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Steven A Smith Confronts People Who Call Him Out For Being An Honorary Member Of Omega Psi Phi

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Steven A Smith is an honorary member of Omega Psi Phi and let it be known that you should never come at him sideways about being honorary.

We have obtained a video of him addressing the Ques who think that he is not as much of a member as he is because the crossed undergrad and lets just say he makes some very strong points.

“I’m not a member of this fraternity because it is a fraternity, I’m a member of this fraternity because it is a brotherhood,” he says during his speech. “I don’t consider myself a member of a fraternity, I’m gonna say it again, I consider myself a brother.”

He then goes in and addresses people who cross but do not want to put in work.

“We got a problem. We got a problem because the organization is so attractive, the fraternity is so attractive, the brotherhood is so attractive that dudes that become a part of it think they have accomplished something as opposed to looking at it and realizing and recognizing that this is where your work starts.”

Then he goes in on the people who say he is not a real member.

“I became an honorary member, I had dudes on twitter like, ‘Does Steven A really know what [Omega Psi Psi] is about?’ I said evidently I know more than you because one of the cardinal principals is discretion! Clearly you have none! Because if you have something to say about me what they hell are you talking on Twitter for? For everybody who are not Ques to see what you are saying.”

But he doesn’t end there,

“So here I am a novice, a neophyte, wet behind the ears, breath smelling like similac and I’m teaching YOU about what we’re supposed to be about!”

For a finishing move he hits them with this,

“Cause you marched in college, you know more?! By the way are you finiacial? Oh I’m sorry your broke, you don’t have any money. So not only do you know less, but you’re not financial but you gon’ sit out there and stick out your chest and act like you are a representative of our brotherhood. When the legitimate argument that could be made is “what are you doing for the brothers?”

Steven goes on to talk about how everyone can become better brothers.

What do you think about Steven’s comments? Do you think they apply to all D9 Organizations? Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Gwendolyn Williams

    July 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I agree with Stephen A. The minute that you say that you are honorary or were initiated into a graduate chapter, then you are thought of as less than or not a “full”fledged member. We really need to stop this argument and come together. How you were intiated doesn’t matter. What matters is that you decided to become a part of a brotherhood ir sisterhood in order to make a difference.

    • SUPERQUE

      July 8, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Yes, it does matter.

    • Joe Neely

      July 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Brother, I respectfully disagree. How you’re initiated does matter – very much.

      This discussion only comes up cats like this dude, who was made in either a graduate chapter or was made as a honorary member, and they usually speak about the fraternity and it’s member in a very distasteful way.

      It would be less of a rub with some of us if cats like Stephen A. Smith would consider it an honor to be this fraternity, and not act like he’s a Savior – to it.

      • Bill

        July 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Good point Joe!

      • ConcernedInPhilly

        July 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

        Maybe they “wait” because the org they wanted to join wasn’t on the yard during their undergraduate years. People have lots of legitimate reasons for joining after. And, while it isn’t exactly the same as undergrad, many graduate chapters DO have a PROCESS (and I ain’t talkin’ about the shit nationals requires). Keep in mind MOST of the members of graduate chapters were MADE IN AN UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTER.

        • Johnny Quest Bowman

          July 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

          Preach! Some Graduate chapters have brother’s that pledge undergrad who hold a title at these graduate chapters and take it upon themselves to make sure that the luke warm feelings about the grad chapter they joined is eliminated. Great point..

    • Bill

      July 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I disagree with you Gwendolyn, It is a known fact that the Deltas, AKA’s and the other sororities, have a bunch of honorary members. However, it does matter to many how members come in to an organization. Undergrad & Graduate chapter members went through a process and the initiation to become members. The honorary members are just read in because they are on TV, in the movies or a celebrity. You expect the members who worked for it to have open arms to those members that was read in, there will always be resentment. If you think that will change with your comment, that is going to be a tough row to hoe. I am glad that my frat, Kappa Alpha Psi has never had “honorary” membership.

  2. Samuel L. Seals

    July 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Our mission is clear if we truly embody our fundamental principles and ideals through consistent actions our neighbors, our communities, our school districts our churches and our nation would not be experiencing the overwhelming deficits and deficiencies.

  3. ConcernedInPhilly

    July 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi do not have honorary membership programs. So, only Phi Beta Sigma and Iota Phi Theta can speak to whether this situation is applicable to their organizations or not.

    • Leon

      July 8, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Iota phi theta has no Honary membership

      • ConcernedInPhilly

        July 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm

        Oh, OK. I didn’t know what the situation was with PBS and IPT . . . just APA and KAP. Thanks for the FYI.

    • James Quepsiphi Housey

      July 8, 2015 at 2:07 am

      • ConcernedInPhilly

        July 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        You’re not very bright. Omega is a FRATERNITY, so I only mentioned FRATERNITIES. Doesn’t matter what the SORORITIES DO. Those are WOMEN not MEN.

    • William Coleman III

      July 8, 2015 at 6:50 am

      alpha phi alpha does have honorary members.. kappa alpha psi does not…vice president hubert humprey is an honorary member

      • William Coleman III

        July 8, 2015 at 6:52 am

        as well as Fredrick Douglas

        • SupaB

          July 8, 2015 at 7:09 am

          especially since Douglass was dead LONG before alpha was founded…

        • erdubya

          July 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

          Again… Alpha Phi Alpha no longer has an honorary membership!

          • Bill

            July 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

            Good!

        • Monroe Hatcher

          July 8, 2015 at 11:06 am

          Frederick Douglas is a whole entire different situation. Douglas was an in-law relative to Jewel Henry Arthur Callis and he taught him lessons as a boy that eventually were taken into Alpha Phi Alpha. Frederick Douglas, the Legendary Slave who made it free is TOTALLY not comparable to any honorary brother discussion.

