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Caution: If Z-Phi-B did not send for you, don’t come for them!

Ever since the earliest days of Black greekdom, there has been a culture of sororities testing the wit of other sororities through a culture of performance chants. One sorority would sound off on the yard and chant something about the other sorority to make the crowd laugh and the target sorority would reply with a chant directed back at them. This game of chanting would create a public spectacle but in no way was meant to hurt individual members of the opposite sorority. This game was a form of blowing off steam, having friendly competition and establishing who was boss on campus.

The culture of competitive chants continues today but was more prevalent in the 1970s, 1980s and even into the 90s.

For your enjoyment we have made a list of some of the “Top 10 Zeta Diss Chants” targeted at other sororities.

For all of you older members out there, do you remember chanting any of these on the yard back in the day? Please write your favorite chant in the comment section below!

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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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