“In Living Color” Star Resurfaces And Just Added A Totally New Career To Her Resume’
Most of us may not know actress, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, by name, but we definitely know her face. She first made her mark in the entertainment game when she had us crackin’ up from her characters on “In Living Color” (1990 to 1994).
She then starred as Bill Cosby’s daughter, “Erica” on “Cosby” (1996- 2000; reboot of the original “The Cosby Show” sitcom); and as Raven Symone’s mother in Disney’s “That’s So Raven” (2003- 2005). She’s been off the scene for a minute, but has now resurfaced, looking just as beautiful as ever and also with a new job title.
Her New Career
T’Keyah was already known as actor, producer and director, but now at 55 years young, she’s added ‘college instructor’ to her resume.’ She’s now teaching and directing drama students at her alma mater, Florida A&M University (FAMU) and making history at her school while at it:
Via Undefeated- In early August , Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) announced that Keymah will become the university’s first W.K. Kellogg Foundation artist-in-residence in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities theater program.
“Me being here at FAM was a dream of mine, and I am very excited,” Keymah said. “One of the administrators said, ‘You just seem so happy,’ and I said, ‘Oh, you have no idea. I am so happy.’ She said, ‘I have to take a picture of you smiling before the students get here.’ They’re making such a fuss over it…and it made me think, a lot of working actors went to HBCUs. I’m really hoping that some of my compatriots will join me…they need us to return. They need us to return with our expertise and with our favor.”
Heartbreaking Reason She Had To Step Away From Acting
In a prior interview with MadameNoire, T’Keyah Keymáh explained that the reason she took such a long break from doing what she loved- acting- is because her beloved grandmother, who raised her, needed her more. Her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just before T’Keyah landed her “That’s So Raven” role, but the amount of time it took to care for her grandmother, caused T’Keyah to finally walk away from Hollywood:
T’keyah Keymah: “I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s disease. … I just had no idea what was happening. […] God stepped in, I found wonderful caregivers. They were with me the whole time I was doing the [“That’s So Raven”] show, but my grandmother was getting increasingly worse and it was a bigger and bigger effort to supervise her care and work.
When I started the show, I only agreed to do three seasons and that’s all the network was doing. So when I came to the end of the three seasons…by that point—I mean God bless them. The cast and the crew were just phenomenal and I will always be grateful to them because by that point, my grandmother was so combative that I couldn’t keep a caregiver for her. So I was bringing her to work with me. And [co-stars] Kyle (Massey) and Orlando’s (Brown) mom would watch her in my dressing room while I was on stage. And that just couldn’t go on.
So, when I was done with the third season, I said, ‘Ok, this was all that it was supposed to be.’ And I couldn’t—there was no choice to make, really between work and her. So I chose her and focused on her care. And that became my life until she passed away.”
Years later, T’Keyah is pursuing her passion again, starring in several roles for independent projects, TV shows, and theatrical plays. At 55, it’s beautiful to see the “In Living Color” veteran out here fulfilling her dreams to the fullest.
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