For the past two years, Men and Women of Color, in partnership with United Coalition, has hosted end of the year celebrations for Ball State’s minority community. The purpose and intention of the soiree is to celebrate and unify the students on Ball State’s campus with music, dance and history. This year’s celebration theme is Studio 54. Studio 54 fits the criteria that MWOC set to provide Ball State’s campus with a comfortable environment to network, socialize and build connections with other students. The theme was chosen based off its influence during the peak of the music and entertainment industry. The goal of the event is to start healthy conversations about the influences of the era and also showcasing talents within the student body.
The 70s represented musical and fashionable freedom post Civil Rights Era. Studio 54, in particular played a pivotal role in the growth of disco, soul funk pop music. For the Black culture in particular, the 70s was time of embracing Black love, hair and fashion. Artists such as Donna Summer, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson established masterpieces that set the tone for what it means to be Black and proud in America.
The unity during this time was unprecedented. Establishing who you are and what you stood for is apart of the environment that Men and Women of Color want to bring in the next week. The attire is 70s to early 80s formal with good and fun vibes only.
This year’s soiree will encompass a special performance from Royal Elite, giveaways, and more. Studio 54 will be held on January 26, 2018 at 7pm in the Kinghorn Multipurpose room.
Story by Maggie West