Caribbean Splash Jam
Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Experience the Caribbean UT style at the Annual Splash Jam Pool Party. You will enjoy live entertainment, Greek Stroll-Off, free food, games, prizes and lots more! A signature Welcome Week event, Splash Jam provides a fun-filled environment that allows us to welcome the Class 2018 and returning students.
10th Annual Legend's Lectures Series
POSTPONED until Spring Semester 2015
University Center Auditorium and Ballroom
The Legend’s Lecture series hopes to honor and raise public awareness of the accomplishments of an African-American who has, in some way, positively shaped African-American culture in their lifetime. The Legend’s Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2005, making this our 10th Annual Legend’s Lecture Event.
The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show
Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00 PM
University Center Auditorium
The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show (#FFCS) is an entertaining mix of original stand-up, sharp improv, and amusing crowd interactive games. The #FFCS is accomplished by four of the nations fastest rising comedians: Brian "B Daht" McLaughlin (NC 102Jamz WildOut Wake-up Show, Walter Latham's Comedy After Dark,) Anthony "Chico" Bean ( MTV2 Nick Cannon's WildNOut,) Darren "Big Baby" Brand, and Demar "Osama Bin Drankin" Rankin. Because each #FFCS is tailored to fit its audience, every show is distinctly different than its predecessor. This format helped the #FFCS evolve into a highly requested collegiate act, performing at more than 50 schools within the last two years. The fusion of original Stand-Up and urban Improv produces a recipe of funny that keeps its audience joyfully on the edge of their seats truly making the #FFCS a live comedy experience unlike any other!
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Black Cultural Center
Join us for a trip down memory lane as we celebrate Homecoming 2014! The annual tailgate will provide a fun-filled environment that allows current students to show their school spirit and fellowship with other students, faculty/staff, and alumni.
Homecoming 2014: 15th Annual Southeastern Stomp Fest
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 PM
Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Now in its 15th year, Southeastern Stomp Fest is a signature homecoming event hosted by the Black Cultural Programming Committee. Stomp Fest an opportunity for the UT student body, alumni, and Knoxville community to enjoy high energy stepping performances by NPHC Fraternities and Sororities. Jay Dukes will be the host. Jay Dukes is an all-around entertainer who has been touring since he graduated college just a couple years ago. Jay hosted the National Pre-Alumni Council Conference twice as only an undergrad. As a comedian, he brings a unique versatility that appeals to all college students with his high energy, relatable material, and crowd engaging style. Growing up in South Carolina, Jay love performing for his schools year after year. Time to join Team Jay Dukes!
Tickets will be on sale September 2, 2014, at the Central Ticket Office, Thompson-Boling Ticket Office, and all Knoxville Tickets outlets.
Monday, November 3, 2014, 7:00 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre
Raisin’ Cain is inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel "Cane" and works by the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance. In the American Black community, during the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, there was a sense of building artistic expression. Outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. But in 1918, as the first great World War concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, this mountain of artistic expression was now ready to explode. The words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and many others, became the voice of a new generation of African-Americans- looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. These thoughts, songs, and images are woven into a panoramic experience that spans this extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor. Raisin’ Cane is a window on this critical point in our history. Starring the award winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, a modern day Griot, and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin' Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.
This program is free and open to the public.
Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:00 PM
University Center Ballroom
The annual Kwanzaa celebration highlights the traditions and importance of Kwanzaa to African-American culture. The event is often celebrated with a combination of a candle-lighting ceremony, feast (Karamu) and dancing. This year’s celebration hopes to feature Bokendeye African-American Dance Theater.
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