Bowie State University hosted the production “Paige in Full: A B-Girls Visual Mixtape” on Feb. 17, one of the first events to be held in the Black Box Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
As the crowd packed the tiny theater, an excitement filled the air as the audience’s anticipation grew for the night’s performance.
"Paige in Full” is the autobiographical story of Paige Hernandez who grew up the in Baltimore. She explores her multiethnic roots through pop culture with melodies of hip hop, poetry and dance. Her story is shaped and anchored in her love for hip hop, which she used to draw the audience into her story.
Hernandez’s story is filled with elements of comedy and pain as she goes through her life’s trials and triumphs. She is in search of her identity as a multicultural young woman. She asks “Am I black enough, Chinese enough or Cuban enough?”
Hernandez finds a sense of acceptance of who she is through her love and anchor of hip hop. She also allows the audience to be a part of her hip hop CPR, as she leads them through her life of love, loss, and hip hop. It was an awesome production which held the audience spell bound.
The story unfolds on a backdrop of multimedia projections provided by Prof. Tewodross Melchishua, associate professor and VDCMA Program Coordinator at Bowie State University. The visual arts were a critical element to the show. Melchishua’s associate, Danielle A. Drakes, helped develop, produce, and direct the original production and was also present at the performance.