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News From Around the Web: Feb. 9 Edition

February 9th, 2012

In today’s top news, CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets, Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing and FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims.

CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets. [BET]

Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing. [AJC]

FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims. [AP]

BET is developing two new shows. [BET]

University of Florida suspends Alpha Phi Alpha for hazing incident. [CNN]

Black officers file discrimination lawsuit against Capitol police. [BET]

Dennis Rodman’s topless women’s basketball dream team is almost complete. [BET]

An Illinois NAACP chapter is concerned about churches hooking up with banks. [CBS]

Timbaland and Missy Elliott are planning to release comeback albums this summer. [BET]

White college students donned blackface in a disturbing Black history video. [BET]

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Alpha Phi Alpha Boycotts Arizona

May 4th, 2010


Alpha Phi Alpha President Herman “Skip” Mason

Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest Black collegiate fraternity, is boycotting Arizona.

Good for the men of A Phi A. At a time when too many organizations pick convenience and self-interest over politics,  moral values and the common good, its refreshing to see the men of Alpha take a stand that is consistent with the organization’s beliefs.

Alpha Phi Alpha’s board announced that it’s moving its annual convention, scheduled for July, from Phoenix to Las Vegas in protest of Arizona’s  controversial new immigration law. (No shabby venue switch, there) About 10,000 Alphas are expected to attend.

“Our national Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind the location of Phoenix, Arizona as our meeting location of the 104th Anniversary/90th General Convention in July, and to denounce the egregious immigration act signed recently by the governor of Arizona.,” said Herman “Skip” Mason, the fraternity’s national general president.

Anyone who has helped to plan a large conference or attended one knows that it is no small task to change the location of a convention of that scale at the 11th hour; so hats off to the Alphas.

The Alphas are putting their dollars where their mouths are, and this is admirable whether  you oppose or support the legislation.

Alpha Phi Alpha was founded in 1906 at Cornell University and boasts a broad, active and influential membership base of about 185,000 men who make up some 680 chapters across the United States and in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Suspends Intake

January 5th, 2010


In an unprecedented step to curb “flawed membership intake processes at chapters across the country,” Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has suspended all new membership intake until further notice.

Mason said the decision was made in response to several hazing incidents on college campuses throughout the country including at Fort Valley State University in Georgia where an Alpha brother is charged with felony aggravated battery for allegedly injuring a pledgee to the point of hospitalization.

Alpha Phi Alpha., founded  Dec. 4 1906, on the campus of Cornell University,  is the oldest Greek-letter organization for African-Americans.  Famous members include Martin Luther King,Jr.  Supreme Court Justice Thurogood Marshall,  U.S Congressman John Rangel and  ESPN host Stuart Scott among others.

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