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An Open Letter to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on Sheryl Underwood
07.09.2008, 10:52 PM
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Despite the numerous emails, both critical and complimentary…despite the harsh sentiments expressed, both pro and anti-Sheryl Underwood; some truths haven’t changed in the past few days.

As of this writing, Sheryl Underwood is still the 23rd International President of the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Illustrious…meaning “highly distinguished, renowned.”

It would seem that anyone truly knowledgeable of the history of Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) wouldn’t flinch or find fault with the juxtaposition of such a word and any/all of these organizations.

All of them are distinct and unique in terms of their individual histories or their respective canonical lists of great African-Americans. This isn’t a history lesson, everyone should already know to what I’m referring.

The recent election of Sheryl Underwood has been met with respect, ridicule and outright rage among the membership body. One does not need to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority to correctly characterize this election as “controversial” no more than does someone need to be African-American to correctly identify racism when it appears.

Having said that, a number of members of the sorority are presently angry with The Mo’Kelly Report; for among other things, its treatment of the office and the sorority with contempt and ridicule.

Today, this isn’t about the humor that some people didn’t appreciate or “get.” This is about truth.

Comedienne Sheryl Underwood may or may not be a “good soror.” She may or may not be a “diligent worker.” She may or may not be head over heels in love with the sorority of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. Whether she is or is not any of those things is irrelevant.

Yes, irrelevant.

It’s irrelevant because none of which can be or should be separated from what she is overwhelmingly known for.

She is known for being one of the most vulgar, profane and vile comedians in entertainment. It’s not up for discussion or debate. The “sorors” may “also” know her for her work in the sorority but that’s neither here nor there. The very reasons why the sorority issued a “press release” to ALL urban media in regards to her election in the first place and why she became fodder in The Mo’Kelly Report in the second place had EVERYTHING to do with her celebrity and little if anything to do with anything else.

“Celebrated entertainer and businesswoman Sheryl P. Underwood was elected the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated during the organization’s bi-annual business meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 27 – July 3, 2008. Ms. Underwood is the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a historical black National Pan-Hellenic Council. Underwood, best known for her sold-out performances as a stand-up comedienne, is now a regular on-air personality with the Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

THAT is how the press release begins.


If you can find a press release that was sent out to ALL urban media in relation to any newly elected Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., or the National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc etc…

…Then point it out to Mo’Kelly accordingly.

But you won’t be able to do so, because they don’t exist. The moment Zeta Phi Beta hitched its wagon to the “star” of Sheryl Underwood and sent out the press release “celebrating” her election as the 23rd International President; Z Phi B also hitched its wagon to everything else also attached to Underwood’s “celebrity.”

Maybe some need to see it again…directly from the press release.

“Ms. Underwood is the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a historical black National Pan-Hellenic Council. Underwood, best known for her sold-out performances as a stand-up comedienne, is now a regular on-air personality with the Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

If the NAACP opted to turn over its helm to Karinne “Superhead” Steffans instead of Ben Jealous recently; the same ridicule could’ve been predicted for the NAACP. It is not about whether Steffans might have been a diligent and dedicated NAACP member and worked tirelessly in the field of civil rights outside of the national spotlight. It only matters that she is KNOWN for behavior directly antithetical to the uplifting and honor of African-Americans. Latching on to one’s celebrity means latching to one’s public persona. They are inextricably linked.

For Steffans to hypothetically become the face and voice of the NAACP, the organization would rightfully be ridiculed and disrespected, for Steffans is antithetical to the supposed ideals of any organization devoted to advancement of people of color. It does not matter what Steffans “may” have done behind the scenes in the world of civil rights.

Lookout, here comes the parallel…

An illustrious (there’s that word again) organization which is now to be led by Sheryl Underwood, whose public “celebrity” is tied ONLY to derogatory, vulgar and profane depictions of African-American women is troublesome, counterproductive and counterintuitive. It is also antithetical to the stated ideals of Z Phi B individually and BGLOs collectively.

“A community-conscious, action-oriented organization.”

With ANY level of “conscience” to “community,” the breath and depth of Underwood’s career can not be overshadowed or overlooked. Arguably only .01% can tell you that she is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, but 99.9% of African-Americans could likely tell you that Underwood is a “comedic authority” on everything from fellatio to cunnilingus and every sexual technique in between.

This is not an editorial from a moralist perspective. It is though, a viewpoint from a concerned member of said “community” referenced in the sorority’s motto. The “community” doesn’t begin and end with just the Blue and White membership. WHAT Underwood represents irrevocably impacts HOW she represents Z Phi B. HOW she represents Z Phi B, invariably impacts HOW BGLOs as a whole are perceived and HOW BGLOs are perceived impacts how African-Americans are perceived and treated.

Karinne Steffans…NAACP. Sheryl Underwood…Z Phi B. Let Mo’Kelly know if he’s going too fast.

Sheryl Underwood now is the face AND voice of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and if its voting body is either sensitive to or unappreciative of the criticism of their choice…not only are we (the community) allowed to voice our criticisms (and laughter) but also this…

We are permitted to state the undeniable fact that our organizations are known by “WHO” leads, just as much as “how” he/she leads.

It’s more than slightly paradoxical and problematic to encourage young African-American women to join an organization led by one who has made a career of disrespecting herself as an African-American woman.

And that’s coming from a Black MAN. For so, so long African-American women have asked for us to respect and protect the Black woman…well here you go. Be careful what you ask for…

It’s more than slightly hypocritical with BGLOs protesting the negative imagery and misogyny in music or the detrimental messages in media and one of its “leaders” is a “leader” in the business of negative imagery and misogyny.

Yes, people like Mo’Kelly would be slightly miffed and have a word or two to offer in critique. Imagine that.

Although some may disagree or may even be disappointed with the nature of this next statement, its truth is irrefutable. You (insert organization/country) are known by the strength and reputation of your leadership and its members/citizens are looked upon accordingly.

Zeta Phi Beta is now led by the most vulgar, profane and arguably misogynistic comedienne in all of Hollywood…EVER. If THAT isn’t a stellar recruiting tool for young impressionable women to join the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. then nothing is. And for the negative fallout, the organization has no one to blame but itself. We…the people outside of your organization, the “community” neither voted for nor must be expected to support such a decision; and its promotion by the sorority is equally misguided and unfortunate.

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Let me go first, Mo…before you have to start implementing comment moderation.

I will go in-depth with this in an e-mail, rather than sound like I’m completely siding with the Zetas publicly.

You wrote on my blog that I have wrongly perceived BGLOs based on what the undergrads are doing. Well, the undergrads are just watching grads like you and Ms. Underwood engage in unbecoming behavior.

I’m not saying you’re the devil, but I am not saying you are an angel either. Your post is fuel to my fire for dissin’ frats and sororities.

Superhead might be the best President for the Kappas, since they are known to be male sluts. But that’s not our call because this is all trivial compared to the real issues affecting black people.

Actually, BGLOs do send out press releases via BlackNews.com’s e-mail list. That’s how I learned of Ms. Underwood’s election (only after you brought up though) and anything that AKA does.

I might have wanted to pledge Sigma or even your beloved frat for the graduate chapter. But after all this bickering, on the Zetas part and yours- you all can kiss my alumni pledge dues goodbye.

No disrespect, Mo. I still think highly of you my brother. But you took this matter a bit too far.

Comment by ZACK

I agree with Zack and could expand on his comments but will decline too since it’ll just get lost on the long comment feed anyway.

But as far as calling Soror Underwood “the most vulgar, profane, and arguably misogynistic comedienne in all of Hollywood…EVER”, I’d recommend you not attempt such absolute statements because they can always be refuted. I mean my God, ever heard of Lisa Lampanelli?

Underwood, meanwhile, is also very well-known for her political commentating, once hosted her own political talk show, and outside of my frat brother Armstrong Williams and also the often unbearable Larry Elder, she’s one of the most well-known voices in the Black Conservative movement.

Underwood will lead Zeta to new heights never before reached by the NPHC sororities. Please be sure to write a column about that as well

Comment by JK

First, JK and Zack…thank you both for commenting. There’s never anything wrong with disagreeing.

Zack, I’m sure it would seem strange and excessive in terms of the back and forth here. But the playful “clowning” of each other’s organizations has gone on since our inception. It’s no different than rival high schools. That’s the humor aspect. It was the case when my father pledged Omega in the 50s and it hasn’t changed now. Don’t confuse the humor with the heartfelt issues.

But what I wrote tonight went to the deeper issues, the heartfelt issues of how all the BGLOs ARE connected. And in a sense, you agree with that fact by your lumping all of us together in stereotypical fashion. In the way that Zeta would be led by someone who about 50% in Zeta disagree vehemently with having at the helm, it’s a serious issue…regardless of whether you yourself find it to be.

