November - Volume XVIII Issue X - Circulation... Plenty!


Cherish Your Family!  Cherish Your Friends! Cherish Your Gifts! Cherish Your Blessings! Honor Those Who Have Sacrificed for You!

This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. May we all strive harder to live lives of service.

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, will appear at The Black Academy of Art & Letters (TBAAL) in their DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES production of her brand new stage show, "DON'T GET ME STARTED" on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 8:15pm. Clarence Muse Café Theatre, Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202 (At the corner of Canton and Akard Streets). Tickets are $15, and are available at TicketMaster, Hosted by Jack and Jill, Inc. 
David Mills, while a staff writer for the Washington Post, called T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's work "Comedy with a Conscience".  A social activist for many years, T'Keyah says about Don’t Get Me Started, "My friends are tired of hearing me rant and rave about social-political issues, so I decided to take my two cents to the stage." That's exactly what T'KEYAH CRYSTAL KEYMÁH does in this engaging and thought provoking, one-woman show. She’ll charm you, inspire you, and hit you over the head, and you'll love her for it. In her signature style, T'Keyah brings her messages to the stage through the voices of a host of lovable characters old and new.  “Scary things are happening all over the world,” the actress says.  “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. I help people along with that."

Student Exchange Program for SoCal Youth

Mothers for Africa the Nana Sekyiaabea Foundation is seeking high achieving high school students to travel to Ghana for a student exchange program. Students will live in an off campus dormitory, while studying international trade and commerce. Students will travel to historical landmarks and explore the beauty of Ghana; in addition to learning about the history of the country. Accommodations will include three meals a day, plus room and board. At the end of the program students will be asked to host their new Ghanaian partners in the U.S. to continue cultivating their relationships. They will be exposed to a field that most know little about. This is the opportunity of a life time!
How to enter: You must live in the Altadena, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Inglewood areas of Southern California; submit a copy of last two report cards (at least a “C” average) and submit an essay on the topic: “International Trade and Commerce in the African Diaspora”.  Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. The essay must be typed minimum 500 words, typed by the student. If selected the winners must go through an oral interview process with members of Mothers for Africa Executive board. Essays must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Please see attachments for more information or visit are website at or contact us at 626-710-6676.

New Black TV Series Pilot - Pass the word 

Asha May, her mentor Debbie Allen, Idris Elba and Lance Gross have created the TV series Milk + Honey. Idris and the Brown Paper Dolls company (Chicagoans and Howard U, FAMU & Spelman, grads Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May, and Jeanette McDuffie) have been working on this series for over 3 years.  The show was created to showcase diverse images of women of color that are rarely seen on the big or small screen, and also to create more opportunities for black actors.  The "Milk + Honey" scripted series will soon be seen on all platforms and is looking to get picked up by a TV network. Still, they need 1 million views of the trailer which is posted on the website

Natural Woman / Natural Hair
Available now at

****Announcing Bounce TV ****

Bounce TV is the first African American broadcast network, featuring a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, original programming and more. Bounce TV’s founders include Martin Luther King III, Ambassador Andrew Young, Andrew “Bo” Young III, and Rob Hardy and Will Packer, co-founders of Rainforest Films, one of the top African American production companies in the world.

Vincent E. Walker Photography
(Chicagoland Photography / Videography)


Congratulations to:  President Barack Obama for continuing to survive in that whitest of houses; Malcolm Jamal Warner, Tracey Ellis Ross and the cast and crew of Reed Between the Lines and especially Ms. Ross for championing natural hair -  go on girl woman!


The Crystal News acknowledges the passing of George E. Ballard, George "Mojo" Buford, Gil Cates, Muammar Gaddafi, Edmundo Ros, Reverend Fred Shuttleworth and Winston Zulu.  We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.  Some might question or even be offended by the inclusion of the fallen Libyan leader.  America has a habit of  forgiving and forgetting the mistakes of some leaders and crucify others for theirs - even when we are complicit 
in their dubious deeds.   The Crystal News, however, remembers the history of Gaddafi's ascension into power and the good he did for his country and others... a long time ago.  

Have you hugged someone you love today?

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