file. We strongly encourage you to send us multiple tracks on the variety of topics if you have them.

Please email your submission to and write "Voices of A Movement Audio Submission," in the subject line of the email.

Thank you for your commitment to creating conscious art dedicated to kick-starting social change.

We look forward to receiving your submissions for the
Common Folk 2010: Voices of a Movement Anthology

Friday, September 24, 2010

Call for Performers & Visual Artists for HIV Prevention Leadership Summit in December

Liberated Muse member Candace Montague, DC Aids and HIV Examiner is sharing this opportunity to visual and performance artists in the DC, MD and VA area:

 WHAT: The HIV Prevention Leadership Summit Host Committee seeks artists and performers to highlight the artistic side of the Washington DC HIV/AIDS community.

The Washington DC host committee will be holding a special reception the evening of Sunday December 11th, 2010 to welcome the summit to our city. 

This year's Summit, which will be held at the Marriot Wardman Park hotel in Woodley Park, is specifically designed for grantees funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. It will be attended by state and local health departments, community planning group (CPG) members, capacity building assistance providers, community-based organizations, and other interested HIV prevention partners from across the country it will feature workshops, discussions and plenary sessions.


WHO: We are seeking performers and/or artistic works pertaining to HIV/AIDS in our community for the evening’s program. Possible works may include dance, theater skits, spoken word, music, collages, photos, etc. In our desire to offer a diversity of performances for the evening we request that live performances be limited to 10 minutes.

HOW TO SUBMIT: To submit your artwork or performance for consideration, please provide the following information to the Cyndee Clay of the host committee:

Contact Information
Organizational Affiliation (if applicable)
Type of Performance: (dance, visual media, etc)
Description of performance in 250 words or less:
Total Performance time:
Technical needs for performance:

If you with to participate in the HPLS reception December 12 please e-mail your proposal to by October 28.


Cyndee Clay
Executive Director
1309 Rhode Island Ave, NE #2B
Washington DC 20018
202.232.8150 xt. 307

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Saartjie Project Teams with NY Filmmaker to Present 'More That Meets The Eye'

New York-based Filmmaker and Educator, Aiesha Turman, Teams With The Saartjie Project To Bring Feature Documentary, The Black Girl Project, To Washington, DC.

After a successful New York premier, Brooklyn-based  filmmaker and educator, Aiesha Turman, is taking her documentary film, The Black Girl Project ( on the road. Next stop...Washington, DC. Teaming with DC-based artist collective, The Saartjie Project (, the screening will take place on Saturday, September 25th at Affinity Lab (920 U Street, NW) beginning at 6:30 PM. 

“It's my hope to be able to reach as many Black girls and their allies as possible with this film and subsequent work,” says Aiesha Turman. “It's vitally important that the lives of Black girls are valued just as much as the lives of their counterparts. It's time that we, as a community-at-large, embrace and uplift our young women so that they can become the self-actualized individuals they deserve to be.”

Produced by Turman’s Super Hussy Media (, The Black Girl Project (BGP) focuses on one core question: “who are you? “That one question spawned another, then another and yet another, but the one initial question is at the heart of the film.

Hosted by Saartjie Project, The Black Girl Project event will begin with a screening of the film followed by an open discussion with the audience and a director “talk-back” with Ms. Turman.  Prior to the event, the public is invited to participate in a Twitter-based discussion with Aiesha (@blackgirlproj) and Saartjie Project Founder, Jessica Solomon (@saartjieproject) on Wednesday, September 22nd at 9PM. The social media based event gives participants a chance to ask the filmmaker questions around some of the themes touched on in the film as well as allow audience members from the New York screening and those interested in viewing the film to share their thoughts as well. The hash tag for the event will be #blackgirlprojDC.

 “As The Saartjie Project is currently developing a new performance piece that explores the liberation of black women we find Aiesha's documentary timely and necessary,” said Jessica.  “We are excited to bring The Black Girl Project to DC and are looking forward to an evening of beauty, dialogue and transformation.”

This film, also the impetus for a non-profit ( of the same name, seeks to portray black girls as the complex beings they are. Not just the two sides of the coin we see perpetuated in the media: saint or sinner. It also seeks to spark inter and intra-generational dialogue between black girls and women.  The film screening will also serve as a fundraiser for the Black Girl Project organization. 

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Akua Allrich Headlines Fundraiser For First Generation College Students

Akua Allrich
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. She will be performing songs from her new CD at an upcoming event on Sunday, Sept. 12 produced by Liberated Muse member Shonda Goward.
Shonda Goward is a renaissance woman who is a college instructor, an education administrator, a performance artist and writer. She is also the founder of First Generation, a nonprofit that provides resources to students who are the first in their family to attend college. Her desire to start her nonprofit was borne from her own experience as a first-generation college student at the University of North Carolina.

In a successful effort of giving back, Goward will be producing her second fundraiser this weekend for the Out of S.T.A.T.E. scholarship she created through First Generation.

Join First Generation University in it's second annual Hill to Hill Scholarship Fundraiser!
Funds raised are donated to the Out of S.T.A.T.E. scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which supports low income students of color.

To find out more about the fund please visit

Read more about Akua Allrich here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Artists Transforming Places Into Art Space: Meet Harmony Muzik

Harmony Muzik
By Lauren M. Williams

This Motown bred "urban pop" princess is ready to take the music industry by storm by removing the masks and welcoming all to the party... the Masquerade Party!

Harmony Muzik released her first LP The Masquerade last month. The album, featuring 12 original tracks, addresses the state of the music industry. She says she didn't try to get "too deep" and attempt to be a conscious artist, rather, she just explored herself. Being a 26-year-old focused on networking in hopes of getting her work in the "right hands," the topics discussed on the album include relationships, and the struggles of being an up-and-coming artist. 

The title track's hook reiterates "Hip-hop is a masquerade," and Muzik wants everyone to forget the roles they've been assigned and just be ourselves enjoying the party we call life. 

Heavily influenced by Missy Elliot's ability to wear multiple hats in the industry, the full time singer describes her music as "urban pop." She says, "It's Soul, a little Pop, a little Rock, and Hip-Hop. It's like Lady Gaga mixed with Rihanna produced by Missy Elliot." This sound is well received in the metropolitan area; Harmony Muzik won the title of "Best R&B in Virginia" at the 2010 DMV Music Awards. As a child she was drawn to the guitar, piano, and violin. "It's a calling," declares Muzik.  As a performer, she takes pride in connecting with her audience, not just on stage, but off. She arrives at her venue, which is typically a night club or lounge, early enough to mingle with the crowd handing out flyers and sample CD's "to break down the idea of 'image.'" On stage, she continues to be as friendly and personable by cracking a joke, or not letting a clumsy moment ruin her entire performance. 

Muzik moved to Virginia in 2007, while active as Corporal in the Marine Corps, to attend  the University of Mary Washington part-time where she's finishing up her last semester studying Journalism and History. With these degrees, she wants to teach or go into historic preservations.

In 10 years, Muzik sees herself in a position to mold new artists and in a studio producing. Muzik wants it to be known, "I have a good direction of where I want to go."

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!

Liberated Muse Productions Receives Certificate of Appreciation From the US Census Bureau

Liberated Muse Productions was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the US Census Bureau because of our 2009 partnership at the 2nd Annual Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest where the US Census Bureau was on site to intake residents for the US Census count. 

The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest has enjoyed partnerships and sponsorship from dozens of nonprofit, corporate and government agencies since the festival's 2008 debut in Washington DC. To become a partner for the 2011 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest,  email