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If you know the words to this song, sing along. Another historically Black Greek Letter Organization is in trouble. When Mo’Kelly last broached this subject, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity announced its organization-wide moratorium and membership freeze while it dealt with issues such as these.
Alpha Kappa Alpha as we all know is dealing with extreme financial issues and some of its membership is seeking to remove its national president. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is in the midst of a $97 million dollar lawsuit in response to a hazing-related death of a pledge.
Mo’Kelly will say it again…it will not be long before ALL of our organization s cease to exist at this rate.
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WARNER ROBINS — There won’t be any new members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. for the foreseeable future.
An electronic letter sent to members by the fraternity’s general president, Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., says future intake processes for new members are suspended indefinitely, citing “the failure of some of our members to behave honorably and with care.”
His message comes less than a month after suspected hazing by members of the fraternity’s Fort Valley State University chapter left one member seriously injured and another member arrested for apparently causing the injuries.
“Following my review of 2009, it became clear to me that one area that needs our immediate focus is the conduct of brothers involved in the intake process,” Mason letter stated. “Our process was designed with the assumption that our members would conduct themselves honorably and with care. Regretfully, in several instances, that has not occurred. “This means that all membership intake activities shall be and are hereby suspended until further notice.”
One man, 21-year-old Bryson Trumaine Amey, was charged with felony aggravated battery in connection with an incident that Fort Valley police say occurred on the evening of Nov. 29. The incident left 19-year-old Brian Tukes hospitalized. Tukes, a 2008 graduate of Westside High School in Macon, was diagnosed with acute renal failure and admitted to the Houston Medical Center on Nov. 30. He was later transferred to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. He has since been discharged.
Efforts to reach Tukes and Amey were unsuccessful Monday.
The incident report mentions that the suspect or suspects apparently used their hands, fists or other body parts to physically assault Tukes at the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house at 603 Carver Drive. The report says the hazing went on from Sept. 10 to Dec. 1. Information on the incident report for 14 people listed as witnesses was redacted.
Tukes’ mother, Phyllis Tukes, informed university officials of her son’s allegation. The university then alerted the Fort Valley Police Department, which is handling the investigation. The department will hand its findings over to Peach County District Attorney Cliff Woody, who will determine whether other charges will be filed.
Mason said in a statement after the Fort Valley incident that his organization saw hazing as an act against the entire Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and that the group’s reputation would be upheld through legal avenues against wrongdoers.
No such legal action has been substantiated. Other than the earlier statement and the letter sent to members over the weekend, the fraternity has been mum on the subject.
Brian Joseph Anthony Kelly, spokesman for the fraternity out of its national office in Baltimore, said by phone Monday that answers to several questions, including what incidents contributed to the decision to halt intake and whether all were related to physical hazing, would be sent via e-mail. By Monday night, that e-mail had not been received.
To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.
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From the Houston Chronicle:
A 20-year-old Phi Beta Sigma pledge at Prairie View A&M University underwent systematic hazing — including a strict bread-and-water diet, paddling and mandatory rigorous exercises — that intensified until it culminated in his death, a lawsuit filed by his parents states.
Donnie Wade II, a biology major studying to become a doctor, died Oct. 20 following a pre-dawn exercise session with a group of his pledge brothers, investigators said.
While the autopsy is not yet complete, Wade’s mother, Katrina, blames hazing for taking her only son from her.
“I will not rest until I am sure no other families will go through what we have,” she said.
Her husband, Wade I, is an associate pastor of the Dallas-area Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Friday in Dallas County, seeks as much as $97 million in damages from the national fraternity based in Washington, D.C., the pledge trainer, Marvin Jackson, and Prairie View A&M.
Full story HERE.
(Note: this comes 20 years almost TO THE DAY after the death of the Morehouse pledge in 1989. We still have not learned our lesson. Wade died October 20th…the following link to the Joel Harris story…October 20th, 1989. I can only imagine what the Harris family is feeling given this emerging story. Click HERE.)
From Prairie View A&M
Prairie View A&M Campus police will work in conjunction with the Hempstead police during the probe. Additionally, The PVAMU Office of Student Affairs is conducting a separate investigation, including examining alleged incidents of hazing. Wade was a prospective member of Phi Beta Sigma, a registered student organization.
