It doesnt matter where I am. Howard, Virginia State, Lincoln, Morehouse, or Virginia Union…Whenever I step foot on a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) I feel comfortable. Ever since I have become serious about my Beyond This Place project, I have been put in positions to meet some of the most interesting people. At Huston Tillotson in Austin, TX it doesn’t feel any different. (more…)
“What do you think?” asked a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who stopped me as I walked up to the balcony. I hesitated to field her question because I was ready to finish watching the Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) perform their step routine, which was drawing incredible applause from the crowd at the Atlanta Civic Center.
This young lady was convinced that the first National Sprite Step Off competition was rigged, that ZTA was drawing all of their excitement simply because they were white. So as I contemplated my answer, I knew the truth wouldn’t be well received.
“It’s a step show,” I responded, “and as long as you realize that stepping is all about promotion and recruitment, then it doesn’t really matter if they win or lose.” She quickly responded, “No, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta baby, we don’t recruit. If they let these white girls win, I’m turning in my membership card!”
My first thought was “so… you’re telling me that a sorority, which is the largest of the Divine Nine Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) with a surplus of 350,000 members, does not recruit? Not one member?!” My second thought came two hours later. “I hope the DST membership office gets that young lady’s card like she promised.” (more…)
Sure. The Sprite Step Off could have brought an artist like Drake to perform at the University of Missouri this weekend. They could have had more teams. They could have lowered the price of admission. Instead, Columbia, MO got a taste of a beautiful culture. What the Step Off did do is give people an opportunity to learn more about Black greeks, provide a (dare-I-say) CRACKIN’ Big Boi aka Daddy Fat Sacks aka Sir Luscious Left-foot concert, and give $4,500 to the local Boys and Girls club. There is so much I could respond to in this post, but Im so excited to know the true message of these events is being coupled with a national service effort. So, if you get mad about spending your $21.50 this weekend, just consider your cash a donation to the community you pollute. Thats right. If you’re not giving back, you’re polluting the environment you are in; socially, culturally, and academically. I sincerely hope Sprite will see fit to bring the event back to Columbia if they have another competition. I’m not saying the competition is old gold, but there is an opportunity to learn something here. Hope you like the images. 🙂