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Atlanta Alumni Going Hard for their Health

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Alumni Wellness traveled to H.E.A.T Gym in Atlanta, GA to witness a circuit training session with Rahman “Ray” Grayson, FAMU Alum. HBCU Alum, Nichelle Brown-Frazier, Joey Digital, Jada Wright, Melissa St. Joy and Reggie Harrison jumpstarted their efforts with a body-shocking day of exercise.

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I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 2)

Part 2:

All Hail the Queens

In the late 1980s, a single brazen female changed the entire game. MC Lyte, the first solo female rapper to release a full album, introduced a sound as smooth as cappuccino, with hardcore lyrics that raised the bar for every serious rapper who wanted to stay in or join the rap game- male or female- without any costume changes.

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I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 1)

“You just don’t like her because you’re old”, is what the 14 year-old told me as we were debating the quality of Nicki Minaj’s music. Me? Old? I can still beat-box, pop-lock and recite every line of The Message, Sucka MCs, and Paper Thin. So maybe I am old, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. This heated debate was sparked after said 14 year-old spent her King Holiday downloading Nicki Minaj’s music to my network, eventually crashing my computer. Furious, I told my niece that I would have gladly purchased the CD for her, to which she arrogantly replied, “she doesn’t do CDs, just mixtapes”. Maybe it is because I am “old”, but I cram to understand how any artist has this cult following without even attempting to produce a full album, or even a solo song (at the time of debate). I decided to listen to this “cutting edge musician” but after only a few lines, I was quite honestly mortified, for many reasons. Having grown up listening to MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa and other females during Hip Hop’s Glory Days, I did not realize that the respected rap queen du jour had fallen to such depths of novelty lyrics and sexploitation. My next questions were HOW, WHEN and WHY did this happen.

Health + Wellness

The NEW New Year


The birds are a little louder, the sun is a little brighter, and the tissue box is only half full. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Spring has arrived! At the equinox, when the sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator, most of us gladly welcome the changing season, after a winter that was much too long, harsh and frigid.

For many cultures around the world, this season symbolizes awakenings and new beginnings.

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Re-Writing Our Health History

We all know that Black History Month was founded in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and was originally set aside as “Negro History Week”. Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February to study “Negro life” because it marks the birthdays of two men who had tremendous influence on Black America: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Since that time, Black History month has been expanded and celebrated all over the country and even in some communities outside of America.

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AKA Founder’s Day: Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good?

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One cold day in 1908- January 15th to be specific- an elite group of top scholars, student athletes, and civic leaders gathered together in Miner Hall, on the prestigious campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Though in the midst of post-slavery and gender discrimination, these young women of high scholastic and ethical standards obeyed the call on their lives and the vision set before them, to create something that had never existed before: an organization exclusively for college-trained women of color, dedicated to supreme service and sisterhood; known now and forever as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

These undaunted, undeniable, yet gracious young ladies made an immediate impact on the campus, the community and the country. They were dedicated to “ameliorate the plight” of Black women and girls, through scholarship, service, culture and friendship. Despite adversity and turmoil, these women continued their mission to provide a torch that would enlighten others.

Through the years, the service programs have evolved, but the commitment to service and excellence has remained the same. Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been significantly involved in every major social, political, and race movement since its inception, including the creation of the NAACP, World Wars I & II, women’s suffrage, civil rights, UNCF, national vocational training, innumerable political campaigns, and disaster relief, including assistance with the recent tragedy in Haiti. The organization continues to assist those who are in need or deserving of aid related to education, healthcare, finance, family, culture, politics and more.

Being the first organized and incorporated sorority for Black women is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of Alpha Kappa Alpha firsts. Alpha Kappa Alpha women are as strong as the ivy, yet as precious as the pearls that represent them; encircling, cultivating and yes, beautifying the entire world with confidence, intelligence and charm.

The additional “stereotypical” qualities and image are mere bonuses to the multi-faceted Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. If you are member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, I encourage you to take this opportunity to appreciate our beloved Sixteen, by remembering the reason that you sought membership, re-activating your membership, donating your resources and gifts, and encouraging another sister to do the same. If you are not a member of the organization, I ask you to simply thank an AKA for the role that she has surely played in your life as an educator, mentor, healthcare provider, mother, sister, wife, or friend.

Who ever imagined that 102 years old would look this good? May God continue to bless all of us to be a blessing to mankind.

Jada Wright
Alpha Psi 1995- Tennessee State University