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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. 

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..

Daphne Talks Being a Black Ballerina With Natural Hair in Allure Interview

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Daphne Lee, the reigning Miss Black USA opens up with Allure Magazine on being a black ballerina at a time when they still make headlines, as Eurocentric body standards and industry racism continue to pervade the stage today.  Read the full article here.

Union Freeholder Board Honors Miss Black USA

The Union County Freeholder Board tonight honored the 2017 Miss Black USA--Daphne Lee--a Rahway resident and 26-year-old professional ballerina.

l. to r.  Freeholder Vernell Wright, Miss Black USA and Rahway resident Daphne Lee, Freeholders Linda Carter and Bette Jane Kowalski.

l. to r.  Freeholder Vernell Wright, Miss Black USA and Rahway resident Daphne Lee, Freeholders Linda Carter and Bette Jane Kowalski.

Essential Read: Daphne Featured in The Lily

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Back in 1970, Harvard psychiatrist Chester Pierce coined the term “microaggression” to describe casual degradations toward people of color.

Today, the concept has broadened and includes other attributes of marginalized groups. Sexuality, body type, religion, class and education to name a few.

Daphne along with 7 other successful women from different walks of life talk about microaggressions they face. 

"8 women. 8 microaggressions. 8 'bullet wounds.'  How hidden biases do more than just sting.  Read here.

Daphne's 1st Interview as Miss Black USA

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The newly crowned Miss Black USA Daphne Lee slayed her first interview after capturing the national crown with her predecessor Tonille Watkis.  The two beauties made a guest appearance on WJLA-ABC7 NewsChannel 8. The interview kicked off with Daphne and Tonille showing Hosts Adriana Hopkins, Kidd O'Shea and Larry Smith how to walk, wave and smile like Pageant girls.

Judges Announced for Miss Black USA 2017

The finals night Judges for Miss Black USA 2017 have been selected.  In the hot seat, this year is Stevie Baggs Jr.  If this charming smile looks familiar, millions saw him as the Bachelor on WE-TVs Match Made in Heaven. Like our Miss Black USA Queens, this King is more than his good looks with 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 Baggs Jr. 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," and now in the hot seat.

Joining Stevie is Ocielia Gibson, an award-winning young women’s specialist, speaker, author, and minister at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. She is the founder of More Than a Pretty Face International, a life-enrichment company which has impacted young women throughout the US and Kenya. Named an Unsung Hero by EBONY Magazine, Ocielia is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and currently pursuing her Masters in Theological Studies at Southwestern Theological Seminary. In 2011, she became the first woman from Texas to be crowned Miss Black USA. Her first book, More Than Pretty: Defining Beauty Through the Lens of Scripture, is available in Christian bookstores nationwide, Amazon and at Ocielia.com.

 

Last, but not least is Dr. Myla Bennett.  Defying all odds, Dr. Myla Bennett has become one of the most sought after female plastic surgeons on the East Coast. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University Medical Center and has been featured in both national and international publications and networks including JET Magazine, NBC, Black Enterprise, Bravo Television Network, Radio One, WEtv, and much more. Dr. Myla Bennett is the owner of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa®, and the founder of both the Preserve Your Pretty® and Preserve Your Handsome™ brands. She has had the opportunity to work with celebrity and influential clients throughout her career and she will be in the hot seat.  Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Rhode Island Wins Talented Teen Crown

Angela Pierre-Louis, a 17-year-old Haitian-American shining star of the Y2K millennial generation was captured the 2017 Miss Black USA Talented Teen title and crown this weekend on July 1st.  Angela is the 1st teen ever to represent Rhode Island and grace the national Miss Black USA Talented Teen Pageant stage.  on July 1st, 2017. Her hard work, dedication, and soca infused martial arts/dance routine helped her secure the Miss Black USA Talented Teen title!

She was born in Providence, Rhode Island and is currently a National Honor Society Senior at St. Mary's Academy Bayview. During her free time, she volunteers at her church New Life Worship Center and participates in school clubs that aim to enhance the lives of others within her community.

Angela launched her personal platform, “Keeping it Key-lean”, to educate teens and young adults on personal care & hygiene to promote self-confidence.

In the future, Angela aspires to be the #1 dermatologist in the world. Her dream is to help others feel beautiful in their own skin!  For booking or media interviews email pr@missblackusa.org.

Other Finalists were
1st Runner Up - North Carolina's Kennedy Byrd
2nd Runner Up - Alabama's Kiesha Lee
3rd Runner Up - Arizona's Jasmine Marshall
4th Runner Up - Georgia's Madison McCoy

Miss Congeniality - Oregon's Skylar Pierce-Smith
Community Service - Oregon's Skylar Pierce-Smith
Jasmine Alexis Talent Award - North Carolina's Kennedy Byrd
Karen Arrington Legacy Award - Colorado's Taylor Parrish

On Newstands: Sophisticate's Black Hair Features Miss Black USA

The August issues of Sophisticate's Black Hair magazine, a leading national Black hair magazine for women of color, hits newsstands today!  The issues features, Tonille Watkis, the reigning Miss Black USA is several fire hair styles that make you want to book an appointment *stat* with your stylist.

ORS the official hair care partner of Miss Black USA 2017 coordinating the shoot and we can't say enough about their style gurus and super power products.

Miss Black USA™ & Dr. Myla Bennett (Board Certified Plastic Surgeon) enter into a Major Partnership for the 2017 Pageant

Miss Black USA and the Preserve Your Pretty® Campaign will focus on increasing the self esteem of young women across the nation.

