We need more Role Models and we need them NOW!


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.  

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

                      Tonille Watkis, Miss Black USA

                      Tonille Watkis, Miss Black USA

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. Tonille has performed No Boxes Allowed at a number of off- Broadway theaters including, the SoHo Playhouse, and Theatre 54 in the AND Go Solo Play Festival.


smashing Stereotypes:  meet the 2017 contestants

TOP NEWS:  Win $5,000 Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls

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The Miss Black USA Organization is pleased to announce the Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls.  The $5,000 award is open to high school seniors throughout the U.S.  You do not need to be a contestant in the Miss Black USA pageant system to be eligible.  Kennetra Searcy is a modern day shero!  She is an emerging business woman, wife, mother, certified personal trainer and the first ever Ms. Black USA.  The 27 year old beauty holds a Master's degree and is the ultimate role model.  We are proud to name this award in her honor.  To date, Miss Black USA has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships.  For contest rules, click here.  To apply, click here.  Deadline:  March 1, 2017


miss black usa announces major partnership with dr. myla and her "preserve your pretty" campaign

Find out about our organization, mission, and the Preserve Your Pretty Campaign.

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the district of columbia TO HOST 2017 miss black usa national pageant

Fifty one contestants plus the US Virgin Islands will vie for the title of Miss Black USA 2017 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 7, 2017.     

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We are often judged on our hair from texture, type, style, length, and color. The #NoStereotypes campaign empowers women to say, "Don't Judge Me." All women should have the freedom to wear their hair any way they choose. Beautiful Hair Comes in All Types. Not Stereotypes. #NoStereotypes