Monday, December 8, 2008

December 2008 Writing Assignments & Featured Photography

The above photo and three others by Khadijah Ali-Coleman were featured in an article by Virginia Spatz found HERE in East of the River newspaper.
Visit HERE to view the Shopping Guide featured in the 2008 Dec issue of East of the River newspaper. The guide features hand-crafted items by residents of Washington DC's east of the river communities.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

African Heritage Drummers and Dancers Open New Center

(In photo: Eleanor Holmes Norton at October meeting telling the community about Homeland Security's plans to make the St. Elizabeth campus in DC their site for their new headquarters. Read full story at in the East of the River newspaper. Story & photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

(In Photo: Marion Barry and Melvin Deal shake hands as Barry congratulates Deal on the opening of the new African Heritage Drummers and Dancers Center which opens in the Ward 8 neighborhood in Washington DC. Story will be published in the December issue of East of the River found at Story & Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Southeast Stylings: Northeast Flair

(In photo: Young people dancing in Fort Dupont Park at impromptu Raheem Devaughn concert. Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Raheem Devaughn, Lady Soul Rockers and the State of Soul Music

by: Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Soul Music Alive and Kicking in Southeast and BeyondThe Washington, DC, area has churned out dozens of soulful talent over the years, most notably the legendary Marvin Gaye and incomparable Roberta Flack. Talented singer Raheem Devaughn is one of the newest additions to the list of nationally successful soul singers who hail from the Washington, DC, area. His debut album, “The Love Experience (2005),” reached number 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart, with the singles “You” and “Guess Who Loves You More” receiving national mainstream airplay and garnering Devaughn instant comparisons to Marvin Gaye. The album “Love Behind the Melody” (2008) is his latest work, earning Devaughn a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for the single, “Woman.”
Devaughn came to Fort Dupont Park on Sept. 7 to perform during an impromptu concert sponsored by Councilmembers Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and Kwame Brown (At-Large) and hosted by the radio station WPGC's Romeo and the Street Team.

Read More at: in the October issue of East of the River.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Reporter for Ward 8 news for Washington DC

I was recently assigned Ward 8 news for East of the River newspaper.

Here are some stories that will be featured in November's 2008 issue:

  • New Renovations for the Wheeler Terrace Community

  • St. Elizabeth's New Tenants

  • Paying Students to Attend School and Behave

  • Community Forum on "Old Anacostia"

(In photo: At Oct. 22 town hall meeting at the UPO/Petey Greene Community Center, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton announces plans for the vacant St. Elizabeths campus. On the panel sits Elaine Duke, Under Secretary for Management, US Dept. of Homeland Security, John Phelps, Acting Administrator for the National Capital Region of General Services Administration and Ward 8 Council Member Marion Barry) Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Part of the Blogging Team for Soul Artist Chaquis Maliq

Chaquis Maliq was a performer in 2008 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and has, since the fest, engaged in a whirlwhind touring schedule which has included performances at the Black Family Reunion, and the Women Who Jam conference in Philly. She will be performing in upcoming engagements in New York and various parts of Maryland.

Khadijah Ali-Coleman is part of Chaquis' new blogging team for her new blog site located at

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photos of the International Soul Music Summit

The International Soul Music Summit is a production of Terry Bello-- the Voice of Soul.
Visit HERE for more information on the summit.¤t=85315e82.pbw
All photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman (All Rights Reserved)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Atlanta, Georgia

Photos of Atlanta Skyline by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

East of the River September 2008 Issue

The September column of Southeast Stylings: Northeast Flair features updates on singer Jua, rapper Heron Gibran and the Saartjie Project. Read the story HERE
(In photo: Vocalist Jua. Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Raheem Devaughn in Washington DC

All Photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman (All Rights Reserved)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

After the Fest: East of the River Coverage of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

Check out photos from the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest by Khadijah Ali-Coleman HERE

Read a summary of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest HERE

(in photo: Poet Jade Foster)
Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest

Singer Afi Soul at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest (Saturday, July 26, 2008)

Rapper Substantial at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest 2008

All photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Friday, July 25, 2008

Photo of Singer Dee Stone featured in Post

"Planning for the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest has included wearing many hats-- publicist, creative director, stage manager, media writer, photographer, administrative assistant, meeting planner, accountant, etc. etc. etc....

Recently, the Washington Post contacted us for pictures of artists who will be performing in the fest. I sent them five pictures of five different artists...the one pic of Dee Stone that she had sent in her press package didn't have a dpi that was large enough and I shot them a pic I had taken of the singer at a Memorial Day shindig. Out of the five pics, my shot made the story. Check it out HERE

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Going Green When Your Pockets are Lean & Northeast Flair

Check out the article on events happening in Northeast DC for the July issue of East of the River Newspaper: Click HERE
Check out the article on how to live GREEN when your pockets are lean: Click HERE

Monday, July 7, 2008

Khadijah Ali-Coleman on BAP Living Radio on Sunday, July 6- Listen to Taping of Show

On Sunday, July 6, 2008, BAP Living Radio interviewed me to speak on the topic of Black women in the media and the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. You can click HERE to listen to the taping of the show.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Music Review in June 2008 East of the River

In the June 2008 issue of East of the River, I reviewed three CDs of up and coming artists in the Washington DC area-- Cool Cee Brown, Dee Stone and Tia Dae. All acts are performers in the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest slated for Saturday, July 26th in Washington DC.
Click HERE for the article.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Coverage of June 2008 Artomatic Performance of the band UNINTERRUPTED

(Photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman
All Rights Reserved )

I covered the Artomatic festival last year (2007) and was able to catch one show this year. The band was UNINTERRUPTED, a hot soul rock band based in the DC metropolitan area. The lead singer is Aneisha Newbill, known on stage as MOON, or MAMA MOON after the recent birth of her daughter, Sage. This new mama is a firecracker on stage, giving a magnificent stage performance accented by her deep, Nina Simone-ish soulful voice. The band is fantastic too, with an intensity that was well-received in the cavernous room this Artomatic concert was held in at Capital Plaza 1 located at 11200 First Street, N.E.,Washington DC.
I was able to get some really good shots of Moon and the band members. View additional photos on

Friday, May 23, 2008

April 2008 and May 2008 Stories and Maintenance of Liberated Muse

April consisted of the development and content management of the website Liberated Muse and creating the copy for the website for the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. Below are some of the stories written over the course of the two months:

College Round-Up found in DC NORTH

Ning Networks in East of the River

Singer Sy Smith in East of the River

Revisionist Tale

(photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

February News

(above photos and postcard design by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)
Here is some news by and about me:

Press Release Regarding "Shades of Black: a thought in progress" by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

2007 Year In Review in East of the River Newspaper, Jan 2008

The 411 on Adoption in East of the River Newspaper, Feb 2008

Top Players in the Hip Hop Game: Substantial and Kokayi, East of the River Newspaper, Feb 2008

I'm cited as a reference on Wikipedia for page on the go-go group Mambo Sauce


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