BenU welcomes Cape Coast Dreams Theater

Tatanisha Wooley


The Black Student Union brought in Cape Coast Dreams Theater group to help celebrate black history month on Thursday, February 20th.  Programming board sponsored the event, which took place in the Founder’s Club House from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The group performed many short skirts and originally poetry.  The actor and actresses set up the whole ensemble themselves.  They did not want to just perform a play or recite poetry all night because they wanted to give audience members a little of all that they had to offer.

Taylor Lumpkin, the club’s president, said, “They brought in the group because they were cultural base in comparison to other groups,” said Taylor Lumpkin, the club’s president.

All of the group’s skits and poems were related to issues African Americans deal with or have dealt with.  This was especially important to the group, since this month is Black History Month. The overall message was intended for African Americans but directed towards everyone to learn from.

The first poem, “I’m Tired,” was written and performed by Racquel Mckenzie.  The poem was about breaking racial boundaries and what it means to be African American in today’s society.

Sisters was a short skit in which LaRen Vernea and Mckenzie performed. This was about the struggle of being a dark-skinned African American versus being lighter skinned. The darker skinned girl, played by Vernea, struggled because she was not getting equal opportunities.

“Crossroads” was another poem about having two big life decisions and dilemma a person faces in that moment. The poem was written by McGee when she was faced with having two job opportunities after she graduated college.

Why did you make me black was a skit performed by McKenzie and David Parkman. McKenzie played a girl, who was writing in her journal to God about why he made her black, since she could not find any positive aspects of being black. Parkman, who was playing God, answered all of her negative traits with positive traits, in order to encourage McKenzie to love herself.

“T’s Song” is a poem written by Mckenzie about the Trayvon Martin case.  Vernea performed another poem titled “The Solution.”  This was to let God know about her color and why she was made the way she was.

The last skit performed by the group was called The Meeting. Parkman played Malcolm X who was trying to be free, but his own people were betraying him. He felt like he could not trust anyone in his life.  Joseph Shaw played his bodyguard and closest friend.

The group ended the night by performing a dance to different hip-hop songs throughout the past years. The dance showed the evolution of dance and music in the hip-hop genre. The group performs together often, and most of their shows take place in the summer. This was their first time performing at a school, and they expressed their appreciation for being welcomed by Programming Board and BenU.