Kierra Leggett | Editor-in-Chief
Worn as a symbol of the pain African Americans have endured as a people, Greek members put on their best Grit Faces for Pan Afrikan 2013
Grit faces galore were displayed this past weekend as the 2013 Pan Afrikan Festival came to an end. The greatest abundance of the faces were seen at Saturday night’s NPHC Pan Afrikan Step Show where Greeks took to the stage competing for first place and bragging rights.
The host for the evening was Brint Hayes, a student at North Carolina Central University and music was provided by N.C. State’s own, D.J. Koldstone, also a member of the Kappa Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Six organizations competed in this year’s show including the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Triangle Area Chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as well as the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. However, at the end of the night it was the Triangle Area Chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. that walked away champions.
The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma impressed judges and the crowd with their zombie themed performance. There mission for the night was to “eradicate the enemy” and they gave a forewarning to all at the beginning of their performance with the message “If you want it you can get it.”
The Devastating Divas of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. thrilled the audience with their Saw Red Redemption themed performance, complete with a singing grim reaper.
Dressed in pink wigs reminiscent of those worn by Nicki Minaj, the ladies of the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. stepped all the way to second place in their signature heels.
Decked out in pharaoh caps, the brothers of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. also slithered into second place telling the crowd, “A pharaoh is strong, we never retreat.”
Despite not going home with a trophy, arguably the biggest performance of the night came from the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Together, the brothers took to the stage as “Bad Bruhz II,” in a performance inspired by the Bad Boys films starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Though the performance began with just two members, it ended with the Chapter teasing audience members by bringing out four masked neophyte members.
The neophytes were unveiled at 4:11 p.m. Sunday, at the Kappa Lambda Probate that took place at Tucker Beach. There, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. introduced to The Yard, Tyler Allen, AJ Woodard, Richard Lewis and Malcolm Stephen.
Two other probates were held Sunday including that of the Xi Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Mu Xi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The Xi Zeta Chapter welcomed to The Yard, Thomas Jasmine, while the sisters of the Mu Xi Chapter welcomed to The Yard, Cynthia Sharpe, Rameika Jones, Ashley Gaie, Ashley Wilklerson, Ebony Watson and Tiffany Williams.
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