Janelle Monáe is known to play around with the concept of alternate universes. Sometimes she is in an alien world or portrayed as a “fembot,” but for her music video for “Electric Lady”, Monáe puts on the some Greek letters to host a party in an alternate black greek universe.
Now from the jump you can tell that she is paying homage to Zeta Phi Beta; her sorority in this alternate universe is “Electro Phi Beta”. The party that they throw is banging and is visited by the likes of star choreographer Fatima Robinson and T.I. along with numerous others, it even includes a marching band and mini step show.
Here is a list of some of the stuff that goes on in the video.
1. Janelle corrects her mother who is obviously a GDI on the correct pronunciation of her Sorority.
2. She shows us that she is that Soror who always leaves her line sisters, who came to pick her up, waiting in the car because she’s spending extra time getting ready before the party. (Every chapter has at least 3 of these people. You know who you are…)
3. After probably practicing strolls on the street a block away from the party for 15 minutes, they show up at the party ready to dance.
4. Her prophytes are, were, and will always be legendary. (T-Boz, Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, and Com Kimbra)
5. “Oh those on the wall? Those are for decoration…’Electro Phi Beta Sorority Inc., is of course a non-hazing organization…'”
6. “OH YAAAAASS The fraternity that is supposed to be portraying the Nupes are here!” (They are based on Nupes)
7. These frat brothers(portraying Nupes) rudely steal a girl from conversation to take her to the dance floor…typical.
8. The DJ turns “Back That Azz Up” on …
9. All of a sudden, the frat that was supposed to be portraying Nupes turns into Alphas…this is where we get a little lost…
10. Wait…now they are Sigmas…
11. Magically they turn back into Nupes or whatever they are supposed to be…we are still pretty confused about that part…
12. Time for the sorors to stroll!
13. Surprise! The guests find out that the reason for this party was to do a peep show to get everybody hyped about the upcoming probate.
14. They don’t mess up her greeting! Hallelujah!
Watch the full video below and share this post with a Zeta!
How do you feel about the concept of black fraternities and sororities being portrayed by artists who are not greek. It has been done many times in film including School Daze, Stomp The Yard and other films. Is there ever a point where it can be taken to far? What do you think in terms of this video, do you like it? Let us know in the comment section below.
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:
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Black Fraternity/Sorority Presidents Respond to ‘Burning Sands’ Movie in Joint Statement
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.
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 Ross, Brother 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 WatchTheYard@gmail.com
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