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Southeastern NAACP sponsors 'Top Talent' show Monday to promote AIDS awareness

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University chapter of the NAACP is sponsoring “Top Talent,” a talent showcase of Southeastern students.

     The showcase is scheduled for Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The event is cosponsored by the Flipside student dance organization.

     Top Talent coordinator Anthony Jackson, a senior criminal justice major from New Orleans, said the Southeastern National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter created the event as a way to promote AIDS awareness as well as highlight “top secret talent” among the student body.

     Those who purchase tickets in advance at the War Memorial Student Union will receive a Southeastern AIDS awareness bracelet. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Doors will open at Pottle Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

     Jackson said proceeds will go to New Orleans’ NO/AIDS Task Force.

     Since Top Talent is scheduled on the evening before the national election, Jackson said the chapter is billing it as the “inauguration” of what it hopes will be an annual event.

     “We are going to take the opportunity to encourage members of the audience to get out and vote the next day,” he said.

     Jackson said 10 acts, including dancing, singing, poetry, step dancing and rap, will take the stage for the Top Talent program. Performers include Flipside, guest student dance groups from Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and the drumline of the Southeastern Spirit of the Southland marching band.

     Jackson, who founded Flipside as a freshman in 2005, said the group, which frequently performs at campus events, now has 20 members, many of them students in Southeastern’s dance program.

     For additional information, contact Southeastern NAACP chapter advisor Brandon Parker at 985-549-5630.

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