In fact, there are legal proceedings being discussed about the legality or illegality of this election. Irrespective of this discussion here, it’s a serious issue and all of the BGLOs are watching because its ramifications stand to affect all of the BGLOs directly or indirectly…as we all fall under the NPHC. So yes, it’s a serious issue and yes, it’s more than appropriate to approach it in the public space.

JK, you’re arguing with your heart and not your head. And when you do, you easily trip yourself up. When you come in an argue the “absolute” nature of whether Underwood, is the most, profane, vulgar et. al…you instead do more to prove my point. Because you just then conceded that she is exceptionally vulgar, profane and vile in her comedy…but you just want to quibble about whether she’s at the top of the list.

That’s like me saying Charles Manson is the worst killer of the 20th century and you disagreeing with Ted Bundy or the Zodiac Killer.

Take a step back, it’s still Charles Manson…and the point is still valid.

Also, Sheryl Underwood as a “political commentator” is a specious argument on its best day. 10% of voters are Black, 1/10 of that group are Republicans…Sheryl Underwood is barely a blip on the political radar on her best day and I work in political media EVERY SINGLE DAY. Yes, I’m pulling rank. And, if you’re trying to tell me that the overwhelming majority of people KNOW Underwood for her political commentary primarily…I’d respectfully call you a liar…because we both know that isn’t true. It’s not even a large portion of her comedy.

You are who you are, not you happen to be on occasion. Her Republican political commentary is a trivia question answer about her, not the headline on her resume. Again, you’re proving my point.

But your commentary is welcomed nonetheless. I still stand by everything I’ve said.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

First, JK and Zack…thank you both for commenting. There’s never anything wrong with disagreeing.

Zack, I’m sure it would seem strange and excessive in terms of the back and forth here. But the playful “clowning” of each other’s organizations has gone on since our inception. It’s no different than rival high schools. That’s the humor aspect. It was the case when my father pledged Omega in the 50s and it hasn’t changed now. Don’t confuse the humor with the heartfelt issues.

But what I wrote tonight went to the deeper issues, the heartfelt issues of how all the BGLOs ARE connected. And in a sense, you agree with that fact by your lumping all of us together in stereotypical fashion. In the way that Zeta would be led by someone who about 50% in Zeta disagree vehemently with having at the helm, it’s a serious issue…regardless of whether you yourself find it to be.

In fact, there are legal proceedings being discussed about the legality or illegality of this election. Irrespective of this discussion here, it’s a serious issue and all of the BGLOs are watching because its ramifications stand to affect all of the BGLOs directly or indirectly…as we all fall under the NPHC. So yes, it’s a serious issue and yes, it’s more than appropriate to approach it in the public space.

JK, you’re arguing with your heart and not your head. And when you do, you easily trip yourself up. When you come in an argue the “absolute” nature of whether Underwood, is the most, profane, vulgar et. al…you instead do more to prove my point. Because you just then conceded that she is exceptionally vulgar, profane and vile in her comedy…but you just want to quibble about whether she’s at the top of the list.

That’s like me saying Charles Manson is the worst killer of the 20th century and you disagreeing with Ted Bundy or the Zodiac Killer.

Take a step back, it’s still Charles Manson…and the point is still valid.

Also, Sheryl Underwood as a “political commentator” is a specious argument on its best day. 10% of voters are Black, 1/10 of that group are Republicans…Sheryl Underwood is barely a blip on the political radar on her best day and I work in political media EVERY SINGLE DAY. Yes, I’m pulling rank. And, if you’re trying to tell me that the overwhelming majority of people KNOW Underwood for her political commentary primarily…I’d respectfully call you a liar…because we both know that isn’t true. It’s not even a large portion of her comedy.

You are who you are, not you happen to be on occasion. Her Republican political commentary is a trivia question answer about her, not the headline on her resume. Again, you’re proving my point.

But your commentary is welcomed nonetheless. I still stand by everything I’ve said.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Oh and Zack…BlackNews.com is not what I mean when I say “ALL Urban media. I mean ALL Urban media. The Ques for example don’t send out a press release to Ebony and such after our Grand Basileus is voted in at the Grand Conclave.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Oh and Zack…BlackNews.com is not what I mean when I say “ALL Urban media. I mean ALL Urban media. The Ques for example don’t send out a press release to Ebony and such after our Grand Basileus is voted in at the Grand Conclave.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

i haven’t conceded that she’s “exceptionally” vulgar, profane or anything of the sort. to the contrary, if i start calling names of acts that are more vulgar, etc. than Underwood, actually what i’m doing is showing that any vulgarity associated with her is not particularly noteworthy, and vulgarity far exceeding Underwood’s is prevalent throughout the world of stand up comedy. Now, for the sake of honesty, i’ll admit that she uses profanity and is vulgar at times, but i am a fan of stand-up comedy and no, she’s not “exceptionally” vulgar. if you were to devise a scale with the most vulgar, profane and offensive comic on one end and the least vulgar, profane and offensive comic at the other, and ranked all comics somewhere on this scale, she would not be near either polar extreme.

and we’ll have to just agree to disagree on how well she’s known for her political stance and her punditry, but i do believe you underestimate (and you do believe I’m a liar LOL). you point out that she’s part of a very small population of american society: black republicans. and you say that this makes her a blip on the radar. but her being a voice of reason from such a small group doesn’t diminish her voice; if anything it amplifies it.

Comment by JK

“but her being a voice of reason from such a small group doesn’t diminish her voice; if anything it amplifies it.”

If that’s true, then tell me (without looking) the nominees for president for both the Libertarian and Constitution parties, whose membership both dwarfs that of Black Republicans.

Exactly. And even if you could name them, their relevance and national profile is?

I would argue that people like Larry Elder in terms of political commentator has a legitimate following and politicians like Ken Blackwell have legitimate notoriety.

But Sheryl Underwood? Naw can’t co-sign that one.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

“but her being a voice of reason from such a small group doesn’t diminish her voice; if anything it amplifies it.”

If that’s true, then tell me (without looking) the nominees for president for both the Libertarian and Constitution parties, whose membership both dwarfs that of Black Republicans.

Exactly. And even if you could name them, their relevance and national profile is?

I would argue that people like Larry Elder in terms of political commentator has a legitimate following and politicians like Ken Blackwell have legitimate notoriety.

But Sheryl Underwood? Naw can’t co-sign that one.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Its really sad how blacks really seek out and try to destroy other blacks… Real pitiful things we do just to make a dollar.

Get your facts straight please.

Comment by Anonymous

Dear “anonymous” nobody is making “a dollar” here…get YOUR facts straight.

And since YOU neither leave a name nor any specific “facts” that I supposedly have wrong, your contribution to this discussion is what exactly?

Maybe you’d like me to go into the pending legal actions in the sorority. Would you like me to document THOSE facts? Maybe you’d like me to document the feeling that Underwood didn’t gain a majority of votes…are you referring to THOSE facts? Mo’Kelly exercised tremendous restraint.

But if you’d like to join this conversation, take off your “anonymous” cloak and step up.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Dear “anonymous” nobody is making “a dollar” here…get YOUR facts straight.

And since YOU neither leave a name nor any specific “facts” that I supposedly have wrong, your contribution to this discussion is what exactly?

Maybe you’d like me to go into the pending legal actions in the sorority. Would you like me to document THOSE facts? Maybe you’d like me to document the feeling that Underwood didn’t gain a majority of votes…are you referring to THOSE facts? Mo’Kelly exercised tremendous restraint.

But if you’d like to join this conversation, take off your “anonymous” cloak and step up.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

You know…..It is so easy to cut others down so much. Why not just congradulate and keep it moving along? Ok….She is the supposed Grand. Yes…she does have some unrated comedy material but that is how she makes her money. Her hustle I guess you can say. But she is a comedian. Comedians make jokes…rather if the are rated G to X-rated. I dont think that she should be judged becasue of her profession but rather the character of the person. But how is it your business of who is the Grand of Zeta Phi Beta Sororirty Incorporated. This is just a bunch of foolishnes just for no reason and it should not be like this.

Comment by red1of04

I agree…It now kind of appears that you have an obsession which seems a little pathetic.

You got a rise out of the Zetas so you followed up with this letter, but really, why do you care so much?

Stop the lying with that ‘we are all related’ BS because if you truly felt connected you would not feel the need to TEAR DOWN those so close to you.

The Zetas that shared information with you are dead wrong and are bringing reproach.

Oh and cute way to make sure folks come and read but then can post (limiting the options for leaving a post).

My post still stands from yesterday.

You can speak for how YOU feel, but ummm you can’t speak for how the rest of pan-hell feels…you can’t even speak for how Omega Psi Phi feels (btw hope you are just as equally up in their messy politics and will be at their boule).

TO ME, it appears that you are milking it for all it’s worth because you are getting a reaction. Calling out a messageboard when don’t front, this is the most relevant you have felt…well ever.

