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Posts tagged “BGLO

Meet Chanecka & Ana

Chanecka and Ana have been best friends since coming to college in 2008. Although they both have grown up on different sides of the States, fate lead them to Columbia, Mo. where they both are undergraduates at Stephens College. With little activity for Black women on campus, Chanecka and Ana both found sisterhood in Black Greek Life (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. respectively). This upcoming story will focus on the relationship between best friends, their collective vision as aspirants of BGLOs, and their struggle to create a safe place for women of color on their campus through their development of a new campus organization: B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.  Yes, I have been working on this folks! Gotta finish this Master’s degree! I’ll post more updates as I get them. 🙂

First Take: M-U-E-T-A


You know change is funny.  At the end of 2007, I was walking across the stage at Gammage Auditorium, then walking across the stage to pick up one of my 7th graders who was punished for acting a fool at lunch in 2008, and finally in 2009 walking across stage to photograph the Angela Davis lecture at Mizzou.  Even after all that change, some things will forever stay the same…like my attitude towards Arizona State University and all the wonderful time I had while I was there.  I’d put my undergraduate experience up against anybody on any day.  My trip back “home” was filled with love and a warm reception, but most of all was filled by people I love and respect. (more…)

First Take: Mo Money Step Show


I haven’t posted in two weeks.  I’ve barely talked to my siblings or parents.  This semester is taking a lot out of me.  I picked up two jobs, and haven’t slowed on my academic dedication to excellence.  Regardless, this is nothing compared to challenges of the past.  I finally experienced the infamous MO Money Step Show last Saturday.  To make my post brief, I think I have some images for My Beyond This Place project, but I wasn’t too impressed by the show overall (I’ve seen and organized some tight step shows).  Overall though, it was a lot of fun.  Shout out to my Sorror in one of the images, who despite a broken pinky, still stepped her butt off and was STILL reppin’ for AKA! Funny huh? AKA with a broken pinky stepping? Priceless.

Advanced Techniques: Fill & Balance

probate_fillAnother week of Advanced Techniques training is under my belt and Im beginning to feel a lot more comfortable with flash.  This weeks assignment was to produce a fill light or to balance the existing light with a single flash.  I decided to take many images.  I’m still learning the flash I’m using.  I have a better understanding of flash although I’m still trying to really grasp the concept.  I’m using the SB-900 and need to sit down to read the dang manual because event though fill and balance was fairly simple, Im still trying to figure to how to use my flash quickly on manual mode.  I’m stuck with calculating ratios and I’ve already wasted precious time trying to figure out the dang flash (not in time to catch the image of course). (more…)

New Blood. Old Feeling.


There is a pure spirit in this point of a young mans life.  You’re so ready to finish when really you’re just beginning.  Something about the road you’ve traveled, the things you accomplish that you never thought you could, and the triumph of controversy makes the probate the ultimate measure of Fraternity/Sorority allegiance.  Honesty can be found here.  The probate is the formal introduction of the newest members of a BGLO to the community.

Despite popular beliefs, this show isn’t only about the hype and the excitement that surrounds the showmanship of the probate itself.  In this moment is an opportunity to identify the men/women that the community can hold accountable to the high standards of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, etc.  The people in the audience bear witness to the public pledge that these men and women stand for something bigger than themselves.  It is the prophytes and the community that have to hold the brothers ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or lack thereof).

I have always maintained the stance that if we, as Alphas, are not doing things that align with “Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind.” then we have reached the apex of our greatest usefulness, at which point, we will have no purpose.  This was the exact prediction that was made in 1952 in the words of my Jewel, Henry Arthur Callis,  “I fear that in another generation, the relationship of the years 1890-1920 in the establishment and growth of Alpha and the subsequent Greek letter societies, will be lost entirely. When that occurs our usefulness will be over.”

The energy one feels during that moment of purity, that sizzling sensation that runs down your spine when you’re unmasked for the first time, that feeling of invincibility in your new BGLO should be kept close to your heart. Harness it, Cherish it, Love it, it needs to resurrect itself through your commitment to the very community you stood in front of to proclaim your victory.  That same fire needs to be present in your attitude and position at all times.  Manipulate it to help your community, not to destroy it.  We ALL must remember those years of 1890-1920!!!  WE ALL MUST REMEMBER WHO WE ARE!!!!

But enough logic and theory (THX Lauryn).  Congrats to the Spring 2009 initiates of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri who welcomed four new brothers to the Frat last night.  Here are some flicks.  Please leave comments.

ΖΦΒ: Such…I mean, Sooo Sweet Sisters


The wonderful women of Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) Sorority Inc. allowed me to follow the Neos of Winter 2008 during the days that led up to their probate.  Below this post you will find a similar photo project I did with the Deltas at MU, but unlike the wonderful Delta event I knew this event was going to happen a few days in advance which made me jump out my seat at the possibility of going deeper into the preparation process.


Greek Think: Pledging as a Social Contract?

Reproduced with permission from Howard University Bison Yearbook Office.

Reproduced with permission from Howard University Bison Yearbook Office.

Greek Think is for my random thoughts about the status of Black Greek Life.  Hopefully, these discussions (Which I encourage people to post back to) can help me find story ideas for Beyond This PlaceSo please read and reply!

After church today, I went home and began to browse the Internet like I normally do.  I was doing some searching for resources to put into my upcoming presentation and remembered a site that was full of controversy and dialogue. was introduced to me for the first time last semester and can easily be the quickest way to determine the social climate on any given campus in America AND is also the easiest way to destroy a healthy one.  Because the post are anonymous people will go to great lengths to make their opinions heard under the banner of secrecy.  I decided to entertain myself and read some of the post, mostly about childish things, but then came across multiple post for a specific University about Black Greek Letter Organizations and the difference between pledging vs. paper. (more…)