- On November 4th (or before if you can): Cast your vote for the governor, judges, initiatives, etc. of your choice by making your mark at the chosen places on the ballot you were given at your polling place or by mail. After November 4th (or before if you can):, Cast your votes by spending your dollars with the companies, businesses and individuals that support you and your neighborhood and treat you with respect, who support the candidates that do likewise and whom you wish to remain viable; Cast your votes by withholding your dollars from the companies, businesses and individuals who take your patronage and loyalty for granted, who do not provide respectful service, who support the candidates who do not have your best interest at heart, who do not hire the youth in your neighborhood, who do not support the programs and events that are important to you. How will your neighborhood look by the next election? It's up to you. Make your votes count! See more at my new page, Black Friday!
- Dr. Earl Calloway, a journalist, humanitarian, lyric tenor, champion of youth, patron of the arts and legendary entertainment columnist for the Chicago Daily Defender Newspaper, first interviewed me after I became the 1985 Miss Black Illinois. As he did for countless others, Mr. Calloway encouraged my every artistic effort, saw the best in my performances, and gave me sage advice. I am grateful that I was able to see him not long ago, to hug him, thank him, and to send him flowers while he lived... Going forward, I will strive to see more of the good in people and their works, to encourage more young people...
Projects in the Works... Well folks, my solo shows Don't Get Me Started and Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters and my two-person shows, T'Keyah Live!... Mostly, and Sellout!?! are all on hold for the moment. There also may or may not still be news forthcoming on the second edition of my book Natural Woman / Natural Hair. What's all this about? ... I'm giving myself a moment to sit a while and think. Look for the end of my indecision on these projects and more in the coming issues of TCN. Stay tuned...
- Of the many accolades I have recieved in my entertainment career, the highest honor was a compliment from a patron of a live performance who said I reminded him of a young Ruby Dee. I was blessed to have met Ms. Dee on several occassions. When asked by Angela Davis during a HistoryMakers interview if she and her esteemed husband Ossie Davis were proud of their record of activism, Ms. Dee leaped into an thusiastic never-ever-rest-on-your-laurels / never-ever-stop-fighting comeback. Who will fill those shoes? ... I met Dr. Maya Angelou on a few occasions as well. After a typically profoundly inspired talk she gave at St. Sabina church, she posed for photographs. Someone taller than she stooped to her height for one of the pictures. She stopped the photograher, turned to the person and said, "never stoop for anyone." When I grew up (if I ever grow up) I want to be so much more like both of them; to use my talents and gifts to uplift and to serve a higher purpose; to be tireless in my efforts to stand taller when there is a pull to stoop or bend...
- Windy City Works - Such fun I had this summer and fall at the Bud Billikin Parade; at the CHARM Partners Luncheon; the Black Harvest Film Festival; at the African Festival of Arts; at Trinity Church's garden; celebrating Mone Davis and Chicago's own Jackie Robinson Little League Baseball Team; at the Back-toSchool with the HistoryMakers at Community of St. Sabina and Paul Robeson High School; at the lovely lake where I had a glorious, private birthday meditation, courtesy of some Divine mist; at the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee's inaugural Voter's Registration Walk and Rally and of course the CHARM Masquerade Benefit Party! So good to be able to see my beloved family and Chicago friends, and to hang again with media favorites like WL Lillard, Art "Chat Daddy" Sims, Ty Wansley, Munir Muhammad, and of course Harold Lee Rush!
- One of the high school talent show impressions that made this bashful writer temporarily cool, was the one I did of Robin Williams' indelible character, Mork. One of the most memorable moments of my life was many years later after an event honoring Richard Pryor, another of my great heros. I was trying to get close enough to Pryor to say hello, but so was everyone else in the crowded hall. As fate would have it, Robin WIlliams, who I loved but didn't know personally, turned to me and asked, "Do you want to meet Richard?" My heart stopped as I nodded yes. For reasons beyond me, Williams ushered me forward, allowing me to tell Richard Pryor how much he meant to me. Last year, I auditioned for Robin Williams' last television show. I was so nervous at the thought of working with him that I completely blew the audition (yeah, that still happens). Going forward, I hope to be more generous of heart, and to tell more people how much I love them.
- On October 5, 2014, Anthony J. Davis, 5th Ward Alderman and Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Country Club Hills. “Since a struggling economy, large number of foreclosures and a high rate of joblessness have taken a toll on our community, ” say Alderman Davis, “it is more important than ever for the residents of Country Club Hills to have the assurance that their elected officials are working hard to find innovative solutions and are held accountable for decisions made and actions taken that directly impact our community’s future and quality of life.” A family man, successful business owner and resident of Country Club Hills for more than twenty years, Alderman Davis has served on the City Council since 2011. “While serving as 5th Ward Alderman,” he asserts, “I have kept my promise to always put people first and plan to continue doing so as Mayor of this wonderful community.”
Alderman Davis’ vision for the city includes eliminating wasteful spending, reducing long-term debt, and increasing transparency and accountability in City Hall. “...I am confident I can move Country Club Hills forward into a brighter future; a future that reflects strong community, family values and leadership the residents of Country Club Hills can be proud of.” Alderman Davis has already begun walking the campaign trail, sharing his vision for making Country Club Hills “one of the premiere cities in the south suburb,” and asking for the support and votes of his community in the April 7, 2015, consolidated election. Please support Anthony J. Davis for Mayor of Country Club Hills - http://electanthonyjdavis.com/
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...
The FCC may let them do it, unless enough of us speak out and demand they regulate Internet service as a public utility (the only true way to protect net neutrality).1 The FCC is accepting comments until this Monday, and today, hundreds of thousands of people across the country will take action to defend Internet freedom.
