Black Girls Rock

Chicago's Game Changer

Miss Black Illinois USA 2017

Miss Black Illinois USA 2017

Alleson Knox, Millennial Role Model + Activist + Miss Black Illinois USA 2017 is using her girl power to make a difference.  If asked to describe herself, the Howard University alumna, would probably reference pop culture and characterize herself as the infectious charismatic Olivia Pope mixed with the love Chance the Rapper has for Chicago, and add a whole lot of Beyonce's tenacity and work ethic.  Unapologetic in her Black Girl Magic, the beauty and former two time professional NBA dancer and stresses the idea of imperfection and getting dirty.  She says, "Sometimes in our work, our crowns shift.  We have to roll up our sleeves, put on our Timsbs, and get in the trenches."  Alleson aspires to continue leaving her mark on the world as a social entrepreneur and influencer, encouraging others to do and be good.  

 

"Everything you get, you got work hard for it." - Notorious BIG

The Next Oprah

Miss Black Florida USA 2017

Miss Black Florida USA 2017

Hailing from la isla de Cuba, the reigning Miss Black Florida USA 2017, Leyanis Diaz is a professional, bilingual Afro-Latina Blogger, TV Host and Multimedia Personality, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, and an avid Philanthropist based in Miami, Florida.

The 2015 Florida International University (FIU) alumna's journey started in Cuba about two decades ago.  She was born in Havana and emigrated to Miami along with her parents, when she was 3 years old in search of the American Dream. 

As Miss Black Florida USA, she promotes and advocates for minority empowerment through health, education, entrepreneurship and self-love, while also working with organizations and businesses to promote Florida as a hub for diversity, creativity, and opportunity. Leyanis presently works with CNN en Español, the Embrace Girls Foundation, Health in the Hood, Dream Defenders, the South Florida Black Business Directory, the Women of Color Empowerment Institute and is a Leadership Fellow for the FIU Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, hoping to make a profound impact in her community during her time as Miss Black Florida USA, while also empowering young black and brown girls along the way... and she's just getting started! She's got BIG dreams and her sights on the 2017 Miss Black USA crown