Saturday evening, over 100 students streamed into Umble Center for the first-annual talent show co-hosted by the Black Student Union and the Latino Student Union.
Acts ranged from song and dance to rap and poetry. Angel Reyes, a senior, was one of the emcees for the evening and has been leader of LSU in the past.
“I think it was great gauging the audience after each group to
see that they were just as impressed as I was with the performers,” Reyes said.
A few of the performers were returning to the stage with new material after excellent debuts at the Open Mic Night this fall. The roster also included Kick-Off veterans.
Several of the acts shared the common theme of social injustice. One poem talked about the “magic” needed to make ends meet in an economically disadvantaged family. Other performers challenged the status quo’s definitions of love, beauty, womanhood and authenticity.
“I am consistently amazed by the capabilities of the students here,” Reyes said. “I only wish more of them would come out and show us what they’ve got!”