Saturday, May 07, 2016

T'Keyah Crystal Keymah Reunites with Tommy Davidson in Sharknado 4

T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Reunites with In Living Color Co-Star Tommy Davidson In Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

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More than 25 years after bursting onto the television scene in Fox’s Emmy-winning series “In Living Color,” T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh reunites with one of her “In Living Color” co-stars, Tommy Davidson on screen in Anthony C. Ferrante’s SHARKNADO 4: THE 4TH AWAKENS. Playing the sharp and tech savvy Tech Terry, Keymah will be making a celebrity cameo appearance alongside Davidson and Donna Mills (Knots Landing).

"It was great working with my buddy Tommy again, it was as if no time had passed since we were on the KTLA lot 20 years ago,” said Keymáh.

Viewers will also recognize Keymáh from her other highly acclaimed television series regular roles as Tanya Baxter in Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” Scotti Decker in ABC’s “On Our Own” and Erica Lucas in CBS’s “Cosby.”  

Sharknado 4 marks the return of T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh to television since her last guest starring role on BET's “Let's Stay Together” in 2013. She will be appearing next in the quirky college comedy feature film “What Happened Last Night,” directed and produced by Candice T. Cain. She’s currently in post-production for the musical feature “Revival!” in which she performs and is producing. Her newest solo stage show “Don’t Get Me Started,” the follow up to her award winning “Some of My Best Friends,” will debut in Chicago this fall.


SHARKNADO 4: THE 4TH AWAKENS premieres on the Syfy channel, July 31st at 8 PM ET.  


For media inquiries please contact:
Rise Public Relations
Jasmine Jackson 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh’s Tools of the Trade Workshop and Private Sessions at the DC Black Theatre Festival 2015

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh’s Tools of the Trade Workshop and Lecture Series:

What Every Actor Needs to Conduct the Business of Acting 

- Basic Performer Preparation Overview - A 90-Minute Seminar w/Q&A
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 10-11:30am -  $25
Private Coaching - A 50-minute Session
Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, June 26, 2015 $50

DC Black Theatre Festival Discount Prices: Workshop - $25, Private Session - $50. Workshop + Private Session together - $65
To register for the DC Black Theatre Festival Tools of the Trade Workshop or Private Session, Contact Andre Minkins at

 - Basic Performer Preparation Overview - A 90-Minute Seminar w/Q&A
Saturday, June 27, 2015  10:00 - 11:30am  $25
During her Tools of the Trade seminar, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh will give an overview of Career Materials (Photos, Resumes, Reels, Monologues), Character Development (The Big 5), Improvisation (The Big 6), Auditioning (A Play in Three Acts),  (Social) Networking / Marketing, The Performer’s Team (Representation and Assistance), Working (The Big 4 Plus 3) and Not Working.  She will then evaluate selected photos and resumes submitted in advance.  Some participants will be chosen to present audition materials for evaluation as well. The seminar will also include a question and answer session. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a pen or pencil and a writing pad.  Recording of the seminar will not be allowed.

Actors who want their non-performance materials to be evaluated (photos, resume and / or reel) may submit them at least one day before the session.  Photos - 8”x10” color photo of the performer); Resume - Typed or printed categorized summary of the performers stage, television, film and / or commercial credits; Reel - Scenes of performer’s stage, television, film and / or commercial work on CD or DVD. (Only the first two minutes of the reel will be viewed).  Each performer may submit up to two photos, up to two resumes and up to two reels. 

 - Private Coaching - A 50-minute Sessions
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Friday, June 26, 2015  $50
During the private coaching sessions, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh will evaluate and give feedback on a student’s audition and / or performance material (s). Performers should prepare to perform a one to two minute monologue, classic or contemporary, dramatic or comedic. Material should be memorized.  Actors should bring to the session, two printed copies of the audition / performance monologue they have prepared, typed in a plain, 14pt font, and double-spaced.  Include the name of the play (film or show), scene (if known), character and author’s name on the page.  Audition monologues must be from a published play, (exhibited film or aired television show).   Performance monologues (pieces the student is planning to perform, but with which she or he will not be auditioning) may be original.  In either case, material must not contain vulgar or explicit language.  Performers may also prepare to perform an audition or performance song, but must bring their own recorded accompaniment (on CD).  Up to three performers may share the private session, and may divide the time however they choose.   Performers may send one copy of their monologue (s) in advance, but must bring an additional copy to the seminar. During the private session, performers may also bring up to two photos, resumes and / or reels to be evaluated. (Reels must be on a CD). Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a pen or pencil and a writing pad.  Recording of the audition / performance material (performer only) will be allowed

DC Black Theatre Festival Discount Prices: Workshop - $25, Private Session - $50. Workshop + Private Session together - $65
To register for the DC Black Theatre Festival Tools of the Trade Workshop or Private Session, 

Contact Andre Minkins at

Saturday, November 16, 2013


T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56TH Place, from 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.,  T'Keyah Crystal Keymah and South Side Community Federal Credit Union will announce the launching of their newly formed strategic collaboration to improve the economic health of the community. It will take place at the credit union’s 10th anniversary celebration whose event theme is“People Helping People”. T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, known worldwide for her acclaimed work on TV’s “In Living Color”, “Cosby”, and “That’s So Raven” says, “I believe the best way for me to give back to my community is to invest in it with my time, talent and treasure. That is why I am so excited to partner with the South Side Community Federal Credit Union”.

