The Crystal News - March 2010


This Month Pledge to: Be Kind to Women! Honor the Matriarch of Your Family! Support Female Owned Businesses and Charities the Help Women & Children! Wear Hats & Gloves or Jeans & T-shirts w/Equal Grace and/or Treat W

omen so Attired with Equal Respect!



Ticket sales are booming for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) all-star concert From Ella to Mandela, Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:30pm at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway in Chicago. The first act features singers Dee Alexander, Terisa Griffin, and Maggie Brown, in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday. The second act, an encore performance of the exquisite 57-piece orchestra’s Hope in Action created by famed CJP co-founder Orbert Davis in honor of Nelson Mandela, features Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago, saxophonists Ari Brown and Ernest Dawkins and a special appearance by T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh. Get your tickets now! Call Ticketmaster or go to m-Ella-To-Mandela-tickets/artist/1395675?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

Is your 9th-12th grader a budding scientist, architect, performer, writer etc? Are you? Register now for the 2010 National NAACP ACT-SO Competition! Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is an enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts. Bobette Jamison-Harrison and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh are among the annual volunteer mentors of the Hollywood / Beverly Hills competition - held this year on March 20. March 5 is the deadline to apply for the Hollywood / Beverly Hills Competition, but you can also check for other contests near you (or get ready for next year!) Gold medal winners on the local level qualify to attend the National ACT-SO competition, in early July at the Annual NAACP Convention expense free!


Dr. Valencia Mathews­­

Dr. Valencia Mathews, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A & M University, reports that she has been wearing her hair naturally for many years. Dr. Mathews recently directed the FAMU Essential Theatre production of “Crowns” which featured FAMU alum, actress and Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.


T'Keyah is donating a portion of the March proceeds from all items sold from her online store to Yele Haiti (


Actress Paula Anglin plays civil rights leader Rosa Parks as part of the DuSable Museum’s new interactive exhibit, Freedom Sisters honoring those women whose courage and determination “shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America.” The live presentation also features actress/director C.J. Maddox. Freedom Sisters runs through April 4, 2010 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Street in Chicago. Check with the museum for live performance dates. Call (773) 773-947-0600.


"Raising the bar for today's stars and tomorrow's world leaders"

Join the St. Sabina Academy School Board and Mistress of Ceremonies, alum, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh at the Inaugural Scholarship Gala at the Chicago Marriott Midway Hotel, 6520 South Cicero Ave. in Chicago for an evening that includes performances of 'spoken word" and music by St. Sabina Academy students, presentation of awards, a silent auction. Tickets are on Sale Now! at the church and school office. For More information on tickets, advertising and sponsorship call (773) 742–9948, (773) 677-5696 or visit


Congratulations to: Denzel Washington for his generous donation of a Fisher House (for injured U.S. soldiers’ families) at Brook Army Medical Center; FAMU Lyceum Committee, the entire company of the FAMU Essential Theatre / Lyceum Series production of Crowns including (but certainly not limited to) the unforgettable Chelsea Williams J, Marci Stringer, Marty Austin Lamar, Lililita Lynn Forbes, Christian-Joy Dermeritt, Ayesha Norwood, Jessica Dickey, Akia Sembly, Mellisa Hicks, Tara Renee Veal, Romero Dill, Marcus Rhodes, Delorean Fullington, William Hardy, Dr. Valencia Mathews, Lashawnda D. Batts, Johnny Williams Jr., David Barrow Wiley, Erica M. Young Jasmene Britt’ny Robinson, Edith Carnley, C. Bacote Robinson, Jason James, Luther D. Wells and FAMU Provost Cynthia Hughes Harris, PhD; and to actress Regina King for stepping out for HIV/AIDS awareness by being publically tested - go on girl woman!

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