QUE-rantine 2021

Join us Saturday, April 17, 2021 for a special Virtual Social Event filled with games, prizes and music featuring DJ Rob Stacks!
Tickets/Vendor Booth: https://querantine2021.eventbrite.com
Sponsorship link: http://bit.ly/blbvse21

The 80’s QUE-rantine Extravaganza will be a highly attended event with patrons from all over the country, so this gives you an opportunity to purchase a vendor booth, display your products and services, expand your customer base, make a few sales, and foster new relationships/partnerships. An example of our vendor hall can be seen in the below links:

Exhibit Vendor Hall

Example: Ford Motor Company

STAY HOME!  Grab a glass of something delicious, and tune in at 6 pm to experience a virtual night that includes the following:

  • Music: Come Groove with DJ Rob Stacks (Main Room)
  • Casino Entertainment by: Showbiz Productions (Prizes included)
  • Cigar Lounge Experience (Cigar 101) by: Stanton Cigars and Petworth Cigars
  • Cooking Demonstration Experience by: our very own Chef LIVE
  • Zumba: Bring the heat and feel the burn with Brickhouse Fitness
  • 50/50 Raffle: Come party with us and win a monetary prize
  • Costume Contest: Enter our costume contest to win prizes.

Individual tickets are $20.00 and vendor Booths are $55.00. Purchase a booth and encourage other fellow business owners/partners to do the same. Vendor booth sales are available until April 10, 2021

We also offer sponsorship opportunities which are available at multiple levels ($40 - $350). Each tax-deductible sponsorship comes with features including free tickets, advertisement, and the opportunity to be placed on the Sponsorship Wall of Fame during the virtual social event.

For questions on tickets, vendor booths, or sponsorships, contact Hector Sheppard at sheppardhector1@gmail.com, 928-581-9532 or Brad Caldwell at bcaldwe6412@aol.com, (703)587-5052. Please pass this to potential patrons, vendors, and sponsors. Thank you for your willingness to be part of our effort to make a difference in the lives of college bound students.

Tickets/Vendor Booth: https://querantine2021.eventbrite.com

Sponsorship link: http://bit.ly/blbvse21

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairfaxcoques

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fairfaxcoques/

 

Sincerely,

Hector Sheppard, Jr

Chairman, Virtual Social Event

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Marion “Barney” Barnwell

BROTHER MARION “BARNEY” BARNWELL | Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Member | 18TH THIRD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE “OMEGA CHAPTER”

Greetings,

The memorial service will be held virtually on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 4pm

The Zoom information is below. You can also use the link in the attached flyer.
Topic: Virtual Omega Memorial Service for Bro. Barnwell
Time: Apr 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Greetings,

I hope this message finds you all well today. I wanted to provide the latest information on our dearly departed Brother, Bro. Marion L. “Barney” Barnwell. All details in regards to Bro. Barnwell’s arrangements are below. All Brothers are welcome to attend the Wake/Viewing and the Virtual Omega Service that will be held. The plan is for PsiAA to perform a Virtual Omega Memorial Service on Saturday, April 3rd and then have an in-person Omega Memorial Service in the future at his interment at Arlington National Cemetery as that can take some time to get a date for interment.

Wake/Viewing
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 6pm – 8pm (family will be leaving at 7pm, but funeral home will continue to allow visitors)
Location: Greene Funeral Home, 814 Franklin Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Funeral
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 1pm
Attendance is limited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Invited guests have already been notified by the the family
The links to to use to stream the funeral service:
https://www.facebook.com/FortBelvoirRSO (Click on “Live” if you can’t find the video)

OR

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCXr3FBTuSzK4rv0iV97xg

Virtual Omega Memorial Service
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Time: TBD
Conducted by Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Family Request
For anyone who would like to give to the family: In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation be made to be made to the Jimmi and Barney Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Send all donations to:

Jimmi and Barney Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 90121
8588 Richmond Highway
Alexandria VA 22309

If you have any questions, please contact Psi Alpha Alpha Chaplain, Bro. Robert Smalls (psiaachaplain@gmail.com) or Psi Alpha Alpha Basileus, Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. (psiaabasileus@gmail.com)

Fraternally,

W.J. Williams, Jr.
1-2001-XZ
Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Brothers,

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Brother Marion “Barney” Barnwell, 18th Third District Representative, Xi Psi Chapter, 1955, South Carolina State College.

We shall miss this pillar of strength who was a trend setter, pioneer of Psi Alpha Alpha, and devotee to the uplifting of each Brother and a true friend.

Please keep the family uplifted and in prayer and please hold all calls and communications to the family at this time as they have requested some privacy during this time and information will be provided when appropriate.

More information forthcoming

Fraternally,

Brother W.J. Williams, Jr.
Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

PsiAA Talent Hunt 2021

Due to the unprecedented times that our world is currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Psi Alpha Alpha Annual Talent Hunt Competition looked much different than previous years.  For the first time ever, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha conducted a Virtual Talent Hunt on February 6, 2021.  “It couldn’t be done….” they say, - but with hard work and perseverance, we upheld our Fraternity’s aim by giving the youth in our community a platform to display their talents.