Gregg Brown, President / CEO
                     Gregg H. Brown
President / CEO, SSCFCU
South Side Community Federal Credit Union is a mission-driven, not-for-profit, community development financial institution that specializes in financial education and alternatives to predatory lending. President/ CEO, Gregg Brown, says, “We are very enthusiastic and fortunate to partner with the multi-talented T'Keyah Crystal Keymah. 
She is a powerful performer, director, writer  and activist who shares our vision of community economic empowerment. Born and raised on Chicago's South side, she is truly using her celebrity status to make the neighborhoods she grew up in economically healthy and safe again."  Together South Side Community Federal Credit Union and T'Keyah Crystal Keymah embark upon a journey to reverse the cycle of poverty on Chicago's South side by creating a pathway to prosperity. Don’t miss them at South Side Community Federal Credit Union’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, Sat. Nov. 16th at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637.

Contact: Gregg Brown, President/CEO

South Side Community Federal Credit Union

5401 S. Wentworth, Suite 25

Chicago, IL 60609

(773)548-5500 (773)548-5533 fax

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Sellout!?! at FAMU April 17-18, 2013

T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh returns to Florida A & M University with fellow FAMU graduate Broadway performer Bryan C. Jones in the debut workshop performances of “Sellout!?!”  This show, with music, chronicles the career of two performers who have different perspectives on the meaning of success.  Is it making it to the top, or is it making a difference? “Sellout!?!” also shows glimpses of other professionals grappling with the same dilemma.  The shows will take place April 17 and April 18, 2013 in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium 1601 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in Tallahassee.  The performances are part of the FAMU Lyceum Series.

Keymáh is known worldwide as a series regular on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning In Living Color, CBS’ COSBY, and Disney’s That’s So Raven.  Her stage performances include her acclaimed solo shows, Some of My Best Friends, and “Don’t Get Me Started;” the Moscow production of John Henry Redwood’s drama, The Old Settler; and her variety show, “T'Keyah Live!” Keymáh has a long list of charitable and philanthropist endeavors including her work with NAACP (ACT-SO), Institute for Black Parenting, and The T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh scholarships and Meharry Medical School and FAMU. “The show will be entertaining, but when I work this hard, I also want to create something of substance,” says Keymáh. “Black people in America always deal with the question of whether success for us means selling out... I am very grateful to have FAMU’s support and excited to work with Bryan again!” 

It feels great for the show’s life to begin at FAMU,” say Jones, “because I am indebted to FAMU for my theater life.” Jones appeared in the Broadway shows: The First Lady with Vickie Winans and Clifton Davis and the long running hit, A Chorus Line.“ Currently, he is a national HIV/AIDS advocate and activist.  He will take a break from “Sellout!?!”  rehearsals at FAMU to travel to Washington, DC on April 10, 2013 to speak to Congress on HIV/ AIDS related issues.   His one-man show, “A.I.D.S. - ... And I Die Slowly” has toured the country for three years including a performance at the 2012 International AIDS Conference.  Keymáh and Jones met while students at FAMU appearing in the Essential Theatre production, “Memories of a FAMU Tradition.”
There will be a talk back with the audience after each FAMU performance of “Sellout!?!”   . For more information, call (850) 599-3413.     

Tuesday, January 01, 2013


Special thanks to my sponsors  Human Resources Development Institute, Inc.Florida A&M UniversityNubian HeritageOrbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Vincent E. Walker Photography (312) 719-6830, The Walker Group, LLC (708) 868-2545, Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta's 'Inseparable Nine,' CHRIS CURSE & CoPierce Pediatric Association and Southside Community Credit Union; my delightful cast and crew; my many advertisers and well wishers; all who traveled near and far to get there; and everyone else who attended or otherwise supported An Evening with T'Keyah Crystal Keymah & Friends: A Birthday Benefit for St. Sabina.  

Stay Tuned for the Next Exciting Issue of Keymáh Presents!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keymah Presents - T'Keyah's Big Birthday Benefit - October 13, 2012

An Evening with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh & Friends: A Birthday Benefit
Saturday, October 13, 2012
8PM (Doors open at 7:30)
St. Sabina Academy
7801 S. Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60620

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, COSBY / That's So Raven / In Living Color star T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh celebrates her 50th birthday with song, dance, poetry, drama and comedy, in "An Evening with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh & Friends: A Birthday Benefit for St. Sabina Academy." The reception following will recognize organizations addressing the violence in the city, particularly in the Englewood and Auburn/Gresham neighborhoods where she grew up including the Community of St. Sabina, where Rev. Michael Pfleger, leads many of the area's peace initiatives. Dress to impress if you like, but bring your dancing shoes, because T'Keyah plans to finish the evening dancing to her favorite jams. 

