The Kansas State Black Student Union held their annual Soul Café in the Grand Ballroom on Friday night in honor of Black History Month. (Lexi Garcia | Collegian Media Group)
The Kansas State Black Student Union held their annual Soul Café in honor of Black History Month in the K-State Student Union Grand Ballroom on Friday night.
With social distancing, spread out tables and masks, the Soul Café opened its doors and showed the talent of the black students at K-State. The performances offered a unique perspective on black culture.
On each table was the name of a prominent black musician. Everyone had to come up with a powerful lyric and share it either by singing or saying it out loud.
Fashion was another aspect of the night, with a photo backdrop. People dressed to impress – girls in mink coats, lederhosen and animal motifs, and men in coats, designer clothes and glasses for the finishing touches.
There was also a fashion contest that evening, where two winners received either a Starbucks or Buffalo Wild Wings gift card.
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Malik Jenkins, sophomore in life sciences, and Jeffrey Mathews Jr., senior marketing officer, introduced themselves as the MCs of the Night. Then it went straight to the world premiere.
Brad Richards, senior economist, performed poetry about spoken word, including an original poem about racial injustice called College Assignments.
“So it’s crazy because they’re killing us, but when will it stop?” Richards said. “I’ve checked the news. Someone who looked like me was shot dead by a police officer. “
Amaya Molinar, a sophomore in biological systems engineering, was one of two instrument players that night. The crowd sang to songs like J Cole’s “Power Trip,” Boys 2 Men “Can You Stand the Rain,” Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk,” and The Boondocks Outro as she played the instrumental on her flute.
Alyssa Byers, a sophomore in applied music, played her guitar on Summer Walker’s emotional song “Session 32”.
The break came and dinner was served by Julys Kitchen Food Truck and Catering, a local vendor specializing in American soul food. The performances continued after the meal.
Kansas City artist DJ Sanders, a sophomore in marketing, was one of the main performances of the night.
This was Sander’s second appearance at Soul Café, this time with one of his unreleased songs, an R&B-style song about being with a woman who’s in a bad relationship.
“It felt cool,” said Sanders. “I’ve never really gotten that nervous since I’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s a bit natural to me, but it’s been a long time since I last played so I was a little nervous. “
The night ended with the K-State Poize hip-hop dance team performing routines to songs by Britney Spears and Ella Mai. The three women wore matching outfits of jeans, black T-shirts and black face masks.