NPHC Pride: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In leiu of  the SCOTUS’ (Supreme Court of The United States) historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage for the LGBTQ community, I found my Facebook newsfeed inundated with so many bright colors, you’d think Christmas lights were wrapped around my computer screen. Scrolling down my page, I saw a gumbo of celebratory updates, religiously charged shade, and a plethora of  “Jesus is Love” reminders that will last me through out the weekend.

As I read the comments, my mind wondered about how this day would effect some of my friends and family. I won’t go into my personal beliefs about the concept of marriage, because it is not relevant to the purpose of this particular blog. However, this new civil rights victory did make me think about what it means to be acknowledged as a human being.

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The Reapproach to Public “Reproach”

In Greek life, we are fervent believers of reproach. According to Dictionary.com, reproach is defined as the following:

– (v): to find fault with; blame; to be a cause of blame or discredit to

– (n): disgrace, discredit, or blame incurred

Often times when we see or hear about members of our organizations behaving in a manner we don’t agree with, we are pressed to “let them know” how we feel. We have insight on what they should have done. We have anecdotes for days about what we did back in the day. We admonish our members on social media, bash them in group forums and offer our two cents to anyone who will listen.

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PROBATE SONGS: LADIES FIRST PART 2

We’re still celebrating  National Black Music Month for the month of June. As stated before, it is my all time favorite national observance, because I am a HUGE music head. In these Wednesday installments, I am  taking the time to spotlight some of the key Divine Nine members who have helped mold me into the woman I am today through their musical contributions. Last week, we started with “Ladies First” by covering the incomparable Natalie Cole of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Media Mogul Cathey Hughes of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

This week, we continue to highlight the ladies of NPHC by featuring one of the pioneer’s of Hip Hop Culture, MC Lyte and THE best jazz vocalist of all time Sarah Vaughan. Let’s begin, shall we?

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Probate Songs: Ladies First Part 1

For those of you who may not know,  June is National Black Music Month! It is my favorite national observance, because I am a HUGE music head. (Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Black Business Month are close runner ups.)

Music has always been an essential element of my being. I breathe, walk, talk , listen and think in rhythmic hymens. Music has helped define some of the most important moments of my life. But what makes my musical experiences richer are the artists themselves and the stories behind their music. In this installment of DP Taught me, I want to take the time to spotlight some of the key Divine Nine members who have helped mold me into the woman I am today through their musical contributions.

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