Doors open at 7:30PM.  The show begins at 8:00PM. There will be a cash bar, treats and other items for sale, and a few surprises.  In lieu of birthday presents, Keymáh is asking that patrons make donations to St. Sabina Academy and the other charities being honored. Advance tickets are $25 on the main floor and $20 for the balcony, with a $5 discount until October 1.  All tickets are $35 at the door.
Advance tickets are $25 on the main floor and $20 for the balcony, with a $5 discount until October 1.  All tickets are $35 at the door. Purchase tickets at St. Sabina's office, 1210 W. 78th Place (773) 483-4300, or through Brown Paper Tickets.  (800) 838-3006 -

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Place an ad for your business or a personal, Happy Birthday wish for T'Keyah in the standard size, 5 x 8 Playbill. Business ads: $100 Full Page, $75 Half Page, and $50 Quarter Page; Personal ads: $50 Full Page, $37.50 Half Page and $25 Quarter Page.  Send your ad with a contact number to: T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, Inc, 3473 S. King Dr. #438, Chicago, IL 60616 or to  Send your cashier's check or money order payment to the same address, or through (Send Money) to by October 5th.  Personal ads may include as many names as will fit, but cannot contain business information.

Ads / payments received after Oct. 5, 2012 cannot be included.

Sponsorships - range from $500 to $2,000.  For more info on sponsoring the show, email

Early Bird Ticket Sales end on October 1, 2012 (or when tickets are sold out, whichever comes first).

For those traveling from out of town:  Midway is the closest airport to St. Sabina and there are many hotels nearby.  The Hyatt McCormick Place is the closest hotel is the host and if you are coming from O'Hare, it is more convenient than staying downtown.

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh - In addition to her impressive television work, T'Keyah has performed in over 50 stage productions including The Goodman Theatre's productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "A Raisin in the Sun," The Court Theater's production of "Playboy of the West Indies," Light Operaworks' "Land of Smiles" and her popular self-penned shows, "Some of My Best Friends," "T'Keyah Live," and "Don't Get Me Started."  Before leaving Chicago to do her first television series, T'Keyah played Dinah Washington in ETA's popular show, "The Regal Theatre," danced with the Najwa Dance Corps, and sang with Singsation and Rafo International Combo. She was the 1985-86 Miss Black Illinois.
 Najwa Dance Corps - "A living archive of dance history", Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. Always entertaining, the company's performances showcase a breathtaking diversity of dance styles in a historical context. From the rituals of traditional Africa to the glamorous chorus girls of the swing era, Najwa Dance Corps brings joyous, fascinating life to the different cultures that have contributed to contemporary American dance.  T'Keyah joined the Najwa Dance Corps after filling in for a company member as a Regalette in "The Regal Theater."

Bryan C. Jones - began dancing at the ago of nine and has performed extensively
throughout the U.S. and abroad. He  originated the role of Shepard in the world premiere of "Wilberforce." He appeared in the Broadway shows: "The First Lady" with Vikki Winans and Clifton Davis and the long-running hit "A Chorus Line."  His regional credits include: "Queen of the Blues," "Josephine live!" (Jomandi), "Christmas is Coming Uptown" and "Black Nativity" (Karamu), "Guys and Dolls," and "Carnival" (Alliance).  Bryan first performed with T'Keyah when they were both students at Florida A & M University. The two are currently developing a show called, "Hey, You're Standing in My Light!"Tim P.M. - is the funny man who has been cracking people up since his days at Lindblom High School. He has performed in comedy clubs across the country and beyond.  A founding member of Mary Wong, a six-turned-five-turned-three-turned-twoturned-defunct sketch and stand-up comedy team, Tim has performed on "Comedy Tonight," "PM Magazine,"  USA's "Night Flight," and Comedy Central's "Comic Justice." He opened for Whitney Houston, Ray Charles and Kool & the Gang.  An old-school showman, Tim is as comfortable crooning as he is telling jokes, but often mixes mirth into his lyrics.  He is gearing up for a two-person classic variety show with T'Keyah called, "T&T."

Cool School Inc. - is living legend Clarence Boykins' many member jazz ensemble.  A
performer for nearly seventy years, Boykins enjoys making each show the best.  The mission of THE COOL SCHOOL, INC., in partnership with the Arts and Entertainment community, is; To provide to  clients the performer(s) that most explicitly match the requirements of the client's occasion.  To recognize, encourage, and promote the talents of established performers, and to invigorate, activate, and encourage the talents and desires of novice performers.  Cool School, Inc. will be the house band for Tim and T'Keyah's upcoming classic variety show, "T&T."


Stay Tuned for the Next Exciting Issue of  Keymáh Presents!