The Black Student Union at the University of Central Florida will be presenting their 2nd Annual "Knuck If You Buck Stroll Off" on Sunday, October 8th at 7pm. You can me hosting alongside the beautiful Sydne Taylor of Uncensored407 as well as a special performance from the WTFuture GVNG. This night is looking like one for the books! Meet us there.
I'm extremely proud to present the Purple Hues EP by WTF's own Kayland. Announced at her most recent Mood The Party set at The Abbey, this project has been put together over the last 6-7 months alongside another WTF songstress and producer, Ayaana Nash. Enjoy!
Come out to witness the Immortal UCF Sigmas release our newest members to the community this Saturday at UCF's Visual Arts Building. It's going to be a dope production. #MAB
Psssst! The last open mic of the semester is on 4/20. It will be in the Psychology building of UCF's campus in room PSY108. Everyone is welcome to come and close out a great year with Project S.P.I.T. and Writers UKnighted. Share or sit back and enjoy! Either way, we'd love to see you there.
Nadege's song "WOLVES" is a representation of the battles we as individuals encounter throughout our lives. We are always "running with the wolves", whether it's family, school, work, or relationship related; this song is capturing that breakout point where one is able to overcome the trials and tribulations they were faced with. Find the light through the darkness.
UCF Alumknight, and now published author, Shelby Birch will be on UCF campus from Washington D.C. for her book signing hosted by Project S.P.I.T. A blog was written when the book was released last month (Read Here). Come out and get your copy from the author herself and enjoy a small feature from her as well next Friday, April 7th at 6PM.
by: Andrea Rivera
The United Creatives Festival, or UCFEST, is an opportunity for young creative people to indulge in the artistic community around them. There are opportunities for young artists, photographers, journalists, bloggers, musicians, students, and families to connect with one another. The purpose of UCFEST is to serve as a platform for unseen UCF talent and local Orlando talent to bridge the gap between the university and the surrounding communities.
This idea was developed by UCF AlumKnight Brandon Payne, known as IAMPVYNE. Pvyne is very well-known in the UCF community and a huge participant in local urban arts, performing frequently at art shows, networking events, and concerts all around Florida. He has always had his heart set on leaving a legacy at the University of Central Florida by giving something back to the community that gave him so much. With the help of one of the largest student activity divisions on campus, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and his WTF (We The Future) Events Team, Pvyne is now able to do just that.
We invite you to join us in a great production and be apart of our diverse community!
Line-up is being released very soon. Stay tuned for more information.
I've been very quiet about this for over a year, but here we are a few weeks out from #UCFEST17, my first ever festival as an Event Manager/Planner. Extremely proud that my first festival has been planned alongside the university I received my Event Management degree from. It has been a process and I'm just watching all of my dreams come to fruition. Shoutout to the WTF Events team & UCF Campus Activities Board (CAB) for all of the work you've put in so far. Hope to see you all there!
What: Arts, Music, & Fashion Festival
When: Thursday, April 6th | 5-10PM
Where: Memory Mall (UCF Campus)
Stay tuned for more details
Word from the Poet | By the 4th grade, I’d thought I had seen it all until hip-hop and poetry came into the picture. At my lowest point where I thought about taking my life due to my surroundings, the beauty of writing swooped in and impacted my life in ways I cannot describe. My mom’s constant pushes to keep me on the right road despite our situations really steered me in the right direction and then the elements of hip-hop kept me on route so I thank both of them. I hope to instill another person with vitality and hope when they feel it is all useless which is why I even began to pick up the pen. Spreading influence is a huge goal of mine. Currently, I met my university's only spoken word organization called Project: S.P.I.T. (Student Poetry Initiating Thought) and they constantly inspire me daily to improve. Their team is going to represent Florida in an international slam in Chicago titled CUPSI2017 and they can use all the support possible! The link below allows you to donate. Any amount will help! Spread the word. #InFullEffect
Peep the debut single from Kayland "Let You Do This" produced by Ayaana Nash. I promise it rides, just listen. And congrats on your first single babygirl! #WTFGVNG
This week for Throwbyk Thursday, let's go back to AKA Lip Sync 2015 since they had another successful one last night. This was our first time participating and we had one hell of a time doing it. Check it out doooooe!
New freestyle track from one of the young talents of UCF. This dude can freestyle endlessly about almost anything while switching flows seamlessly. I am personally amazed everytime I hear him. Check out his remix to J. Cole's post-For Your Eyez Only track "High for Hours". Enjoy!
