Vote for Cheyney University Alumni Charles Owens and Yasheaka Oakley as they strive to win the grand prize in the Brides Live Wedding contest—a $1 MILLION wedding from BRIDES magazine! You can vote for this couple once per day, per device from now through Monday, January 27, 2014.

“We know that, with the support of our Cheyney family, we can surely move forward in this contest and have a real chance at the grand prize,” says Yasheaka, who graduated from the Keystone Honors Academy in 2011. Charles and Yasheaka met at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 2009, where he studied Biology and she majored in Communication Arts.

Today, Charles is an officer in the US Marine Corps Reserves; while Yasheaka works as a public relations consultant to nonprofit organizations, pursues a Master of Arts degree, and volunteers for the Cheyney University National Alumni Association, The Cheyney “C” Club, and in the Office of Alumni Relations. The couple became engaged on December 20, 2013, and have decided to get married in 2015.

Charles says, “I just want to be the first couple from an HBCU to win the contest—everything else is for her really. I’m pretty sure I will just have to show up!” Let’s earn Cheyney University of Pennsylvania a place in another nationally ranked magazine (way to go Miss Cheyney University 2013!) and vote for this couple to become the first winners from a HBCU—the first HBCU.


How to Vote

  1. Visit Charles and Yasheaka’s profile on
  2. Read all about these college sweethearts and what makes them a great couple—oh how opposites attract!
  3. Then click on the pink VOTE button at the top of the page!
  4. Share their entry with your Cheyney network on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  5. Return to their page the next day and repeat!

Photo courtesy of Everlasting Films & Photography.