As featured on


We Need More Role Models and We Need Them NOW!

applications now open for 2018 miss black usa.



"Your Crown Has Been Bought and Paid For.  You Just Have to Wear It." - James Baldwin

For the first time in history, we've got sisters in position of prestige & power at powerhouse corporations and organizations. It's time to redefine what it means to be a courageous, compassionate & CONFIDENT Black woman today.  We've got obstacles to overcome and stereotypes to smash.  Sound like your kind of revolution?  Join the Miss Black USA Organization and show them what black + beautiful + lit looks like.  

2016 Miss Black USA

Tonille Watkis

Actress, Motivational Speaker, Dancer & Goodwill Ambassador to The Republic of Sierra Leone

Tonille is the first Jamaican-American to be crowned Miss Black USA and the third Miss Black Connecticut to capture the national crown. She hails from Bloomfield, CT, the hometown of actress Anika Noni Rose- voice of Disney’s first black princess. Tonille graduated with a B.F.A in Theatre from Adelphi University in New York and a diploma in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was also a member of the Adelphi University Cheerleading team.

Tonille has been touring New York and Connecticut for three years with her empowerment initiative entitled, “No Boxes Allowed,” named after her auto-biographical one- woman play about her quest to debunk the stereotypes surrounding black womanhood and embrace her true identity. 


 Meet the 2017 Contestants

Smashing Stereotypes

Think you have what it takes? Submit your application here


Top News