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Former Miss Black Oklahoma USA Nicole Lynn Breaking Glass Ceilings in the Sports Industry

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!

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

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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. 

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

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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 http://majormarketplace.pagedemo.co/ to apply!

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

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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

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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 strutforsicklecell@gmail.com. 

Tennessee Teen Wins 1st $5,000 Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls

Kennetra Searcy, Ms. Black USA and The Miss Black USA Organization is pleased to announce the selection of Carlisha Mckenzie of Chatanooga, Tennessee as the 1st Winner of the Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls.  The $5,000 award is open to high school seniors throughout the U.S. Carlisha is a senior at the only all girls STEM school in Tennessee, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.  She has an intense passion for science and math.

Carlisha is the second oldest of three siblings.  She plans to major in Chemistry to become a forensic pathologist. She would like to become a forensic pathologist to make a difference by turning a tragedy into something positive, by saving lives and giving closure to families.

We wish to thank all of this year's applicants and wish them well as their pursue their academic pursuits.  Applications for 2018 will open on January 1st, 2018 at 7:00am EST.  

To date, the Miss Black USA Organization has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships and excited to partner with Kennetra Searcy to establish the Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls.