People's Choice 

Vote for your fave contestant!  The contestant with the highest number of votes will become #Finalist16 and guaranteed the chance to compete on Sunday, 8/20 during the final night competition and chance to win the title of Miss Black USA 2017!  

Votes are $1.00 each.  $1.00 = 1 vote; $5.00 = 5 votes; $10 = 10 votes etc.  You may vote as many times as you like. Proceeds benefit the Miss Black USA Scholarship Fund.  To date, Miss Black USA has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to its participants.

Each week Online Voting ends 11:59pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

 
 

alabama - Melanie watson

Age:  21
Guilty Pleasure: Sour Patch Kids
Fave Charity:  American Red Cross
College/University: Miles College
Talent: Dance

Vote Alabama

Arizona - Nalini jones

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  In & Out Burger before bed
Fave Charity:  The Be Kind People Project
College/University: Arizona State University,
Business Law & Dance Education. Junior
Talent: Dance

Vote Arizona

arkansas - dasha GRAY

Age:  21
Guilty Pleasure:  Watching Reality TV
Fave Charity:  Goodwill Industries
College/University: University of Central Arkansas
Talent:  Poetry

Vote Arkansas

CALIFORNIA - DARINISHA WILLIAMS 

Age:  25
Guilty Pleasure:  Hot fudge sundae with sprinkles
Fave Charity:  Girl's Inc.
College/University:
Alcorn State University, B.S. Psychology
California State University, M.S. Counseling
Talent:  Vocalist
 

Vote California
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COLORADO - JESSICA HUNTER 

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  Binge-watching reality TV
Fave Charity:  Compassion & Toms
Employment:  Actor
Talent: Acting

Vote Colorado

CONNECTICUT - CHARRISSE GUDGER 

Age:  24
Guilty Pleasure:  Watermelon and Pineapple
Fave Charity:  HashtagLunchBag
College/University: Southern Connecticut State University, B.S. Communication
Talent: Liturgical Dance

Vote Connecticut

DELAWARE - OLIVIA MANNING 

Age:  23
Guilty Pleasure:  Junk food
Fave Charity:  Smile Train
College/University:  Delaware State University, B.S. Chemistry
Talent:  Dramatic Monologue

Vote Delaware

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - CHELSI GLASCOE

Age:  23
Guilty Pleasure:  Giving advice on Yahoo! answers
Fave Charity:  The Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Foundation
College/University:  B.A., Clark Atlanta University
Talent: Singing

Vote District of Columbia

FLORIDA - LEYANIS DIAZ

Age:  24
Guilty Pleasure:  Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fave Charity: Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc. 
College/University:  FIU; Broadcast Media
Talent: Spoken Word

Vote Florida

GEORGIA - SHAUNII RAWLS

Age:  23
Guilty Pleasure:  1993 Purple Fox Body Mustang
Fave Charity:  Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia
College/University: Savannah State University, B.A Mass Communications
Talent: Performing Poetry

Vote Georgia

illinois - Alleson Knox 

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Wendy's 4 for $4
Fave Charity:  Make a Wish Foundation
College/University: Howard University, B.A. Journalism
Talent: Dance

Vote Illinois
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indiana -  QUESLEY BUNCH

Age:  23
Guilty Pleasure:  Cheeseburgers and Jane Austen
College/University:
Fave Charity:  National Center on Elders Abuse
Talent: Vocalist

Vote Indiana

IOWA - BRITTANY HANLIN

Age:  27
Guilty Pleasure:  All things Dorothy Dandridge!
Favorite Charity:  Children's Defense Fund
College/University: Howard University--B.A. Sociology; Vanderbilt University--Master of Divinity
Talent: Spoken Word

Vote Illinois

KANSAS - FATOUMATA BAYO

Age:  27
Guilty Pleasure:  Watching old Disney movies
Fave Charity:  Charity: water
College/University:  University of Kansas, B.S. Chemistry/Psychology
Talent: Spoken Word/Dancing

Vote Kansas

louisiana - AESHA MAGEE

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  Mardi Gras King Cake
Favorite Charity:  Reach Out and Read
College/University: Southeastern Louisiana University; Major: Nursing/Sophomore
Talent: Dance

Vote Louisiana

maryland - SAIDAH GRIMES

Age:  28
Guilty Pleasure:  Sleeping in on weekends
Favorite Charity: The Children's Defense Fund
College/University:  University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D. (2014); University of South Carolina, B.S. in Business Administration, Majors: International Business, Corporate Finance, Marketing, and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, Minor: Spanish (2011)
Talent: Playing Clarinet

