I thought, with the announcement that VH1 wrapping up “Sorority Sisters,” that the drama behind the show would have died down. But apparently, tensions are still running high. Just a few weeks after Alpha Kappa Alpha announced that both April McRae and Rwanda ‘Joy’ Hammond were suspended from the sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, is following suit with one better. They are not suspending all of the Delta castmates, they are expelling all members who participated on the show from the sorority entirely. That includes, Adrene Ashford, Priyanka Banks, Shanna McCormick, Lydia Mitchell, and MeToya Monroe.
The notice was posted on the sorority’s national website.
Here are the receipts.
Remember how Priyanka Banks spoke about the fact that she considered renouncing her letters in “The Dialogue”? Well, not it looks like she won’t have to. Expulsion, as you might assume means she is no longer a Delta. The website lists the meaning of expulsion in full below.
All rights and privileges as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. are rescinded for all individuals listed in this section of the website.
What Does That Mean?
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Marks are the exclusive property of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The right to wear, use, or display any items or merchandise with any Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Marks (“paraphernalia”) is granted to those in good standing only.
Therefore, all individuals listed in this section must refrain from wearing any paraphernalia or using any merchandise that includes references to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., its symbols or logos. Wearing or using Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. paraphernalia is knowingly engaging in fraudulent misrepresentation and impersonation, i.e., conveying that you are a member of the organization.
Furthermore, attending “Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Only” activities or otherwise engaging in any conduct or activities that indicate membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is prohibited. Should any individual fail to abide by the aforementioned guidelines and/or fraudulently misrepresent her status as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., you will be subject to legal action taken against her by the organization.
For those of you who know your history, January 13, the day the ladies were all expelled also happens to the be the 102 anniversary of the day Delta Sigma Theta was founded. Perhaps DST didn’t inform the ladies of their expulsion until sometime in the evening because several of the members posted statuses, videos and pictures celebrating their founder’s day.
The ladies have yet to speak publicly about their expulsion…and judging from the guidelines outlined above, legally, they may not be able to.
But there were these messages from Metoya’s Instagram account.
One from January 14, the day after the expulsion:
And another from January 16:
These messages could refer to any thing or anyone…but they do seem pretty timely and quite classy, given the nature of the situation. Shanna McCormick also posted some pretty timely messages.
Am I the only one that feels the expulsion was a bit harsh…when there have been other members who’ve done far worse? I can’t help but see this as women being punished for nothing more than being argumentative and perhaps catty on television. And it’s particularly odd considering during the season finale all of the women put ego and attitude aside to come together to do something good for the community. To me, that’s just life. Getting over our differences, egos and flaws for the greater good. There are some people who never manage that. But these women did. How does that warrant expulsion? Personally, I don’t get it. You don’t have to be Greek to understand sisterhood. And expelling instead of instructing, correcting or privately scolding would have been more sisterly than publicly ousting members. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think about the expulsion? Do you think it’s fair or too much?
Update: Lydia Mitchell was catching some serious flack from “super Deltas” as she called them. They were attempting to kick a “sister” while she was, presumably, down. See what they said and what she said in response to them and anyone else with concerns on the next page.