The dramaticals surrounding VH1’s new reality series, “Sorority Sisters” continues with two of their cast members being suspended from their organizations.
According to the organization’s official website, April was suspended from her Chi Tau Omega chapter and Joy was suspended from her Lambda Epsilon Omega on December 26, 2014. The suspension will be in effect until July 15, 2016.
On December 18, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc released a statement expressing their sadness and disappointment with the “Sorority Sisters” producers’ “desire to elevate harmful, negative, and stereotypical imagery of African American women in their quest for ratings.”
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.
It is our collective desire that VH1 carefully consider the ramifications of such irresponsible programming that continues to exploit and degrade the image of African American women. Our members, along with many other members of black fraternal groups, have lost confidence in the credibility VH1 and those advertisers that support the show, all of whom have already been notified of our discontent. Our sincere hope is that VH1 is interested enough in regaining this confidence of African American women and do what is decent, just and economically sound for their network by immediately and indefinitely pulling this disgraceful show from their lineup of programming.
As with any issue for which we are passionate, we encourage all of our members, their families and friends to continue to let their voice be heard via social media, email, and postal mail to both VH1 and the advertisers of Sorority Sisters to ensure that our collective record of service and sisterhood is not marginalized on national television. Our organizations, along with our respective legal counsels, are taking all appropriate steps to ensure that we protect the legacy of our organizations, while exhibiting true sisterhood by remaining steadfast to our values, mission and endeavors.
April posted #AndThisTooShallPass on her Instagram account once the news of her suspension went public.
Joy followed suit taking her Instagram page to share her own message of perseverance.
God is good! I’m thankful that I have a relationship with Him! I can trust in His promises and confidently move in the direction of my dreams. To all those that know me, I’m busy, developing minds of the future…and exposing young people to the arts. I’m in production mode…
A photo posted by Joy Hammond (@joy_hammond) on