Thursday, June 25, 2009

Response to Michael Jackson's Passing


There has been a lot of death this week. Earlier this week, a metro subway train here in the DC area crashed into another train, killing nine people and injuring dozens more. This tragedy was the first of its kind to reach our area in decades.
Celebrity wise, Ed McMahon and Farah Fawcett died as well. But, nothing celebrity-wise hit me like the death of Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson's music is the soundtrack of my childhood. My five year-old found Micheal Jackson while at her grandparents' house two years ago and ever since, she and I will watch youtube videos together, dancing and singng along to hits like "ABC", "You Can't Win" from the Wiz, "Billie Jean" and her favorite "Beat It". "Thriller" and "Remember the Time" scare the hell out of her. She has met Michael Jackson and his rainbow of skin complexions. His skin issues and issues with self have been great teachable moments about loving the skin you're in and what happens when you so desperately try to look different and destroy the outer beauty you are born with (MJ was a beautiful chocolate drop boy).
Though the skin color and nose changed, the music was still of such quality. In my daughter, Michael had another fan.
Michael's death is tragic given the fact that his behind-the-scene life was shrouded in so much mystery, but the rumor mill was often at work with portraying him as a "freak", "molester", "madman", etc. and we will never know the truth. But, does that matter?
MJ's music was my childhood and I will remember him. His skin issues and overall issues regarding his love for self were always only one more historical relic of post-slave syndrome and the fact that he was still able to create musical beauty was an act of heroism in itself. I thank his spirit for choosing his human journey during my lifetime.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Saartjie Project Deconstructs the Myth of the Booty


I'm looking forward to performing with the Saartjie Project this summer in the Capital Fringe Fest. Tickets are on sale now. You can visit http://www.thesaartjieproject.org/ to purchase your tickets and get the dates. The photo shoot to create the photo above was fun as I got to participate with my kids. My photo is deconstructing the myth of the "perfect" mother when today's mom is usually working hard for the money and lucky to see her kids as often as likes.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Book is HERE

The book is finally available for purchase at http://www.outskirtspress.com/LiberatedMuseMuse

We had so many great things happen this past weekend. How fitting that our celebrations for the book kicked off on June 19-- known as Juneteenth! A book about freedom kicking off on Juneteenth. Deep.

Check out some of the photos and video from this past weekend. Special thanks to all of the artists who performed: Gary Young, Quineice Clarkson, Anonamas and Infinite Soul Music, Dee Stone and Teisha Marie.

Props to the writers from the book who performed their pieces: Farah Lawal, Margaux Delotte-Bennett and Maureen Mulima. You were smashing!

None of the weekend's festivities would have been possible without our volunteers who worked as servers during our gig at the Potter's House in DC: Susan, Le'Nia, Stephan and Lindsey! We appreciate you immensley!

Below is some footage, but more is to come:











Gary Young and Quineice Clarkson @ the Artomatic show



Our wonderful audience @ the Artomatic show





The fabulous Farah Lawal @ the Artomatic. Tickets for her one-woman show go on sale today. Visit her site at http://www.farahlawal.com/ for details.

Liberated Muse Featured in Article About Arts in DC


A big thank you to writer Hadassah Ayodele (formerly known as Deidre Gantt) for the wonderful piece she wrote about arts east of the river in DC. She included word about Liberated Muse Productions and our work with the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest and she included a quote from me.

Monday, June 8, 2009

BAP Radio Interview with Ananda Leeke Aired June 7 & Available for a Listen


I particpated in really refreshing conversation with Ananda Leeke and guest Moya Bailey on Ananda's show BAP Living Radio found HERE on June 7. The topic was Black Women Online Community Builders and this show was one in a series on Black Women and Social Media. I was honored to be asked again to be interviewed on this show-- first appearing on the show last year around the same time.


Moya is creator of Quirky Black Girls, a wonderful safe space for those who don't so easily fit into a box and she also oversees an ezine and events that further expand the community borne from the site. Check out the site here: http://quirkyblackgirls.ning.com/


Ananda Leeke is a dear friend and creative mentor and her show is a wonderful treat. BAP Living Radio is a monthly Internet program that airs on the first Sunday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (eastern standard time).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul Video Promotion




Anthology featuring writings by Farah Lawal, Serena Wills, Margaux Dellote-Bennett, Randy Gross, Amy Blondell, Omar Akbar, Tichaona Munhamo Chinyelu, Anthony Spires and more. Cover art by Sharon Burton and internal art by famed artist Turtel Onli and others.


Book edited by Khadijah "Moon" Ali-Coleman.


Visit www.LiberatedMuse.com to get updates on book's release.Music produced by MYST Media Solutions, LLC (http://www.myststudios.com/)


Vocals, video and writing interpretations by Moon

Make sure to catch performances of writings from the book during our Liberated Muse weekend June 19-20. First show @ the Potter's House in Adams Morgan in Washington DC. The next day, join us for a performance in the Artomatic festival. Visit HERE for details.


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