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UNT “CAST” reflects on “Black in the Day” performance

UNT “CAST” reflects on “Black in the Day” performance

UNT “CAST” reflects on “Black in the Day” performance
March 07
02:05 2014

Matt Wood // Staff Writer

The UNT Collaboration of Actors, Singers and Talent hosted a “talkback” session Wednesday, seeking feedback from its “Black in the Day” performance on Feb. 28.

“Black in the Day” is a yearly performance that presents black history through the ages, spanning from days of American slavery to modern times, communications junior Cherita Cunningham said.

A tour guide leads the audience through different “exhibits,” which feature performers in various skits representing different stories of black history. Fifteen exhibits were featured in this year’s performance.

Cunningham co-directed the show and helped write some of the skits. She said the goal of the performance is to emphasize the importance of black history and show that struggles are not a relic of the past.

“We want people to understand that injustices are not only still occurring today, but they are occurring at our very university,” she said.

This year’s theme focused on injustice within the justice system, and the various performers did skits depicting moments in history where people have been failed by the justice system.

CAST hosted the critique at 7 p.m. March 5 in Terrill Hall room 120. Most of the audience’s feedback lauded the topics that were covered, while others called for more positivity in the performances.

Sociology senior Briana Crowe said she felt this year’s “Black in the Day” needed to feature more optimistic perspectives in addition to the harrowing past events.

“Black history isn’t always gruesome. We’ve had great and happy things happen,” she said. “I think it should reassure that the good can come with the bad.”

The laid-back environment allowed the conversations about “Black in the Day” to turn into more open discussions about current issues.

Crowe spoke strongly about talks to remove parts of history from textbooks.

“They’re taking out a lot of key history,” she said. “Not just black history, but what made America what it is today because people just don’t want to remember things like that.”

Applied arts and sciences sophomore Jasz Robinson performed in “Black in the Day,” and said he found the experience fulfilling.

“It was very enlightening,” Robinson said. “And when I walked around and watched other people perform, I learned something.”

Cunningham shared a poem for her performance explaining an experience with a UNT police officer who shoved her against a wall and put her in jail for a day when she was chasing her brother at a UNT football game.

“That goes on my record, forever,” she said. “People need to know when these things happen.”

Feature photo: Members of UNT CAST 2013.  Photo courtesy of UNT CAST Facebook page. 

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