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AD Alumnus is a Finalist in TechCrunch Disrupt NY

 

Anthony Kelani – CEO of Show Kit  (A Mobile Web Video Customer Service Platform)

 

Alpha Delta, Spring 2004

 

Anthony Kelani CEO of Show Kit

Oh New York in the springtime! In the past two days, 1600 people have passed through the Manhattan Center for TechCrunch Disrupt NY, in hopes of seeing or being the new new thing. We’ve seen Fred Wilson, Brenden Iribe, Mike Judge and many more grace our stage. Tomorrow we’ll get to see interviews of Marissa Mayer, Sophia Amoruso, Whisper’s Michael Heyward and get a surprise visit from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.

In addition to the above tech superstars and more, twenty-five startups have presented on our stage in Startup Battlefield. And now our judges (and the TechCrunch team) have judged and we’ve got our five finalists picked out. These finalists will move on to the lightning round tomorrow, competing for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize and a really big cup.

Finals judges include the esteemed John Borthwick (Betaworks), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Brian Pokorny (SV Angel) and Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures).

Click here to read the full article from tech Crunch.

 

ShowKit

ShowKit is Mayday for mobile, allowing developers to build in live customer service support in app.

 

 

 

Who Is AD Series? – Kenny Washington

Kenny Washington – Athlete (1 of 2 to Break NFL Color Barrier)

Alpha Delta Initiate 1939

Helped break NFL Color Barrier – see ESPN Article

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It’s time for Kenny Washington to get his due as a true pioneer.

Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the athletic fields of UCLA, as both excelled at football and baseball.

Yet they remain worlds apart in our nation’s consciousness.

Major League Baseball celebrates Robinson every year on April 15 — the date in 1947 when he broke baseball’s longstanding color barrier. But March 21 comes and goes every year without anyone pausing to remember that Washington broke the NFL’s modern-era color barrier as a member of the Los Angeles Rams on that date in 1946 — a full year before Robinson’s milestone.

Every baseball player wears Robinson’s No. 42 on April 15. It’s the only day that any player can wear the number, with the exception of Mariano Rivera, the last player who was allowed to have it. When Rivera retires, no one else will wear it on a regular basis until the end of time.

 

 

Forget a league-wide recognition of Washington’s No. 13 by the NFL — his former team hasn’t even retired it. In fact, it allowed Chris Miller to once wear it while floundering around the Anaheim Stadium turf in the final throes of the Los Angeles Rams franchise. At least Kurt Warner finally restored some dignity to the number when he donned it.

Robinson was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Dr. Martin Luther King called him “a legend and a symbol in his own time.”

Washington, on the other hand, has yet to be recognized by the institution with the official final word on football’s legacy — the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Washington’s name hasn’t been uttered by the senior committee, which nominates players who are more than 25 years removed from the game for enshrinement in Canton.

No offense to 2012 senior committee inductee Jack Butler, but it’s hard to imagine someone having a bigger impact on the game than the NFL’s equivalent of Jackie Robinson.

But the recognition is coming. Filmmaker Stephen Sariñana-Lampson is part of a Los Angeles Lincoln High School alumni group that has started the Kenny Washington Stadium Foundation, the goal of which is to restore the dilapidated field he once roamed. The group organized the first-ever Kenny Washington Memorial Football Game in 2011, and the second will be played this September.

Sariñana-Lampson also will complete a documentary, “Hero from the City of Angels,” detailing the rise of Washington, who received a standing ovation from a crowd of 80,000 in the Los Angeles Coliseum during the last game he ever played, in 1948. Washington was presented with a trophy at halftime of that game, and it’s now handed down to the top athlete at Lincoln High School.

“What Kenny had to go through was in some ways harder than what Jackie Robinson had to endure,” Sariñana-Lampson said. “You could dodge a ball in baseball. But the Rams handed him the ball.

“One time in a game against the Redskins, the players held him down, piled on top and put chalk in his eyes.”

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Take a look at how the NFL has evolved from its humble roots, and the efforts being made to ensure it continues to grow.

The ironic thing about calling Washington the NFL’s Jackie Robinson is that Washington actually was the superior baseball player — at least statistically, according to records at UCLA. Washington had a higher batting average than Robinson during their time on the Bruins’ baseball team.

