Columbia Students Prepare for 16th Annual Paint it Black Showcase

students from the black student union pose on stagePhoto courtesy of Sarah Bonds
Students in Columbia College Chicago's Black Student Union create a platform for artists to express themselves and support one another in their annual event.

Close out Black History Month at Columbia College Chicago by attending the Black Student Union's 16th Annual Paint it Black Showcase. The reception will be held on the 5th floor of the student center from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7p.m.  It is a captivating showcase that celebrates the talents and achievements of Black students at Columbia College Chicago. The event offers a diverse range of performances and exhibitions, including music, dance, and visual arts. It is a great platform for talented individuals to display their skills and creativity. 

Brea Weston, a senior studying Theatre will be performing Camae’s monologue from the play "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall. After speaking with her, she emphasizes the importance of being surrounded by creatives who look like her.  

"Performing in the Paint It Black showcase means I have the opportunity to not only be around creatives but also creatives who share similar experiences, cultural similarities, and look like me," Weston says. "It means a lot to thrive in all spaces." 

The Black Student Union is a crucial resource and support system for Black students. Its primary aim is to offer support, advocacy, and a sense of community to Black students within the academic setting. This organization provides a platform for advocacy, cultural expression, and community building. By doing so, the BSU helps to create a more inclusive and equitable academic environment for all students. 

 As a student, it can be challenging to find inspiration and prepare for a showcase while juggling many responsibilities. Sophomore Ken Howard, who studies Music believes in perseverance and following one's passion regardless of the challenges.

"As a child, I was taught to keep pushing and never give up," Howard says. "Hardships are inevitable, but it's about persistence and faith."  

While the curtains are getting ready to rise and the spotlight shines on these talented students, the showcase becomes a powerful representation of the enduring legacy of Black excellence and resilience. It embodies the spirit of Black History Month and serves as a beacon of inspiration for everyone.