ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 9, 2018) – Miss New York, Nia Franklin, was crowned Miss America 2019 tonight at the birthplace of the iconic competition in Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. The Miss America competition was broadcast live on ABC.
As Miss America 2019, Nia will travel across the country for her year of service. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her social impact initiative “Advocating for the Arts” and as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
Through her social impact initiative, Nia will bring her passion for music and performance to advocate for the inclusion of arts as an important part of education. For the talent portion of the competition, Nia chose a classical vocal performance.
Nia is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of Arts where she majored in music composition. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2019, Nia won a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education.
First runner up in the competition was Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, who earned a $25,000 scholarship.
The winners of the $5,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarships were Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras; Miss Montana, Laura Haller and Miss Nevada, Alexis Hilts. Miss Hawaii, Penelope Ng Pack and Miss South Dakota, Carrie Wintle each received $5,000 as recipients of the Women in Business scholarship.
The 98th Miss America Competition was hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and TV personality Ross Matthews. The 51 candidates representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia competed in preliminary competitions earlier in the week.
African American History Via Black Dolls
The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture – the only museum in the country whose mission is to preserve the history of African Americans through the art and craft of Black dolls – will spend 2020 telling the story of beauty, culture and empowerment in its newest exhibit VIBE: Visions In Black Elegance. The exhibit features the 40th Anniversary of Black Barbie and a tribute to The Ebony Fashion Fair.
The exhibit opens in May with the annual Mother’s Day Tea held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA, commemorating the creation of the first Black Barbie doll by Kitty Black Perkins, this year guest speaker.
“Yes, She Does Come In Black!” This May, the museum will pull out all the high fashion stops (with over 300 Barbie’s…) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original Black Barbie doll. As we explore the creativity of her designer, Kitty Black Perkins, we’ll look at the significance of this groundbreaking doll. Why was a Black Barbie so important? How has she changed in the last four decades? And how has she changed the industry? This will truly be a series of exhibits not to be missed by any Barbie lover.
Continuing on the theme of elegance and style, The Museum will present “The Ebony Fashion Fair: A Retrospective.” Using our fashion dolls and a treasure trove of artifacts, we journey through sixty years of the famous and glamourous touring Ebony Fashion Fair and its innovative founder, Eunice Johnson. Highlights include life-size mannequins dressed in garments selected from the pages of Ebony magazine and recreated by local seamstresses, an affirmation wall where visitors can share their wisdom and “I SEE ME” – an immersive experience reminding us: representation matters!
So, immerse yourself this spring in empowerment and elegance. VIBE with us as we examine the lives of Kitty Black Perkins and Eunice W. Johnson, role models of Black women empowering themselves and others with visuals that showed the unmistakable truth: Black IS Beautiful!
About The Museum:
The National Black Doll Museum presented by the Doll E Daze Project Inc. has 5,000 dolls of color in their collection Located 35 miles south of Boston in Mansfield, MA. It is the first Black doll museum in New England, the second in the country, and the only doll museum in the world whose collection chronicles the history of African Americans through the eyes of a doll collector.
Learn more about the exhibit online at www.nbdmhc.org. It will be on display at the Museum, located at 288 N. Main Street in Mansfield, MA from May 12th – July 1st. A tea and reception is scheduled for Sunday May 10th from 11am to 4pm at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA and will feature brief remarks by founder, Debra Britt, guest speaker Kitty Black Perkins, and others.
For more information, call (774) 284-4729 or visit the official web site at www.nbdmhc.org
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