Happy Black History Month!
Dawn Kamoche's short film Daughter of Fortune, set in the glamorous and not so glamorous 1940's, in which I play the life hardened Vogel Peterson, the volunteer matriarch of a family held together with mud, fear and well wishes, screens at Rave Cinema Baldwin Hills February 13, 16 & 17 as part of the Pan African Film Festival (see story below).
Projects in the Works... Unsolved, the short film produced by Sarah Lynn Dawson and written and directed by Julia Camara is in post production. You can catch a glimpse of my character, Margaret Hanes at the very end of the Making of Unsolved video... I am thrilled to be playing Rebah in the feature film, Revival, written by Harry Lennix, and directed by Danny Green. We are shooting in Los Angeles. I also joined Lennix andHolly Carter as Co-Executive Producer on the project that boasts a host of stars and talented newcomers, and is produced by David Waite... I also have partnered again with Margaret Laurena Kempto help produce her live / filmed project, The Cleaning Agent. The project is in pre-production now and will be performed and shot in Louisiana. Stay tuned for more on both projects in the next issue ofThe Crystal News...
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...
Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. It’s any rape survivor’s worst nightmare, and for Amina, it came true. But now, after hundreds of thousands of us helped to push Parliament, a vote to repeal the provision is within our grasp. If it’s called, insiders say the repeal is certain to pass. We just need one final push to get it to the table." Please join me in signing Avaaz.org's petition to the Moroccan Parliament to repeal this horrific law: Click Here! This is where the action is...
Last month, the Trustees of my beloved Alma Mater, Florida A&M University chose Elmira Magnum to be our 11th president. Currently the Vice President for Budget and Planning at Cornell University, Mangum will be the first woman to hold the FAMU's highest post in our 126-year history. Her hiring is subject to confirmation by the Board of Governors of the State University System. A hearty thanks and well wishes go out to our Interim President Larry Robinsonand 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 President,our alumni organization, our new president President, the individual school(s) from which you graduated, and, of course, The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A&M University!
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
For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.mycharm.org/fall-program.htm
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, performers T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Angela Bassett will be among those scheduled to participate in the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 's Go Red Gospel Fest. The event will be held from 3-5pm at the New Testament Church of Christ, 1941 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90047. The Go Red Gospel Fest is the second of three major fundraiser events the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter is producing together for one ticket price of $150.00 person. Hear the joyful noise of gospel music as the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta continue the celebration of 22 outstanding women in the community. Keymáh is a member of the Century City Alumnae chapter of the sorority and Bassett is an Honorary Member. Please contact the Fundraiser Chair, Dr. Carliss R. McGhee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 930-8686 to purchase tickets or for additional information.
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Black Bodies are Not for Sale
Please join us today in urging corporations, board members, and political leaders to end their support of discriminatory, for-profit imprisonment. We need a groundswell of voices in order to successfully hold them accountable and continue this exciting work — fueled by the well-known power of members, like you. In the coming weeks, we plan to publicly pressure corporations that refuse to do the right thing and divest. We have a very unique opportunity to weaken the industry’s financial standing and its ability to cause widespread human suffering, we just need your support to make it happen."
To join me in signing the petition to ask corporate leaders not to engage in this exploitative business, Click Here! This is where the action is...
Above the Fold
Pasadena Playhouse presents the world premiere of ABOVE THE FOLD, directed by Steven Robman, through Feb 23rd, starring Taraji P. Henson, Kristy Johnson, Arye Gross, Kristopher Higgins, Mark Hildreth, Joe Massingill and Seamus Mulcahy.http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/mainstage/above-the-fold.html
Growing up, Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) could “go for sisters.” Twenty years later, Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer. Also starring Edward James Olmos as disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez. GO FOR SISTERS is a welcome return for master filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles.
at Stage Aurora
Darryl Rueben Hall, Director
January 31 - February 9, 2014
(Jacksonville, FL) - Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present the Broadway Musical Hit Dreamgirls at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center. Dreamgirls tells the story of the up and coming 1960's girls group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This hit Broadway musical won 7 Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Actress in a Musical.
Friday Jan. 31 at 7:00pm, Saturday, Feb.1 at 6:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3:00pm, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6:00pm
Sunday, February 9 at 3:00pm
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 theStage Aurora Box Office at (904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373.
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Stop Racist Student Behavior
"San Jose State students Colin Warren, Joseph Bomgardner and Logan Beaschler have been charged with a hate crime for bullying and harassing their black roommate. The black male student, who is a 17-year-old freshman and has not yet been named, alleges his roommates gave him the nickname “Three-fifths,” and later referred to him as “Fraction.” Warren, Bomgardner, and Logan have been accused of tormenting and ridiculing him continuously in a number of ways, including: Outfitted the shared dorm room suite with a Confederate flag; Barricaded the claustrophobic student in his room
Wrote “n-----” on a dry-erase board in the living room;
Put a U-shaped bike lock around his neck and then told him they lost the key; Tried the bike lock trick again a few weeks later; Put up Nazi symbols and pictures of Hitler in the dorm; and Drew pictures of pentagrams to alarm the Christian student. The student says he was terrified of his roommates, locked his doors at night, and was afraid to report their actions. School administrators and other students at San Jose State have come out in support of the student, and hosted a rally to raise awareness." (Colorlines.com) This is not an isolated incident. Something needs to be done to send a message that this behavior will not be tolerated. To join me in asking the leadership of San Jose State to expel these students, Click Here! This is where the action is.
WHERE THE ACTION IS: My Black Year...
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Daughter of Fortune at PAFF!
Dawn Kamoche's short filmDaughter of Fortune will be included in the 2014 Pan African Film Festival, which takes place in Los Angeles February 6-17, 2014. Daughter of Fortune will screen at the Rave Cinema, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4020 Marlton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008 · (323) 296-1005 on Thu, Feb 13th @ 1pm; Sun, Feb 16th @ 12:05pm; and Mon, Feb 17th @ 3:40pm. So far, it's gotten rave reviews, and was selected by the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 films in Black Voices Breakthrough Theatre. If you're in Los Angeles, be sure to catch Daughter of Fortune at the PAFF!!! Thank you! -tck
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Letting Your Money Work for You
Thank you!!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
to: My FAMU Playmaker brother K. Carter Bronson on nabbing the part of Pa in The Color Purple at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville March 26 through April 27...Thandisizwe Chimurenga on the book, "No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant," scheduled for publication on Jan. 1, 2014, the 5th anniversary of the first murder of Oscar Grant... Kidz Korna Founder Delece Williams on her Lewis Hines Award from the National Child Labor Committee... Retired Theater Professor Dr. Ronald O. Davis, on his jazz infused fundraiser for FAMU Theater students... and Dr. Elmire Mangnum, on being chosen Florida A&M University's new president... Go on woman!
Amiri Baraka, Alberta Bruno, Homer Bruno, Roy Campbell, Jr., Arthur Doyle, (Aunt) Francis Louise Draper, Joe Evans, Chico Hamilton, Ronny Jordan, Margarite Lamotte, Jay Leggett, Larry Lujack, Nelson Mandela, Pierre Martin, Don Mitchell, Juanita Moore, Pete Seeger, Diane Smith, Dr. Edward Spears, and too many beautiful children (lost on the streets of Chicago and other places) to name...
We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.