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By contributing writer Laura D. Reid

Before he graced the screen as Lucious Lyons’ fix-it-man on “Empire”; the street savvy detective on “New York Undercover”; or a Jamaican bobsledder in “Cool Runnings”, actor Malik Yoba was a community activist and educator.

A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Yoba’s full-time commitment to community organizations, education, and underprivileged youth dates back to the 80’s.  He served as Vice President of The CityKids Foundation, a New York-based organization that worked in conjunction with New York City public schools to assess students, faculty, and parents in an effort to improve school attendance, and the quality of education.  In 1994, he founded Nature Boy Enterprises as a vehicle to offer keynote addresses, motivational workshops, and the “Why Are You On This Planet” self-esteem program.

His work as an educator has extended internationally to schools in South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Central America, and Ethiopia.  The Honorable Bill Clinton, the Congress of United States, and the UNICEF, are some of the dignitaries and organizations that have recognized his humanitarian work and advocacy for the youth.

Yoba was born and raised in the Bronx in 1967.  He became an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma in 2009.  At the age of fifteen he was shot and it ultimately changed his perspective and led him into a life of community activism.  Since the 90’s, he has served as a board member and committee member for such organizations as Reach New York and Hale House.  Yoba is an author of two books and an educator at Long Island University.


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This Video of The Sigmas at Delaware State University Will Get You HYPED!

The Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma revealed their new line and these brothers rolled DEEP!

The Sigmas at Delaware State University unveiled their newest line, “New Blu Order” to their campus, making history as the longest line to ever come through their chapter.

Watch below as these brothers put on for their state, their school, their chapter and their ORG!

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This Is How Solo Sigmas do Probates at SUNY Oneonta

One time for the Solos of Phi Beta Sigma!

The brothers of the Beta Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma revealed their Fall 16 solo and this young brother held it down for the Sigmas and his state ALL BY HIMSELF!

Check out his video below and show this young brother some love!

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Phi Beta Sigma’s Rashaun Allen Receives Prestigious Fulbright Grant

The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. keep winning! One of their members, Rashaun J. Allen has won a Fulbright.

Allen, graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing & Literature Fall 2016 and has already achieved success by independently publishing two poetry books: A Walk Through Brooklyn and In The Moment which made the 10th & 11th best-selling spots in Amazon’s Kindle store in the African-American poetry section.

He is now doing a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in Barbados in Creative Writing & Literature which he received from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Allen is conducting research at The University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus as part of a project to write about his family history.

“Allen is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields,” the Fulbright program wrote in a statement.

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.”

Watch The Yard would like to personally congratulate Allen on his achievement. Our website has special ties to the Fulbright because our founder, Jonathan Rabb came up with the idea for Watch The Yard while doing a Fulbright Grant in Germany.

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