Traveling to Brooklyn to attend the Maafa suite was our first trip that we did not have to awake at the crack of dawn for, so I was ready to go! After a very long bus ride with a very nice packed dinner we arrived at our destination. The first difference was the fact that we were checked in and given wristbands and programs on the bus instead of how they are normally distributed in the venue. As we made our way inside the building it was nothing how I expected; it was just a normal church, nothing extremely large or grand, the only unusual part was its thorough decoration to set the mood for the performance. As we started to get accustomed to our surroundings it was hard not to notice that we were part of a minority that night. In addition to that we had also missed the “wear all white” memo so I felt slightly out of place and uncomfortable.
After we took our seats, the show started with a calm introduction and then picked up into a very spirited, high-energy performance. There was everything; singing, dancing, acting, praying and celebrating the past, all wrapped up into one. You could tell everyone was very proud of the show and loved what they were doing. I thoroughly enjoyed it for the first hour and a half but after a while I became restless and uncomfortable. It was a wonderful display of African American history and pride, but it stretched on a little too long for my liking.