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BSU presents ‘Thanksthieving’ art showcase at City College

Arnisha Lain, “Ajhaskyyyy” from Vallejo, raps and sings original songs during the Ebony Aura presents: Thanksthieving hosted by the Black Student Union at the Performing Arts Center Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. This is the last talent showcase by the BSU of the semester. The donations raised will be given to the Indigenous People’s Club. (Sara Nevis/[email protected])

African American artists in a variety of genres gathered once again for the Black Student Union’s monthly art showcase, The Ebony Aura.

Nearly 30 people gathered in the Performing Arts Center Nov. 21 to watch students express themselves through music, spoken word and song. 

Each month the BSU chooses a theme for the event. Taylor McClure, president of the BSU, said that this month’s theme, “Thanksthieving,” was to bring awareness to the fact that their homelands were stolen from indigenous people.

Michael Veirs, president of the Indigenous Peoples Club and member of the Acjachemen tribe, was invited to the showcase as a guest speaker. 

“We know entire tribes were wiped out by both violence and disease as a result of contact with colonial Puritans,” said Veirs. “It’s important to know this history no matter if one celebrates the holiday or not.” 

McClure thought this month’s turnout was very different from all the other Ebony Aura showcase events in that it was a smaller crowd than usual. Overall, she felt the outcome was good and informative for those who attended the event. 

“We wanted to make sure that everybody that is in attendance is aware that Thanksgiving is not the same for everybody,” said McClure. “It’s important that we acknowledge that.”

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Music major Damond Barbee, who goes by the stage name DJ, played a total of four songs on the piano at the event. This was Barbee’s second time performing at an Ebony Aura.

“I think the event is dope,” said Barbee. “I really enjoyed all of this.”

Jamarea Austin, who shares the role of vice president in the BSU, performed two rap songs of his own at the showcase.

Austin, a construction major, has attended City College since fall 2017 and has been part of the BSU since spring 2018.

“My work in the BSU has been coming to the shows, rallies or African markets,” said Austin. “I’m always there to help out. I’m helping the youth and getting wisdom from the old—mainly just trying to educate myself so I can educate people next in line. We need that education to be spread around so our community can have strong leaders.”

Austin feels that Ebony Aura is an event that brings unity and connection, and it is a place that helps everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. He describes it as a home away from home.

“It’s to make you feel comfortable to express yourself,” said Austin. “Be more active and have fun with what you love.”

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