The Jokes Write Themselves.

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Get your people, Shani:

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest sorority for collegiate and professional black women, are asking a D.C. court to remove the group’s national leadership and order its president to return funds allegedly paid in contravention of the organization’s bylaws.

The group’s national president, Barbara McKinzie, has come under fire for a long list of alleged financial misdeeds. The most interesting of those allegations: The plaintiffs claim McKinzie used the organization’s money to commission a $900,000 “living legacy wax figure” of herself.

h/t AverageBro

24 thoughts on “The Jokes Write Themselves.

  1. Aisha July 30, 2009 at 12:11 am Reply

    A friend of mine has an AKA doll that stands in the corner or her living room. When her daughter was younger she would stand in the corner next to the AKA doll because she thought that’s what people her size did.

  2. shani-o July 30, 2009 at 8:09 am Reply

    I’m not sure there’s anyone for me to ‘get.’ The issue is being handled through proper channels.

    • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 8:33 am Reply

      wow @ this response.

  3. lemu July 30, 2009 at 9:38 am Reply

    When getting a corporate card goes wrong….

    This has been the talk of every greek listserve I’m on for about a week.

  4. NinaG July 30, 2009 at 11:32 am Reply

    It’s unfortunate when I hear stories like this about Divine 9 orgs (or really any org for that matter). I’m glad members are taking her to task on this.

    • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 11:37 am Reply

      People are really protective/defensive about these organizations.

      Do you belong to one?

      • NinaG July 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm Reply

        I’m no longer affiliated.

        • lemu July 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm Reply

          no longer?

          • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm Reply

            maybe she tried to stop McKinzie’s rise to power and got squished like a bug?

            I can see it now:

            “i will end you,” she said, narrowing her eyes at NinaG.

            NinaG considered speaking up, but something in McKinzie’s face frightened her.

            “It’s your word against MINE!” McKinzie threw her head back and cackled, like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

            NinaG turned and fled from the huge, pink room. …

            A week later, a frog arrived on Nina’s doorstep with a scroll in its mouth. Her eyes filled with tears. She knew it was over.

            Thanks for fighting that good fight, sis.

  5. the black scientist July 30, 2009 at 11:40 am Reply

    i’m from a family of deltas, so i’ll keep my mouth shut on this one.

  6. Grump July 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm Reply

    ITS A SERIOUS MATTER!!!!!

  7. ladyfresh July 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm Reply

    how can something like this happen?

    i’m not a part of any of these organizations. does anyone know the history behind this woman?

    i’m surprised she got as far as she did i would have thought there would have been a pattern of behavior but 20/20 hindsight i guess

    • belleisa July 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm Reply

      How can something like this happen?

      Because there are people in positions of power who abuse them. It’s a universal trait, abuse of power, stealing money, greed.

      There are plenty of AKA’s cringing from this, I’m sure. Nobody wants to know that their leader has let them down…but on a lighter note….doesn’t she look like an older Janet Jackson?

      • Jennifer July 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm Reply

        An older Janet Jackson would be Rebbie, and this broad is nowhere NEAR as fierce as the Centipede.

    • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm Reply

      pattern of behavior? um, what? it’s not like people are pathological embezzlers. she had a position with a lot of authority, she abused it.

      • lemu July 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm Reply

        Maybe shes refering to “a long list of alleged financial misdeeds” that have transpired over her 3 year term.

        The most troubling passage in the entire article is this one..

        “Members who have voiced concerns over the alleged financial improprieties have had their membership privileges “withdrawn, suspended and otherwise adversely affected,” according to the complaint.”

        • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm Reply

          ah. she was strong-arming muhfuckahs.

          (that actually makes this funnier.)

        • ladyfresh July 31, 2009 at 9:45 am Reply

          Yep seemed weird to me that she was this ‘great’ leader then suddenly turned around and wanted a $900,000 wax statue of herself.

          I figured she’s probably been doing crazy shit that has led up to this and maybe they will look into how it happened. It’s not just one crazy person in a way. It was few people who turned a blind eye to her nuttiness. Whatever their checks and balance process was it didn’t work enabling this woman to get a $900,000 wax figure.

      • belleisa July 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm Reply

        I don’t believe that people are “pathological embezzlers” and I think you are refering to the comment I made about abusing power being a “universal trait?”

        I wasn’t shocked that this happend, just sad for the bad PR this would cause an organization where many of its members believe in the ideals and pay a lot of money toward memberships.

        There’s a great line in a novel, that I’ll be talking about later, that says the “despised becoming the despicable.” I think people are shocked when someone like the AKA President abuses power. There’s always this notion that “when one of us gets in,” it’ll be different. Whoever the us is, depends on the individual, group, and or cultural identity.

        I believed that to be the reaction ladyfresh had.

        • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm Reply

          i was replying to ladyfresh.

          • belleisa July 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm Reply

            damn it…well so much for that

            • G.D. July 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm Reply

              lol. no worries, sis.

        • ladyfresh July 31, 2009 at 9:52 am Reply

          more like how did it get this far?

          this sort of behavior doesn’t spring up out of nowhere

          and i’m always surprised that it goes as far as it does

          looking at politicians antic over the past two years alone
          i’m like:

          what makes you think you can just disappear for 5 days and tell folks you went hiking?

          what makes you think you can give tax payer money to you mistress txt and email love messages over taxpayer paid cell phones and isp lines

          what makes you think you can just up and quit your governor job but still move on to be president of the us….

          these folks didn’t just start nutty/illicit behavior it built up and people in their organizations turned a blind eye

      • ladyfresh July 31, 2009 at 9:48 am Reply

        she didn’t abuse it out of nowhere

        she wasn’t this perfect leader and woke up one morning and decided to get a $900,000 wax figure

        ok maybe she did …but there are probably $100,000 mini wax figures laying around

        i keed

        i’m sure she’s been misusing funds over a period of time

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