Liberated Muse Arts Group

Transforming Spaces Into Arts Places

Who Is Liberated Muse?

Our Mission

The mission of Liberated Muse Arts Group is to engage inter-generational audiences through multi-disciplinary presentations in ways that facilitates a forum for art exploration, education and community activism. 

Liberated Muse places a significant focus on art that highlights the experiences of people of the African diaspora and the work of women who have used their platform for social justice. Founded and led by Creative Director Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Liberated Muse Arts Group has been transforming spaces into art places since 2008. 


Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. (Khadijah Moon)



Dr. Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is a scholar, professional performing artist, playwright, poet, actor, photographer and filmmaker. She currently helps others through her brand The Creative Midwife/Birth Your Creativity. She is the founding director of Liberated Muse Arts Group and the 2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence at the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center. She is also co-founder of Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, LLC.

 Click here for her website. 

Dr. Ali-Coleman started Liberated Muse in 2008 as a digital community for artists of all genres to fellowship and engage with one another. The platform, similar to MySpace and Facebook, allowed artists to post blogs, share music, art and events.Through Liberated Muse Arts group, Khadijah has edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009),  Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and Liberated Muse Volume III: Creases Expelled from the Fold which you can read and listen to for free on this website. She is also an emerging visual artist-- her photography published in several publications and her film and video work gaining attention as she has completed commissioned projects for various clients. Her bylines and photography work have appeared in numerous publications such as, and The Washington City Paper.

A solo artist in her own right since the late 1990's, Khadijah, using the stage name Khadijah Moon, has had her music, written and performance poetry work featured on PBS' To the Contrary, Pacifica Radio's WPFW 89.3 FM show Live @ 5, FOX News affiliate WTTG's Morning Show, the television show Showtime at the Apollo and other media programs. Her poetry, plays and other theatrical work, some produced through Liberated Muse Arts Group, have appeared in the Capital Fringe Fest and Artscape Festival as well on stages at The Bonifant Theater, Hillyer Arts Gallery, Busboys & Poets, Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College, and other locations. Readings and full productions of her plays have been produced by Theater Alliance (Washington DC), Bonifant Theater (Silver Spring, MD), Open Stage DC (Washington DC), DC Public Library System, Alexandria Library (Virginia), Smithsonian Anacostia Museum (Washington DC), The Baltimore Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD), Capital Fringe Festival (Washington DC), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Page to Stage festival and the US Peace Corps. She was selected as an inaugural 2019-2020 Quadrant Playwright by Theater Alliance. She coaches other creatives, helping them birth their creativity, through her brand The Creative Midwife.

Khadijah was awarded a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, and, in 2012, recognized by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Innovation Fund as a “Top Forty UNDER 40″ awardee in the Arts & Humanities.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Morgan State University in Higher Education/Community College Leadership, Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she studied under the mentorship of scholar Dr. Acklyn Lynch and playwright Alonzo D. Lamont. She's studied the Meisner technique with Robert Epstein's Acting Studio and musical theatre with Alisa Belflower. Currently, she teaches Communication Studies at Montgomery College.


Khadijah Moon's music is available on iTunes and most online sellers. Visit her website for more information.

Colie Aziza (formerly known as Colie Williams)



Colie Aziza (also known as Colie Williams) is a singer/songwriter, actor, teacher and writer born and raised in the Bronx, NY.  Colie has identified her music as-“Holistic Soul”-music that infuses a variety of rhythms, feel good music that lifts and inspires. She is currently promoting her  single “Strange Fruit”, the remake of Billie Holiday's classic tune that follows the successful release of her single "Natural" (2013) and debut of her CD “Light Up The Darkness” released in 2011. Colie's music has been performed on many renowned stages including Blues Alley in Washington DC

A consummate actress, Colie has appeared on stages across the country as an actor, performing with the Kennedy Center and with various theater companies since the late 1990’s. She began working with Liberated Muse Arts group in 2009, performing in dozens of music concerts and events produced by Liberated Muse Arts Group and has starred in the Liberated Muse musical theatre productions Running: AMOK and In Her Own Words. “I can connect to all the ancestor artists depicted in 'In Her Own Words', Colie shares. "Their lives and experiences reinforce my passion and dedication to using art as a vehicle for change.”

Colie portrays the goddesses Sekhmet and Aje in our production of "When We Were Goddesses". In our Production "In Her Words", Colie portrayed Billie Holiday during the 2014 season and poet Lucille Clifton in 2012 and 2013. Colie has performed in the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival and has toured with the Liberated Muse tribute show for Maya Angelou since Angelou's passing in 2014. “It is imperative to me to be a part of art that speaks truth and empowerment,” Colie says. She continues to spread her words and music in live performance. In 2018 she was the title character in Liberated Muse's production of "Miss Trudy's Birthday".

An early-childhood educator, Colie is also an author. She has been published in Reflections Literary & Arts Magazine, and debuted in 2016 her first children's book, Corey's Dreams.  Visit her online at

Lyn Artope Halstead



Lyn Artope Halstead is a long-time member of Liberated Muse Arts Group originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she works creatively as a writer and an actor. She began her career in 2010 in Liberated Muse's Capital Fringe Fest production of the play Running: AMOK. DCist described her portrayal in Running: AMOK as a “pleasant surprise” with “comedic banter”.

Since Running: AMOK, Lyn has emceed events as part of Liberated Muse Arts Group and also starred in the second season of In Her Words, portraying Zora Neale Hurston and the third season as poet Lucille Clifton. She starred as the title character in the Liberated Muse musical cabaret show "Madame Breezy's Speakeasy" which debuted in 2015 and continues to tour as a featured performer with the Liberated Muse tribute show to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. In 2017, she starred in the Liberated Muse production When We Were Goddesses.

Lyn is a published poet, recently published in the 2015 issue of Reflections Literary & Arts magazine, a journal of Prince George's Community College.




Singer/Songwriter Angela Ballard, known onstage as the artist Anonamas experiments with hip-hop rhythms and eclectic beats, bringing a festive vibe to stages throughout the world. She has performed across the country and abroad, as far as Japan, as a vocalist and djembe player. She is part of the band The Bangladesh Project and the music duo 8orMas.

Anonamas is owner of Samanona Music Publishing and hosts an award-winning monthly performance and open mic series called In the Pocket, in Baltimore, MD. She tours with Liberated Muse Arts Group for musical performances and tribute performances, including the recent Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee tribute tour and When We Were Goddesses which she helped conceive. A prolific songwriter, she has contributed to the music catalog of Liberated Muse, writing music for the show When We Were Goddesses and writing the signature performance piece of the group "Us". A community activist and holistic healer, she is co-founder of the nonprofit Cancer Connection Resource Center (CCRC), an organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and their caregivers find resources for greater healing and wellness. Visit her website HERE.


Khari Isabel Soleil Dawson


Khari Isabel Soleil (pronounced So-Lay) Dawson is a filmmaker and emerging writer who has served in various capacities assisting Liberated Muse productions since 2008. In 2015, at the age of 11, she was cast in the Live Garra Theatre Company play A Matter of Worth which debuted in the inaugural Women's Voices Theater Festival in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  She has served as technical director and assistant director on several Liberated Muse Arts Group productions, including the debut of When We Were Goddesses at ARTSCAPE festival and Miss Trudy's Birthday which debuted at the Kennedy Center. A graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) where she completed an associate's degree in the humanities as she completed high school, she attends the University of San Francisco, studying English and Film. 

Her film work has been funded by the Kennedy Center and her writing has been featured in The Baltimore City Paper and Reflections Literary & Arts Magazine.