It looks like two cast members of VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” have been suspended by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lawrence Ross, a author of “The Divine Nine: The History Of African-American Sororities & Fraternities,” tweeted the information.
According to Ross, two of its cast members April A. McRae and Rwanda Hammond were suspended from their sororities Chi Tau Omega and Lambda Epsilon Omega on December 26, 2014 until July 15, 2016 as seen on the official Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. website.
The organization also made a statement on their site “condemning” the show:
As leaders of the four historically African American sororities, we are united in our belief that Sorority Sisters, which aired Monday, December 15, 2014 on VH1, poses a shameful affront to our proud legacies of service, scholarship and sisterhood.
For more than a century, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, have been at the vanguard of positive social change and served as repositories for women with shared ideals.
As such, we are saddened by the producers’ desire to elevate harmful, negative, and stereotypical imagery of African American women in their quest for ratings. Moreover, these cast members willfully misrepresent the ideals of our illustrious organizations, betray the privilege of membership bestowed upon them, undermine our collective promise to uplift communities and each other, and detract from the transformative programs carried out by our members worldwide. This cast, these plotlines and the entire show premise represent the antithesis of who we are as African American women, sorority sisters and friends.
On behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, we condemn this television show for its exploitation and degradation of our organizations and African American women everywhere.
Ross has already gotten over a hundred good riddance replies like, “I knew it was coming.” This rumor comes after the reunion special aired with the entire cast talking openly about the backlash they experienced. Black viewers in and out of sororities and fraternities were offended by the show’s use of Black Greek members as a platform for more ratchet behavior.
The Urban Daily reached out to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and they have not responded.
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