Every February our office makes an effort to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of African and African Americans that make our lives better today. This is done through a great deal of collaboration with our wonderful students, faculty/staff, departments, alumni, and community members. Some of our events include: The Black Hair Show; Kick-Off Speakers (ex. Melissa Harris-Perry); Black Women's Summit; Open Mic Night; and southern-style lunch at Aspen Grille. 

NEW PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES!

Being Black And...

This year we will be introducing our first "Being Black And..." series! Being Black is just one of the several identities we hold and it is important for students to take the time to explore why we/ they show up the way they/we do as Black individuals.  We may have one identity in common (being black), but other identities we hold influences our why, what, who, when, where and how. (Click here to watch our promo video!)

Motivational Monday w/ Breathing...

Every Monday we will pause to be in tune with ourselves by simply breathing. Life has many of us holding our breath and finding it difficult to simply be due to busy work, microaggressions, stress and anxiety. Self-care is important so we want to encourage black students, staff, and faculty to take time out of their busy schedules and be in tune with ourselves and each other ! 

iGaveBAACC

Giving BAACC (Black/African American Cultural Center) allows for students to take advantage of cultural, leadership, academic enhancement, and mentoring programs which will enhance their college experience and further develop them as future graduates. We are in need of assistance, and you can probably help!!! Be part of our #igavebaacc campaign! (Click here to give BAACC!)
 

Please find this year's schedule below:

 

 

 

This year’s Black History Month is filled with opportunities to be educated and/or entertained…see below for details on each program:

Thursday, January 26th   5 PM    LSC300           

Thirst for Knowledge // Back to Africa: More than Slavery

There are many discussions happening right now in the African American community questioning what connection if any do African Americans have with the African continent.  What has Africa and Africans done for Black people in America? This discussion will provide both a historical and contemporary context to explain that African history has more breadth and depth than the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.  And most importantly, there has always been a connection between Africa and African Americans that cannot be torn asunder.  Discussion Led by Octavius Jones

 

Saturday, January 28th    6 PM    LSC Theater

Clash of the Titans VI

Annual rap battle/concert presented by United Men of Color and ASCSU. Hip-Hop artist from all over the state come to take part in one of rap’s greatest past times, rap battling.  This year’s headliner is Audio Push and we will have a few of Colorado’s premiere local talent.  A show you do not want to miss – doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets necessary – csutix.com

January 31st    4 PM    B/AACC – LSC335     

REAL TALK

Topic:  Rape Survivors in the Black Community.  Breaking that code of silence can be a difficult space to navigate due to several risk factors including revictimization within the black community.  Panel of CSU Faculty and Staff

 

February 1st    4 PM    LSC Ballroom C  

Black History Month Kick-Off

An evening of dance, music, spoken word, art and singing featuring Vivian Kerr, 1st Director of the Black/African American Cultural Center (formerly known as Black Student Services) and Meredith Levert, founding Director of Project GO and 1st President of Black Student Services. 

 

February 2nd   4 PM    LSC 300 

Being Black &… Series

Topic:  Being Black and Religious

We will discuss the stereotypes vs the history of African American religion, spirituality and the church as an organization and community center. Several of the questions we will engage in are: What is it to be Black and believe? What is the role of discrimination and racism in being a spiritual African American?  Discussion Led by Dr. Ray Black

 

February 2nd   6 PM    LSC Theater

Birth of a Nation

A 2016 American period drama film based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.  Discussion to be followed.

 

February 3rd    2 PM    B/AACC – LSC 335  

Documentary: 13th

2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.

 

February 4th    4 PM    Cherokee Park Ballroom 

Meet the Greeks

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.  Come learn more

 

February 7th    4 PM    B/AACC – LSC 335  

REAL TALK

Topic: What is Blackness?

An in-depth discussion on what “black” means personally, socially, and globally. The goal of this discussion is to unpack how blackness is conceptualized by individuals of different backgrounds and how these views can be limiting or capture an essential quality of the Black Experience

 

February 7th  6 PM  LSC Grey Rock Room  

Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

A current assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. Featuring his book #STAMPED from the Beginning.  The definitive history of racist ideas in America.

 

February 8th   12 PM  LSC Grey Rock Room

Luncheon

By invite ONLY, RSVP required.  Black Faculty, Staff and Student Luncheon

 

February 9th   4 PM    LSC 300

Being Black &… Series

Topic:  Being Black and Bi/Multi-Racial 

In a society obsessed with pre-determined labels and systems of oppression based on ever-changing rules of heredity and false narratives of genetic hierarchies, being multi-racial or bi-racial presents a unique set of challenges. Often feeling constrained by checkboxes and fatigued from a constant barrage of explaining and defending our racial identities, the question of "What race are you?" can be a complex answer, one often compounded by feeling or being told by our own African American communities that we aren't Black enough (in our physical appearance or other cultural markers), yet marginalized because of our Blackness by other ethnic or racial groups with which we may identify. In this session we'll explore these challenges along with celebrating the unique strengths, beauty, and powerful insights being Black and multi/bi-racial provides us.

