By BRIDGET JOHNSON
This February, celebrate Black History Month by performing in or attending a talent competition. Jasmine Allen, president of the Black Student Union, sent information about the event. The IUSB Black Student Union, IUSB SGA, and St. Mary’s College Sisters of Nefertiti are hosting Apollo Night on February 13 at 7:00. According to the BSU website, prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
The event will include student talent, and the audition date is fast approaching. All hopeful participants are asked to audition on Saturday, February 13. Prepare a dance, a song, instrumental piece, spoken word, poetry, or comedic act and audition at The Grille Fireside A and BI from 3 to 5pm.
IUSB students may also audition from 12 to 2pm in the Carroll Auditorium at St. Mary’s College. Both auditions will take place on February 9.
“I feel that the Apollo Theatre is a famous stage in Harlem that has given so many black entertainers an opportunity to showcase their gifts,” said Sardius Giden, member of the BSU.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem is a legendary venue that offered African American entertainers a place to perform, a place to work. You might remember Showtime at the Apollo, a television show that began in the late 80s. The event is a fun way to remember and celebrate an important part of African American history.
“It is awesome to bring that piece of history to this event,” said Giden in regard to the inspiration for the talent show.
Performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, and Stevie Wonder all showcased their talents at the Apollo Theater, according to the theater’s website. Amateur Night at the Apollo continues to showcase budding artists, and IUSB’s Apollo Night aims to uncover local talent, too.
Admission to Apollo Night is free and open to the public. If there are any questions about the event or the audition process, contact Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jonathan Jones at email@example.com. Entry forms are available by request from the BSU.