BY ASHLEY WHITE, Guest Writer
For a night of great entertainment, come and support the Black Student Union as they host the 5th annual Night of Soul at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Thursday, February 21st at 7 p.m.
Night of Soul began as an event to bring students together to celebrate the talent of the African-American student body.
“We saw talent shows around campus and we felt that we needed one for us,” says Jerel Jones, Black Student Union Marketing Director.
It’s a talent showcase and a celebration of Black music. Originally, Night of Soul was held on the stage in the UC cafeteria and every year it gets bigger and better.
“When we started out on the UC stage we had three tables and only student acts,” says Jones. “Now we have 300 seats in one of the biggest lecture halls on campus. This is the biggest it’s ever been.”
This year BSU reached out to notable Detroit artists to participate in the show. Rashad Morgan, formerly signed to Grand Hustle Records and known for his hit single, “Tell ‘Em What They Wanna Hear” will be performing his latest music. Also scheduled to perform, up and coming artist Selena Jordan is a triple threat and her musical style is a combination of rock, hip hop and R&B. La’ Britney is a fun and feisty singer who is a must see at the show.
Along with these local artists, students will perform as well. Some students will perform with dancers and instruments, giving Night of Soul a concert feel. There’s also a highly anticipated performance from UM-D’s gospel choir, Voices of Triumph.
“The entertainment is diverse,” says Jones.
There will be R&B singers, Hip-Hop acts, poetry and more, giving everyone something to enjoy.
The Black Student Union was created over 50 years ago to bring unity among African-American students.
“As the new generation we try to keep that autonomy going,” says Theresa Sommerville, secretary of the Black Student Union. “We still pay homage to the struggle and we try to uplift Black students.”
The Black Student Union has hosted other events this month such as African dance classes, martial arts, African storytelling and head wrapping. “
Night of Soul is the big bang,” says Sommerville.
There is a dress code, so please dress to impress as this is the grand finale of Black History Month festivities.
“This school year has been hectic already,” says Somerville, “so just come out and relax. Have a good, clean fun. Free food, free entertainment.”
Night of Soul will be held in the Social Science building in room 1500. This event is free, but make sure you get there early. Hors d’ oeuvres will be served in the outer corridor of the venue from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7 p.m.