(March 13, 2017 - Atlanta, GA)  In March, 2017, board certified plastic surgeon, business coach, and professional empowerment speaker Dr. Myla Bennett  entered into a major partnership with the Miss Black USA™ pageant.  The partnership’s primary focus is to bring awareness to the “Preserve Your Pretty®” campaign by increasing national exposure to young women across the nation.  Miss Black USA™ will officially adopt the “Preserve Your Pretty®” campaign while educating women that being “Pretty” is not just a physical attribute.  Through this, we expect to raise the self-esteem of women across the nation.  In addition to the partnership, Dr. Myla Bennett  has also been selected to be an official celebrity judge for the annual Miss Black USA Pageant. Along with other celebrity judges, Dr. Myla Bennett will be judging the 2017 contestants from across the nation, whom will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and national recognition.   

Featured in Essence Magazine, Allure Magazine, BET, JET Magazine, The New York Times, The Root, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and more, Miss Black USA™ is a highly respected organization redefining what it means to be a courageous, compassionate and confident black woman in today’s society. The Miss Black USA™ Organization empowers women to use their voices to make a difference in society. As a women of prestige, beauty and power, Dr. Myla Bennett is a true reflection of Miss Black USA’s definition of today’s ultimate role model. “I am very excited to be a part of Miss Black USA 2017. I love that young black women have a unique opportunity to shine and proudly represent us.  I am also excited to educate women across the nation thru my “Preserve Your Pretty®” campaign.” explained Dr. Myla Bennett.

Defying all odds, Dr. Myla Bennett has become one of the most sought after female plastic surgeons on the east coast. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University Medical Center and has been featured in both national and international publications and networks including: JET Magazine, NBC, Black Enterprise, Bravo Television Network, Radio One, WEtv, and many more. Dr. Myla Bennett is the owner of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa®,and the founder of both the Preserve Your Pretty® and Preserve Your Handsome™ brands. She has had the opportunity to work with celebrity clients and influential clients throughout her career. “I was captivated by Dr. Myla’s Preserve Your Pretty™ campaign and see it as an additional layer of beauty storytelling.  Miss Black USA™ is the premier pageant for ‘women of color’.  The synergy between the two organizations made for an incredible opportunity to partner with Dr. Myla to embrace beauty with a sense of authentic individuality and fearlessness.  The partnership is the latest expression of the pageant’s passion and commitment to continue to break barriers on archaic standards of beauty and to help Black women of all ages feel confident and shine within.” stated by Karen Arrington, Founder & CEO of Miss Black USA™, Inc.

Miss Black USA will be held on August 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.missblackusa.org. For Media Inquiries for Dr. Myla Bennett contact PRTeam@epimediagroup.com.

About Dr. Myla Bennett

Business mogul, board certified plastic surgeon, and speaker Dr. Myla Bennett is the founder of Preserve Your Pretty® and has become one of the most sought after business coaches on the east coast. A graduate of The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr Myla is the owner of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa®- a multi-million dollar plastic surgery center located in the upscale community of Johns Creek, Georgia. An advocate for women and passionate about safe plastic surgery practices, Dr.Myla is known for helping women preserve their youth in a natural "appearing" way and only performs natural "appearing" body contouring. It is her mission to educate women daily about the dangers of plastic surgery when done in unsafe environments. Featured in both national and international publications and networks including, Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise, Bravo Television Network and WETv Single and Living Fab,  Black America Web, NBC, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Radio One, and many more, Dr. Myla continues to build other women throughout the country teaching strategies on building a million dollar business.

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Dr.Myla is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is one of six children raised in a single parent home.  After completion of surgical training Dr. Myla accepted a position with Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN where she started the Allure Center for plastic surgery. After 3 years she opted to venture out on her own and start her own private practice in plastic surgery. Through the advancement of her company Dr. Myla has had the pleasure of working with some of the most well known figures in entertainment including Ashley Graham, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Trina and Evelyn Braxton, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey and many more. She has been featured on multiple TV Shows including Braxton Family Values, Married To Medicine and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

As a wife and mother Dr. Myla currently resides in Johns Creek,Georgia. Dr. Myla is currently accepting invitations to speak on panels, expo’s, seminars, and conferences. For all inquiries contact PRTeam@epimediagroup.com.

About Miss Black USA

The Miss Black USA Organization empowers women to use their voice, own their power, and redefines what it means to be a compassionate, confident and beautiful Black woman today.

Miss Black USA is the premier pageant for women of color ages 17 to 27 years.  Miss Black USA has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to date to its participants.  Miss Black USA is currently accepting sponsorship proposals.  For inquiries contact Joelle Polisky at Joelle Polisky at jpolisky@goshiftkey.com

Miss Black USA + Nostalgia + Cuba's Old Havana

Miss Black USA is a global ambassador and role model for girls and women of color around the world.  The Motherland.  Europe.  South America.  Next...  Haute Havana.  Follow Tonille's journey to Havana de Cuba, where she will engage with the people of this vibrant Caribbean Island surrounded by rich colonial architecture and old classic cars. 

As some seek to put up walls, we're reminded of the power of the people in finding ways around them. Strong wills subvert the systems put in place to suppress. Information, truth, and compassion always find a way to be shared.

In Cuba, an impressive network of information and entertainment circulation has formed. Restricted from reliable web connectivity, the people have developed an elaborate web of USB drives filled with content. Physical passing of hardware has created a pseudo-Internet.

It's almost impossible to stop a united, passionate, and motivated group of people. From one person to the next, we're stronger when we share. We're stronger together.