Former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux once said Washington was more skilled than Robinson. And according to one story, famed Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher even offered to bring Washington to the team before Robinson — but only on the condition that he spend a year in Puerto Rico and pass himself off as a player from that country. Washington refused.

It was on the football field that Washington won glory. Growing up in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights neighborhood, Washington led Lincoln High School to a City Section baseball title as a junior (he had a home run in the championship game) before leading his school to a football title in the fall.

“I heard a lot of tales about him, and I didn’t believe it at first,” his grandson, Kirk Washington, said. “But then you talk to people who saw him play and it was all true.”

Washington was the star of UCLA’s football and baseball teams, but the pain of not being selected to college football’s All-America team as a senior was tough for him to overcome. Washington played 580 of 600 minutes for the Bruins and led the nation in total offense in 1939.

Washington caught the eye of legendary Bears coach George Halas, who coached him in the College All-Star Game. Halas kept Washington in Chicago for three weeks on his own dime as he tried to lobby the NFL to re-integrate the league, but he didn’t succeed, with Redskins owner George Preston Marshall the lone holdout.

Washington became a huge draw in semi-pro ball. His Pacific Coast Football League team often was billed as Kenny Washington and the Hollywood Bears. But it looked like he’d never make it in the NFL. Then, the upstart AAFC promised to add a Los Angeles franchise owned by actor Don Ameche, goosing the NFL into allowing the Cleveland Rams to relocate to Southern California.

When that happened, the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and Los Angeles Tribune columnist Halley Harding pressured the NFL into integrating as a condition of allowing the Rams to play games at the Coliseum. To fulfill that obligation, the Rams had no better choice than signing Washington.

The Rams also signed Washington’s UCLA teammate, Woody Strode, because they wanted somebody to room with him on the road. A few months later, the Cleveland Browns of the AAFC signed Marion Motley and Bill Willis.

 

 

But Washington’s story often is forgotten because professional football wasn’t nearly as popular as baseball at the time. Also, Robinson was a charismatic figure playing in New York — the biggest city in the country.

It’s important to remember that when Washington got to the NFL, he wasn’t the same player he was when he left college. He had already undergone five knee surgeries, partly because he contracted rickets as a child and was hit by a car, breaking both of his knees at a young age.

Still, Washington had three solid NFL seasons, his best coming in 1947 when he averaged 7.4 rushing yards per attempt. His 92-yard run remains a Rams record.

It’s easy to understand why Washington wasn’t a national darling back then. But shouldn’t he be now?

“That’s what I was wondering,” Washington’s grandson said. “With the NFL being as popular as it is now, you would figure there would be some recognition.”

That recognition should start with the team that relocates to Los Angeles in the near future (ideally theRams). Ultimately, however, he should be honored in Canton — home of the Hall of Fame.

Sariñana-Lampson said his foundation’s goal is to raise awareness of Washington with the Hall of Fame. And just as those fans in the Coliseum gave a standing ovation to Washington back in 1948, the crowd at Fawcett Stadium similarly should give his family an ovation during his induction in the coming years.

The wait has been way too long.

You can reach Adam Rank via Twitter.

*Copied from a NFL.com article

Who is AD Series? – Willie Strode

Willie Strode – Athlete, Actor, & War Veteran

Alpha Delta Initiate 1940

Helped break NFL Color Barrier – see ESPN Article

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Woodrow Wilson Woolwine “Woody” Strode (July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994) (pronounced strowd, as in crowd) was adecathlete and football star who went on to become a popular and pioneering African-American film actor. He was nominated for aGolden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Strode was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Garfield Senior High School in East Los Angeles and college at UCLA, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. His world-class decathlon capabilities were spearheaded by a 50 ft (15 m) plus shot put(when the world record was 57 ft (17 m)) and a 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) high jump (the world record at time was 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)). Strode posed for a nude portrait, part of Hubert Stowitts‘s acclaimed exhibition of athletic portraits shown at the 1936 Berlin Olympics(although the inclusion of black and Jewish athletes caused the Nazis to close the exhibit).[1]

Strode, Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson starred on the 1939 UCLA Bruins football team, in which they made up three of the four backfield players.[2] Along with Ray Bartlett, there were four African-Americans playing for the Bruins, when only a few dozen at all played on other college football teams.[3] They played eventual conference and national champion USC to a 0–0 tie with the 1940 Rose Bowl on the line. It was the first UCLA–USC rivalry football game with national implications.