Just like you don’t know your ish regarding her being honorary, just like you don’t know your ish about where she was initiated, you don’t know your ish about her being elected.

Whether or not it is a good look for Zeta should be discussed BY ZETAS between ZETAS.

I also find it hella ironic you talk of how she will be the face of Zeta and how that is funny but ummmm, flipping through your blog you ain’t exactly a shining example for Omega Psi Phi so how much of this is just sheer hating? LOL, you salt cuz you’re not on anyone’s famous Que lists?

Comment by nofears2day1

Oh and also Zeta sends a press release for the election of EVERY president. Just because this one caught your eye because of your own fixation isn’t our problem. Check the archives and check the archives on our website….they are there.

Comment by nofears2day1

No fears…reading is fundamental. I never said that the organizations “don’t” send out a press release. I said they don’t send out a press release to ALL URBAN MEDIA.

There are different lists and scopes of distribution of press releases.

As far as being “obsessed with Zeta”

When I stop laughing…I’ll let you know.

But I do know this…I’m not the one visiting and posting on your blog.

Yes, all the organizations have messy politics…but ONLY ONE can claim this mess.

Good night and good luck.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

No fears…reading is fundamental. I never said that the organizations “don’t” send out a press release. I said they don’t send out a press release to ALL URBAN MEDIA.

There are different lists and scopes of distribution of press releases.

As far as being “obsessed with Zeta”

When I stop laughing…I’ll let you know.

But I do know this…I’m not the one visiting and posting on your blog.

Yes, all the organizations have messy politics…but ONLY ONE can claim this mess.

Good night and good luck.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And actually, I am pretty revered in Que Psi Phi…so you keep on trying to peg me.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And actually, I am pretty revered in Que Psi Phi…so you keep on trying to peg me.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And if you ONLY want this to be between Zetas…next time, don’t send me (and everyone else) the press release.

Don’t start a website celebrating the election win of Sheryl Underwood.

And surely don’t try to come in here and regulate…because you can’t and you won’t.

You can’t win this battle as egg is on your face…not mine, don’t get it twisted. All you can do now is remove some of it. When you clean up your house, then and only then might you even THINK to comment on someone else’s…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And if you ONLY want this to be between Zetas…next time, don’t send me (and everyone else) the press release.

Don’t start a website celebrating the election win of Sheryl Underwood.

And surely don’t try to come in here and regulate…because you can’t and you won’t.

You can’t win this battle as egg is on your face…not mine, don’t get it twisted. All you can do now is remove some of it. When you clean up your house, then and only then might you even THINK to comment on someone else’s…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

As you all can see I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Mo, I can’t understand for the life of me why you have taken such hard, unbrotherly, unethical interest in Zeta. Your actions are childish. You have gone a bit far to belittle and put down our fellow sisters of Greekdom.

We all can speak about Underwoods like as a comediene but none of us can speak on what Underwood does for her sorority. We all have people in high places that we don’t approve of so really does that one person profession have the right to speak for the entire organization.

I know personally some great Zeta women. In Mississippi and the South their are some otustanding Zeta chapters.

Bruh, I can’t respect you or your commentary as you sit and defame, ridicule and put don’t another BGLO organization.

You don’t have to justify your actions but are your intentions to help Zeta. You speak on how ZETA’s Grand will effect other organizations okay what is this commentary saying about you, your organization, and the Pan-hell? I have witnessed and I’ve heard of numerous occasions where Omega Psi Phi has killed, does that make Omega Psi Phi a fraternity full of murderers? Should the entire organization be ridiculed and defame because of the actions of those few that committed the murder. Omega Psi Phi has permanently injured 100′s but there are 100,000s of good, positive Omega men and Ques.

So what is your reason? Would you have done a commentary like this had it been Omega Psi Phi or Delta Sigma Theta? You spoke about your Zeta friends, are you really their friends?

Commentary like these are what cause division amongst BGLO. I encourage all members of BGLO to reframe from commenting to any commentary where someone has taken time to defame, ridicule, or put down another sisterhood or brotherhood.

Brother Mo, grow up! What you are doing to another organization is unprofessional and unethical. Have you registered for you all conclave? Are you even active with a chapter? If so use your time and energy to uplift the community where you chapter is located and Omega Psi Phi.

Sisterly
Tasha

P.S. To the ladies of Zeta, keep your heads up and continue to be about the business of your sorority. Only you all know what Underwood has done for Zeta and what she can do for Zeta.

Comment by Tasha-Da DIVA

Hi Tasha…

Very quickly.

Absolutely I would’ve done the same commentary if it were Omega Psi Phi. I have no qualms against it.

And if a “similar” person became Grand Basileus…I’d do the EXACT same commentary.

No hesitation for one second. This commentary was in fact response to the comedic portion that preceded it and some question whether I had anything serious to say about this…

Well there you go.

I stand unmoved and steadfast with this commentary; be it unpopular or “inconceivable” to some.

The moment Zeta Phi Beta (or any organization in the Pan-Hell) wishes to keep such an issue “internal” in nature is the moment they don’t celebrate it and promote it.

At that point, it’s public domain. HOW Zeta Phi Beta chooses to HANDLE this controversy…that’s their business. How the MEDIA chooses to report/editorialize/comment on the election…

Purely mine.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Hi Tasha…

Very quickly.

Absolutely I would’ve done the same commentary if it were Omega Psi Phi. I have no qualms against it.

And if a “similar” person became Grand Basileus…I’d do the EXACT same commentary.

No hesitation for one second. This commentary was in fact response to the comedic portion that preceded it and some question whether I had anything serious to say about this…

Well there you go.

I stand unmoved and steadfast with this commentary; be it unpopular or “inconceivable” to some.

The moment Zeta Phi Beta (or any organization in the Pan-Hell) wishes to keep such an issue “internal” in nature is the moment they don’t celebrate it and promote it.

At that point, it’s public domain. HOW Zeta Phi Beta chooses to HANDLE this controversy…that’s their business. How the MEDIA chooses to report/editorialize/comment on the election…

Purely mine.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And like I said, Tasha…it’s irrelevant what she does for her sorority if she is FAR more influential for her comedy which reeks of self-hatred.

And judging by the emails I’m getting, the tide has turned, more ZETAS in SUPPORT of this than against…so though I respect your contribution today, I also respect those Zetas who are in agreement with me as well.

If protesting the glorification of those who promulgate the negative imagery of African-American women is “childish” (to use your word)…

Then Mo’Kelly can live with that.

And by the way, respecting and protecting Black women IS the business of Omega…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And like I said, Tasha…it’s irrelevant what she does for her sorority if she is FAR more influential for her comedy which reeks of self-hatred.

And judging by the emails I’m getting, the tide has turned, more ZETAS in SUPPORT of this than against…so though I respect your contribution today, I also respect those Zetas who are in agreement with me as well.

If protesting the glorification of those who promulgate the negative imagery of African-American women is “childish” (to use your word)…

Then Mo’Kelly can live with that.

And by the way, respecting and protecting Black women IS the business of Omega…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

The business of Omega Psi Phi or its members is not to defame, ridicule, and put down another but if that what makes you feel good as a man then continue to be ignorant, its only a reflection of you as a person. I hope your voice is heard at the business meetings of Omega Psi Phi’s conclave ( you have registered right or are you waiting to hear from another bruh what happened) or at you chapter’s business meeting.

Furthermore your comments and commentary was not directed towards black women but you set out to target an entire organization of black women because of one of it’s member’s profession. Her profession has nothing to do with the work she does for Zeta, her profession has nothing to do with her moving that organization to the next level, her profession and her being elected as their president will never effect you directly or indirectly so why so you give dam.

Additionally, to those Zetas that you CLAIM are emailing you about ZETA BUSINESS, I pose this question did you register for your conference to ensure the candidate that you supported get the position if not suck it up, get with your respective chapters and work to make a difference in these black communities. Underwood has nothing to do with what one chapter does.

Mo, you claim to be an Omega man, and I know plenty of Omega men that wouldn’t agree with what you are doing, try not to stick you nose in the business of another sisterhood or brotherhood. If you can’t help the situation, stay the hell away from it and keep your nose out of it.

My question still remains, whats your reason? How are you benefiting from this commentary? How is what your doing “protesting the glorification of those who promulgate the negative imagery of African-American women”. If thats the person that Zeta chose to lead them then obviously there is something Zeta saw in her. Who are you to protest the decision of Zeta’s national body?

Again I saw GROW UP and get you some business, Omega business. See you at the Clave, or WILL I?

Comment by Tasha-Da DIVA

Tasha…very quickly (and respectfully)

Your opinion is noted and I owe you no explanation about anything.

I’m quite comfortable with how I see myself and how my brothers see me.

And I’m quite grown. And no I won’t be at the clave because I have a day job that’s a WEE bit more important than the clave. I work on a national talk show that doesn’t cater itself to when the Ques want to have their national meeting.

