UCPC/Plaza Verde: Angelo Speaks: Be You, featuring Ebony Stewart
Angelo Speaks: Be you, a part of the Melanin Experience
It’s a poetry night! We are encouraging students to express themselves poetically. The theme of the night is “Be You”. Our goal is to empower students to treasure who they are, and share it with others in hopes that someone else may be inspired. If you would like to speak please sign up below.
Ebony Stewart is a touring performance artist and slam poet who has been active in the central Texas slam poetry scene and theater community for over a decade. Ebony Stewart was on the Austin Neo Soul Slam team in 2010 that finished fourth in the Nation. She coached the 2012 Austin Neo-Soul & 2015 Austin Poetry Slam teams, that finished first and fifth, respectively, at the National Poetry Slam and the 2015 They Speak Youth Slam that finished eighth in the world at Brave New Voices. The only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas, voted Top Female Touring Poet by the Spoken Word Awards. In 2015, she debuted her one-woman show, Hunger, for which she won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama and received the David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Recently crowned, Co-Champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work can be seen on Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam Inc., and read in several online magazines such as For Harriet, Teen Vogue and The Texas Observer. Ebony Stewart aka The Gully Princess aka “She’ll eat your cupcake” is the #storyoftheblackgirlwinning.
The Melanin Experience
The Melanin Experience is a series of events derived for the expression of unity. The events included are: “The Family Reunion”, “Don’t Touch My Hair # DTMH”, “Night at the Museum”, “The Apollo: Open Mic Night”, and “Angelo Speaks: Be you”. Each event has a significant meaning to the African American culture. Our goal through these black history programs is to educate students and bring understanding of the African American history in diverse forms. We aimed to create each program with a modern and creative unique style, in hopes that students would find interest in various topics dealing with Black History.
As an African American student here at Angelo State University I was inspired to create these programs as an eclectic way to show the history of my ancestors. I wanted to challenge not only African Americans, but other ethnicities as well to explore this history. The melanin experience allows us to teach about hair, history, music, art, and other forms of entertainment that has been cultivated throughout time.
Each program will be held throughout the month of February. With the help of Students across campus and members of the community we aim to put together programs for students in respect to Black History Month. Within these programs students also have the opportunity to express themselves. The Melanin experience was created to teach, share, embrace, and unite the students of Angelo State University through black history.
- Maya Jones, Graduate Student and Student Hall Director, Plaza Verde