Virginia Tech’s Black Alumni Reunion took place last weekend. Friday was the Overton R. Johnson Stepshow. Saturday was full of events, including art shows, networking luncheons, and happy hours. I was literally all over campus shooting things. One of the events I had the opportunity to take photos for was the Alpha Ball, which was hosted by the Theta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This is a joint chapter with split membership between members located at both Virginia Tech and Radford University.
The first time I came to Virginia Tech in March 2013, it was the weekend of the Alpha Ball. Everyone told me to stay so I could experience it. I didn’t end up staying because I figured I wasn’t missing anything big. Boy, was I wrong. The Alpha Ball is one of the flagship events in the black community. Everybody comes out for this event, even older individuals that you wouldn’t expect to see out at a fraternity party.
This event was literally a movie. The venue had three different rooms, each with their own DJ spinning tunes. Everyone came out in their Sunday’s best. I honestly haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been in Blacksburg. It was a phenomenal time, both as a photographer and a partygoer.
Theta Iota is a group of standup guys. I would like to sincerely thank them for allowing me to document this event. It was a great time. The chapter is very easy to work with. I don’t typically shoot parties, but this is one that I would shoot again without hesitation.
These photos are a departure from what I usually do. You're gonna see some weird-looking ones. And some out-of-focus ones. But I still feel like those photos captured the essence of the night. Let me know if I succeeded in my endeavor.
If you would like to use some of these photos, I don't mind at all. I only ask that you do not remove my watermark.
If you did not have an opportunity to make it to the event, I pray that these photos will serve as a suitable substitute. Click on the photos below to see the gallery.
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