Pending investigation results, Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright has suspended all membership intake process activities for all registered student organizations, indefinitely.
“The University is taking this situation very seriously. It is imperative that we discontinue all fraternity and sorority membership intake activities until we receive a full account of events that led up to the death of Mr. Wade,” said President Wright. “The entire Prairie View A&M community is saddened by Donnie’s death. We extend our condolences to his family and friends during their time of bereavement.”
Grief counseling and assistance is available to university students, faculty and staff at the PVAMU Owens-Franklin Health Center.
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Some time ago, Mo’Kelly offered an editorial on the induction practices of BGLOs and their present state. Mr. Prince Sherwood of Phi Beta Sigma took the time to put pen to paper to offer an alternative view in response and make the case for a less dire picture depicting Phi Beta Sigma specifically and BGLOs more generally. As always is the case in The Mo’Kelly Report, ALL (respectfully constructed) viewpoints are welcome and will be given equal space in which to be expressed. To that end, may I present Mr. Richard Prince of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Mo’Kelly’s original piece HERE.
Holding On To The Old, While Embracing The New.
The only way I can formulate a response you is to hold on to the old, while embracing the new. When I listen to the radio here in Tampa, Florida I’m amazed by the “Old School” hip hop mixes going back to Biggie, Tupac and every other rapper from the mid-1990’s. Yet, I clearly remember the birth of hip hop circa the late 1970’s because I was there, deep in the underground movement before the Crash Crew’s mix tape was so hot it made it to the radio. What does this have to do with your article of Greeks selling out?
Everything! It places everything in perspective.
While Greeks like myself can relate to tradition by thinking back to the early1980’s, my younger Greek Brothers and Sisters will consider “old school” tradition to be centered in the 90’s decade. The same can be said of me by a Greek who joined in the 1970’s and of them by someone who joined in the 1960’s, etc all the way back to our Founders.
So it seems that with each passing decade a layer of prestige is peeled off the Black Greek Lettered Organizations, i.e. the privileges and exclusivity of membership; while new layers are added on. (I for one would have never thought Party Walking would replace Stepping, but in some areas it has). And so goes the change in time. It could be said that Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, (already known as a Fraternity of Firsts: African Presidents; Creation of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, with Omega Psi Phi; Constitutionally Bound Brother/Sister), is embracing change by
inducting high profile people, which puts Phi Beta Sigma on the lips of many who may not have considered joining a BGLO.
OLD SCHOOL TRADITION – Mo’Kelly, I share your irritation when I see high school students stepping and carrying on customs traditionally reserved for college Fraternities. I’ve learned to accept the change by understanding the influence BGLO’s have on these kids and if one more student makes it to collegeas a result of emulating Black Greeks then it makes me a proud Sigma Man. It should be said that over the past five years 100% of our Sigma Beta youth group in Tampa have gone on to attend four year Universities, and though it wasn’t required, some have even joined Phi Beta Sigma. There is a certain feeling with seeing a young man grow and develop through your Sigma Beta Club only to come back a few years later as your Fraternity Brother.
1980’s HAZING – There were some schools that had admirable initiation practices, [mine being one of them. In nearly 30 years of Greek life there has been zero instances of hazing suspensions at Stony Brook University]. By design, pledging is meant to break down an individual, strip them of their personality and character flaws and build them up into a Sigma, Kappa, Omega or Alpha Man. Same is true with Sororities, but as the Black Panthers gave way to the Crips & Bloods, some gangland mentality permeated their way into our Greek system and degraded our initiation practices to nothing more than a gangland beat down. The result, as you noted in your article, was the abolishment of pledging altogether. Unfortunately we threw out the Good with the Bad and joining a Fraternity or Sorority further lost a significant amount of symbolism.
