You know what’s “unsisterly?” Suining your fellow sorority sister for misappropriation of funds.
Well, at least that’s what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. President Barbara McKinzie thinks. I mean, all she wanted was a little wax likeness of herself. What’s the big deal? That wax statue is so money and we don’t even know it. It’s got her gray hair, skunk stripe and everything. That thing is BOSS. What is the problem, AKAs? Where’s the love?
CHICAGO (July 29) — Members of the country’s oldest black sorority are suing to remove their president, alleging that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on herself — some of it to pay for a wax statue in her own likeness.
In the suit filed in Washington, D.C., the Alpha Kappa Alpha members also alleged that international President Barbara McKinzie bought designer clothing, jewelry and lingerie with the sorority credit card. She then redeemed points the purchases earned on the card to buy a big-screen television and gym equipment, the lawsuit said.
McKinzie denied what she called the lawsuit’s “malicious allegations,” saying they were “based on mischaracterizations and fabrications … not befitting our ideals of sisterhood, ethics and service,” according to a statement issued this week by the sorority. (Emphasis mine.)
The lawsuit also accused the sorority’s board of directors of signing off on spending funds on McKinzie without the required approval by the group’s membership. For example, the lawsuit says the board approved a monthly “pension stipend” of $4,000 for four years after she leaves office and purchased a $1 million life insurance policy for her. The suit demands McKinzie be fired and return money to the sorority.
In the sorority statement, McKinzie took particular offense to the accusation that she commissioned a life-sized wax figure of herself that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. She said the sorority’s board approved the money to “help defray overall expenses for our 2010 convention.”
She said a total of $45,000 was spent on a wax figure of her and the sorority’s first international president, the late Nellie Quander. McKinzie also said the expenses were “consistent with furthering AKA’s mission” and did not violate any of the group’s bylaws.
O RLY? Barbara McKinzie? The sisters suing you are unsisterly. O-effin-REALLY? You were just “furthering AKA’s mission.” Oh REALLY?
One. If arguing about money in a sorority was “unsisterly” every effing sorority is unsisterly. Arguing about money is just part of being in an organization like one of the Divine Nine. Lord knows us Zetas argue about money. Everyone does, so Soror Spends-A-Lot can zip it on that one. Two. A $45,000 wax sculpture of YOURSELF? When you fly do you book a row a seats for you ego so it can come too? What the hell is wrong with you? See? This is why we can’t have nice things! Because you blow all the Ivy money on pimped out wax sculptures like you’re damn Caligula.
And this is embarrassing as hell. I’m not even an AKA and I’m embarrassed for them. They were doing just fine with Kimora Lee Simmons designing pink and green sweatsuits “just cause” and Barbie making dolls with pink and green outfits. They were doing JUST DANDY, but you had to go blow up the spot by blowing $45,000 on a wax likeness of your Skee-Wee self. Thanks, lady. Just thanks. I wish you could see the side-eye I’m giving you through the interwebs.