      • Whit DuBois

        July 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Alpha Phi Alpha no longer has an honorary membership!

      • reg joe

        July 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

        Frederick Douglas died before Alpha Phi Alpha was formed, but he is an Alpha (honorary). Not that it matters how any member came into their respective bonds.

    • reg joe

      July 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

      As a Sigma of 28 years, it does not matter to me how a Brother comes in at all. Its what you do after joining that is important, and how well you represent your org that matters most. I don’t make a delineation in undergrad, grad or honorary. Either you are a member, or you aren’t. I don’t need to add more divisiveness. Because I pledged in the 80’s for 6 months, 13 days, 7 hours and 9 minutes doesn’t make me any more a brother than Bill Clinton, who didn’t pledge at all. We are both brothers of the same bond and how we came to be at this point doesn’t matter. We are here to uphold the traditions and expectations of Sigma men.

      • ConcernedInPhilly

        July 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        Thanks for the reply–cuz only those who are members of fraternities who currently have honorary membership can speak to this situation.

  4. Fed Up Taxpayer

    July 8, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I am surprised that any Frat would want to have a so-called “man” in it that has any wiggle room for saying domestic violence is sometimes a woman’s fault (ray rice, floyd mayweather, etc). and then to make matters worse, when confronted with losing his job, tries to flip the script and turns pussie and try to recant. sounds like a loud mouth without the courage to stand by his convictions. is that what the Que’s are about ?

  5. Wats Jelz

    July 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

    First of all Omega business is Omega business. If this was a re-dedication program hosted by the bruhs FOR the bruhs ONLY then this shouldn’t even be on the internet.
    Bros, stop giving the uninitiated a view into Omega. #discretion

    • Honey-The Writer

      July 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      We live in the social media age and sadly people don’t know how to cut off the cell phones and stop recording even when it comes to closed door stuff like this.

    • nupendallas

      July 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      I agree with you- this is clearly Omega business- who ever posted this video should be dealt with by your frat.

    • Yuk

      July 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Brother I assume that you get are the only one that can see my response. I am humbly asking you to delete your hash tag and you should not use that word on the Internet or on the phone in reference to Omega. I believe the word you’re looking for is discrete because using that other word is a direct violation of it. Yuk 1 LE 93. 9126558808 get at The Real Q’s

    • Alan Warrick

      July 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

      I agree with you Frat. This discussion should be done “in-house”. I can say as a Bruh who pledged undergraduate in the ’70’s that I don’t look down on Bruhz who come in through a Grad Chapter or Honorary. To me a Bruh is a Bruh.

  6. William Davis

    July 8, 2015 at 6:07 am

    First of all, make sure you know your ______ before you speak in public and also, check your spelling when tweeting. It is “financial” and not “finiacial”. Also, because one may be facing a financial hardship, never assume that the brother is non-caring or lazy. Many brothers I know are not financial, but they are at every function and they give their time and selfless service more than those brothers who are financial. I have been a member for 22 years and very proud to be a member and I am in my fifties and I can tell you that the main problem we have among the fraternity and that is,we do not network or come together regularly as we should. We essentially do not live our creed. Brothers need mentors and help, we all do and often brothers leave us hanging. However, mention a booty shaking event and all brothers turn out. Never criticize a person at all if you do not know their situation. You never know what a person is going through. Until you have walked many miles in their shoes, you cannot imagine, suspect or understand. Instead, lend a hand and become a supporter and help them. Pay it forward. We, as a race need to do better. Expensive suits, haircuts, money and prestige do not make the man-it is the character and what you are willing to freely give of your time.
    Have a blessed day and be thankful for what you have been blessed with.

  7. J E Sanders

    July 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

    FUCK Steven A. Smith! I went to FIRST TAKE and sat three feet from his bastard ass for the whole show with my kids. I had on a frat tie and a purple shirt. His sorry ass didn’t even look up once the entire time. Carie Champion spoke, shook my hand and took pictures with my kids and I. Our Fraternity is about Friendship and Fellowship. You cant speak on what you dont know! He is a BUCKLIST QUE that is atypically scared of the Bruhz, He was scared as an undergrad and he is more scared now. Scared to make a TRUE FRIEND. He has no idea of what the “COST” is. Carie Champion is more of a Que than Steven Anonymous Smith. You don’t know the QUES until you Come FUCK wid da QUES! Until then FUCK YOU and your disposition Steven ‘Almost a Que’ Smith!

    • Quintin Jamal Lewis

      July 8, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Did you speak to him? To be a friend, one must first show himself friendly. Did you go to the show expecting to be acknowledged? Or to exemplify manhood and uplift by giving some time and showing some affection to your kids. That’s the most important thing I got from your post. You are a father that was with your kids. That’s beautiful Bruh and it takes patience and love to be a father like that. I don’t know all the details, I can only respond to what you wrote. You sat near him and he didn’t acknowledge you. If that’s it, then you, knowing the “COST”, means nothing about that interaction should have a lasting impact on your life.

      ZZ Spr 07

      • J E Sanders

        July 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

        Young Brother, I pledged a long time ago when a brother just saw purple and gold, he got excited. The nature of your questions and the content of the belies the fact that you don’t know much about they way brothers communicate nor do you know me. I am willing to give you a pass on knowing me but you ought to know better when it comes to communication. Omega is not about membership. It’s about brotherly love. You can’t purchase nor posture that. Love is contagious and it has its own way of communicating. If you don’t have it, you just don’t have it. I trust that you are familiar with Members vs. Men. I am. S. Almost Que Smith obviously is not. Are you attempting to suggest that I can sit literally 36 inches from you with no barriers between the two of us save respect clad with a fraternity bowtie and a purple shirt and you would not even acknowledge me unless I somehow communicated to you while you were working “that I was friendly”? A brother is family. I was raised in such a way that when family visited you on the job, you should AT LEAST acknowledge them. “COST” is ALL about interaction. One more statement that calls me to question YOUR authenticty. Cats shouldn’t ever attempt to run with the Dogs!

