BSU hosts sensual poetry night on Valentine’s Day

By Krista Hague

February 15, 2013

Western Student Bre Williams Sings "Unthinkable" by Alica Keys at Black Student Union's "Black Love Poetry Night". | Tevin Harris Photo Editor

Western Student Bre Williams Sings “Unthinkable” by Alica Keys at Black Student Union’s “Black Love Poetry Night”. | Tevin Harris Photo Editor

It wasn’t just the snaps and applauses that made the second annual poetry night successful. The event also melted many Missouri Western hearts on Valentine’s Day.
Though a traditional Valentine’s Day might consist of roses, chocolates, and heart-shaped balloons from your loved one, this was not the case at the poetry event, called “Black Love.” Many Western students gathered to hear romantic poetry about sex, relationships, love, heartbreaks and personal views on love.
The Black Student Union hosted the event for many students who wanted to spend time with friends or that special someone. Poetry, sofft music and serenades performed by students filled Spratt Hall.

Even with a crowd of nearly 50 students, the event came off very intimate, as the audience listened to poetry by Grant Williams, Kenya Miller, Eric Tolliver, followed by music performed by saxophone player Donovan Gilard and DJ Sound Ninja. It was easy for the crowd to feel connected with the poems.
Freshman Ebony Davis liked the poetry event and thought it was a great turn out.

“The saxophone and singing was my favorite part of the event,” Davis said.

Student Cameron Toliver felt as though the poetry was very descriptive and somewhat uncomfortable.
“I thought the poetry was very bold and I felt like some of the things said were very freaky,” Toliver said.

Soulz of Redemption poet performer, Grant Williams, was the main act of the night and really touched Western students as he explained how to satisfy your special someone on Valentine’s Day through his poetry. With so many ooh’s and ahh’s, Williams was able to reach out to students and connect to them on a whole different level. Writing and reading poetry has inspired Williams and has brought him to where he is today.

“My childhood is where I got my inspiration and ever since then, it has been an enjoyment of life,” Williams said. “Poetry is in my DNA and means so much to me.”
Last year’s “Black Love” was so successful that BSU decided to put on another one for this Valentine’s Day. BSU President Rodney Roberts feels as though the poetry night turned out to be very successful in giving students a Valentine’s Day atmosphere.

“I feel that the event turned out quite nice and I’m not only proud, but impressed by the attendance of the black students on campus,” Roberts said. “We also wanted to give the average college student who doesn’t have money to take their date out, an atmosphere for their valentine.”
Students who wish to know more about the poetry performed by Grant Williams can find Soulz of Redemption on Facebook.

St. Jo native and well known poet Grant Williams recites a poem from memory during the Black Student Union's "Black Love Poetry Night" Thursday night in Spratt Hall. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

St. Jo native and well known poet Grant Williams recites a poem from memory during the Black Student Union’s “Black Love Poetry Night” Thursday night in Spratt Hall. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

Snaps and applauses not only made the 2nd annual poetry night successful, but also melted many Missouri Western hearts on Valentine’s Day.

Grant Williams, a well known poet in the St. Jo area, expresses emotions while he recites one of his poem. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

Grant Williams, a well known poet in the St. Jo area, expresses emotions while he recites one of his poem. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor