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Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Rage Update

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Students march to South College as part of ISTHISWHY Campaign

Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

For some reason, this post was not included in last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series, even though we had some major student activism occurring during the 2014-2015 school year. Before I link to some of that history and go more in-depth as to some actions occurring this past year, I want to start by quoting alt‘s incredibly well-written intro to the 2014 Rage Update:

FISK TAKEOVER Video

Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.

Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.

Turn Up or Nah? Featuring Apollo Mighty x Thread Count

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 6.04.29 PMFrom McKenzii Webster ’13:

Ujamaa is bringing you the show and after-party of the year featuring Apollo Mighty (Memphis, TN, Alternative R&B singer/songwriter) & Thread Count (One of Wesleyan’s DOPEST genre-blending bands)!

If you think the show is something ridiculous, wait until you experience the after-party. Just to make the after-party interesting, we are bringing back Class of 2013’s DJ KenziiKenz!

So, are we TURNING UP or nah?

**Apollo Mighty** Soundcloud / Album Review / Website

Sponsored by Ujamaa & Hosted by Malcolm X House

Date: Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Time: 10PM (NOTE: After-party will immediately follow the show.)
Place: Malcolm X House Basement
Cost: Free!

Ujamaa presents: JUBILEE!

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A message from Ujamaa:

Ujamaa’s annual Black History Month cultural show, Jubilee, will showcase the many talents present at Wesleyan and within the student of color community! Tickets will be on sale at the Box Office for $5, and will be sold at the door on the night of the show.

Date: Saturday, February 22
Time:
7PM-9PM
Place:
Crowell Concert Hall
Cost:
$5

On Black History Month

Black History Month, for as long as we have been students at Wesleyan, has been the only time during the year that Ujamaa has had a significant and visible presence on campus. This is in stark contrast to the historical roots of Ujamaa, which was formed to serve as a space for the Student of Color community to build relationships and community with one another and really strengthen themselves against a campus that at the time (and more often than we’re willing to admit now) was systematically separating, tokenizing, and in no uncertain terms, oppressing them.

Black History Month, then, was a space for community development, education about critical issues going on in the African diaspora, and a reclamation and centering of topics that weren’t being taught on Wesleyan’s campus. It served as a reflection of the state of the collective and the state of the Student of Color community.

This is still true. However, the efforts of community development, education, and campus awareness have not been the premise of Ujamaa’s current mission. Before we have a Black History Month, the events that take place during this month should be reflective of the community that it represents. Last semester, however, there was one Ujamaa collective meeting. The planning of Black History Month has taken place completely within the confines of the Ujamaa board members. This does not mean that the events would necessarily be bad, but it does highlight that Black History Month is not reflective of the community as a whole.

Black History Month, as it stands on campus, is a performative activity.

The Hip Hop Show Feat. Flatbush Zombies & kechPhrase

Ujamaa Presents...

From McKenzii Webster ’13:

Joey Bada$$ killed it last semester, and NOW Flatbush Zombies are going to kill it on FEBRUARY 8th!!!

If you haven’t heard of the Flatbush Zombies, then you must be DEAD!!! These BEAST COAST affiliates, are on the rise, and they are about to take over Wesleyan for one night!

It doesn’t stop there either!! kechPhrase will be opening!! This Veehead signee (Kool AD’s label) is making waves in the game with his production and verses, but the crazy part is he’s ONLY a Senior at UPenn!

This will be a concert like no other!!!

Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 10 p.m.
Place: Psi U
Cost: 
Free
Facebook: Right Here

Ujamaa Presents: Joey Bada$$ featuring Project Sterling and E.Oks

McKenzii Webster ’13 invites you to hear your word-wise peers rub elbows with some old-school hip-hop (featured on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”):

Joey Bada$$, a 17-year old rhyme slayer, is on the come up! He is a member of Pro.Era, a group of talented Brooklyn MCs. He is signed to Cinematic Music Group (home to Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and SO MANY MORE) and has recently inked a deal with Green Label Sound. Joey dropped his highly acclaimed mixtape ‘1999’ this Summer, and the buzz surrounding it has yet to die.

Joey will be performing at Psi U on Friday!!! Project Sterling (Eric Wilson ’15) and E.Oks (Evan Okun ’13) will be opening!

Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 10 pm-12 am  (Doors open at 9:30 pm and will close at 10:30 pm)
Place: Psi U
Cost: FREE!!

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Lecture: The State of the Hip-Hop Nation

From McKenzii Webster ’13:

Ujamaa and Invisible Men are co-sponsoring with the Nu Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., to bring you Dr. Marc Lamont Hill: Associate Professor at Columbia University, speaker, and activist, with a lecture on the State of the Hip Hop Nation!!

Time: Today, 7-8:30 p.m.
Place: 
Career Resource Center Room 112
Cost:
Free

The Hip-Hop Show: Elements II featuring Phil Ade

McKenzii Webster ’13 writes in:

Last year, Ujamaa put on the Hip-Hop Show that featured Wesleyan students and Wesleyan Alum L.A. (Latasha Alcindor ’10). Since it was so poppin, Ujamaa had to bring it back this year BIGGER and BETTER! 368 recording artist and Maryland MC, Phil Ade, is coming to campus for one night to perform at “The Hip-Hop Show: Elements II“!!