May 2012 - Volume XIX Issue V - Circulation... Plenty!


May is the National Month for: Foster Care, Biking, Salsa, Stroke Awareness, Arthritis  and Tennis!  
This Month Pledge to: Reach out to a child in foster care or consider being a foster parent! Volunteer for, or donate to a foster care charity! Ride a bike! Play tennis! Dance the salsa!  Happy Mother's Day to all who have birthed, raised or cared for another!
This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to Gil Noble (, a television institution who for 43 years produced and hosted the New York based WABC-TV program, "Like It Is," which focused on uplifting the Black community. - TCK


Keymáh Leads Greeks for 2012 UNCF Walk
Register Now for the 30th Anniversary UNCF Los Angeles Walk for Education, on Saturday, June 3, 2012! T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh serves again as Honorary Captain of the Greeks for HBCU's Team. The annual 5K UNCF Walk for Education helps raise critical funds to support UNCF’s 38 member Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 55,000 students.
Keymáh, a graduate of Florida A&M University and a memebr of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., encourages both Greeks and Non-Greeks to participate in the walk saying, "I hope to see many other teams again this year. If you attended an HBCU or wanted to, if your parents did, your child did or does, or if you just want to make sure the HBCUs are there for future generations to attend, please support UNCF, and this walk!" To support or join T'Keyah's Team, Greeks for HBCU's, to support, join or form another team, or to learn more about the walk, Click Here!
Keymáh with the 2011 Greeks for HBCU's Team
SATURDAY, June 2, 2012
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Walk
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Post Walk Festivities & Entertainment
Exposition Park at Coliseum Dr. and Menlo Ave., behind the Natural History Museum. With its expanded, carnival-like setting, the UNCF Walk for Education is a wonderful family-oriented event full of entertainment, celebrities, great food, recreation and important information about the value of UNCF’s historically black colleges and universities.  Parking is $10.00  (Carpool if you can!)

 Formerly "T'Keyah Fights City Hall"  which was formerly the "Do Something" column of this newsletter,  this is what the action is...  
Amnesty International (AI) wants us to write a brief message of solidarity for Afghan women who have been omitted from the progress their country is making and who are not even allowed to fly a kite, a popular pastime in Afghanistan. AI will put your note on a kite and will fly it during the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 20-21, where President Obama and Afghan President Karzai will be discussing Afghanistan's transition. (My note says, "I wish my Afghan sisters could fly my kite.) To write a brief note supporting Afghan women's rights Click Here!  Please do so by Mother's Day, May 13!
Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion as they EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD! The Wiz takes Frank Baum’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and gives it a modern spin. Winner of 7 Tony awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul starring Darryl Reuben Hall as The Wiz! Performances are: May 11 -May 13 - A Great MOTHER’S DAY Gift! Tickets are: $15/ Students/Seniors (65+) with proper I.D. $15/ Advance and $20/Door for General Public - Call (904) 765-7372 / (904) 765-7373 -
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Aliyah as The Proper Princess, circa 2007
Aliyah Burchette will be performing the roles of Madam de la Grand Buche and the Aristocratic Lady in the FXW production of "Beauty and the Beast" on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm. at the  Frances Xavier Warde School Auditorium, 751 N. State St., Chicago, IL. Parking is free in the church parking lot across the street. Aliyah, a bright young performer who studies voice, piano and guitar, was last scene in FXW's production of  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Black Film Smorgaborg!
Check out Rel Dowdell talking about his new film Changing The Game starring Irma P. Hall which is in Theaters May 11!,  Also check out and support a feast of other exciting new Black films on

Forgotten Roots' First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival, THE RUBY at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90038 - Thursday-Sunday, May 17-May 20, 2012 - Doors open at 7:30 PM, Shows start at 8PM, $10 General Admission, Thursday night show - 2 for 1 admission!
FRI-SUN SPECIAL: Ticket and a Forgotten Roots T-Shirt-$15 (While supplies last) Come join us as we celebrate our first play festival!  For more info contact Mateen Setwart, Artistic Director

by Nicole Anderson-Cobb
Directed by Kamesha Khan
through – 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


Color of Change reminds us that The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is closed door group whose members underhandedly push legislation that benefits corporate interests. ALEC has written legislation to impose harsher criminal penalties on juveniles, to privatize education, and to break unions. ALEC is now pushing voter suppression laws that seek to take the vote away from Black and other disenfranchised people.  To demand that they stop, Click Here!   ...The AFL-CIO and the Communication Workers of America wants us to stand behind American Airline workers and not let the airline's illegal, anti-union tactics to stop a union election go unnoticed.  To urge the The National Mediation Board to proceed with the proposed election so that American Airlines workers are not denied their rights, Click here!  

