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J13 vs. J15 – How to Tell the Difference between AKAs and Deltas

Not only is it the launch day of NegusWhoRead, but two of the most illustrious and noted organizations in the world also celebrate more than one hundred years of service this week.

Although every human being is unique, there are distinct characteristics that many members of sororities or fraternities share among the members of their respective organizations. While no group of people is a monolith, and we do not wish to stereotype the hundreds of thousands of women in these organizations, we thought we would give you a primer on how to distinguish your friends who pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha from those who are sisters of Delta Sigma Theta.

  1. AKAs always remind you that they were first.
    Deltas always remind you that most great creations had a first draft.
  2. The Delta was the president of the Black Student Council, Pan-Hell, the Student Government Association and The Sisterhood of Feminists.
    The AKA was on the dance team, the school welcoming committee, and planned the annual fashion show for the Black Student Council, Pan-Hell and the Student Government Association. When she approached the Sisterhood of Feminists about a fashion show fundraiser, they refused to take part in an activity that objectifies women’s bodies, even though they all walked the runway in the Black Student Council’s fashion show.
  3. Both went natural, but:
    The AKA gets hers blown out and straightened every week, although for special occasions she will get a shoulder-length sew-in, but only if the hairdresser uses Remy #9 hair.
    The Delta grew dreadlocks.
  4. The AKA dated the star of the Basketball team.
    The Delta tutored the star of the Basketball team — until she got tired of him trying to holla at her during every study session–even though she kept reminding him that his AKA girlfriend was her bestie.
  5. When when you go out for drinks, the AKA will order a fruity drink with so much sugar so she can’t taste the alcohol.
    The Delta will be taking shots.
  6. The AKA has a set of nice earrings with emeralds and pink diamonds that perfectly match an embroidered AKA sweater she bought at nationals.
    The Delta has 2,934 t-shirts, 563 hoodies, and 114 red dresses that match her fortitude necklace, her elephant charm bracelet, pyramid ring, DST watch and Delta shoulder tattoo…But she needs some more paraphernalia.
  7. Even when there are no other AKAs present in the room, an AKA will still represent with a “skee-wee” if called upon.
    There is no such thing as one Delta in a room.
  8. If you date a Delta, you will always be a half hour late because you had to wait for her to get ready so she can look perfect.
    If you date an AKA, you will always be a half hour late because you have to change clothes. You know she’s not going anywhere with you looking like that.
  9. AKA’s pronounce it “soar-roarrr.”
    Deltas pronounce it “saw-rah”
  10. Your sweet third-grade teacher was an AKA who always made you feel smart, beautiful and special… Except for that one time you acted up in class and she sent you to the principal’s office and the principal called your mama. When your mama came to the school you could swear that sweet lady was about to cry.That principal was a Delta.
  11. The AKA is a third generation legacy. Her mom was an AKA. Her grandmother was an AKA. Her great grandmother was an AKA.
    The Delta is a third generation legacy. Her mom was gonna be a Delta but she didn’t have the grades. Her grandmother was gonna be a Delta but she didn’t go to college. She doesn’t even know if her great grandmother wanted to be in a sorority. All she knows is that during her freshman year in college, just before her great-nana died, she whispered in her ear:“Don’t you pledge no damn AKA.”
  12. AKAs collect frogs.
    Deltas don’t actually collect elephants. It’s just that whenever a Delta has a birthday, anniversary, graduation or her auntie goes to a flea market — everyone buys her an elephant.


So there you have it. Take this information with a grain of salt, and AS A JOKE.

Happy 108th Birthday to the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

And a happy 103 years of sisterhood and service to the women of Delta Sigma Theta.

Roo.

About the author

Michael Harriot is a renowned spoken word poet, the host of The Black One podcast and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead. He is perpetually just getting warmed up because he has no chill. He is on Instagram and twitter as @michaelharriot

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  • Me

    Excited to read the post comparing ΩΨΦ to ΑΦΑ, ΚΑΨ, ΦΒΣ, or ΙΦΘ. Can. Not. WAIT.

  • The Mind Molder

    Thanks for the laugh and thanks for keeping it above drama. -Roo

  • Chatt

    I detected so much shade throughout the article that I wasn’t surprised by the “Roo” at the end.

    • Akidah Felder

      I agree which is sad, I know many men of Omega Psi Phi who have much better senses of humor. Division and stereotypes of this nature are passe…

      • maggie m

        please stop. It IS funny – not sad. Please …GROW UP!!!

        bet you didnt see –>>#PleaseTakeThisWithAGrainOfSalt

  • l breezy

    Absolutely hilarious and very clever! Excellent post!

  • brownstocking

    Would have been slightly funny, if they weren’t recycled stereotypes. Oh, and Zeta’s Founders Day is today, so…where’s the love for them?

    • Sassy

      No thanks. We’re good. But thanks for the thought. This was. ..comical

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Lol never pledged but I have several Deltas in my family…all true about them

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Lol never pledged but I have several Deltas in my family…all true about them

  • So much shade, but it all cracked me up! Much love to the AKA’s. ALL of my love to my DST sorors (yes, I pronounce it saw-rah lol) and the Bruh who wrote this. #oo-oop

  • AnaLysa Raquel

    I was ok with the stereotypes and comedy ………… right until the end:

    “Happy 108th Birthday to the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
    And a happy 103 years of sisterhood and service to the women of Delta Sigma Theta.”

