Malachi Bines is a senior at Brunswick County Early College High School. As a participant of the ASCEND program hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Malachi attended workshops in Career and College Readiness, Public Speaking, S.T.E.M. Projects, and United Nations Simulation. He also serves as president of the Brunswick Early College Film Club.
In late 2020, Malachi wrote and published his first novel titled Trial of the Omegas. His dream is to use literature and the art of film to forward the ideals of love and unity to his generation, and generations to come. In the fall, Malachi will begin his college career as an International Business major at one of the following universities: North Carolina A&T University, the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, or the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
Onya Gardener, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Brunswick Community College, commends Malachi’s outstanding progress and personal growth. “While celebrating his personal success and planning for his next endeavor, Malachi has grown into a student with perseverance and willpower and will achieve his goals and accomplishments regardless of any circumstance.”
Briana McNeil is a senior at Laney High School. While achieving an A average in most of her courses, Briana serves as an officer in ROCAME and also serves her community through various service projects as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
As a lover of dance, Briana is a member, and captain, of the EA Laney Step Team. She is also involved with the G.I.R.L. (Gifted in Rhythm and Life Dance) organization, and volunteers with Good Shepherd Center and Work on Wilmington. In the fall, Briana will begin her college career as a nursing student at North Carolina A&T University.
This year, Red Black & Love, Inc.® awarded two $5,000 scholarships. Congratulations Amileon Williams and Shamyia Robinson!
The 2020 Red, Black & Love Scholarship Recipient, Taleeyah Brianna Perry, graduated from Wilmington Early College High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.4 GPA and was ranked as the top student in her senior class. Upon her graduation, Taleeyah earned her high school diploma, an Associate’s Degree in Science, and two nursing certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant 1 (CNA1), and Certified Nursing Assistant 2 (CNA2).
While in high school, Taleeyah was a member of the Nurse Aid Club and volunteered at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She also donated her time to the Children’s Museum, Teen Court, and the Big Buddy Program. Taleeyah also participated in the 2020 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Program.
Wilmington Early College High School Principal, Regina Wooten, praised Taleeyah’s personality and work ethic. “Taleeyah is a gentle soul who works hard in order to measure her definition of success. As her Principal, I have watched her set goals, attain them, and continue to strive for improvement. I have known Taleeyah for four years, and she demonstrates time and time again that she is not willing to accept anything less than her best.”
Taleeyah is currently attending The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, majoring in nursing. We look forward to hearing about her college success in the years to come!
It all began with a love of dance...
What happens when you combine great music with a desire to remain physically active, and have fun? You get four women who welcomed every opportunity to get together to line dance whenever possible! After learning several complicated dances, we decided to share our newfound skills with others by hosting free weekly line dance lessons at a local church in May, 2017. Led by Alice Carney, we were able to create a faithful line dance community, and decided that we needed to showcase all of the great dances that we learned. Initially, we just wanted to have a party, but as the planning process evolved, so did our vision for having a party with a specific purpose. We decided that helping graduating seniors realize their dream of attending college was a worthwhile endeavor; and with that Red, Black & Love, Inc.® was officially born.
The importance of education cannot be understated. However, as the cost of attending college continues to rise, potential students and their families can be faced with unexpected financial challenges. Red, Black & Love, Inc.® was formed for the purpose of providing monetary assistance to deserving graduating seniors in New Hanover, Brunswick, and surrounding areas as they prepare to attend college. Through fundraising events, donations, sponsorships, and the annual Red, Black & Love Gala, students are assisted with initial educational expenditures. The Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation was the first recipient of funding in 2018.
"Education is for improving the lives of others
and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it."
-- Marian Wright Edelman
Red, Black & Love, Inc.® believes that education, as an essential tool for academic and personal growth, can be used as a vehicle to equip all people with equal opportunities. We commit to continuing our mission of providing financial assistance to deserving, college-bound, young minds as they in turn help to build a more cohesive, and equal, society. Education Matters. Respect and Equality Matter. Black Lives Matter.
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