March, 2011 - Volume XVIII Issue III - Circulation..... Plenty!

This Month Pledge to: Be Kind to Women! Honor the Matriarch of Your Family! Support Female Owned Businesses and Charities that Help Women and Children!     Wear Hats and Gloves or Jeans and T-shirts w/Equal Confidence! Treat Females so Attired with Equal Respect! 

What in the World?

A great many shocking revolutionary actions are inspiring people worldwide.  From the Tunisian revolution that led to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the Egyptian revolution that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, the Yemeni protests that will in effect end the reign (and dynasty) of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Libyan uprising, the bloodiest so far, that aims to oust  and leader Muammar Gaddafi,  and in more than a dozen other protests, countless citizens of North and North East African countries are giving their lives in protest to oppressive regimes, and repressive working and living conditions.     
Perhaps it is this global display of righteous indignation that fuels the Wisconsin protests of Governor Scott Walker's plan to slash civil jobs and crush collective bargaining rights for union members and the solidarity protests that have been organized across the country.  We sat still when Wall street printed more money for itself, after squandering all of ours.
How long will we sit still while the government pretends now to be 'running out' of money?  I know this is an article better suited for my new blog, T'Keyah Fights City Hall, but I strongly encourage you to participate in the governance of your city, state and country, one way, or another.


Natural Woman / Natural Hair - A Hair Journey author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh is planning the second edition of her popular coffee table book celebrating the beauty of natural hair.   If you would like to place ad in the new edition for your natural  product or service, please contact Ms. Miller at T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Inc ASAP!   Keymáh is currently in talks to partner with a Natural Hair Care company. The new edition of Natural Woman / Natural Hair's spring 2011 release is in conjunction with the new venture which will include appearances and natural hair events across the country and oversees.
- Music Musings -
Just discovered a great blog that has been around since 2007.  What About Our Daughters Unapologetic, Uncompromising, and Unbowed in Defense of Black Women and Girls, (WAOD)'s recent series featuring up and coming singer / songwriters  like Andy Allo, V.V. Brown and  Priscell Renea who are not getting the light they deserve, deserves quite a bit of light itself...  Speaking of  up and coming musical talents with divine light in their future, keep your ears peeled for Fhena, a soul sister who sings poetry of the get up out of your set and do something variety...
Speaking of staying tuned, sublimely gifted soprano Kathleen Battle comes to Florida A & M University's Lee Hall Auditorium for concerts on Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 7:30 PM  (doors open at 7PM) and Sunday, March 20, 2011 @ 4 PM (doors open at 3PM) Tickets for Kathleen Battle are now on sale at and at the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center & Teaching Gymnasium box office. Sections A Rows A-J: $70, Sections B Rows K-W: $50, Balcony $30

An Essential Reunion
(Speaking of FAMU...) Calling all FAMU Playmakers, Theater majors, and all others who who graced the stage, the wings or the booth or the construction shops of Florida A & M University's Essential Theatre:  The deadline is swiftly approaching to reserve your place at the 2011 Essential Theatre Reunion, April 1-3 at FAMU.  Highlights include: a current Essential Theatre production,  the induction of Essential Theatre alumni into the Hall of Fame, an alumni review and of course the official re-opening of Charles Winterwood Theatre and more!  For more information contact ASAP! 

Habitat Salutes La Chanteuse
Habitat for Humanity San Fernando / Santa Clarity Vallies  (HFH SF/SCV) presents, Salute to the Chanteuse at Chez Habitat, their annual builders ball. on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Universal Sheridan, 333 Universal Drive, Universal City, CA   The event will include dinner, dancing and entertainment featuring Marion Ramsey, and will honor  Greg Lippe and Los Angeles  Mayor  Antonio Villaraigosa.
Other attendees include Holly Robinson-Peete and HFH SF/SCL Women's Empowerment Build Chair, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.  For Tickets, Sponsorships and Tribute Journal Advertising, call (818) 884-8808 or visit tuned for more information on joining Team T'Keyah at the HFH SF/SCV WE Build May 14-15, 2001.

