By Brian Riley
Kadir Wisdom, a junior marketing major, was the campus Cupid last week. He didn’t shoot any arrows, but instead sang tunes to fellow students. Throughout the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Wisdom served as an on-call singer for whichever couple requested his services. (Anyone could have signed up by going to the concierge desk in Hillwood Commons). Wisdom’s first performance was on Feb. 11, and ran through Valentine’s Day.
Wisdom doesn’t have any experience as a singer, but used this experience to help build his confidence to ultimately give it a go as a singer. Antonette Dauré, a senior forensic science major and fellow club member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), approached him with the idea.
This was the first time this has ever been done at the university and was a completely free service. A student has a choice of seven songs and the location. Some song choices included “With You” by Chris Brown, “Love” by Keisha Cole, “Love” by Musiq Soulchild. Wisdom would also perform at the residence halls in addition to Hillwood Commons and Humanities Hall. If the student wanted, a Valentine’s Day card could also have been delivered at the time of the performance.
The idea was spawned at an NAACP meeting. The club knew they wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day, but wanted to do something that was inclusive to everyone, not just members of the club.
Wisdom said he would definitely do this again next year. In regards to his future as a singer, he said, “I’m taking it one step at a time. I just started now singing in front of people; I’m using this to gain confidence.” He also added that he may possibly have used this experience to help push himself into a campus talent show.