Answer me this…will YOU be at the Democratic and Republican NATIONAL CONVENTIONS THIS YEAR…since you want to cite conventions?

I will…doubt you will be.

You sound like you’re 23. Like I said, you can’t see the forest for the wood. I’ve been polite and I’ve been respectful. Now I’m moving on.

So now, you’ve expressed your opinion…and MORE Deltas AND Zetas agree with me than with you… FACT. If you like, I’ll gladly refer the sorors to you. And since they are people I know personally and respect dearly…their feelings I appreciate a BIT more. Feel free to hit up “Rebirth of Fly” and have her explain it to you exquisitely if you need a “Delta” perspective. Scroll through the comments, you’ll find her.

So respectfully, good night and good luck.

When I was 24 I had a bit more time to go to the clave. I’m about the business of changing the country and the world. Sorry if not fitting the weekend to be owt with the Bruhs makes me less of an Omega in your eyes. If you check the pictures…I hang with a bit more “exclusive” crowd and my time is a bit more complicated. You go be owt for me.

Don’t worry I still got Coleman love for you…and maybe by the time you hit 30 you’ll better appreciate what I’m doing here.

Be owt Soror…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tasha…very quickly (and respectfully)

Your opinion is noted and I owe you no explanation about anything.

I’m quite comfortable with how I see myself and how my brothers see me.

And I’m quite grown. And no I won’t be at the clave because I have a day job that’s a WEE bit more important than the clave. I work on a national talk show that doesn’t cater itself to when the Ques want to have their national meeting.

Answer me this…will YOU be at the Democratic and Republican NATIONAL CONVENTIONS THIS YEAR…since you want to cite conventions?

I will…doubt you will be.

You sound like you’re 23. Like I said, you can’t see the forest for the wood. I’ve been polite and I’ve been respectful. Now I’m moving on.

So now, you’ve expressed your opinion…and MORE Deltas AND Zetas agree with me than with you… FACT. If you like, I’ll gladly refer the sorors to you. And since they are people I know personally and respect dearly…their feelings I appreciate a BIT more. Feel free to hit up “Rebirth of Fly” and have her explain it to you exquisitely if you need a “Delta” perspective. Scroll through the comments, you’ll find her.

So respectfully, good night and good luck.

When I was 24 I had a bit more time to go to the clave. I’m about the business of changing the country and the world. Sorry if not fitting the weekend to be owt with the Bruhs makes me less of an Omega in your eyes. If you check the pictures…I hang with a bit more “exclusive” crowd and my time is a bit more complicated. You go be owt for me.

Don’t worry I still got Coleman love for you…and maybe by the time you hit 30 you’ll better appreciate what I’m doing here.

Be owt Soror…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

That’s so cute! Tasha was actually tryin’ to press a Bruh! Yeah, she’s a neo.

I guess you didn’t get the memo…Sorors can’t press the Bruhs. Unless you’d like to go to the Green…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

That’s so cute! Tasha was actually tryin’ to press a Bruh! Yeah, she’s a neo.

I guess you didn’t get the memo…Sorors can’t press the Bruhs. Unless you’d like to go to the Green…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Hey Mo!
I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now! Love the commentary. May not agree all the time but thanks for keeping it real! With the formalities out the way…

Ummm…Mo you lost me at, “That’s so cute! Tasha was actually tryin’ to press a Bruh! Yeah, she’s a neo.

I guess you didn’t get the memo…Sorors can’t press the Bruhs. Unless you’d like to go to the Green…”

I’m figuring that is NHPC code or something. I’m not a member of any of the NHPC so I guess that puts me on the out. I digress.

Thank you for reporting, editorializing (is that a word??), commenting, and blogging about this event. One has to question the Zetas electing a person whose public persona is antithetical to their foundation. In this politically charged atmosphere, I believe there is a responsibility of those who service the black community to be accountable to the community they serve. I agree with you. How can the Zetas, corporately not individually, maintain their achieved respect when the person leading their organization is a comedienne? I believe that by electing her, they are sending a subliminal message that their organization should no longer be taken seriously. In otherwords, they are a joke. With Ms. underwood at the helm how can the Zetas push their agenda for the black community when the response from other businesses and organizations will be, “Whatever. If you Zetas corporately could not seriously elect someone, why should my business or organization take you seriously?” I know Zetas and other NHPC members and individually they are exceptional and dear people. However, I stand with Mo on this one. If Senator Obama was to choose Sheryl Underwood as a running mate, would he be able to maintain his achieved level of respect. Absolutely not.

I hope I was clear and concise. My skills are computer repair, not verbal sparring. Thanks Mo!

Comment by Xhale763

Before your last comment, I was feeling you out and getting a feel for your true motive behind all of this as a whole, not just Zeta. That last comment just contradicted everything you said about Zeta and any other questions folks had about your motives. The condescending way you spoke about your own fraternity illustrates the lack of respect you have for us all. I’ll admit that I took a few moments out of my day to read your posts, but its clear you take the vast majority of your day with what seems to be a blogging obsession. You would think as a so called journalist you would in fact(in your own words) have “more important” things to do with your time. Now I can see why you remain anonymous. It’s called the “fleecing of America”. If you do truly have a job, you are definitely stealing a lot of time don’t you think. (Omegas hold you in high regard…well if they knew. If you are as influential as you say and we are peons, we vote to have you handle the business of America and pour your energy into reporting the Nations ills on a global level and let us handle the business of the community and our sororities and fraternities. Unlike what you would call “bruhs being out”, we work hard at our boule in an effort to tend to the business of the sorority. There was little time for “being out”. To defend my working brothers in Omega, I’m sure the ones who uplift the name work hard as well, while letter wearers (you said it not me) “be out”. All due respect, I think your commentaries can serve a purpose. However, just as you speak of Sheryl’s upliftment of the community, you entitle your blog “The Mo’Kelly Report”. Is that Mo meaning More. Are you in turn being “comedic” about some black’s dialect. Go back and read your profile page. It paints serious contradiction about the seriousness of blacks, but on your part. I thought “uplift” was one of your principles, bruh. I’m confused about you, but the problem is I think you are too. So in no way, shape, or form can you help anyone.

I love my ZPhiB!!! It’s never a daunting task. Work is work. It doesn’t stop at crossing or at a boule’. It’s clear Sheryl is not a comedian at the meetings. She is a Soror and unlike earlier posts stated, we are not fascinated and many of us are not impressed with her celebrity status. However, we are grateful for the work she has done for the good of the cause. She recognizes that growth is needed in her professional life and I think all of us will as well if we take a hard look in the mirror. While I was not 100% backing Sheryl initially, as it stands now, she is our Grand. I support her efforts in Zetadom, but moreover I support my sorority. This too shall pass.
Made Zeta/Working Zeta/Proud Zeta

Comment by Tammie

“Condescending manner I spoke about my own fraternity.”

If you think for a moment that (with all due respect to Omega Psi Phi) that our Grand Conclave trumps the Democratic and Republican conventions in this of ALL presidential election cycles…you’re on crack.

THIS presidential cycle is arguably THE reason why each and every one of our organizations was founded. All the marching during the civil rights movement, all the protests all the sitins…have led us inexorably to this moment in time.

Tavis Smiley will likely tell you the same that the political conventions are bit more important right now than his Kappa grand conclave as would Dr. West and his Alpha convention. Don’t get brand new and act like you don’t know this to be true.

Not that I OWE you any explanation, but I will say this. I work on a Black nationally syndicated radio show, one that has brought the only presidential debates from Howard and Morgan State to the radio. When I was in DC, I didn’t have time to stop by the frat house either on that occasion.

Presently my immediate boss is in/out battling breast cancer…meaning, setting out hops at the Grand Conclave is even a LESSER possibility in preparation for the two conventions.

You know NOTHING of what you speak. My allegiance and loyalty to Omega is just fine…but thank you for asking. I could do another whole commentary on the misguided importance we collectively place on conventions and not community.

I don’t give two damns whether you and anyone in your sorority ever attends another Boule. I only care whether you’re working to make your community better on a daily basis.

To bring this full circle, Sheryl Underwood has far more impact NEGATIVELY in the community than positively and the sins of ONE BGLO affect us all. If you disagree, you need to better learn you NPHC history and notice how virtually ALL the organizations went away from ABOVE GROUND pledging at the same time. HOW ALL organizations took a look at their present programs after the unfortunate deaths of the Ivys in California.

Get your history straight and THEN come in here and try to gauge Mo’Kelly’s allegiance to Omega. Mo’Kelly’s priorities are clearly straight.

And by the way, Mo’Kelly didn’t make it to a frat party two weeks ago because he was out raising money walking for cancer. Does that mean I love my frat less too?

Priorities…the Grand Conclave is NOT on the top of the list of Mo’Kelly’s “things to do.” And I will ask you as I asked Tasha…

In this historic political season…will YOU be at the Democratic and/or Republican national convention?

