T'Keyah Crystal Keymah Biography (1962-)

Name is pronounced "Ta-Kee-ah Kristle Kee-Mah"; original name, Crystal Walker; born October 13, 1962, in Chicago, IL. Addresses: Office: c/o In Black World, P.O. Box 93425, Los Angeles, CA 90093.

Actress, writer, producer
Birth Details
October 13, 1962
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • In Living Color, Fox, 1989-1994
  • Scotti Decker, a recurring role, On Our Own, ABC, 1995
  • Denise Everett, The Show, Fox, 1996
  • Erica Lucas, Cosby, CBS, 1996-2000
  • Tonya Baxter, That's So Raven (also known as Absolutely Psychic), The Disney Channel, 2002
  • Movies
  • One Last Time, Showtime, 1995
  • Missy May Banks, The Gilded Six Bits, Showtime, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Paula, "A Song for the Soul--April 7, 1963," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1992
  • Darnelle (some sources cite Darrelle), "Ebony and Ivory," Roc, Fox, 1992
  • Host, Soul Train, 1993
  • Sara Jones, "Good News/Bad News," The John Larroquette Show, The WB, 1994
  • Grace Caldwell, "Born in the USA," The Commish, ABC, 1994
  • Sara Jones, "The Wedding," The John Larroquette Show, The WB, 1995
  • Voice of Mrs. LaSalle, "No Mo' Money," Waynehead (animated), The WB, 1996
  • Voice of Roz, "Be Mine ... or Else," Waynehead (animated), The WB,1996
  • Voices of Roz, Aki, and Latino mother, "Special Delivery," Waynehead (animated), The WB, 1997
  • Voices of Roz, LaToya, and Chinese girl, "Quest for Fireworks," Waynehead (animated), The WB, 1997
  • Host, Soul Train, 1997
  • Voice of singer, "Inherit the Wheeze," Pinky and the Brain, The WB, 1998
  • Voice of old woman, "Babel," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2000
  • Voice of Makeba, "Untouchable," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB,2000
  • Voice of dispatch operator, "Countdown," Batman Beyond (animated),The WB, 2001
  • Allie/Nails, "Hard As Nails," Static Shock, 2003
  • Guest on Politically Incorrect; voice for episodes of Hysteria, The WB, and additional episodes of Pinky and the Brain, The WB.
  • Specials
  • ROC--Live, HBO, 1993
  • Voice, Cool Like That (animated), 1993
  • Voices of Charlene and Jaquita, A Cool Like That Christmas, Fox, 1993
  • (In archive footage) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, 1993
  • Host from Hawaii, The All-American Thanksgiving Parade, CBS, 1998
  • Host, The Orange Bowl Parade, CBS, 1998
  • Voices of robber girl and Gerda's grandmother, The Snow Queen: An Animated Special from the "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" Series, HBO, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 30th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Prism Awards 2001, syndicated, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer (with Bobby Mardis), One Last Time, Showtime, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • A Christmas Carol, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1987-1989
  • Playboy of the West Indies, International Theatre Festival, 1988
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, 1991
  • The Five Heartbeats Live (also known as 5 Heartbeats: The Musical), 1994
  • Beneatha, A Raisin in the Sun, Goodman Theatre, 2000
  • Appeared in An Evening with Ntozake Shange and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.
  • Major Tours
  • Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters Speaking in Verseand Prose (solo show), Call to Action Touring Company, U.S. cities, beginning 1991
  • T'Keyah Live! ... Mostly: A Variety Show (solo show), U.S. cities,2001
  • Also performed in The Old Settler in Shelykova, Russia, then at Napokrovki Theatre, Moscow, Russia.
  • Film Appearances
  • Tales from the Hood, 1995
  • Raynelle, Jackie Brown, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Voice of Aoogah, Tweety's High Flying Adventure (animated), WarnerBros.
  • Film Work
  • Producer (with Bobby Mardis) of Circle of Pain (short film).
  • Television Movies
  • One Last Time, Showtime, 1995
  • Television Episodes
  • Writer for In Living Color, Fox.
  • Plays
  • Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters Speaking in Verseand Prose (solo show), Call to Action Touring Company, 1991
  • Film Scripts
  • Wrote Circle of Pain (short).
  • Other
  • Author of the book Natural Woman/Natural Hair.

Further Reference


    • George, Nelson, In Living Color: The Authorized Companion to the Fox TV Series, Warner Books, 1991
    • Hill, George, and Spencer Moon, Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years in Film and Television, Daystar Publishing, 1992
    • Who's Who among African Americans, 16th edition, Gale, 2003
    • Chicago Defender, September, 1991, p. 22
    • Chicago Sun-Times, March 16, 2003
    • Ebony Man, October, 1991, p. 41
    • Washington Post, May, 1991, p. G1

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