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This issue of The Crystal News is dedicated to afrocentrist, psychiatrist, author, researcher, speaker, and mental liberationist, Dr. Francis Cress Welsing (March 18, 1935 – January 2, 2016). I first read her seminal literary masterpiece, "The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors," twenty-some years ago, while creating my solo show, "Some of My Best Friends." She is one of the people to whom the work is dedicated. If you have not yet read "The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors," I suggest that you do so. (http://www.afriware.net)
This issue of The Crystal News is also dedicated to the memory of every person who made their transition last year and to every person who will make their transition this year... to every Black man, woman and child who walks daily in fear (or in peace), in a society that knows how much our lives matter and is therefore continuing the systematic practices of our genocide... and finally, to the hope that one day, the fear that perpetuates these practices will be overwritten by the realization that to harm someone is to harm oneself. There will be a reckoning. Let us all hope, and pray, and meditate and work for a peaceful one...
Keymáh Promotes FAMU Day of Service
Keymáh Salutes the General
January takes me happily to DC to celebrate the promotion of my big brother, William J. Walker to Brigadier General! His distinguished and decorated United States Army career includes a recent command of the District of Columbia National Guard Land Component Command and active duty with the International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan. His military awards include the Bronze Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendaton Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and many more. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines. Gen.Walker retired in 2014 from an impressive civilian career with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a career special agent where he served in diverse positions of increasing responsibility nationally, abroad in diplomatic posts and in joint duty assignment. Promoted to Senior Executive Service rank in 2003 and appointed a Senior National Intelligence Service Officer in 2009, his last position was Deputy Assistant Administrator, DEA Intelligence Division, Office of Strategic Warning. We are all very proud of him. (Top Photo: - 2016, Brigadier General William J. Walker. Bottom Photo: Associate Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York Field Division William J. Walker announcing the takedown of a two-year investigation that resulted in the arrest of 26 narcotics traffickers and the dismantling of four major heroin and cocaine trafficking groups.
Keymah Serves as Honorary Host at 8th Annual Young Literati Toast
Young Literati Eighth Annual Toast - An evening of literary readings, music, and comedy celebrating and supporting the Los Angeles Public Library, Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 | 8:00pm AVALON Hollywood
This year’s Toast will feature performances by Kenna, Andy Richter and Sarah Thyre, Randall Park, Kristen Schaal, Jenny Slate, Catherine Reitman, Jason Reitman, Charlyne Yi, and more. Live DJ sets by Shepard Fairey and DJ Francesca Harding, and music from Buyepongo, with a VIP After-Party DJ set by BadKnews. Hosted by Busy Philipps.
Honorary Hosts: Donick Cary and Kim Huffman Cary, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Gillian Jacobs, Josh Kun and Ceci Bastida, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Courtney Lilly, Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein, Attica Locke, Moby, Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, Susan Orlean and John Gillespie, Andy Richter and Sarah Thyre, Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael, Joel Stein, John F. Szabo and Nicholas Kuefler.
The Young Literati raises funds for the Los Angeles Public Library, and has the second largest adult literacy program in the United States.
As usual, I had a fine time during FAMU's 2016 Homecoming last October!! My friend and FAMU roommate, gifted Broadway and television star Angela Robinson, (Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots, Tuesday evenings on the OWN Network) gave a stirring and heartfelt Convocation speech that no one there will easily forget. You know I sat there crying for most of the speech. I was proud of her, and glad to be watching it and cheering her on with my FAMU buddies. As I mentioned in the last issue, that's the FAMU spirit. When one of us succeeds, we rally to celebrate. When one of us falls, we rally to support... FAMU President Elmira Mangum and Rattlers across the country are rolling up their sleeves in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For FAMU's first National Day of Service, January 15 - 18, for which I am the Honorary Chairperson, our service projects include speaking to youth groups, reading at schools, visiting and bringing care packages to youth centers cleaning our communities, mentoring, collecting clothing and much much. All this Rattler service makes me so glad I'm from FAMU! Please support the HBCU of your choice with your time, talent, treasure and input. I strongly encourage all FAMU alumni to participate in our day of service and to support our school, our president, our 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!
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Natural Woman / Natural Hair II - Summer 2016
(I know, I know, but for real this time.)