    Happy 108th Birthday????? Like the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated haven’t been providing 108 years of sisterhood and service as well???? And 5 years BEFORE the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

    IJS

    #PleaseTakeThisWithAGrainOfSalt #It’sTrueThough

    • Queenie

      Well unfortunately, AKA was not providing years of service and sisterhood…hence the reason 22 women walked out to form a greater org. Im sure he wasn’t trying to sound disrespectful, so get out of your feelings

      • Akidah Felder

        learn the proper history. You are incorrect.

        • Fatima Lewis

          Love it! ☺ Ms. Felder

        • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

          BUT THEY SWEAR IT’S TRUE. HMMPH.

      • AnaLysa Sawyers

        Apparently, I’m not the only one that is in their feelings.? And to be accurate, those 22 women did NOT walk out because sisterhood and service were not being provided. #FACT #Let’sNotGoThere

        • M.E.

          Fairytales and fallacies as usual. You can try all you want to rewrite history but Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was the first Black Greek Letter Sorority created. Period. There’s no way around that. We can also talk sisterhood and service because AKA has never been lacking in either area.

        • M.E.

          Fairytales and fallacies as usual. You can try all you want to rewrite history but Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was the first Black Greek Letter Sorority created. Period. There’s no way around that. We can also talk sisterhood and service because AKA has never been lacking in either area.

          • AnaLysa Sawyers

            Is your comment saying that I’m operating under a fairytale/fallacy??

            #PointOfClarification

          • M.E.

            No, I was referring to the revisionist history that Deltas spout all the time. I believe you are a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, as am I!

          • AnaLysa Sawyers

            Oh! Got it! And yes you would be correct Soror, but not only am I a member of our sorority, I am also the daughter of a charter member of the Theta Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated so I feel REAL confident in correcting people when they try to challenge me with that foolishness. The history and facts are irrefutable. No shade to DST, it just is what it is.

            Skee Wee! ????

          • M.E.

            Okay, color me impressed! (Seriously) SKEEEEEEE-WEEEEEEE!

          • M.E.

            No, I was referring to the revisionist history that Deltas spout all the time. I believe you are a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, as am I!

          • Jennifer

            I mean is it that deep to be the first or the largest like ️DST? Or is it important to serve?

          • M.E.

            Definitely mentioned sisterhood and service in my original comment. Nice try though.

          • Akidah Felder

            #supremeinservice so definitely not either or. Ladies let’s move on, I hope we all have actual direct service to provide in real life, off line.

        • Angel

          Somebody didn’t learn their history!!!

        • ShadesofEMPRESS

          Why did they walk out then? I’m not in any of the organizations. I’m going to pledge but I do wonder.

    • Angel

      No shade… But Delta Sigma Theta is the ONLY public service organization in the divine 9… So maybe that’s where that came from
      #IJS

      • AnaLysa Sawyers

        ?…….

  • Jackie

    Figures, came from a dog.

    • Akidah Felder

      lol- now that was funnty <3

  • Akidah Felder

    Not clever, not supporting the collective but division and that’s old. – The AKA with the dreadlocks who’s a CEO and mentor to youth in foster care…and that was only last year. Booo Roo.

  • Pocahontas9798

    I laughed, but there was so much shade in this… It all made sense at the end with “Roo” lol

  • That dude

    This is some clownshit. Starting from the title N*WhoRead. Thanks to the new intake process, more dumb shit like this appears just to be relevant. Founders would have never voted for this clown who wrote this.

    • Finer Woman

      Negus
      “King,” “Ruler” or “Emperor” in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. An antynym of the word “nigger” according to its historical American usage.
      “Negusa Negast,” also “Nigusa Negast,” a title used to address Ethipopian Emperors, means “King of Kings”
      negus= antonym on nigga

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        Of*

  • Nazareth Wallace

    ReDonda Malone?

  • Nazareth Wallace

    ReDonda Malone?

  • Brittany

    I usually never comment on foolishness. However, this is exactly why there is so much division, violence, and uproar in our communities. Try writing things that are inspirational and uplifting. There is nothing wrong with comedy, but please be tactful. -God Bless

  • Taye

    Hilarious!

    There is always someone or a group of someones with a stick up their butt who can’t laugh at good-natured fun because they see themselves in the mirror!

    I am loving the site! Keep doing what you’re doing and foget about the haters and detractors. Remember: if EVERYBODY likes what you say, it probably sucks!!

  • LaToya Washington

    I didn’t find this funny, entertaining or informative.. But hey, that’s just me….

  • AM

  • Dana

    How about there’s little difference as one came from the other smh

  • Dana

    How about there’s little difference as one came from the other smh

  • Distinguished5

    Lol. So many stereotypes. Yes akas were first. But deltas were first when it COUNTED in many aspects.108 years of service ?? ???? akas did not add service UNTIL delta was started and was trying to become incorporated. If you were founded in 1908 why wasn’t service added until around 1912??? Just saying

    • ShadesofEMPRESS

      Wow! I didn’t even know this. I want to pledge but I’m not sure which one. I like things about both AKAs and Deltas. I just hear they don’t get along, it upsets me because I feel all if the Divine 9 is awesome.

  • Elana Austin Banks

    Pathetic…and not meant as a JOKE, no matter WHO says it was. It’s people like the author of this article that keep division alive and well. It’s supposed to be about lifting each other up. Not throwing shade to tear each other down. No one else has to degrade us as long as we keep the mission totally accomplished ourselves. Maybe one day we’ll all learn…Maybe…

  • Elana Austin Banks

    And for the record I’m AKA and…I tutored THREE Deltas in college.

  • Tai

    That’s so false and messy

  • De Renee

    You know I’m diggin it!! Keep it coming

  • Busted out laughing in my office after I read number 11 smh