Strode and fellow UCLA alumnus Kenny Washington were two of the first African-Americans to play in major college programs and later the modern National Football League, playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 1946. No black men had played in the NFL from 1933 to 1946.[4] UCLA teammate Jackie Robinson would go on to break the color barrier in Major League baseball (in fact, all three had played in the semi-professional Pacific Coast Professional Football League earlier in the decade). He played for two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in Canada, where he was a member of Calgary’s 1948Grey Cup Championship team[5] before retiring due to injury in 1949.

Woody Strode Picture

Wikipedia page

 IMDB Page

 

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Bro Wilkins wins ASC Student Competition in Nevada

Bro. Wilkins recently competed in the national 2014 ASC (Associated Schools of Construction) Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada. As part of the University of Southern California’s Mixed Use Division, Bro. Wilkins assisted his team in the re-production of Los Angeles’  Ace Hotel’s construction phases, developing the site logistics plans for above- and below-ground excavation & renovation. Despite being both a first-time participant and the only non-construction major in the division, the sponsoring construction company Morley Builders were impressed enough with Bro. Wilkins’ work that they awarded him the division’s highest individual award of ‘Outstanding Student for Mixed Use Division, Region VII’.

For more on Brother Wilkins CLICK HERE

2014 ASC Competition Brother Barry WIlkins Competes. He wins division’s highest individual award of ‘Outstanding Student for Mixed Use Division, Region VII’.

 

Wins highest Individual Award

 

 

 

 

Ronald WiIliams Wins AD 2014 Brother of the Year

Ronald Williams receive 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Delta Chapter Brother of Year award at the 2014 Miss Black & Gold Pageant. Brother Fred Dorton, current Alpha Delta graduate adviser presents Ron with the award.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014—During Alpha Delta Miss Black and Gold 2014 Bro. Williams was selected for the honor of AD Brother of the Year. “My line brothers might think otherwise, but the award definitely came as a surprise to me. When I came into the chapter, I knew the expectation was to do work for the chapter and the fraternity—so I came in with the mentality of exactly that. Never would I have ever expected to have been involved with so many different fraternity related initiatives from my crossing date up until now. I have had the privileges of: holding the role of Vice President of the chapter, President of the Chapter on the campus of CSULA, President of the NPHC at CSULA, hosting 4 events/programs at CSULA, attending Alpha leadership academy, attending western regional conference, supporting multiple community service events, and the list goes on. It’s been a very active and demanding year that has been full of challenges and obstacles, but overall the work has been enjoyable and taught me a lot. I am both thankful and honored that the chapter chose to acknowledge me with the Brother of the Year Award for my contributions to the chapter this year.” -Bro Ron Williams, Spring 2013 Initiate

 

For more on Brother Williams CLICK HERE

 

Ronald WIlliams accepts 2014 AD Brother of the Year Award #Scholarship #ManlyDeeds #dapper #mensfashion #ad1921 #CSULAalphas

 

Alphas join with other campus leaders to say no more youth violence

On March 5th, 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Alpha Delta Chapter along with other  student leaders at USC, pay homage to those individuals whose lives have been taken far too early due to ignorance, prejudice, and social injustice. #EmmettTill #TrayvonMartin#justice #myhoody #skittles #itcouldvebeenme @uscbsa. Enough is enough. #USCChangeMovement

Spring Break Party Official Announcement

 

USC Spring Break Party Mar 20 @ Tru Hollywood

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, In. Alpha Delta Chapter Presents The Pharaoh’s Affair 2 Featuring TeeFlii

This is the official Spring Break party for USC!

Spring 2014 Crossing party

You know you want AD!

Doors open at 9:06

18+ to enter
21+ to Drink

Table service going all night!

$10 before 1030
After that expect Hollywood prices!

Tru Hollywood
1600 Argyle Ave, Hollywood, CA

Greek Discount all night
Spring 14 Neophytes FREE!

#AlphaDelta #TheFirmLA

Special Invite to:
AΦA AKA KAΨ ΩΨΦ ΔΣΘ ΦΒΣ ΖΦΒ ΣΓΡ ΙΦΘ

USC, CSULA, OCCIDENTAL, UCLA, LMU, CAL, CSDUH, CSULB, UCI, CAL POLY POMONA, CSUF, CSUN, CSUSB, UCRDon’t miss out!!!

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