As the virtual curtains opened, the program began at 11am in front of a supportive audience of almost 100 people to include Brothers, family, and friends eager to support a great group of kids displaying their talents in the performing arts.  The showcase, which was attended and recorded via Zoom, featured 10 extremely talented high school students from across the DMV area.  Performances included dance, instrumentation, and vocal renditions.  The collaborative efforts of the Talent Hunt committee yielded a showcase that will be long remembered by the participants, their families, and friends.

This year’s Master of Ceremony was Bro. Darren Haynes (Epsilon Iota Iota '03).  A graduate of Wayne State University earning a BA Degree in Media Arts and Studies, the Emmy award-winning sports anchor is currently the Sports Director and Main Sports Anchor at WUSA in Washington D.C.  Prior to joining WUSA, he anchored for ESPN’s flagship program, Sports Center.  Over his career he has covered major sporting events to include the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, NASCAR Cup Series Championship, and the World Series.  He worked collaboratively with the committee to facilitate an informative, entertaining, and interactive event.  Bro. Haynes motivated and encouraged the performers as well as kept the audience engaged by providing historical facts about the fraternity, its mandated programs, and the numerous community service activities that Psi Alpha Alpha is involved in throughout the year.

With an extremely close competition this year, the judges had an arduous task selecting a winner but just like our student competitors, they too stepped up to the challenge. This year’s judges were Ms. Christie J. Blackmon, - an accomplished and professionally trained vocalist who had the honor of being requested to sing at a Northern VA rally during President Barack Obama’s initial campaign; Mrs. Stacey Y. Claytor – CEO and Founder of C4 Performing Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA; and Dr. Michael Nickens, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Green Machine Jazz Band Ensemble at George Mason University.

All the competitors performed admirably and received a certificate of appreciation from the chapter and a monetary prize from the Bernie L. Bates Foundation.  The following students delivered performances that surpassed all others earning them the rankings of first, second and third place winners.  Taking the grand prize of $1000 and winning first place was Miss Karis Collins, dancer and senior at Wakefield High School.  Winning the second place $500 prize was Mr. Lawrence Wingfield, pianist and junior at Bishop McNamara High School.  In a rare feat, there was a tie for third place between Miss Azariya Bates, dancer and sophomore at KIPP College Preparatory School and Miss Chamir Yarborough, dancer and freshman at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Both third place winners received trophies and the prize amount of $250 each.

Our winner, Miss Karis Collins, a 17-year-old honor student and member of the National Honor Society and Black Student Union, wowed the audience and judges with her dance presentation of “Swan Lake: Odette Variation” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.  Karis’ hobbies include dancing, singing, reading, painting, arts & crafts, piano, and community service projects.  She is an athlete excelling in Outdoor Track (High Jump) and a three-year Varsity Cheerleader.  An active member of Grace Community Church in Arlington, Virginia, Karis is well aware that her gifts truly come from God.

Karis will proudly represent Psi Alpha Alpha at the Virtual Talent Hunt Competition during the 88th annual 3rd District Meeting on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

ASALH 2021

The Honorable Brother Dr. Carter G. Woodson "Father of African American History" & "Great Educator"

The 2021 marquee event for Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was a virtual event that featured “A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates and Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham.” The 95th Annual Black History theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

As a capstone to Black History Month, Bro. Clarence Demory (Pi Gamma 1965) and ASALH Black History Chairman Bro. Nate Ards (Psi Alpha Alpha, 2017) attended the pre-recorded event, which was moderated by Joe Madison, an established Washington DC media personality.

One of the highlights of the evening was the celebration of the latest release in the Black Heritage Stamp Series. On January 28, 2021, the August Wilson Black Heritage Stamp was unveiled. Wilson was an American playwright, considered a literary trailblazer. His play, “Fences”, set in the 1950s explored the evolving African American experience and examined race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. Wilson’s play, “The Piano Lesson,” was also a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The primary focus of this virtual marquee event was Dr. Gates’ commentary. He mainly discussed the genesis of his PBS show, “Finding Your Roots…” and his views on the importance of the Black church. Dr. Gates’ curiosity about family lineage stemmed from his grandfather being exceptionally light skinned with straight hair. He could not figure out how he was the descendant of a grandfather that looked so different than he did. In later years, with the advent of new DNA testing essentially in a tube, Dr. Gates set out to deliver to the average American the type of extensive family lineage revealed by Alex Haley in “Roots.”

Dr. Gates proclaimed the Black church was the oldest, first, and most continuous institution, since 1773, for black American families. The 1773 date establishes the Black church 3 years prior to the Revolutionary War of 1776. He recognized the church as the birthplace of every social, educational, political, and artistic form in our community. It was a “cultural laboratory.” He alluded to the black church being the “Wheel in the Middle of the Wheel” as stressed in the book of Ezekiel.

As an aside, Dr. Gates stressed that even in this digital age, it is important to label hard-copy photographs with names so that young men and women and future generations will have the ability to identify who’s who in those priceless family photos.

