Miss Black America Pageant Revived

The Miss Black America pageant announced Tuesday morning that it would revive the national beauty competition that featured past contestants such as Oprah Winfrey and Toni Braxton.

In addition to bringing back the pageant after a 15-year absence, organizers will now offer a Little Miss Black America pageant for ages 9-12 and Miss Black America Teen pageant for ages 13-17. The Miss Black America pageant is open to women ages 18-29. The announcement was made at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

“I don’t think there was less of a need from 1995 until now, but there is certainly an exaggerated need now,” said Aleta Anderson, executive producer for the pageant.

“We are concerned with replacing negative images with positive images,” Anderson said. “We want to expose the contestants to a variety of environments that are available to them.”

In order to offer the pageant to a wider number of contestants, the organization has partnered with the Baltimore City Public School System. As a result, students enrolled in Baltimore City schools will have the $50 registration fee waived. Contestants will also be able to register for free at Baltimore Fashion Week, which will launch Aug. 19. Comedian Cedric The Entertainer has also pledged to pay the registration fee for contestants at his concert while he tours this year.

Anderson expects to attract contestants from all 50 states. The organization has not determined the date and location of the national pageant, which will be held in the summer of 2011.


  1. This is wonderful bolster for the self-esteem of our sistas in seeing that sistas ARE quite accomplished as well!!! And, I hope, that in the fairness of things that there will be a WIDE array of our beautiful colors for the pageant. I will definitely be sharing this information with some of my talented and beautiful female relatives and sistas.

    In addition, I think that Cedric the Entertainer would make a “grand” MC for the years to come. You go, Cedriccccc!!


  2. Great I guess. I’m mostly happy for the younger girls. They internalize those negative images when they were young & vulnerable.

  3. I wish all beauty pageants would go away, but as long as we’re going to have them, we need this one! Hopefully, the contestants will show a wide range of looks and the focus will be about more than just those looks. Beauty AND brains- a powerful combination!

  4. I’m so excited for this! I will definitely start back watching pageants when this happens. I was so tired of them sprinkling in 2 or 3 black women to the 100 or so pale skin assortment of women.

  5. imagine the uproar if there was a all white pagent hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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