Shades of Black Show

Shades of Black Show Promoting and celebrating identity, diversity and inclusion through the performing arts. Created by Kwapi Vengesayi in 2003, the Shades of Black Show is a showcase that celebrates the different textures and dimensions of the multicultural experience through the performing Arts.

It has established itself as one of the most anticipated productions in the west region of the United States and won he 2015 National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) West Region Outstanding Multicultural Program of the Year.

Titled Siempre bruja (Always a Witch), this coastal drama follows Carmen (newcomer Angely Gaviria), a 19-year-old slave ...
01/23/2019
Netflix's 'Siempre Bruja,' About a Time-Traveling Afro-Colombian Witch, Gets Release Date

Titled Siempre bruja (Always a Witch), this coastal drama follows Carmen (newcomer Angely Gaviria), a 19-year-old slave and a witch who’s about to burned at the stake in colonial Cartagena. Her crime? Having fallen in love with a white man.

'Siempre bruja' follows a 19 year-old witch who's about to burned at the stake in colonial Cartagena. Her crime? Having fallen in love with a white man.

12/28/2018
The Trailer Cult

Jordan Peele drops the terrifying first trailer for "Us".

Us - Official Trailer

Sometimes the pettiness is justified. Ban Jacquees from doing any music covers
12/27/2018
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Sometimes the pettiness is justified. Ban Jacquees from doing any music covers

The People : Ban Jacquees from doing any music covers

We've given in to our fears and prejudices, and in so doing, we’ve surrendered to injustice and hate, isolationism and x...
12/10/2018
I Have A Story to Tell: On Race, Immigrants & the “Other”

We've given in to our fears and prejudices, and in so doing, we’ve surrendered to injustice and hate, isolationism and xenophobia etc. Truth be told, the world is a beautiful place, blessed with beautiful people, but you'll never experience it until you open your heart and mind.

One of many things my father told before sending me off to college was this: “It’s important that you find your (black) community, your comfort zone and support system. But with that said, I …

Wilmer Valderrama and his WV Entertainment have acquired film and TV rights to Patriots from the Barrio, Dave Gutierrez’...
12/05/2018
Wilmer Valderrama Set to Produce Series About Mexican-American WWII Heroes

Wilmer Valderrama and his WV Entertainment have acquired film and TV rights to Patriots from the Barrio, Dave Gutierrez’s 2014 book that delves into the history of a segregated U.S. Army combat unit comprised entirely of Mexican Americans from South Texas that was part of the first division to set foot in Europe in World War II.

It's based on Dave Gutierrez's book 'Patriots From the Barrio.'

One is a founding father and the other a hip-hop icon. Although separated by over 200 years of American history, in some...
11/14/2018
Tupac Shakur: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death | Museum of Pop Culture

One is a founding father and the other a hip-hop icon. Although separated by over 200 years of American history, in some alternate Marvel or DC universe, the two of them may have been surprised to have found themselves standing on the same side.

A look at Tupac's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" essay.

In my opinion, if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain. - Dahleen Glanton
10/31/2018
The hypocrisy of the 'woke' Americans who don't vote

In my opinion, if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain. - Dahleen Glanton

Dahleen Glanton: Some members of my family refuse to vote. For an earlier generation, though, voter apathy was not an option.

10/23/2018

Are you voting?

10/22/2018
TINA - This Is New Africa

Want a great start to your Monday? check out this cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" by the Ndlovu Youth Choir and Wouter Kellerman

Ndlovu Youth Choir - A Chorus of African Song and Dance #TINA
#ThisIsNewAfrica #ShapeOfYou #FlutePainter #EdSheeran #WouterKellerman

09/24/2018
Semifinal Winners Misundvrstood ft. Gypsy Temple Decimate with "Bet"

Checkout the video below!

Know any 14 - 21 year old musicians that would love their opportunity to showcase their music and talent, connect with peers and industry professionals, and take the next step in their music careers?

They should apply apply to be a part of Museum of Pop Culture's Sound Off! showcase: www.mopop.org/soundoff

Semifinal winner Misundvrstood ft. Gypsy Temple secure a spot at Sound Off! Finals with "Bet." See Misundvrstood ft. Gypsy Temple at Sound Off! Finals March ...

The U.S. Open tennis champion’s biracial identity is inconvenient in a racist narrative that turns Serena Williams into ...
09/11/2018
The Whitewashing Of Naomi Osaka

The U.S. Open tennis champion’s biracial identity is inconvenient in a racist narrative that turns Serena Williams into a stereotype.

The U.S. Open tennis champion's biracial identity is inconvenient in a racist narrative that turns Serena Williams into a stereotype.

"I was like, 'No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for...
08/30/2018
Marvel Originally Didn't Want Chadwick Boseman to Use an Accent in 'Black Panther'

"I was like, 'No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?'" - Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman said he had to convince Marvel to give Black Panther an accent for the 2018 film. The comic book company reportedly didn't want to do it at first because "they felt that it was maybe too much for an audience to take."

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Using voices and talent from different universities and communities, the show explores and celebrities issues related to diversity, acceptance and inclusion through dance, poetry, song and other forms of the performing arts. The Shades of Black Show continues to live up to its reputation as phenomenal space for self-expression as it strives to give people an opportunity to express who they are and how their own identity, experiences, and observations relate to their surroundings and society as a whole. Some of the show’s talent has gone on to be signed to major record labels such as Sony/RCA Records and has been on shows like The Voice. Other talent has been cast in major productions such as Marvel Universe Live and dancers such as Max Nguyen have toured with artists such as Ariana Grande and Jesse McCartney.

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