The 2019 Miss Black USA Contestants hit the stage in an upbeat dance number wearing Liliana Footwear, the official footwear sponsor of the national pageant. This is the 3rd year Liliana has served as a national partner of Miss Black USA.
Miss Black USA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award! Each award is $2500 and will allow the recipients to pursue their dream of a career in the performing arts.
Scholarship Award Winner: Brooke Terry (Dominican University), Senior, Dance Major
”The stigma and weight of being a First Generation student is quite the psychological obstacle, and though many expect students like myself to fail, I plan to prove them incredibly incorrect.”
Miss Black USA, Inc. is proud to support the dreams of young women of color pursuing professional careers in the arts through the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award.
Daphne Lee served as Miss Black USA 2017 and is a professional dancer with the renowned Dance Theater of Harlem, currently on tour. To date, Miss Black USA has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to date.
Applications for the 2020 Daphne Lee Artistic Award will open up on January 15, 2020.
Miss Black USA is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2019 Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award for Full-Time Artists! Each award is $2500 and will allow the recipients to pursue their dream of a career in the performing arts.
Full-time Artist Winner: Briana Norwood (Atlanta, GA), Songwriter and Musician
”I have faced no lights, empty fridges, late rent, and repossessed cars all in the name of dance. But, in return, I have gone on to dance with some of the biggest artist in the world, premiered in three major films and 7 television series, musicals. It’s been hard, but well worth it.”
” I have walked the long road as a professional commercial dancer seven years and counting. It took me 10 years of training to gain my biggest dance dream of dancing for Beyoncé. It took me training in London with JaQuel Knight from America to advance my career.”
Miss Black USA, Inc. is proud to support the dreams of women of color pursuing professional careers in the arts through the Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award.
Daphne Lee served as Miss Black USA 2017 and is a professional dancer with the renowned Dance Theater of Harlem, currently on tour.
Applications for the 2020 Daphne Lee Artistic Award will open up on January 15, 2020.
Madison Gibbs, Esq. is proof that girls can have it all. The former Miss Black USA 2015, Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Youth Mentor earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from North Carolina A&T University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law. She enjoys world travel and has a big heart for empowering young girls. Madison is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Delta G.E.M.S. mentor and a big sister with Big Brother/Big Sister of the Central Piedmont area.
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!
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!
“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.
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 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
Ashley Griffin, Miss Black Mississippi USA 2018 has accepted an offer to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center this fall. Congratulations Ashley!
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.
Just hours after winning the title and very little sleep, Kelsi was up and ready for her first media interview today at WKYS Radio in the nation's capital.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Daphne on joining the world-renowned ballet company Dance Theatre of Harlem.
We are so proud of Daphne for breaking the mold and stereotypes of a professional ballerina.
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.
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..