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1/12/07 1:29 P

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Greetings Sorors,
Interesting facts about the movie Stomp the Yard...

Controversy over the film began in November, when Alpha Phi Alpha denounced
it and threatened legal action against Sony Pictures for the unauthorized
use of the fraternity's trademarked symbols.

The dispute was settled after symbols belonging to Alpha and other black
Greek organizations were deleted from the film and Sony donated money toward
the King memorial under construction on the National Mall in Washington.

We're going to see it Monday... I'll let you know what I think.

Sisterly,
'Sunshine



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AKASUNSHINE's Photo AKASUNSHINE Posts: 758
1/11/07 2:49 P

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Greetings Sorors,
Yes it's true; nationals said don't support the film because of the lawsuit being filed by APhiA. But that has now been resolved.

Not since Spike Lee's School Daze has a major motion picture focused on black college life, but on January 12th STOMP THE YARD will go one step further by delving into the black fraternity and sorority world, and the traditional African-American style of dance known as Stepping. STOMP THE YARD follows a young man from a hard-luck background in Los Angeles as he enrolls in an HBCU in Atlanta and enters the world of black fraternity and sorority step show competitions. The film stars Columbus Short , Meagan Good and R&B/Pop sensations Chris Brown and Ne-Yo .

The film was shot by Rainforest Films (The Gospel) on location in Atlanta, GA on the campuses of Morris Brown, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta Universities, but it was the portrayal of real fraternities and sororities that once generated controversy. "I'm happy that all issues with the fraternities and sororities have been resolved." states the film's producer Will Packer, a Florida A&M grad and 13-year brother of Alpha Phi Alpha. "This film was made to highlight the positives of these great organizations and I know it will make their memberships proud. In fact when the Alpha Phi Alpha rep watched the film to verify removal of their references, he stated that it made him proud. That was great validation."

In honor of the film's debut on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Sony Pictures recently made the historic announcement that 2.5% of the proceeds from the film's opening weekend gross will be donated to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. The MLK Memorial is the only Memorial on the National Mall dedicated to an African-American.

Sisterly,
'Sunshine

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1/11/07 1:52 P

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I thought nationals said we shouldnt support that movie since they didnt request permission to utilize logos, etc.

or maybe its been resolved... LOL

http://www.aka1908.com/news/stomptheyard
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1/10/07 12:17 P

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What activities (service) are you planning for MLK Day? We're volunteering at the local Library, taking the Ivylettes to see the movie "Stomp the Yard" and out for pizza (and SALAD) at Pizza Hut.

Edited by: AKASUNSHINE at: 1/10/2007 (12:19)
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