March 2012 - Volume XIX Issue III - Circulation... Plenty!

This Month Pledge to: Honor Women! Work for Equal Rights and Equal Pay for Women!  Teach Respect!  Support Businesses that Treat Women Fairly! Fight Domestic Abuse! Support Causes the Champion Women and Children! Celebrate International Women's Day (March 8) by Celebrating Women!

This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to Dick Anthony Williams, a seriously cool, timelessly classy, warm and wonderful gentleman.  
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and  awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.
 Actress / Director T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh will participate in the event by reading at Lankershim Elementary School in North Hollywood, CA.   "I love books and sharing that love with children," says the avid reader who worked in a book store in high school and who thereafter frequented used book stores "searching for treasures like something signed or out of print!" NEA's Read Across America funds reading activities  year round.
CHARM Outreach & Mentoring Services      2012 Women's Retreat
Friday, April 20~ Sunday, April 22
The Hotel Arista/Naperville, Il
Package Includes: Fabulous One or Two Night Accommodations, Meals, Workshops, Fun Pajama Jam, Gifts, Games, and More!  Reserve your spot now to commune for a weekend of peace and pampering! 

Viola Davis is the always brilliant actress who perhaps should already have an Academy Award on her mantle for her breathtaking performance in Denzel Washington's film, Antoine Fisher.  Davis made big waves during this year's Oscar season by leaving her wigs at home and sporting her noteworthy natural beauty.  For that, she is Natural Woman / Natural Hair author T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's newest shero!
Winner of Best of Festival at Indie Fest USA, and numerous awards at SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival including the Audience Award, Best Actor (Roger Gutierrez) and Best Screenplay, (Brian Eric Johnson) Ranchero starring Danny Trejo, Cristina Woods, Roger Gutierrez and Brian Eric Johnson, opens Friday, March 2 at the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino for one week.
ETA Presents
"The Legend Of Buster Neal" 
by Jackie Alexander, Directed by Kemati J Porter
through March 4, 2012
A fearless civil rights activist reappears 60 years after his supposed death to face his greatest challenge, his great-great grandson. ETA, 7558 S South Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619-2644, (773)752-3955. 
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In celebration of International Women's Day, the Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. invites you to participate in their Call To Action Webinar: "The State of Global Education For Girls and How We Can Make A Difference."
Thursday - March 15, 2012 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (PST)
Currently, an estimated 70 million children around the world are out of school and nearly 60% of these children are girls.  Because the education of girls leads to stronger and healthier families, communities, countries and societies, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated - Century City Alumnae Chapter, CARE and RESULTS are calling on the U.S. government to take action on legislation which will ensure that girls in developing countries around the globe have equal and equitable access to education.
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USC Black Alumni Association & USC Spectrum Host "An Evening of Art & Legacy; Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Present their Distinguished Collection of African American Art & History" 
~       7 - 9 p.m.  March 22, 2012       ~       (Bovard Auditorium, USC)
Come and hear an uplifting presentation by a couple making history in their own right. All attendees will receive THE KINSEY COLLECTION: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey: Where Art and History Intersect with their ticket purchase. THE KINSEY COLLECTION (book) is a 198-page, must-read coffee table book, representing the definitive story of the African American experience from 1632 - present, told through original art, historical artifacts and documents. The Kinsey Collection is a national touring exhibit that has been displayed in 7 museums across the country since 2006, most recently, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where it was visited by over 2.5 million people. It is the first privately owned collection to be housed in the museum. 

Bobby Lee Blood
Written by Kyona Levine • Directed by Angela Batravil
Starring Tene' Carter, Millena Gay, D.J. Mifflin, Crystal Nix and Natalie Whittle.

The Story: Naomi Morris’ father was a killer and a criminal.  As an adult she is tormented by thoughts that she may be just like him because she shares the same blood.  Bobby Lee Blood.  In her search for truth she encounters a colorful array of unique people who hold the answers she so desperately needs.  This is a warmly assembled production of a well constructed and important story, brought to life by a seamless cast and crew!  Through March 25 at the Attic Theatre, 5429 W. Washington, Blvd., in Los Angeles - -

by Nicole Anderson-Cobb
Directed by Kamesha Khan
March 29 – May 19, 2012
A “dramedy” that examines the impact of gun violence in Chicago from the unique perspectives of a family of female African-American funeral directors and the burden that these women bear trying to serve their community while battling their own demons and mounting fears of violence in their community. ETA, 7558 S South Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619-2644, (773) 752-3955
Congratulations to: 2012 Illinois Black History Month Honorees Herb Kent, Dee Alexander, Chuck Colbert, Michelle Williams, Lupe Fiasco. Lee England, Jr., and Jonathan McReynolds; Alaska State Coordinator, retired educator / principal, and active Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. member Rosa Foster, on being recognized during Black History Month on Channel 2 in Anchorage, Alaska; Bernard and Shirley Kinsey for celebrating Black history all year long; and Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. International Service Project Committee Co-Chairs Billie Davis and Carlene Davis for continuing to take action to uplift females worldwide - go on girls women!

The Crystal News acknowledges the transition of the following souls:   (February)  Marie Colvin, Winkie Direko, Katie Beatrice Hall, Davey Jones, Howard Kissel, Thabang Lebese, Theodore Mann, John Michuk, Sullivan Walker, and Dick Anthony Williams
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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