Bowie State to host concert choirs featuring provost - March 29

March 23, 2009


South Carolina State organization Changing the Perception to present the Sankofa Show - March 24

March 23, 2009

sankofa.jpgOrangeburg, S.C. - South Carolina State’s student organization Changing the Perception Inc. will present the Sankofa Show on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 7 p.m. on the campus of SC State. 
The mission of Changing the Perception Inc. is to transform the negative perceptions that are associated with certain aspects of Orangeburg, South Carolina’s community environment. Changing the Perception Inc. stimulates growth of positive youth based initiatives, the improvement of racial harmony, decreasing voter apathy, and improving the city’s health and environmental standards.  
Changing the Perception Inc. aims to implement change through community service projects that emphasize racial harmony and increases public awareness about health and environmental issues.   
The Sankofa Show’s symbol is the Sankofa. The icon is a bird with his body facing forward and his head looking back, it symbolizes the fact that in order to progress you have to know from whence you came. Sankofa is an Akan word that means, ‘we must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.’ 
The Sankofa Show will also showcase various talents to include: singers, dancers, steppers, entertainers, and spoken word artists.
Proceeds from the Sankofa Show will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The event is funded through community grants from organizations, such as
For more information about the Changing the Perception Inc. or the Sankofa Show contact Zachary Middleton at (803)378-2054.

Fayetteville State African Caribbean students to celebrate culture - March 30

March 19, 2009

(Fayetteville, N.C.) - The African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) of Fayetteville State University (FSU) will hold its 3rd Annual ACSA Celebration on March 30 at 7 p.m. in J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. There will be a fashion show, dancers, spoken word, and a presentation by renowned professor, author, and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr. The event is free and open to the public.

The author of three celebrated books, Asante’s latest book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America.” His second book, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, prompted Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Charles Fuller to call Asante “One of the most important writers of his generation.” Asante’s first book, Like Water Running Off My Back, won the Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize for its title piece.
An internationally-acclaimed filmmaker, Asante wrote, directed, and produced The Black Candle, a film narrated by renowned poet and icon Dr. Maya Angelou. Asante also wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later; winner of Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Bridgetown Film Festival; Best Film at the Black Berlin Film Festival; Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival; and the Breaking the Chains award from the United Nations.
For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

Dillard University to feature Patti LaBelle during Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit - May 8

March 19, 2009

pattilabelle_large.jpgDon’t miss the 2009 Dillard University Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit concert featuring international music sensation and songbird Patti LaBelle!! Miss LaBelle’s unique, versatile platform has spanned four decades and includes classic rhythm and blues, pop standards and spirituals. This annual signature scholarship benefit will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Conference Auditorium.
Previous pre-commencement concert entertainers include Nancy Wilson & the Nancy Wilson Trio (2006), Roberta Flack (2007) and the Four Tops (2008). Local, regional and national officials will also be on hand to commemorate Dillard University’s 140th Anniversary.
All proceeds fund student scholarships and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets are priced at $150, $100 and $75 and will be available through TicketMaster at or (800) 488-5252 beginning on January 15, 2009. For more information, call Troy L. Baldwin at (504)816-4504 or (504) 816-4505.

Clark Atlanta’s Department of English and the Urban Theatre Company of Atlanta to present Black Voices play

March 19, 2009

The Clark Atlanta University Department of English and The Urban Theatre Company of Atlanta, Inc. will present Black Voices: The Hidden Bruises from March 26 through March 30 in Davage Auditorium in Haven-Warren Hall on the campus of CAU. Exploring the psyche and resilience of African-American children, the play tells their stories through song, dance and drama.
The show times are: Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 28, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m.; and Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are $7 in advance for Atlanta University Center (AUC) students with I.D. ($10 at the door) and $12 for non-AUC students and general admission ($15 at the door). Tickets are available in the CAU English Department and the CAU Bookstore. Call (404) 880-6733 for more information.

Lincoln University marching band to perform during NFL game

November 24, 2008

Lincoln University(Jefferson City, MO) -  The Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm will perform during halftime of the St. Louis Rams versus the Chicago Bears football game on Sunday, November 23, 2008, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.The Lincoln University Drum Line will perform during the pre-game activities.  Game time is at 12 noon. The game will be televised on Fox.

The Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm is made up of 100 musicians, flag line and dance team members and is under the direction of Rhonda Harper, a graduate of Lincoln University.

Prairie View A&M Marching Storm Band selected to perform in 2009 Rose Parade

November 20, 2008

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M University’s Marching Storm Band and Black Foxes dance troupe have been selected to perform in the 2009 Rose Parade.

Prairie View A&M University’s Marching Storm Band and Black Foxes dance troupe will make its first appearance in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.  The Tournament of Roses Association 2009 Rose Parade is the world’s largest festival and parade of flowers, music and sports.  The Marching Storm Band and Black Foxes dance troupe will serve as the lead band during the 2009 Rose Parade.

The official announcement was held during a press conference on the PVAMU campus Aug. 29, where Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association President Ronald “Corky” H. Conzonire presented PVAMU President George C. Wright and Marching Storm Band Director George Edwards, with an official Tournament of Roses Association Rose Parade Flag in honor of the special invitation.

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Cosby to emcee gala at Xavier University - Nov. 21

November 8, 2008

Legendary vocalist and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight will be joined by world renowned comedian, actor and philanthropist William “Bill” Cosby for the Nov. 21 “Legacy For a Legend” gala concert presented by Liberty Bank & Trust.
The Friday evening Gala, planned to celebrate Dr. Norman Francis’ 40th anniversary as president of the nation’s only Historically Black and Roman Catholic college, will feature a concert at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (Hall B) with performances by Knight and Cosby, the latter of whom will also serve as master of ceremonies.
Liberty Bank & Trust, a local New Orleans institution since 1972, is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala.

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Spelman alum Cassie Davis to return to present “The Dream of my Life”

November 8, 2008

Cassie Davis, a star on the big screen and stage who has worked extensively over the years with producer Tyler Perry, will return to Spelman to present her highly anticipated senior showcase, “The Dream of my Life,” on Saturday, November 15, at 8 p.m. in the Spelman College Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Theatre. Davis, a member of the class of 1988, currently stars as Ella Payne in Perry’s sitcom, “House of Payne.”

Alcorn State University to host 2008 Multicultural Festival

November 7, 2008

In a celebration of institutional as well as regional diversity, Alcorn State University is hosting its fourth Multicultural Festival. The Festival has been expanded to include more days and more activities this year. Festival activities are taking place on Monday, November 17 – Wednesday, November 19.
The major feast and activities will be happening Wednesday, November 19, 2-4 p.m. at the E.E. Simmons Gymnasium and 4-6pm at the Dr. Clinton Bristow Dining Facility on the institution’s main campus in Lorman, Mississippi.

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