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A Serious Matter: This AKA Step Show Tribute To Slain Black Men Will Bring You To Tears

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The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southern University have used their platform of stepping to produce arguably the most moving step show in the history of stepping.

Instead of simply representing their chapter on stage at their school’s recent Spring Fest Greek Show, the women of the Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha used their stepping skills to make a statement about the current state of Blacks in America and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

During their show, they paid tribute to Black men who have fallen victim to police brutality and the unjust system of racism in the United States. They open by paying homage to Mike Brown by performing a step in hoodies, then move to a poem where a sister proclaims “I’m tired of our Black brothers being killed over some nonsense,” closing with “This Is A Serious Matter!” The steppers then do an “I can’t breath” step, referencing Eric Garner who was slain by police officers in broad daylight on camera last year.

The most moving part of the show is the end where a woman brings her Black son on stage and expresses her love for him, telling him his worth and explaining to him how much she wants him to hold on to his dreams. At this point in the show, you can almost feel the passion and the hurt the audience is feeling.

We at WatchTheYard.com would like to personally commend the women of the Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southern University. As the authority on stepping and Black Greek culture, we do not say the following statement lightly.

This is probably the best step show we have ever seen.

Not only are the steps flawlessly performed and the energy of the performers emanates from the stage, the show takes the focus off Alpha Kappa Alpha and addresses REAL problems that our culture is facing and displays them with a passion that anybody, Black or white can understand. The shows proves that we as greeks can use our platforms and our talents to make statements and promote social justice.

This show truly displays what Black Greekdom should be all about.

We would like to ask you to share this post with as many people as possible as we truly believe that it is a perfect display of how stepping can be used to promote social justice and the greater good of the communities that we as greeks represent.

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  1. T-Squared Kent

    May 8, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Kudos to Beta Psi for rising to the occasion and delivering a message EVERYONE needed to see and hear! #BlackLivesMatter. #TooBusyForPettyThings

  2. Tina V. Smith

    May 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I am a financially inactive member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated. However, I am an agent for change. My parents bore and reared nine daughters and no sons, hence – HR9, Inc. My youngest and my eldest sisters pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Although we often poke jokes at each other, it is well understood that ALPHA will always be first and the beginning. That’s scripture. Our sisterhood has everything to do with Proverbs 22:6. H & R had us in the training institute of the Lord’s army early in life. Though many are called, few are chosen to go into the highways and the byways. Honorable Mother/Big Sister Ethel Hedgeman Lyle upon receiving her basic training and educational foundation in Alpha Land, she set out to stress to all women the concept of the “hand that rocks the cradle” and “strength in unity.” Sorors, what you did with that awesome performance is why few are chosen. This is what is meant by “Together anew we pledge our faith and united we forge ahead.” You have given me renewed hope in the re-assurance that reactivating financially is imperative! While others choose to continue on the path of ” stepping pettiness,” let us remain true to the cause of service to mankind and to the “greater task” of strutting with class for progressive change, “Through the years.”

  3. Amanda Sealey

    May 10, 2015 at 5:38 am

    My SORORS Rock!!! That was phenomenal!!!! #Blacklivesmatter

  4. neworleanscat

    June 10, 2015 at 7:16 am

    #respect

    Yeaux

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The Davidson College Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Just Released This Video About Trump’s DACA Repeal

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha at Davidson College are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s DACA repeal.

The brothers of the Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently released a video publicly standing against the actions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients.

On Tuesday, President Trump urged lawmakers to “do your job” with DACA.

In the statement that the chapter released, they stated that their chapter, “stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal.
This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now.”

Watch their full statement below.

Today, we want to make a public statement. The Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal. This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now. We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives. The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below. Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630 Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916 https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/unitedwedreamaction?refcode=homepagebutton https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/donate/ #AΦΑ #ΤΟ #DefendDACA

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The brothers urged the people watching to defend DACA and pointed them in the direction of organizations that are fighting for the rights of immigrants in the United States.

“We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives.

The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below.

Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630
Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916″

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend these young brothers for speaking out and using their platform to help others. This is what it is all about.

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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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These Young Afro Latinas Reciting Victoria Santa Cruz’s “Me Gritaron Negra” Will Give You LIFE!

Me Gritaron NEGRA

Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was an Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer, and activist who is widely regarded as “the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre.”

She lived from 1922 to 2004 and was one of the major players in the revival of Afro-Peruvian culture and Afrocentrism in Peru that took place during the 1960s and 1970s. In tribute of her impactful work, her poems, specifically “Me Gritaron NEGRA” (They Called Me Black) recited by young Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Ecuadorian girls have started to spread across the internet.

“Me Gritaron NEGRA” is a poem which follows Santa Cruz’s journey to accept and embrace her blackness, starts out with her telling the story of how at the a very young age started to shout “Negra” (the spanish word for Black) at her on the street everywhere she went. This shamed her into straightening her hair and wanting to lighten her skin but eventually she realized the beauty of her blackness and that the truth of this beauty was being hidden from her.

The original version of the poem recited by Santa Cruz is EXTREMELY powerful and might even give you chills.

What is even more powerful than the poem itself is that young Afro Latinas who are the age of Santa Cruz at the beginning of the story that she tells in the poem are now reciting the poem and the message is going viral. By reciting this poem at this young age, these girls, who are Black just like Santa Cruz, are able to take this woman’s story and find pride in it. They are able to put words to their struggles of living in a society with eurocentric beauty ideals and recite this peom as a reminder to themselves about how beautiful and strong they truly are.

Check out this video from Ecuador of a little girl reciting the poem.

Share this on Facebook if you think this deserves to go Viral!

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