CAPITALISM / CORPORATE GREED – So now you have members in the Divine Nine whose value systems are farther apart from our founders and more aligned with commercialization. People run for office within their Fraternity/Sorority not for the love and advancement of their organization, but for the opportunity to misappropriate funds, embezzle and otherwise pad their resume. These people are already looking ahead at their next conquest and
leave no lasting legacy. I’m sure each member of the Divine Nine can point to at least one individual whose advancement in their organization was more for political gain rather than safeguarding and advancing their organizations. It is what it is and the only message I have for critics is step up or shut up.
SHERYL UNDERWOOD – Is a professional celebrity. We each have at least one in our respective organizations, but she has stepped up to the plate, showing her love for Zeta and took the reigns of the organization. I’ve had the opportunity to see her at our recent Conclave in New Orleans and trust that Zeta Phi Beta is in good hands.Now, has Arthur Ashe ever been Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi? Will Michael Jordan, or Bill Cosby ever run Omega Psi Phi? Besides Ms. Underwood for Zeta, has there ever been an instance when a high profile figure also served as President of their Fraternity or Sorority? And trust me, Soror Underwood is all about business when it comes to Zeta. If you want to see jokes then purchase a ticket to the Improv.
What exactly “Does it say when the latest round of Phi Beta Sigma honorary inductees, only the White man – Bill Clinton – has a degree from an accredited four-year college or university? Mo’Kelly says it won’t be long before all of us are irrelevant, then extinct.”
(On the contrary).
What it says is Phi Beta Sigma has (1) reinvented itself to such a significant extent as to be deemed worthy of membership by high profile people in government, science and media arts and, (2) we continue to be the Vanguards of
the Divine Nine. Finally, if the term honorary is so offensive, why not ask the dignitaries of our respective organizations to return and/or decline the many honorary PhD’s that are conferred not as a measure of academic achievement, but for life time achievements.
The author of this article, Prince Sherwood, is the Vice President of the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The Tampa Alumni Chapter is also the recipient of the 2009 Southern Regional Chapter of the Year Award and repeated that distinction at the 2009 Conclave by receiving the Model Chapter of the Year. Visit us on the web at www.tampasigmas.com or contact the chapter at email@example.com.
This has been forwarded to me by a number of people. Mo’Kelly is NOT the author, although Omega Psi Phi fraternity is prominently featured throughout the editorial. I agree with some parts, disagree with others. Some parts seem to be historically accurate, others not.
Nevertheless, the commentary is worthy of further discussion. The text is posted as well a link for you to peruse on the original site. The author is Abraham Lincoln Reynolds III.
Since I am a great grandson of a slave and had a grandfather who was born just a few years after the slaves were freed in this nation, I am adamant when it comes to free speech and American democracy. My grandfather died in 1960 but I have never forgotten the stories he told about the conditions of slavery that his mother had shared with him. How as a slave you kept your eyes to the ground and never looked up at the master. How you only spoke when given permission. How you did what you were told and never dared ask questions. How if you expressed any thoughts that were other than those of the master’s or mistress, you were severely punished. Some even experienced expulsion from the plantation, by being sold and hence separated from their families and existed for the rest of their life in exile just for communicating their thoughts and ideas to other slaves.
When a District Representative, which is a managing officer in Omega Psi Phi Inc., accuses a member of “Conduct unbecoming an Omega”, solely on the bases of what that member has written, then expels that member and removes that member’s life membership paid for years in advance, I am reminded of my great grand parent’s slavery days. First of all, “Conduct unbecoming an Omega” is a charge and accusation that is purely subjective with no written criteria to measure its accuracy and projects several different faces depending on what group of Omegas you know. I have seen faces of those serving time in prison with Que brands that symbolized their membership and at similar times I have seen judges presiding over courts who were also members of that organization. Both represent behavior found in the organization and maybe even found in some of its officers’ behaviors today. When I was Vice President of John Howard and Associates, an international watchdog agency that monitored correction departments, I would on occasion visit prison sites and sometimes I would encounter two types of Omega men, those who were security guards and those who were prisoners. Not having written criteria and since both hold membership in the same fraternity, one has to ask which behavior is characteristic of the organization. This is an especially fair question since both prisoner and guard could be holding membership in the same fraternity at that time. This, along with the fact that Omegas are known to be referred to as Dogs, a nickname acquired by them when the song “Atomic Dog” hit top music list back in the sixties,
(Mo’Kelly – No, Atomic Dog was from the 1982 album Computer Games…NOT the sixties)
would make it very hard to say what “Conduct unbecoming an Omega”, means as a rule or law.
