Open mic at the Apollo

Students invited to show off their skills

By Alen Southammavong
On February 15, 2018

File Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Jehu Robertson performs at a Plaza Verde Open Mic Night earlier this semester.

The Melanin Experience invites all to come and feature their skills Friday, Feb. 23 at Plaza Verde Clubhouse, at The Apollo: Open Mic Night showcase.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Apollo Theater and its history while showcasing their talents at this Apollo throwback theme for a night in Harlem.

"I really want to sign up," Hilare Lopez, junior said. "I’m just way too nervous in front of crowds."

The Apollo: Open Mic Night portion of The Melanin Experience will give students a chance to exhibit any talents of any sort.

It is welcoming all students wanting to voice themselves and speak out.

The Plaza Verde Clubhouse has hosted past open mic nights that have featured musical numbers, spoken word and even daring stunts, but The Apollo offers a night in Harlem to zest up the ambience for the performances.

"I didn’t know that we even had that at this school," Stephanie Torres, ASU student said. "I think its cool that ASU is giving students an opportunity to be who they are."

The Melanin Experience does not hold itself only to the Apollo Open Mic Night, it also features a series of events including "The Family Reunion", "Don’t Touch My Hair # DTMH", "Night at the Museum", "The Apollo: Open Mic Night" and "Angelo Speaks: Be you".

Each event strives to express and bring unity in its own unique way.

All of the events derive from a branch of African American Culture with the goal to educate and bring a better understanding of African American history.

"It’s important for people to know about the past and the culture it was," Deundra Smyth, senior, said. "We don’t want history to repeat itself, so we need to be educated about the things not everyone learns in school."

"As an African American student here at Angelo State University, I was inspired to create these programs as an eclectic way to show the history of my ancestors," Maya Jones, head of the Melanin Experience. "I wanted to challenge not only African Americans, but other ethnicities as well to explore this history. The Melanin Experience allows us to teach about hair, history, music, art and other forms of entertainment that has been cultivated throughout time."

Admission to the event is free and performers will take stage from 8-10 p.m.

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