2 of VH1’s ‘Sorority Sisters’ suspended from Alpha Kappa Alpha

The nation’s oldest historically black sorority has suspended two metro Atlanta women featured in a controversial reality television show that some want off the air.

April McRae and Rwanda Hammond, two of the cast members of VH1’s 'Sorority Sisters,' were suspended Dec. 26 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., according to the organization’s website.

The Dec. 15 premiere of 'Sorority Sisters' set social media on fire with calls for boycotts of VH1 and the sponsors that aired commercials during the show.

The issue?

Unlike other reality television shows that feature catty behavior between black women, critics argue the women on 'Sorority Sisters' are bickering as members of black Greek-letter organizations, some of which have been around for more than 100 years. They say the show destroys the legacies of those groups, which have membership rosters that read like a Who’s Who of notable black figures.

During the suspensions, which are in effect until July 2016, McRae and Hammond cannot participate in “any and all Sorority activities, in any capacity, until restored to good standing by the Regional Director, upon approval of the International President,” according to the rules on Alpha Kappa Alpha’s website.

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