Secondly laws or rules such as these have been used to oppress black people for generations. Slave owners used oppressive tactics to deprive slaves of their dignity, thereby instilling a sense of fear and trepidation within them in order to control their thoughts and speech. A slave’s most common offense was the crime of “Imprudence” and imprudence was almost anything. It was just according to the whims of the master, mistress or overseer at the moment and is comparable to attitudes, whims and actions of some representing the Ques as well as several of the other Black Greek letter Organizations today.
The difference today is that the Thirteenth Amendment ended
Legalized slavery in the United States, a fact seemingly not recognized in some of the fraternities and sororities in terms of freedom of speech. Members are not slaves compelled to keep their mouths shut and not speak their opinions. They have a right to speak and express their views. They have the right to expect Robert Rules of order to be the order of the day and the decorum by which meetings are conducted. They have a right to receive an accurate and complete yearly financial report completed by an independent Certified Public Accountant. Just as they have those rights, these same members have the right to debate, express their opinions and to have others write their opinions in official minutes. All members have the right to challenge what they deem unreasonable, unjust or insane. In this respect, all brothers and sisters are created equal and no master, mistress, overseer or elected black Greek officer can take that freedom away.
There is an interesting comparison between the suspension documents, used by the District Representative to try to suppress my freedom of speech in Omega Psi Phi, and the document of the Black Code that was enacted after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. The Black Code was enacted by the Southern States to make useless the Thirteenth Amendment. The Code restricted the rights of freed men under vagrancy and apprenticeship laws which in many opinions really served as a catch all phase for “I’m still your master and you are still my slave to do with what I want”. But it was legal “imprudence.” As a result of the enforcement of the Codes, freed men were imprisoned and punished for “insulting gestures,” or “seditious speeches.” This is a perfect example of a bias and self serving, subjective measurement of behavior established by those in power who fantasized that they are the masters of others and believe they hold and represent some invisible and mystical power that can prevent intelligent and free minds from speaking their opinions.
When compared to the suspension documents that I have seen coming from Omega Psi Phi Inc. a similar phase is referred to i.e., “committed acts that are unbecoming an Omega Man”. It appears that the mentality of those thinking this way believed my behavior was an insulting gesture and a speech against them and the organization, so they enacted their own Black Code. But unable to use vagrancy and apprenticeship laws, in a fraternal organization where such doesn’t apply, they used the exile from the village to a distant island concept, a no brainer, non starter so totally unenforceable, that a mosquito on an elephants’ behind would have more of an impact.
It is obvious that other BGLOs are practicing the same hypocrisy with this worthless imitation of the Black Code. Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Kappa Alpha, two of the black Greek sororities, have cases pending in the courts in part for similar expulsions. And in an unrelated court case, Omega Psi Phi has just lost a libel and slander case in Illinois, where the court’s Decision found in favor of Attorney Gerald Scott McCarthy, an Omega and the plaintiff in the case.(No, Mo’Kelly hasn’t received any documentation on this case, so don’t ask)
All of these cases and the courts’ findings will be spot lighted here as ReynoldsRevelations shines its light on the darkness of depriving person’s of one of their God given rights the freedom to speak and even the anointed BGLOs must not be allowed to take that away.
When it comes to Omega Psi Phi, I think the Founders, one of whom I was honored to have spent time with personally, i.e. “Brothers Cooper, Coleman, Love and Just” would agree that all Brothers are created equal and therefore have an equal voice. I think they also would agree that it is a travesty to send out the message to young black men that they don’t have freedom of speech. That is not a good idea. And to show by example that they don’t have that right, is even worse.
********Just a pragmatic and realistic great grand son of a slave who says, “Only those who call for silence fear what is to be heard!”******
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UPDATE 7.30.09: NEW Discussion Piece – Freedom of Speech in the BGLOs, but with Omega Psi Phi in the center of the discussion. Click HERE
Let Mo’Kelly say right off the top…this is NOT going to be a popular piece. But Mo’Kelly never writes according to what might be “popular” only what needs to be said. Let the hate-mail flow, but this needs to be said.
