SUNY Broome’s Black Student Union held on their third annual Talent Show on Friday night. Sam Lee, the BSU Chair of Activities, was responsible for putting this night together, including the theme of “90s in NYC.” The four judges for the evening decided who they thought were the best based on three areas: creativity, organization and crowd appeal.
The night was kicked off with a five-minute beatboxing routine, followed by some very talented singers, some of whom were performing their own songs. After the first few acts, there was an intermission with food, a round of “Name That Tune” and some bad jokes. The second half of the evening had some more interesting talents, including rappers, singers and a performance by the SUNY Broome Step Team.
In the end, the judges announced a tie between Andreas Nartey for his dance routine and Ema Sera, who performed a song in Italian. This led to the crowd’s applause deciding the winner. While Sera had a nice response from the audience, Nartey received more support and was declared the winner.
Nartey, who goes by the name “Dreas, aka DJ AntiZero,” said his performance was not rehearsed very much. “I don’t have a name for it; I just freestyled once I started going,” he said after being crowned the winner.
While he said the first place prize of a $100 gift card was nice, that was not the motivation for his eventual victory. “I didn’t do it for the prize. The real prize was having a good time dancing and seeing everybody enjoy themselves,” he said.
Nartey was also a part of the Step Team performance, and is the President of the Diverse Cultural Xcellence organization at SUNY Broome.
Sera, who officially came in second place, surprised most in attendance with her Italian rendition of a song translated as “Time to Say Goodbye.” Despite not being Italian, she said something about the song that caught her attention. “You know when you hear a song for the first time and it speaks to you? Even though I don’t speak the language, I really liked the song,” she said. Once she leaves Broome, Sera will be looking to transfer for a degree in Meteorology.
Going forward, the BSU has plenty of events to look forward to. They constantly are putting on bake sales to raise money for events such the Talent Show. They also announced a fashion show that will be coming to campus next semester. The club, which is open to all members of the SUNY Broome community, meets every Wednesday between 3 to 4 p.m. in Old Science Building Room 105.
Buzz writer Justin Berglund and Buzz photographer Smithshell Julien are SUNY Broome students.