Yes or no…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

“Condescending manner I spoke about my own fraternity.”

If you think for a moment that (with all due respect to Omega Psi Phi) that our Grand Conclave trumps the Democratic and Republican conventions in this of ALL presidential election cycles…you’re on crack.

THIS presidential cycle is arguably THE reason why each and every one of our organizations was founded. All the marching during the civil rights movement, all the protests all the sitins…have led us inexorably to this moment in time.

Tavis Smiley will likely tell you the same that the political conventions are bit more important right now than his Kappa grand conclave as would Dr. West and his Alpha convention. Don’t get brand new and act like you don’t know this to be true.

Not that I OWE you any explanation, but I will say this. I work on a Black nationally syndicated radio show, one that has brought the only presidential debates from Howard and Morgan State to the radio. When I was in DC, I didn’t have time to stop by the frat house either on that occasion.

Presently my immediate boss is in/out battling breast cancer…meaning, setting out hops at the Grand Conclave is even a LESSER possibility in preparation for the two conventions.

You know NOTHING of what you speak. My allegiance and loyalty to Omega is just fine…but thank you for asking. I could do another whole commentary on the misguided importance we collectively place on conventions and not community.

I don’t give two damns whether you and anyone in your sorority ever attends another Boule. I only care whether you’re working to make your community better on a daily basis.

To bring this full circle, Sheryl Underwood has far more impact NEGATIVELY in the community than positively and the sins of ONE BGLO affect us all. If you disagree, you need to better learn you NPHC history and notice how virtually ALL the organizations went away from ABOVE GROUND pledging at the same time. HOW ALL organizations took a look at their present programs after the unfortunate deaths of the Ivys in California.

Get your history straight and THEN come in here and try to gauge Mo’Kelly’s allegiance to Omega. Mo’Kelly’s priorities are clearly straight.

And by the way, Mo’Kelly didn’t make it to a frat party two weeks ago because he was out raising money walking for cancer. Does that mean I love my frat less too?

Priorities…the Grand Conclave is NOT on the top of the list of Mo’Kelly’s “things to do.” And I will ask you as I asked Tasha…

In this historic political season…will YOU be at the Democratic and/or Republican national convention?

Yes or no…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

To make this quick this time, because I’m sure you should be covering the convention like I asked… Who said anything about parties or setting out hops. I’m sorry if I am misinformed, but is that all the bruhs do at the conclave. If that is so, you all are misguided. However, because I know that is only a small part of the larger purpose…if you do find the time to attend an actual Omega business session after setting it out all night, use your political know how employ change in a group that you plegded???(either way) to be a part of. The whole world could be going awry and we wouldn’t know it because “your most importancy” can’t possibly be reporting on it. Glad I can still read the paper or listen to working journalists.
In reference to me attending the Democratic and Republican conventions, why should I go if all they do at the conventions you attend is set out hops and party. You get paid the big bucks to work it. I’ll catch it on CNN and MSNBC…be owt bruhhhh! While you tend to your business, my strong Sorors and I will hold up our tenets and hold up our sorority in the face of adversity and still bring change on the local and national level. That’s what we women do…recover from adversity and pick up those determined to stay down. Good will come from evil regardless. Time will tell.

Comment by Tammie

And again…yes this season is historic…historic and repetitive. Change is about doing, not about saying. I’ll listen, you’ll talk, but who’s going to work. Faith without works is dead..bruh. Work!!! Action oriented organization. Sounds familiar. Not being paid to be there, but because your heart is in it. Despite history..what your “present” state for the future.

Comment by Tammie

Tammie, this ain’t hard to understand. If you judge a person’s allegiance or dedication to whether he/she attends their national convention, you’re using about the weakest litmus test available.

If you like I’ll say it in Spanish if that helps you better understand.

Mo’Kelly is intimately aware with what goes on at Omega’s Grand Conclave…more so than you. Let’s put it like this.

And in terms of “catching the conventions on TV”…

Yeah, you can catch a church service on TV too… but don’t let me go there. You won’t be able to keep up.

BRING ALL ye tithes to the storehouse.

If you think that just “catching it on TV” is tantamount to being there…

then you should have zero qualm with Mo’Kelly simply reading about the Grand Conclave in the minutes or The Oracle.

Get your priorities straight Tammie.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tammie, this ain’t hard to understand. If you judge a person’s allegiance or dedication to whether he/she attends their national convention, you’re using about the weakest litmus test available.

If you like I’ll say it in Spanish if that helps you better understand.

Mo’Kelly is intimately aware with what goes on at Omega’s Grand Conclave…more so than you. Let’s put it like this.

And in terms of “catching the conventions on TV”…

Yeah, you can catch a church service on TV too… but don’t let me go there. You won’t be able to keep up.

BRING ALL ye tithes to the storehouse.

If you think that just “catching it on TV” is tantamount to being there…

then you should have zero qualm with Mo’Kelly simply reading about the Grand Conclave in the minutes or The Oracle.

Get your priorities straight Tammie.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And because I’m “being paid” to attend the conventions, you also concede that my job is at issue…not allegiance.

Here’s a question, name the community service you’ve done this week and do every week.

Real simple question. Either you do, or you don’t.

What community service did you do this week and EVERY week?

I’m waiting…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And because I’m “being paid” to attend the conventions, you also concede that my job is at issue…not allegiance.

Here’s a question, name the community service you’ve done this week and do every week.

Real simple question. Either you do, or you don’t.

What community service did you do this week and EVERY week?

I’m waiting…

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Because if the only thing you’ve done of note “in the name of your sorority” this month is attend a convention but you haven’t committed to doing community service on a consistent basis…your letters are empty.

I’ll put my community service resume up against yours any day of the week and I don’t even KNOW you.

You’re in WAY over your head.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Because if the only thing you’ve done of note “in the name of your sorority” this month is attend a convention but you haven’t committed to doing community service on a consistent basis…your letters are empty.

I’ll put my community service resume up against yours any day of the week and I don’t even KNOW you.

You’re in WAY over your head.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Again, you prove me right. Like many others who have questioned you prior to me you fall silent in the face of your own rhetoric. Any one who is truly active in the PanHell know the service that is done. We don’t get paid to do it. We pay to do it as a collective body for our strength is in numbers. Stay on topics in which you will not contradict your premise. The change you speak about daily can only start with you…so again start with the title of your blog and I am sure we all can agree to forget about some of the other nonsense you say in the defense of your obviously unconciously masked point. You have valid points, just stand corrected when you are corrected. Are you mocking blacks when you say the “Mo’Kelly” Report? Address that within yourself brother then try to change the way others, like Sheryl, portray blacks in the media. I retire…your point in relation to Sheryl has expired. Good luck!

Comment by Tammie

Tammie, you prove ME right. I have a blog with pictures, proof and verification of some of things I do in and around the community. Some with my fraternity and some solo in nature.

You offer nothing. No name (a pseudonym), no email, no one who can vouch that you are part of any organization…nothing.

Everything you say is rooted in nothingness.

Your opinions…though free for you to have are rooted in nothing as you’ve verified nothing.

Nobody can even vouch if you’re either female, African-American or a member of a BGLO, but I’m supposed to verify MY allegiance to Omega?

Say this out loud…and then tell me how it sounds.

“Although I (pseudonym Tammie) have offered zero in the way of verification of my gender, ethnicity, or affiliation with any BGLO, I want Mo’Kelly to speak to his commitment to Omega Psi Phi…”

Yeah, say that out loud.

When you start verifying who you are, then I might start taking you seriously. Until then, you could be the Asian dude who lives on the corner who happens to have internet.

Your opinion means jack. But I did notice you didn’t answer any of my questions either.

You have not corrected me on any level. You’ve offered red-herrings and answered questions with questions.

I’m waiting…your community service record?

YOU wrongly assumed that the bulk of my community service WASN’T fraternity related.

Community service is BOTH personal and organizational.

But again, what have you done in terms of your sorority OTHER than attend a convention this month?

Stop running from my questions, oh unverified random internet blip.

I’ll ask you again.

Your community service this week and every week is what?

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tammie, you prove ME right. I have a blog with pictures, proof and verification of some of things I do in and around the community. Some with my fraternity and some solo in nature.

You offer nothing. No name (a pseudonym), no email, no one who can vouch that you are part of any organization…nothing.

Everything you say is rooted in nothingness.

Your opinions…though free for you to have are rooted in nothing as you’ve verified nothing.

Nobody can even vouch if you’re either female, African-American or a member of a BGLO, but I’m supposed to verify MY allegiance to Omega?

Say this out loud…and then tell me how it sounds.

“Although I (pseudonym Tammie) have offered zero in the way of verification of my gender, ethnicity, or affiliation with any BGLO, I want Mo’Kelly to speak to his commitment to Omega Psi Phi…”

Yeah, say that out loud.