        • Quintin Jamal Lewis

          July 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

          Team, I agree with your points regarding the nature, brotherly love, and communication of our frat. I appreciate your response, but no “pass” necessary. At any rate, you couldn’t sit 36 inches away from me in a frat shirt, Lakers shirt, LSU shirt, or a purple hand knitted sweater without me at least taking a second look. lol And you’d definitely be acknowledged because I understand the communication of our frat. But that’s me. You’re right. I don’t know you. But what I saw immediately was that you were a father. Something I aspire to be. To that end, me being owt with my kids would be more fulfilling than any hurt feelings about an honorary neo that didn’t speak to me. Especially one that is clearly not knowledgeable enough to give the correct cards. Not defending Stephen Almost Que Smith (I chuckled at that) by any means. But as a seasoned Omega Man that pledged a long time ago, with a family, “fuck you’s and bastards” over the web… to an honorary neo…ain a good look.
          ROO

          • J E Sanders

            July 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm

            Once again, your focus and your questions reveal more questions about your process. When did Omega begin giving compliments on brothers being fathers? Where I was raised, it was your job to raise your children. I don’t need points for being a father. I do know that you will never be a better father than you are a brother. Maybe you can sit down with my son who is a real Que who pledge undergrad the proper way and at the proper and designed time of life like his Daddy, and he can explain that to you. When did Omega start handing out the shield to brothers who haven’t achieved anything great. How does Stephen All Jokes Aside Smith compare to Robert McNair or Charles Drew or Carter G. Woodson? Who in the hell? I’m sorry excuse the language on the web…Who in the fuck deciding to give our pearls to a non pledging and non financial responsible loud mouth bum. Does he have a Pulitzer? Is he in anyone’s Hall of Fame. Has he redeemed the poor? Has he built a school? Is he a published scholar somewhere? Has he started some financial institution? Has he raised a family?Has he somehow changed the course of human history? Has he taught Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance or Uplift to a wayward young boy or girl by example. Has he sacrificed ANYTHING to be able to stand in judgement and chastise my beloved fraternity that has done so much to further the case of this race and humanity. The fact that you defend him in the name of his favorite cardinal principle, discretion raises some serious questions about you. He is sounding and looking a lot more like Bill Cosby, another Bucket List honorary loud mouth mofo, than my brother. Mediocre has become the new ‘excellence’ for black men. At his very level best, Stephen Assumption Smith, is a mediocre loud mouth man and on the only day I could have needed him…he wasn’t my brother or my friend.

            J.E. Sanders
            Independent Insurance Consultant
            P.O. Box 221132
            Beachwood, Ohio
            216-903-2488
            jefferyedwinsanders@yahoo.com

          • Quintin Jamal Lewis

            July 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

            A few things. Stop with the theoretical. You could’ve needed Smith?.. while at the recording of first take? Really? You didn’t need anything. And be honest. If he had taken a picture with you, you wouldn’t have given one scintilla of a fuck about his honorary status. You’re butt hurt because a celebrity didn’t speak to you when you felt entitled to be spoken to. And your statement “you will never be a better father than you are a brother” REALLY? That comment lets me know your priorities in life are misguided. If that’s you’re philosophy on fatherhood, then you have bigger issues than Smith not speaking to you. But you’re a real Que though…..smh. I have nothing else for you bruh. This is futile. Chalk it up to 3&9.

          • J E Sanders

            July 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

            So if he had responded like a Bruh then I would have been happy….DUH! What’s that Zeta What? Nuff said!

            J.E. Sanders
            Independent Insurance Consultant
            P.O. Box 221132
            Beachwood, Ohio
            216-903-2488
            jefferyedwinsanders@yahoo.com

          • Untouchable J

            July 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

            Bruhz, the argument goes many different ways. If a Bruh is Lifting…should it be questioned? I see Both sides of the argument, I think ultimately there should have been Discretion via Social Media. I think that is the Bigger Problem with Greek Life.

            Jamal Chambers
            1-09-TI

        • Spencer Woods

          July 9, 2015 at 8:48 am

          I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In MY Humble opinion, he didn’t speak because he KNOWS he’s paper and didn’t know whether you were there as Brother or Basher! I would’ve acknowledged you and Given you the opportunity to show yourself accordingly. I personally wouldn’t think you would come with Greeks on to embarrass me, or raise hell at a Live TV taping. I Pledged for my Greeks and thus have a different feeling about it. That’s something as an HONORARY or MIP member that you should be prepared for. Then..to say…you’re broke…you’re not Financial. I may be, but does that mean you know more about what being a brother is than myself. Sorry to say….He stepped in the house and tried to Bash BROTHERS for not accepting his HONORARY membership. Bullshit. There’s enough bros that would like to come on that show. It’s personal opinion. Fuckery is what I call it,

          • J E Sanders

            July 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

            Valid points Bro. Woods. Far be it for me to show up at any man’s job to disrespect him. I was most respectful and Cari Champion is fine (that’s a side note) You are right. He spoke like a scared man and he acted like a scared man. He should have been made an Honorary Boyscott. Stephen Anxious Smith should probably stay in his lane. I believe the song that fits here might be CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF! Did I mention that Cari Champion is fine. You think I was going to let that bum lame dude disrupt my Cari Mack Time! It’s all good. I’m tired of writing about this dude. The Bruhz are everywhere and they will handle him on the green. Peace Brethren! NEW TOPIC!

          • Sidney Turner

            July 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

            Thank you to all my good brothers for illustrating once again our “Crabs in a Barrel” mentality. It’s always personal. This will be a great lesson for our children. Again, Thank you.w

    • Bill

      July 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I agree with you 100% J E Sanders!

