Black Cultural Center to host symposium, Hip Hop related dance and theatre

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Black Cultural Center is hosting a variety of events in April, including vocal and dance performances, a play and a symposium on Hip Hop Culture.

Black Cultural Center Performing Arts Festival - Hip Hop

Student participants in the Black Cultural Center's Performing Arts Ensembles take part in December's Cultural Arts Festival.

The New Directional Players will present a performance exploring the link between Ntozake Shange’s play, “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow was enuf,” and Keith Antar Mason’s choreopoem “for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much.” The show will take place at 7 p.m. Friday (April 2) at the Black Cultural Center and is free and open to the public. The production will have adult themes and strong language. Artisia Green, assistant professor of English and Communications, Media Arts and Theatre at Chicago State University, is directing the performance.

The New Directional Players is a theatre group that focuses on presenting drama about the African-American experience.

Black Thought Collective, a group of Purdue students, will participate in a symposium titled “Blood, Money and God: An Examination of Hip Hop Culture,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday (April 7) at the Black Cultural Center on 1100 3rd St. in West Lafayette. The symposium is a culmination of a year-long study that students at the center undertook exploring the social and cultural effects of Hip Hop. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The Black Voices of Inspiration will perform a musical titled “Black Jesus,” at 3 p.m. April 11 at Loeb Playhouse. The musical, written and directed by BCC Artist in Residence Twana Harris, revolves around a black community and its church and explores the lives of people struggling with identity issues.

The Black Voices of Inspiration specializes in gospel music, spirituals and contemporary songs by African-American composers. Admission to the show is $5 for students and $7 for the general public.

The Haraka Writers, a group of student poets, essayists and short story writers, will look into how love and relationships can be shaped through the use of cyberspace in a performance titled, “You and Two Others Like This,” at 7 p.m. April 16 and 17 at the BCC. The performance is directed by BCC Artist in Residence Khari Bowden, who is a spoken artist from Chicago. The shows are free and open to the public.

The Jahari Dance Troupe, which performs a repertoire including ballet, folk, jazz, tap and modern dance, will present “1520 Sedwick Avenue – The Home of Hip Hop,” a performance showing Hip Hop as an expression of contemporary urban culture. The show is at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Loeb Playhouse. The performance is directed by Kevin Iega Jeff, artistic director and founder of Deeply Rooted Dance in Chicago. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the general public.

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