99 Problems, But AKAs Ain’t One

When I received the press release from Alpha Kappa Alpha listing the people being honored at this year's AKA Boule in St. Louis, I literally had to read it three times for my brain to register. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honors Jay-Z.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honors Jay-Z.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honors Jay-Z.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honors Jay-Z.

When I received the press release from Alpha Kappa Alpha listing the people being honored at this year’s AKA Boule in St. Louis, I literally had to read it three times for my brain to register.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honors Jay-Z.

Before I start, let me first say that I think Alpha Kappa Alpha has taken a lot of media hits over the past year, and in a way, it’s been unfair.  Yes, the wax statute of former AKA president Barbara McKinzie was a funny story in an “I can’t believe she had a $5 billion dollar wax statue made of herself” type of way.  And then there’s the lawsuit filed by AKA members which alleges financial improprieties, but that one’s not so funny.

Both of these stories overshadow all of the great work ordinary AKAs do on a daily basis.  Thousands of hours devoted to the black community, women, the youth, and great causes like defeating breast cancer, all get pushed to the side.  For my part, I have a bunch of positive AKA stories coming in the next few weeks.

That said, news items wait for no one.  And a black women’s organization honoring Jay-Z is a news item.

For the uninitiated, every fraternity and sorority routinely honor outstanding personalities and community leaders at their conventions.  These people don’t have to be members of any organization, or even famous, but worthy of adulation by the body.  So when I read the list of honorees AKA had picked, I was initially impressed.

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