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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.

Former Miss Black USA and Attorney Madison Gibbs Returns As Co-Host

Madison Gibbs, Esq. is proof that girls can have it all. The former Miss Black USA 2015, Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Youth Mentor earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from North Carolina A&T University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law. She enjoys world travel and has a big heart for empowering young girls. Madison is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Delta G.E.M.S. mentor and a big sister with Big Brother/Big Sister of the Central Piedmont area.

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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Itohan Osayaren, Miss Black Nevada 2018 Passes Her NCLEX

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She passed her NCLEX!!

After 30 days of studying, over 300 hours in her books, understandable anxiety before, during, & after her boards exam, 48 hours of waiting for her results & of course, countless prayers, she is officially Itohan Osayaren, RN BSN!

We’re sending a huge congratulations to this Queen!

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

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.