Z-Phi, Sooo Sweet! 11 Celeb Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University. Recognized by its colors of “royal blue” and “pure white,” Zeta’s motto dedicates them to scholarship, sisterly love, service and finer womanhood. Their outreach has impacted hundreds of thousands of women internationally. Take a look at which celebrity women pledged Zeta.
Sheryl Underwood is an American comedienne and current 23rd International President of the sorority. Known for her comedic performances on several shows and films including The Beauty Shop and I Got the Hook Up, Sheryl demonstrated her passion for comedy by founding the African-American Female Comedian Association. A self proclaimed “sexually progressive, God-fearing, Black Republican. ” When she’s not cracking jokes, Sheryl’s being active with the NAACP or engaged in business with the NPHC.
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston was a writer, folklorist and philanthropist. After arriving in New York City during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston became an integral part of the movement through contributing more than 50 novels and short stories. Best known for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston’s writing included African American dialect, which represented particular styles of speech, a controversial method of writing at that time. Nevertheless, Hurston continued to pursue writing and politics boldly. As a Republican, Zora wrote of injustice both domestic and abroad.
Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka Kansas in 1917. At the age of 13 one of her first poems was published in a children’s book; this would be the precursor to her career as a great American poet. In 1950, Gwendolyn’s second book of poetry Annie Allen was given the Pulitzer Prize, making her the first African-American to win such an award. In 1968, she was made Poet Laureate of Illinois, the state of her life’s residence.
Former Jive Recording Artist and Grammy nominated performer Syleena Johnson also hails from the state of Illinois. Born of a musical family, she began pursuing a musical career early, but was threatened when she had to undergo several years of vocal training after having vocal nodules removed. Today, the “All Falls Down” singer continues to use her voice to touch people and can be seen on TV One’s new show “R & B Divas” every Monday at 10 pm EST.
Famously known for musical collaborations with cousin, Whitney Houston; Dionne Warwick was an accomplished musician in her own right. With more than 50 hit singles between 1968 and 1998, Dionne won several awards including 5 Grammys and a plethora of honors as best female vocalist. Following establishing herself as a award-winning artist she became an actress and television host. Today she continues to serve as the United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health
Recording artist Towanda Braxton was initiated into the sorority at Omicron Gamma Chapter at HBCU, Bowie State University. Known as the “responsible one” on WE TV’s “Braxton Family Values,” Towanda shares her trials and triumphs on screen with her famous family. After starring in reality series “Starting Over,” Towanda has committed herself to a career in entertainment.
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