Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hosts Soul Cafe showcasing SU students, community

By Anthony Bailey, ASST. DIGITAL EDITOR | Feb. 10, 2022

Arthur Maiorella, Staff Photographer | Along with Syracuse University musicians, local Syracuse rappers TMC and L2Real were able to share their song “Love Struck” with the audience.

Before the Soul Cafe event had even started, music was already being made. As more than 80 people walked into Schine Underground, the performers, hosts and DJs clapped in rhythm to the warmups. Before all the poems and songs were performed to a lively crowd, souls were already in the room.

On Wednesday, the Distinguished Delta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted Soul Cafe. Alpha Phi Alpha fall 2021 Ace and SU junior Jordan Pierre hosted the event, which featured singers, poets and rappers from Syracuse University and the Syracuse community.

Soul Cafe is a traditional event held by Alpha Phi Alpha that looks to showcase the talents of students and Syracuse community members, SU senior Fawaz Okoya said.

Okoya, the fall 2021 Deuce of the Delta Zeta chapter, was happy to bring back the cafe after the fraternity went through a three-year hiatus. Okoya hopes that events like the cafe can completely reestablish the influence the fraternity had before their break.

“Alphas had a strong impact on the Syracuse University campus. We want to show our previous impact on a new generation of students,” Okoya said.

The stage was bedazzled with black and gold streamers and balloons covering the performance area as dark blue and orange lights lit the audience. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, students, family and community members all joined together in the crowd to listen to the talent on display.

Overall, there were 21 performances, including original poetry and a John Legend cover. Moving covers like “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys and a blunt poem written and performed by SU senior Fabryce Fetus titled “Sucker for Love” were all part of the diverse performances on view at the cafe.