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This weekend 50 people were killed in one of the biggest mass shootings in modern US history at PULSE nightclub, a gay club in Orlando Florida.

Instead of just ignore it as not an issue to concern themselves with, as many other fraternities would do, the International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Jonathan A. Mason, released the following statement about civil liberties, injustice and homophobia in our nation stating, ” This horrendous attack upon the LGBT community is more than a reminder that we must change our approaches to these issues — it is a clarion call to action!”

“Now is not the time for complacency; the future of our country is affected by the intolerance of a few who believe their ‘right’ to destroy anyone and everyone who don’t share their ideas and beliefs,” Mason stated. “As members of this Fraternity, we cannot be interpreted as supporting such ideology, especially by being silent. We are being called to build on the legacy begun by our Founders to promote the building of better communities through positive action.”

He finished the statement with the following, “Prayer is always in order. We must now follow those prayers with actions to make a difference in our communities and the world.”

So far, Phi Beta Sigma is the only Black fraternity to publicly release statements on the shooting and we at WatchTheYard.com applaud them for this statement about supporting and defending the community no matter what their race, beliefs or sexual orientation are. Throughout it’s history, Black greekdom has always been at the forefront of civil rights but recently it has been seen as complacent and silent on many issues happening in this country. This statement will hopefully spark a flame and force Black fraternity and sorority members to deal with tough issues within this country.

This shooting hits very close to home for Black greeks, seeing as a D9 fraternity member was among the 50 people killed inside of PULSE nightclub in Orlando this weekend. (Read that full story here)

Read International President Jonathan A. Mason’s full statement below:

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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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