Play the Part an exciting part of Black Cultural Awareness Week

By Samantha Kummerer, The Prowl

Five years ago Play the Part was added as an event to MU’s annual Black Culture Awareness Week. Each year the event’s audience grows increasingly larger as the event itself gains a better reputation with the crowd.

This year’s event was held on Nov. 7, in the Missouri Theatre, and its Grammys theme gave it a fresh, new feel.

A red carpet and free pictures greeted attendees and offered them a taste of the glamour that’s usually associated with the award show.

The two-hour event featured multiple performances by both modern and classic African American artists. Student performers paid tribute to artist like The Dream Girls, Beyoncé, Chris Brown and Whitney Houston.

The theatre pulsed with the energy from the stage that fed into the audience as attendees moved to the beat.

Besides dancing in their seats, audience members got another chance to interact with the show by texting in votes for his or her  favorite performance at the end.

Awards were given to the top three performances. Chaka Khan swept up first place and the Nelly, Diddy and Chris Brown covers also placed.