When you start verifying who you are, then I might start taking you seriously. Until then, you could be the Asian dude who lives on the corner who happens to have internet.

Your opinion means jack. But I did notice you didn’t answer any of my questions either.

You have not corrected me on any level. You’ve offered red-herrings and answered questions with questions.

I’m waiting…your community service record?

YOU wrongly assumed that the bulk of my community service WASN’T fraternity related.

Community service is BOTH personal and organizational.

But again, what have you done in terms of your sorority OTHER than attend a convention this month?

Stop running from my questions, oh unverified random internet blip.

I’ll ask you again.

Your community service this week and every week is what?

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And how “convenient” of you to “retire” with verifying nothing, answering nothing and proving nothing.

Thank you, Asian dude who lives on my street with a laptop. Your opinion is so noted (and discarded).

Faith without works is dead.

Show Mo’Kelly your works upon entry here people. Mo’Kelly can go all day with this.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And how “convenient” of you to “retire” with verifying nothing, answering nothing and proving nothing.

Thank you, Asian dude who lives on my street with a laptop. Your opinion is so noted (and discarded).

Faith without works is dead.

Show Mo’Kelly your works upon entry here people. Mo’Kelly can go all day with this.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tasha…your comment was deleted because although I showed you respect and deference as a lady (supposedly of DST), you went left and did not offer the same.

You are welcome to contribute to the intellectual nature of this conversation but you are not welcome to namecall as this was not the point of the Open Letter to Zeta Phi Beta or The Mo’Kelly Report overall.

I seriously doubt you are a lady of Delta Sigma Theta given your behavior. Although I have those who can vouch for my authenticity…you (like Tammie) have nobody who can vouch for you.

Until then, your commentary means nothing and personal insults are not tolerated here. Period.

You’re welcome to start your own blog and implement such…but not here.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tasha…your comment was deleted because although I showed you respect and deference as a lady (supposedly of DST), you went left and did not offer the same.

You are welcome to contribute to the intellectual nature of this conversation but you are not welcome to namecall as this was not the point of the Open Letter to Zeta Phi Beta or The Mo’Kelly Report overall.

I seriously doubt you are a lady of Delta Sigma Theta given your behavior. Although I have those who can vouch for my authenticity…you (like Tammie) have nobody who can vouch for you.

Until then, your commentary means nothing and personal insults are not tolerated here. Period.

You’re welcome to start your own blog and implement such…but not here.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with me or even disliking me, but such behavior does not advance the discussion. At no time will personal insults be allowed and that goes for everyone here. The only way this works is when there is respect for people in the discussion of issues.

If you want to “impress” somebody (Tasha) or better get your point across…try logic, reason and rational behavior. It goes much further in elucidating your point.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with me or even disliking me, but such behavior does not advance the discussion. At no time will personal insults be allowed and that goes for everyone here. The only way this works is when there is respect for people in the discussion of issues.

If you want to “impress” somebody (Tasha) or better get your point across…try logic, reason and rational behavior. It goes much further in elucidating your point.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Now I just read Tasha’s comment and I’m not sure what you found disrespectful. But I am interested in your answer to her basic question; How does this post about ZPhiB uplift black women?
It also seemed that Tasha questioned your character because she interpreted your challenge to take it to the green (or whatever) as disrespectful.

Comment by Pearl

Pearl, her comment was deleted. It was made today about an hour ago. It was primarily namecalling. What you saw above I did NOT delete and I was fine with that. It’s when she crossed the line later. That comment was deleted.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Pearl, her comment was deleted. It was made today about an hour ago. It was primarily namecalling. What you saw above I did NOT delete and I was fine with that. It’s when she crossed the line later. That comment was deleted.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And now to answer your question. Very simply, it’s about standards. It’s about not idly sitting by when clearly the wrong people are being cast as “role models” in our community.

It sends the message (and has been echoed in the emails sent to me I’ve posted so don’t act as if I’m a lone wolf here) that Black women are to be respected and part of being respected is respecting yourself.

Such public behavior by Sheryl Underwood is fine for her and her career, but for one of our proudest organizations to dovetail (no dove pun intended) to such celebrity and use it as a selling point is disrespectful to all women and it sends the wrong message that Sheryl Underwood embodies “the finer womanhood” and classiness of African-American women. She does neither.

It uplifts women because it reinforces the fact that we as African-American women have STANDARDS and they should be met.

Please read the emails posted…you’re asking questions that have already been answered and echoed…BY ZETAS!

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And now to answer your question. Very simply, it’s about standards. It’s about not idly sitting by when clearly the wrong people are being cast as “role models” in our community.

It sends the message (and has been echoed in the emails sent to me I’ve posted so don’t act as if I’m a lone wolf here) that Black women are to be respected and part of being respected is respecting yourself.

Such public behavior by Sheryl Underwood is fine for her and her career, but for one of our proudest organizations to dovetail (no dove pun intended) to such celebrity and use it as a selling point is disrespectful to all women and it sends the wrong message that Sheryl Underwood embodies “the finer womanhood” and classiness of African-American women. She does neither.

It uplifts women because it reinforces the fact that we as African-American women have STANDARDS and they should be met.

Please read the emails posted…you’re asking questions that have already been answered and echoed…BY ZETAS!

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

You have proven my point. You portary to be this tough, smart, educated man but when challenge by a TOUGH, SMART, EDUCATED woman, you tuck your tail. I understand but my point still remains. How is this commentary helping those AFRICAN AMERICAN ZETA WOMEN that you have set owt?

Comment by Tasha-Da DIVA

Tasha…you’ve neither proven your point or answered any of my questions. So until you can either verify your status as a woman, African-American and Delta…you’re blowing smoke.

The funny part is you want to make this about me…and whether I meet your approval. That’s called a red-herring.

You’re wanting to try to distract the conversation away from the issue at hand…whether you respect me or not, you’ve yet to invalid my points and you’ve yet to verify who you are on any level.

You’re spitting in the wind.

But I will say this. If I were all you said I am…why are you still here? You’re obviously not about participating in the discussion and you don’t answer any questions asked of you…so what actually are you bringing to the table here?

I’ve answered your questions, though you don’t like the answers. You don’t intimidate me in the least. You can’t VALIDATE ANYTHING you’ve said. You can’t back up ANYTHING you’ve alleged. And you can’t answer ANY question I’ve asked of you.

Verify you are and African-American woman and a Delta.

Verify your community service you do on a weekly basis.

Anything you say OTHER than the verification of those two simple items…you’re clowning yourself.

Either answer the questions or leave. I’ve answered yours. And this is not even about me…this about the election of Sheryl Underwood as international president of Zeta Phi Beta.

Of which you obviously have nothing to contribute of substance. This is the Mo’Kelly Report, who the heck is Tasha -Diva?

I’m ready to compare community service resumes…where you at?

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Tasha…you’ve neither proven your point or answered any of my questions. So until you can either verify your status as a woman, African-American and Delta…you’re blowing smoke.

The funny part is you want to make this about me…and whether I meet your approval. That’s called a red-herring.

You’re wanting to try to distract the conversation away from the issue at hand…whether you respect me or not, you’ve yet to invalid my points and you’ve yet to verify who you are on any level.

You’re spitting in the wind.

But I will say this. If I were all you said I am…why are you still here? You’re obviously not about participating in the discussion and you don’t answer any questions asked of you…so what actually are you bringing to the table here?

I’ve answered your questions, though you don’t like the answers. You don’t intimidate me in the least. You can’t VALIDATE ANYTHING you’ve said. You can’t back up ANYTHING you’ve alleged. And you can’t answer ANY question I’ve asked of you.

Verify you are and African-American woman and a Delta.

Verify your community service you do on a weekly basis.

Anything you say OTHER than the verification of those two simple items…you’re clowning yourself.

Either answer the questions or leave. I’ve answered yours. And this is not even about me…this about the election of Sheryl Underwood as international president of Zeta Phi Beta.

Of which you obviously have nothing to contribute of substance. This is the Mo’Kelly Report, who the heck is Tasha -Diva?

I’m ready to compare community service resumes…where you at?

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And Tasha…I answered your “question” in my post above…can you NOT read either? I addressed it to Pearl…

Where is your community service and verify you are a Delta.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

And Tasha…I answered your “question” in my post above…can you NOT read either? I addressed it to Pearl…

Where is your community service and verify you are a Delta.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

This is for you “Tasha”…and since you’re NOT a Delta, not sure how you have anything meaningful to say. Perpetrators don’t get to express opinions here, especially on Omega. You should’ve just been honest and said you were a GDI.