    • Moccahontas

      July 16, 2015 at 5:49 am

      Wow tell us how you really feel?!

  8. Brian504

    July 8, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Steven is spot on. Sometimes the pain truth hurts. This is especially for those non-financials folks running their mouths.

    • Johnny Quest Bowman

      July 8, 2015 at 7:31 am

      First of all stop! The only thing that being Financial gave me was the right to vote. What does it have to do with Service? There are financial brother who do not participate in any service projects and there are non financial brothers who participated in every service project. So when you say non financial you need to be careful how you categorize brother’s.

  9. Tracy Wiggs

    July 8, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I’M AN 80’S BRUH, SO I USED TO THINK LIKE THOSE THAT THINK HE ISN’T A ‘SO-CALLED’ BRUH. AS LONG AS HE EXEMPLIFYS THE FRATERNITY AND WHAT HE STANDS FOR HE HAS MY VOTE. FOR ME, MY DECISION CAME WITH MATURITY. I SEE MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS ON HERE ARE PERSONAL AND NOT FOR THE ‘TEAM’. YOUR SO-CALLED ‘COST’ TO BE A QUE WAS WAY DIFFERENT THAN MY COST! SO QUES NEED TO STOP EQUATING EVERYONE IN THE FRATERNITY TO THIER PLEDGE PROGRAM. NOBODY PLEDGED THE SAME! MY DAD PLEDGED IN THE 50’S FOR A CALENDER YEAR STRAIGHT AND I’LL BE DAMNED IF I CAN EVER SAY I PLEDGED THE SAME AS HIM.

  10. Nate

    July 8, 2015 at 7:27 am

    yall boys a trip… smh… Dude in the comment section said F*** Steven A Smith because Carie Champion shook his hand and Steven was busy doing other things to take pictures with him.. You mad because you couldn’t get your IG poppin for one day… ?? SMFH you pledge for ALL the wrong reasons because clearly you didn’t pay attention to nothing this man’s message in the video.. and I’m not even a Que, and I got the message.. However, I am apart of the D9 so thus why his message could be general for all Fraternities.. (Certain Parts of his Speech) not all,.. You should have pledge Delta acting like a female…. (No Respect or Brotherhood)…

    • Deltagirl 91

      July 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Don’t put him on my Sorority, Delta’s won’t take him either.

  11. rapconsigliere

    July 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

    man fuck all this shit…all yall niggas cat. talkin on the innynet like some bitches. 02 said it. 7th D bruh bitch niggas! and fuck stephen a too fuck nigga

    • Donnie Nickerson

      July 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Damm bruh, based off your statement, your no different.

    • Joe Neely

      July 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Brother did you mean to write that way, or were you just trying to be funny?

      • rapconsigliere

        July 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        <<<<<<< do you see my face?

  12. Acedawg98

    July 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Well, seeing that he doesn’t know the cards I can’t really pay anything else he said any attention.

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  14. Bill

    July 8, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I am glad my frat Kappa Alpha Psi does not have honorary membership. For those undergrad or grad chapter members that went through the initiation process in my book is considered a true frat brother. For those that are honorary members, should not be granted all of the rights and privileges as those who WORKED to become a member of a frat or sorority. To Stephen A. Smith, you have the gift for gab, but I don’t want to hear that crap, you are not on the same level as a member who worked to join their frat. It is funny to see how many honorary members in these other frats and sororities rush to get in honorary members…that is a joke. Now Stephen thinks he is a REAL Que throwing signs and did NOTHING to get in. SMH!

    • AnyaDiggsWYRT

      July 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Bill, how old are you? You obviously haven’t matured past the paper vs. pledge debate. Please with the “we have no Honorary members” stuff. Nobody cares.

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  16. Tacoma Nupes

    July 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

    sss

  17. Mike Jones

    July 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Discretion a cardinal principle???? For what frat?

    • WayTooReal

      July 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      RQQ to that!

    • Anthony A Smalls

      July 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Mike I thought it was just me, lol lol !!!! I was like after 32 years in the frat nobody told me we had a few new Cardinals, lol lol

    • Theodore R. Johnson

      July 9, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Exactly. Not a cardinal principle in mine.

  18. Mike Jones

    July 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    He need some uplift on his knowledge before he opens his mouth

  19. Tacoma Nupes

    July 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I agree with Stephen A Smith. The reality is the truth is a hard pill to swallow. I pledged undergrad in 1981. Anyone involved in any kind of group Devine 9 or not. Dam well knows that only a hand full of members actually do the things needed that puts the organization in a place where it can have community service projects! Once all the logistics are setup and in place, the shirt wearer’s show up talk in about they put in work! Really! To be clear these shit wearer’s only showup at the point when the actual event is taking place, so they can say to the public “look at me” “I am somebody”. When it comes to the Devine 9, shirt wearer’s include individuals that pledged undergrad as well as alumni and honorary! In other words theirs enough blame to go around! As far as members that might be experiencing financial hard times, those individuals were not who Steven A Smith was referring to! Who he was referring to is all the sorry individuals that don’t pay their dues but they in the club for happy hour every single day! These same individuals excuse for not attending regular meetings and taking part in the planning/logistics pertaining to community service events is their jobs and their family commitments! But again these same individuals have their buts in the club every weekend or they are constantly engaged in activities that do not involve their families, their jobs or the organization that claim to love so dearly! To address the comments made about individuals that are financial but do not take part in community service projects. I say this, the last time I checked no organization can effectively operate without strong financial resources! There are many individuals that I know of that at one time in their life went through financial hardship myself included. The difference between them and shirt wearer’s is, they still attended regular meetings. And even though they were not financial they still volunteered to be on various committees within their organization and they would take the lead in respects to planning, logistics etc. In closing I say this, “just like pledging ain’t for everybody”, “being a life long member of the Devine 9 in it’s proper context ain’t for everybody”. The truth hurts and its can also be a very hard pill to swallow! To the individual that attacked the spelling of another individual that made a comment please understand this, all you were doing was acknowledging that you did not have a legitimate comeback! I always find it humorous when that happens! Even though I have not called anybody on this trend bad names or used explicit words or threaten to kick someone but! I will not be surprised at all if someone reading my response offers to kick my but! PEACE!

