Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Hosts a Hip Hop Contest
by Cesca Janece Waterfield
The Ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Sigma and Beta Xi Sigma Chapters, Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia are hosting their second Hip Hop Contest during the 14th Annual Youth Symposium themed “H3: It’s All About Me: Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations”.
Middle school and high school students will each create a positive rap/song, dance or spoken word performance that reflects the theme: “H3: It’s All About Me”. Students from all Richmond and Petersburg school districts are welcome. The song/rap, dance or spoken word piece should focus on Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, and Healthy Generations.
Finalists will perform at the 14th Annual Sigma Youth Symposium on March 12 at Virginia Union University. The winner receives a trophy and a monetary prize. For more information on the Hip Hop Contest visit: www.iotasigma1935.org.
Contest rules are as follows:
• Ages 13 to 18 years old may enter
• Must be in good academic standing at their respective school
• Positive rap, song, dance, spoken word must be a message on making positive/
healthy choices, healthy living, education, respect, etc.
• Any profanity and/or sexually suggestive content will result in disqualification
• All entrants must register by December 31
Send your name, address, phone number, grade in school and your grade point average to the address below. Include whether your talent is rapping/singing, or dancing or spoken word. Choose only one. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Attn: Hip Hop Contest, PO Box 26274, Richmond, VA 23260. Auditions will be held in February 2011. All qualified contestants will be informed of the date and location.
‘Greater Service, Greater Progress’
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University by seven school teachers. Sigma Gamma Rho sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
Partner to the Centers for Disease Control
Sigma Gamma Rho is the only African American sorority to be named a partner of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) and was recently awarded more than $100,000 in funding to focus on educating communities hardest hit by HIV.
AAALI was launched by the CDC in 2009 to bring together and provide funding for the nation’s leading black organizations to intensify HIV prevention among African Americans. The Leadership Initiative is part of Act Against AIDS, the CDC’s nationwide campaign launched last year in partnership with the White House, which aims to increase HIV awareness among all Americans and those communities most impacted. New infections of HIV in Black women is nearly 15 times as high as that of white women and nearly four times as high as that of Hispanic women.
As a part of the global efforts of the Sorority’s signature program, Project Reassurance, Sigma Gamma Rho also plans to work with Africare to address, through finances and education, HIV/AIDS awareness, education and treatment for African women. The sorority has promoted testing and awareness for several years in the U.S. and its partnership now with AAALI will further its efforts to educate African American women.
Over the past year, AAALI has had significant success; but more work is needed — and everyone can play a part:
• Get the Facts about HIV. Visit www.actagainstaids.org.
• Get Tested. Call 1-800-CDC-info or hivtest.org to find a site near you.
• Talk about HIV. Talk to your friends, your family, your kids. Talk, text and tweet about it.
For more information on Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc visit: www.sgrho1922.org.