Board Chair T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh (In Living Color / Cosby / That’s So Raven) warmly invites you to the CHARM 2nd Annual Precious G.E.M.S.S. Scholarship Ball ~ 12 Noon, Saturday, July 21, 2012 ~ Double Tree/Alsip, IL. The G.E.M.S. (Growing Emotionally, Maturing Socially) program is designed to promote community outreach, respect, service and education in social skills and friendship among college bound high school seniors. Our three finalists, Cleontra Jones, Tytianna Nailon, and Cyairra Smith-Clark, will now compete to share $10,000 in scholarships based on criteria that includes a written essay and community service. All three have been participants since the CHARM began.
CHARM (which stands for: Challenge yourself; Honor yourself; Arm yourself with knowledge; Restore what's been broken and Motivate others) is a faith-based organizaiton created by and for women to transform lives. We exist to assist women of all ages build self-esteem and to empower, encourage, and inspire them to passionately pursue God's purpose for their lives. Our (Motto), "Meeting You Where You Are", means that no matter where you are spiritually, socially, mentally, or emotionally, we will be there to meet you. We will use our vast experiences along with our professional partners to knock down barriers and build character and confidence. CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services was founded by community advocate Michele Traylor. The ball will include performances by the gems and will feature YouTube sensation Jamiah (On Fire) and The Red Machine, a three boy band. Keymáh will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. Tickets are $50 and include lunch. There will be a cash bar as well as a raffle. The deadline for purchasing tickets has been extended until JULY 18, 2012!!!!!! Get your tickets now at www.mycharm.org!
UNCF WALK GREEK TEAM SUCCESS!
The GREEKs for HBCUs Team raised more than $10,000 for the United Negro College Fund during the UNCF Walk for Education L.A. last month. Los Angeles New Anchor Chris Schauble hosted the pre-walk festivities. The GREEKs for HBCUs team, one of a dozen participating in the walk, included members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (including Team Captain Katrina Anderson and Honorary Captains actress / writer / director T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and L.A. School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. A number of the ladies in red power walked before making it to their chapter meeting, but a grand time was had by all.
WHERE THE ACTION IS:
Friday, July 13th, 6:30PM - The Bahamas Historical Society Museum - Corner of Shirley Street & Elizabeth Avenue - Nassau, The Bahamas - The first of its kind, the Small Art Auction House is a one-night only live auction of new “postcard” sized original artworks by over 50 Bahamian and international artists including Margaret Laurena Kemp. The commissioned never-before-seen works are in a collection of media including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, textiles and sculpture and all begin bidding at $50. You need not be present to bid. The fundraiser for cultural worker Jon Murray's University tuition - will also include a performance by The Bahamas Music Conservatory Chamber Ensemble, delectable drinks by Young's Champagne and hors d'oeuvres by Cheesecake Heaven. $25 Doongalik Studios Art Gallery and The Bahamas Historical Society Museum. View the art at www.smallartauctionhouse.tumblr.com.
The American Red Cross President and CEO's salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses. The United Way President receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits. UNICEF CEO receives $1,200,000 per year plus all expenses including a ROLLS-ROYCE. Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause. The Salvation Army's Commissioner receives a salary of only$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause. The National Commanders of The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Disabled American Veterans, The Military Order of Purple Hearts and The Vietnam Veterans Association receive a $0.00 zero salary. The Founder of The Keymah Cultural Fund (that would be me) receives no salary, and personally covers the cost to house the fund at Associated Black Charities. 100% of your donations go toward the supporting cultural programs and exposure to youth. Neither the Founder of C.H.A.R.M. Mentoring and Outreach Services, Michele Traylor, nor her 'Team Members,' receive a salary, and each makes monthly contributions to fund the organization's uplifting programs and activities for women and girls. 100% of your donations go toward this work.
AURORA FEST MAKES 5
The 5th Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival - July 20- 23, 2012 features an encore presentation of Stage Aurora's popular production of The Wiz, a WHITEROBIN Group, Jacksonville Acting Intensive, screening of Though I'm Not Perfect, Jacksonville Consortium of African-American Artists and more... THE WIZ starring Stage Aurora founder Darryl Reuben Hall can be seen July 21 at 2pm, July 21 at 6pm, July 22 at 3pm. (904) 765-7373 or visit www.stageaurora.org or www..ticketleap.com.
WHITEROBIN 2 Day Acting Intensive - taught by veteran performers Scott Whitehurst and Angela Robinson: What is the definition of Acting? What is the job of the Actor? How to Audition and get the part? What is the spiritual connection to your artistic passion? Sunday July 22 3pm - 7pm and Monday July 23 6pm - 9pm - $50 for both days (you must be present both days) TO REGISTER AND MAKE A DEPOSIT: Go to http://www.whiterobingroup.com/page0/page0..htmlTHOUGH I'M NOT PERFECT, an award-winning documentary by actress / singer / dancer Stacey Sargeant - exploring what her life would be like if she had listened to the teachers who discouraged her and how tragic it would be for people to give up on their dreams because of someone else's limited beliefs about what they can accomplish. For more info on the screening, or other festival activities, check www.stageaurora.org or call 904-765-7372.
WHERE THE ACTION IS:
Congratulations to: Bobette Jamison-Harrison of Jus Clown'N Music Vocal Coaching on her new gig on OWN's new show, Real Life, The Musical; Chicago native Lamont Clayton on his new pilot Shadow Hills, also starring Kellita Smith, Bobby Brown, Dorian Wilson, John Amos, Jackee Harry, Dick Anthony Williams, Peter Sherayko and Tommy Davidson; and Terri Grant, on her so cool radio show, Friday's 6 pm PST, at wwwboxtreeradio.com... go on
The Crystal News respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of: Faruq Z. Bey, Rose Marie Butler, Shaquanah Jones Brannon, William "Bill" Cartwright, Richard Dawson, Nora Ephron, Andy Griffith, Rosa Cuthbert Guy, Andy Raphael Thomas Hamilton, Kathryn Joosten, Erica Kennedy, George Ezekiel Kerr, Rodney Glen King, Yvonne Bond Miller, Herbert Reed, Teófilo Stevenson, Judith Wallerstein, Robert Lee Washington III, Abram Wilson, and Yvette Wilson.
We are blessed to have known their warm heart, bright smiles and good works. We are inspired to follow their brave and noble examples.
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