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  • Virginia’s Myja Gary Miss Black USA 2021 was crowned by TeKema Balentine Miss Black USA 2019, a Wisconsin woman, on Sun, Aug 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C., as there was no competition in 2020
  • As of now Osas Ighodaro aka Osariemen Martha Elizabeth Ighodaro is an American actress who is regarded as Nigerian American actress, producer, host and humanitarian. Osas Ighodaro Miss Black USA 2010 is founder of The Joyful Joy Foundation, which is involved in fund raisers and awareness to combat Malaria
  • She is The Best TV Actress of the Year Winner at the 2014 ELOY Awards
  • Osas Ighodaro Miss Black USA 2010 is now well known as The Highest-grossing Nollywood Actress 2018
  • Osas Ighodaro is The Top Female Celebrity of 2020 as Per Rating
  • Miss Black CT USA is the preliminary for Miss Black USA, the premier pageant for women of color
  • MBUSA is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation, Check Official Website Miss Black Connecticut USA - and Miss Black USA for more info
  • Miss Black Connecticut Osas Ighodaro was crowned Miss Black USA® 2010 in the Nation's Capital

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ --Miss Black Connecticut USA, Osas Ighodaro, is the new Miss Black USA® 2010. She immediately gave praise of thanksgiving to God during her acceptance of the crown at the historical Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. This is the first time in history that two queens from Connecticut won the title of Miss Black USA®.

Ms. Ighodaro is a professionally trained actress, and she performed her winning talent, "What If I Am a Black Woman" in four dialects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a Master of Fine Arts degree candidate for Pace University.

"It's an honor to be crowned where President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama resides. It would be my dream to meet the First Lady," stated Ms. Ighodaro during the post pageant press conference at Ben's Next Door. Ms. Ighodaro will serve as the celebrity advocate for the pageant's national partnership with the Heart Truth® campaign to increase awareness of heart disease.

Pageant Results:
1st Runner Up: Miss Black Georgia, Kimberly Jones

2nd Runner Up: Miss Black Texas, Zakiya Larry

3rd Runner Up: Miss Black North Carolina, RaSheeda A. Waddell

4th Runner Up: Miss Black Ohio, Ashley Miller

Miss Talented Teen® Arizona, Raven Green, was crowned Miss Black Talented Teen® USA 2010 at the Gaylord National Resort in Prince George's County, MD. Shawnta Watson Walcott, former Miss Black Missouri 1993 and champion for social justice, accepted the first ever Miss Black USA® Legacy Award.

The Miss Black USA® $20,000 prize package includes: a walk-on role on Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns", 2-page spread in Heart & Soul magazine, a trip to Africa, and a scholarship to the prestigious New York School for Dramatic Arts.

Official sponsors included:


The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation® has been revolutionizing pageantry as the preeminent pageant for women of color ages 18-27 since 1986. Founded by Karen Arrington, the pageant provides scholarships to deserving young women. MBUSA is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Ms. Arrington will release her book, "First Ladies, Be the Leading Lady of Your Life", this fall. For more info:

About: Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

The Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant is a chapter of the Miss Black USA Scholarship & Pageant Foundation, Inc. A nonprofit corporation, recognized under the 501(c)3 Code of Internal Revenue Service, awarding scholarships for professional, undergraduate and graduate studies to young women of color between the ages of 14 to 17 (Talented Teen Division) and 18 to 27 (Miss Division).

It is the mission of Miss Black USA to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop the “whole woman mind, body, and spirit” through philanthropy and lifelong professional initiatives. The Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant is a national scholarship competition for young women of African descent that was founded in 1986 by Karen Arrington. The Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant is the official preliminary Connecticut competition and it makes it return after 20 years directed under Kade Henderson in 2016.

The winner of Miss Black Connecticut USA Scholarship & Pageant advances to the national pageant Miss Black USA welcoming the chance to win an academic scholarship in addition to become a brand ambassador for local businesses and organization to advocate for causes that are dear to the community of Connecticut.

Connecticut women of color graduate with post-secondary degrees and high school diplomas at a significantly lower rate than their counterparts. Lack of education locks women in the cycle of poverty, since they lack the necessary qualifications for jobs with greater earning potential. Lack of higher education also exacerbates the wage gap, which widens for women working in lower wage jobs.

Let's face it, education has a significant impact on women. Help us advocate for equal education and join the movement.

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