By now you’ve heard the news that historically Black fraternity Phi Beta Sigma has had a slew of high-profile honorary members inducted into the fraternity.
President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Stevie Wonder, Martin Lawrence and other notables have been ushered into the ranks of the Phi Beta Sigma brotherhood. All obvious jokes aside, the continuing discussion surrounding the complex and arguably controversial nature of honorary/celebrity “members” is part in parcel of the larger debate about the contemporary relevance of historically Black Greek-Letter Organizations (BGLOs).
There is a common blood line which runs through all of the “Divine Nine” BGLOs. All of their respective roots, traceable back to a time and place in which African-Americans could neither attend the same schools nor join the same collegiate organizations as Whites. Their “need” and relevance were inarguable at the turn of the 20th century and their direct impact on American history is unparalleled. Most of the civil rights leaders and Black historical figures we know and celebrate today are/were members of these organizations.
In many ways, America “is,” because BGLOs “are.”
BGLO members are/were our teachers, our pastors, our soldiers, our mothers, our caregivers our doctors, lawyers et. al. You likely can not meet anyone who hasn’t been positively influenced by a member of a BGLO. It’s just not possible.
Yet somehow, some way, somewhere…the world of BGLOs was turned upside down on its way to the 21st century. There used to be a time in which the organizations developed future leaders and way-makers, their future success and achievements serving as a perpetual advertisement of their importance and influence. In 2009, it is standard operating procedure for many of the organizations to simply seek out the already successful, already famous and of course considerably wealthy in the hopes of pinning their respective letters on them.
In lay vernacular, it’s become ass backwards.
There used to be a time in which the bond of brotherhood and sisterhood would have bound all members together, irrespective of era. The rivalries between the organizations were intense but invariably respectful. Yet ever since 1990 when most of the organizations first abolished officially sanctioned pledge programs, the strength of brotherhood and sisterhood largely devolved into “pledged vs. intake,” “real/made vs. paper,” “undergrad vs. graduate (initiated)” The inter-organization rivalries were then supplanted by the intra-organizational elitism. If there was one seminal moment in which we can point to the organizations having begun losing their collective way…it was in 1989 with the death of Morehouse student and Sphinxman (Alpha Phi Alpha pledge) Joel Harris. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (the collective governing body for the BGLOs) abolished pledging across the board in response in 1990.
Of course, something needed to be done to address the spiraling costs of lawsuits and the financial havoc they wrought. To some, the complete eradication of sanctioned pledging was an overreaction and knee-jerk response. Unfortunately though, it signaled a separation and segregation arguably little different than the Jim Crow segregation which the most prominent members of the civil rights era fought against. It’s doubtful that there was any more compelling example of the BGLOs earning the “elitist” criticism. The same classism they collectively fought against; had in effect become the norm and status quo. “Separate but equal” moved out of the deep south and into the Black supposed aristocracy.
In lay vernacular, it became ass backwards.
In the 21st century, honorary members have become both the norm and for many the notoriously ridiculous for BGLOs. If you are a famous singer, actor, politician or just a regular business person with ungodly amounts of money…it is quite likely that your name has been submitted for induction into one or more of the Divine Nine. Gone were the days of the individual first seeking this fraternity or that sorority. Gone were the days of the fledgling youth hitching his/her wagon to the star of the sorority or fraternity, hoping one day to become one of the “greats” listed in the annals of its history. The 21st century is the age in which the organizations have “sold out,” trading in their legacies to ride the coattails of the rich and famous.
The organizations want big names, big checks and instant status upgrades, calling into question where our collective priorities lie.
Yes, “our” collective priorities.…even my fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.
This isn’t a critique of any particular organization, but the recent high-profile inductions by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity offer the
perfect entry point into the discussion of the direction of the nine members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. All of our organizations are intertwined, and the future of one invariably affects all, as history has shown us.
