By Arthur Medrano |Staff Writer|
Students and poets expressed their thoughts on racism, love and politics at the “Speak Yo Truth” event held by the Cross Cultural Center.
Performers were able to do a spoken word piece and used instruments to sing or recite their own personal poems as crowds cheered on with rounds of encouragement and satisfaction on March 7.
There was a cohesive mix of new talent and seasoned veterans of artists around campus.
The event was previously held during fall quarter as we experienced the progression of performers unveil a new mask of emotions building up for this great night.
The art form of spoken word is best described as an improvisational performance and has no bounds as to what one can do on stage.
Every individual put their heart and soul into what they wish to express as emotions captivated the audience.
Not only do they confess their thoughts about these subjects, but they also draw from their faith in performing live, looking past the stage fright and nerves as they let out true colors and come through as they become the embodiment of the poem.
A spoken word performer, who goes by the name True, had a commendable performance.
True described his piece as being amateur, especially when it comes to events like these. He introduced the audience to his powerful drive and ambition when confronted with social injustice and harsh lives many can relate to.
Although he was a first timer, his passion seemed everlasting as he got the crowd going with a few standing ovations.
Most of the crowd in attendance were friends rallying in support to be a confidence boost for the ones taking the stage.
At that point, having friends can make your act less nerve-racking knowing someone close to you is right there cheering you on.
During interval time, it was apparent that everyone who went on stage felt a sense of joy and relief while they went to speak with friends and fans, and reinforced those in doubt before taking the stage.
The sheer number of attendees made you feel welcomed, regardless if you felt left out, a quick poem about having a crush or a song speaks to you.
It was great to have seen social discrimination be a key part found in this event, as most who participated were a part of the minority and wished to give their thoughts a right to speak when they may have deemed it impossible.
So next time you go to a show and have a few verses penned, or would like to speak your heart out, do not fear taking the plunge and embrace the crowd and let your words carry you through.
Overall, Speak Yo Truth was a wonderful spectacle of students and local talent with impacting words a whole class could not reach.
As crowds cheered for what we believed were these individuals breaking free from an imprisonment of thoughts, the event was a complete success and one that many students should experience front row or on the mic.