December ~ 2010

A Few of My Favorite 2010 Things! 
2010 isn't over yet, but I'll go ahead and mention some of my favs... so far. Favorite Book(s): I recently discovered a treasure in L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress series (and yes, Banks and I had a conversation about my doing the film). Favorite CD: Soldier of Love (Sade)... finally! Favorite Film: The Book of Eli (Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beales)!  Favorite Job: Directing "Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole" for Amun Ra Theatre in Nashville, TN. Favorite Moment: Thanksgiving with my family in Chicago, seeing my nieces Jennifer and Jacqueline and my nephews Jonathan and Jeffery, who I hadn't seen in too many years! Favorite Video: - The Commencement Speech of Deonte Bridges, 2010 Valedictorian of Booker T. Washington H.S. Favorite Photo: That of Ohio parents Mia and Rozonno McGhee and their children, Isaac, Josiah, Elijah, Rozonno, Madison and Olivia. (To send a paypal donation to the McGhees, go to, hit "send money" and enter email: You do not need a paypal account. All gifts greatly appreciated!)

  Raven in Hot Chocolate
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) presents the World Premiere of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, at UCLA's Royce Hall, December 9-11, 2010.  The show features Carlo Imperato, Jaleel White, and Debbie Allen, with an original score by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram, Shiamak Davar, Tena Clark and ThumpThe December 9, 2010 Gala will feature special guest performances by Raven~Symoné, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Arturo Sandoval, and some of LA's finest young talent. Gala Co-Chairs are Quincy Jones, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Denzel and Pauletta Washington.  Written, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, the show also features choreography by Evan Williams, Vladimir Kolesnikov, Elza Prado, Karen McDonald, Eartha Robinson, Cathie Nicholas, Chantel Heath and Dion Watson. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit DADA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to expanding the reach of Dance and Theater arts to enrich, inspire and transform the lives of  young people in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Amun Ra Theatre Presents
Black Nativity Celebration 2010

An explosion of youth talent you won't want to miss - Based on the legendary work of Langston Hughes, in an original adaptation, directed by Kenetha M. carr,  the production re-tells the story of the birth of Christ with foot-stomping, hand-clapping Gospel, Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop Music.  Nomalanga Eniafe's choreography and alex stadaker's music will take the audience on the musical journey of the Holiday Season. This show is made for the entire family, from Toddlers to esteemed Elders.  There will only be TWO PERFORMANCES, so get your tickets early! Two Shows Only! Get your tickets today....
Saturday, December 11th, 7:30 pm.
Sunday, December 12th, 3:00 p.m. Matinee
Acuff Chapel, Lipscomb University, One University Drive, Nashville, TN
Tickets: $15.00
   Order by phone: 1-800-838-3006
Order online by clicking HERE or at
(Group Tickets Available, See Below)
For more information, visit or call (615)329-4228

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company Presents: MOTOWN CHRISTMAS
December 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Come out and enjoy the fabulous Stage Aurora 100 Youth Voices sing some of your favorite Christmas melodies as sung by famous Motown groups such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Supremes, and the Temptations!!!   Admission: $5.00 in Advance

Stage Aurora Performance Hall
5188 Norwood Avenue
(Inside Gateway Town Center)
Phone: (904) 765-7372

CCAC Throws the Party of the Year!
Join the Century City Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for their 2010 New Year's Eve Party, and enjoy a delicious dinner,   dazzling door prizes, delightful dancing to the music of DJ Regg, games and a Champaigne Toast at Midnight with the ladies of DST! 

*Attire: Black or White Cocktail  *Tickets: $75 per person until December 4, 2010, $100 thereafter.  This event will raise funds for the chapter's many service projects.  To purchase tickets or for more info, e-mail, or contact T'Keyah or any other member of Century City Alumnae


Alicia Haymer is an up and coming actress who is finding out how to gracefully navigate professional conversations about working with, straightening or wigging her natural hair.   She recently starred in the Nashville Children's Theatre production of Bud, Not Buddy.    Haymer took Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's Tools of the Trade workshop in Nashville, TN this fall.

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Kudos to:


David Chattam and Alicia Haymer for their fine work in the Nashville Children's Theatre production of Bud, Not Buddy;   Brooke Myatt, on her bold move to New York; Christopher R.C. Bosen and Bralyn Stokes on capturing the lead roles in the Street Theatre Company production of Six Degrees of Separation; and Julieanna Richardson on An Evening With the  HistoryMakers 10th Anniversary Gala (and the fabulous program that featured George W. Faison, Nikki Giovannni, Denyce GravesGwen Ifill, Cathy Hughes, Roland Martin, Melba Moore, Al Sharpton, Susan L. Taylor, and Dionne Warwick  Go On Girl Woman!!!



 Happy Holidays!

I wish you and yours a safe and joyful holiday season.  Please remember to share your blessings with those around you. Someone, not far from you needs something you can afford to share... a winter coat perhaps, or a book, or a meal... or a smile.



The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of:  Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Jill Clayburgh, Dino De Laurentiis, Flossie Duncan, Hotep Idris Galeta, Rosiland Glanton, Julien Hug, Janet MacLachlan, Leslie Nielson,  Elena Santaballa, and Little Smokey Smothers. 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?

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