Nicole Hibbert is the 48th National Miss Black America Titleholder. She Joined the Ranks of Oprah Winfrey, Toni Braxton, Bernadette Stanis, Jelisa Barringer and more at Temple University's Mitten Hall, Sat, August 20th, 2015.
Nicole is a 29 year old native of Wilmington, Delaware crowned Miss Black America 2016-17. She is an alumna of Delaware State University. She left the judges and the pageant audience in amazement with the uniqueness of her talent, she recorded and produced an original song live using vocals, beat boxing, and humming to creating a beautiful song. Nicole also won the Miss Black America Best In Talent Award and tied for Miss Positivity with her sister queen Robin Jackson of Mississippi.
Her platform is "Stop Domestic Violence." She believes that women of all races and creeds should feel safe and protected. As an inspiration to black women, she works very hard to pursue her dreams. That is the message that she wants to send to women of color.
Additionally, the winning court consisted of 1st Runner up Kimberly Bunting, Corinth, Texas and 2nd Runner up Robin Jackson, Mississippi.
Other awards include:
Miss Positivity: (tied) Robin Jackson, Mississippi & Nicole Hibbert, Delaware
Projection Winner: Nicole Hibbert, Delaware
Talent Winner: Nicole Hibbert, Delaware
Swimsuit Winner: Kimberly Bunting, Texas
Footage from the competition and remarks from our founder J.Morris Anderson were live streamed by Afro Philly.
A Historical Movement Founded in Philadelphia in 1968 by J.Morris Anderson: The Miss Black America Pageant Opened with the Award Winning MLK Community Center Marching Band!
The Judges Panel Was Lead By Philly's Own Three Time Emmy Winner, "The Piano Man" Bill Jolly and also included 1972 Miss Black America 1st Runner Up, Silvia Traymore-Morrison-Comedian, Michael W. Banks-CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce, Joan Myers Brown-2012 National Medal of the Arts Recipient presented by Barack H. Obama, and William Michael Coleman aka "Mike Zombie"-Music Producer with Drake's OVO Record Label.
Finalist Competed From Around The Nation
This was a historic occasion! Dynamic Performances by Philadelphia Artists!
Miss Black America Contestants were glamorously styled by Motives Cosmetics!
Prizes included an overflowing make-up package by Motives Cosmetics, A $12,000 Full Length Mink Coat by Mano Swartz Furs of Lutherville, MD, and a Cash/Career Award.
Miss Black America Programs support the #WarAgainstTeenViolence Enrichment Programs www.WarAgainstTeenViolence.org