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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Kansas City (MO) Alumnae Chapter award-ed a cash prize after winning the 2015 convention step show. PHOTO BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS JOURNAL Spring 2016 s33 sors such as State Farm. While Deltas may love Terrence J for his roles in movies – includ-ing “Baggage Claim” and “Think Like a Man Too” – his love for Delta Sig-ma Theta extends back to his college days when he was ready to pledge Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. During the show, he shared with attendees how it was collegiate members of Del-ta who sponsored him when he need-ed help. Additionally, he acknowl-edged there were multiple Deltas in the entertainment industry that sup-ported him throughout his career. Terrence J showed he has purple and gold running through his veins when his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers joined him on stage to showcase a few of the Que’s clas-sic steps. DJ Supastar helped keep the high energy going throughout the Toyota Center, encouraging at-tendees to dance and stroll be-tween step performances. “I was very honored to be se-lected as the DJ for the step show that evening,” DJ Supastar said. “The step teams were great and the crowd was on fire! It was also amazing working beside Terrence J. I really appreciate Delta Sigma Theta for allowing me to be a part of ‘HerStory.’” Step teams in the competition rep-resented their chapters with great in-genuity with themes such as a McDelta restaurant highlighting the importance of public service; the landing of Delt-abots with a mission to serve, empow-er and lead; and a visit to a juke joint to enjoy the tap dancing skills of mem-bers in beautiful red tap shoes. “I was rooting for a few teams – there was a lot of creativity.” said So-ror Tanika Shedrick, member of the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter. “It’s my first National Convention Step Show, so it was pretty exciting.” The third place winner of the step show was the Prairie View Alum-nae Chapter and second place went to the Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter. “It was awesome. I was rooting for Kansas City (MO) Alumnae when I heard they were doing ‘How to Get Away with Murdering a Step Show,’” exclaimed Soror Bianca Greene, mem-ber of Tampa Alumnae Chapter. “Ev-eryone definitely brought their ‘A’ game. They were very creative, which is important, but then they also showed their stepping skills and uniqueness with every chapter.” The Kansas City (MO) Alumnae team co-step masters were Sorors Tiffany Williams and Jasmine Thom-son. Soror Thomson shared they weren’t sure they had won until their chapter’s name was called and they were obviously ecstatic. “We focused on precision and uniformity and it paid off,” Soror Wil-liams explained. “We selected our theme because of the popularity of the hit TV show with a similar name.” Soror Myra Everette, who skillful-ly played the role of “Annalise Keat-ing” in the step performance, helped set the tone as the classroom profes-sor challenging her students. Central Regional Director Billie Coachman shared, “I congratulate the Kansas City (MO) Alumnae step team on their hard work. The Cen-tral Region bringing home the First Place National Convention Step Show Award was a long time coming. I’m very proud of them.” s National Second Vice President Brittani Black-well emcees the 2015 Convention Step Show. Ac-tor Terrance J and Soror Eunique Jones Gibson, founder of Because of Them We Can. PHOTO BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS


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