June, 2012 - Volume XIX Issue VI - Circulation... Plenty!


This Month, Pledge to: Attend a Jazz Concert! Spread Good News! Remember Your Ancestors! Beat Your Drums! Celebrate Your Freedom!  Blow Your Sax!   Set Someone / Something Free! Buy (Non-Bootleg) Black Music!  

2012 UNCF  30th Anniversary Walk for Education Los Angeles

Actress / Activist T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh serves again as Honorary Captain of the Greeks for HBCU's Team, one of dozens of teams walking in the 30th Anniversary UNCF Los Angeles Walk for Education, on Saturday, June 3, 2012. Join more than 2,500 walkers and 100 volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area participate.  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 member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., encourages Greeks and Non-Greeks to participate in the walk saying, "If you... want to make sure (HBCU's) are there for future generations to attend, please support the United Negro College Fund, and this walk."  To support or join T'Keyah's Team, Greeks for HBCU's, or to learn more about the walk, Click Here!

Isn't it?
Keymáh with the 2011 team
WHEN - 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
WHERE - Coliseum Dr. and Menlo Ave., behind the Natural History Museum. With its expanded, carnival-like setting in Exposition Park, 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!)
 2012 Performing ARTs Academy          June 4 through July 13th 
Amun Ra Theatre's Performing ARTs Academy - June 4-July 13th, Mon-Fri from 8am - 5pm. Ages 7 - 13. Tuition for the 6 weeks is $475.00. Participants will learn from professional performers in a safe, supervised environment. Classes include: acting, oral interpretation, public speaking, dance/movement, music creative writing & visual arts. A Mandatory Open House and Informational Meeting will be held on June 2, 2012 at 3:00pm at Amun Ra Theatre. kenethacarr@gmail.com. Amun Ra Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional performing arts ensemble.  info@theamunratheatre.org  615-482-7482 


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? Come June 6, I hope you will be able to say, "I voted!"
Formerly "T'Keyah Fights City Hall"  which was formerly the "Do Something" and sometimes the "T'Keyah's Two Cents" columns of this newsletter,  this is what the action should be... 
Unfortunately, the California State Assembly just defeated State Senator Mark Lenos SB 1506 – Penalty Reform for Simple Possession. This bill would have added California to the list of 13 other states and the federal government that currently treat the simple possession of drugs as a misdemeanor.  It was co-sponsored by the ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the NAACP.  As a long time supporter of NABSIO, a prison outreach program, I am all too familiar with the disproportionately devastating effects that drug laws have on black and brown people.  Please contact your state representative and let them know that you will not allow this setback to be a final defeat.  You can still voice your opinion through the  Ella Baker Center for Human Rights petition at https://secure3.convio.net/ebc/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=241&utm_campaign=bnb-10120504-war-on-drugs&utm_source=hp&utm_medium=homepage&s_src=bnb-10120504-war-on-drugs&s_subsrc=hp 
Dance Theatre of Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park Halfway through their Caribbean tour, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble returns to perform for the Harlem community at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, New York.  Come and see them right after a great success in Kingston, Jamaica, and right before they appear in performance in The Bahamas!
DATE: June 8, 2012  TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

Formerly "T'Keyah Fights City Hall"  which was formerly the "Do Something" and sometimes the "T'Keyah's Two Cents" columns of this newsletter,  this is what the action should be...
California Voters: There is still time to weight in on “The California DISCLOSE Act (Assembly Bill 1648), which would bring true transparency to state elections, ensuring that top donors for every political ad are shown in the ads themselves, allowing California voters to see who is trying to buy their support.  Thanks to Assemblymember Julia Brownley (the bill’s author) amending it to be an 'urgency' bill, the next vote will not come until after this important June 5th election.  Sign the California Clean Money Campaign  petition in support of the bill, at http://www.caclean.org/petition/.  Learn more at http://cleanandfairsf.org

