Student Profiles: Bria Henderson and Maya Prentiss
Spelman Students Bria Henderson and Maya Prentiss Land
a Chance to Perform at the Apollo Theater in New York
Juniors Bria Henderson and Maya Prentiss are on a mission to change the world through the arts. The dynamic spoken word artists, who perform together using he stage name "Too Deep," recently auditioned for Amateur Night At The Apollo. The women made quite an impression, and were chosen to compete in the popular talent competition this summer.
Bria Henderson, C'2015, is a drama major and Bonner Scholar from Richmond, Va. Since middle school, service has been an extension of Bria's life. She is a member of the non-profit organization “For My Sister” which is designed to help and mentor young girls. Bria is also member of Student Ambassadors, Event Envoys, and many other campus organizations. Bria uses her passion for arts to help serve. She plans to pursue a career in theater and film.
Maya Prentiss, C'2015, plans to use her passions of acting, spoken word poetry, and leadership to change the world, one sister at a time. She is also fa drama major from Richmond. Since sisterhood and public service are very near and dear to her heart, she became actively involved with the For My Sister organization, she says, because of its incredible mission and impact the program has on the young girls involved.
"Amateur Night at the Apollo celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2009 as a talent competition, serving as the model for Star Search and American Idol. Competitions are held nearly every Wednesday evening throughout the year, culminating with the "Super Top Dog" competition. The show marries world-class talent with a distinctive, vaudeville-like atmosphere, and has depended on audience participation since the very beginning. The popularity contest has proven an effective measure of star potential, becoming a launch pad for some of the nation's greatest entertainers."