Miss Black USA

Brooke Terry Wins Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award for College Students

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.

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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.

Briana Norwood Wins Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award for Full-Time Artist

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.

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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.

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.

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.”