Unforgettable acts highlight GSU talent

Senior Sirarminius Williams had the pleasure of hosting the Fall 2010 homecoming talent show. The free event took place in the Assembly Center last Thursday night . Being one of the most anticipated events of homecoming week, the Assembly Center was filled with students waiting to witness the talents from their fellow Gramblinites.

“I believe the show was the best, even since I came to GSU in fall ’08. It was very well organized and arranged and most of the ‘world famed’ Grambling crowd was in participation,” said junior Khalil “Black” Eaddy.

Metaphorically Speaking (Ronald Pikes of Flint, Michigan and Jordan Gaither of Indianapolis) kicked off the event with an original song to get the crowd hype.

After a brief reminder of the legacy of Grambling from Williams, Silver Spikes from Gardena, Calif., performed the first of many gospel songs to come.

Williams stayed very involved with the audience, which added on to the eventful night.

“The host was interactive with the crowd. The audience was appreciative to the bravery of the participants. Students expressed themselves through their gifts and wowed the audience,” said junior business management major China Spikes.

Intermission with the DJ for the night, DJ Tagman, gave the audience a break before the performances continued.

Wearing shirts in support of breast cancer, Ski Bailey performed “Without You” by Chris Brown.

“My whole performance was dedicated to breast cancer, because I wanted the lyrics of the song I sang to have a different approach or meaning to people, rather than just another typical love song,” said the junior social work major.

Next up was rapper “Black” who performed to a series of beats leaving the crowd obviously pleased.

“As a performer, it felt great to get the ovation I received from the crowd.

” They said come hard or go home and I felt that I was one of the hardest,” said Eaddy.
Another performer who pulled out all the stops was Michael Bowden. He and his background dancers did not leave a lot to the ladies’ imaginations after performing to a mix of slow songs.

A mix of songs seemed to be the theme of the night. Girl Talk brought a more personal aspect to the show after bringing out a dinner table and singing songs such as Lauryn Hill’s “X Factor,” Jazmine Sullivan’s “In Love with Another Man” and Destiny’s Child “Girl.”

Sumthin’ Serious did what they do best. They, at one point, brought out a mini-dancer to add to their performance.

Before ending their performance, the group had a guest appearance from a Tech student to bring diversity.

Although he was not scheduled into the talent show, singer Reno performed “Listen” from the Dream Girls.

Repeating the Charlie Murphy fiasco, he was soon booed before majority of the audience joined in on his performance to make him feel more comfortable and welcomed.

Seduction from Chicago ended the night with a performance geared toward the males.

Although there was a lot of positive feedback, some students hoped to see more diversity in the show.

Spikes hoped to see “a wider variety of talents. Maybe magical acts, tumbling, etc.”

While there were no winners or losers, the performers had a chance to show that Grambling State University is filled with many talented students.