Today, the historic organization of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), released a passionate letter to the media, asking VH1 to halt its airing of the “Sorority Sisters” reality show. The council spoke of its disgust and genuine disappointment that the background of Black Greek life was used as a platform for shenanigans and its perpetuation of stereotypes that still plague Black women in America.
VH1 has only aired one episode, but it’s already been a rough week for reality show. With Black viewers denouncing the show as embarrassing, Black sororities offended by its presence and even advertisers pulling out of the show, things aren’t looking too good for Mona Scott-Young, the creator of Love & Hip-Hop as well as this show. Evidently, she assumed this show would be another easy cash cow of ratchet.
From their level-headed stance, the NPHC had this say to the “sisters”:
“As such, we are saddened by the producers’ desire to elevate harmful, negative, and stereotypical imagery of African American women in their quest for ratings. Moreover, these cast members willfully misrepresent ideals of our illustrious organizations, betray the privilege of membership bestowed upon them, undermine our collective promise to uplight communities and each other, and detract from the transformative programs carried out by our members worldwide. This cast, these plotlines, and the entire show premise represent the antithesis of who we are as African American women, sorority sisters and friends.”
It’s really great to see that after years seeing the Black American life chopped and screwed to the amusement of everyone to watch in entertainment, some are beginning to put their foot down in no longer being complicit to the erasure of legacies or misinterpretations. The NPHC is like the NAACP of historically Black colleges, as it is a collective of nine Black fraternities and sororities. It began in 1930 on Howard University and they have been nicknamed the “Divine Nine” because of their professional and impressive influence of the sustaining of Black Greek life.