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You’ve heard the Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend,” but did you ever realize that the music video features members of Kappa Alpha Psi?

“Just A Friend” was Biz Markie’s most successful single that reached the #9 position on the Billboard charts in 1989. The music video follows Biz as he falls in love with a girl and finds out she is cheating on him with a man on a nearby college campus. Biz goes to surprise the girl at her university and walks in on what he describes “A fella tongue kissin’ my girl on her mouth” in her dorm room.

As Biz is walking through the campus there is a whole scene at the 3:40 mark with a bunch of Kappas doing cane routines around him on the yard. They are rocking peak late 80s style and holding it down for their brothers with their Kappa Kanes!

To all of those 80s and 90s greeks out there, do you remember being on the yard when this song came out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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These Zeta and Sigma Pictures Show What Black Greekdom Looked Like in Michigan in the Late 70s

Time for another blast from the past! This time we are taking you to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan to show you what Black greek life looked like for members of Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta in the 1970s.

Check out the photos below and share this with someone who was a member of a Black fraternity or sorority or a Black college student in the midwest in the late 1970s. These photos were taken around 1978, they might know someone in the photos!






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Jerry Rice Opens up About Joining Phi Beta Sigma as an Undergrad at Mississippi Valley State

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Did you know that former All Pro and arguably the “best receiver of all time”, Jerry Rice is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.?

Rice attended Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984 where he became a standout receiver and acquired the nickname “World”, because there wasn’t a ball in the world he couldn’t catch. While he was killing it on the gridiron, he also pledged Phi Beta Sigma. We have found pictures of him from his undergrad Sigma days as well as an interview where he opens up about being a young Sigma.

In 2010, Rice sat down for an interview about the NFL, the Hall of Fame and his fraternity.

During the interview, Jerry is asked to talk about his undergrad greek days by the interviewer who is an Alpha.

“As an Ice Cold brother of Alpha Phi Alpha but I gotta mess with you man,” the interviewer states. “It’s all right man, we used to go after each other,” Jerry replied. “Its funny because those collegiate days, man, you never forget about that. You know, the people that you meet.”

Skip to the 3:12 mark in the video below to listen to the audio from the interview and make sure to check out our gallery below of photos of Jerry repping Phi Beta Sigma as an undergrad.

Click on the arrows below to see pictures of Rice as a young Sigma at Mississippi Valley State.

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Story Behind The Picture: Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Famed Marian Anderson And Segregation In New Orleans

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The following photograph depicts the Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of New Orleans, as they gather to receive and regale the famous contralto and AKA Soror Marian Anderson.

According to Creolegen.com, “Miss Anderson was made an honorary member of AKA by the national organization after an incident wherein the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow her to sing at Constitution Hall, a hall which the DAR owned. Daughters of the American Revolution had a strict policy against allowing African-American entertainers on their stage. In response, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt withdrew her membership in the DAR and instead, invited Ms. Anderson to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This momentous event took place on Easter Sunday, 09 April 1939, before a crowd of 75,000 people.”


After this worldwide notoriety came to Miss Anderson, the Philadelphia native from a deeply religious family gained international star status.

The following photo was taken at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Kriege of St. Charles Avenue on Monday night (6/5/1940) after Soror Anderson, held her much anticipated recital at the Municipal Auditorium. At the home she was entertained by her New Orleans Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters who regarded her as the world’s greatest singer. While this event was packed and celebrated it also sparked racial tension,

“Marian Anderson’s appearance in New Orleans had not been without controversy. The white organizers of the concert had planned a whites-only event, but after vociferous protests from blacks, the Municipal Auditorium allocated seats for them only in the balcony. The NAACP protested that “horizontal” segregation of this kind was insulting to people of color and that only “vertical” segregation, whereby colored and whites sat on opposite sides of the hall but on the same level, would be acceptable.

When the Municipal Auditorium’s Commission rejected this demand, refusing to let blacks sit on the ground floor, the NAACP voted to boycott the concert. This proposed boycott split the black community. The sororities and fraternities wanted the concert to go ahead because they saw it as an opportunity for an internationally renowned black singer to perform in New Orleans. Even the Louisiana Weekly lashed out at the organization in print accusing its executive director, Roy Wilkins of “fighting to keep Negroes from hearing a great Negro artist.” The NAACP failed to persuade Ms. Anderson to cancel her appearance and failed to dissuade blacks from attending. They lost the fight and Anderson’s concert was held with Negroes sitting in the balcony. An event many would never forget.”

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Here is a documentary on Soror Marian Anderson for those who would like to learn more about her.

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