Daphne Lee

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.


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. 

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 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 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.

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.

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.