On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Kappa Charities of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. (KCGCR) and the Albany (NY) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will host their annual 2019 Black & White Scholarship Ball at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. The Black & White Scholarship Ball is a popular event for Capital Region professionals and is the key fundraiser for our scholarship and youth programs. Over 220 supporters attended our event last year. Close to $50,000 in scholarships and awards have been distributed to some very talented high school seniors over the last few years. This year, we will acknowledge members of the community who have made a positive impact in the areas of community service, mentorship and furthering the education of young people in our communities including Dr. Leonard A. Slade Jr. (Educator, University at Albany), J. David Brown (President and CEO of Capital District YMCA), Rosalind Gaines-Harrell (Principal, Arbor Hill Elementary School) and Desmond Gordon (Vice Polemarch of Albany Alumni Chapter). The keynote speaker for the evening will be Reverend Leonard D. Comithier Jr., Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church.
R&B Diva singer Meli’sa Morgan is set to take the stage at the upcoming 2019 Black and White Scholarship Ball. Earlier in her career, Ms. Morgan sang back-up for Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore. In 1986, Morgan released her solo debut album “Do Me Baby” on Capitol Records that topped R&B charts for three weeks. Her 1987 duet with Kashif was released on her album, Good Love, and served as the title track of Kashif’s Love Changes. Ms. Morgan went on to have a number of top 10 R&B songs including “Do you Still Love Me” and “Fools Paradise.” In 2005, Morgan wrote and sang background for Mary J. Blige’s song “Good Woman Down,” which was featured in Tyler Perry’s film I Can Do Bad All by Myself. The next year, she released her fifth solo album I Remember on Orpheus Records; Valerie Simpson played piano on Morgan’s rendering of Ashford & Simpson’s Motown hit “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” She was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for “In the Mood to Take It Slow,” her collaboration with jazz artist Najee. She is currently touring in the United States and abroad, and released the album Love Demands in 2018.
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