WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s capital, home to the first African American President and First Lady set the stage for the crowning of Miss Black USA 2013. Leading ladies across 30 states faced off for the coveted prize where the distinguished panel of judges chose Miss Black North Carolina, Amanda McCoy as Miss Black USA 2013.
Former Miss Black USA, Kalilah Allen-Harris, M.D. and R&B Recording Arts Brian Christopher, hosted the historical event.
Immediately upon being crowned, reporters asked Miss Black USA what was the first thing she planned to do with her new title. She responded, I want to go see the Broadway show “The Trip to Bountiful featuring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Williams.
Amanda McCoy is a 21 year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina and is a senior Communications major at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
First Runner Up: Miss Black Minnesota, Krystle Igbo, will assume the duties of Miss Black USA if for some reason Miss Black USA cannot fulfil her duties
Second Runner Up: Miss Black Tennessee USA, Katara Grissom
Third Runner Up: Miss Black Illinois USA, Cortnee Smith
Fourth Runner Up: Miss Black Virginia USA, Natasha Stovall
Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Black Alabama USA, Brittney Jones; Miss Black Arkansas USA, Tiara Jones;
Miss Black District of Columbia USA, Tecoya Gordon; Miss Black Florida USA,
Miss Black Georgia USA, Jordan Riles; Miss Black Maryland USA, Alexandra Morton;
Miss Black New Jersey USA, Kandice Chavous;
Miss Black Oklahoma USA, Danielle Payne;
Miss Black Rhode Island, Amber Clark; Miss Black Texas USA, Dymond Hayes
The Miss Black USA 2013 prize package includes: a trip to Africa courtesy of Arik International Airlines, a $5,000 academic scholarship, a year supply of cosmetics from Etniq Cosmetics, an assortment of high fashion jewelry from Marissa del Rosario, and scholarship to New York Conservatory, School for Television and Film and VIP access to her favorite broadway show “The Trip to Bountiful!” Sponsors of this year’s event include: Arik Air, Righteous Denim, Etniq Cosmetics, Marissa Del Rosario, Author Terri Woods, The Primp Agency, New York Conservatory, Extra Shade, Blessed 24:7, First Priority Trailways, Heart and Soul, Washington Afro.
The Miss Black USA competition is the premier pageant for women of color. The pageant was founded in 1987 by Karen Arrington to provide a national platform for young women to display their talents and win scholarship opportunities. To date, the pageant has awarded over $300,000 in scholarship to deserving young women. The winner of the pageant serves as a celebrity advocate for the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease, the #1 killer of women.