October, 2013 
   Volume XX Issue VIII      Circulation... Plenty!     

Happy October!!!
Happy Breast Cancer Awareness and

Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

This Month, Pledge to: Know your body! Report Domestic Violence! Maintain a Healthy Diet! Value Yourself and Your Children! Seek Help If You Need It! Get regular Check-ups! Avoid Toxicity in Your Food, Environment and Relationships! Love and Forgive! Be a Part of the Solution!
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This edition of The Crystal News is dedicated to my dear brother in the struggle, Nathaniel Perkins-Ali, Co-Founder of the National Association of Brothers & Sisters In & Out for being a tireless soldier in the fight to address the inequities in the justice system, reduce recidivism rates, and improve the community.  I will miss him greatly and will attempt to continue his good works.

Picture      Happy Birthday to Me!

This year, I will once again spend my birthday in service to others.  On October 13, 2013, my birthday, I will participate in AIDS Walk LA, which is part of my plan to
champion three of my favorite causes: health, education and the arts. To this end, I am asking my family, friends and fans to celebrate with me by giving just $5 to one or more of the following:  AIDS Walk LA (Feel free to join the walk as well); the Nia Imani Academy of Excellence (NIA) (Nia Imani Academy of Excellence 101 Catalpa Drive, Unit 104, LaPlata, MD 20646, (301) 392-1848 - Include 'Keymáh request' in the comment box or the memo line of your check)The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Scholarship at Meharry Medical College (Indicate in the comment box that you want your donation to go to The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Scholarship); The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh  Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A & M University (Under the 'Please direct my donation to' drop down menu, choose 'College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities,' then, under the 'Funds' drop down menu, choose "T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Scholarship (1328)"); CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services (CHARM, 3108 State Route 59 Suite 124-177, Naperville, IL 60564 - Include 'Keymáh request' in the comment box or the memo line of your check); The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Fine Arts Room at St. Sabina Academy (Indicate in the memo box that you want your donation to go to the T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Fine Arts Room); and / or The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.   Why just $5?  Because times are hard, but every little bit helps.  If you want to give more, or to more than one I won't complain... I am so grateful to everyone who helped me pull of the benefit I did in Chicago last for St. Sabina Academy.  An Evening with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh & Friends was a show featuring more than a dozen performers including Tim P.M., T.C. Carson, Cynda Williams, Regge Reg, and members of the Najwa Dance Corps, followed by dinner and dancing. People are still talking about it.  I am hoping that my family, friends and fans will be as supportive this year.  Birthday's remind me to reflect on my life's purpose, the things I have accomplished and those left to be done.  Celebrating my birthday in service to others is a great way to start my new year.  To help me celebrate my birthday, please donate $5 in my name to one (or more) of the organizations listed above.  Thank you so much!

Frat House is a big Winner at ABTF!

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House took home two Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (ABTF) awards! Making its national premiere at the festival, Frat House was first produced at Hall's Stage Aurora Theatrical Company in Jacksonville, FL. During the festival gala honoring legendary author and playwright Pearl Cleage, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh won "Favorite Performance in a Supporting Role" for her portrayal of the spunky, funky cop with heart, Officer Brendetta.  Broadway performer Darryl Reuben Hall won "Favorite Script" for his lively, comical and inspiring modern retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, in a story of a pastor’s son who joins a college fraternity against his father’s advice. Performances took place on the main stage of The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur, GA, on Friday October 4 and Saturday  October 5Hall and Tony Award winner Melba Moore were also featured in the production which starred newcomer Borge Etienne as the pastor's son, Thomas Waller.  Keymáh previously performed in Stage Aurora's productions of Black to My Roots and Miss Evers’ Boys.  A regular at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem NC, which she Co-Chaired in 2011, Keymáh performed at the Atlanta festival for the first time. "The award was such a lovely, wonderful surprise! I thought my night couldn't get any better after seeing the young people perform and hearing Pearl Cleage's absolutely awesome speech.  I am quite impressed with this festival and can't wait to go back next year!"    http://www.stageaurora.org/

WHERE THE ACTION IS: 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...

