Big Afros and Marley Hair were on display at The Natural Sistas Club 4th Annual Natural Hair Show in the Black and Gold Room on March 3. “The Freak Show” showcased not only models but fire dancers, Orchesis dancers, a magic show and musical artists.
This event not only got to show models and their wonderful natural hair but also showed the variety of talent on Grambling’s campus. “It took a lot of hardworking and diligence” said Ashia Caraway, the Natural Sistahs Club president. “I had to do a lot of networking on campus and in Ruston to get outside participation and sponsors,” said Caraway, a senior history major from Dallas, Texas.
“These events are important because it creates an atmosphere to admire creative expression, thus promoting love and unity,” said Jade Rogers who is a history major from Compton, California.
“I was given the honor to co-host this semester’s show along with Charlie Jenkins and most definitely enjoyed hosting although I was nervous.”
The show kicked off with To3tagga (Antory Cooper) rapping performance who said, “The event was unique and very different but entertaining in my eyes. With all the different scenes and the themes, it’s important to be prepared as well as they were. I opened the show with a selection of music that can be found on my album “24,”which is on Datpiff.com.”
His performance was then followed by the first scene of the show The Light Show where the models had lights everywhere from their hair to their outfits. They had bright neon colors to illuminate the room. They walked to a Kanye West throwback “All of the Lights” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi. “The Freak Show and the Light Show scene were my favorite; I enjoyed being a model in the show and getting my make-up done was the best part,” said Breneisha Jones, a model in the hair show, who is a general education major from Montgomery, Alabama. The Orchesis dancers did a routine to Beyoncé’s new hit “Formation” during intermission.
The next scene was titled “Ring Master” which included a lion, tiger, and four ring masters to tame the animals with their whips.
“We had about 20 models, all of whom were Grambling students and the show took about three months of preparation,” said the Natural Sistas Club president. There were fire dancers that included Kadijah Jacobs twirling batons of fire. “The Hair Show was creative and unlike what I expected it to be. The hair and outfits were coordinated well with each other. And the performances between each scene were nice, my favorite part was when the girl came out twirling fire,” said freshman Khalilla Onojeta who is a double major in business and accounting from Chicag, Illinois.
The last scene was titled Freak Show which included conjoined twins, a bearded lady and a Strongwoman as some of the featured acts. The last performers included a magic act by Light Bulb and a singer to conclude the show. “The show was amazing. We had a great turnout and I think people enjoyed themselves” said Caraway.
“The GSU Natural Sistahs put on an outstanding hair show! Everything from Tory Cooper aka To3tagga as the “Tiger Tamer” to Kadijah “The Show” Jacobs twirling batons of fire, to Light Bulb performing magic, was not only exciting but entertaining! Each scene showed the creativity of the Natural Sistahs, models, make-up artist’s, and most importantly the hair stylists!” said Jade Rogers.