Vote Maryland

MICHIGAN - GABRIELLE REED

Age:  19
Guilty Pleasure:  Watching 90's TV shows
Favorite Charity:  NAMI Michigan  
College/University:  Lansing Community College; Journalism Major
Talent: Vocal

Vote Michigan

MIssissippi - Kristy johnson 

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Gummy Bears and Turtle Brownies
Fave Charity:  Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America  
College/University:  Mississippi College, Masters of Science Mental Health Counseling
Talent: Tap Dancing

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MISSOURI - alexis wells 

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Spoiling others with fine things
Favorite Charity:  Multiple Sclerosis
College/University:  Lincoln University of Missouri B.S. Journalism
Talent: Flute

Vote Missouri

NEW JERSEY - DAPHNE LEE 

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  I absolutely love to eat and travel...did I say eat?
Fave Charity:  Brown Girls Do Ballet
College/University:  Masters of Fine Art in Dance at Hollins University, BFA from Ailey/Fordham University in NYC
Talent:  Modern Liturgical Dance with a twist

Vote New Jersey

NEW MEXICO - SHYLA LAVALLE-BOLDEN

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  Sleeping in
Fave Charity:  March of Dimes
College/University:  University of New Mexico Talent: Spoken Word

Vote New Mexico

NEVADA - JUSTINA HAWKINS 

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  Anything with milk chocolate
Fave Charity:  The Lupus Foundation
College/University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas/ Junior
Talent: Singer

Vote Nevada

NEW YORK -  rhaven mciver

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Twix
Fave Charity:  Doctors without borders
College/University:  College of New Rochelle, B.S. Nursing
Talent: Singing

Vote New York

NORTH CAROLINA - MADISON SAMPSON

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Music by the Spice Girls!
Fave Charity:  Girls Reaching Out (NC)
College/University:  University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Master of Public Affairs (May 2017)
Talent: Ukulele and Poetry

Vote NC

OHIO -  Ashley Nkadi

Age:  22
Guilty Pleasure:  Binge watching Netflix
Fave Charity:  United Negro College Fund
College/University: BS in Neuroscience from University of Cincinnati
Talent

Vote Ohio

RHODE ISLAND - Stacie Belizaire

Age:  22
Guilty Pleasure:  I love to eat a lot of food
Fave Charity: The Jimmy Fund  
College/University:  University of Rhode Island' B.A. Communications
Talent: Dancing

Vote Rhode Island
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SOUTH CAROLINA -  ALEXSIS BROOKS

Age:  21
Guilty Pleasure:  Giving back to the community
Fave Charity:  Make A Wish Foundation
College/University:  Trident Technical College
Talent: Praise Dance

Vote SC

TENNESSEE - JALESA WEBSTER  

Age:  24
Guilty Pleasure:  Soul Food
Fave Charity:  Big Brothers Big Sisters
College/University:  Middle Tennessee State University
Talent:  Artistic Monologue

Vote Tennessee

TEXAS - Alexandria Scott

Age:  24
Guilty Pleasure:  Watching Disney movies
Favorite Charity:  
College/University:  Prairie View A&M University
Talent: Dance

Vote Texas

UTAH - EMMANUELLA UZOIGWE

Age:  25
Guilty Pleasure:  Bing watching Anime
Favorite Charity:  Treatment Advocacy Center
College/University:  University of Utah; B.S. Health Promotion
Talent:  Igbo dance with zest of hip hop

Vote Utah

VERMONT - KEREN SITA 

Age:  20
Guilty Pleasure:  Watching videos with people with English accents
Fave Charity:  Planned Parenthood
College/University:  Clark Atlanta University; Junior
Talent: African Drumming

Vote Vermont

VIRGINIA - MIDORI AMAE

Age:  27
Guilty Pleasure:  Late night cookie dough ice cream
Fave Charity:  March of Dimes
College/University:  Virginia Tech, B.A.
Talent:  Singing

Vote Virginia

WISCONSIN - RANECIA HAMILTON 

Age:  26
Guilty Pleasure:  Reality TV
Fave Charity:  St. Jude's Children Hospital
College/University:  Lane College, B.A. Mass Communication
Talent: Modern dance

Vote Wisconsin