Wiggins, Morris  Photo: Carla L. Fallberg
Fremont Centre Theatre Presents: Holding On ~ Letting Go, directed by James Reynolds, starring Barry Wiggins, Iona Morris, Amentha Dymally and Jill Remez. Through May 27, Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun 3pm $25, $20 stud/sen. Call (866) 811-4111  
The Robey Theatre Company Ben Guillory, Sparkling City Entertainment Alex Morris & Vanessa Paul, Juvee Productions Julius Tennon & Viola Davis, in association with LATC present the West Coast Premiere of CAMP LOGAN - Was it Murder? OR Justice?  Written by Celeste Bedford Walker, Directed by Alex Morris, Starring: Dorian Christian Baucum, Bill Lee Brown, Kaylon Hunt, Dwain A. Perry, Jacob Sidney, Curtis Lee Stansberry and Sammie Wayne IV.  
April 28th to May 27th - Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3p
Tickets: $30, Students/Seniors/Veterans/Groups of 10 or more: $20 -   866-811-4111 -
LATC - Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Written & directed by jeff obafemi carr and produced by jeff obafemi carr and Mark D. Jackson, He Ain’t Heavy sold out 2 showings at the Nashville Film Festival and won the Tennessee Spirit Award for BEST FEATURE FILM and is distribution bound... with a little help from you.  He Ain’t Heavy is an explosive, fly-on-the-wall look into the ultra-secretive world of hazing in a prestigious African-American fraternity, based on TRUE EVENTS. To learn more about the journey of this film and help the filmmakers acquire distribution, visit

Greenpeace is asking that we urge the White House to publicly release all of the information they have on the horrific BP Gulf oil spill.  To urge the White House to make BP pay what they owe and put a stop to ALL new offshore drilling right now, Click Here!  ...Credo Action asks us to thank President Obama for standing up for marriage equality. To do so, Click Here!

Kristy Johnson is the flower of August Wilson's JITNEY at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA and Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. 

South Coast Rep: May 11th - June 11th -

Pasadena Playhouse: June 21st - July 15th -

Thank you to: Karen Walker, Aliyah Burchette, Michele Traylor, Bessie Carter, and Tineka Lewis for helping me host a successful and fun Popcorn and Lemonade Mini FunRaiser for CHARM Mentoring and Outreach Services (whose Board of Directors I am proud to Chair); everyone who supported the fundraiser; the 2012 TVLand Awards for honoring In Living Color; everyone at TVLand for making the event spectacular and memorable; Caravan Style Studio (Arianna, Caboodles, and DDF) and the fabulous D'Angelo for hooking me up for the TVLand Awards; The Century City Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (CCAC) for allowing me to help usher in 22 marvelous new sorors; everyone attending the CCAC Comedy Night at the Comedy Union (see above); and everyone who is joining my GREEKS for HBCUs team or otherwise supporting my UNCF Walk for Education (June 2)!  MUAH!  And I mean it!

Congratulations to: my niece Keyah Walker on graduating from Grand Valley State University; my cousin Leslie Russell on completing her Masters from University of Illinois Chicago; (my line niece) Asia McFarland on completing her MBA from Florida A&M University; Isiah Washington on his book, "A Man from Another Land"; FAMUan Will Packer, on the success of his film, "Think Like a Man"; Ted Lange on his new play, "Lady Patriot";  John Legend and The HistoryMakers Founder Julianna Richardson on thier honorary degrees from Howard University; Deitrick Haddon's A Beautiful Soul (now showing at AMC theaters)  Directed by Jeff Byrd, Produced by Kimberly Ogletree, Holly Carter and Dominique Telson, starring Harry Lennix, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Robert Ri'chard, Barry Floyd, John Salley, Golden Brooks, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Deitrick Haddon; for promoting A Beautiful SOul and many other worthy films; and Beverly Todd on  joining the cast of Days of Our Lives in the role of Celeste Perrault -  go on girl woman!

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The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Dick Clark, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Chut Wutty, and Adam Yauch

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? 
Stay Tuned...  
June 5 is Primary Day!  Are you ready to vote?  Have you researched the issues?  Have you vetted the candidates? Have you reminded your friends and family members to remember vote?  Will you do so again on June 5th? Are you prepared to help someone get to the polls?  Are you ready to vote? 

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