Students showed up and showed out Friday night at the Black Student Union talent show.
The talent show took place in Hart Auditorium in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Aside from members of Black Student Union, all students were welcome.
No auditions were held prior to the show, but there was an interest meeting for those who would want to perform. The show had a great turn out and for the audience there was pizza and refreshments.
There were performances from six acts and three additional performances during open mic. The performances included singing and dancing. During the show, the crowd was interactive; singing, dancing, clapping, and swaying along. There was good energy all around.
Half way through, an intermission was held. The Black Student Union officers took that time to show a carpool karaoke video they made. It included the officers driving around while they sang and danced to various songs.
The Black Student Union had two special performances. One was from former ACU student and Black Student Union President I.J Bapeli from Fort Worth. He performed one of his original poems, “My Country Tis of Thee.”
“I started writing that piece about two years ago and it probably took me about a year to complete. My inspiration was America,” Bapeli said.
The second special performance was from a brother duo, Lundi. They performed songs from popular artists and added their own twist to each song.
The show was wrapped up by the announcement of the winners. The winners were chosen by the audience with online voting.
The third place winner was junior Jordan Joe who sang Let Me Love You by Mario. Coming in second place was freshman Cydney Ford who sang opera. Last but not least, in first place came senior Aleria Martin who sang “Killing me softly” by the Fugees.
The talent show is one of many events that the Black Student Union host. They will be hosting their family night November 15th.
Marilyn Allen, sophomore speech pathology major from Hillsborough, North Carolina and president of the Black Student Union encourages all students to attend.
“It is an event that allows members of BSU to bond, be competitive and win prizes, it allows students to distress in an environment of fun,” Allen said.