University of Southern California and Occidental College are among the list of schools that recently admitted having woefully under reported the incidence of rape on their campuses.  In addition to discouraging rape victims to report and press charges against their attackers, schools across the country have been downplaying sexual attacks and not reporting the crimes to the government as required. Rape is bad business for colleges and universities, but instead of addressing the problem, they are further abusing victims and leaving their campuses more unsafe.  According to Title IX legislation  sexual discrimination on college campuses is illegal, so these schools are actually breaking the law, in order to pretend that rape is not as prevalent as it is.  For more information on Title IX, visit KnowYour IX.org. Know what going on at your school or Alma Mater, and if there is a problem, be a part of the solution.  For support filing a complain, contact student volunteers at EndRapeOnCampus.org.  For advice on helping to combat rape on your campus (or at your Alma Mater), contact studentcoalitionagainstrape.org  There is a petition on ForceChange.org asking the president of Occidental College to support rape victims.  To join me in signing this petition, Click here! There is also a petition on change.org, asking the  Office Student Affairs at the University of Southern California to take nine steps to create a safer campus.  To join me in signing this petition, Click here! This is where the action is...  

On Friday, September 27, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh joined more than one hundred fellow HistoryMakers across the country for the fourth annual Back-to-School with the HistoryMakers.  Vice-Principal Jeremy McDavis welcomed Keymáh and journalist / best selling author Sylvester Monroe to Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.  The HistoryMakers’ theme again this year is ‘Commit.’  Both speakers talked about their Chicago roots, those that inspired them and their commitment to succeed in their chosen fields. In 2010, Keymáh participated in the HistoryMakers’ inaugural back-to-school program at Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville.  In 2011, she spoke at her alma mater, St. Sabina Academy in Chicago, and last year at Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy during a trip to Atlanta for her induction into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. 

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October 13-19, 2013 Florida A & M University celebrates its annual Homecoming. Alumni from across the country and around the world will return to the city of seven hills to renew ties and support thier alma mater.   T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh will be among the alumni enjoying and participating in the festivities.  There to commemorate her 30th year as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she will join her 'Transient 26, Spring 1983' line sisters for many of the weeks activities.  On Thursday, October 17, she will also speak to two classes in the School of Business & Industry (SBI), and a combined class of Theater students.  Keymáh first attended FAMU on an SBI scholarship, then switched to the Theater department, and has remained in touch with both programs.  She enjoys speaking with student groups and has that the young people inspire her as much as they say she inspires them. She encourages other alumni to support FAMU, (Interim) President Larry Robinson, the individual school(s) from which they graduated, and, of course,  The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A & M University

CHARM "Blossoming Beauties" Workshop Series Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Join us at the iCan Dream Center on Saturday 10/19 for a dynamic workshop on "Confidence," the second offering from our fall/winter workshop series, "Blossoming Beauties."

The "Blossoming Beauties" Workshop Series was created to uncover the realistic truths of beauty beyond physical attributes in an effort to mold young women of substance. The series runs every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10/5/13-3/15/14. Each session features a different guest speaker on topics such as Body Image, The Power of Influence, Reputation & Respect, Vision, Goal-Setting & Self-Efficacy and more!

Registration for the series is a one-time investment of $10. Payment can be made online or at the next session.
Please contact Aaja Corinne Carr with questions via e-mail at girlexpo@mycharm.org, or by phone, (877) 54-CHARM (24276), Option 5.

The iCan Dream Center is located at 17508 Carriageway, Unit AD, Hazel Crest, IL 60429. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.mycharm.org/fall-program.html

Missed the "Blossoming Beauties" launch at the iCan Dream Center and want to enroll your teen girl from the beginning of the series or prefer a location closer to you? Our Park Forest "Blossoming Beauties" sessions begin 10/19, 9:30am-11:30am! Contact Eva Robinson at erobinson@mycharm.org for more information.

    A Negro Speaks of Rivers
    October 20, 2013, 8 PM 
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

A personal narrative set against the back drop of raging urban arson fires and the grass roots revitalization of the Los Angeles River, "A Negro Speaks of Rivers" is a theatrical piece, written and performed by Margaret Laurena Kemp. Through spoken word, movement, original sound, cante singing and video the under-heard voices of community, myth and natural world come to life to dramatize the intersections between race and land and water in the urban United States. A Negro Speaks of Rivers entertains while posing important questions about how we want to treat our human and other natural resources in our present and future.
                                                    Directed by Mark Lindberg
General Admission: Pay What You Can $10.00 minimum, Student & Senior Admission $6  
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WHERE THE ACTION IS: Oppose Government Shutdown

