Then, there were too many performances and the show dragged on longer than it needed to. There were random raffles, dance contests, and unfunny banter. By the time the performances started to heat up, the weather had grown cold and people were more concerned about getting pictures of Sam than learning about anything Black. Don't get me wrong I really liked that the programs containing a timeline of Black artistry was great. Also, many of the performances were awesome as well. The worship dance, reggae performance, and incredible operatic rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" comparable to Marian Anderson, were absolutely breathtaking, but they took too long to get to. Koreans were part of the show too. They beatboxed, danced hip hop, popped and locked, and rapped sometimes making it seem like they could do "Black" better than Black people. The next Monday, I asked my students who attended the festival what they thought and what they had learned and they said "Sam is so tall" "Sam is handsome"...Sam Sam Sam Sam...Le sigh
Last year, I left the festival wanting more, this year I just wanted it to end. Well, here's to next year. Is it enough to have a festival and let our presence be known if its not executed in the best way?