For The Culture II helps celebrate Black History Month
Black History is American History, so to celebrate Cypress Springs held its second annual For The Culture showcase Wednesday “From Chains to Triumph Part II” in the auditorium.
The show was hosted by English teacher Gary Hill and junior Simya Washington. The show started off with the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a special number from the Cypress Springs Choir. A few of the solo acts were Diamond Ramble, coach Ruqayya Gibson, and LaCarrius Fulce Jr. Ramble who recited the poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, and Gibson who recited the original piece called “The Inspired Ones.” Fulce sang the beloved song “Change Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.
“I chose to sing ‘Change Gonna Come’ because it is a song that touches on issues that happen still to this day,” said senior LaCarrius Fulce Jr. “It gives hope that things will get better.”
The club African Student Association performed a dance routine with modern African dance moves like the shoki, etighi, or the gwara gwara. Some songs that were included in their Afrobeat dance mix was “Tumbum” by Yemi Alade, “One Shot” by LasGiiDi, and “Apero” by Toofan featuring DJ Arafat. The students decorated themselves in painted handprints all over their arms and legs, and wrapped authentic Nigerian fabric around their waists.
“When I performed it was like I could finally be who I am without having to hide it or water it down,” said senior Oluwadamilare Bamgbose.
Step teams YLPA and YMPA had a performance dedicated to the Divine Nine. The team was sectioned off into nine parts to represent each fraternity and sorority such as Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Phi Alpha. Hill allowed former members of the sororities or fraternities to come up on the stage. This included the Cypress Springs staff members Sharon Stephens, Tracey Ticer, Shannon Gatlin and Nicole Crowder.
“It was very nice and an honor to see my students perform for the Divine Nine and those who were interested in being apart of my sorority,” said Gatlin.