Florida A&M University will host its annual Homecoming Convocation Friday, November 9, at 10:10 a.m. in Gaither Gymnasium. This year’s keynote speaker is FAMU alumna, performer, writer, producer and director T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh. The general public is invited to attend.
Keymáh is known worldwide for her acclaimed work on TV’s In Living Color, where she created endless impressions and characters; Cosby, as Bill Cosby’s daughter, Erica Lucas; and That’s So Raven, as Raven’s mom, Tonya Baxter. Keymáh voiced Bumblebee on Teen Titans and Trixie’s mom on American Dragon. Stage credits include Love Letters, with David Alan Grier; her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters; the Moscow production of John Henry Redwood’s drama, The Old Settler; August Wilson’s Piano Lesson; and T’Keyah Live! …Mostly: A True Variety Show. Her film work includes Tales From the Hood, Jackie Brown and The Gilded Six Bit. Behind the camera, Keymáh produced the films One Last Time and Circle of Pain, directed an episode of That’s So Raven, produced and directed three of her own plays and produced Margaret Laurena Kemp’s, Creative Instructions.
One of the many charitable organizations Keymáh supports includes The Keymáh Cultural Fund. She has established scholarships at FAMU and Meharry Medical College. Her honors include the following: inducted into the HBCU Hall of Fame (2012), The HistoryMakers® (2004), The Chicago African American History Makers® (2004), Who’s Who Among Black Americans (1991-present), FAMU Millennium Award (100 Most Influential FAMUans of the Century, 2000), various performing, filmmaking and civic awards (1985-present), Miss Black Illinois and 1st Runner-Up to Miss Black America. She is a member of Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theata Sorority, Inc.
Keymah is the author of Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters
, the book version of the stage show she performed for ten years, and Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey - Hairstyles and Hairstories from the Front with Simple, Step-by-Step Instructions on Taking Care of your Natural Hair
, an instructional hair care manual with anecdotes on her experiences as one of the first black actresses to wear her hair naturally on primetime television.
For more information, call (850) 599-3413.