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The Blerd(Black + Nerd) community’s online presence has grown immensely over the last couple of years and has given a space for Black people across the globe to connect, form communities and showcase their passions and creativity to the world.

We knew that with the emergence of the Blerd movement, it was only a matter of time until members of Black fraternities and sororities would become visible. We were right, the time has come finally come where Black greekdom and the Black nerd lifestyle has intersected.

We at WatchTheYard.com recently came across the Instagram of @ccthegreekgeek a self-professed Blerd and proud 2008 initiate of Delta Sigma Theta’s Zeta Delta Chapter at Bowie State who had teamed up with other D9 sorority members to Blerd out and cosplay as characters from the Sailor Moon anime series.

“I LOVED Sailor Moon growing up. Its what got me into anime,” she told Watch The Yard.  “I really identified with Sailor Mars, although I admired Jupiter as well. Mars fiery passion and blunt honesty was often misunderstood.

I decided to create a cosplay page that also offer a lens to the NPHC experience. When brainstorming my own cosplay ideas, I KNEW Sailor Mars would be toward the top of my list. Luisa (the AKA) was already on my team (she’s one of my best friends), so I thought it would be cute for her to cosplay Jupiter and take photos with me. After giving it further thought, I realized that there was pretty much a sailor Senshi whose colors were almost identical to the D9 Sororities colors.”

She teamed up with an AKA, Zeta and SGRho and they made an amazing cosplay team, holding it down for their beloved organizations, black nerds everywhere and some of their favorite anime characters all at the same time. There is one thing that we have got to say about Black greeks, if something includes their org’s colors, there is no doubt that they will show extra love to it and Sailor Moon was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

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We were excited to find out that Black greeks are not only engaging and participating in Blerd community but they are also at the forefront of organizing it. It turns out that Blerdcon, the up-and-coming convention catering to the Black Nerd community is being run by a Delta(@ccthegreekgeek), and Alpha (@conmanhilton) and a Kappa(@cosplayhass).

As the center of the Black greek community online, we at WatchTheYard.com are excited to find ways to involve ourselves with this convention and we are announcing that we will be featuring Black greek cosplays both young and old on our website and Instagram pages every month. If you are a Blerd and a member of a D9 Org who cosplays or does something that you think our audience would find noteworthy within the Blerd community, please send us an email describing what you do with photos and you could get a chance to be featured on our site!

Check out the pictures below from the Sailor Moon cosplay photoshoot at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.!

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AKA (Sailor Jupiter): Luisa Spencer

Initiated FA08, Eta Chapter, Bowie State. Bachelors in Psychology from Bowie State. BSN from the George Washington University. Full time nurse, part time health coach and triathlete. Star Wars Fanatic.
Instagram: @fit_vows

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Delta (Sailor Mars): Chauna C. Lawson

From: Washington, DC (currently residing in Silver Spring, MD)

Initiated Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Delta Chapter, April 28, 2008. Bowie State University. BS in Sociology/Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish, May 2009. Full-time, feminist/blacktivist for a private non-profit. Part-time wedding coordinator via MAPDJA, LLC. Founding member of @BlerDCon.

Instagram: @ccthegreekgeek

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ZPhiB (Sailor Mercury): Kayla Pankey

Proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Upsilon Mu chapter at Towson University Spring 2015. Graduated May 2016.
Instagram: @asilverlining22

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SGRho (Sailor Uranus): Crystal C. Drakeford

Proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. via BSU . Masters of Science in Management, Concentration Project Management, University of Maryland University College. Currently a Program Analyst for the Federal Government.
Instagram: @rhockwilder

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Photographer/Editor: @gizmo3squire / Make-up: @prettystaceface

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This Alpha Kappa Alpha Member is Making History by Opening the First Chick-fil-A in Downtown Los Angeles

Ashley Derby, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Spelman graduate, made history in 2011 when she became the youngest African-American female franchise owner in the history of Chick-fil-A at 26 years old. She making history again by bringing the franchise to downtown Los Angeles.

Derby is an Atlanta native who started working at Chick-fil-A as a teenager to save money for a car. She stuck with the company through her undergrad years at Spelman. Because of her boss’ advice, Derby switched her major to focus on economics and applied for leadership roles at the restaurant.

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In undergrad, she was initiated into Spelman’s Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

With my girls in spirit this year – Happy SpelHouse Homecoming! 💙❤️ #Spelman

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After graduating, Derby did three years of management and development programs for Chick-fil-A before opening a franchise near the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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The AKAs at Southeastern Louisiana University Just Did a Law & Order Themed Yard Show

The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University just did a Law & Order themed yard show to start off their fall semester!

COURT IS NOW IN SESSION! The Illustrious Lambda Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University presented their first Fall 2017 “Pretty Wednesday” yard show after 9 years of coming back to the campus.

Watch Lambda O’s Law & Order: Kase Klosed yard show presentation below!


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The AKAs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Are STUNNING

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are STUNNING.

The ladies Spring 2015 line of the Iota Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. recently celebrated their AKAversary and they teamed up with photographer was Don Lundy from Lundy Lenses (@lundylenses), a member of the Kappa Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to take some amazing pictures.

Check out the photos from their photo shoot below!

  

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