Happy March!!! Happy Women's
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This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to the memory of Chokwe Lumumba, an unapologetically Afrocentric, stedfast civil rights leader, and Juanita Moore, a warm and regal trailbrazing performer (acknowledged in the last issue of TCN). We should all be so brave... We should all be so honorable...
Projects in the Spotlight...
Projects in the Works... Don't Get Me Started, my latest solo show may surface again this summer in Chicago. The wheels are in motion... Speaking of my solo shows, the wheels are also turning for the final (for real this time) live performance of my long-running Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters. Although I cringe at the thought of them, there may be an online fundraising effort down the road for the associated filmed version as well... Still thrilled to be in production for the feature film, Revival, written by Harry Lennix, and now under the gifted helm of director Obba Babatunde! We continue to shoot in Los Angeles. Look for updates on these projects and more in the coming issues of TCN.
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Formerly "T'Keyah Fights City Hall" which was formerly the "Do Something" and sometimes the "T'Keyah's Two Cents" columns of this newsletter, this is what the action should be...
Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays through 3/15/14
The "Blossoming Beauties" Workshop Series was created to uncover the realistic truths of beauty beyond physical attributes in an effort to mold young women of substance. The series runs every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10/5/13-3/15/14. Each session features a different guest speaker on topics such as Body Image, The Power of Influence, Reputation & Respect, Vision, Goal-Setting & Self-Efficacy and more!
Hazel Crest - Blossoming Beauties for Teens - 10:00a-12:00p - 1st & 3rd Saturdays - Contact: Aaja Corinne Carr,firstname.lastname@example.org (877) 54-CHARM (24276), Option 5
Park Forest - Budding Roses for Tweens- 12:00p-2:00p -
1st SaturdaysPark Forest - Blossoming Beauties for Teens - 9:30a-11:30a - 1st & 3rd Saturdays
Contact: Eva Robinson, email@example.com (708) 528-8503
On Saturday, March 22, 2013, from 9am-12noon, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh joins other media professionals for the annual Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) SoCal Speed Mentoring. AWM producers, writers, directors, performers, and executives meet in Studio City, CA with those interested in the field. On her participation last year, Keymáh said, "I spoke to a lot of bright and promising people." The speed-mentoring event was modeled after the speed-dating concept, where every mentee gets five minutes in front of each mentor. At the end of the morning, mentees will have experienced valuable one-on-one conversations with several industry professionals! The event was the brainchild of performer / radio personality and AWM SoCal Past President LaFern Cusack, and has been conducted every year since her tenure. For more information on the Southern California chapter of AWM, visit http://www.awmsocal.org/.
Last month, the Board of Governors of the State University System of my beloved Alma Mater, Florida A&M Universityconfirmed Elmira Magnum as our 11th president. Mangum, who will begin her FAMU tenure on April 1, 2014, will be the first woman to hold the school's highest post in our 126-year history. Another hearty thanks and well wishes go out to our Interim President Larry Robinson and First Lady Sharon Robinson for their inspired service to our great school, especially during challenging times. I urge every college graduate to support your Alma Mater not just with your money, but with your time and your input as well. I strongly encourage all FAMU alumni to support our school, our new president, our local and national alumni organizations, the individual school(s) from which you graduated, and of course, The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A&M University!
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Restore Order in Central African Republic
To join me in signing the petition to tell the UN and the African Union to restore law and order for Muslims and Christians,Click Here! This is where the action is...
Two shows by versatile playwright Celeste Bedford Walker are running on alternate weekends at Theater Theater, 5041 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Both shows are produced by Sparkling City Entertainment, JuVee Productions, Jeff Murray and The Robey Theater Company.
CAMP LOGAN-a thoroughly entertaining and compelling story of six Black U.S. soldiers enduring incidents leading up to the tragic 1917 racially charged riot at their Camp Logan base in Houston, Texas during World War I. You will laugh and you will cry with these resilient and endearing soldiers as you get a glimpse into their personal lives in their barracks on base. Camp Logan runs through March 23, 2014
SASSY MAMAS....they're not who you think they are! 'A new stage play you don't want to miss! Age ain't nothing but a number! Come cheer, laugh and holla with these newly branded cougars as three feisty friends decide to flip the script and begin to experience life dating younger men! Hold on to your toys boys, these ladies are definitely wound up!' Sassy Mamas runs through March 30, 2014
101 Catalpa Drive, # 104 in LaPlata, MD.301-392-1848
Rev. Amina Fola-Rose, Head of School
Donate - News on NIA - Take a Tour of NIA
March 28-April 6, 2014 (Jacksonville, FL) - Stage Aurora Theatrical Company presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic, A Raisin in the Sunthe Broadway Musical Hit Dreamgirls at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
Friday, March 28 7pm - Saturday, March 29 at 6pm
Sunday, March 30 at 3pm
Wednesday, April 2 at 10am SCHOOL MATINEE (Tentatively scheduled)
Saturday, April 5 at 6pm - Sunday, April 6 at 3pm
Tickets: Students & Seniors $15 Advance & Door Adults and General Public $20 Advance & $25 Door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketleap.com or by calling the Stage Aurora Box Office at (904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373.
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Protect Native Women in Canada
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WHERE THE ACTION IS: My Black Year...
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Prince George's CountyIn January 2014, Chicago native Sylvester Jones retired from the U.S. Marshals Service after more than 26 years of exemplary service. He served as Assistant Director for the Judicial Security Division, Assistant Director for what is now the Witness Security and Prisoner Operations Division. On August 21, 2001 Jones became the first African American law enforcement officer in Marshals Service history to be promoted from within the ranks to the Senior Executive Service tier. In 2005, Jones retired as a seasoned Lt. Colonel from the Army National Guard with 25 years of total service on both active and reserve duty. A decorated Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran, he is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, National Sheriffs Association, United States Marshals Association, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
"Choosing a retired United States Marshal as the next Sheriff of Prince George’s County ensures you will have an innovative leader and visionary with the will, energy, experience, and expertise to collaborate effectively with the hard working officers of the Prince George's County Police Department and respectfully with citizens. I will protect this county with a focus on security, safety, and a sincere commitment to personal accountability with a visible presence in our communities." Sylvester Jones -http://SylvesterJonesforSheriff.com
Thank you!!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS
Kudos to: Rev. Amina Fola Rose, principal of Nia Imani Academy of Excellence, on being the newestcoluminist at the Maryland Daily Examiner... Paster Michael Pfleger and the Faith Community of St. Sabina for pressuring Lamar Advertising into taking down their billboard advertising an assault weapon... FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., on being named a 2014 March 26 through April 27... KPFK Radio Stationfor sponsoring Dr. Joy DeGruy's lecture at Holman Methodist Church... and of course, Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of the phenomenal book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome on her outstanding lecture and general brilliance...
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