Picture APLA writes, "Please call 888.659.9562 to be connected to your Representative and tell them to end this dangerous government shutdown.We need your immediate assistance to change the stalemate in Congress.  Please use the toll free number to call your Representative today (10/10) or Friday (10/11) and ask them to:
  • Act now to end the government shutdown
  • Act now to prevent economic catastrophe from a government default
The nation is in a manufactured financial crisis and headed towards a possible additional fiscal crisis. Both crises endanger the federal programs that people with HIV depend on for their medical care, prescriptions, housing assistance, and nutrition support, just to name a few. We need all constituents to contact their Representative this week. Your call is needed no matter how your Member of Congress voted. If your Representative favors a clean funding bill without conditions, it helps them to be able to cite strong constituent support. If he/she voted for the shutdown, you need to hold them accountable. Your call reinforces the message coming from multiple national polls that voters oppose these tactics.
  • Call toll-free to: 1.888.659.9562
  • Once connected please enter your 5 digit zip code and you will be automatically connected to your Congress member. If your zip code has two Congress members you will be given both names to choose from. You can also hit 0 to be connected to an operator for help. If you don't know the name of your Representative, visit the House of Representatives website.
  • Suggested message when you call: 
    • "As your constituent, I want you to act NOW to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic catastrophe of a government default. Congress should focus its efforts on ending the senseless cuts through sequestration and ensure all of our nation's public health agencies and programs are adequately funded. Please vote to restore funding for all of the services that people living with HIV count on and to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps."
This is where the action is... 
Picture    Nia Imani Academy

of Excellence (NIA)

A Pre-K - 5, Christian school

101 Catalpa Drive, # 104 in LaPlata, MD.

Rev. Amina Fola-Rose, Head of School

Donate    News on NIA - Take a Tour of NIA 

WHERE THE ACTION IS: Help Restore Voting Rights...

Picture Immediately following the United States Supreme Court's, 5 to 4 decision to rule Section 4 of the landmark Voting Rights Acts of 1965 (VRA) unconstitutional, many states went to work on ways to discriminate against some voters. Just in case you were thinking that this decision was a wise one... clearly it was not.   The protective laws enacted in 1965 by our Congress and most recently updated in 2006 truly are still needed today. Join me in urging Congress to enact through legislation, a law to protect the rights of all Americans, by contacting your Senate and Congress representatives to restore a newer, stronger Section 4 of the VRA. For more information on contacting your United States House of Representative visit: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. For more information on contacting your United States Senator visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm  This is where the action is...

PictureRecently, I attended the performance of a friend and sitting in front of me was a woman with gorgeous gray locs.  I sat admiring her thinking how cool it is to see women of all ages embracing their natural beauty.  I wondered how long she had worn her hair naturally and what inspired her to do so.  During the intermission, the woman turned and saw me looking at her hair.  She leaned back toward me and, as if she'd been reading my mind, proudly stated, "You're the reason I starting wearing my hair naturally.  Thank you."  Well how cool is this?!  
PictureCongratulations to Shonte Ward

Grand Prize Scholarship Winner!!!
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Picture As you have read in previous 2013 issues of  The Crystal News, Maggie's Anderson's book, "Our Black Year" inspired me to up my own support of Black business, and I decided to find and champion at least one business per month. Recent months' businesses: The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC, www.nbtf.org.  I first attended the unrivaled biannual celebration of Black theater (film, literature and art) in 1999 and haven't missed a festival since. The festival itself is a prime example Black business structure and diverse coalition building.  Plenty of Black businesses support the festival like Body and Soul Cultural Boutique, 545 N Trade St, Ste 12, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 723-7685, bodyandsoulnc.com, and there is no end to the vendors that carry whatever you're looking to buy.  For me, it wouldn't be a trip to Winston-Salem without a couple of stops at Sweet Potatoes Restaurant, 529 N Trade St, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 727-4844, sweetpotatoes-arestaurant.com.  There's always a line during the festival, but the service is great and the food is worth the wait... This was my first time attending the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, http://atlantablacktheatrefestival.org/ but I am certainly looking forward to going back next year.  They were also supported by Black businesses  and though its a smaller festival, their vendors were great as well...  I can't believe that I was in Atlanta for almost a week and couldn't get to Soul Vegetarian, 879 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 (404) 752-5194, but I was able to find the delightful Bole Ethiopian Restaurant, 1640 Virginia Ave., College Park, GA 30337 (404) 549-9111 in walking distance from my hotel. Bole is a quiet place with impeccable service and reasonably priced food so healthy and delicious that they are one more reason I love Atlanta!  The lentils and salad were so, so yummy and their homemade juice is a five-layer wonder that energized me beyond my lack of sleep...   I didn't need to trek back to Hooper Shell, 11913 Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA. (323) 566-1667, because I'm still using the gas cards I bought the last time I was there! And since its been a year now, I'll take this last time to brag that my 2012 St. Sabina Birthday Benefit was sponsored entirely by Black businesses!  This is where the action is... 

