The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research will showcase WVU students and their musical talents Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 7PM in the Gluck Theater in the Mountainlair. Music has been one form of the arts that african american’s have used as a escapism from the oppression of slavery, to the motown civil rights movement in the 1960’s, up to the current political climate with hip hop and spoken word. “The Center for Black Culture and Research is proud to showcase our students talents, and use this event as a form of unifying the campus community,” said Eric Jordan, program coordinator of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “We always have a diverse lineup of music genres and cultures involved with this show ” This year’s lineup includes WVU students Chris Allen (neo hip hop), Remy Black and the Funky Mudbugs (trans genre), Vallie (hip hop), Mikalaa Martin (pop), Durko (hip hop), Scott Link (pop), King Demi (hip hop), Brooke Cottrill (pop / rock), D. Wood (hip hop) Joydell Sims (spoken word), Madeline Samsell (pop), and Iahanna Henry (neo soul). The show will be hosted by WVU graduate student and the official DJ for WVU Basketball, DJ Dollar There will be a special guest performer from local christian rapper Lamar Riddick. The Pi Mu fraternity has a featured part of the show called “Food for Thought”, a spoken word presentation. Performers Madeline Samsell, Brooke Cottrill, Scott Link, and Mikalaa Martin are all former Mountaineer Idol contestants from this Fall semester.