In Her Words

In Her wordsLiberated Muse Arts, in association with Soul Pixie Productions and the DC Public Library, presents "In Her Words," a performance celebrating the lives of African-American women. Join us for a theatrical musical presentation, "An Artist Speaks," examining the lives of artists Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton--creative women who used their artistic prowess to ignite and support social and political movements. Enjoy music and spoken monologue from the legendary women, culled from transcripts of speeches, autobiographical excerpts and interviews. Written and directed by playwright Khadijah Ali-Coleman, and featuring Quineice, Naomi Rose, Lyrik Coleman, Anisha "Moon" Newbill, Nia Simmons and Colie Williams as poet Lucille Clifton.

The playwright Khadijah Ali-Coleman--performance artist, creativity coach and playwright--is founder of the online space LiberatedMuse.com, which boasts a membership of more than 700 from across the world. Since 2008, Liberated Muse has produced numerous events, including the annual Capital Hip-Hop Soul Fest, Ali-Coleman’s play Running: AMOK, which debuted at the fifth annual Capital Fringe Fest, and the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul.

Ali-Coleman 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. A resident of Prince George’s County since 1986, she resides in Fort Washington, Md., with her family. The Prince George’s County Maryland Innovation Fund awarded Ali-Coleman the “Top Forty under 40″ award in the Arts & Humanities.

If you are interested in learning more about African-American women in entertainment and literature, please consult the DC Public Library Catalog.

Saturday, February 4, 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Saturday, February 18, 1 p.m., Capitol View Library

For more information, please call 202-727-1261.