Black Characters A Part Of Greek Life On Black TV Shows



Greek life is an important part of Black culture and history and it's origins can be traced back to the early 1900's. Greek life represents another form of community for people within Black culture and serves as a support system and close family. Much like every other aspect of life, television shows have always represented individual components of people's way of life. Black characters on television shows and greek life are no different. Television shows, especially those in the 90's made sure to give some form of greek life representation to their characters. Whether the organization was real or fictional, the representation was there.


Episode: "Sister to Sister, Sister"

Character: Whitley Gilbert

Show: A Different World

Sorority: Alpha Delta Rho

Whitley was a member of the fictional sorority, Alpha Delta Rho. In season 4 of A Different World, Whitley has the privilege to pledge a new class of girls into the sorority, one of those pledges includes Whitley's bestfriend Kim. Whitley learns the true meaning of sisterhood with the help of kim.


Episode: "Prom Fright"

Character: Frank Mitchell

Show: Moesha

Fraternity: Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.

Frank Mitchell was a loud and proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi and pledged when he was an undergrad at Southern University.


Episode: "Girlfriend"

Character: Gina Waters

Show: Martin

Sorority: Unknown

When Gina's friend, Monique, a 'motivational speaker' comes to visit, she is introduced as Gina's homegirl from college as well as her sorority sister. They never confirm what sorority they were a part of, but after catching on to Monique kiniving ways, Pam and Martin come up with a plan to get back at her




Episode: "We've Only Just Begun"

Character: Ron Johnson

Show: A Different World

Fraternity: Kappa Lambda Nu

Ron Johnson started his journey as a member of the fictional Kappa Lambda Nu fraternity with his best friend Dwayne when they were sophomores in college. Dwayne ultimately decided that greek life wasn't for him, but Ron continued on. He became a lifelong and productive member of the fraternity doing everything from hosting parties to giving back.



Episode: "Reunited, Okay?!"

Character(s): Molly Carter and Tiffany Dubois

Show: Insecure

Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.

Molly and Tiffany both joined the real Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority while they were undergrad together at Stanford University. Tiffany's husband, Derek, is a member of a D9 organization as well.



Episode: "Greek To Me"

Character: Jordan Bennett

Show: Sister, Sister

Fraternity: Gamma Psi

After recieving his first by-line in the school paper, Jordan decides to go undercover and pledge a fratenity to write a story about the hazing that goes on within it. While pledging, he sees what fraternity life is actually about and decides that he truly wants to be a part of the organization.



Character: Rickey Smiley

Show: The Rickey Smiley Show

Fraternity: Omega Psi Phi, Inc.

The Rickey Smiley Show ran on TV One for 3 seasons and starred Rickey Smiley as himself. On the series, he plays himself as a member of the real life D9 organization, Omega Psi Phi, a group in which Smiley belongs to in real life.


Episode: "Racist as Fuck"

Character: Derek Dubois

Show: Insecure

Fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

Wade Allain-Marcus plays Derek Dubios on the hit HBO series, Insecure. Derek is a member of the real Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. His wife Tiffny is an AKA.


Robert Townsend as Robert Peterson, "The 'Parent Hood"

Character: Robert Peterson

Show: The 'Parent Hood

Fraternity: Omega Psi Phi, Inc.

Robert Townsend played the role of Robert Peterson on The WB series, The 'Parent Hood. Not only is Townsend's character a fictional member of Omega Psi Phi, he's also a graduate of Morehouse College.



Episode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud"

Character(s): Will Smith and Carlton Banks

Show: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Fraternity: Phi Beta Gamma

Will and Carlton both decided to pledge a Black fraternity together while they were students at ULA. Once Carlton realized he was subjected to harsher tasks than his line brothers, he stood up for himself.


Episode: "Greek To Me"

Character: Ray Campbell

Show: Sister, Sister

Fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

Actor Tim Reid played Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister from 1994 - 1999. In real life, Reid is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and when Tia was at a crossroads between picking a sorority, he showed up and showed out for his AKA sisters while rocking his black and gold.


Episode: "Yamacraw"

Character: Philip Banks

Show: Bel-Air

Fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

Bel-Air is Peacock's newest breakout series and features a re-imagined cast from it's predecessor, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. In this re-imagination, Philip Banks is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. In the orginal Fresh Prince, Uncle Phil was a member of the fictional fraternity Pi Nu.






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