Former Miss Black Oklahoma USA Nicole Lynn Breaking Glass Ceilings in the Sports Industry

Nicole Lynn is often mistaken for the girlfriend, media rep or marketing rep.

They didn't see her coming.. She's a sports agent, litigation attorney, badass and my former Miss Black Oklahoma USA.

At only 30-years-old, she just made history as the first Black woman to represent a top 3 pick in the NFL draft. Breaking glass ceilings in the sports industry.

Nicole's client Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was selected third overall in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets and is expected to sign a $32 million contract.

Your Miss Black USA family is so proud of you Nicole!

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Itohan Osayaren, Miss Black Nevada 2018 Passes Her NCLEX

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She passed her NCLEX!!

After 30 days of studying, over 300 hours in her books, understandable anxiety before, during, & after her boards exam, 48 hours of waiting for her results & of course, countless prayers, she is officially Itohan Osayaren, RN BSN!

We’re sending a huge congratulations to this Queen!

Miss Black Wisconsin, TeKema Balentine Featureed in Madison 365

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“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” - TeKema Balentina, Miss Black Wisconsin USA

In Madison, Balentine also works part-time as a model, through the local Rock Agency, part-time as a caregiver, working for BrightStar Home Care and part-time as a coach for Madison East Track and Field team. She’s an alumna of Madison East High School and is proud to be not only representing Wisconsin in the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant, but the city of Madison. Read the rest of the story by clicking HERE.

Announcing the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy $2500 Award

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The Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award is open to any girl or women of color in the U.S.  The applicant must be at least a high school senior or student at a U.S. accredited public or private college or university or a full-time professional artist with demonstrated financial need.  A minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA or equivalent at the institution from which he/she is applying is required for high school seniors and students enrolled at a college or university.

To learn more or apply, click HERE.


Former Miss Black DC USA Revolutionizes Lingerie Industry

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Former Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30, is revolutionizing the lingerie industry. The Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cherry Blossom Intimates was inspired by her grandmother’s struggle to find appropriate intimate wear, post her mastectomy, to found the groundbreaking first-of-its-kind breast health facility and bra boutique in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The boutique specializes in bra fittings and post-mastectomy fittings performed by certified fitters as well as custom breast prosthetics, oncology products, fine lingerie, hosiery, sleepwear, and beautiful bras in sizes 28-54 band and AA-N cup.. “[Cherry Blossom Intimates is] a place where breasts come in 36 shades and the staff treats everyone like their mother.”

— THE WASHINGTON POST

Contestants Protest White Nationalists Rally

Miss Black USA Contestants this year turned their Orientation into a protest poster-campaign ahead of the White Nationalist Rally held on the same day of the Miss Black USA Pageant.

It was only befitting that the contestants protested in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during their African American Heritage Tour of the nation's capital by KB Tours.

Read the full article at Ebony Magazine by clicking HERE.

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Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Scholarship Announced

#BlackExcellenceand #Scholarship is a thing at Miss Black USA. Awarding over $500,000 in scholarships to date, we are pleased to announce the DAPHNE LEE ARTISTIC LEGACY AWARD. The $2500 scholarship will be awarded to a contestant in this year's Miss Black USA Pageant.
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Daphne Lee, the reigning Miss Black USA is a graduate student, advocate, Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone and a member of the renowned Dance Theater of Harlem. The Miss Black USA Organization is proud to celebrate Daphne's legacy with a scholarship in her name.

Beginning Fall 2019, the scholarship will be open to any female of color who is a full-time artist or student pursuing a degree in the performing arts in the U.S. Applications will be available online beginning Jan 1, 2019, and will close April 30, 2019. 

The Bachelor to Co-Host Miss Black USA 2018

You may know him as The Bachelor on WEtv Match Made in Heaven.  Stevie Baggs Jr. has signed on to Co-Host the 2018 Miss Black USA National Pageant.
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Baggs' impressive resume includes a career as a three-time All-American linebacker, playing in both the NFL and CFL, for teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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Drawing from his experience in professional sports, Stevie has dedicated time in his career to empowering youth and adults as an impactful inspirational speaker. Stevie can be spotted on the big screens having worked alongside Will Smith in the movie "Focus." You will see him in the Ang Lee film "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk". Recognized as the only athlete to play for eleven professional teams in ten years, nicknamed "Shakespeare", he continues to inspire and make plays off the field. In his bestselling book, "Greater than the Game.

Miss Black USA Makes Historical Visit to Dubai

Daphne traveled to the middle east where she bashed into sand dunes, indulged in edible gold ice cream, got a henna tattoo, watched live performances, and relaxed by the beach and pool.  She still found time to sightsee and visit the world's tallest buildings, tour the world famous Shiekh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, try camel milk ice-cream and learn about the important role of girls and women in the United Arab Emirates.

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Daphne Turns 27! Happy Birthday Queen!

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Join us in wishing Miss Black USA, Daphne Lee a very special Happy Birthday.  She's done some pretty cool stuff thus far.  This week she is sharing the stage at New York City Center with the Dance Theater of Harlem on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s passing, which makes it historical..

Lifetime Goes Behind the Scenes at Miss Black USA

A+E Networks-owned cable channel Lifetime has launched a multiplatform digital content series that documents and celebrates real women from across America.  The crew went behind the scenes at the 2017 Miss Black USA's national pageant and selected Miss Black Maryland USA 2017, Saidah Grimes, an attorney advocating social justice reform to be featured on Her America:  50 Women, 50 States.

Filmed by an all-female team of more than 20 women, Her America: 50 Women, 50 States charts the lives of diverse women across the U.S. in an attempt to amplify voices that often go unheard by asking the question: if you could broadcast your story to the world, what would you share?

The women throughout the campaign are profiled in video, photography and audio, aiming to provide a fresh perspective to “differing political, social and economic views”.

Her America began featuring on-air spots on (Feb. 12) on Lifetime and will be shared socially via Lifetime’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Her America is a Lifetime campaign that was inspired by the events of last year,” said Lifetime editor-in-chief, Lea Goldman in a statement. “Like the rest of America, we were overwhelmed by the noise coming out of the election. There was so much talk about women – how little media and entertainment knew and understood so-called ‘real women,’ how many assumptions we made about them. And we thought, there are so many stories, so many sides that haven’t been represented, that deserve to be told. What if we crisscrossed the country with microphones and cameras and asked women, if you could tell your story with the world, what would you share? These are stories you definitely haven’t heard before, and definitely not from mainstream media.”

WATCH: Miss Black New Jersey USA 2018 Travels to Haiti + IT'S LIT

Words, photos and videos cannot even express the beauty I experienced in Haiti but I'm going to try! Follow along as I show you the best places I travelled to on a TeenVogue.com press trip with PAPJAZZ. Haiti has such a beautiful culture and people! Please like, subscribe and share!