Anyhow this is for you. Until you verify you’re a Delta as you allege AND your community service, I’m deleting your following posts. I’m done playing with you…now here comes the hammer. You’re perpetrating and be glad I don’t have REAL sorors to come talk to you as a perp. This is not a democracy. I’ve given you plenty of rope, you’ve chosen to hang yourself. Either comply or be deleted. Your choice.
____________________________________

From: *******@bellsouth.net>
To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 6:07:47 AM
Subject: Zeta and SU

I am a Zeta and was present at the convention where SU received a mere plurality but not a majority of the vote cast for president. You are so right. Your sentiments are exactly why more than 2/3s of the voters did not vote for her. We discourage members of our youth affiliates from listening to her because of her filthy mouth and we do not support her as president.

____________________________________________________________________

From: “*******1920@msn.com”
To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:50:06 PM
Subject: About Your Post: An Open Letter to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on Sheryl Underwood

I have to agree with you. This is funny. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I don’t want Sheryl Underwood representing me. She DID NOT win by a majority of the votes and whom ever voted for her SHOULD be embarrassed to say that they did so. Zeta means so much more to me than that. I think that the ones who voted for her are more fascinated by her popularity and not realizing how her “line of work” makes us look bad. So brother keep posting your stuff, do what you do……………..Truth need to be told. I love my Zeta Phi Beta, but Lord what is this organization coming to? All I can ask is what would Arizona, Fannie, Pearl, Myrtle, and Viola say right now? Paper or real…………..She should not be the NEW FACE OF ZETA! Af If by chance she is………………..I WILL become an unfinancial Soror!!!!!
________

From: “Natasha”

To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 3:25:12 PM
Subject: Sheryl Underwood

First, let me say how sorry I am that my sorors are coming on your blog trying to ride hard for SU.
Second, trust and believe that there are WAY more of us that agree with you than agree with them.
Third, if you haven’t already been told, despite Sheryl’s public claims to being Grand Basileus, that particular matter is far from being settled as she did not win a majority of the votes needed to be elected. 1015 sorors DID NOT vote for Sheryl, the majority of us do not want her as IGB, and her so-called “election” is being hotly contested via legal action.
Fourth, personally I agree with absolutely everything that you have said and we deserve everything we get for even considering her as a candidate.
Thank you for caring about us.
Please keep us in your prayers.

_______________________

If that doesn’t answer your question, don’t know what to tell you…but it’s the last answer to any question you’re going to get. You’ve mistaken niceness for weakness. I’m done being nice.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

This is for you “Tasha”…and since you’re NOT a Delta, not sure how you have anything meaningful to say. Perpetrators don’t get to express opinions here, especially on Omega. You should’ve just been honest and said you were a GDI.

Anyhow this is for you. Until you verify you’re a Delta as you allege AND your community service, I’m deleting your following posts. I’m done playing with you…now here comes the hammer. You’re perpetrating and be glad I don’t have REAL sorors to come talk to you as a perp. This is not a democracy. I’ve given you plenty of rope, you’ve chosen to hang yourself. Either comply or be deleted. Your choice.
____________________________________

From: *******@bellsouth.net>
To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 6:07:47 AM
Subject: Zeta and SU

I am a Zeta and was present at the convention where SU received a mere plurality but not a majority of the vote cast for president. You are so right. Your sentiments are exactly why more than 2/3s of the voters did not vote for her. We discourage members of our youth affiliates from listening to her because of her filthy mouth and we do not support her as president.

____________________________________________________________________

From: “*******1920@msn.com”
To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:50:06 PM
Subject: About Your Post: An Open Letter to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on Sheryl Underwood

I have to agree with you. This is funny. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I don’t want Sheryl Underwood representing me. She DID NOT win by a majority of the votes and whom ever voted for her SHOULD be embarrassed to say that they did so. Zeta means so much more to me than that. I think that the ones who voted for her are more fascinated by her popularity and not realizing how her “line of work” makes us look bad. So brother keep posting your stuff, do what you do……………..Truth need to be told. I love my Zeta Phi Beta, but Lord what is this organization coming to? All I can ask is what would Arizona, Fannie, Pearl, Myrtle, and Viola say right now? Paper or real…………..She should not be the NEW FACE OF ZETA! Af If by chance she is………………..I WILL become an unfinancial Soror!!!!!
________

From: “Natasha”

To: mokellyreport@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 3:25:12 PM
Subject: Sheryl Underwood

First, let me say how sorry I am that my sorors are coming on your blog trying to ride hard for SU.
Second, trust and believe that there are WAY more of us that agree with you than agree with them.
Third, if you haven’t already been told, despite Sheryl’s public claims to being Grand Basileus, that particular matter is far from being settled as she did not win a majority of the votes needed to be elected. 1015 sorors DID NOT vote for Sheryl, the majority of us do not want her as IGB, and her so-called “election” is being hotly contested via legal action.
Fourth, personally I agree with absolutely everything that you have said and we deserve everything we get for even considering her as a candidate.
Thank you for caring about us.
Please keep us in your prayers.

_______________________

If that doesn’t answer your question, don’t know what to tell you…but it’s the last answer to any question you’re going to get. You’ve mistaken niceness for weakness. I’m done being nice.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

As you can see…Tasha did not comply. She will be missed.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

As you can see…Tasha did not comply. She will be missed.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Well, well, well… I must say that this has proved to be an interesting read. I’ve been known to ramble, so I’ll try to keep this concise.

I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and my alias is “Da Diplomat” mainly because I can always see all sides of a situation. That being said, I think that Mo’Kelly is correct when he says that the impressions that one BGLO makes on our community affect how we are all perceived. I think that his commentary is not necessarily obsessive, because he is looking into the future to how his own (and the rest of us) organization will be perceived because of the election of Sheryl Underwood as International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (as it seems now). It has been seen on these very comments that the impression that someone has gotten of some of us has tainted their view of us as a collective. That is unfortunate, but we all know that is how the game is played.

However, I also agree with the sentiment that Zeta business is Zeta business. Mo’Kelly has every right to comment on something as public as this, but we all also have the right to call him out on anything we see that is unseemly, hypocritical, etc. The problem here is that the two have been blended in a way that is clearly not going to please everyone.

Mo’Kelly, people may be more apt to believe that you are about the respect and protection of Black Women if your post was a little more objective. Also, your feelings are your feelings, but it’s not necessarily to the Zeta’s (or anyone else’s) benefit that you’ve called them out, especially if the majority of them (that you know) are against the decision. It’s important to let people know that not everyone agrees with the decision, yes; but the way it was done has clearly ruffle some feathers (no pun intended to my “Dovely” sistergreeks). I understand that this is how you comment on things, and I personally don’t think it’s a bad thing, but if your tone was more “brotherly” (since we are connected in some kind of Greek family) than it was harsh, your comments may have been taken a different way.

Anyway, I’m happy that this has fostered such a discussion, and I urge everyone to research the topics they bring up here, so as not to sound a tad ignorant… including your outrage against the system of BGLOs. (Just my own small plug.) :-)

And since you are about validity, and because my comments/thoughts are my own and I stand by them:
Janae
#5 (SurFIVEor)
Mu Beta Chapter
Spring 2005 (Unscripted)

Community service resume… if it’s that important, hit me up…

Comment by Janae

Janae…it’s all good. I was only asking for the “specifics” of “Tasha” as she was exhibiting all the classic signs of being a perpetrator. Coleman luv went right over her head and she only asked questions did not reveal anything about herself (as you did). A real soror would have done as you did, offered to speak off-line. She did none of that. I offered for her to speak with some Sorors I knew in the hopes they could verify her…she ignored it and only offered insults. So it got to the point where I said either verify yourself or your comments be deleted…as she was alleging that she was speaking “as a Delta” and acting in a manner completely contradictory.

That was all. You don’t (and nobody else) needs to verify him/herself. It was merely a matter of the person not offering anything constructive to the conversation after a certain point with the exception of insults, so finally I was asking “who the hell are you” and exemplify SOMETHING consistent with Delta.

I got more insults, so I cut “her” off.

Moving forward,

I’ve listened intently to your comments and I’ve taken all of them to heart.

In terms of my “tone.” If you’ve followed this blog on any level, you know I clown folks, and have comedic editorials about this or that. Such was the case with this latest Zeta announcement. The response was such that it questioned why I even “mentioned it” and was what I originally offered worth anything at all.

To which I responded with a serious commentary about how this election sends a message to all BGLOs…a point which you acknowledge as understanding.

Let me make it clear I’m not about getting in the Zeta’s “business.” But again, when you send it out in a press release, and in that very same press release you are CELEBRATING the “accomplishments” of this vulgar comedienne in question…they’ve left the realm of “Zeta” and are now in the public domain.

I only knew of this because I was sent their press release.

I don’t care at all how Zeta ultimately “handles” this…as that is truly “their business.” But in the end, the “election” of Sheryl Underwood is a dangerous and questionable precedent that puts all BGLOs in a poor light. We are known collectively by the sins of one-another individually. We are looked upon collectively as do-nothing, party and hazing organizations. The election of Sheryl Underwood contributes to that stereotype, for she is best known for everything opposite what the BGLO sororities are known for.

