Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik is a nationally renowned storyteller, teaching artist, and folklorist. Sharing her gift, she has performed in venues from the Opening of the Smithsonian NAAMCH to Equity Theater on Broadway, from the National Black Storytelling Festival to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro. Traveling abroad Queen has presented for the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon and at PANAFEST in Ghana. She has appeared as the Emcee for the National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award Concert and as a coach at the National Coalition Conference on Complex Health Care. Queen has been the recipient of MidAtlantic Artist as Catalyst Grants for her work with Teens-at-Risk and Women’s Shelters and the National Storytelling Brimstone Grant for her innovative community-based programs.
The mother of three and grandmother of five, she received her Master’s in Arts in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Harvard Law School. Queen has recorded 2 CDs. Sweet Potato Pie and Such, is an IParenting Media Golden Award Winner. In 2018, she was named a New Jersey Governor Award Winner in Arts Education and Teaching Artist of the Year with Young Audience of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. She is also featured in Legendary Locals of Willingboro. Queen is also the Emcee of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award Concert for 2019 and 2020. Her workshops and residencies are highly interactive and engage Core Curriculum Standards and Social and Emotional Learning competencies.
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