As part of Black History Month, the event brought together 11 student artists
February 17, 2022
On Saturday, February 12, the Black Student Alliance held its annual Celebration of the Black Arts event at Brendle Recital Hall.
The mission of the Black Arts Celebration is to uplift the community of Black students and groups within Winston-Salem and provide them with the opportunity to share their unique talents, thoughts, and personal expressions.
“My favorite part of [the Celebration of the Black Arts] is that it showcases not just musical expression, but any aspect that someone is willing to share,” said Morgan Lyke, Vice President of the Black Student Alliance. “Black students on campus can bring so much to the table with their extremely unique identities and talents, and the ABC is truly celebrating them at the height of Black History Month. »
The celebration featured 11 students in a variety of artistic disciplines, including singing, dancing, poetry reading and violin. Performers included Fifth Son Band (Cameron French, Will Maris, Malachi Woodard and Ata Yilmazemre), Zhané Waye, Gah’ques Ligons, Alex Silverio, Nasra Deria, Jolie Dumay, Jo$e Wop and Jae Scott.
The atmosphere allowed students and faculty to learn more about other cultures and their means of cultural expression. The performances were greeted with energetic applause and enthusiastic audiences.
“Personally, I love seeing others share their craft,” Lyke said. “Talent comes in so many forms, and as a musician, it was always beautiful to see other musicians play a track that means something to them.”
Freshman Gah’ques Ligons sang “Need You Bad” by Jazmine Sullivanone, one of his favorite songs to perform.
“I don’t usually sing in front of a crowd, but it means a lot to me to have a platform and to be part of a platform that represents and showcases black people and their talents,” Ligons said.
Ligons said he spent more time and effort working on his stage presence and getting the song right for him before performing at the event.
“It was great to play,” he said. “I haven’t been on stage in a while and loved all the positive energy I got from the audience.”
He continued: “The whole event was a great experience, and I’m glad I got to share the stage. with talented black designers in Wake Forest,” Ligons said.
This year, the Black Student Alliance has also partnered with the stArt Gallery in Reynolda Village to exhibit visual art in addition to the February 12 celebration.
These works are aligned with the theme “Black Joy: Centering Community and Individual Expression” and will be exhibited from February 15 to March 3. Attendees of the Black Arts Celebration received free tickets to later visit the Visual Art Gallery.
Video highlights of some performances and more information about BSA’s Black History Month programming can be found on their Instagram, @wfu_bsa.