Thursday, January 5, 2012

Liberated Muse Founder Selected for 2012 Top Forty UNDER 40 Award

Liberated Muse is pleased to announce that founder Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman has been recognized by The Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund inaugural  ‘Forty UNDER 40 -Prince George's County 2012’ list. The list recognizes county residents who have made exceptional contributions in Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, Public Service, and Science.  Khadijah was recognized for her work in the Arts and Humanities.

Khadijah Ali-Coleman, a performance artist, creativity coach, and playwright is founder of the online space that boasts a membership of over 700 members from across the world. Since 2008, Liberated Muse, has produced numerous events, including the annual Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, Khadijah’s play “Running: AMOK” which debuted in the 5th annual Capital Fringe Fest, and the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. Her latest theatrical production “In Her Words”, highlights the art and activism of artists Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton, sponsored by the DC Public Library system.

Khadijah is Associate Director of the arts-based nonprofit One Common Unity and adjunct faculty in the Communication Studies & Theater department at Northern Virginia Community College.

About the Forty UNDER 40 Award

Launched in September of this year, nominations were widely accepted from individuals and organizations from throughout the region. A review panel, consisting of representatives from the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, EnVision Prince George’s, and the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County carefully reviewed each nomination in order to select the impressive cohort which includes PG County School Board member Edward Burroughs III, Lil So So founder Risikat Odeyi, and PG County Literacy Council Executive Director Taneika Taylor Tukan. The Awardees were assessed based on character, dedication to given field, risk-taking and innovation, and contributions to Prince George’s County and the broader community. You can find The List at

An Awards Reception will be held on January31, 2012 at The Howard Zinn Room – Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, Maryland. Tickets can be purchased at

For more information or to inquire about event sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, contact the Prince George's County Innovation Fund at or on 301-996-0792.

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