Published on October 11th, 2016 | by Aasha Francis0
Hispanic Heritage Month: Live Performance Kick-off Show
Wright College and the Humboldt Park campus collaborated to bring a series of events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15th through October 15th. The first event of many, the live performances began with a hip hop freestyle dance from Wright College students; Jarod Villapardo, Ryan Benigno, and Issac Vasquez, breakdancing to DJ Jorge Hernandez’s hip hop turntables, highlighting the Latino contribution to hip hop culture, which began in the Bronx area of New York but soon spread like wildfire across the country. Other performances included poetry from Chicago-based poet Janeida Rivera, a native of Humboldt Park, who presented poetry that focused on Latinos in the incarceration system, what is means to be a Latina woman and navigating race and gender identity issues within her family system. Singer Jhonatan Marin sang original songs of love and heartbreak in Spanish that reflected the bachata style of music, a popular Latin American musical genre that originated in the Dominican Republic. A drama presentation was presented by Johnny Garcia, of Chicago’s Redtwist theatre, who acted out scenes from his experience as a first generation Puerto Rican in America, from his larger stage production entitled “That’s F’d Up.” Students who attended the show were able to hear from real life experiences of local talent who could relate to the struggle, pain, joys and triumphs of Hispanic Heritage and Culture.
For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month events, follow the Wright College face book page for updates or stop by the Student Activities office in S134 to pick up a schedule.