January ~ 2011 Volume XVIII Issue I - Circulation..... Plenty!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
In 2011 Pledge to: Be Daring! Dance! Dream! 
Be Connected! Love! Share Your Visions! 
Create Purposefully! Spread Peace! Live Abundantly!

T'Keyah Builds Momentum Coast to Coast!
2011 brings new representation for actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh.  The six-time television series regular will now be represented by Momentum Talent and Literary Agency for Film and Television (Mike Baldridge) and Commercials (Garry Purdy).  
She was also recently nabbed by Coast to Coast Talent Group for Voice Overs (Portia Scott-Hicks). Keymáh, who will Chair the SC / SFV Habitat for Humanities Women's Empowerment Build  in Pacoima, California and Co-Chair the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is already attached as an actress and /or director to film, television and stage projects  being produced this year in Los Angeles, Chicago and Jacksonville, Florida.

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Dusan's Disney Debut in Durham!
Dante & Dusan Brown aka The Brown Boys
Dusan Brown of  The Brown Boys, www.TheBrownBoys.ws makes his debut in Disney's The Lion King as "Young Simba," on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 7:30pm in Durham, NC!  - Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 1:00pm - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC.  Dusan is the younger of the talented Chicago  sibling duo, who both act, sing and dance.  Brown booked the Disney gig not long after the family's move to Los Angeles.

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Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90016
Film Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In celebration of his life and legacy, Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 15, at 8pm with a film presentation.  This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve your seat, please click here. Operating under the visionary reign of Wren T. Brown, ERT is one of the Los Angeles area's premiere theater companies.  They will celebrate Black History Month with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey in February and will present  Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" March 23 - April 17, 2011, under the direction of Ms. Phylicia Rashad.  Early bird group rates are available until January 31. 

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Zora Hears 100 Voices!
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company's 100 Youth Voices (www.stageaurora.org) will be featured at the ZORA! Festival 2011, January 22-31, 2011 - "A Zora Neale Hurston Forum: Womanisim, Feminism and  Issues of Gender" Presented by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C) - 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, FL  32751 (407) 647-3307  zorafestival1@yahoo.com www.zorafestival.com      www.zoranealehurstonmuseum.org

! T'Keyah Fights City Hall !


...Not really, but just in case you still hadn't heard, I've started a new weekly or so blog that gives examples of on and off line activism and charitable works.    I hope it inspires you to be active as well! Please check it out and follow if you’re so inclined.   Feel free also to let me know about what your group is doing to fight city hall (so to speak), so I can help you spread the word.

West Coast Delta's First to Kiss and Tell 

On January 30, 2011 the  Century City Alumnae (CCAC) and Tau Delta (LMU) Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the West Coast Premiere of "Kiss and Tell," written and directed by Darryl Pitts and narrated by Sheryl Lee Ralph.  Hosts for the event will be CCAC International Service Project Committee (ISPC) members including the group's official Ambassador, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah and feature a Q & A with the filmmaker. Kiss and Tell is an uplifting documentary feature that highlights the positive images of Black Love on the Big Screen and takes an insightful, poignant and sometimes humorous look at Black Cinema from the actors, directors and producers that have been responsible for their creation.    Proceeds will benefit the ISPC sponsored AGYA  (http://amagezigemaanyi.blogspot.com/) Girls Scholarship Program, which provides funding to at-risk high school girls in Kampala, Uganda.  The event is already sold out, but you can catch Kiss and Tell at the Pan African Film Festival in Los  Angeles February 16-23, 2011.  You can support CCAC's International Service Project Committee, by sending a check to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (with 'Int'l Service Project Committee' or 'ISPC' in the memo) to Century City Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, P. O. Box 90956, Los Angeles, CA 90009

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NATURAL HAIR SPOTLIGHT
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 resource guild of the new edition for your natural hair 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.

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Kudos to:

Gifted cartoonist David G. Brown on his successful Brazilian cultural exchange event and Raven Simone and the entire company of Debbie Allen Dance Academy's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker and the show's writer, director, lead choreographer, producer and star, Ms. Debbie Allen!   Go On Girls Women!!!

 

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The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Carlos Castro, Sir Ellis Emmanuel Innocent Clarke, Eld. Warren Dorris, Anne Francis, Albert Ghiorso, Steve Landesberg, Teena Marie, Jean Middleton, Malangatana Ngwenya, Dorothy Penman Harrison, Peter Postlethwaite, Bobby Robinson, Judge John Roll,  Billy Taylor and Bernard Wilson.      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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