The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity recently had its 69th Annual Black & White Ball. It was truthful to the theme of "The Legacy Lives On." There were 40-year members mingling with the young college students and setting the trend and foundation for the young people's future.
Former Queen Tivoli Janee Williams passed the crown on to Alexandra Isley. Isley was born in New Jersey and is the daughter of Barbara and Ernie Isley of the world famed Isley Brothers. She attends UCLA and is a Jazz Studies major. "It's nice to know people see something so intriguing in me." Isley was named 'Best Jazz Vocalist' by DownBeat Magazine Student Awards. Queen Alexandra was an honor roll student and was among the Who's Who Students of America in her senior year of high school.
The young Isley teamed with Princess Dominique Bell and Princess Danielle Banon to bring the house down with a stunning rendition of 'Natural Woman.'
The evening began with a welcome from Los Angeles Alumni Polemarch Dr. Carlton Blanton, a USC grad and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi for over 40 years.
"We are extremely proud to have maintained the tradition of the Black and White Ball," said Blanton. "It is crucial now more than ever that we continue to work with our young people giving guidance in an era in which so many have abandoned the responsibility to our community in maintaining a sense of order, security and comfort for the young as well as the old."
In the past few years Kappa Alpha Psi has given over $50,000 in scholarships to students from the Southern California area. This year a new scholarship in the name of Henry Grayson, Sr. went to Kai Oredugda and Charles Evans both of UCLA. The $10,000 scholarship, started by Henry Grayson, Jr., will be given annually and will alternate each year between a student from USC and UCLA.