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The Walker Group, LLC
TWG - 1431 Huntington Drive Calumet City, IL 60409

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Cast Your Vote for
Daughter of Fortune
I'm so proud of USC graduate and brilliant filmmaker Dawn Kamoche, for her short film Daughter of Fortune.  It's getting rave reviews, its been accepted in a number of festivals and it was selected by the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 films in Black Voices Breakthrough Theatre sponsored by Toyota Avalon. You can click here to see the film and vote! The film is only 20 minutes long and I think you will enjoy it. Please check it out and vote for Daughter of Fortune!!!  Thank you!    -tck

WHERE THE ACTION IS: Don't Forget About Congo...

Picture Their bones project is completed but African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN) is still committed to keeping us aware and involved in the struggle in Congo, "We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Congo. We urge the U.S. government as well as other global governments and the U.N. to hold perpetrators including the Rwanda and Ugandan governments accountable for crimes committed in Congo. We recommend among other things:
1. Sanction implicated top military leaders
2. Withhold military aid from implicated governments"
For more information or to read their Congo Primer, click here.  To check out Friends of the Congo, click here.  This is where the action is...   

Thank you!!!!  Thank you!!!  Thank you!!!

Picture Thank you to: My line sister Carla Knight for helping me pack after the Delta convention; everyone who supported the NIA Imani Academy of Excellence fundraiser, especially Commissioner Reuben B. Collins II and his wife; everyone who supported the CHARM GEMS Gala fundraiser, especially Katrina Allen, Kimberly Allen-Brown, Elliott Powell, Natalie Scruggs and her children, William Zeno, Lisa Russell, Marcia Berry and her niece, Nancy Payne, Dena Ratliff, and Carneil Carter, Jr.; everyone who supported the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival performances of Darryl Reuben Hall’s Frat House, especially my line sister Sherri James and her husband Bennie, my line sister Tina Guess and her daughter Leah, my Playmaker brother Kevin Bronson and his wife Sevilla and son, my M&M sister Angela Robinson Whitehurst (who is so wonderful on Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots) her husband Scott Whitehurst, and my dear friend Andre Minkins; everyone who has or will help me celebrate my birthday by raising funds for AIDS Walk LA, NIA Imani Academy, The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Scholarship at Meharry Medical College, The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A & M University, CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services and / or The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Fine Arts Room at St. Sabina Academy; and finally, my 2012 St. Sabina Birthday Benefit sponsors: Florida A&M University, Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nubian Heritage, Vincent E. Walker Photography (312) 719-6830, The Walker Group, LLC, CHRIS CURSE & Co, Pierce Pediatric Association, Southside Community Credit Union, Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta's Inseparable Nine and Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. MUAH!  And I mean it!!!!


Congratulations to: My line sister Diedre Knight and her son Brandin Knight on their first children's book, "The Wash Cloth and the Turtle," a book about hygiene and super heroes which will encourage children to make bath time a fun time, while promoting reading for children ages 4 to 12; Community activist and leader Conrad Worrill, on being honored with a street naming at Oakwood and Langley in Chicago, near the Center for Inner City Studies, which Dr. Worrill has lead for many years; my soror Shelle Coleman for her terrific performance in "She Who Finds a Husband"; Taurean Blacque for his Atlanta Black Theatre Festival “Favorite Performance in a Leading Role” award for his work in Mary McCallum’s Hunger in Paradise; Paris Barclay on being elected DGA President; and Founder / Executive Director Toni Simmons Henson on the success of the 2nd annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival http://www.atlantablacktheatrefestival.org, go on woman!
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The   Crystal   News   respectfully acknowledges the life and transition of:

Karen Black, Eileen Brennan, Elaine Brown, Elizabeth Sybil Brown, Lois DeBerry, George Duke, Dennis Farina, T-Model Ford, Eydie Gormé, William H. Gray, GiGi Hines, Jenea James, Saul Landau, Arnold, Lazarus, Ken Norton, Nathanial Perkins-Ali, Carline Ray, Tikki Moore Smith, George Tall Chief, Helen Thomas, Lee Thompson Young, Randy Tillman, Edward Butch Warren, and too many beautiful children (lost on the streets of Chicago and other places) to name...

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...   Natural Woman / Natural Hair II - 2014

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