September / October 2010


!!!!Louis Price In Concert!!!!



Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 4PM
   - The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage -
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
For Tickets Call 310-434-3200

T'Keyah Covers E'Lon Couture

! T'Keyah Fights City Hall !

... Not really, but I didn’t know what else to call the new blog that I’ve been meaning to do for...ever.  It’s a nearly daily journal of the Internet activism in which I participate.  I hope it inspires you to be active as well! Please check it out and follow if you’re so inclined.

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company presents Darryl Reuben Hall's FRAT HOUSE September 24-October 3, 2010. FRAT HOUSE, a modern-day 'Prodigal Son' comedic musical, tells the story of Thomas, the son of a Pastor, who leaves home to attend college and joins a fraternity against his father's advice. “Impressively choreographed, energetic, and lots of fun... And the concluding gospel finale that followed brought down the house,” says Entertaining U. Fridays, September 24 & October 1, 2010 @ 7:00 pm; Saturdays, September 25 & October 2 @ 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm (NEW TIME) Sundays, September 26 & October 3 @ 3:00 p.m.  - Stage Aurora Performance Hall 5188 Norwood Avenue (Inside Gateway Town Center)  (904) 765-7372, 7373 /



Some know him as the greatest pianist who ever lived, others as the King of ballads and love songs,still others as a trailblazing television idol.  Nashville will have the honor of meeting them all, and the actor who brings his music to life.  After the success of his first one-man show, How Blak Kin Eye Bee, Dr. jeff obafemi carr will appear in the world premiere of Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, at Amun Ra Theatre, 2805 Clifton Avenue October 8th - October 31st, 2010, Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. with a post-show discussion. Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole will be directed by acclaimed writer, producer, performer and Hollywood actress, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, known world wide for her acclaimed television work on In Living Color, Cosby, and That's So RavenKeymáh studied directing at Florida A & M and Florida State Universities, and has directed several stage productions including her own award-winning solo show, Some of My Best Friends. Written by Dr. jeff obafemi carr, Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, explores the struggle of one performer to find his own voice while fighting to embody one of the greatest entertainers of all times. Full of storytelling and of course the music you know and love, audiences will laugh, cry, and be moved by the music of one of the greatest and most beloved singers of all time.
or call  1-800-838-3006    24/7
Group Rates (15 or More): (615) 329-iAct (4228)

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Indies' Best Betts
Filmmaker donnie betts is among a growing number of independent artists using the Internet to bring their projects to fruition. Through, betts, who's films include the phenomenal Oscar Brown, Jr. documentary, Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress, is raising funds for his new film, We Wear The Mask Who Will Speak for the Children which will take an un-flinching look at Child Sex Abuse and Pedophilia in our society through three parts. Indiegogo allows individuals and entities to solicit project funding for a limited period of time.  Betts' company, No Credits, has until October 12 to raise the $20,000 they hope to garner through the site.  Funds will help create an interactive website, conduct more interviews, and work with advisors, etc.  Please help this important new filmmaker by either donating or passing the information on to any  interested individuals or groups.  Go to (search for We Wear The Mask Who Will Speak for The Children) and give what you can.   

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The late great Rosalind Cash blazed a bold trail for actresses who brave the entertainment industry with natural hair.   Cash appeared in myriad film, television and stage productions including The Omega Man (w/Charlton Heston), Uptown Saturday Night (w/Bill Cosby & Sidney Poitier), Sister, Sister (w/Diahann Carroll & Irene Cara) and General Hospital (w/John Ingle & Joseph C. Philllips).  Her last film, Circle of Pain, was produced by her friend and mentee Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.
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Najwa Dance Corps Studio Class Schedule

Registration Begins September 12, 2009  October 3, 2009– June 18, 2010 Student Concert June 25, 2010

Najwa Dance Corps Studio 2010-2011 class schedule:  Ballet I, Mondays 5-6PM; Ballet II, Mondays 6-7PM; Advance Tap, Fridays, 5-6:16PM; Basic Tap, Saturdays 9-10AM; Tap I – Tap II, Saturdays 10-11AM; Hip-Hop (youth) Saturdays 11-12N; Jazz (youth) Saturdays 12N-1PM; African Dance Saturdas 1-2PM; African Drums, Saturdays 2-3PM; Najwa Junior Corps, Saturdays 2:30-4PM, African Dance (teens/adults) Saturdays 4:30-6PM.  Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. Always entertaining, the company's performances showcase a breathtaking diversity of dance styles in a historical context. From the rituals of traditional Africa to the glamorous chorus girls of the swing era, Najwa Dance Corps brings joyous, fascinating life to the different cultures that have contributed to contemporary American dance.  Call (312) 850-7224 or email

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Kudos to:

Claudia de Llano and hubby Mark Austin on the long awaited arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Juliana Luna Austin (9/15/10); my cousin Wesley Puryear on being honored at Florida A & M University's Homecoming as one of FAMU's Forty Under 40;  my Nashville Tools of the Trade Acting Intensive students Sherre Bishop, Christopher R.C. Bosen, David Chattam, Alicia Haymer, Terrance "TK" Kendrick, Brooke Myatt, Luke Phillips, and Bralyn Stokes for thier great work; and Southern Black Theater Festival ( National Honoree Irma P. Hall.  Go On Girl Woman!!!

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Out and About...

On Friday, September 17th, as part of its 10thAnniversary celebration, The HistoryMakers sent over 170 HistoryMakers into classrooms in fifty cities in twenty-five states from Michigan to Florida, from New York to California, to give inspirational stories and express the importance of education.  I spoke at Pearl Cohn High School with fellow HistoryMakers  “The Wind Done Gone” author Alice Randall and her husband, business leader David Ewing. 




The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Fred Anderson, Terrence Alonzo "Tab" Baker, Buddy Collette, Phelps "Catfish" Collins, Harold Dow, William P. Foster, Al Goodman, Carl Gordon, Harold Gould, Walter Hawkins, Israel T. Hicks, Jr., Varnette Honeywood, Noah Howard, Marvin Isley, Denise Jefferson, Amit Jethwa, Zheng Ji, Abbey Lincoln, Rue McClanahan, Vonetta McGee, Patricia Neal, Joya Sherrill, Jack Tatum, Robert Wilson, David L. Wolper and Lorene Yarnell.      We are blessed to have known their warm hearts, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.

Have you hugged someone you love today?

1 comment:

  1. Keep the good words of inspiration flowing !!
    I really enjoy reading the Crystal News, it is a way to stay in contact as we all live our self absorbed lives.

    Thank you for the memories !!


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