Miss Black USA 2015 Recap
(featured image credit : Sharde' Sherelle, Founder of Concert Daily)
On Sunday, August 10th, 2015 as the sun was setting, I settled in at the UDC Theater Arts building to witness the 2015 Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant. The lights dimmed and the stage filled with an array of beautiful, brown women all dancing and giving the brightest smiles possible. After a high energy opening number, the 36 contestants where wittled down to 16 and those were the contestants for the night.
The current Miss Black USA 2014, Jasmin Alexander gave her farewell walk before leaving to answer the call of her country. Ms. Alexander is active duty military and had been called back to serve and after she left the stage, she was on her way to do just that. Our prayers are with Jasmin as she travels.
First up was the Q&A panel with questions from various celebrities that ranged from the recent murders that black people have suffered at the hands of law enforcement to having an hour with President Obama. The ladies all gave candid, educated responses. With so much tension in the room, they all stayed well poised and even if there was a verbal slip up, the ladies recovered quickly and exited the stage so gracefully.
The fitness/sportswear collection was up next and it was a way for the ladies to not only display their sportswear but to also let us in on why health and wellness was important to each one of them. There were ladies who danced, ladies who worked out and ladies who used their everyday activities to substitute gym time. It's great to see the push for health and wellness in the community and in this great sisterhood.
The talent portion, the part that everyone waits for was spectacular. It was like getting a concert, recital, revue and then some all in one. There was jazzy vocals from Miss Richmond, VA and a piece from the Boradway production of The Color Purple from Miss Capital City. Miss Indianapolis, Indiana gave a moving spoken word about the power of God and freedom through Jesus' love. Miss Seattle, Washington gave the only operatic performance of the night and impressed the hard to please crowd. Miss Alexandria, Virginia did a dance number transitioning from modern day music to music steeped in culture importance and her dances had the crowd yelling for more. Miss Black Harlem New York gave a stirring piece on body positivity that many women related to.
The evening gown segment showcased beautiful gown after beautiful gown while each womans successes and achievements were read to the audience. It was much to hard to pick a favorite during this segment, all of the gowns were so beautiful and before you could take in the beauty of one gown another one appeared on stage.
With much anticipation, the crowning event came and everyone was excited about who would be our next Miss Black USA. We saw all of the runner ups graciously accept and then the lovely Miss Greensboro, North Carolina, Madison Gibbs.
The Fashion Citizen family would like to congratulate Miss Black USA 2015, Madison Gibbs and we pray that she have a productive and successful reign.