Last Thursday marked the 3rd annual International Culture Fest, this year named “Outrageously Red”. The celebration of our international students music and dance is hosted by the Garner Hall Resident Assistants. This years RA hosts included Keith Pascal and Imran Phillip.
At Grambling State, the student population is very diverse. Outrageously Red served as a trip back home through the art for our students. Jamaica,Antigone,Barbados,St. Lucia, and Nepal all represented at this years fest with their presence and their talent.
Dancehall and Reggeton music blared through the speaker and DJ booth. The upbeat tunes attracted everyone form their monotonous yard activity to come celebrate what GSU has to offer in front of the Mens Gym. The festivities began around 6 pm, right after the election results were announced.
The show began with actives such an egg toss and three legged race. There were giveaways to Wal-mart and and Facebook picture corner with a festive decorated background. Just right for a profile picture.
The music and dance continued until the MC’s decided to recognize a fellow international student that had recently passed, Solange (last name). A moment of silence commenced to honor her.
The Talent potion soon followed with a high energy performance from Capitol Records recording artist 4 Recognition. The hot group consist of two very handsome brother who sang their hearts out to the ladies. After their performance of their new hit single “Last Song”, which is available on I-tunes, I had the opportunity to interview the pair.
I couldn’t help but swoon when Da Homie J-Rod flashed his pearly whites at me and chuckled. J-Rod and his equally fine brother Rico Sivad have been singing together since the seventh grade. The 21 year old Mcgee, Miss. natives attend Jackson State University and have a pretty good fan following. Their exuberant personalities showed me that they are passionate for what they do and aren’t even tired from the three months that they have been on tour. They boys told me that they are single and ready to mingle so ladies follow them on the ever popular networking site Twitter, @DaHomieJrod, @RicoSivad and @4Recognition. If Twitter isnt your thing Fan them on Facebook at 4 Recgonition.
Shanell (lastname), a St. Lucia native was up next with her very own original song. The dancehall beat and her sultry voice had every ones head bobbing and rumps shaking to the beat. The song was sogood in fact, the emcees brought her out for an encore.
The musical performances were followed by the very stylish International Modeling Society with a Disco Fever themed fashion show. The ladies were fierce with their 4 inch heels and spicy lip gloss.
A moment everyone anticipated was the newly elected, and St.Lucian native Miss Grambling State Solange Sayer’s remarks. The news just spread moments before she took the stage and held everyones attention captive. Sayers gracefully thanked everyone for their support and wished everyone a good time. The new Miss GSU’s remarks at Outrageoulsy Red are only the start of her reign.
Isaac Peyton, a junior nursing major from South Carolina was excited about the days events, and quoted “Outrageously Red at Grambling State University gives the students a chance to be culturally competent.”
Miss Cover Girl Runner-up and a St. Lucia native Julietta Gongazle (sp?) stated that the fest was going good so far,and good as usual. When asked why she didn’t perform this year, she stated that she wanted to just sit back and enjoy this years celebration.
Outrageously Red turned out to wonderful and festive this year as previous years. Next years celebration is expected to be just as great.