Black Student Union event showcases campus presence

Talent show features poetry, rap and dance

By Haley Lewis, Staff Writer

Photo by Laura Ueckert  Brothers Cam Fleming (left) and James Fleming (right) perform a rap together at Black Student Union's "Show Case" on May 18.
Photo by Laura Ueckert
Brothers Cam Fleming (left) and James Fleming (right) perform a rap together at Black Student Union’s “Show Case” on May 18.

The Black Student Union held “The Showcase,” May 18.

The showcase was a three-part event. A documentary called “Good Hair” was shown from 2 to 4 p.m., a talent show from 5 to 7 p.m. and a dance was held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Michaela Morse, event coordinator of Black Student Union, said they wanted to start an annual event for the club since they do not normally have one.

“We figured by putting different sections together in one event it might catch interest,” said Morse. “We will be continuing it throughout the years and hopefully it gets better as the years go.”

Brothers Cam Fleming and James Fleming opened the show together with a few raps. Some of their lyrics supported the Northwest. One lyric said, “The Northwest is destined for greatness.” Another said, “The Northwest is blowing up, the world knows it.”

Another of their lyrics boasted that they are, “Chasing dreams, having fun in the process.” James Fleming said being a musician is his ultimate career goal.

“I’d rather be a musician even if I don’t make money,” said James Fleming.

Poets included Keeke Lewis, Sokridanny Bunt and incoming ASEWU President D.J. Jigre. He is an improv poet and in addition to reading his poem, he did an improv piece that was based on suggestions from the audience. It was about “pink dirty drawers,” as in underwear, and got the audience laughing.

Moses Katende, also known as Lord Mussa in the music world, rapped some uplifting beats. In his first rap, called “God’s Will,” he had an introduction from Martin Luther King Jr.: “I want you to know tonight we as a people will get to the promised land.” In his song Katende said, “Every time I write, I believe it’s God’s will.” He also had songs called “American Dream” and “Freedom.”

Ashley Douglas performed a rhythmic style dance and on stage. The emcee said she likes to dance for God and hopes it to be inspiring.

Ivan Craddock performed a song he wrote, which he said on stage, “Was about an ex-girlfriend a few years ago and it was originally about revenge, but now it’s more positive.” He played the guitar and harmonica at the same time.

The Black Student Union brought in Q’Swyft and Ayebizz of the label Sky Movement. Under their label is the writing team called Writer’s Block in which Clemm Rishad and William Jordan helped co-write the song “Fly” by Niki Minaj.

Q’Swyft said it was his first time in Cheney and that the people he met were very welcoming. He came to show support for the Black Student Union’s first showcase.

On stage he told the audience to remember that if “you put your mind to it, you can do anything.”

Abbey Homan sang the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by Lulu and the Lampshades while clapping her hands, hitting a cup and moving it around, a scene made famous in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

Homan said that was her first time singing on stage and that she is mostly a dancer. She has been dancing for 16 years and has been a part of Kode Red for two years. She said she learned that flip cup scene overnight on YouTube.

“I was shaking so bad before I went on. I was so nervous,” said Homan.

Homan said she hopes to sing again and that she is friends with the Fleming brothers, who performed earlier, and said “they are a huge support team.”

Jared Reyna from Damn Dirty Apes performed two satire poems. One was called “Hopelessly looking” and was about a guy who will do anything to get a girlfriend including “doing her laundry.”

Kode Red closed the talent show with a dance called “Is it summer time yet?” It had a mix of songs that all are about summer.

Morse was happy with how the event turned out.

“There’s always a first for everything, and so we only expect improvement from here on out,” said Morse.