To kick-off the 47th Annual 2015 Miss Black America Pageant our annual War Against Teen Violence Conference was held at Temple University’s Mitten Hall. Hosted by Punchline Kid, an array of celebrity guests and community leaders came to support Philadelphia’s inner city youth and the 2015 Miss Black America Pageant contestants. Newly signed up and coming artist PNB Rock led the roster of local performers and shared words of wisdom with local youth and current contestants.
"Running for Miss Black America 2015 was one of the best experiences of my life."- Sharic Roper, Miss Black America District of Columbia 2015
On Sunday, August 22nd at Temple University in the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia, PA), the 47th Annual 2015 Miss Black America Pageant was held! As expected, there was a buzz of excitement in the air as guests arrived in their beautiful evening wear. The red carpet was full of VIPs, like the original Miss Black America 1968, Saundra Williams sharing their continued support for the celebration of black beauty, scholarship and the embrace of a cultural catalyst Mr. J. Morris Anderson and the 2015 Miss Black America Pageant contestants.
The production began with an electrifying opening number from the contestants, each wearing black dresses. Miss Black America 2014 also joined them on stage as a host, wearing a stunning custom ankara print mermaid gown made by Melange Mode who is also a favorite designer of Grammy-Award winning singer, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. One thing I must point out is that each of the women, host included, wore a signature Estee Lauder make-up to finish their look. After opening number Swimsuit competition began and each contestant showed poise and confidence on stage.
"Although I didn't leave with the crown I definitely left my name on stage and it doesn't get any better than that!"- Kaye Jackson, Miss Positivity, Miss Black America Alabama 2015
Then, a tearful farewell walk for the 2014 Miss Black America, Alexandra Morton, who is also an entrepreneur and on-air personality.
Miss Black America 2015 – Jelisa Barringer, Ohio
First Runner Up: Jessica Pollard, Tennesee
Second Runner Up: Sharic Roper, Washington, D.C.
Best Talent: Lukeesha Thompson, Oklahoma
Best Swimsuit: Jelisa Barringer, Ohio
Best Projection: Sharic Roper, Washington, D.C.
Miss Positivity: Kaye Jackson, Alabama
About Miss Black America, Jelisa Barringer (per ohio.gov website):
Jelisa Barringer is from Columbus, Ohio, where she attended Brookhaven High School. She is a graduate of Central State University ‘14, located in Wilberforce, Ohio. During Jelisa’s years at Central State University (CSU), she was a part of many activities including being a member of the Grammy- nominated CSU chorus and mentoring incoming freshmen as a student ambassador. Jelisa earned the title of Competent Communicator and Motivational Speaker in her role as the president of the Toastmasters International Speech Club. Jelisa also was elected, by her student body to the Central State University Royal Court, and Student Government Association. As the reigning Miss Black America 2015, Jelisa’s current platform is ‘Big Sisterly Love,’ where she is a big sister to youth and serves as a mentor to young girls, age 5 to 18.