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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

 

The Brown Ballerina

Miss Black New Jersey USA 2017

Miss Black New Jersey USA 2017

Daphne Lee began her dance training at the Rahway Dance Theatre under the direction of Ms. Jay Skeete-Lee. She graduated with Honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in dance and is a recipient of the Denise Jefferson Scholarship award. Ms. Lee received scholarships to Jacobs Pillow, School of American Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and is a regional gold medal recipient in dance for the NAACP ACT-SO competition.

Ms. Lee was also featured in the opening video for the Mrs. Carter World Tour for Beyonce and was featured in a short film, “Life of An Actress” by director Paul Chau. Daphne performed works by Robert Battle, Benoit Swan- Pouffer, Amy Hall-Gardner and Alonzo King among others and was assistant choreographer to the musical “The Color Purple”. She has danced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and was a cast member in the sixth season of Dance212′s online reality series. She has even graced the pages of Dance Magazine and was featured cover for the April Edition of Dance Mogul Magazine. The NAACP National Act-so competition invited her to be a judge in 2015.  Daphne was also featured in Elle Magazine and the Village Voice.  She currently dances for Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN and will be receiving her MFA in Dance at Hollins University