Students show off at sorority show

Vanessa Denice

The Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. hosted the first annual “Show Us What You Got” Talent Show on Nov. 15 at the Belle Air Terrace. One of the judges was Amir Khan, the senior director of special projects and events at Philadelphia International Records. Khan is also the founder of Dream Stream Entertainment and has worked at MTV and Mustapha Khan Productions. He was joined by Sandy Williams, his business partner who is also an alum of Lambda Theta Alpha. The show featured 11 acts, ranging from rap to poetry to a rock band. Manual Martin opened the show by playing three songs on an acoustic guitar. His vocals were accompanied by Kat Barbara. Together, they performed Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” and the Beatles’ classics “Hey Jude” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.” They were followed by Louis King reciting lyrical poetry. King’s mixture of rap and spoken word dazzled the crowd, especially during his freestyle routine, with lines like, “I stole the show the same way the Giants stole the Super Bowl.” The next act was rapper Jeffrey Rosario, who performed his song “If I Was Your Man” to the Interested Ladies. He was then joined on stage by Tyrelle Kelly, and together they rapped the more serious song “This is the Life.” Then members from established chapters of Lambda Theta Alpha took the stage. Two members from Rutgers did an official salute that promoted the ideals of LTA – love, respect and unity. A group of LTA members from Temple University then performed a stroll. At the midpoint of the show, David Shaking recited a poem with political messages. He was followed by Roland Kennedy, who played the piano. He began by playing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” and followed with music that was geared more toward his classical and jazz background. During that, Kennedy improvised some music for the crowd.The next act was Typhoon the Goon, a rock band based in New York City that was performing in its first real show. The band performed a three-song set, including its own original songs “Dry September” and “Wasted.” Typhoon the Goon also gave an encore performance after the show was done.The following act continued with the musical theme, as a female quartet performed Beyoncé’s newest single, “If I Were a Boy,” a cappella. Introducing themselves merely as Candice, Keisha, Stacy and Whitley, the group’s soft vocals seemed to capture the crowd’s attention from beginning to end. Coming to the stage again for the next act was Kelly. First, he rapped his song “The Mode of Expression” before launching into “So Na’ve,” which featured a fellow member of Kelly’s new musical club on campus. The final act was Amber Brown, who sang an a capella version of “Only Hope” from the movie “A Walk to Remember.” Brown had the crowd cheering all throughout her performance as she delivered one of the most memorable moments of the night. The two judges then closed out the night by announcing the winners of first, second and third place. Kennedy and King tied for third place, while Brown came in second place. All three won gift certificates. The grand prize of the evening went to Typhoon the Goon, which not only received Villanova gear and a plaque but also got a glowing review from Khan. A portion of the proceeds from the entrance fee will go toward the Northern Home for Children in Philadelphia.