Created by the late, great Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO is the NAACP's Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics - a national mentoring program and competition for high school students.  This year's Beverly Hills / Hollywood NAACP winners are Dance: Jazmin Thomas (Gold) Uyoata Udi (Bronze) Anthony Patrick (Silver); Dramatics: Patrick Bucknor (Gold) Dashawn Barnes (Bronze) Khamal White (Silver); Drawing: Sophia Zarders (Gold) Olivia Jones (Bronze) Shaheed Bouey (Silver); Music- Instrumental Contemporary: Keeland Bowers (Gold)  Aaron Shaw (Bronze) Lawrence Shaw (Silver); Music Vocal Classical: Justin Lewis (Gold) Daniel O’Brien (Bronze) Pollyanna Leung (Silver); Music - Vocal Contemporary: Darynn Dean (Gold) Katherine Eason (Bronze) Daniel O’Brien  (Silver); Oratory: Khamal White (Gold) Khalil White (Bronze); Original Essay: Ariana Seymore (Gold) Lailah Y. Fofana (Bronze) Savannah Duplissea (Silver); Painting: Sophia Zarders (Gold) Nylah Scypion Butler (Bronze) Amani Washington (Silver); and Photography: Olivia Jones (Gold) Savannah  Duplissea (Bronze) Nylan Scypion-Butter (Silver).  A showcase featuring the winning performing artists will raise funds to send all of the first place winners to the national competition this summer in Houston.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is the high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to dislodge rock formation, allowing oil or gas to flow up a well.  Despite uniform opposition by environmental groups, fracking is considered by some to be an answer to our energy crisis. Food and Water Watch warns that fracking threatens our air, water and climate.  Learn more and sign their petition asking Congress and President Obama to ban hydraulic fracturing nationally at http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/fracking-action-center/
Back by popular demand, NAACP Theater Image Award Recipient Cheryl Francis Harrington will be presenting her one woman play "I Met Someone!" at The East Theatre @The Complex, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038. Friday June 8, 7:15pm,  Thursday June 14, 7:00pm & Thursday June 21, 7:45pm http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/236351

On June 16, 1933, the U.S. enacted The Banking Act of 1933, establishing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and banking reforms that protected citizens against speculation.  
Known as the Glass-Steagall Act, for its Congressional sponsors, Senator Carter Glass and Representative Henry Steagall, this law kept commercial banks separate from high-risk investment banks. The government agreed to insure the deposits we make in commercial banks through the FDIC, and the banks not to gamble on those deposits.  In 1999, the repeal of Glass-Steagall paved the way for the financial crisis and the massive Wall Street bailouts that have crushed so many unsuspecting investors and homeowners.   There is a movement now to reinstate Glass-Steagall.  Learn more and sign the
Credo Action (http://www.credoaction.com/) petition urging Congress to enact a new Glass-Steagall law to protect the public from “too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks” at http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/glass_steagall/?rc=homepage

The 6th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair  We Real Cool: Celebrating the Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
On Saturday, June 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., book lovers, of all ages will converge to celebrate the written word on the Vision Theatre Backlot at 43rd Place and Degnan in historic Leimert Park.  The festival will feature over 150 celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances and musical performances.  Themed after the Black Arts Movement of the ‘60’s and early 70’s, the festival will pay tribute to literary trailblazer, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000).  The author of dozens of books, autobiographies, anthologies and poems,  Brooks, an Illinois Poet Laureate, was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first black woman to hold the position of poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.  One of Brooks most well known short poems is “We Real Cool,” written after spotting young boys in a pool hall during school hours. The 2012 line-up includes Sheryl Lee Ralph to talk about her book, Redefining Diva and Black Arts Movement catalyst Amiri Baraka who will be featured on the main stage.  Isabel Wilkerson will discuss the history behind her Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns.   www.leimertpartbookfair.com.  323.730-0628


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Thank you to: everyone who received me so warmly when I popped in to open the Najwa Dance Corps's annual "Tell It Like It Is" Poetry and Dance Concert;  present and former C.H.A.R.M. Mentoring and Outreach Services Board Members Michele Traylor, Bessie Carter, Gerald Lewis, Jamaal Buchanan, Crystal Porter  (past Board Chair) Al Demming, Shuntella LeRoy, Myrna Grant, and Malcom Munson for all of your hard work and support; all ongoing supporters of my Popcorn and Lemonade Mini FunRaiser and all members  of my GREEKS for HBCUs team and all supporters of the June 2 UNCF Walk for Education including Karen Walker, Aliyah Burchette, Renee Black, Rhonda L. Payne, Rhonda Coriano, Kimberlee Smith, Fabian R. Wesson and especially Lucy Ann Cade-WilsonMUAH!  And I mean it!
Congratulations to: Fremont Centre Theatre on its production of  Holding On ~ Letting Go, directed by James Reynolds, starring Barry Wiggins, Iona Morris, Amentha Dymally and Jill Remez; the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for clarifying the methodology for calculating the State’s five percent net metering cap thereby dramatically expanding opportunities for California ratepayers to go solar; and - Sheryl Lee Ralph on the completion of her book, Redefining Diva  go on girl woman!
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The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of:  Dr. Rosentene Bennett-Purnell, (Cousin) Isidro Casanova, (Uncle) William Carter, Elizabeth Catlett, Barbara Graves, Victoria Russel, Ada Sharpton  and Donna Summers. 

  We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.

Have you hugged someone you love today?

 Stay Tuned... 
C.H.A.R.M. Mentoring and Outreach Services will hold its 2012 Scholarship Ball at 12 noon on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Alsip, IL.  Get your tickets now at www.mycharm.org!
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