 Stuff at Stage Aurora

Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m."Somebody Almost Walked Off Wid Alla My Stuff:"  Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and the African-American Woman's Literary Tradition.   Through a focus on Shange's pioneering role in the New Black Cultural Renaissance of the 1970's and 1980's, Dr. Maxine Montgomery will discuss the intertextual relationship between her renown choreopoem and the tradition of Black Women's Writing, including the works of Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, and Sapphire. 
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A question and answer session will follow the presentation. FREE REFRESHMENTS - For more information, please contact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372


Money Matters: Cash for College! Scholarships and Fellowships

The United Negro College Fund publishes the following list of Scholarships.  Please encourage the students in your life to apply: AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program 2010ALDI / UNCF Corporate Scholars Program 2010 - 2011, Avis Budget Group Summer Internship Program 2011, AXA Achievement Scholarship 2010-2011, CSC / UNCF STEM Scholars Program, Dallas Independent School District Scholarship 10-11Deborah L. Vincent/ FAHRO Education Scholarship Award 10-11, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc-UNCF Scholarship 2011 Fort Worth Independent School District Scholarship 2010, Frito Lay Arts Scholarship, Google Scholarship 2011, Hershey Company 2011, Jack & Jill of America Foundation 2010-2011, Louisville: JCPS/ UNCF Minor Daniels Scholarship 2011,     Marriott Scholars Program 2011MCCA Lloyd Johnson Jr. Scholarship 2011,   Michael Jackson Scholarship,   NAACP - THE EARL G. GRAVES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM- AY 2011/12,   NAACP - THE AGNES JONES JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - 2011,   NAACP - THE HUBERTUS W.V. WILLEMS FOR MALE STUDENTS- 2011/12,  
NAACP - THE LILLIAN & SAMUEL SUTTON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - 2011/12,   NAACP - THE ROY WILKINS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - 2011/12,   Ronald H. Brown Summer Law School Prep Program 2011,   Ryan Howard Family Foundation,   Scholarship-St. Louis/Philadelphia,   Safe Passage Foundation Scholarship 2010-11UNCF General Scholarship 2010/2011 Academic Year,   UNCF/Sodexho Internship 2011, and Verizon Wireless Black History Month Essay Contest (NEA) 2011... The HBCU STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships and stipends to graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), as determined by the White House Initiative on HBCUs, to pursue Master’s level programs in STEM areas of study at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Washington, DC. STEM refers to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,. The fellowship program is administered by the Educational Advancement Alliance (EAA) and sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a U.S. Department of Energy agency: 
Fellowship Amount: Up to $20,500 for tuition, fees and academic expenses per year and an annual $18,000 living stipend. Fellowship total not to exceed $77,000. Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 18, 2011 Although an admission to a STEM graduate program is required to be eligible for the fellowship, you should apply for the Fellowship IMMEDIATELY due to funding limitations. You do not have to wait to be accepted into a graduate program in order to apply for the Fellowship. Eligibility: Must have graduated from an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) on or after January 1, 2009. Term: Two (2) years

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Kudos to:

Drummer Greg Wilson and his Drum Disciples Paul Buxton who quit his long standing theater company membership because of their policy of exclusion; Cast and Crew of Color, on their successful membership drive,  The Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association Southern California Chapter especially President Monique Brackett and Recording Secretary Alonda Thomas, for an exciting  and successful 17th Annual Black History Scholarship Luncheon, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Award honorees  Chris Floyd, and Sandra Evers-Manly2011 FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award honorees Antonio York II,  and Ruth Bernadine Tucker, and a host of impressive special guests including FAMU President James H. Ammons; donnie l betts, recipient of the 2011 Noel Distinguished Professor Community Service Award for his work in the film and video production;

Rev. Dr. jeff obafemi carr on his new book, Leave God Alone, He's tired of you bothering Him; the film Inside Job for winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and for deserving it; Congressman Howard Berman, for offering his constituent free homeowner assistance and retention  counseling; Manhattan Cleaners & Hat Works, 5847 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130 (816) 523-4486, for more than 75 years of exemplary service,  and actress / producer Sheryl Lee Ralph, for her continuing efforts to raise AIDS awareness   Go on girl woman!


The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Omar Bocoum, Betty Garrett, Eddie Kirkland, Robert E. Leslie, Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, Dwayne Glenn McDuffie and Walter Seltzer. 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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