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You might know him from his role as Felix Evans in Ava DuVernay’s hit show Queen Sugar or as N.W.A.’s  DJ Yella in Michel’le’s Lifetime Biopic “Surviving Compton”, but many do not know that Deric Augustine is a 2008 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

We at Watch The Yard chatted with the young actor and during our exclusive interview, he opened up about Kappa, getting into acting, and his future.

Read the interview below.

Deric Augustine playing Felix Evans in Ava DuVernay’s hit show Queen Sugar

What chapter were you initiated into?
Lambda Omicron Chapter, Spring 2008 4 Klub, The University of New Orleans

What is the most important thing that Kappa Alpha Psi has taught you?
I was a freshman when I joined the fraternity. I was a little cocky and overconfident when I started the initiation process but the journey taught me how to humility and humble myself. Throughout my college career as a Kappa, I grew as a better person through working as a team and prospering with my chapter brothers. The most important lesson that Kappa has taught me is to always strive for excellence in whatever you endeavor. Achievement in every field of human endeavor will always be a main objective throughout my professional career as an actor. Every audition, play, meeting, networking event, film project, or script I’m a part of, I always give one hundred and ten percent.

What are some accomplishments in your career as an actor?
Shortly after graduating from UNO I moved to New York City, where I was accepted into Negro Ensemble Company. Negro Ensemble Company is a New York City-based theater company established in 1967 who’s alumni include Angela Bassett, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne and many other exceptional actors. My training at Negro Ensemble Company built a strong foundation in my acting career. In my career, I have worked on T.V. shows such as The Vampire Diaries, ABC Notorious, BET’s The Quad, and Saints & Sinners. I have worked on films such as When the Game Stands Tall, Seven Hands of God, Where I Stand, and Secrets. My two recent accomplishments are my roles in “Queen Sugar” where I play the basketball phenom Felix Evans and “Surviving Compton” The Michel’le Lifetime Biopic where I play DJ Yella in the popular rap group N.W.A.

Are there any Greeks in Television that you would like to work with?
I would like the opportunity to work with John Singleton. He’s a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi and the first African-American and youngest person to be nominated in the Best Director category at the Academy Awards. He directed film such as 2 Fast 2 Furious, BOYZ IN THE HOOD, Poetic Justice and Baby Boy.

How has Kappa helped you on your career journey?
Networking is very important in the entertainment industry. It’s very important to gain healthy relationships to help propel your success in your journey. I’ve had the pleasure in meeting multiple co-workers, mentors, peers, executives and industry personnel who are apart of the Divine Nine. The collective relationships that I developed throughout my professional career have made a positive impact on my life. Positive relationships helped me sow my seeds for reciprocal assistance when I need advice or help in my career. It has also helped me exchange concepts, ideas and opened new doors for growth. Also, in any professional setting being a member of a fraternity or sorority establishes you as a professional, displays integrity and exhibits dedication.

What is your best advice for college students who want to follow your path?
Acting is a great career path to embark on. The journey to become a working actor is not easy. Students looking to become actors should be willing to train and take the necessary steps to be successful. While in college, students should be majoring or minoring in theatre or film. It is important that you acquire an agent so they can locate jobs for you.

It would be wise to travel to Los Angeles and New York for training as well. I believe that New York City is the best place for professional training. New York has plenty notable acting schools that offer conservatories and summer intensives. Some of the schools located in New York include Negro Ensemble Company, Susan Batson Studios, William Esper studio and New York film academy.

As an aspiring actor, it’s important to make a vision board to fuel your career. Write down your overall objectives, directors and producers you would like to work with, actors you would want as your cast-mates and most import where you see yourself in 5 years.

What does the word Achievement mean to you?
One of Kappa Alpha Psi’s objectives is to encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor. I strongly live by that objective. For me, achievement means to work hard on your goals and objectives that you want to fulfill in your life. It also means to never make excuses. For excuses are the tools of incompetence, they build monuments of nothingness, and those who specialize in them are seldom good for anything else.

What do you have coming up next?
I just finished a football film called “Its Time” – the Chuck Mullins story, where I played one of his best friends; “Deano Orr”. It’s an inspirational story that portrays brotherhood and the bond of true friendship. It will be coming out in theaters around September 2017. We start shooting the second season of “Queen Sugar” the beginning of March. I have another TV show called “The Quad” premiering on BET in January. I also have a movie called “Secrets” coming out in 2017 as well.

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


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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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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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