The depth of knowledge gained during this event was immeasurable.

PsiAA Stuff The Bus 2021

As the Nation continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the Brothers of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter again committed to uplift two important Food Pantries in Fairfax County - United Community and Koinonia, both in Alexandria, Virginia.

Stuff the Bus began in 2011 in response to a critical need to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays. In the program’s 10th year, Stuff the Bus is working to meet the increased demand for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two Saturdays were selected this year and buses were parked at 22 locations throughout the county to collect nonperishable food donations for area pantries.

The Bernie L. Bates Foundation and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter made their donation on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Island Creek Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. Our socially distanced donation consisted of 272 nonperishable items to include: Tuna, Soup, Pasta, Mac & Cheese, Fruit, Cereal, Vegetables Dry Beans, Rice, and other items. Mr. Nam Ung, the Fastran bus operator, was impressed and excited to receive our substantial donation.

Since the Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Report 2020 indicated 72,460 people in Fairfax County are experiencing food insecurity, we were humbled to uplift those less fortunate. We look forward to supporting this important project in the coming years.

MLK Day of Service Coat Drive 2021

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha truly lived our creed on Monday, January 18, 2021 with participation in various service projects across Northern VA in celebration of the MLK Holiday.  The brothers partnered with the Northern VA Alumnae Chapter (NoVAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter in Falls Church, VA to collect and distribute over 200 coats to those in need as part of the shelter’s annual Coat and Toiletry Drive.  In Old Town Alexandria, the brothers of PsiAA participated in the distribution of 500 bags of groceries as a part of Shiloh Baptist Church’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  This MLK Day was truly a “Day On” and not a “Day Off.”

MLK Day of Service Shiloh Food Drive

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha truly lived our creed on Monday, January 18, 2021 with participation in various service projects across Northern VA in celebration of the MLK Holiday.  The brothers partnered with the members of the Northern Virginia Pan-Hellenic Council, we unloaded a semi-truck full of potatoes, onions, green vegetables, poultry, and fruit early that morning in preparation for distribution. It was all hands-on deck as we packed the groceries in bags and performed socially distanced, contactless delivery as we handed them out to members in the community as they drove into the church’s lot.  The event was also attended by Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who spent the afternoon volunteering with the church. He shared a staggering statistic that one in seven Virginians are worried about where they are going to find their next meal. He said the best way to move forward is with a simple act of kindness. This MLK Day was truly a “Day On” and not a “Day Off.”

Virtual Legislative Lobby Day 2021

On January 18, 2021, the Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (VREM) Committee of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the Third District Virtual Legislative Lobby Day. The event was co-hosted by Virginia State Delegate Brother Luke E. Torian (Dem-52nd) and Virginia State Delegate Brother C.E. Cliff Hayes (Dem-77th). The half day event featured Virginia elected officials from across the state at all levels.

Of note, members from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) outlined its 2021 Agenda. It included the intention to ”continue to push for justice and equity” specifically by,

  • Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis
  • Providing an Option to Request Racial Impact Statements on Legislation
  • Investing in and Supporting our Commonwealth’s HBCUs

In addition, the VLBC outlined a number of policy areas in which they intend to effect their agenda. To include:

  • Civil Rights, Digital Rights, and Democracy for All
  • Criminal Justice and Policing Reform
  • Economic Opportunity and Security
  • Housing
  • Healthcare Services
  • Education and Supporting Virginia’s Children
  • Environmental Justice and Transit
  • Public Safety

Featured speakers included Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, and freshman state legislators who have won recent special elections to fill seats vacated by officials running for the Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial elections this fall. Third District Brothers were provided insight into the newly formed Virginia Redistricting Commission, their mandated timeline, and how the final recommendations might influence Virginia’s residents and elections in the future.

Well attended, the event was fast-paced and dense with information; further highlighting the importance and necessity for the chapter to remain engaged and support citizen political participation through its VREM efforts.

Virtual 3rd District Undergraduate Summit 2021

The Brothers of PsiAA attended and participated in the 3rd District Virtual Undergraduate Summit on January 9, 2021, hosted by the 3rd District Second Vice District Representative, Bro. Malcolm Fox.  With over 300 brothers in attendance, including 46 undergraduate brothers, the summit highlighted such topics as Legal Awareness, which went over mandatory documentation needed for facilitating public events as well as the proper utilization of fraternity logos and symbols, and the Fraternity’s Social Media Policy, which further stressed the importance of your online presence (words, pictures, and how it should not interfere with your academic or professional reputation).  The 3rd District Automation Chairman, PsiAA’s own Cornelius Beidleman (PsiAA, 2015), gave an update on the revamped 3rd District website and gave instructions to the undergraduate chapters on what would be needed to populate their sites. The summit also gave the Undergraduate Brothers the opportunity to discuss innovative ways they can continue to fundraise during the pandemic as well provided resources for scholarships, internships, and post-graduation employment.  Overall, the brothers in attendance were appreciative of the amount of relevant information that came out of the summit and lauded it for Bro. Fox’s leadership, attention to detail and overall time efficiency.