The college sophomore with a 2.5 GPA with his heart set on Phi Beta Sigma and dreams of changing the world dancing in his head may not be selected for induction into the fraternity, but the actor Terrence Howard who attended the Pratt Institute (an art school), zero notable contributions to society and a questionable disposition towards women is freely given membership? Martin Lawrence who has never seen the inside of a college classroom as a student is the
educational example Phi Beta Sigma fraternity wants young African-American men to emulate? Alpha Kappa Alpha is somehow elevated by inducting Alicia Keys who dropped out of Columbia to pursue to her music career?
That’s ass backwards and it sends a troubling message, one that’s loud and clear. Young people hear very well and recognize hypocrisy in all of its forms.
Beyond the manner in which members are chosen, selected or “pledged;” there has been a sliding scale in terms of the leadership. It is illogical to think a person, the likes of vulgar comedienne Sheryl Underwood would have ever
become the face and voice of Zeta Phi Beta sorority twenty or more years ago. It would have been simply unacceptable and surely the organization wouldn’t have sent out a press release “celebrating” her election. Zeta would have had the good sense and home training to be too embarrassed to do so. “Finer womanhood” and “Sheryl Underwood” simply could not and would not co-exist in the public space in previous generations.
If the 80s were the age of the hazing lawsuit, then the first decade of the 21st century will undoubtedly be remembered as the age of embezzlement. Although Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities have most recently publicly battled its own leadership with lawsuits alleging all types of financial malfeasance and mismanagement, the same types of issues are bubbling under with most if not all of the other seven.
All…yes, all. YOUR BLGO too. Mine, yours, errrbody’s.
The argument can be made that as we collectively move further and further away from the principles of brotherhood and sisterhood and closer to big business, these are the inevitabilities. The deficiencies in our brotherhood and sisterhood quotients have borne themselves out from the top down.
On the undergraduate level you hear more and more how it becomes harder for the lay person to distinguish the fraternities from the gangs, for often times the behavior is just that, indistinguishable. Having nothing to do with our “hand signs,” the stepshow altercations between organizations have increasingly become the rule, not the exception. Maybe the caliber of membership has decreased relative to the sheer numbers of African-Americans in college, which have also dropped. Maybe the talent pool is just too shallow or maybe…just maybe, our organizations have become too shallow in and of themselves. I will say without a doubt that there is a measurable and despicable criminal element within my very own Omega Psi Phi; an element in direct contradiction
to everything my founders Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman, Edgar Amos Love and Dr. Ernest Everett Just championed.
Yup, I said it and I meant it.
It’s not the popular thing to say, but it needed to be said.
To be clear, there are many chapters of many BGLOs which are doing wonderful work in the community and around the country. To allege otherwise would be simply untrue. At the same time, there seems to be a growing trend of community inactivity. This may be a function of the multi-cultural evolution of this country and the changing landscape of universities.
The all/majority Black Greek-letter organization doesn’t necessarily hold the same appeal to a college freshman in 2009 that it did in 1989 or even 1969. Kids can “step” in high school (which aggravates Mo’Kelly to no end). They don’t need to go to college and definitely don’t need to join an organization to reach the dangling carrot of stepping anymore. Membership used to have its privileges, now people can get the privileges without the “inconvenience” of membership. For instance…
Not only that, the big business of college athletics has also short-circuited the recruitment of members on the undergraduate level as many prized college athletes are forbidden from joining BGLOs.
It’s not lost on Mo’Kelly the need for our organizations to evolve as business entities. But the foundations in which we all are built have noticeable cracks. The solution is though NOT found in President Bill or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama or whoever is the next unaffiliated star comedian or actress. The solution is simply going back to the original intentions of our respective founders and highlighting educational and community service achievement, not fame and celebrity.
What does it say when in the latest round of Phi Beta Sigma honorary inductees, only the White man above has a degree from an accredited 4-year college or university? Just ‘what’ does it say is being ‘honored’ with these ‘honorary’ inductions?
It says, it won’t be long before all of us are irrelevant and then extinct.
UPDATE 7.15.09: The real problem/discussion about celebrity/honorary inductees can be found HERE.
Join the discussion…
Look, Mo’Kelly doesn’t make the news, he just reports it.