  20. Tommy Anderson

    July 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Where are the D9 after you graduate from college (what are they really doing for the young brothers and sisters that need a major mind change in this world) what is their works and deeds PLATFORM to let others of this world know how are they going to change anything. Mainly economic betterment for our people as a whole, jobs made for our communities by our community so whereby we can have more choices in this life and have the comfortably in knowing that advancement is more possible. My father taught me that if you wanted job security and better treatment on these jobs, you would have to develop a since of friend, family or church member relationship with the ownership of a said business. We don’t have that because we all want to work for some major company upon graduation and not start our own business. But with all the major economic publications telling us we have more small business employing the most of the world population, it’s like we went to college and learned nothing. We have to many young brothers and sisters that don’t feel or are not competitive with the rest of the world even in small things like computer useage and basic skills, please let’s just start there. By the way my father was a Kappa and I OU, ZZ chapter.

  21. Joe Neely

    July 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Wow!

    On one hand I sort of feel like the ole adage “don’t shoot
    the messenger”, in that, anyone can strike the right cord in a speech from
    time to time. Even the evil men know the scriptures and can and quote them
    quite eloquently – quite often.

    BUT! I dare this loud mouth of an SOB show up at the “back door” and
    with the audacity to change the Cardinal Principles and say
    “discretion” is a Cardinal Principal. What’s even more
    troubling is that the brothers sitting there on the stage found it to be funny.

    I don’t appreciate his lead in whereby he seems to bash the frat and some
    brothers not holding the handshake sacredly as they should. I have an issue
    with that too, but I am 45 year Que and he’s an honorary Que.

    I don’t appreciate this notion of harping about the (we) the frat is in
    trouble. Sure, we have some things we need to do better at, to fix, to regain,
    to improve upon, etc., etc. But that’s true in any house. This is our house.
    Having said that, who the hell is this “Johnny Come Lately” to come
    along and bash something he only became a member of “just” recently,
    and then, and only then, because of his notoriety.

    Okay, Okay, so he constantly references Shack, as his (bitch) reason for
    wanting to be an Omega Man. Someone help me, but, did Shack pledge at the
    undergraduate level? I don’t really know, because I always thought his big
    sorry ass slide in through a crack in the floor as well.

    PLEASE, PLEASE don’t come into this house through the “back door”,
    and then say asinine crap like “this is not a fraternity, or this is not a
    fraternity, it’s a brotherhood”. It’s both mofu. This is the
    type of nonsensical rhetoric cats like him bring with them when they come
    “back door” like him. You can’t just show up at your leisure
    and change the name of the organization.

    I detest this notion of mocking a brother who is not financial – because they
    called him out. My disdain for cats like him to show up through the
    “back door”, punked out and around the real brotherhood, manhood and
    perseverance principles, and now slides his ass into the frat after he’s made a
    little money and obtained some notoriety. There are as many reasons as
    there are pearls on the shield as to why a brother may not be financial.
    First and foremost, is the fact that some of the dues in some of the
    (graduate) chapters are extremely burdensome, and if a brother is trying to
    survive and/or take care of himself or his family, the fact he isn’t financial
    should never be mocked – especially by a damn honorary cat like him. Sure, like
    in any organization, there are brothers who can pay dues but won’t pay dues.
    Hello, the earth is round mofu.

    Okay, I got off on a tangent – but so did he!

    • Spencer Woods

      July 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I feel you Brother! Anyone who has pledged a fraternity knows the words you speak are true. Did we all get along?, Of course not! But payment of my dues, or lack thereof ,didn’t take away my respect as a member of the organization. He did that In House. I would’ve had a major problem with it sitting in the audience. I had a problem watching it, and I’m a Sigma! One who has been Financial and NOT. Has 0 Bearing on why some Brothers are offended. And like him..we all have a right to our Opinion! Zeta Phi Chapter…Spring 94….Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

  22. Eddie Francis

    July 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Having been initiated into my frat 26 years ago and having been a president of two chapters (undergrad and grad), I found that the people you can depend on the LEAST to conduct business on too many occasions are those who were “made right.” Come to a chapter meeting? Can’t do it. Service project? No time. Dues (even with a payment plan)? “Sorry, frat, my money is funny.” Haze up the new line on the yard? AW, YEAH!!! I have asked several members of various D9 orgs about this and it is clear that regardless of how someone enters a frat or a sorority, what really counts is what happens once they are in. Let’s be real, almost all of us who were made pre-1990 say, “The real pledging starts after you cross.” If that’s true, a lot of us (and I have been guilty of this) drop the ball WITH our letters.

    That said, let’s grow up and stop keeping score about who has honorary members and who doesn’t. It’s actually an honor to have a notable figure with a tight resume accept honorary membership (because I’m sure people we admire have said no). Don’t we have financial members who were “made right” and are daily embarrassments (including in the orgs that don’t have honorary memberships)? We, as Black Greeks, may not LIKE what Smith said but can we agree he has a valid point? Also, can we agree that sometimes a fresh viewpoint is more helpful than the points of view of people who have been involved for years? After all, maybe Smith’s views come from having carefully observed ALL Black Greeks for years. And we ALL know that we leave our orgs open for public criticism way too often.

