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Cultures unite at third annual "Island Vibes" event

By SHANIQUA KING
On November 22, 2011

On November 5, all the Caribbean cultures united as one as the third annual Island Vibes Cultural showcase shed a positive light on the UB community. It brought a togetherness of Caribbean population on campus to set a platform on the different aspects of the West Indian heritage that you don't normally see on an everyday basis. The night was filled with lots of energy, vibrancy and enlightenment. It sent a central message to the audience; that the Caribbean is surrounded with talented, intelligent and beautiful people, was the ultimate goal of that night's event.   

The audience was greeted with a live performance by a Calypso steel band that set the mood throughout the show, because it symbolized the togetherness of the Caribbean. The night was filled with high energy performances and highlights included: FLOH (Future Leaders of Hip Hop), United We Step, the grace and elegance of Haitian dance pieces by Soraya Louis and Pamela Piard and poetry reading from Francis Nunez.  The performances were not the only thing that got the crowd going during that night.

The fashions that were seen on stage featured various designers from New York, Connecticut and other parts of the United States that added a little bit of glamour to the evening.  The designs by the Fabric Twinz featured lots of shimmery, glamorous and sophisticated pieces from their collection including the full leather skirts and beautiful evening gowns that were pleasing to the eye. There were also beautiful maxi dresses with beautiful draping details from the Tyaire B collection to gorgeous lace dresses in the D Diamond collection. They even appealed to little children in the Caribbean Splash collection.

The Island Vibes event, sponsored by CSA (Caribbean Student Association), Purple Light Charity Club and SPB (Student Programming Board) was truly a teaching, entertaining and wonderful night of enjoyment for the audience.


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