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.


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.
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.

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 press trip with PAPJAZZ. Haiti has such a beautiful culture and people! Please like, subscribe and share!

Daphne Co-Hosts IMF Comedy Live Pre-Show Event in L.A.


Daphne was honored to Co-Host the Red Carpet for this year's International Myeloma Foundation Comedy Fundraiser in Los Angeles.  So excited to Co-Host this Saturday in Los Angeles, CA for the International Myeloma Foundation’s Silent Auction via Facebook. @imfmyeloma As many of Miss Black USA supporters may know, Daphne's mother has the bone-marrow blood cancer. This event meant so much to Daphne and she was honored to be able to fly out to the event with her mother.   Check her awesome night pics. 

Daphne Hits Red Carpet for Denim, Diamonds and Stars

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Daphne slayed on the Red Carpet at the Denim, Diamonds and Stars event in Los Angeles.  Meeting celebs, and donating to the @autismcareandtreatment and listening to stories of those impacted by autism was an awesome experience.  As Miss Black USA, she continues to focus on issues that affect the African American Community and raising awareness of issues that often go silent in our communities. Thanks to celebs like Toni Braxton and Holly Robinson-Pete, we know that autism does affect people of color and should be talked about

Daphne Judges Miss National Alumni Hall of Fame Queens Competition

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Daphne had the pleasure of Judging the final night competition of the National Alumni Hall of Fame Black Queens Competition in Atlanta.   The annual competition showcases the nation's most beautiful and intelligent HBCU College Queens.  At the end of the night, Crystal Brooks, Miss Fisk University won the coveted crown.  Daphne presented the winner with a pair of her custom ballet shoes.

This Afro Latina is Making Major Moves: Yas Girl Yas!


Leyanis Diaz, the reigning Miss Black Florida USA, Socialpreneur and Creator of the Major Marketplace is making major power moves.  

Major Marketplace is an online marketplace for minority businesses and those who want to support them! They are for the majority by the majority; the 99%. In wanting to support more minority businesses like you, they built this platform so that they could bring more buyers to you! They curate local and international products made by passionate creators, priding themselves in bridging conscious buyers to minority businesses in a major way. Unlike other marketplaces, they are ethical, empowering and most of all, invested in you!

And for more major news:  Major Marketplace was selected for StartUPFIU 's third cohort! Check out @majormarketplace, for #minoritybusinesses and those who want to support them! They're looking for #vendors! Go to to apply!

Why does race always have to be an issue? Miss Black Illinois Breaks It Down


Why does race always have to be an issue? Why must there be a Miss BLACK pageant? Why must you all have separate schools (HBCUs)? Isn't that exclusion or a form of racism in itself? Why can't you all just get over slavery, it happened so long ago?

Why? Because after my ancestors were brought over unwillingly to a foreign place, abused, attacked, stripped of their identity, split from their families, their descendants still struggled and continue to struggle with finding a place in America. Why? Because I see more black women in the media who are publicly exploited or playing to a certain overt narrative than professional, successful, Godly black women. Why? Because we must form diversity and inclusion positions in the workplace, our own organizations, schools, hubs because we were never meant to be included in the majority, and laws and policies are being created daily to keep us out. Why? Because the same way we fight for equal rights with women (feminism), the LGBTQ community, and more, people of color continue to not be provided the same opportunities day after day, after day, after day. Why? Because the color of my skin creates a form of rhetoric that exists to incite fear and say I'm not worthy, I'm less than, and I don't deserve the same success as you. Why? Because the ideologies of naziism are still embraced in 2017. Why? Because we experience modern day public lynchings to black bodies by those who are paid to protect the communities we live in. Why? Because the economy and Wall Street were never meant for us, so we fight and kill each other to try and survive in an economy from which we cannot benefit. Why? Because you try being a person of color for a day. Why? Because in 2017 we still have to say, "the first black president," "the first black senator of...," "the first black ballerina," "A black CEO". Why? Because we've reached a point in time where we must stop fluffing over race issues in America. Racism is real and it's an ideology that is rooted in hate. No matter how you try to put it, it's indefensible and a domestic form of terrorism for those who experience it.

Yes, I'm part of a BLACK pageant system because of these things. I've learned through this process to fully love me - my culture, my skin, my people, my natural curly black hair, the natural shape of my body. I will no longer conform to societal pressures that try to cause me to be something I am not and create self-hate. I felt myself being pulled in that direction to satisfy and be accepted by others, and it completely brought me out of my natural element. I've learned I can walk anywhere with my head held high, and not have to worry about if I am pleasing to you. Why? Because I was created in God's image, made to be pleasing unto Him. You are not my God, and I will no longer dim my light for your comfort. And I hope I can continue to inspire others to do the same by walking in their truth and light as they continue to go after their many dreams.

As I enter into this last day of competing for the @missblackusa 2017 title, I am more prepared than ever to walk into any room with my head held high knowing I'm deserving of the same opportunities and experiences just as any other person. I've been inspired to continue making strides through civic and social works in Chicago, my nation, and other international entities. I will go on to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University so that I can join the work of those who fight for the representation and welfare of people of color daily. I will continue in my commitments to teaching young brown girls and boys that there is more to life than what immediately surrounds them in their communities through my work as an arts and education advocate.

Miss Black Georgia Struts for Sickle Cell Awareness Month


September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and we're here for all of it.  Shaunii Rawls, Miss Black Georgia USA 2017 is a Sickle Cell Warrior and the Creator of Strut for Sickle Cell Savannah.  Shaunii is on a mission and she's using her girl power to make a difference.  To keep up with Shaunii and learn more about this platform, email 

Miss Black USA Announces The Empowerment Lipstick

Every day is National Lipstick Day at Miss Black USA.  We are proud to announce a new partnership with Lamik Beauty where beauty is revealed not applied.  Miss Black USA and Lamik Beauty launched the Empowerment Lipstick.  The new RED lipstick empowers women while supporting a good cause.  Proceeds from the sale each lipstick are donated to the Miss Black USA Scholarship Fund.