    • reg joe

      July 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Bro, thank you for having and expressing a candid and intellectual view. I have 28 years as a Sigma and I would severely chastise any Brother that acted and sounded like a few here have today. We have enough divisions in life as Black men. I don’t understand creating more division in a game of one upmanship, to come across as better than another member. To me, a member is a member, is a member. It doesn’t matter how you became a member. That’s when the work begins. This article is right on point. Some brothers will contribute a lot, and some a little, but that doesn’t make them any less a brother, in the spirit of things. Its not a competition and we cant get upset when others don’t do what we would have done in the same situation. That is simply respecting them and their individuality. Attacking another brother just isn’t very brotherly, from my perspective, on the internet. I can sense the hurt in one brothers retort and a lack of emotional intelligence. To him, Id say “Just go on with your life and let that be.” Its a horrid representation on your org to attack another brother “out loud.” I get that he is upset about another mans take and not giving him recognition. There was a time when I didn’t acknowledge a Frat who was near me as I was embarrassed at how he carried himself and couldn’t readily say what I wanted to say so I let it be. I don’t want or need the unnecessary conflict. I teach a conflict resolution class to Graduate Students, and sometimes its just not the time or place to say what you want. One shouldn’t be offended by the actions of men who don’t acknowledge them. Maybe they couldn’t or had a firm reasoning as to why. Id would say, cut him some slack if you don’t know the reasoning. It could be something simple or something serious, but we owe it to another in our bond, to give them the benefit of the doubt, don’t we? Dr. O

      • Eddie Francis

        July 9, 2015 at 8:48 am

        Brother, I appreciate your feedback and I would be curious as to how your students implement practical application of your classes. I would be even more curious about how D9 members respond because we ironically need conflict resolution training badly. Ironic, isn’t it? Folks are worried about who’s honorary and who pledged when and where. I was like that until I became (as a chapter president) responsible for a group of grown folks. You don’t see frat/sorority leaders going off like this publicly on a regular basis. And people need to stop acting as if the way we approach these situations is an Omega-only problem. I swear social media is the worst thing that’s ever happened to the D9.

        • Joe Jefferson

          July 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm

          It not nor has never been fraternity specific

    • Joe Jefferson

      July 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Straight truth.

  23. Arctic

    July 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Whenever I see a member of an organization publicly bash their organization on any level it makes me question their loyalty and shows they didn’t get made. We all know to keep family business between the family, he should have addressed this in the presence of Ques only and in a manner that allowed a conversation. Not in a rhetorical speech, no one has to question him now, he showed his true colors and did the work for them.

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    July 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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  25. Joe Jefferson

    July 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Meh…KAPPA ALPHA PSI has exactly ZERO honorary members. Problem solved.

    • nupendallas

      July 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Actually re-check your history NUPE- there was ONE honorary member in our history.

      • Joe Jefferson

        July 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

        When IHQ recognizes it…so shall I good brother.

  26. Yuk

    July 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    What I don’t understand is Brother Smith has an undergraduate degree, if I’m not mistaken – I believe it’s from Winston Salem; so, why did he not enter the fraternity as a regular graduate brother? What was the need to make him honorary?

  27. Marcus Jamal Chioke Gerald

    July 9, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Maybe this is just in the second but discretion has never been on of my cardinal principals

  28. Ronald Barner

    July 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Love and respect the brother but he needs to do a little more studying to gain knowledge of the frat. One of our four cardinal principles is not “DISCRETION”! The financial part of being a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is often much more difficult for undergraduate and newly graduated brothers to maintain than established brothers due to financial restraints…and should not a gauge to determine if you are good representative of the brotherhood. There was also a BIG SLIP-UP in his speech that he should not have said….if you are frat…you should know what I mean when I say that!!! I am proud that he has chosen to become a member of my beloved fraternity however he should learn a little bit more about the frat before making certain statements that are not factual. With that being said, I would love to sit down and talk to this brother because is not only intelligent and well spoken but I also believe that he brings allot to the table and will represent the Fraternity well.

  29. Paul H Scott

    July 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    One wonders if they say the same about Steve Harvey… Personally, if you pledged a year and a day and got beat to hell and back, it matters not if you are NOT still a dues-paying, ACTIVE member of your frat. Fraternities are brotherhoods, but we are still about education and serving our communities. Stomping around at a party when Atomic Dog comes on does not make you a worthwhile member of Omega Psi Phi, regardless of how you were initiated, if you are not financial and active. I pledged Phi Beta Sigma in 1983. I am still active and financial today, serving my community with purpose. MIP is now the way of the world because some of us are just plain ignorant and think a thorough ass-kicking is necessary to be a “real” Brother or Soror. These new members share the same knowledge we got thirty-plus years ago. I make it my responsibility to make sure we bring in good brothers to carry the Light forward. When you have honorary members willing to represent the organization in a positive and respectful way- and be active- we should embrace it. That’s why I ain’t mad at my honorary frat brother, former President William J. Clinton. At the same time, I can’t truly respect my other honorary frat brother, Terrence Howard. Rev. Al Sharpton falls in the middle- he’s not really frat-active, but he did one hell of a tribute to Hon. Bro. Demetrius C. Newton on his MSNBC show after Bro. Newton passed last year.

  30. realblue10

    July 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    to some degree he’s right but being financial don’t make you a good brother. likewise, getting your ass beat while pledging don’t make you a real brother. too many frat guys lose sight of the mission of their fraternity and the true meaning of brotherhood.

  31. Xavier Bryant

    July 10, 2015 at 6:09 am

    As a new member of our fraternity, close your mouth, work for Omega and when you put in the time, you may or may not change your perspective. Dont you dare spend all your life wanting to pledge que, but probably was afraid, then attack the bruhs who put they’re time in on the line. You dont love the frat. You have an intellectual respect for it. Come hang with the bruhs when only bruhs who pledged are present. Show us you can do more than wright a check. The pearls should be earned not bought. How about fixing the bruhs a drink. You ought to be wrecked.