Click HERE for article…this does NOT seem to be a joke. First Zeta Phi Beta, then Alpha Kappa Alpha…
Phi Beta Sigma…come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right!
Yes, can’t you hear President Clinton shouting out “Blu Phi” or “G.O.M.A.B.”?!
I just want to see ONE picture of Bill Clinton in his fraternity jacket, his line number on the back, chapter on the left shoulder, crossing date on the right…hugging Sheryl Undersnipes.
Mo’Kelly would pay $1000.00 for that photo!
BREAKING: 7.9.09 3:00pm PDT (In other Greek News) President Clinton set to be inducted into Phi Beta Sigma…NOT a joke. Click HERE.
UPDATE 7.9.09 – 10:00am – Sorority leadership responds and submits statement to The Mo’Kelly Report. Click HERE!
UPDATE 7.8.09 – 6:40pm PDT. After doing some more research, Mo’Kelly came upon a case in which Barbara McKinzie and AKA were suing a former attorney who represented AKA and continued to get paid, even though her license was no longer valid. The details of the case are arguably unimportant, but what Mo’Kelly ALSO found in the suit is MINDBOGGLING. (But do note that the theme of FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE runs throughout the lawsuit.) There is a recurring theme here. Shackelford is NOT the first to “go there.”
Click HERE for the whole lawsuit. But Mo’Kelly has highlights below.
Stipend Payment to Ms. McKinzie
27. In 2007, due to Ms. McKinzie’s exceptional service and specialized skills as a financial professional, which helped save AKA a substantial sum of money, and in recognition of Ms. McKinzie’s work in increasing the volunteer structure by more than 200 members, the Directorate authorized a stipend payment to Ms. McKinzie in the amount of $250,000. This amount represented a percentage of the savings garnered by Ms. McKinzie for AKA.
28. In addition to the stipend payment described in Paragraph 27, the Directorate also authorized, as a stipend, the funding of pension benefits for Ms. McKinzie, payable at the time of time of retirement.
Mo’Kelly – So the DIRECTORATE is ALSO IN on the sham?! Allegedly McKinzie saved the organization some money, so they just cut her a check for that amount instead of keeping the savings?! (And I bet they still raised dues that year.) Are you serious?! She gets a COMMISSION for saving money (allegedly)?!
But it’s not a “salary” it’s a (one-time) “stipend.”
RIGHT…and hazing is “illegal” too. (WINK, WINK) It’s not really sex if you only put the tip in. He’s not fat, he’s just “big-boned.”
This is what AKA is ADMITTING!
29. In 2007, the Directorate also approved the purchase of a key person term life insurance policy on Ms. McKinzie in the estimated amount of $1,000,000, naming AKA as the beneficiary under the policy
Uh, the Supreme Basileus has a bounty on her head er uh LIFE INSURANCE policy of $1,000,000?! Who the hell is THAT important to an organization?! Where is Dr. Evil nibbling on his pinky?! ONE MILLION DOLLARS?!
Kenitra Shackelford, Director of Meetings/Conferences for Alpha Kappa Alpha’s corporate staff has sent a very ominous “letter” to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Board of Directors…
Well, not her…but HER LAWYER!
Ah suki suki!
The letter details all types of “alleged” financial malfeasance! Great googly moogly!
Mo’Kelly is talking $30,000 on extravagant jewelry.
This isn’t Zeta Phi Beta St. John suits, Mo’Kelly is talking…
Tiffany, Movado, diamonds and rubies.
This is straight up GANGSTA! Barb McKinzie is taking the whole “pearls” thing a bit too seriously it seems and is trying to buy out the jewelry shops!
Zeta Phi Beta sorority, move over, because the biggest “alleged” crooks are now the pretty girls with 20 pearls. If ANY of this is true, this is straight GANGSTA! Off the chain!
A Mo’Kelly Report EXCLUSIVE!
Click HERE!!! LAWD HAMMERCY!
It’s about to get THICK up in here!
And before Barbara accuses Mo’Kelly of being unfair, you’re welcome to respond and clarify what (if anything) is categorically untrue. You will have full run of The Mo’Kelly Report.
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