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Former TV Star is Speaker at FAMU Homecoming

Tallahassee, FL - November 9, 2012 - 7:00pm - One of FAMU's famous alumni came back to campus today.

Actress, director, and producer T'Keyah Crystal Keymah helped to kick off Homecoming weekend.

The party got started with the Homecoming Convocation Friday morning. Keymah was the keynote speaker.

The vendors lining the streets is a true sign of homecoming. If that wasn't a give-away, the proud alumni decked out in orange and green are always a given.

Agnes Turner, class of 1979, says, "It's a joy to be back on campus and to be among the other Rattlers. I'm a teacher here in Leon County. But, I took a personal leave day so that I could be up here among the spirit of Florida A&M University and just get the joy that comes with it."

FAMU student Matthew St. Fleur says, "Homecoming is not the same without the Marching 100. I think that's what is truly missing. The hones, pure homecoming is usually followed after the Marching 100."

Rattlers may have to endure a homecoming with the Marching 100. But, there will never be a such thing as a FAMU Homecoming without good food.

Lucille Fletcher, class of 1977, says, "One of the great things about coming to FAMU Homecoming is looking forward to the fish and fries and all the delicious food on the set."

France Stallworth, Ph.D. was in the first freshman class to graduate from FAMU in 1957. She is professor at the university. When asked what her favorite part of homecoming, she said, "Lets see, the food, the convocation, meeting the alumni, going to the game; all this good food around here. I love food."

There's always plenty of food, football, fellowship, and fun.

See the schedule below for the remainder of the homecoming events.


FAMU Release

Tallahassee, FL - November 9, 2012 - Florida A&M University (FAMU) held 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 was 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, a honorary doctorate degree from FAMU and 1st Runner-Up to Miss Black America. She is a member of Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theata Sorority, Inc.

Keymáh 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.

Her new upcoming shows are "Don't Get Me Started" and "An Evening with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh."


FAMU Release

Below is a list of all the week's events:

Saturday, November 3
9 a.m. - Noon
Rattler 5K Challenge/Wellness Expo
Rattler 5K Registration: 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
(Tookes Recreation Center)

Sunday, November 4
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kick-Off Community Worship Service
Featuring Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago
(Gaither Gymnasium)

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Mr. & Miss FAMU Coronation and Coronation Ball
(Grand Ballroom)

Monday, November 5
Noon - 4 p.m.
Spirit and Service Day
Hosted by The King & Queen of Orange & Green
(The Set)

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Comedy and Talent Showcase
Featuring FAMU alum Roy Wood, Marvin Dixon and Gary Owens
(Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium)

Tuesday, November 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lengthening Our Lives: Health and Safety Fair
Featuring FAMU alum and celebrity trainer Scott Parker
(Tookes Recreation Center)

Noon - 2 p.m.
Queen for A Day Luncheon hosted by Miss FAMU
(Invitation Only Band Rehearsal Hall)

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
A Blast from The Past featuring the University Concert Choir
(Location TBA)

9:30 p.m. - Midnight
Election Night Watch Party
(Tookes Recreation Center)

Wednesday, November 7
(Orange Day)
Noon - 4 p.m.
Taste of The Hill
SGA Annual Homecoming BBQ
(FAMU Park)

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fashion Show Fashion Forward 125
Hosted by celebrity Fonzworth Bentley
(Gaither Gymnasium)

Thursday, November 8
(Green Day)
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Battle of the Classes
(Tookes Recreation Fields)

Friday, November 9
(Orange & Green Day)
10:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.
Homecoming Convocation
(Gaither Gymnasium)

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Opponent Doesn't Matter Pep Rally
(Wahnish Way)

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Judging of the Building Decorations
(Campus wide)

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday Night Strikes!!!
Snake Walk/Rattler Strike
(from The Set to Bragg Stadium)

6 p.m. -10 p.m.
President's Gala: Honoring 125 Outstanding FAMUANS
(Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium)

8:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.
Homecoming Gospel Concert
(Gaither Gymnasium)

Saturday, November 10
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
The Sound of Music: Rattlers on Parade/Judging of Floats

Noon - 2 p.m.
President's Pre-Game Pep Rally
(Faculty Clubhouse)

Noon - 3 p.m.
Homecoming "Tailgate/Trailgate"
@ The Alumni Village
(Rattler Football Practice Field)

3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Homecoming Game
FAMU vs. North Carolina Central University
(Bragg Stadium)

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Arthur Thompson Scholarship Post-Game Barbeque
Faculty Clubhouse

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Backyard Party - Open Air Concert
Featuring Raheem Devaughn and Doug E. Fresh
(Rattler Football Practice Field)

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
125 Super Fest featuring Rick Ross
Presented by ClubNet360.com
(Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium)

Sunday, November 11
Noon - 4 p.m.
Rattler Fever Clean-Up
(Bragg Stadium and The Set)

For more information on homecoming, visit www.RattlerHomecoming.com or call (850) 599-3400.


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