Crystal M. Adair was born on a rainy Tuesday in 1975 when D.C. still reigned as "Chocolate City".
She is also a product of the local public schools. It was in these schools that Crystal binged on words.
A hybrid of her mother’s Tar Heel twang and her father’s ministerial-like thunder, Crystal M. Adair began public speaking at just five years old. School plays, spelling bees, speech contests and emceeing were no match for this confident, young word slinger. In fact, Crystal knew her calling early in life—broadcast journalism. So, when the opportunity knocked during her ninth-grade year to appear on B.E.T.’s nationally-syndicated Teen Summit, she jumped at the chance. For the next four years, Crystal would interview celebrity guests, host segments, and voice her opinions on the plights and achievements of young, black America. All the while, Crystal was suffering through some plights of her own.
By tenth-grade, Crystal had already lost both of her parents. Her mother passed away first, just one day after Thanksgiving. Crystal was 14 years old. A year later, her father succumbed to a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve morning. Still, Crystal remained focused and used these tragedies and hardships to become that much stronger.
In 1997, Crystal graduated summa cum laude from Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts. As a senior, she had also been selected to co-host the school’s first-ever news program, CAU News Center. This successful, half-hour newscast aired throughout the city of Atlanta and in its more well-heeled suburbs. But these glory days would end, and there were only fruitless experiences awaiting Crystal after graduation. Her dreams of news broadcasting never panned out, and she eventually stumbled into teaching--a most remarkable change of course!
Crystal has taught English, Public Speaking and Theater Arts to K-12 and college students for more than 17 years. She also coaches and trains other teachers in best practices, having served in a number of leadership capacities. This impassioned educator is also a screenwriter, a playwright, a filmmaker, a motivational speaker, and now an author of her inaugural title, "Therapy: A Memoir Novella by Crystal M. Adair", which details her harrowing journey of abandonment, adoption, orphanage, abuse, depression and worse.
So, do not be misled by Crystal's diminutive frame. While only 5'2" and barely a hundred pounds soaking wet, she still easily tames heads of state, giants of industry, and even overcrowded classrooms of restless, pubescent teenagers. Moreover, she does it all without gimmicks. No props. No costumes. No bribes. Just her story, her genuineness, her courage, and her timeless testimony about letting your light shine. Crystal only wants to leave people better than how she found them.
Wherever you find this brilliant, dynamic and life-changing orator, you’ll also find Crystal and hope. Crystal and faith. Crystal and strength. Crystal and love. Crystal and forgiveness. Book Crystal for your next keynote, commencement, school assembly, conference, retreat, worship service or even red-carpet affair, and you'll get a whole lot of substance in a small, unsuspecting package!
Last, but definitely not least, Crystal currently resides in Prince Georges' County, MD with her infinitely precocious, zany and talented son, Jalen Christopher, for whom her writing and publishing company, Jalen Christopher Press, was affectionately dubbed.