May is actually the National Month for: Foster Care, BBQ, Bike, Salsa, Stroke Awareness, Arthritis, and Tennis! If we avoid the BBQ and focus on the bikes and tennis, we likely won’t need as much of the stroke and arthritis awareness. Depending on the recipe, the salsa could go either way, so if you put it in a dish, bring it to the dance floor.
This Month Pledge to: Reach out to a child in foster care! Volunteer for, or donate to a foster care charity! Ride a bike! Play tennis! Dance the salsa!
SAVE THE DATE FOR G.O.D.
Who was Gospel’s Original Diva? Mahalia Jackson? Clara Ward? Rosetta Tharpe? Cast your vote by leaving a comment here or on T'Keyah’s Fan Page http://tinyurl.com/T-KeyahFans, then join us on Friday, June 18 at 8PM at Christian Tabernacle, 4712 S. Prairie in Chicago for a celebration of gospel’s roots and hear multi-talented performer T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's tribute to Gospel’s Original Diva! The concert kicks off the Gospel Trade Black Music Month Symposium organized by event producer Pastor Mack C. Mason. Saturday, June 19th there will be various workshops, lectures and a new artist showcase. Mason co-wrote Christian Tabernacle’s Pastor Rev. Maceo Woods’ recent biography, A Graceful Journey. Tickets are $20, VIP Tickets ate $25. Buy your ticket by June 1st and get a 20% Off Early Bird Discount! Call Christian Tabernacle 773-548-2500, Brown Paper tickets 800-838-300, or go to http://tinyurl.com/GospelDiva. For group sales or more information about the weekend, call (630) 336-5379.
NATURAL HAIR SPOTLIGHT
Dee Alexander, a world-renowned vocalist and long time natural hair queen, creates art with her beautiful locs. Alexander recently appeared in the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s “From Ella to Mandela” concert that also featured actress and Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.
AMEN RA PUTS ON THE DOGS
Amen Ra Theatre presents Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning wry comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, Topdog / Underdog, starring Amen Ra Founder / Artisitc Director Dr. jeff obafemi carr and NFL star Eddie George on Friday, May 21 at 7:30 PM at the James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street in Nashville, TN. In addition to being part of the theater’s season, this performance is a fundraiser to help Amen Ra send an inner-city youth group to Africa. For tickets go to http://tinyurl.com/TopdogUnderdog.
Congratulations to: Ruth Wilson and William Zeno on the celebration of their 90th birthdays!; The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) on their stellar all-star concert From Ella to Mandela, which featured Dee Alexander, Terisa Griffin, Maggie Brown, Orbert Davis Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago, Ari Brown and Ernest Dawkins; Delta Sigma Theta Soror Marcia Fudge on her landslide congressional victory; St. Sabina Academy School Board for pulling off a hugely successful First Annual Scholarship Gala; former AWRT SoCal President LaFern Cusack on her AWRT SoCal's Tracey Miller Merit Award, David Barrow Wiley on being selected to direct a project for the Gaines Street Development Program in Tallahassee; The CHARMed Ones and the Family & Friends of Natalie P on their participation in the Breast Cancer Network for Strength Walk; and Katie Washington on being Notre Dame’s first Black female valedictorian go on
OUT & ABOUT
The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Harold F. Arnold, Robert Culp, William “Bill” Elkins, Roxanne Floyd, Delta Sigma Theta Soror Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Benjamin Hooks, Delta Sigma Theta Soror Lena Horne, Bessie O. Hughes, James Mitchell, J. D. Salinger, Columbus Sallis, and Mandozie Sallis. We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.