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The BlackGreek Mobile App Puts “The Yard” Right At Your Fingertips

The BlackGreek Mobile App is a free app designed to put “The Yard” right at your fingertips and is the first app featuring news, step shows, stroll off videos, and alerts from: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

BlackGreek.TV was developed out of the question, “Are Black Greek Lettered Organizations still relevant today?” Lillian Jones, Content Director of EMQ Networks, suggests they are, “These organizations still hold fellowship, scholarship, and service as its main pillars and are constanly working in our communities. The problem is more people see the parties than the community outreach.”

EMQ Networks’ goal with developing BlackGreek.TV was to create a space to showcase and share a well rounded depiction of the Black Greek lifestyle and experience. Programming for the network will include spotlights on top under-graduate and graduate chapter members, special events, service projects, and more. The Black Greek Mobile App which has been downloaded over 10,000 times to date will allow you to:

*View All Greek News provides a quick overview
Refresh to get the latest news and videos

*Sort by fraternity or sorority See only content from your favorite fraternity or sorority

*Spread The Word
Share videos and news with via Facebook, Twitter or E-mail

Download the app today at http://blackgreek.tv/bgapp/.

For more information on EMQ Networks visit: http://www.emqnetworks.com

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Sprite Step Off Winners- Atlanta: Zeta Tau Alpha

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6 Arrested in Rutgers University Sigma Gamma Rho Hazing Case



Six members of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday accused of hazing pledges.
The students turned suspects are 20 and 21 years old. They’re accused of severely limiting how much food the alleged victims ate over several days and paddling.

The university suspended the Rutgers chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, as did the sorority’s national organization in North Carolina, university spokesman Greg Trevor said last night, declining further comment because the matter is “under investigation.”

But one of as many as seven alleged victims described a frightening nightly ritual of paddlings, saying she’d been struck 201 times between Jan. 18 and Monday, The Star-Ledger reported. Others told cops they’d been denied food.

“They told us there was no hazing, that they didn’t believe in it,” the pledge said, telling the newspaper she wanted to join Sigma Gamma Rho because of its history of community service. She said the group was told the beatings would “humble” them and get them to rely on one another.

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AKA Founder’s Day: Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good?

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One cold day in 1908- January 15th to be specific- an elite group of top scholars, student athletes, and civic leaders gathered together in Miner Hall, on the prestigious campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Though in the midst of post-slavery and gender discrimination, these young women of high scholastic and ethical standards obeyed the call on their lives and the vision set before them, to create something that had never existed before: an organization exclusively for college-trained women of color, dedicated to supreme service and sisterhood; known now and forever as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

These undaunted, undeniable, yet gracious young ladies made an immediate impact on the campus, the community and the country. They were dedicated to “ameliorate the plight” of Black women and girls, through scholarship, service, culture and friendship. Despite adversity and turmoil, these women continued their mission to provide a torch that would enlighten others.

Through the years, the service programs have evolved, but the commitment to service and excellence has remained the same. Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been significantly involved in every major social, political, and race movement since its inception, including the creation of the NAACP, World Wars I & II, women’s suffrage, civil rights, UNCF, national vocational training, innumerable political campaigns, and disaster relief, including assistance with the recent tragedy in Haiti. The organization continues to assist those who are in need or deserving of aid related to education, healthcare, finance, family, culture, politics and more.

Being the first organized and incorporated sorority for Black women is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of Alpha Kappa Alpha firsts. Alpha Kappa Alpha women are as strong as the ivy, yet as precious as the pearls that represent them; encircling, cultivating and yes, beautifying the entire world with confidence, intelligence and charm.

The additional “stereotypical” qualities and image are mere bonuses to the multi-faceted Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. If you are member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, I encourage you to take this opportunity to appreciate our beloved Sixteen, by remembering the reason that you sought membership, re-activating your membership, donating your resources and gifts, and encouraging another sister to do the same. If you are not a member of the organization, I ask you to simply thank an AKA for the role that she has surely played in your life as an educator, mentor, healthcare provider, mother, sister, wife, or friend.

Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good? May God continue to bless all of us to be a blessing to mankind.

Jada Wright
Alpha Psi 1995- Tennessee State University

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Prince George’s chapter of Zeta Phi Beta celebrates its 60th anniversary



At 82, Helen Hutchinson remains an inspiring, vital and active member of the Prince George’s County chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Hutchinson, along with several other chapter members, recently received honors for 25 years or more of service during the chapter’s 60th anniversary celebration.

The county organization, formally known as the Delta Zeta Zeta chapter, has about 50 members and provides four to six college scholarships between $1,000 and $2,000 each year, which have gone to high school seniors and one current college student. The organization raises the money from two annual events, a fashion show and a jazz luncheon, and often teams up with organizations such as the Women’s Action Coalition and the Commission for Women.

Educator and civil rights advocate Theresa Banks, the first president of the chapter, convinced the county to build a library in Fairmont Heights and urged leaders to create a Human Relations Commission, Hutchinson said.

Despite today’s hectic pace and the growing number of community service organizations, Hutchinson says women still seem to have an interest in joining sororities.

“Being a member of a sorority opens new avenues for you,” said Hutchinson, who served two terms as chapter president between 1980 and 1984. In addition to leadership opportunities and the chance to travel across the United States for regional and national conferences, sorority membership fosters friendship and sisterly love.

Hutchinson, for example, still keeps in touch with some of the women she pledged with at Howard University. The members of the county chapter also maintain a strong bond, she said.

“You get to know each other so well, you become almost like real sisters,” Hutchinson said.

Robinson, who’s nearing the end of her two-year term as president, joined the chapter in 1991 after pledging the sorority in 1983 at Hampton University. The chapter, she said, also has sought to tackle ongoing community concerns by providing services to moms and pregnant women, supporting adult literacy and other educational efforts and sponsoring health fairs as well as anti-drug seminars.

Robinson noted that up-and-coming chapter leaders feel much more confident when long-time members such as Hutchinson stand strong with them.