Skip to main content




Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 5:31 am
By: BlackAmericaWeb.com

 


University of Arkansas' Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, a white sorority, bested 14 black sororities and fraternities in the "Sprite Step-Off Challenge," taking home the contest's $100,000 prize.

Second place in the sorority division went to Alpha Kappa Alpha's Tau Chapter from Indiana University and third place to Delta Sigma Theta's Sigma Chapter from Clark Atlanta University.

The men's champion is Alpha Phi Alpha's Delta Xi Chapter from Wilberforce University, followed by Alpha Phi Alpha's Alpha Phi Chapter from Clark Atlanta and Phi Beta Sigma's citywide chapter from Rutgers University.

Click here to see the winning team's moves.
 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Whaaaaaaat!!!


Who authorized their acceptence to even be in the competition? I thought that frat stepping, especially the "Sprite Step Off Challenge", was only organized and allowed for "Black only" frats/soros from HBCU's and other schools that have Black frats/soros.



Shows you how little I know.



Or did the Black sororities underestimated the White girls? You know how we do sometimes, especially in athletic competitions when you have a White competitor(s) as your opponent. We tend to see blood in the water.


Judges? Goddamit!!!!! or maybe a mixed bag of Black/White judges?



Them White gals stole that money, it was a total fluke and 'll bet that next year, the sisters will NEVER let it happen again. A complete shocker.


That $100,000 check would have never made it off campus.
Last edited by Cholly
Yeah, I was pretty stunned about this story too, Cholly!! 

In the comments section, the new-age arguments of us not being able to have anything to ourselves anymore was brought up.  As well as the issue of the whole reason for us having HBCUs and other predominantly Black entities is due to the exclusion of being able to participate/associate in those same kinds of all-White entities back in the day.

Unfortunately, I'm not quite sure which side of the argument I land on.  While I can see both sides, I am first, foremost and always on OUR side ... probably by default.  And not all change is good change.  And giving up our predominantly Black institutions to "others" is not a change I am convinced is in our best interests!

Anyway ... I'm not really a step expert and although these girls did seem very good ... were they really the best?? 

First there's White HBCU prom queens ... and now this?  I'm not sure what the hell is going on ... but I am pretty sure that I don't like it! 
Reference:
Or did the Black sororities underestimated the White girls? You know how we do sometimes, especially in athletic competitions when you have a White competitor(s) as your opponent. We tend to see blood in the water.
I'm guessing some people probably got a little too complacent and didn't think they were a threat until it was too late to overcome the lead they built. It will be interesting to see what the future holds now that whites are doing this and winning.
Exactly catch. 
I know quite a few of the people that put this event together.  There was no shady stuff going on; those girls just brought it harder than the rest.  That squad had to make it through a video tape cut and a regional competition to earn a right in the final.  Every regional was recorded, so the ability to "scout" was available.  Some of the audience grumbled for the same reasons some people here are grumbling - "How the hell did those white girls win a step conest?"
However they learned the skills, they showed and proved.

Edit:  Just asked my people - and based on how tight the final scoring was between the first and second place teams (and the controversy of the white girls winning IMO), the first and second place squads have now been deemed "co-winner" due to a "scoring error"
Everyone happy now????
Last edited by bigddouble
I do not see why people are having such a problem with this. This was not the first time that this group won. I understand that there were several qualification rounds which they had to make it through. They earned a chance to compete, and they brought it.

Besides, and this may get me in some heat, I enjoyed their routine more than the AKA's who clearly had a "type" on their team; i.e., "dark-skinned sisters or sister with naturals need not apply because so much of our routine involves flipping our WEAVES back and forth, from side to side, and staring at our hand incessantly as if it were a mirror."
Well, let me say again that IF these girls were actually the best of the groups competing ... and many of you say they were (or could have been) ... then I honestly have no problem with that!!  If they shoulda won, then the trophy should be theirs!

My problem can be summed up by what Cholly said ...

Reference:
Who authorized their acceptence to even be in the competition? I thought that frat stepping, especially the "Sprite Step Off Challenge", was only organized and allowed for "Black only" frats/soros from HBCU's and other schools that have Black frats/soros.

Now, obviously a company like Sprite can't discriminate and make the step contest a Black-frat-only contest!!  And I'm sure anyone who wants to participate has the same chance at getting in as anybody else ... and, if qualified can compete for the championship!

But ... who the hell allowed these White girls in in the first place?    And if the contest is not an HBCU-only competition ... maybe it should be!
http://www.spritestepoff.com/eligibility

All team members must be 18 years or over, a member in good standing of a nationally recognized service-oriented fraternity or sorority, and in good academic standing at an accredited 4 year college or university.

Of course the logos, branding and ads suggest a demographic, but since the rules didn't prohibit their participation...
That's like saying Shani Davis shouldn't be a speedskater cause Black people don't usually participate in ice sports...

LOL ... yes, your analogy IS sound ... and I hear you, too! 

And that's great about the community service aspect ... (I didn't know that was part of this contest!).

I'm really trying hard not to *hate* .. .but, in cases like this, I guess I'm just not very good at it!    The girls won .. they deserve their due ... whatever!  But, I don't have to like it.  And at this point, I am not the least bit amused!
Quote by bigddouble: "Edit: Just asked my people - and based on how tight the final scoring was between the first and second place teams (and the controversy of the white girls winning IMO), the first and second place squads have now been deemed "co-winner" due to a "scoring error"



bigddouble,  I agree, the national controversy probably caused this "scoring error?"


Also, do you know who/what caved in???



***And that means that since this step challenge rules & regulations is an "open invitation" to all frats and soros no matter the frat, soro, race, sponser(s) or school, the HCBU's frats & soros needs to find and prepare for competitions all over the country a la the Penn States, the UCLA's, Ivy League schools and Duke Universities hosting big money competitions.****
Last edited by Cholly
Quote by ER: "Are you saying they should stick to cheerleading?? 


Probably because just like Yemaya said:


"Going into my Ebonics: Them chicks probably spent the last 2 years watching every black film with stepping, every black sorority and fraternity at the University of Arkansas and bit every move they had... Been watching too much "Bring It On".



Straight up competition. Anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Two weeks away. No  Keanu Reeves "The MATRIX" bullshit. Straight steppin' dammitt!! 


Let's get it on!!!!


We can find 5-15 coordinated in-step, in-tune soro Black sistas on ANY campus, ANYWHERE in the country cocked & locked, ready to get busy. Can we say the same about the White girls?

Add Reply

Post
×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×