AKA Suspends VH1 ‘Sorority Sisters’ Cast Members

Reality stars April McRae and Rwanda "Joy" Hammond suspended from AKA until 2016

Image: VH1 "Sorority Sisters" cast members April McRae and Rwanda "Joy" Hammond (Twitter)

It seems as though the controversy surrounding VH1’s latest reality show Sorority Sisters continues to escalate as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) suspended two of its members who are participants on the show.

According to the sorority’s website, reality show cast members April McRae and Rwanda “Joy” Hammond have been suspended from the organization until July 15, 2016.

Ever since word of the show’s inception surfaced to the public, VH1 and the show’s producer, Mona Scott-Young, have received backlash in regards to the project. When a trailer for the show first appeared online in June 2014, it was immediately taken down and an online petition was started by those who believe the show misrepresented members of black Greek letter organizations. However, the online petition and backlash did not stop VH1 from giving the show the green light. After the show’s December 15th premiere, the criticism continued and several major corporations pulled the plug on their advertisements.

Earlier this week, all nine cast members from the show sat down with television personality Tanika Ray for a VH1 special where they responded to critics of the show and admitted to having received death threats for their involvement in the project.

So far, there is no word on if any other members have been penalized by their sorority for joining the show.

  • Greg Thompson Jr.

    Good. Shame on them for doing this for very personal gain. I saw the show. Very bad look. If I weren’t familiar with friends in the organization, I wouldn’t think very highly of it.

  • LaCette Nicole

    i thought the members of greek orgs were really focused on being uplifting. its easy to see why they would not want to be associated with reality show ratchetness.

  • Monique

    the same ones that are trying to shame these women tune into love and hip hop housewives bad gorls club ect. Black people make me sick sometimes smh #hypocrites Anyone stop to think who gave the green light to use the AKA name ummmm sounds like gain somewhere else to me.