The Crystal News - June 2010


C.H.A.R.M. Outreach and Mentoring Services Presents their 3rd Annual Fundraiser & Recognition Brunch, "Pearls In The Making" on Saturday, June 12th, 11am - 3pm $30 In Advance - $40 At the Door - Garden Chalet, 11000 S. Ridgeland Ave., Worth, Illinois. CHARM's prayer is that through our programs we are able to equip women of all ages with the confidence, wisdom, and love necessary to shine like the beautiful precious pearls God created us all to be. - A Pearl is the Only Precious Stone Created Through Pain & Suffering.

Faithday Press Presents:

T'Keyah Crystal Keymah Salutes

Gospel's Original Diva

Who was Gospel’s Original Diva? Mahalia Jackson? Clara Ward? Rosetta Tharpe? Someone else? Join us on Friday, June 18 @8PM at Christian Tabernacle Church, 4712 S. Prairie in Chicago (47th St. Green Line Stop) for a Black Music Month family-friendly concert celebration of gospel’s roots and hear multi-talented Chicago native T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh (In Li

ving Color/Cosby/That’s So Raven) sing the songs of ...Gospel’s Original Diva! Produced by Mack C. Mason Hosted by V103’s Effie Rolfe. Doors open at 7:30PM. Regular Tickets are $20, VIP Tickets are $25. Christian Tabernacle 773-548-2500, Brown Paper tickets 800-838-3000, Groups: (630) 336-5379

Also appearing in the concert are: Jeffery Eubanks, Traci Mason, Natalie McKnight, Tyrone Merriweather, Judith Powell, Willa Rogers, Sharon Sallis, Debbie Smith, Karen Walker and Jack Yates. Yates appeared on the DVD ‘Bobby Jones Live in Italy’ and with the Grammy nominated James Grier and Company. His new solo debut CD is called, 'Th

e Journal of Jack Yates."

Mason is the author and publisher of several books, including "Saints in the Land of Lincoln" (which has been called "Gospel Music 101"). He is also a gifted singer / songwriter, whose voice has been heard on radio and television since 1976. The founder of Faithday Press, Mason most recently co-authored Christian Tabernacle Pastor Maceo L. Woods’ new biography, “A Graceful Journey.” The concert kicks-off the Black Music Month Gospel Trade Symposium which includes panels, lectures, workshops and a new artist showcase on Saturday, June 19th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM, at Roberts Temple COGIC, 4021 S. State St. Host Pastor: Supt. Clevon Wardlow. Panels and workshops include: The History of Chicago School of Gospel, What Record Companies are Looking for, Inspiration and Innovation – Why Indies Matter. Cost to attend all panels and workshops is $10.


2010 Perfoming Arts
Summer Institute Registratio
Summer Camp: June 14 - July 23, 2010 - Youth ages 8 to 17 -
Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave. (Inside Gateway Town Center) in Jacksonville, Florida

Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calling all campers interested in the Performing Arts. If your child has an interest in the performing arts: theatre, drama, dance, music, etc. and would like to grow and share their talent with other talented youth, call now to enroll them in t he 2010 Stage Aurora Performing Arts Summer Institute. Go to and click on Find Stage Aurora Events, complete forms to Register Call 904 765-7372

The catastrophic BP oil spill in the Golf of Mexico is an unimaginable disaster. It is that beyond what most of us can comprehend but perhaps not beyond our capacity to correct it. Let us follow Dr. Masaru Emoto’s lead and do something special to help. Emoto is the revolutionary Japanese peace activist and water energy researcher whose studies reveled that water physically responds to emotions and communications. He sends the following prayer to the troubled water in the Golf and says that to speak it with sincerity is powerful and humbling. "Now let’s give energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all the living creatures in Mexico Gulf by praying like this: To the water, whales, dolphins, pelicans, fishes, shellfishes, planktons, corals, algae and all creatures in our Gulf of Mexico. I apologize. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” I ask that you join me in reciting this prayer, everyday until the water is healed...

June Events at DuSable
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Sunday, June 13, 2 PM presented by DuSable Museum & Sankofa Spirit Movies with Mission Free Admission 'A Panther in Africa'Friday, June 18, 6 PM - 9 PM, Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour features galleries and art institutions in the Bronzeville area that focus on African American, African and Caribbean art and artists. Trolley is Free. Special admission price to tour Museums. Reserve seats by calling (773) 791-7003. Black Panthers Film Series Free Admission Sunday, June 20, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM 'Eyes of the Rainbow', '3 Black Panthers and the Last Plantation', 'The Angola 3', 'All Power to the People', 'The Black Panther Party and Beyond', 'Origins of the Original Rainbow Coalition' Saturday, Ju ne 26, 8 PM Movies in the Park sponsored by DuSable Museum, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District - "Madagascar' Free Admission & Free PopcornPack a blanket and/or chair and enjoy a movie under the stars on the DuSable Museum lawn.


Congratulations to: Busboys & Poets on the successful June 5, 2010 screening and discussion of Booker T. Mattison’s film, The Gilded S ix Bit, starring Chad Coleman, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Wendell Pierce and Novella Nelson; Jack Yates on his new solo debut CD "The Journal of Jack Yates" and First Lady Michelle Obama on her recent good will visit to Haiti - go on girl woman!


Who will win Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star? Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire hopes it is she. The “Good” Doctor, whose practice is all about holistic common sense, is among hundreds of people competing for a chance to have their very own television talk show on Ms. Oprah Winfrey’s new network. Place your vote at:


Maggie Brown, jazz songstress and daughter of the late, great Oscar Brown Jr. has been sporting her lovely locs in clubs throughout Chicagoland and beyond. Brown appeared earlier this year in the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic concert, "From Ella to Mandela" with Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.

Out and About...

with Entertainment Industries Council team member Ananda Lewis at Habitat for Hunanity’s Women Empowered building event in San Fernando Valley. It was an amazing day. I can’t wait to do it again!


The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Gary Coleman, Larry Lennix and Ali Ollie Woodson. We are blessed to have known their warm hearts, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.

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  1. T'keyah, you are a wonderful actor! DC loved your performance in The Gilded Six Bits. The discussion that followed the film had to be cut short because the Hurston/Wright Foundation only had Busboys & Poets for two hours. I hadn't seen the film in a long time, but man! The acting in that film makes me look like a genius! I'm indebted to you, Chad, Wendell, Novella and the extras.

  2. T' truly have a beautiful and lovely spirit. Thank you for sharing your gifts of beauty, light, and laughter with the world.


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