One may disagree with my “methods” but I’ve yet to hear anyone offer a concise justification as to why I “shouldn’t” have anything to say…especially given Zeta promoted this election TO ME, not vice versa. Zeta SOUGHT out the press and publicity. I merely gave them what they asked for, though not what they expected.

Janae…thank you for your contribution, and if you’d like to talk offline, feel free to hit me at mokelly@sbcglobal.net and I’ll answer any question you wish.

Coleman luv,

Morris

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Janae…it’s all good. I was only asking for the “specifics” of “Tasha” as she was exhibiting all the classic signs of being a perpetrator. Coleman luv went right over her head and she only asked questions did not reveal anything about herself (as you did). A real soror would have done as you did, offered to speak off-line. She did none of that. I offered for her to speak with some Sorors I knew in the hopes they could verify her…she ignored it and only offered insults. So it got to the point where I said either verify yourself or your comments be deleted…as she was alleging that she was speaking “as a Delta” and acting in a manner completely contradictory.

That was all. You don’t (and nobody else) needs to verify him/herself. It was merely a matter of the person not offering anything constructive to the conversation after a certain point with the exception of insults, so finally I was asking “who the hell are you” and exemplify SOMETHING consistent with Delta.

I got more insults, so I cut “her” off.

Moving forward,

I’ve listened intently to your comments and I’ve taken all of them to heart.

In terms of my “tone.” If you’ve followed this blog on any level, you know I clown folks, and have comedic editorials about this or that. Such was the case with this latest Zeta announcement. The response was such that it questioned why I even “mentioned it” and was what I originally offered worth anything at all.

To which I responded with a serious commentary about how this election sends a message to all BGLOs…a point which you acknowledge as understanding.

Let me make it clear I’m not about getting in the Zeta’s “business.” But again, when you send it out in a press release, and in that very same press release you are CELEBRATING the “accomplishments” of this vulgar comedienne in question…they’ve left the realm of “Zeta” and are now in the public domain.

I only knew of this because I was sent their press release.

I don’t care at all how Zeta ultimately “handles” this…as that is truly “their business.” But in the end, the “election” of Sheryl Underwood is a dangerous and questionable precedent that puts all BGLOs in a poor light. We are known collectively by the sins of one-another individually. We are looked upon collectively as do-nothing, party and hazing organizations. The election of Sheryl Underwood contributes to that stereotype, for she is best known for everything opposite what the BGLO sororities are known for.

One may disagree with my “methods” but I’ve yet to hear anyone offer a concise justification as to why I “shouldn’t” have anything to say…especially given Zeta promoted this election TO ME, not vice versa. Zeta SOUGHT out the press and publicity. I merely gave them what they asked for, though not what they expected.

Janae…thank you for your contribution, and if you’d like to talk offline, feel free to hit me at mokelly@sbcglobal.net and I’ll answer any question you wish.

Coleman luv,

Morris

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

I am a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and my thoughts are very simple.

Everyone in the Black Greek Community has a valid opinion about this situation. Simply being Black makes us representatives of the entire race. We are all connected, so we cannot say that this is just Zeta business. In fact, this is not even just Black Greek business. This is Black business. As Black people, we have not just a right but a duty to discuss anything that happens in our Community. The only way for us to uplift is to hold each other accountable.

My issue, however, is that my beloved organization, with all of the blood, sweat, and tears that we, both as individuals and as a whole, have poured into our Community, is now becoming a scapegoat for the negative reputation of all BGLOs. This is an outgrowth of a larger issue that cannot be blamed entirely on Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and it is unfair to put that responsibility on Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Of course, I can understand why putting someone of what some believe is questionable character in a position of authority is shocking, but just as my Sister-Greek said earlier, when it comes down to the business of running the organization, the content of her character is for us to decide. You can make countless assumptions about what would motivate us to elect Soror Underwood, but you can only do this based on the information to which you have access. It is clear that you think this information is enough to decide that she is not worthy of the role of International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and you are most certainly entitled to that opinion. However, it is hurtful that you would bring the quality of my entire organization… an 88-year-old community conscious action-oriented organization… into question because of this decision. You are an intelligent man. You know what a tipping point is. Drastic times call for drastic measures. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., with all of the controversy that we have faced, is clearly experiencing difficult times, and, therefore, saw it fit to elect this Soror to lead us into a better future. I am insulted that you would think that we would make the decision based on anything other than her ability to do so.

Despite my hurt feelings, I am very pleased with this conversation. I do not agree with the condescending manner with which it was introduced, but, to each his own. Now, back to work, because that’s what Zetas do……

Comment by Lamika

Lamika…respectfully, I’m confused. There is a measurable portion of Zetas who allege that this election was not official and against the stated constitutional bylaws.

I’m not asking for you to expound upon the constitution, but I would want to ask you whether you will at least admit that this election is in doubt and if it is truly in doubt…is it “fair” to say that the organization “chose” Sheryl Underwood.

There are allegations of election tampering here at worst and unfulfilled election requirements at best.

I don’t think I ever questioned the “quality” of your organization, to use your word.

I did question the quality of the decision allegedly made as to its leader.

Since that time, it has been brought to discussion that Underwood is not as of yet officially the president and has tried to use the publicity machine to force the hand of the sorority.

But I don’t I’ve anywhere questioned the quality of the sorority.

In fact, if I questioned the quality of the sorority, I would’ve have zero problem or disbelief with Underwood as your president.

But in fact, since I do think highly of the organization, I must say that even if 100% of the organization voted Underwood in, it’s a horrible decision on its best day.

I’ll put it like this. Every organization is more than “free” to sink itself like the Titanic. But there will be some (like me) who will always be there to say…

Uh…big ass iceberg approaching. You might want to go in a different direction.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Lamika…respectfully, I’m confused. There is a measurable portion of Zetas who allege that this election was not official and against the stated constitutional bylaws.

I’m not asking for you to expound upon the constitution, but I would want to ask you whether you will at least admit that this election is in doubt and if it is truly in doubt…is it “fair” to say that the organization “chose” Sheryl Underwood.

There are allegations of election tampering here at worst and unfulfilled election requirements at best.

I don’t think I ever questioned the “quality” of your organization, to use your word.

I did question the quality of the decision allegedly made as to its leader.

Since that time, it has been brought to discussion that Underwood is not as of yet officially the president and has tried to use the publicity machine to force the hand of the sorority.

But I don’t I’ve anywhere questioned the quality of the sorority.

In fact, if I questioned the quality of the sorority, I would’ve have zero problem or disbelief with Underwood as your president.

But in fact, since I do think highly of the organization, I must say that even if 100% of the organization voted Underwood in, it’s a horrible decision on its best day.

I’ll put it like this. Every organization is more than “free” to sink itself like the Titanic. But there will be some (like me) who will always be there to say…

Uh…big ass iceberg approaching. You might want to go in a different direction.

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

“… the organization has no one to blame but itself. We…the people outside of your organization, the ‘community’ neither voted for nor must be expected to support such a decision; and its promotion by the sorority is equally misguided and unfortunate.”

This sounds to me like you are questioning the quality of my organization. I am glad to know that I have misunderstood you. I am also glad that you would not ask me to expound upon my sorority’s constitution. Whether the person placed in this position is Soror Underwood or another Soror, I have faith in my sorority’s ability to continue to do the work that it has done for decades, which is the most important aspect of its existence. Now that I know that you did not aim to question the cognizance of its individual members, that this was not your aim, I no longer feel the need to participate in this discussion. I have the clarity that I need. Once again, this, too, shall pass.

Thank you for handling your response respectfully, and I will continue to look at your blog for entertainment.

Take care.

Comment by Lamika

No, I think that statement EXACTLY points out how I’m questioning its decision-making, if in fact Sheryl Underwood is the “choice” of the organization.

Put it this way.

If Sheryl became the president of BET tomorrow…nobody would even bat an eye.

Because nobody questions the quality of the organization or lack thereof.

But President of Zeta…such a decision ostensibly isn’t befitting one of the D9 organizations, and that is the very point.

It’s “news” because the organization IS illustrious. But yes, I still think that such a DECISION, by a highly-regarded institution is indefensible.

Respectfully,

Morris

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

No, I think that statement EXACTLY points out how I’m questioning its decision-making, if in fact Sheryl Underwood is the “choice” of the organization.

Put it this way.

If Sheryl became the president of BET tomorrow…nobody would even bat an eye.

Because nobody questions the quality of the organization or lack thereof.

But President of Zeta…such a decision ostensibly isn’t befitting one of the D9 organizations, and that is the very point.

It’s “news” because the organization IS illustrious. But yes, I still think that such a DECISION, by a highly-regarded institution is indefensible.

Respectfully,

Morris

Comment by The Mo'Kelly Report

Mo, what is your stand for the support of the previous Grand Basileus? How do you feel about her?

Comment by Zeal6988




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