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T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actress
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Purple
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gambia
Favorite Quote:
Love And Forgive.

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actress
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Purple
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gambia
Favorite Quote:
Love And Forgive.

Birthplace

Born:
10/13/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13, 1962. By the age of three, Keymáh was singing and dancing, and in high school she joined the Mary Wong Comedy Group. After high school, Keymáh attended Florida A & M University’s School of Business and Industry.

While attending Florida A & M, Keymáh began teaching theater, dance, and pantomime. Upon graduation, she returned to her native Chicago, where she worked as a substitute teacher while performing at some of the city’s most renowned theaters, including ETA and the Goodman. Keymáh first broke onto the television scene with a role on Quantum Leap in 1989; the following year, she joined the cast of In Living Color. During Keymáh's five years with In Living Color, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Soul Train Comedy Award. Over the next several years, Keymáh was a cast member in a number of other television shows, including On Our Own, Waynehead, The Show, and, most notably, as Bill Cosby’s daughter on Cosby. Keymáh also had roles on Roc, The Commish, and The John Larroquette Show, as well as doing voice-over work on Batman Beyond and Pinky and the Brain. Keymáh also made several movie appearances, including Jackie Brown and The Gilded Six Bit.

Keymáh went on to do a variety show, T’Keyah Live!…Mostly: A True Variety Show, which received rave reviews; she also appeared on the Disney Channel’s highly rated program, That’s So Raven. Keymáh produced the acclaimed short film Circle of Pain and was the executive producer of One Last Time.

In addition to her acting and producing, Keymáh is the author of Natural Woman / Natural Hair: Hairstyles and Hairstories From the Front; she also co-hosted the national ACT-SO awards, and the Orange and Aloha Bowl parades. Keymáh's alma mater, Florida A & M, has given her their second highest honor, the Meritorious Award; she is also listed among their 100 most influential FAMUans of the Century.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of T'Keyah Crystal Keymah's interview and the origin of her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah explains how she chose her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Continued slating of T'Keyah Crystal Keymah's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her maternal family history, pt.3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her maternal grandparents, Mary Louise Zeno and Carneil Carter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls her paternal family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her father, William Walker, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about Auburn Gresham, her childhood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about segregation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her grade school years and her love of theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes influential figures during her childhood years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her teachers and her first play
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her favorite movies and TV shows as a young girl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about joining the mime troupe at the Academy of Our Lady in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her family's engagement with the Civil Rights movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Second slating of T'Keyah Crystal Keymah's interview
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her performance outlets like her family, choir, mime troupe, and cheerleading
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her high school experience at Academy of Our Lady in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her teachers at Academy of Our Lady in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about black theatre companies in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the staff at Academy of Our Lady and her experiences on public transit as a high school student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her most memorable moment from St. Sabina Academy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her acting experiences at Academy of Our Lady High School, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her acting experiences at Academy of Our Lady High School, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her activities at Academy of Our Lady in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about challenging her Catholic faith and discovering her black heritage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about embracing her black heritage and running for senior class president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about Cathy Williams, her talented classmate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes other fellow high school classmates who were performers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her focus on theater in high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her decision to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her decision to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah remembers her decision to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls her first impressions of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her experience in the business school at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the theater scene at Florida A& M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her decision to switch her major from business to theater
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her experience in the theater department at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her senior year at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her exposure to black plays and her opinion on "black theater"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls the impact of reading Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah speaks of her choosing to graduate versus obtaining her master's degree in theatre
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her favorite professor, Dr. Theodore Hemingway
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her path to winning the 1984 National Miss Black and Gold Pageant
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah remembers trying to find an acting job in Chicago and competing in the Miss Black Illinois Pageant
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah reflects upon lessons learned from competing in pageants, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah reflects upon lessons learned from competing in pageants, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about joining the eta's production, "The Regal Theater"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes the early years of her acting career in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about getting her SAG card while working as a stunt double in "Big Shots"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah remembers auditioning for "In Living Color"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her television career and "Some of My Best Friends"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about "In Black World," her signature piece on "In Living Color"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls fighting for writing credit and her name change to appear on "In Living Color"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls challenges during her tenure on "In Living Color"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about using "Some of My Best Friends" to highlight society's invisible voices
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the necessity of writing as a performer
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about producing her first film, "One Last Time"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the racism she encountered in the production of "Circle of Pain" and in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about "Tales from the Hood" and director Rusty Cundieff
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her television work on "Cosby," "In Living Color," and "The Show"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her experience on "Cosby"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about personal development as an actress, dancer, and singer
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls her experiences performing in Senegal and Russia
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Final slating of T'Keyah Crystal Keymah's interview
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recounts her grandparents' encounters with historic figures
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her experience on "On Our Own," "The Show," and "Roc"
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes performing in Russia
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah shares her memories from "Cosby"
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about Bill Cosby
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the "Cosby" show's popularity and her experiences there
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about the end of the "Cosby" show and a Chicago production of "A Raisin in the Sun"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about "A Raisin in the Sun" and her grandmother's battle with dementia
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about "T'Keyah Live! Mostly a True Variety Show" and being cast as a mother on "That's So Raven"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about juggling caring for her grandmother with shooting "That's So Raven"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah reflects upon caring for her grandmother
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes directing an episode of "That's So Raven"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah explains why she left "That's So Raven"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about Disney's historical racism and being a TV mom
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah laments the dearth of black writers in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about selecting roles to play as an actress
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her aspirations
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her book, "Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey"
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah recalls her decision to write "Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey"
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about publication of her book, "Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey"
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes how her book, "Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey" was received
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah describes what she would do differently
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her family's support
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about her new project "In Black World"
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah talks about how she would like to be remembered