By Maya Douglas
Hood College talent collective Urban Outlet is gearing up for their third showcase on Nov. 11.
Since its creation last semester, president of the club Christiana Morris, senior, has dedicated her time and energy to fostering a club that “embraces a wide variety of talents.”
The showcase has featured rappers, singers, poetry and audience engaged freestyle competitions. Attendees can look forward to comedy and a new competition called “Minute to Win It,” where participants compete in timed challenges, to be added to the line-up of this semester’s show.
“We’re really all about having fun, not just having talent,” said Morris. “We want to increase crowd participation to show we’re really appreciative of them.”
Another major addition to the Urban Outlet Is the Underground Dance Team, led by Kayla Coleman. According to Morris, a step team is also likely to be added to the collective.
“The audience can expect a lot of truth in this next show,” said Morris. Their show theme is “Alienation” and will feature pieces related to self-discovery and acceptance.
With the Urban Outlet, Morris hopes to spread a theme of community on campus. The club threw a “kickback” in Whitaker Commons called Freestyle Friday earlier this semester and attributed their success to the laid-back approach in its event marketing.
One of the most rewarding parts of the Urban Outlet is “watching people come out of their shell and step up to the plate” said Morris. “I’ve seen a lot of people change for positively since the start [of the club].”
This year’s show marks the anniversary of the first show, which also occurred on November 11 of last year.