  32. Vo

    July 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Im not a Que. Nor do I have an argument on that issue. I just want to say this mans speech has motivated me in a MASSIVE way. Massive! Im not in any frat, but I am a brother in humanity and this makes me want to be a better one. Good luck however figuring out whether or not he has broken the rules, I understand upholding integrity of sacred oaths. Nonetheless THANK YOU for sharing.

  33. Will Yancy

    July 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    WE??? …. I don’t have a dog in this fight but, who gave him permission to lecture these men in such a way about something to which he’s only honorary?
    Really…… the question is ….who is he to lecture men period? and how about somebody giving him a lecture on how to be a sports announcer ….?

    Oh, well…..

  34. Alan Warrick

    July 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

    As an Alpha Chapter ’73 Bruh, I feel a Bruh is a Bruh regardless of how they got in the Frat. Alan “DC Al” Warrick 17-73-A (Dog Captain).

  35. David Rodgers

    July 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES: I’m not a QUE, but the Men who are a part of OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY INC. that I work with here in Chicago, mentoring our Black Boys, have left an impression on me of COMMITMENT to PROCESS and PRINCIPLES. If Stephen A. Smith has rejected the PROCESS he has rejected the PRINCIPLES. A Brother would have come with UPLIFT. As one who has rejected the PROCESS, he is not in a place to offer SCHOLARSHIP. It is that PROCESS that produces the BROTHERHOOD. I work with the BRUHZ and I am a friend of many of the BRUHZ but I KNOW that I’m in no place to bring CORRECTION to the BRUHZ about OMEGA BUSINESS because I haven’t gone through the PROCESS to BECOME a BRUH.
    Coming from the military, I understand the power of PROCESS. I pray that OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY INC. would invite Stephen A. Smith to PLEDGE a GRAD CHAPTER and pay the COST for OMEGA. When I hear the stories of the BRUHZ PROCESS and I see the LOVE of those LB’s, I understand why the PROCESS and PRINCIPLES are eternally UNITED!! As my friends would say, ROO TO THE GOOD BRUHZ!

    • Alan Warrick

      July 22, 2015 at 8:39 am

      What about some form of mandatory Neophyte training?

      • David Rodgers

        July 23, 2015 at 8:21 am

        I would LOVE to see ANOTHER PROCESS in place than the current one. Would the OLD BRUHZ accept a NEW PROCESS is always the question? A good friend of mine lost his Son during the PROCESS, because of over zealous BRUHZ. I’m positive that another way can be formed to integrate MEN into OMEGA and still maintain the QUALITY of the Fraternity.

      • David Rodgers

        July 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

        And let me say THANK YOU BRUH for even responding to my Post. It means a lot!

      • David Rodgers

        July 25, 2015 at 8:01 am

        I THOUGHT, the PROCESS was designed to do just that. As an ACADEMIC BASED FRATERNITY, I would like to see more emphasis on the ACADEMIC portion. As stated in many of these Posts, a lot of BRUHZ that have gone through the OLD PROCESS, are still MISSING in terms of their FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS and COMMUNITY SERVICE. I’m not foolish enough to believe that you can completely eradicate that from Fraternal life, as the HEART of a MAN will determine his level of commitment to anything. But I believe, taking more time to INSTRUCT the NEO’s in ALL of what it means to be an OMEGA MAN, will create a greater Fraternity

  36. AnyaDiggsWYRT

    July 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Oh the agony!!!! Somebody please let this paper vs pledge debate DIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!

  37. Wesley Marshman

    July 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Steven A. Smith made an honorary Omega!? I might not be a Omega, but i know what their four cardinal priciples are! This is really a sad moment. He couldn’t take 5 minutes write down the four important words of the organization. I stopped watching the video after he clearly showed he does not know the history of Omega Psi Phi. You go through a process for a reason. If he was to busy to “Process” for what ever reason, then, he didnt want to really become a member. Saying you know a few Omegas and wrtiting a check for a some amount of money does not gain you respect. Hey, like i said i’m not a Omega, but what I am is a black man in America, and Steven A. Smith talks very disrespectful of the black population. Every chance he get to buck dance for his handlers he is saying something crazy out his mouth. In his speech he was being direspectful by not knowing Priciples, then going on the attack for people questioning him as being a member of the Organization. He gave them a reason to question. He talks bad about melanoid people for money, cant say anything about white people, because he would get fired again, then the very same people he belittles, Steven A. Smith want you to accept him! He wants to be a brother! He can’t join one of those white frats wrong color, so, he joins a well respected Omega Psi Phi Inc.

  38. A Lee

    August 6, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Before getting started,
    let me say that the use of the word “you” in this reply is not directed to any
    one in particular. The questions are rhetorical but my message is for real. The
    answers should determine if a person is qualified to be respected in your
    organization.

    I related to the brother’s
    comments all the way. Yeah, whoever uploaded the video was wrong because the
    meeting was closed‑door – members only. However, I let my boys watch it. We all
    agree. Bro Smith’s message was right on.

    Being in an organization,
    is all about upholding the ideals of the founders and being accountable to the
    membership and officers. We definitely do ourselves a cruel injustice when we
    drop the ball or lose sight of the reason we exist. The key to staying on top
    is for all members to think about the good of the organization, and that means
    all members – financial or not – they are still members who took the same oath.
    Some folk are no longer financial after college because life happened and they
    did not get the job they hoped would come through. Nevertheless, despite it all
    they are holding it down and taking care of their immediate business at home.
    What good does it do to be able to vote if you are not able to get to the
    conferences?

