Nearly every seat in the campus center was filled during Coffeehouse last Thursday, Feb. 9. The performance was hosted by the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Student Government Association (SGA) Programs Board, and featured several different types of expression, including poetry, rap, and song.
The performance began with two poetry readings covering issues of race, personal growth, and strength, performed by junior Brandon Winters and first-year Katina Burley.
“There is more than barriers stopping us,” Burley read. “But I’m going to make it.”
Some of the readings included the use of drums for a musical effect. Senior Adam Morris Butler performed his poetry through song with themes of love and pride, and inspired the crowd to clap along. The drums were also used in an R&B song discussing issues of social injustice later in the performances.
Junior Therm James also got the crowd dancing with his rendition of the 1972 song “Lean On Me,” originally written by Bill Withers.
Some of the performers also chose to present original rap songs. First-year Darrell Jackson showed off his rap skills with personal lyrics about lost friendship, missing someone close to you, and the struggle for success.
Another popular rapper at coffeehouse was junior Pete Burnes, whose lyrics and natural ability to freestyle quickly made him a crowd favorite. His lyrics ranged from his struggle with his disability to comical one-liners.
“I am a warrior, and music is my weapon” Burnes said.
First-years Fatima Dainkeh and Nequesha Booker presented “Spoken Word for Our Generation” and original piece that created a back and forth dialogue between the students as they discussed issues of sexual expectations of women and social incongruity among the classes.
“We are the generation, we can’t afford to wait, the future started yesterday and we’re already late,” Dainkeh and Nequesha said in unison as the chorus.
All in all, coffeehouse presented a plethora of talented students.
“There were a lot of people who came out because it was a combination of coffeehouse and BSU,” senior Sam White said. “I thought the performances were excellent.”