Discussion Led by Dr. Vincent Basile

 

February 10th 7 PM    LSC North Ballroom

Comedian: Nate Jackson

A comedian who became known on MTV’s hit show Nick Cannon Presents Wild’n Out.  He also appeared on Bounce TV’s Off the Chain and BET’s Comic View.  Born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  He studied organizational communications with a minor in standup comedy at Eastern Washington University. 

 

February 11th  6 PM   Lincoln Center

22nd Annual Hip Hop Explosion “Back by Popular Demand!” Step Show and Stroll Off

 

February 12th  4 PM   LSC Theater

Hair Show: Dripping Melanin

Featuring a variety of black hairstyles from the short and sassy look to the charismatic, but classic chicness look!  Did we mention - out with the old but in with the new natural look and let us not forget against all odd we must protect the do. Join us as we feature stylist from the Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins area

 

February 14th  4 PM  B/AACC – LSC 335

REAL TALK

Topic: Black Love

A long needed and much awaited discussion of romance and commitment in the black community. This discussion will be directed towards discussing what love means and what “Black Love” is. The conversation will include the high single parent rates in the Black Community.

 

February 16th   LUNCH @ Aspen Grille

Soul Food Lunch

Reservations Required and a Nominal Fee – 970.491.7006

Conceived and designed by students, the Aspen Grille offers real-world experience to students in the Hospitality Management Program within the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

 

February 16th  4 PM   LSC 300

Being Black &… Series

Topic:  Being Black and LGB

The intersectionality of our identities are complex, messy and often times overlooked. Our visible representation as being Black often is the only thing that is seen, where our identities as LGBT are either invisible or sometimes assumed based upon our actions and behaviors. As a community we must discuss the historical context, ramifications of our thoughts, actions and beliefs on community development and self-esteem and importance of shared experiences and life stories for our future success as a community.  Come discuss, learn and evolve your perspective on Being Black and  LGB

  Discussion Led by Dr. Kyle Oldham

 

February 16th  4:30 & 7 PM   LSC Theater

Southside with You

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

 

February 17th   LUNCH @ Aspen Grille

Soul Food Lunch

Reservations Required and a Nominal Fee – 970.491.7006

Conceived and designed by students, the Aspen Grille offers real-world experience to students in the Hospitality Management Program within the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

 

February 21st  4PM  B/AACC- LSC 335

REAL TALK

Topic:  Cultural Appropriation

An examination of the meaning of Cultural Appropriation while examining if African Americans culturally appropriate the African culture.

 

February 22nd  5 PM    LSC 382

Sex for Chocolate

Presented by BSA, designed for everyone – join in the hot discussion about sex and relationships.  While the event is educational, there is sure to be laughter and realness. 

 

February 23rd  6 PM    LSC Grand Ballroom

Speaker: TBA

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February 23rd  4 PM   LSC 300

Being Black &… Series

Topic:  Being Black and a Feminist  

Every Thursday in February there will be a discussion led by faculty members who will discuss what it means to be black &…  Our black identities encompass several other components to make up our entire being is a message CSU students want their campus community to know.  Discussion Led by Dr. Karina Cespedes

 

February 24th  12 PM  B/AACC – LSC 335

Black History Quiz Bowl

Watch Black Student Alliance, United Men of Color, United Women of Color, Africans’ United and COLORS battle it out Jeopardy Style – winner gets a pizza party for their organization.

 

February 24th   7 PM    LSC Ballroom A

Old School Funk Night

Enjoy some old school music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early '00s – dress to impress, there will be a costume contest for each decade! Featuring DJ Kent Washington

 

February 28th 4 PM

REAL TALK

Topic: G.O.A.T. Black Heroes

 The legends you know and love. Who are the Black people you look up to? Who inspires you to embrace your blackness. What community builders do you feel influenced our culture most profoundly? Who do we overlook?

 

March 2nd    6 PM    Longs Peak Rm

Speaker: Stephanie Covington Armstrong

“Not all Black Girls Know how to Eat: A story of Bulimia"

Armstrong is a playwright and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Her commentary on black women and eating disorders, "Digesting the Truth," was featured on NP.  She has written for Essence, Sassy, Mademoiselle and Venice magazines and several plays.

 

March 4th   All Day  LSC

Registration Required – Black Student Empowerment Conference

The purpose of this summit is to affirm student’s blackness while valuing the intersections of their other identities. It is our goal to provide students the opportunity to name their experiences and gain tools to describe and understand how their identities impact their everyday lives at individual, societal and systemic levels. - https://goo.gl/forms/i6hCoF3l66lfP2jk2

 

For more information on any of these events, please call 970.491.5781 and speak to one of the Black/African American Cultural Centers staff members.