    So, if that same
    non-financial member is supporting the organization by registering people to
    vote, or volunteering at the food bank, or helping fix up somebody’s place, or
    mentoring a student, that person should not be slighted since there is always
    more than one way to lend support to something one truly cares about. “Where
    your treasure is there will your heart be also.” People would rather see one
    being about it than talking about it.

    People are watching how one
    carries one’s self. Is that person one of consistent integrity? Can that person
    be entrusted with authority? Is that person’s home life in order? Is that
    person dependable to be where one says one is going to be and doing what one says
    one is going to do? Does that person work as unto the Lord or will any throwed‑together
    piece of trash be passed off as honest output for an honest wage? Would you
    live in a house that person built? Would you trust your sister or daughter in a
    car that person fixed? Can you accidently lay your good watch on that person’s table
    and walk away? Can you trust that person to pick up your small children from
    school? Can you talk with that person and not hear your business as the latest
    news at the water cooler or roach coach? Is that person dirty enough to tape
    you on what was supposed to be a private call? Is that person sitting on the
    porch talking bad about everybody else or is that person running with the dogs
    and making a difference? Oh, and by the way, is that person financial and
    inactive? Does that person fairly represent you? Is the honorary member so bad
    now? He must have been doing something right; otherwise, the organizational
    leadership would not have invited him onboard to represent. In addition, he
    must have seen something positive and attractive about the organization’s
    reputation and what you guys are doing otherwise he would have turned down the
    membership offer and saved his frequent flyer miles to go someplace else.

    Seriously, some of us are
    too old to be playing these juvenile games. It is not attractive to those who
    are looking to join the organization. Yeah, you pledged hard back in the day,
    but that was back when human life mattered. Your brothers would rough you up
    and make you do stupid stuff, but they were not putting each other in the
    hospital – or the grave. This is a new day where old dogs are gonna have to
    learn new tricks to avoid getting sued. You do know whose money the organizations
    are spending to pay off the law suits, right, Mr. Financial Pledged Undergraduate.
    Hey, they sho’ ain’t using Bro Smith’s money. Why some people still sleeping?

    Peace.

  39. Gargamel

    August 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    What is 2 + 2?
    A) 1
    B) 3
    C) 5
    D) 4

    The correct answer is D

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Omega Psi Phi Brothers Break Into A Soul-Stirring Hop At Funeral of Fallen Brother, Police Officer Thomas Orr III

The fraternity brothers of Thomas Orr, III are mourning the death of their brother a thirty-year-old off-duty police officer and member Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. who was shot and killed while attending a young professional’s party at a restaurant in Westport, Missouri.

According to Fox4, “Witness say two men, not Orr, got into an argument on the back patio of the restaurant. One of them pulled a gun and began shooting. One of the bullets hit and killed Officer Orr.”

Thomas Orr, III was a graduate of Lincoln University in Missouri and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

A true Omega man, Orr had dedicated his life to serving and protecting others as a Marshall, Mo., police officer, then as an officer in Lee’s Summit, assigned as the school resource officer at Bernard Campbell Middle School.

The passion and raw emotion of his fraternity brothers was displayed at his memorial where they broke into “All of My Love” and started hopping in respect to their brother. This video since gone viral and been viewed over 100,000 times on Youtube.

Watch this memorial video for Thomas Orr, III uploaded byKassandra Johnson below.

We ask that you keep Bro. Thomas Orr, III’s family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him by sharing and leaving comments so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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This Is How the Ques at Kansas State University Revealed Their New Line

The Mighty Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi located on the campus of Kansas State University has not had a line of five initiates since the Spring of 1983.

“The Syndicate” 1983 line of initiates included; Eric Bailey, Gerald Alphin, Mark Toliver, Dennis Adams, and Carlos Adams. April 14, 2017 marked the first time in 34 years that the chapter initiated five men, “The 5 Unbroken Souls of the Syndicate S.T.A.R”, which included; Gerrid Harris, Darrell Reese Jr., Braxton Jones, Austin McGaugh, and Gary Hackett III.

This Spring 2017 also marked the Delta Delta chapter’s 45th anniversary.

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Omega Psi Phi Honors Minister Louis Farrakhan with Lifetime Achievement Award

On August 26th, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. welcomed the Minister Lewis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam to their headquarters outside of Atlanta to award him their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. David Marion, 1st Vice Grand Basileus, started the program stating,

“Minister Farrakhan has been a comforter to Black people for a long, long, long time. Honoring Minister Farrakhan is not an easy task. Some have asked why a Christian organization would honor a Muslim. Why would Farrakhan not deserve this? Has he not earned it?” The Final Call quotes him saying. “The Supreme Counsel of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity concluded he was so worthy and courageously voted to give him this esteemed award unanimously.”

Grand Basileus Tony Knox presented Minister Farrakhan with the Founders Robe, a purple and gold robe, the The Final Call states, stating,

“The men of Omega thought it would be fitting that we drape Minister Farrakhan in a robe because we want to cover a man who speaks the words of God.”

During Minister Farrakahn’s speech to the audience he said the following about Omega Psi Phi, referencing David in the Bible, “The law of God is a lamp under my feet. I dwell on that law night and day. This is what Omega men should always strive for, manhood in the face of an enemy who kills men who stand up. It is better to die standing up than bowing down to your enemy. That’s an Omega man.”

It's better to die standing up than to bow down to the enemy. #Farrakhan

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Minister Farrakhan also told the story about pledging Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Winston Salam Teachers College where he was black balled off line in the 1950s before leaving the school.

“‘No wonder I pledged this fraternity I would be keeping company with giants,’ said the Minister as he passed photos of fraternity members such as Langston Hughes and Jesse Jackson,” The Final Call writes.

Mother Khadijah Farrakhan, the Minister’s wife, was also given a gift from the Omegas.

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