Join us in demanding that the FCC protect net neutrality by regulating Internet service as a public utility." Please join me in signing Color of Change's petition to tell the FCC to protect net neutrality: Click Here! This is where the action is...
ose and whose heart had room for the whole world...
Recently, I visited my beloved Alma Mater, Florida A&M University to participate in the memorial service for my college Theater professor, mentor and friend, Dr. Ronald O. Davis. Having last seen him at the College of Social Sciences Arts & Humanities Reunion this spring, it was difficult to believe that he was gone. At the reunion, Dr. Davis was exuberant, having recently produced a successful jazz themed fundraiser for his FAMU scholarship, he was bursting with plans and ideas for me, for the himself, for us together and as always, for FAMU... During the trip, I had the opportunity to see a dress rehearsal of The Essential Theatre production of Gem of the Ocean, deftly directed by Theater Department Head Professor Luther Wells, who is dynamically following in Dr. Davis' strong and caring footsteps. I am so proud of my former classmate and of the whole team (including Carey Robinson, Kimberly Hardin, Marcia Duncan, Edith Carney and Humanities Department Chair Dr. Valencia Matthews, that works tirelessly to keep Dr. Davis, who created the Essential Theater's vision alive! I was pleased to see Keith Tucker, the now sole survivor of the two man team that ran Theater Department while I was on the hill. I spoke with many Theater students and got to spend a bit of time with all three of the Keymah Scholars. Brilliant writer and director James Webb, the first recipient of my scholarship some years ago, is now and until the stage calls him back to world travel, a Theater professor at FAM. Charmaine Shaw and Timothy Orange, the current Scholars, are already making me proud with their dedication to the craft! I urge every college graduate to support your Alma Mater not just with your money, but with your time, your talent and your input as well. I strongly encourage all FAMU alumni to support our school, our new president, our local and national alumni organizations, the individual school(s) from which you graduated, and of course, The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Endowed Theater Scholarship at Florida A&M University! If you are not a member of an alumni association, join one today!
We're asking for your help in communicating with the Federal Communications Commissioners to ensure that all available viewers receive this important programming that will be professionally produced and presented to a national audience.Please open the attached PDF, which has a link to the BTNC-FAMU online petition. Click the link "Sign The Petition." Type in your information and the click submit. Thank you for helping FAMU and BTNC create history!
TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, THE CHAPEL525 W. 120TH ST, Room 263-Macy, New York, 10027
The Complex Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sundays thru December 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM - Extended twice. CHeck the website for future dates! hairitagetheplay.com
- The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel is Open!L to R: Melvin Ishmael Johnson as Lenard Lennox Jones, Rhonda Stubbins White as Maybelle Smith, Vanja Renee as Vera Cunningham, Ashlee Olivia as Gloria Ann Pedigrew, Kyle Connor McDuffie as Pee Wee aka Stanley Harrison, Jah Shams as Paul Robeson, Jason Mimms as John Kinloch, Dwain A. Perry as Lucius Lomax, Sammie Wayne IV as Chester Himes, Doug Jewell as Dr. John Somerville, Tiffany Coty as Lena Horne, Petal d'Avril Walker as Almena Davis Lomax, Julio Hanson as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Cydney Wayne Davis as Charlotta Bass, Elizabeth June as Ethel Waters, Vanoy Burnough as Minnie Lomax
Los Angeles 1930-60’s Dangerous times for people of color...
Looking for shelter? Welcome to The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel
Show Dates: November 22 – December 21, 2014
WHERE THE ACTION IS: Florida's Got Me More Than Upset!
Update: "Oct 8, 2014 — Friends, Stop Prison Abuse Now recently met with Miami State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and pressed our case that justice should be done for Darren Rainey. More that two years have passed since his death, yet the Miami-Dade police and local Medical Examiner have yet to release their findings on his death and, needless to say, no one has in any way be held directly responsible. Nor have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or Department of Corrections even finished their investigations. We are continuing to advocate to the federal Department of Justice for an investigation. We're not giving up, and your support has given us hope that we can achieve accountability for the killing of Darren Rainey, and prevent such crimes in the future. Thank you again for your help." To join me in signing the petition to ask the Department of Justice to address this horrific act , Click Here! This is where the action is...
Nia Imani Academy of Excellence (NIA)
301-392-1848 - ourniaacademy.com
A PreK-6 School With A Purpose (Nia) And A Mission Built On Faith (Imani). A teaching ministry of Nia Imani Christian Center - Senior Pastor, Amina Fola-Rose
WHERE THE ACTION IS: My Black Year...
Kudos to: my cousin Anthony J. Davis for the decision to put people first and run for Mayor of Country Club Hills, IL; everyone who participated and is participating in the FAMU 10-for-10 fundraising challenge; former Hale House Chairman of the Board, Zachery Carter for a job well done (and Hale House for honoring him; my friend Rev. jeff obafemi carr, the Founding Minister of The Infinity Fellowship - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living, for continuing to be his wildly innovative, brave and enlightened self; the brother that dropped some powerful knowledge online about the Prison Industrial Complex; my beloved mentor Dr. Donald Evans for going strong at 87 and working to unite Black family through The Naytonal Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Associaiton (NAAFRA) ; Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for supporting I Can Fly International; Long-time Chicago radio personality Richard Steele on his retirement with gratitude; The brother that dropped this knowledge of the Prison Industrial Complex; Berkeley, CA for limiting the use of sodas and other sugary drinks in their city; and my soror Krystle Evans for raising funds for the Lady Panthers at Animo South Los Angeles High School; Go on woman!