The Latino Student Forum and Black Student Union had its third annual “Two Beats, One Rhythm” event on March 28 at the Campus Center, where both cultures came together as one.
For the past three years, LSF and BSU have collaborated to bring an event where students learn about the Latin and African American culture.
Rosana Chavez, president of LSF, said LSF and BSU got together a month in advance to discuss the preparations such as what type of food would be served and what type of music would be played.
LSF served traditional Latino dishes such as rice, beans, chips and salsa. BSU served soul food, which consisted of fried chicken, rice, green beans, Hawaiian rolls, potato salad, and macaroni salad.
Abril Camarena, a freshman criminology major, enjoyed the food that was provided.
“I liked it all together because by itself it would have tasted plain,” she said.
LSF wanted students to know about some of Mexico’s traditional drinks, so Agua de tamarindo, a popular Mexican drink made out of pods from tamarind, and Manzanito Sol, a Mexican soda, were served along with American sodas.
Yelsse Bahena, a freshman international business major, was one of the many students who drank Agua de tamarindo at the event.
“It was really good despite how many others looked at it, because it looks like dirty water,” she said. “But people missed out because it was really good.”
DJ Bobkat provided the music for the night. The music consisted of modern hip hop songs with a mix of cumbia, merengue and salsa songs.
He started off the night by playing songs such as “Pour It Up” by Rihanna and “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District.
People started to hit the floor when the DJ played “Wobble Baby” by V.I.C., which then drew even more of a crowd as the songs “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo, “El Caballo Dorado,” and “Cupid’s Shuffle” by Cupid blasted from the speakers.
Then things took a turn for the unexpected when sophomore social science major Gage Henderson asked La Verne basketball player Jasmine Bush to be his girlfriend in front of every one. She excitedly accepted.
Henderson said the idea of asking Bush to be his girlfriend came to him at that very moment since the microphone was available.
“It seemed like the perfect opportunity,” he said.
The students continued to dance the night away, until it abruptly came to an end when DJ Bobkat played “Hot in Herre” by Nelly.
“I thought it was really fun,” said Nikita Lalla, a senior psychology major. “There was a lot of cultural diversity.”
Her friend Olga Saldivar, a junior criminology major, agreed with Lalla.
“I thought it was a really good idea to combine two cultures together and to bring together the different types of ethnicities we have,” she said.
Eduardo Fernandez, Vice President of LSF, was pleased with the outcome of “Two Beats, One Rhythm.”
“I think we had a good success,” he said. “People from both clubs came and people who didn’t belong to the (clubs). And we had a great DJ.”
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