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Black and Sexy TV: These NPHC Greeks Are Behind YouTube’s Hottest Channel!

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[This piece was written by Alexzandria Chill | UNT Graduate. Marketing Freak. Frankie Bev Fanatic. Adamant Knowledge Seeker. Lady of ZPHIB [Pearl Clu5]. Founder of Blog: @DPTaughtMe]

In my downtime, aside from reading, blogging and scrolling through my social media newsfeeds, I love catching up on my favorite television shows. Now, it’s been a while since I’ve watched traditional television. Don’t get me wrong… I catch my fair share of Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Power and Being Mary Jane episodes. However, independent webseries are my homies!

And nooooo I’m not talking about Netflix, aka thirst trap central. My must-haves reside on Youtube and VHX. More specifically, I love watching Black webseries that reflect my every day friends, family and situatons. I want to share a few of my favorite webseries that relate to Greek life in some way, shape or form.

One of my absolute faaaaaaaaavorite Youtube channels is Black & Sexy TV. If you haven’t heard of it, it is vital that you check it out. VI-TAL! I appreciate that Black & Sexy TV offers a variety of quality programming. All of their shows have characters that look like me and mirror my life.

Whether it’s situations I’ve been in, people I know, or thoughts that I’ve had, Black & Sexy TV explores all of my major personal  touchpoints. Let’s put it this way, if you love 90s black television, you’ll love Black & Sexy TV. Their current roster consist of: The CoupleThe Number,  That Guy,  RoomieLoverFriends,  HelloCupid,  Yellow, Becoming NiaSexless, and Chef Julian.

I would recommend clicking on the hyperlinks and checking each show out for yourself. The narratives are as diverse as our lives are. Unlike our favorite Primetime Melaninated Queens, not all of us are high profile media consultants, prominent university professors, sexy music producers nor controversial news anchors. Emphasis on “not all of us”, we still outchea. However, we do kick back with our homeboys (That Guy) . We struggle with juggling our mains and our side pieces (Sexless, Chef Julian). We make bets with our best friends on if we’re going to get hits on our online dating profiles (Hello Cupid). We room with persons of the opposite sex and attempt to not catch feelings (RoomieLoverFriends). We make fun of the Drakes of the world ( in my Nicki voice “No…no..no no no no no…no shade!” (Yellow). These situations aren’t foreign to us. and THIS is what makes Black & Sexy TVwebseries so great. They’re hilarious. They’re relateable. They’re real life.

And if that little spiel didn’t convince you to watch, they’re also Greek. Not everyone, but some of the cast and crew members are from our organizations! Check out the Black & Sexy Divine Nine Crew below. To read their bios and enlarge the pictures, click on the photos. AND THEN…GO WATCH THE WEBISODES!

{Sidenote: Ashley Blaine Featherson (end of slideshow), didn’t get a profile. Why? I don’t know…I didn’t create the graphics. LOL. However, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She crossed with the Alpha Chapter AKAs at Howard University. Her hometown is Gaithersburg, Maryland, but she currently lives in LA. She plays Whitney in Hello Cupid and you might have seen her in a little movie called Dear White People. 😉 Her IG and Twitter is@AshleyBlaine if you wanna follow. }

{Second Sidenote:  Shoutout to one of my college besties, Latyna aka Skoop, for making a cameo in Chef Julian. She is also a proud member of  the Univeristy of North Texas’ ELECTRIFYING Epsilon Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Love you Skoop!}

Click on the arrows below to see the Greek members of Black & Sexy TV!

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Need Help Finding A Job? Check Out The Top 20 African American Professional Associations

While we all know that there are strong ties within our fraternities and sororities, you should never stop looking for ways to develop and grow your network.

Joining an African-American professional association can provide education in your field, networking opportunities and advocacy — all with a focus on issues important to African Americans. With the help of the good old internet and Monster.com, we have made this list for you of 21 of the largest and oldest national groups for African-American professionals:

Business

  • BDPA: Organized in 1975. More than 40 chapters. Open to African Americans in data processing and related fields.
  • National Association of Black Accountants: Founded in 1969. Goal is to represent the than 200,000 African American professionals in accounting and finance.
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources: A national organization of human resource professionals with 36 local chapters; includes consultants and students.
  • National Black MBA Association: A 8,000-member professional organization made up of African American graduates with MBAs and advanced degrees. Established in 1970, its mission is to increase the number and diversity of African Americans in business.
  • National Sales Network: An association of African American sales and sales management professionals. Organized in 1992, with more than 2,000 members in 16 chapters.

Design

  • Organization of Black Designers: Comprised of 10,000 design professionals in visual communications, as well as graphic, interior, fashion and industrial design.

Engineering and Science

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy: Founded in 1977; 36 chapters. Specialties include energy policy, technology and the environment.
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers: Organized in 1972 to build a community of minority scientists and engineers; 39 professional and university chapters.
  • National Society of Black Engineers: Started in 1975, it now has more than 35,700 members, more than 390 college, precollege and technical professional chapters nationwide and overseas. The group’s mission is to increase the number of African American engineers, as well as help them succeed professionally and to give back to their communities.
  • National Society of Black Physicists: The largest organization of African American physicists; 16 sections ranging from astronomy, astrophysics and nuclear physics to technology transfer, business development and entrepreneurship. Its mission is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists within the international scientific community.

Food Services

  • BCA: Incorporated as the Black Culinarian Alliance in 1998 and now known by its acronym. A national educational and networking organization that serves African American and other minority professionals working in hospitality and food services.

General

  • 100 Black Men of America: Founded in 1963; now 110-plus chapters with more than 10,000 members. Its mission includes leadership, mentoring, education, health and economic development.

Government

  • Blacks in Government: Members are civil servants at the federal, state, county and municipal levels. Founded in 1975; more than 50 chapters include the Departments of State and Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and the National Institutes of Health.

Healthcare

  • National Black Nurses Association: Organized in 1971; 80 chapters represent more than 150,000 African American nurses in the US, Caribbean and Africa.
  • National Medical Association: The oldest (founded 1895) and largest national professional organization for African American physicians. A leading force for parity in medicine, it provides educational programs and conducts outreach efforts.
  • Student National Medical Association: The largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of African American medical students and residents.

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Get That Money! Six Grants For Black Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Do you have a business that would benefit greatly with some extra financial help from a grant?

Today, Black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to Huffington Post which also says,

“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%).”

There are a lot of grants out there that get overlooked and while finding a grant specifically targeted toward African-American women can be challenging, the best way to bring in start-up funds is to look for funds targeted to minorities and women.

We at WatchTheYard.com suggest that you also look for industry-specific grants.

To help all of you small business owning ladies out there, we have created a list of small business grants for women.

Do you know of any good business grants for women? Tell us about them in the comment section below and share this list with an entrepreneur.

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Watch The Yard’s Best Dressed Black Fraternity and Sorority Deans of Spring 2017

The outfit that a Dean of Pledges wears to the probate says a lot about the chapter, the line and themselves. The importance of their outfit is seldom highlighted because the bulk of the spotlight is put on the line of initiates but it is very important because the Dean and ADPs are the ones who are leading the ceremony/show and introducing these new brothers and sisters to the world.

Earlier this week we at Watch The Yard sent out a request for members of Black fraternities and sororities to send in their pictures of the best dressed and most stylish Deans of Spring 2017 lines. The response was overwhelming so we created a list of our favorites.

Check out the slideshow below to see who made the list. These brothers and sisters look amazing and represent their chapters, schools, organizations, and legacy to the fullest.

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