Photo Credit: Shannon Evans
2016 SWA Nomination Submitted by M. Joan Johnson of Washington, DC
Please tell us about your nominee and what makes her a Supreme Woman.
Keanna is a native Washingtonian. I've known her since birth. She is a talented jewel. She has been a performer since her early elementary school days. Keanna did a dramatic presentation of Paul Lawrence Dunbar's poem, In The Morning. She was a 4th or 5th grader at the time and the audience gave her a resounding standing ovation. A graduate of Fine Arts (Music History and Classical Piano) from Howard University. She's a pianist, dancer, actress, and a communicator. Keanna is an extremely personable young lady with many irons burning at the same time. You might have heard her hosting the Tuesday Edition of Evening Jazz on WPFW 89.3 FM, or on "Sunday Joy" on Praise 104.1 FM on Sunday afternoons. She's also the host of DCTV's Studio 901, a weekly program that spotlights creative people in the DMV. She teaches young people piano as a private instructor with her company Harambee Harmony, and works with young people throughout the DMV in the area of performing arts. She has done Red Carpet interviews at Awards programs. To meet her is to gain a friend, for she is a humble person with good interactive skills. She loves people and engaging conversations. I feel that she is a really good choice for the Supreme Woman Award, and I nominate her without any reservations.
Accomplishments and Impact:
How is her work or contribution to society making a difference?
Through her Harambee Harmony Piano Studio, she has been developing gifted pianists for the past 6 years. Her work with young people have provided a sound model for them to emulate. Under Keanna's tutelage, her piano students have gone on to receive superior ratings in the National Piano Guild Auditions. Her students also excel academically having been accepted to private institutions and competitive high schools. They have also auditioned and gained acceptance to local orchestras such as the DC Youth Orchestra.