7 Ways To Be A Helping Hand During a Protest or Riot

It is 2015 and  we are the wake of yet another police brutality riot, this time in Baltimore mourning the life of Freddie Gray .

We just passed the the third anniversary of the Trayvon Martin case. It’s coming up on the year anniversary of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner Case.  Not to mention, JUST last year, we mourned the deaths of young men and women like Rumain Brisbson, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Kajieme Powell, Ezell Ford, John Crawford III, Dante Parker, Tyree Woodson, Victor White III, Yvette Smith, McKenzie Cochran, and Jordan Baker.

The fact that I have to re-publish this particular blog a year later is shameful, disappointing and frankly disrespectful. You would think that after all of the MULTIPLE protests, riots, petitions, marches, and massive backlash against police brutality, police departments would:

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The Political Power of the Black Sorority 

Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S attorney general was a crucial victory for a group of women whose influence is seldom appreciated

After a five-month delay, Loretta Lynch made history last week. On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, the first African American woman ever to hold this Cabinet position. Her long-stalled nomination sometimes seemed in doubt, held hostage to partisan jockeying between Democrats and Republicans. But one political bloc never gave up, relentlessly rallying its support behind Lynch: the black sorority.

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Link UP: Being Your Brother’s or Sister’s Keeper

When you’re initiated into a NPHC organization, you are essentially “forced” to become family with complete strangers. Of course, no one expects you to become the Optimus Prime of BFFs and transform into a “sister” or “brother” overnight. If they do…they’re crazy.  Some people bond instantly while others put on a front until it’s time to probate. The fact is, the initiation process (whatever that may entail) is meant for you to get familiar with the organization AND your ls’s/ lb’s in a controlled environment.

What happens when you’re no longer obligated to be accountable for someone else’s well-being?  Being someone’s “keeper” doesn’t mean holding your LB back at a campus party, or being the “responsible one” when your LS turns up a little too much. There are more subtle, profound ways to “keep” someone.

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Burning Brand: Defining Who You Are & What You Stand For

Often times, when we think of Greek Life, we immediately associate it the social scene. You can slide philanthropy in the picture too. However, we rarely affiliate our respective organizations with business. At the end of the day, all of our organizations are literally non-profit businesses. Therefore, we need to treat them as such. We, the members, are brand ambassadors. As brand ambassadors, our duty is to put our best foot forward at all times to ensure that the integrity of our sorority’s and fraternity’s brand are still in tact.

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What Greek Life Taught Me About Travel

Recently, I embarked on a solo trip to Amsterdam for my Easter holiday/ birthday festivities. The thought of taking a solo trip was honestly kind of daunting. I have always traveled with family, and as of recent, with college friends. But to orchestrate and execute a solo trip by myself has been a task and an award in itself. While finding my way through this ancient and beautiful city, I realized it wasn’t as hard for me to blend in to the ways of Amsterdam, partly because of a few lessons I learned from Greek Life.

The social constructs of Greek Life really does set you up for “real world” success if you let it. Fraternal/sororal life has its own set of social cues that have helped me navigate through various situations and countries a little easier. Here are a few of my takeaways that might help you on your journey to Wanderlustland.

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SHOW OWT: Let Your Character Define Your Letters, Not Your Letters Define Your Character

When I first looked into Greek life, I didn’t know anything about Zeta. Anyone in my family who had joined a sorority pledged their allegiance to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Being split between my family legacy and my Delta mentors, I thought I only had two choices. Yes, TWO. I’ve always been a little hard headed and one to go against the grain, therefore, AKA was not the ONLY way…for me.

During my years at the University of North Texas, and a short stint at University of Houston-Downtown, the NPHC Greeks were very prevalent. However, Zetas and Sigmas stood out among the rest. Did they have swarms of members dominating the yard? Nah. Did they have the most popular events on campus? Not quite. They were great though. Did they wear blue and white everywhere they went? Nope, not necessarily. Well, what made them stand out? I’m glad you asked. (Even if you didn’t…go with it.)

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Reclamation: Walking Back Into My Purpose

So, first thing’s first, for those who don’t know me. My name is Alexzandria. Most people call me Chill.

I started this blog in the Summer of 2014 when I had a lot of free time on my hands due to unfortunate circumstances. My days were filled with scouring for jobs, restructuring my résumé , side hustling, family issues and wondering what my life had come to. In the process of doing  that, I found myself sifting through a myriad of thoughts and emotions I had no idea how to address.

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