FIRST TIME IN HISTORY : MISS USA, MISS TEEN USA AND MISS AMERICA ARE ALL BLACK WOMEN

We already know that Black is beautiful, but for the first time in history the top beauty pageants in the country have simultaneously elevated this truth.

Three Black women are currently wearing crowns as the 2019 Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

When Cheslie Kryst’s name was announced as Miss USA on Thursday she completed the historic trio with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. 

Kryst, who represents North Carolina, is a civil litigation attorney who received her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. 

People across social media marveled at Kryst’s natural hair and noticed that both she and Garris bypassed any form of hair straightening. 

Garris told Refinery21 that while some people tried to convince her to straighten her hair for the Miss Teen USA competition, she opted for her natural curls because when she’s wearing them, she feels confident. The Connecticut native is still in high school but plans to attend Southern Connecticut State University’s nursing program as she plans to become a trauma nurse in the future. 

Both Garris and Kryst followed behind Nia Franklin who in September 2018, sprinkled Black Girl Magic onto the 2019 pageant season when she was crowned Miss America.

Franklin represented New York and holds a master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. She is an opera singer and an advocate for arts advocacy. 

In 2012 Black women simultaneously wore crowns as Miss Teen USA and Miss USA. 

Congratulations to these 2019 beauty queens. Together they exude beauty, brains and Black girl magic! 

We’ll be tuning in later this year when Kryst represents the United States in the Miss Universe competition. 

Via BOTWC

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Spike Lee Wins First Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Spike Lee Leaps Into Samuel L. Jackson’s Arms As He Wins His First Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman”

During his speech , Lee calls on America to mobilize for the 2020 election: “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”

Via The Hollywood Reporter

The filmmaker got a standing ovation from the crowd and a big reaction from Samuel L. Jackson, who presented him the award.

The Oscars 2019 ceremony became a Spike Lee joint on Sunday night, as Lee won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

For adapting Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir Black Klansman about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan, Lee shares the honor with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Wilmott. 

Samuel L. Jackson excitedly announced the winner, and Lee jumped into his arms when he reached the stage.

The BlacKkKlansman writing foursome was nominated alongside the teams for A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters and Bradley Cooper), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins), and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty).

BlacKkKlansman received six Oscar nominations including best director for Lee, best picture, best supporting actor for Adam Driver, best original score for Terence Blanchard, and best film editing for Barry Alexander Brown.

Lee received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but this is his first competitive win. His first Oscar nod came for his original screenplay of 1990’s Do the Right Thing; his second in the best documentary feature category for 1998’s 4 Little Girls.

The Colored Campaign : Celebrating the Diversity of Brown Beauties

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“Black women have started loving themselves loudly and that makes some people very uncomfortable. Were we supposed to wait for you to love us?” – Mimi Mvakali

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“My black is beautiful, it cannot be denied. It will not be contained. And only I will define it.”- My Black is Beautiful

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“Do not be ashamed of who you used to be. You’re a flower in bloom; every stage was necessary.”- Flowers From Fatima

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“Beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.” — Lupita Nyong’o

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Brown Girls from all walks of Life