So if you live under a rock and have not seen the thousands of posts from these lovely ladies yesterday to bring in their two year AKAversary with the biggest bang that seemed to have shut down social media (Lordt lol), today is all about Pearls of C.U.L.T.U.R.E. (P.O.C.) - the Fall 2014 line of Pi Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at my alma mater, the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
[Let's get personal] I felt the urge to write this blog because of the love I have for this group on young women. For most of this huge line of 36, there was already a relationship there between you and I through mentor-ship, deep Student Union conversations, and mutual interests as college students looking to make a difference. I remember watching your probate and feeling so proud that you all made it into greek life to show a positive influence on our brothers and sisters. You are such an influential line not only being the largest line to cross at UCF, but also being a group of powerful BLACK women with a drive that cannot be distracted. You all changed the scope of greek life at UCF by simply going as hard as possible to the point where everyone had to step up or fall behind. You all inspire others more than you know inside and outside of greek life. As a fellow member of the Divine Nine, I appreciate your contributions to our greater cause. I pray that you all continue your individual and group successes as you grow beyond the UCF community. I am a fan of black excellence, so you have my support the whole way. One time for P.O.C. (Pretty Gvng) !
- With love, Pvyne
P.S. I remember writing out individual qualities I appreciated about each and every one of you way back after your probate and I am extremely proud to see that those qualities still shine through today.
One year ago, I put a snippet of Obama joking with a heckler at one of his White House speeches on the intro of Reality Check: Season One as a quick snapshot of the reality of that time. We have been blessed for the last 8 years to have a leader who could so easily be personable with the people of our country.
Last Friday, October 28th, I was given the opportunity to see MY president in person for the first time. Since the announcement of the rally, I had been anxious to see him deliver an inspirational speech. Not only is President Barack Obama the first black president, but the first of my lifetime to connect with the youth on a personal level. We relate to him in a way we could not relate to the other presidents of our lifetime. I am truly grateful to have witnessed this especially since it was at my alma mater, the University of Central Florida. His speech was full of encouragement for the youth to vote and be heard. We are in a dire election year where we have a candidate with zero presidential experience and lack of commitment to his words. Obama wanted to make it clear to the youth present, ranging from a high school band to college students, that they could be the voice that shifts this election. As always, he controlled the crowd and received roars of cheers at every major point of his speech.
Now I do have one very interesting moment from the rally to share with you all. At one of the high points of Obama's speech, a Trump supporter jumped over the railing, where I was taking pictures I might add, to start heckling. This man was wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Bill Clinton with the word "RAPIST" at the bottom. He took that opportunity to yell "Clinton is a rapist!" at the top of his lungs over Obama's speech. Not only was this annoying to be around, but he was also blocking my view of Obeezy and that was not okay. On top of this guy causing a scene, he also drew the attention of all of the media outlets right in front of us. They are turned around and started snapping pictures of this heckler, so you know what we did? We started chanting "OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!" as loud as we could and the movement spread around the whole arena. That was such an exhilarating moment and just when we finished, the cops were there to grab the man and escort him out of the rally. Heads up, If you see me in a picture from that rally on any news outlet, just know I was not in support of that guy. lol
Below are a few pictures I was able to capture during the speech practicing my new hobby as well as the full speech. Enjoy!
Hello GVNG, I'm just checking in to let you all know that the 2nd Drop The Mic, sponsored by Project S.P.I.T. & UCF's Campus Activities Board, is today and back at the campus Starbucks. I hope to see you there!
So I attended the Drop The Mic event last night presented by Project S.P.I.T. and UCF Campus Activities Board at the Starbucks on campus. This event was such a breath of fresh air. One thing I realize when I look back to my years at UCF that is a direct contrast to now is that there was no artistic scene for musical creative. I often felt alone in that realm with no one to network with except Full Sail students or local Orlando artists. This event last night showed me that UCF has grown in its artistic scene with so many new young creatives attending my alma mater. This fact makes me completely proud because there is now a space for young people like me. From the show itself to the cypher we did outside the venue after the show, I was totally stoked with the future of UCF. Those are just a few of my thoughts.
Special thanks to my WeTheFuture sister Kendall Josey for curating and inviting me out to perform. Follow @talented_chick & @ProjectSPIT on Instagram