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MC Lyte shares what it means to be a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Prominent member MC Lyte shares her experience being a sorority member of the prestigious organization and reflects on the festivities of the week at its Centennial Boule last month
MC Lyte shares what it means to be a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Photo courtesy of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

As a prominent Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. member, Lana Moorer, aka MC Lyte, has been a proud sorority member for 15 years. The organization recently celebrated its Centennial Boule in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rolling out had the opportunity to speak with MC Lyte about her membership, its impact, and some memorable moments from the week of festivities.

What values about the organization resonated with you most that made you accept honorary membership?

Our sorority represents progress through collaboration. When given a chance to participate with my sisters to promote change within our community, of course, I am in!

Away from the mic, what about the personal values of Lana Moorer do you think attracted this historic organization’s attention to you? 

First, let me share that I am still abundantly honored to have been invited into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated as an honorary member. Being a Soror brings me joy, and I want nothing but to continue to add value to this historic organization. I believe in inviting me; they saw truth and commitment to uplifting my generation through music and service. Service, by far, is what SGRHO and MC Lyte share in common.

How does your position in music history as an iconic MC, not a female MC but one of the best to ever do it period, put you in place to leverage your influence in entertainment and as a member of SGRho to affect positive change throughout our communities?

Thank you for the compliment. It feels more than great! Everything I do, everywhere I go, and every move my team and I make is with purpose. I’m excited to do new work and create new opportunities for young people to excel. I’m always happy to serve when the opportunity is presented.

What was one of your favorite moments or takeaways from the Centennial? That one moment from Boule where you reflect on this historical moment makes you smile, and you know it will always be with you.

Wow, there are quite a few! I enjoyed jamming on the yard with all my sorors rocking to the old-school hits. I enjoyed announcing the winners of the Beauty, Brains & Business Pitch competition along with announcing our Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation pledge of 100K with our foundation President, Dr. Lynn Richardson. I also enjoyed the town hall meeting, and I loved seeing our International Grand Basileus Rasheeda Liberty receive all the love and respect from the visiting Fraternities and Sororities.

Describe what “Greater Service, Greater Progress” means to you. Personally and professionally, how does this phrase continue to resonate and inspire you?

Greater Service, Greater Progress represents collaboration, strategy, and sisterhood. It means the more you approach your work and personal life with the intent to serve, the more fulfilled you will be. Working together, we can accomplish anything!!

I approach work throughout all communities with a holistic view, and that means bringing all of who I am. I find no separation that exists in being authentically true to who I am.

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