April, 2011 - Volume XVIII Issue IV - Circulation..... Plenty!

Pledge to: Read a Poem a Day!  Buy a Book of Poetry!  Attend Poetry or Spoken Word Events!  Write / Share a Poem!  Pledge Also During National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month to: Tell if Someone is Harming You!  Listen if Someone is Being Harmed! Help Those in Need! Be Aware!

T'Keyah Graces the Cover of 1st Impressions

A Tribute to Jazz Legend Billy Higgins
A Benefit for KPFK Radio
Sunday, May 1, 2011

KPFK 90.7 presents the 1st Annual KPFK Hero Award and Tribute Concert - May 1, 2011 at Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 West Sunset, Hollywood CA. 90028.  -  VIP reception at 5:30 includes meet and greet with performers and special guests, silent auction and hospitality.
  Musical Tribute to Billy Higgins that starts at 7:00 pm

This event launches the KPFK Hero Award and Tribute as an anuual fundraising event for KPFK. The long overdue celebration of the life and work of Billy Higgins has prompted an out pour from other legendary Jazz icons such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Charles Lloyd, Clayton Cameron, Poncho Sanchez, John Beasley, Leon Mobley, Kamau Da’ood, Dwight Trible, Wil Calhoun, Phil Ranelin and special invited guests Charles Lloyd and Charlie Haden. John Densmore a founding member of the Doors will also be on hand to present a poem.

The KPFK Hero Award and Tribute is the brain child of Maggie LePique, radio personality and Music Director at KPFK, after a heartfelt on-air discussion with Charles Lloyd about Billy Higgins. This event epitomizes the ideals of KPFK 90.7FM and its commitment to free-thinking, listener-sponsored radio and demonstrates why KPFK is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States.
Higgins, from Los Angeles, played on Ornette Coleman's first records, beginning in 1958. He then freelanced extensively with hard bop and other post-bop players, including Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, and Cedar Walton. He played on over 700 recordings.  In 1989, Higgins co-founded The World Stage, cultural center in Los Angeles to encourage and promote younger jazz musicians. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE!  For more info on the tribute, go to the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club: www.catalinajazzclub.com 
or email: heroawards@kpfk.org

T'Keyah Chairs Habitat WE Build May 14-15
Grab a Hammer and Join the Fun!
Last summer Habitat for Humanity San Fernando / Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) held their first Women's Empowerment  (WE) Build, in Pacoima, CA.  Working on the Entertainment Industries Council's team, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh helped to frame a house that is now inhabited by a deserving family.  The actress was so moved by the experience that she is chairing the 2011 WE Build on May 14 and 15, 2011WE Build supports and celebrates women who work in non-traditional careers and those at the tops of their professions who encourage others by example and by sharing their success while women from all paths gather to uplift a community. 
Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV is strengthening communities through their pioneering Enriched Neighborhoods program, whose services include health and nutrition training, dental hygiene, teen empowerment, tutoring, and ESL classes.   In Pacoima, only 43% of high school students graduate, but in Habitat’s Enriched Neighborhoods, every child has graduated high school and 92% of them are attending or have graduated from college or trade school.  Please donate one or two days of your time.  To participate, you will need to register on the Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV website,  From there, you can:  Sponsor T'Keyah; Join T'Keyah's team, "Team T'Keyah"; or Form a team of your own, under Upcoming Events at www.humanityca.org.  The suggested donation to participate in the build is $40 (to cover your tools, t-shirt hard hat and lunch), but its just a suggestion.  You can participate without a donation of any kind!   If you can't make it there, you can sponsor T'Keyah in the build for as little as $5!  Every bit helps!  Really!  Click Here!