To date, Miss Black USA has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to its participants. To purchase the empowerment lipstick, go to  


Miss Black USA Partners with Custom Ethnic Doll Maker

It's only befitting that Miss Black USA, the nation's premier pageant for women of color partner with the Queen of Ethnic Doll-Making, Karen Byrd.  Miss Black USA is proud to announce this partnership to empower young girls of color to see themselves in dolls and Queens that look like them.

Miss Black USA CEO, Karen Arrington, an award-winning women's empowerment expert and global philanthropist, applauds Karen Byrd on the importance of instilling positive self-image our young girls through her ethnic doll collection featuring ethnic inspired hair styles

Karen Byrd is a mother, artist, natural hair enthusiast and business woman from California. In 2011, Karen created Natural Girls United, a one-woman business that gives makeovers to black Barbies by replacing their straight hair with natural styles, to have the look and feel of ethnic-inspired hair styles.

What started as a hobby has grown into a full-time business. Auburn dreads, charcoal twists, a honey-blonde 'fro — Karen makes them all! 

Karen has always understood the need for our young girls and women to have positive images of themselves because it impacts self-esteem, confidence, and how we feel about ourselves overall. Her hope is that her dolls will help others to recognize their beauty and find joy in having locs, braids, kinky hair, curls, waves and more. Karen is working hard to show everyone that our beauty is amazing and worth celebrating.

Her Natural Hair Dolls have been featured nationally and internationally on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, The Steve Harvey Show,,, Clutch Magazine, Upscale Magazine and more, and on natural hair blogs in France, Spain, Germany, and Brazil. Karen is looking forward to continuing to inspire young women and growing her business.

As a child, I remember playing with dolls that were beautiful. But they never looked like me. Their hair, features and skin tones did not match mine.  I always wondered - if my Barbie doll is beautiful and it doesn’t look like me… does that mean that I am not pretty?  This is a question I struggled with through my childhood into early adulthood. Even though I had an amazing mom that always told me how beautiful I was, all the images around me in the media contradicted this message.  And seeing other young women in my community that did value their own beauty also did not help.

As an adult, while shopping with my own daughters, I was shocked to find that stores still did not have dolls that reflected the beauty of the ethnic community. There were a few dolls that would surface every now and again, but it was not very often.  On the average, a young girl of an ethnic cultural background could not go to just any store and find a doll that looks like her. This is something that needs to change. 

There has been a continuous problem in our community where we don’t seem to value our own beauty, history or heritage.  It is something that has been a problem for a very long time.  In articles, videos and news stories such as “Black Girls Want White Dolls”, “What a Doll Tells Us About Race”,  “Black Doll White Doll & A Girl Like Me” - it is apparent that this is something that affects many children and adults;  and that there is a need for positive community change. 

There is a need for our young girls to be able to have dolls that look like them.  It is something that affects their self-esteem and confidence, and how they few about themselves from an early age. There have been quite a few studies done (as noted above) that show that African American boys and girls often think of black dolls as bad and white dolls as good.  Of course, this is not something that the parent is teaching their child. So why are they getting these mixed messages about good and bad skin color or good and bad hair?  It all has to do with the images they see as they grow up. If a child is constantly looking at images, dolls, television, books and magazines - and only seeing beauty as something or someone with non-ethnic features and someone that has long straight hair - then they are going to assume that this is what beauty is. It is something that has hurt our young people for centuries. But each day we learn that it is important to show them and teach them that their beauty is indeed beautiful.

I have wanted to take on the project of customizing dolls hair, to have the look and feel of styles and textures of African American & Multi-Cultural (ethnic) women and girls, for a long time.  From this came the Natural Girls United project that has now turned into a business, and is something that I hope will help to bring a positive view of what ethnic beauty is.  

My goal is to have a doll line that ranges in skin tones from a light to dark complexions. I would like for there to be a variety of hair styles that represent the styles that can be seen in many ethnic cultures – Dreadlocks, Sisterloc’s, Loc’s, Afro’s, Braids, Twist, Cornrows, Curls and more.   The doll's features should also represent the girls and women from ethnic backgrounds.  Empowerment is a big driving force behind this line of dolls with customized hair.  Each doll will hopefully send a message of hope. It is a goal to have dolls that are doctors, artist, businesswomen, athletes, teachers and more.  A little girl should be able to look at their doll and say my doll looks like me and I want to be a doctor just like my doll when I grow up.  To learn more visit

America's Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to Co-Host

Over 100 sold out concerts across three continents, from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between. A debut CD from a Grammy-winning producer that hit the top of the Billboard charts.  Performing duets with childhood heroes Patti Labelle and Glenn Leonard, the former lead vocalist from The Temptations. An international television audience of over 100 million touched by his amazing life story. And it all started in a very small town with a man who possessed a big dream and an even bigger voice.

When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV (population 3,000) and the only “nice” clothes he owned were the ones on his back: a pair of jeans, a modest button down striped shirt and jacket.

Fortunately, you don’t need a slick wardrobe to win America’s heart. You need talent and personality, and Landau has a great deal of both. Wowing the judges with his back story of homelessness and determination to succeed for his family, coupled with interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others, Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. According to show insiders, when all was said and done, Landau had won America’s Got Talent by the biggest vote total in the show’s history.