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Casting Call: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A WatchTheYard Correspondent?


Are you interested in showcasing your journalism skills to the world while at the same time representing your campus on a national platform? is looking for video journalists/hosts from for our Correspondent Program.

What Is The Correspondent Program?
WatchTheYard is looking to form a network of correspondents/reporters for our online programming. To do this, we are searching for the most talented journalists and videographers from colleges across the nation who will be responsible for showcasing their schools greek life to the world. As the go-to website for Black Greek content with over half a million viewers coming to our website every month, this is a great platform for talented college students to get their work seen on a national level and establish themselves as personalities in the space of NPHC greekdom.

Responsibilities include:
– Filming and editing videos of step shows, probates and strolls
– Generating compelling stories on NPHC Greek life on your campus
– Conducting interviews with campus greeks and administration
– Generating viral video content for social media platforms
– Hosting sponsored events

Currently we are looking for correspondents on the following campuses:
Howard University
Morehouse College
Spellman College
Hampton University
Tuskegee University
Fisk University
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT)
Texas Southern University (TSU)
Jackson State University (JSU)
Tennessee State University (TSU)
Clark Atlanta University
Xavier University
Tougaloo College

Note: While the above colleges listed are ones that we are focusing on, we are open to the possibility of hiring correspondents to represent colleges not on the list. If you can prove in your application video that your campus has a sizable greek community with multiple fraternities and sororities, we will consider you for this position.

We are looking for an undergraduate student from each of the listed campuses who is majoring in Journalism, Communications, Film, or a related field. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of web and social media.

Applicant must be a member of an NPHC fraternity or sorority, have access to a HD video camera and know how to edit video on either Final Cut Pro, iMove or Adobe software.

How To Apply
REQUIREMENTS: All candidates must currently have at least a 2.7 GPA and be able to receive college credit for participation. The following are steps needed in order to qualify for this position:

1. Shoot a video audition answering the following questions:

  • Who are you and why does this interest you?
  • How has Black Greek life influednced your life?
  • What is your experience with journalism or video editing?
  • Why should WatchTheYard be covering greek life on your campus?

2. Provide two phone numbers of Greeks from you campus who are not in your organization as references.

3. Send us a link to your Instagram account.

(Upload the video audition to Youtube and send it to along with the references and Instagram account.)

COMPENSATION: All chosen correspondents can receive possible college credit for this position as well as have access to exclusive WatchTheYard clothing, events and promotions. They will be featured on WatchTheYard extensively and become developed as personalities within the space of african-american college life.

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Listen To Shaquille O’Neal Rap About Being A Que

Shaquille O’Neal reps Omega Psi Phi and he reps them HARD!

Take a listen to Pinc Gator’s “I’m a Que” remix featuring Shaq. The song was originally produced in Spring ’06, but Shaq added a verse for the Fall ’08 remix.

Did Shaq hold it down for Da Bruhz? Let us know in the comment section below and share the video with your favorite Que on Facebook. It will make their day!

Here is the original song:

Share this on Facebook if you think it deserves to go VIRAL!

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Black Fraternity/Sorority Presidents Respond to ‘Burning Sands’ Movie in Joint Statement

Burning sands response

The National Panhellenic council just released a joint statement on hazing in response to the movie Burning Sands.

In their recent statement entitled ‘Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands’ the national presidents of each of the five fraternities and four sororities that make up the “Divine 9” were clear and straight to the point with their response.

“In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint  statement announcing  the elimination of
pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership
development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps
to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed
[through] movies, books, [or] any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing
and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited
conduct.  Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support,
or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote

The film, directed by Gerard McMurray (a member of Omega Psi Phi who was initiated through Howard’s Alpha Chapter) is centered around a young man pledging a fictional Black fraternity at a fictional HBCU. In the 2-minute trailer alone, you see the pledges being kicked, punched, paddled, forced to drink large amounts of water, submerged under water, beat up and spit on.

According to Netflix, who will be releasing the film this week on their streaming services,

“Burning Sands takes you on a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee, who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. Led by a breakthrough performance by Trevor Jackson, director Gerard McMurray’s feature directorial debut brings an emotional honesty to the classic tale of “rites of passage” and the complicated bonds of brotherhood.”

The movie also stars Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton and Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes and was written by Christine Berg and Gerard McMurray.

The Netflix Original is executive produced by Caroline Connor and the rapper Common.

According to Netflix, the movie will be launching on Netflix on March 10, 2017.

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Stuart Scott Explains The Greatest Thing He Learned While Pledging Alpha Phi Alpha

[Originally posted on January 4th, 2015]

Today legendary sports anchor, Stuart Scott, passed away at the age of 49 after fighting a lengthy battle with cancer.

Many know Scott for his work on ESPN but also for the fact that he was a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Stuart entered the bond in the fall of 1984 at University of North Carolina’s Mu Zeta chapter and he was the number seven on his pledge line, the “Twelve Masters of the Mix.”

In an interview in the book The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence RossBrother Scott opened up about his pledging experience and and the qualities he developed as a brother:

“One of the most important lessons that I learned from Alpha was while I was pledging. I think it is difficult for those who are not Greek to understand how pledging is a wonderful time to test your intelligence, dedication, and find out about yourself. One time, my dean of pledges asked me if I could do ten one-handed pushups. Being the athlete that I am, I jumped to the task and knocked them out. He then asked my line brother whether he could do ten one-handed pushups. He couldn’t. The dean then turned to me and explained this fact: No matter how skillful I might have been, I was only as strong as the weakest link on my line. I have used this lesson throughout my professional and personal life to remind me that I must always help out the weakest link. I’ll never forget that.”

Stuart was a man of action and perseverance, a true Alpha and a great role model to not just Alphas but people across all industries. He was “cooler than the other side of the pillow.” He had style, poise and was eloquent in conversation. He was, a father, a true Alpha man, and did not let his condition with cancer define him.

“We used to have a saying,” Stuart said once during an interview. “All great men are not Alphas, but all Alphas are great men.”

Well, Stuart, you were a great man. You will be missed.

If you have any personal memories about Stuart as a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, please share them in the comment section below. Also, we are looking for as many pictures of Stuart in connection to Alpha Phi Alpha as we can get. If you have any, please send them to

Stuart Scott, featured in a campus article (The Daily Tar Heel), was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He was the step master for the Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Stuart Scott, featured in a campus article (The Daily Tar Heel), was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He was the step master for the Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

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