Keymah's Essential Return to the Hill - Pt I

On Friday, April 1, 2011, Florida A & M University formally acknowledged The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Theatre Scholarship with a ceremony at the school's Eternal Flame, culminating in the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the contribution.  T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's 
mentor at FAMU, Dr. Ronald O. Davis, served as Master of Ceremonies.  Speakers included the Vice President of University Relations, Carla Willis, CRFE who spearheaded the event,  Thomas Mitchell, Sr., President of Alumni Affairs, Ralph W. Turner, Ph.D., Dean of the Collage of Arts and Sciences, and Tara Veal, Miss Essential Theatre.    Keymáh was in Tallahassee for the FAMU Essential Theatre Reunion which included the unveiling of the newly established Ronald O. Davis Acting Studio in honor of the retired Theatre chair who is credited with saving the departed and declaring it 'essential,' and the naming of the Charles Winterwood Theatre stage in honor of Davis' predecessors, S. Randolph and Irene C. Edmonds.  
The non-stop weekend included a rousing Alumni Showcase hosted by Keymáh and Charles Westley Lattimore, featuring actress  Eunice Saunders, guitarist / singer Lililita Johnson, actor / playwright James Webb, actress /FAMU Theater professor Marci Stringer and author DChristy Eves.  Also in attendance for the festivities were Keymah's former instructors Dr. Beverly Barber, Dr. Keith Tucker,  classmates Kevin Brunson, Sevilla Phillips-Brunson, Harum "R.J." Ulmer, FAMU Professor Luther D. Wells, Sharna Amos, and  actor Meshach Taylor.  On Saturday, April 2, Taylor,  Keymáh and Anika Noni Rose were the theater department's 2011 inductees to the College of Arts and Science's Gallery of Distinction. Honorees from  the college's other departments are hailed in the Kudos article below.  
Following the enshrinement ceremony, Taylor and Keymah joined fellow alum for the Essential Theatre mainstage production of "Ain't Misbehavin," directed and choreographed by Harry Bryce, musical direction by Johnny Williams, set design by Ruben Arana-Downs, costumes by Edith Carnley, lights by C. Bacote Robinson,  choreography assisted by Lashawnda Batts, stage managed by Lisa Lauray and starring Marty Lamar, Bryan F. Mitchell, Kimberly Hicks, Chelsea Lee Williams and Amitris Angels Williams 
Keymáh gushed with pride at the performers, especially Chelsea Lee Williams, who played her granddaughter in the 2010 FAMU Lyceum performance of "Crowns," which also featured the gifted Marty Lamar and Lililita Johnson.  Seeing the newly renovated theater and Keymáh's bond with the students, Taylor pledged to return to the hill with Keymáh to perform in a fundraiser for her scholarship. (Photos by David Barrow Wiley - http://higherpowerimages.zenfolio.com/ - From the top: Willis w/ Keymáh, Davis, Taylor w/Keymáh and Kevin Brunson)


Natural Woman / Natural Hair - A Hair Journey author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh is working on 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 (hair) salon, product or service, please contact Ms. Miller at T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Inc by April 20, 2011!   The new edition of Natural Woman / Natural Hair's 2011 release is in conjunction with the new venture which will include appearances and natural hair events across the country and oversees.

Kudos to:

FAMU alums DChristies Eves on her brilliant new novel, Not Yet, Wesley Puryear on his  promotion to Vice President at JP Morgan and Jumelle member Lililita Johnson Forbes (with twin sister Ilinita Johnson-Mack on her CD Created to Worship; The Florida A &  M University 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Distinction Inductees Terra L Bowen-Reid, Ph.D. (Psychology), Kenneth Falana (Art Education), Samuel Hasan, II (Economics), Chanta M. Haywood, Ph. D. (English), David H. Jackson, Jr. Ph.D. (History), T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, (Theatre), Shirley Kinsey (English), James W. Lockley, Jr. (Criminal Justice),  Alexander Nicholas, Ph.D. (Psychology), Daryl D. Parks, Esq. (Political Science / Economics), Willie C. Reagan (Art Education), Jeanene Robinson-Kyles, Ph.D. (Psychology),   Anika Noni Rose (Theatre),  Frances H. Stallworth, Ph.D. (English),  and Meshack Taylor (Theatre); newly inducted Honorary Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Gwen Ifill and Soledad O'Brien; Paul Buxton who returned to his theater company only after they changed their policy of exclusion; and FAMU Alum Birdette Hughey, for being  selected as the 2011 Mississippi Teacher of the Year. Go on girl woman!


The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of:  Dr. Mark Colomb, Mary L. Demming, Wendell Fuller Nathaniel Dwayne “Nate Dogg” Hale, Loleatta Holloway Manning Marable,   Juliano Mer-Khamis,  Ruby Muhammad, Margaret Muse Johnson Piper, Joseph William "Pinetop" Perkins, Lt. Col. Robert Rollins, Melvin Sparks,  and Elizabeth Taylor. 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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