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NAACP revives classic TV show, showcases talent

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 00:11

The Sam Houston State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People brought a classic popular show to campus as they held their annual Showtime at the Apollo on Wednesday in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event was based around an old popular show that showcases multiple talents from all walks of artistry, including music, dance, and spoken word.

The event was no different as it showcased a number of talents at Sam Houston.

NAACP’s president Camry Selden, and NAACP member Gieselle Walker were the hosts of the show. The tradition of the show calls for much audience interaction. As part of the show, the audience can boo an act and get them swept off the stage by the sandman. While some acts got booed, most survived the crowd’s scrutiny. However, the 1st place winner was sophomore singer Rashaad Brown accompanied by guitarist Taylor Dees.

“I’ve been singing ever since I could talk,” Brown said, “but I was definitely nervous leading up to [Apollo].”

However, he overcame the nerves for a big win with much appreciation from the crowd.

“It feels amazing to win, especially knowing that we had such little time to prepare,” said Brown, “I’m loving [performing].”

Closing act and NAACP member Caryn Waldon, who closed the show, said “I really, really enjoyed the show. We had a tough crowd but it all turned out well.”

Audience member Macneil Jenkins also enjoyed the festivities, but his only complaint was that fellow audience members being a little over zealous in their commentary.

 “I enjoyed the show other than the people in the background talking,” Jenkins said. “Everything was pretty good, though. My favorite acts were Kendrick’s [Lattimore] acting scene and EJ’s [Eugene Reid Jr.] rap set. I would definitely come to an event like Apollo again.”

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