What began at the University of Idaho in 2003 is now a touring enterprise making waves across the Northwest. Kwapi Vengesayi is the man behind Shades of Black, a performing arts showcase that celebrates "the different textures and dimensions of the black experience" through the celebration of a culture, not a race.
At 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, the project comes to Boise State for a free public performance in the Student Union Building. Through spoken word, poetry, song and dance, the performers of Shades of Black explore the ideas of identity and culture. They pull talent from students at universities like Washington State, Gonzaga, Boise State, University of Idaho and others.
According to Vengesayi and the show's organizers, the mission is diversity of all sorts. They welcome performers and audience members from all walks of life.
The Boise State performance will be hosted by Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and sponsored by the MLK Committee. Performers at Boise State will include the soulful performance of singer-songwriter Victoria Lunde, choreography by Pacific Northwest great Max Nguyen and a whole host of other artists.